Ridge’s Vinny is anything but skinny on talent

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Here’s the skinny on Vinny — he’s huge!

Bay Ridge fashion designer Vincent Lai — the “Vinny” of the “Skinny Vinny” line of accessories — has only been at this for two years, but his handbags, wallets and ties have fashion buyers placing orders all over town.

“We just sold out of Skinny Vinny, that’s how great the bags are,” said Staceyjoy Elkin, owner of Red Lipstick, a Red Hook shop. “The designs are great and the manufacturing is top quality.”

Lai’s line of bags includes totes, clutches, satchels and messenger bags — all made from heavy-duty cotton canvas, ranging from $68 to $180. Lai focuses of versatility like with his “Sal” bag, which can be worn in four different ways.

“I look to see what problems people have with their everyday bags,” said Lai, who recently returned from Hong Kong. “And then I try to solve them with my bags.”

Lai also makes hand-made 1920-style bow ties out of a cotton-wool blend. With names like “Gatz” and “Carraway” (a la “The Great Gatsby”), no two ties are the same. He also sells zoot-suit-styled leather wallets, which have a unique design that let your bills peek through. In short, he has taken care of all your accessory needs.

“I just kind of want to be a lifestyle type of brand,” said Lai. “I like to keep it minimal, but comfortable for my customers.”

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What does this mean? from Bay Ridge says:
What does the author of this article mean when she says: "fashion buyers placing orders all of town"

All of town? Is that an English expression? Perhaps "all over town" is what she means? Has this article been edited by anyone?
March 19, 2011, 10:50 am
Jane from Bay Ridge says:
He is so little, I bet he could fit in that bag he's carrying!

Mini Vinny!
I want-i!

March 19, 2011, 10:55 am
James from Williamsburg says:
What a cutie. Is he single?
March 19, 2011, 6:54 pm

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