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m.andonìa's distinctive collection of handbags, totes, cosmetics cases and evening bags is quickly becoming the newest must-have accessory amongst some of Hollywood's hottest actresses and singers. Superstars such as Halle Berry, Jennifer Aniston, Drew Barrymore, Uma Thurman, Kate Beckinsale, Faith Hill and Queen Latifah have all been spotted carrying m.andonia bags.

Designer Maria Argyropoulos draws inspiration from all over the world, scouring fabric mills in Europe and vintage stores in the U.S. to find just the right materials to convey her classic yet modern, sophisticated yet edgy, romantic yet rock 'n roll sense of style. She often embellishes the bags with Swarovski crystals and lamination. Maria's fashion know-how stems from her degree in graphic design from California State University and her graduate studies at the renowned Studio Art Centers International in Florence, Italy. After making herself a handbag fashioned from a vintage placemat, Maria received such rave reviews that she decided to start her own business creating the unique bags that make up the m.andonia collection.

"I knew that if I was going to make it in this business, I was going to have to come up with something different and exciting," says Maria. "I don't follow trends; I have no interest in recreating what is already being done. What I do have an interest in is creating works of art, and that is what my strong design experience has allowed me to do with each piece in my collection."

In addition to the on-line store, m.andonia bags are available at a variety of department stores and boutiques throughout the world, including Le Bon Marche in Paris and Fortnum & Mason in London.