A Texas woman with a chic cosmopolitan sense, Elaine Turner combines her love of exotic travels and colorful spaces, creating a collection of luxury handbags and shoes for every woman. Elaine launched her eponymous lifestyle brand in April 2000, starting with eye-catching handbags that exude a little sexiness, a lot of glamour and the ultimate in femininity that work for all of life’s occasions.
“You don’t have to be at the Louvre or in Anguilla, these accessories perform at your local restaurant and even on the soccer field,” the busy mother of two says.
How It All Began:
After designing for an apparel brand in New York, Elaine co-founded the company with her husband Jim. Her goal was simple: use the language of design to create affordable and luxurious accessories that make women smile.
Elaine was a finalist for the 2011 Texas Business Woman of the Year Award, and in addition to handbags and shoes, Elaine is expanding her collection to include jewelry, hats and other lifestyle elements.
Elaine’s Design Inspirations:
Elaine's first handbag was inspired by raffia, which she was using to re-paper the walls of her Houston home. Jokingly, her husband Jim suggested she cover a handbag in raffia and viola-the Jackie bag that launched her fashion empire was born. Her designs will always include elements of bright grasscloth, glitter hair calf and cork—along with her pink jacquard lining, bamboo accents and crown hardware
Elaine's design aesthetic was sparked by the family vacations she took as a child. She was swept away by the effortless, laidback luxury of island living—and her mother’s natural grace, beauty and style. Trips to Europe with her father instilled a love of architecture and the energy one gets when traveling to a new place. The experiences influenced her design and the “natural progression for me to incorporate the feeling of cityscapes with dreamy getaways.”
“I get a kick looking through the lens without rules,” she says. “I always look at color first, it’s emotional; it’s where my eye goes. Next is shape and movement where art, architecture and the third dimension come into play.”
Her collections are based on destination and muse, leading Elaine to unexpected places like traditional menswear tweed piped with a sueded metallic or raffia with patent leather, custom prints and fabulous leathers.
Elaine Turner Today:
Headquartered in Houston's Decorative Center, Elaine's corporate office is surrounded by southern Texas' leading source for the finest furniture, fabrics, products and accessories and minutes away from the celebrated Galleria shopping complex.
The shoe salon with its plush pink couches is at the heart of all stores, inviting customers to relax, socialize and enjoy a glass of pink champagne. The merchandise is a playful mix of her handbag and shoe designs, as well as her favorite jewelry, clothing and home decor. Many of these items can be found in Elaine's own home and closet.
Giving back is part of Elaine’s personal DNA and at the core of her business philosophy. She avidly supports Breast Cancer Awareness, donating her time and funds to the Nellie B. Connally Breast Center at M.D. Anderson, where her mother receives treatment. Elaine is also passionate about The Christus Stehlin Foundation for Cancer Research and was honored at the foundation’s gala in November 2012. Every week, Elaine opens her boutiques for fundraising organizations and charities.
Looking for Elaine Turner Stores, Handbags, Shoes and Accessories?
Along with her flagship stores in Houston’s Rice Village and CityCentre, you can find Elaine Turner stores in The Woodlands, just north of Houston, in the Alamo Heights area of San Antonio, in Nashville’s Mall at Green Hills and in New York on Madison Avenue. Elaine’s first outlet store opened in the Round Rock Premium Outlets in August 2013, and her bags and shoes are available in Neiman Marcus and specialty boutiques worldwide.
Elaine Turner Press
Elaine and her signature designs have been featured on The Today Show, ABC’s Mirror/Mirror and in Glamour, InStyle, People, Lucky, Self, O The Oprah Magazine, Real Simple, Southern Living and many more.