Luminare Women's Evening Handbag by Aslaen Vaugn

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
Luminare

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Women's Evening Handbag

INSPIRATION:
Originally given as a Christmas gift to the mother of my children, Aslaen and Vaugn. Since that first handbag in 2007, I have been refining the handbag and giving out as gifts to others. This summer I finally made a business out of it.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
Victorian Era inspired evening purse that subtly glows from within through artwork, evoking a return of Art Nouveau backlit works like Tiffany's stained glass pieces or Paris Metro entrances. Artwork series include NASA, The Masters and Charlotte Gibb. The purse is handmade of leather in Italy, the artwork is developed in NYC and the electronics are designed and built in San Francisco. Luminare is the first fashion accessory to successfully blend technology into fashion seamlessly.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
Luminare has an art light box on one side that is dimmable and makes interchangeable artwork glow subtly from within. Light and other functions of the handbag are controlled with a single button on the back side, just above the magnetic charging port. Self contained rechargeable battery lasts up to 12 hours and can recharge user's cell phone while out and about.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
In an around San Francisco, California 2007 through present Near Modena, Italy Fall 2019 to winter 2019

FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Fashion, Apparel and Garment Design

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
The concept was to create a new artistic approach to fashion that incorporates fashion and modern electronics in a single, unified work. Most electronic fashion to date has been blinky, tacky and forced together inelegantly.

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
8 inches in diameter by 3.25 inches deep. Black leather exterior, with backlit images on front of handbag. Single metal push-button switch controls all functions: on / off / dimming / demo. Charger is attached by magnetic coupling, similar to an iMac charger coupling. It has a universal phone charger inside. The tail of this can be seen on the "Luminare-interior" image. Images are easily replaceable with others in the series. For an additional charge, we can produce a custom image.

TAGS:
evening womens handbag electronic artwork

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
Inn designing this project, the first thing needed was a versatile, efficient, thin, even light source. A few options were tried and our light panels were most ideal, giving a wide range of brightness with very even, neutral lighting. Other forms of light consumed more electricity and had a smaller range of brightness options with a more restrictive

CHALLENGE:
There is great promise in incorporating technology into fashion. Unfortunately, most attempts to date have been clumsy and uninspired. A notable exception being Luminex (RIP). The challenge was to try to use electronics to gain an artistic effect rather than trying to use electronics in art. The hope is to create a new form of art that is only possible with the assistance of electronics. We are targeting a more holistic approach to using electronics in fashion.

ADDED DATE:
2019-12-07 08:33:25

TEAM MEMBERS (2) :
concept and electronics: Evan Neumann and leather design: Giovanni Bevini

IMAGE CREDITS:
Aslaen Vaugn, 2019.

PATENTS/COPYRIGHTS:
US Patent Pending # 16/704,919

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CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
Aslaen Vaugn

PROFILE:
Aslaen Vaugn was formed in late 2019 to produce the Luminare handbag. It is named after the founder's children, Aslaen and Vaugn. Luminare leather handbags are made in Italy with electronics and final assembly in San Francisco. They features a handle on the top, a cross-body shoulder strap and a half-circumference zipper. The front panel features changeable artwork and the back panel holds the magnetic charging port (like an iMac) and a button that controls the features. Inside the handbag is an interior light and a universal phone charger with a battery capable of charging your phone and power the light for 12 hours!

NOMINATION DETAILS

Luminare Women's Evening Handbag by Aslaen Vaugn is a Nominee in Fashion and Travel Accessories Design Category.

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AWARD DETAILS

Luminare Women's Evening Handbag by Aslaen Vaugn is Winner in Fashion and Travel Accessories Design Category, 2019 - 2020.



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