Jules Handbags studio is in bucolic Red Bank, New Jersey, USA overlooking the beautiful Navesink River.
Jules is all about the print! Prototypes begin with a base of colored foam or sparkling glitter paper and are hand embellished with flowers, crystals, sequins or anything that can be secured with a glue gun. The vibrant, whimsical scenes shown below are digitized by a skilled graphic artist to prepare for printing. We use napa leather, vegan leather, satin and made by hand in the United Kingdom. Shorely by Jules, our beach line, is made by hand with 100% recycled polyester in the USA. All fabrics were chosen for strength, durability, and their exceptional ability to show off all the vibrant colors in Jules prints. We invite you to read the inspiration behind our prints below, and hope you enjoy learning more about Jules. 💚
Molly depicts an iconic hotel on the picturesque Navesink River, which stretches from the Atlantic Ocean, winding its way through the bucolic towns of Sea Bright, Rumson, Fair Haven and Red Bank New Jersey.
The views of the river at any time of day, or year, are breathtaking. The Molly print depicts a bright, fair weather scene complete with seagulls and sailboats to capture the feeling of living life on the river.
Puffin honors the sweet little birds, and gives them a home beyond Iceland and the North.
During a 2nd visit to Iceland, Juliane's love for the "Clowns of the Sea" and the terrain in the"Land of Fire and Ice" inspired the Puffin print, complete with an homage to the Langjokull glacier, the phenomenal Aurora Borealis, the towering Eyjafjallajökull volcano and the breathtaking Blue Lagoon.
Lago is reminiscent of a secret garden discovered during Juliane's childhood.
A small tranquil lake bordered by a canopy of trees provided a place for the mind to wander and the soul to connect with nature. Surrounded by aquatic plants, smooth rocks and curious creatures, it was the perfect place to spend some time in the warm sun, enjoying a cool breeze.
Rosa is named for Juliane's Grandma Rose, or Rosie as she was known by so many. Rosie favored bright, fun colors which matched her vibrant personality. Rosie was an incredible cook, specializing in Neapolitan cuisine and she loved nothing more than cooking and spending time with her family.
Rosie would have loved this pink (rosa in Italian) print with the gold Jules logo repeated in a fun drop pattern. Just like the original, this Rosa will surely be noticed!
Jules Handbags was started with Kentucky Derby hats, but it was Juliane's love for unique and colorful bags which inspired her to create the brand. Of all the hats she designed, Augusta, inspired by Classic Empire, was the only one that did not take best in show at a yearly contest on the Jersey Shore-where it all began!
Jules was prompted to share Augusta in her next print. Augusta honors the Classic Empire of Rome and features a Roman soldier, chariot, the iconic Colosseum, columns, palm trees, a road paved in gold coins, and roses spilling over the top inspired by Nero's Golden Palace.
Did you know? The palace had a room where perfume and rose petals rained down its occupants. Fancy!!
Special in may ways! Monty was inspired by the annual Kentucky Derby, and represents the thrilling races, festivals and activities found at Monmouth Park, NJ. Complete with a bugle player, picnic area, special seating boxes lines with geraniums (Jules favorite thanks to ET) and elegant horses thundering toward the striped finish line, all beneath a blue summer sky while our majestic American flag waves on.
The magic of our Augusta print with a full moon rising among twinkling stars offering the opportunity for countless wishes! The Colosseum glows under the mystical moon, sending her love and light to all!
Inspired by the natural beauty and rich history of Puerto Rico, Maria is named after a famous surfing beach on the west coast, and tells my story of vacationing across la isla del encanto. In Rincon, an iguana paused on the beach to watch the rolling waves, and I'm pretty sure to say hi! Together we looked out over the vibrantly colored waves in every shade of blue and green, while surfboards were on standby waiting for their next ride. A coqui frog caught some shade on the trunk of a royal palm in Luquillo, and on boat trip near Loiza, a sailfish leapt out of the water, putting on dazzling show of electric blues and purples. In Old San Juan, a lone pelican landed atop a parapet, taking in the seaside vista, captivated by the magical sunset. And so was I.