The Line: 442 McAdam
The 442 McAdam handbag collection was launched in Calgary in 2008, paying homage to vintage styles with equestrian detailing. The collection includes women's day bags, cross-body, mid and oversized as well as evening bags, in addition to a selection of men's messenger bags. Recognized by their metal logo plate, original silhouettes, and mix of equestrian and vintage detailing, 442 McAdam bags continue to draw a loyal following.
442 bags are made of top-grain leathers and engineered right here in Canada with a focus on durable construction. No doubt a unique and desired contribution from the vision of founder and designer Sarah Shell. 442 McAdam headquarters are currently situated in downtown Toronto, Ontario.
The Designer: Sarah Shell
Designer Sarah Shell returned to her roots in Canada after spending several years in New York’s fashion industry. After earning her degree in Biology at McGill University, Sarah attended the renowned Parsons School of Design where she graduated with a degree in Fashion Design. While in New York, Sarah designed for Club Monaco, and then focused on buying/merchandizing at Gucci North America. It was here that she gained her appreciation for well-made luxury bags. During this time, Sarah also worked directly with designers such as Catherine Malandrino, Yigal Azrouel, and BCBG Max Azria, for a number of seasons of New York Fashion Week shows.