Hey Style Lend girls, allow us to introduce you to Melissa Urfirer, our featured lender of the month! Born and raised in NYC and immersed in the fashion world her entire life, Melissa decided to launch Riley Versa, an innovative line of handbags, which are available to rent on Style Lend!
What makes Riley Versa so unique?
Well, it’s the ultimate versatile bag you can dream of. These gorgeous leather bags allow you to change the covers and turn your neutral day bag into a striking and bold evening bag. Riley Versa’s interchangeable magnetic covers allow you to be boldly VERSA-tile with your fashion choices at all times.
Can you tell us a little more about your fashion background and what made you decide to start your own line?
My grandmother is the ultimate fashionista, so I’ve always loved fashion. I learned more about the industry interning at Conde Nast’s W Magazine and Saks Fifth Avenue, but my idea to start my own line came from a personal desire for the product!
It all started on a trip to Miami; I packed a brightly printed clutch for the weekend and didn’t realize until I arrived that it clashed with everything else I had packed! I had one of those “wouldn’t it be great if…” moments, and decided to actually make it happen. I knew I wasn’t the only person who wanted a bag like this, and other women would appreciate having a bag that gave them the flexibility to instantly transform their look.
Riley Versa is where luxury and convenience intersect. It’s perfect for the jet-setter; the woman who travels for work or pleasure and cannot pack multiple bags but can pack multiple covers. Riley Versa’s streamlined approach saves valuable suitcase, closet and drawer space – covers are infinitely easier to store than bags!
Riley Versa also spares you the hassle of transferring the contents of your bag when switching purses. I’m constantly leaving a credit card in one bag, and a lip-gloss in another, but with Riley Versa bags I can leave all of my belongings in one bag, and simply swap the cover for an entirely new, versa-tile look.
How would you describe your style?
Other than Riley Versa, what are your favorite brands and why?
Zimmerman, Self-Portrait and FRAME. I think both Zimmerman and Self-Portrait masterfully mix delicate feminine details with bold sexy ones. Both brands create pieces you slip on, and just feel great wearing. And I live in my FRAME jeans. I have FRAME ‘Le Color Rip’ Skinny Jeans in both black and white, and they are wardrobe staples. I swear The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants was written about them – they look good on everyone!
What are the essentials you carry in your Riley Versa bag?
My wallet, tic-tacs, sunglasses, and Aquaphor – in case you can’t tell, it holds a lot!
What are your favorite things to do in NYC?
I love walking around and exploring new areas, trying new restaurants and checking out new boutiques. And now that the weather is nice, I love packing a picnic lunch and spending the day at the Great Lawn – enjoying the “great outdoors” New York style.
Anything exciting in the works for Riley Versa?
Yes! We are releasing two new covers a new style bag this summer.
Thank you Melissa for talking to us and giving us so much insight into your business! Go to our website or app to check out all of Melissa’s items, including her amazing Riley Versa handbags!