clutchWe went, we saw, she conquered. Danielle DiFerdinand, the 22-year-old entrepreneur of Danielle Nicole Handbags makes some of the best handbags in the biz; no kidding. There is simply no comparison between seeing her utterly soft and totally cool handbags in person versus seeing them on a computer screen. So what makes these bags so darn good?

First and foremost it's the leather. We had to see it for ourselves. So we went to our local Neiman and scooped one of Danielle's incredible bags into our arms and immediately embraced the bag as though we were getting a warm hug from a long lost pal (yes, we really are that big a bag-hag). Then we compared, we contrasted. The buttery leather on that Danielle Nicole bag was some the softest we felt that day, all day.

But there's more. The way Danielle tools the bags is also beyond compare. The details are subtle but bohemian in style – a little rouching here, some fringe there. These minimal but strong details are what keep the bags sophisticated but also what gives them their one-two punch.

Our personal faves? That's easy – the mustard yellow Kristi Mini for day and the Sarah clutch for night in black or bronze; just take your pick.