Marie Odile as a Designer and Fashion Developer, presents a vibrant mingling of French glamour and minimalism to New York City design. The French-born founder, Marie Odile Berard, was born and raised in France. She received her fashion education in Paris, and In 1970 traded the city of lights for the city that never sleeps. Once in New York she continued her love affair with fashion, enjoying positions with such esteemed brands as Charles Jourdan, Roger Vivier and Arche.
In 2010, she branched out on her own and launched Marie Odile for Soltek, a line of handbags and small leather goods made in Italy. Though manufacturing in Naples was the initial dream, her desire to support the talent of local NYC artisans won out. Her collection is, today, a collaboration between the designer and area craftsmen -all come to life in the heart of the Fashion District.
Marie Odile is acutely aware of the dilemma faced by American designers and craftspeople. Competing with cheap and often inferior goods from abroad, lack of buyer awareness and the need to project themselves and their work to the American fashion-conscious consumer base is a huge challenge. It is for that reason that Marie Odile has re-engineered this Web Site to present selections of the very best of upcoming American Designers and Craftspeople. When you buy from this web store, you are not only supporting American workers, you will always get top quality and Service.
The Marie Odile collection ranges in shape from totes and clutches to cross-bodies and satchels. Materials include cow leather –plain, printed or embossed; canvas, cork, hemp and a vegan leather substitute.
Marie Odile's Motto: "A good handbage suits your style, but a GREAT handbag suits your lifestyle"