NinaKate Divine Totes

I belong to a women’s business group called the DIVA Network, and it was at one of their monthly meetings that I first laid eyes on a NeenaKate handbag. Fellow DIVA member Suzi Kroske, a successful  Silpada Jewelry Design representative, carried a tote bag that stood out as a work of art. So many details about this bag captured my imagination. The fabric design consisted of rows of little Babar like white elephants against a black background.  A hint of hot pink ribbon trim and woven leather straps finished off this gem. I knew right then I wanted to see more bags in the NeenaKate Collection and meet the master minds behind this unique handbag line.

A few weeks ago I interviewed the company’s co-owner, Neena Dorsey, at her home office. She met me at the door wearing a bright orange blouse and an equally vibrant pair of slim leg print pants. She then took me to her office, which housed an array of tote style bags. I felt like a kid in a candy store. The stylist in me delighted in carefully examining a cross section of purses. The impeccable workmanship, imaginative lining and pocket insert combinations of each bag delighted me. I also saw bags matching every style persona, from classic to dramatic. I seized this opportunity to buy a tote for my twenty five year old niece’s birthday. Should I choose the turquoise, coral and blue marine life pattern or go with the chic leopard print?  In the end, I decided upon an ethereal grey and rust print tote, resembling an impressionist watercolor.

Not long into the interview it occurred to me that Neena embodied the same elements that I see in the NeenaKate collection: elegance, optimism and fun. Her style know how seems to come naturally as does her carefree, “glass is half full” approach to life.  Neena and partner Kate McCullough obviously understand not only what women like but also how to elevate their style by wearing one unforgettable accessory, like a NeenaKate tote.  In choosing textiles, they selected a host of inspiring designs and colors. Although we didn’t discuss our style philosophies, I believe that these two women share my viewpoint that fashion should uplift your spirits and put a smile on your face. NeenaKate handbags do both.

The NeenaKate line stands for quality and attention to detail. A great deal of care went into the creation of each of the over four hundred bags already created by this dynamic duo. This American made product comes in sizes from small to extra large and range in price from $69 to $189. Here is just a taste of the collection. For more information and photos, visit the company’s website at or their Facebook page,  The Greenville News also recently published an article about this up and coming upstate business.

Orange and Purple geometric Tote

Creatures of the Sea Tote

Black and white tote with a touch of whimsey on the inside




































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6 Responses to “NinaKate Divine Totes”

  1. Neena Dorsey Says:

    Thanks Corey for a wonderful splash about NeenaKate!
    I truly enjoyed meeting you!
    Also, I will send this to all our connections and have them like your blog! I will be checking in with you regularly! You are a doll!
    Best wishes!
    Neena D~

  2. Kelly Says:

    Love the NeenaKate Collection so much that I have started my own “collection”…. about 12 bags and counting! They are NOT those handmade totes you’ve seen around… each bag is unique, the fabrics are very high-end and the workmanship impeccable.

  3. Judy Says:

    These are lovely! I’ve seen them in person and they are even nicer up close.

  4. Pam Fidsky Says:

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  5. Annalynn Says:

    I constantly receive compliments on all of my NeenaKate bags! I think each one is a one-of-a-kind piece of wearable art!

  6. Corey Says:

    Thanks for your kind comments about my blog. Best Wishes to You.