• Katie Johnston

Though trained as architects, Katie Johnston and Lauren Sanchez have recently branched out into a new kind of design world: architecturally-inspired accessories. Both women attended the Auburn University School of Architecture, and they incorporate their skills into their jewelry and handbags. Blue Bicycle Books will host a “Book-cessories” event featuring their pieces on Thurs. Dec. 17 from 5 to 7 p.m. Sanchez is the part owner with her husband, Jonathan, of the popular used book store.

Sanchez, co-owner of the bookstore with her husband Jonathan, came up with the idea for L_Design handbags from the piles of fabric her architectural firm planned to throw out. She realized these throwaways could be put to good use as clutches, wallets, and shoulder bags. The purses are offered in eclectic modern, retro, and classic upholstery fabrics.

Johnston’s necklaces, earrings, and bracelets are made from a variety of materials including sterling silver, gold fill, and reused materials like CMYK newspaper aluminum printing plates, aluminum building flashing, HVAC grills, beads, and pearls. The pieces exhibit architectural principles of form, texture, structure and light in a wearable form and can be previewed on her website.

Enjoy a glass of champagne and a quick snack as you support these local designers at this one-night-only event.