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The One to Watch – JILL MILAN

Jill Fraser is the creative visionary behind Jill Milan. The elegant handbag and accessory company carries gorgeous and fashionable vegan handbags, wallets and clutches as well as vegan coats and faux leather jackets. I met Fraser on a photo shoot for the debut of her faux leather jackets and vegan coats designed by celebrity stylist Laura Spinella. Fraser is a lovely woman who has managed to blend her eco-friendly vision with a strong, artistic aesthetic. She fashions with responsibility and style. Jill Milan was founded on the vision that vegan fashion could still be beautiful and is committed to supporting nonprofit animal organizations.

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The Fall Faux Leather Jacket Model: Celeste Hodge Photo: John Collazos
Pretty in Pink Model: Celeste Hodge Photo: John Collazos
Pretty in Pink
Model: Celeste Hodge
Photo: John Collazos

Fraser states:

“Unlike other brands, our handbags are designed by top fashion designers and then handcrafted by Italy’s familyowned ateliers. Our designers are veterans of Prada and the New York Ballet.”  

Jill Milan’s ateliers also create handbags for the best fashion houses – Bulgari and Donna Karan, to name a couple. Italian handbags tend to last for generations due to the quality of materials used. Therefore the artistry and hand-stitching result in quality craftsmanship. They are also Fair trade and sweatshop-free. No PVCs are used in any of her products. Fraser is very particular about this as so many accessories are made by unethical standards

Furthermore, Jill Milan is a celebrity favorite and has been carried on the red carpet by Anne Hathaway, Eva Longoria, Jennifer Lawrence, Kerry Washington, and many other celebrities.

I usually associate the Jill Milan bag with her “signature clutch” but there are totes as well. I am in love with the Winnao tote featured recently in Cape Cod Magazine. All of her merchandise is celebrity approved and she has struck an innovative balance between authentic style and ethical awareness. You will see her clutches constantly on the red carpet for celebrity events as it tends to be the “go-to-clutch.”

Kerry Wash
Kerry Washington with the Art Deco Clutch
Jill Milan Winnano Tote
Jill Milan Winnano Tote Italian black faux leather with gold-coated canvas

Jill Milan accessories and apparel consist of a clean composition, structure and texture that are inherent in her products.  There is a simplicity, yet details and the finest materials make the look.  Also the consistency factor makes for a signature look even while the brand is constantly growing.

Signature Vegan Wallets from Jill Milan
Signature Vegan Wallets from Jill Milan
Perfect for any season
Perfect for any season
Jill Fraser of Jill Milan
Jill Fraser of Jill Milan

I personally can’t wait to see what is upcoming for spring and summer. It will stylish and fabulous — but more importantly, with an environmental vision.

Lizzy Collazos

Writer

Elisabeth has always loved, fashion, design and art. She especially enjoys writing about emerging designers and artists and where they get their inspiration. She finds all creative expression inspiring.

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