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Handbag designer Kendall Conrad expands into footwear, brass jewelry
Handbag designer Kendall Conrad expands into footwear, brass jewelry

Accessories designer Kendall Conrad's face brightens on a recent morning in her sun-filled Abbot Kinney boutique as she flips through pages of playful owl sketches, images of black-and-white ceramic vessels with Minotaur faces and the color blue, Picasso blue. She's turned to the books "Picasso: The Mediterranean Years" and "Picasso and Francoise Gilot: Paris-Vallauris, 1943-1953" to explain the arty inspiration for her spring Vallauris collection, which may be her best yet. "He's my favorite artist ever, and a huge influence on me," says Conrad, who is dressed in denim cutoffs, a cashmere sweater and her own Pacha wrap sandals. "I zeroed...

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