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Chinyere Ugoji Ad in New Curvy Magazine February 15 2017, 0 Comments

Chinyere Ugoji Handbags With Interior Touch Light in Curvy Magazine











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Thanks to Dynelle Skinner of "My Life On And Off The Guest List" for this great article! October 10 2016, 0 Comments

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My Life On And Off The Guest List - Chinyere Ugoji Handbags High End Indie Designer Brand

 In honor of the epic words of Bob the Drag Queen, we’re heading into the fall season, “purse first”! What better time than National Handbag Day to celebrate the wonderful handbag collection from a friend of ours. You’re well aware we love spotlighting upcoming designers and indie brands on My Life on and off the Guest List, so it’s only natural that we introduce you to the Chinyere Ugoji Fall 2016 Handbag Collection. We first introduced you to this high-end, indie leather handbag designer back in February when she held an introductory handbag trunk show. Now all the bags we saw are available and ready to chic up your wardrobe with their elegant silhouettes.

As we stated back in February, the Chinyere Ugoji Fall 2016 Handbag Collection is an accessible luxury brand that features a range of chic handbags focused on quality, modern design, and innovation. The handbag collection boasts minimalist designs, and classic silhouettes with an incorporated higher function. Thanks to its interior LED touch light system which is integrated into each handbag, you will no longer go blindly digging into your purses. Chinyere Ugoji wonderfully combines fashiona nd function with her luxury leather bag collection and if you think you can choose a favorite, think again. I’m currently in love with the Mackenzie Tote in Azure Blue, the Veronica Signature Laptop Bag (shown in the first photo), the Soho Satchel, and the Claudette Portfolio Clutch.


Model & Actress Aube Jolicoeur October 05 2016, 0 Comments

The Claudette Clutch in Black & Gold is worn by the beautiful Model & Actress Aube Jolicoeur. Check out her new series Afrimericans coming out October 2016. Follow her on instagram @iamaubejollicoeur to keep up to date for her upcoming projects!

Thanks to Adam Glassman - Fashion Editor at "O Magazine", Rachel Shechtman - Founder of Story Boutique, and Mo Mullen of West Elm for choosing my collection as a select favorite at "Pitch Night" June 11 2016, 0 Comments


Supermodel Lana Ogilvie wearing Sabre Jewelry and The Chelsea Crossbody May 13 2016, 0 Comments


I ran into supermodel Lana Ogilvie on "pitch night" at Story Boutique in NYC. I'm so happy that she loves her Chelsea Crossbody bag!

In addition to being a top model, Lana is also an artist and has designed a beautiful collection of handmade jewelry.  

You can take a look at her Sabre jewelry online at It's a unique collection of fine jewelry inspired by organic shapes and natural forms. My favorite piece is the cuff she's wearing from her collection below.















At the end of the night we discovered that we are both Canadian  - which is more proof that Canadian Designers Rock! 

Claudette Clutch in Grenadine featured in the Fabulous Greta Constantine Show! March 28 2016, 0 Comments

The Claudette Clutch in Grenadine at the fabulous Greta Constantine Fashion Show at Toronto Fashion Week.

Toronto Fashion Week March 27 2016, 0 Comments

A Claudette Clutch Evening February 25 2016, 0 Comments

Chinyere Ugoji Handbags Trunk Show February 22, 2016 New York, NY February 10 2016, 0 Comments

If you are in the New York area stop by our trunk show. We've rented a loft space in Chelsea at 149 West 24th Street, Loft 5B, New York, NY 10011. 5:30PM-8:30PM

Accessories Council Top Valentines Day Pic February 05 2016, 0 Comments

The Nakita has been chosen as a top pick for Valentine's Day by the Accessories Council! January 26 2016, 0 Comments

Accessories Council

I feel honored to have my Nakita handbag chosen as one of the Accessories Council's top picks for Valentines Day Gifts. The Nakita bag is a luxury bag made from top grain leather and has the important feature of an interior touch light. The touch light is a minicomputer board that is encased in a small discreet leather pocket on the upper interior of the bag. It only requires a simple tap or swipe of the finger to switch the light on or off. 

After not being able to find anything in the deep, dark abyss of my handbag, I decided that there had to be a better way to see inside my bag instead of rummaging through it and hoping for the best.  The obvious answer was to get a miniature flashlight, use my cell phone, or hope to find a lamp somewhere nearby that was readily available. The problem with the flashlight is that I would have to hang it on the inside of my purse (or worse yet, the outside) - not exactly an elegant solution. The cell phone made sense until I realized that I would have to actually dig around to find the cellphone first which was, of course, lost inside the dark interior of the bag.

It was important to me that design and quality of the light match up with the design and quality of my handbags. The high-quality handbags are made with top grain leather, high-end zippers that slide smoothly, thick & sturdy stitching, strong  lining, and high-polished signature hardware. I needed something simple.  I also needed a partner. Luckily,  I found one at a family reunion with my Uncle Joe.

Uncle Joe is an award winning computer & marketing engineer who has been living in the South of France for over 30 years. He decided that a touch light would be the most effective, discreet, and easy to use option.  Upon his return to his studio in France, the development of the invention began. We had several different versions to choose from until he finally designed a mini computer board with touch capabilities. The light is concealed inside a small leather pouch and sewn into the top interior of the bag. Once it it activated the light turns off automatically after 30 seconds.

We filed the patent, and the collection was on it's way to fruition.

The middle of the mini-computer has a touch sensitive area that activates the light. The touch light runs on a regular lithium watch battery that is removable and easily self- replaced.

My collection of luxury bags has 6 styles with a built-in touch light and 2 bags that are small enough not to need a light. It's an innovation that has been years in the making and I'm happy to say that the task was successfully completed.  I'm happy to help other women illuminate their belongings and save the time and energy it takes to fumble through their bag in the dark. I'm sure we all have more pleasurable things to do with our time.

The collection is currently available exclusively online at  I'm making appointments to collaborate with luxury boutiques throughout the year, beginning with accessories week next month.  Feel free to contact me at for further information.



Chinyere Ugoji is the founder and designer for the Chinyere Ugoji Collection. The luxury bag collection became available  November 2015 and the launch party will be held February 22, 2016  at 149 W 24th, Studio 5B, New York, NY 10011 by invitation only.   

Thanks for the mention! December 15 2015, 0 Comments