getting to know // Angela & Roi + GIVEAWAY

Tell us a little bit about yourself…
Angela&Roi is an online handbag boutique that caters to the young college and professional audience. We offer competitive, affordable pricing without sacrificing quality or style. Our handbags emphasize vibrant colors that will make you stand out from the crowd. Our collection includes Totes, Shoulder bags, Cross-body bags, Clutches, Purses, Backpacks, and Travel Bags. 

What made you decide to start Angela & Roi?
Angela has always been fascinated by the influence of fashion. Fashion combines the necessity of clothes with art. Women’s fashion allows for expression of individuality, uniqueness, and passion during any season. Handbags are symbolic of this pragmatic beauty. A good handbag goes past a carrier of items and transforms into a confident statement to the world. However, Angela bemoans the inhibiting price of designer handbags. Looking good should not be for only the rich and the famous.

Angela researched handbags on the lower price range, but predictably, they were of low quality and lacked aesthetic appeal. She felt that the handbag market should not be slave to brand names and should be accessible to a greater population. College students especially live on a limited budget. She recognized a universal need that was not being addressed by current outlets.

Angela proposed her business plan to Roi. She wanted to found a company that sells affordable handbags while maintaining high, fashionable quality. Roi immediately saw the potential. At Boston University, Roi majored in Entrepreneurship. Additionally, Roi interned at a new business department at Korean corporation. He worked on multiple

start-ups throughout college. With Roi’s business expertise and Angela’s acute fashion sense, they believed they would make a successful team. They decided to name the company Angela&Roi because their relationship is the most important part of their lives. They started with an idea, but they had to follow through. Angela and Roi are both from South Korea. Therefore, they both possess multiple professional connections in the Korean fashion industry. Korean fashion is blossoming. Many new designers are emerging. Trends change fast. There are thousands of wholesalers. Fashion is at the forefront of the Korean market. Through their connections, Angela and Roi connected with the most promising wholesalers. They were able to make bargain prices without compromising for quality. Shipping costs were more than reasonable. And so the company moved from an idea to reality. 

Where do you draw your inspiration from?
We admire the business model of brands like Aldo and Warby Parker. Each company offers luxury quality items for bargain prices. These companies present a high-end style without the burdensome price tag. Angela and Roi hope to expand this model into the handbag industry.

How would you describe your style?
Roi and Angela have a similar style. They prefer to be neat and classy, and they prefer more subtle fashion sense. They typically wear mono-color tones like black, white, grey, or brown, and then accentuate their outfit with a colorful accessory. 

Which Angela & Roi handbag is your current favorite?

Angela Palette Bags. They are our signature bag, designed minimally with pop colors. Angela especially likes the Cobalt Blue and Wine color.

I'm smitten with these bags and am so pleased that Angela & Roi will be offering an Angela Signature Bag to one lucky reader! To enter simply visit the Angela & Roi Facebook page and like them, then like one of their photos or comment on it, then leave a comment below saying which color you'd pick if you won! Easy peasy. I will announce the winner on Monday the 15th.

Thanks so much Angela & Roi! If y'all just can't get enough of them, like me, feel free to visit and follow them here.

xo. melisa