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New Leather Wrist Clutch Collection from Debra Cortese Designs

The new collection of Leather Wrist Clutches is now available online!

The wrist clutch is one of my favorite new products because it is perfect for stylishly carrying your basic essentials – license, credit card, cash and your cel phone! Plus, it makes a great wallet when you want to carry a bigger bag (hopefully a matching Debra Cortese Design 😉

Check out all 15 new designs HERE.

Design is on front only. Full zipper closure, supple full grain leather and 4 interior pockets.


Nature’s Energy design process melds plant image pixels into eco-trendy fractal patterns

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Oleander Leaves Pattern ©2012 Debra Cortese Designs


People often ask where I get my ideas or how do I create the designs for my art and products. Ideas come from all over the place – things I read, conversations, dreams, observing animals, people, music, foods, etc. and at least 90% of my designs are inspired by some element of nature.

I try to walk every day during twilight (early morning or just before sunset) because the angle of natural light is more dramatic and magical during those times. Sometimes I don’t have the option of choosing a time of day, or my subject. This is usually when I’m creating a custom design. In this case, a client will request a design based on something that relates to their business, product or interests. When this happens, I need to do a lot of research to learn more about the client, the business or event that I’m designing for as well as their market or trends and, I always want to learn more about the stories or relevant information of my subject. While thislater part  isn’t always necessary, it is one of the parts of the creative process that I enjoy.

Today, I’m sharing just the basic steps to creating a custom pattern. I was creating a custom design for a product that incorporates the anti-aging properties of the oleander plant. I used images based on the client’s resources and after about 8 hours of creative time and multiple variations of designs and colors, the 2 patterns that are shown here are my favorites.

I started with a photo image for each design. On the Oleander Leaves pattern, I found a detail area within the photo, enhanced it, applied my custom set of filters and then some more tweaking of contrast and colors, mirrored the image and resized it into the pattern as shown on the background and on the sample Oleander Leaves Business/Travel Tote Bag.

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Oleander Golden Fractals ©2012 Debra Cortese Designs


For the Oleander Fractals design, I found a detail area of a sunlight kissed, field of oleander photo and enlarged, filtered and customized this into a very different mirrored pattern. I love the golden sparkle of this design and knowing that both patterns are created from pixels of the selected plant just makes my work that much more rewarding 🙂  This is an example of how my designs incorporate the energy of a specific nature element.

Both Business/Travel Bags are now available along with 10 additional designs:

See all of them now at:


To learn more about a custom design for your business, contact debra@debracortese.com or call me at 305-298-2023.

SPRING SALE Hipster Bags at Member Prices

SAVE 40%!
All 12 Hipster Bag Designs are now available at Member Prices.
These make fantastic gifts. Buy one for yourself and one for a friend. Price include shipping in USA.
View details on all Hipster Bags HERE
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Coming soon…. Member Prices on Business/Travel Tote Bags.

Sippin’ & Shoppin’ this Sat. July 24 benefits Casa Valentina!

Cocktails and Fashion Trunk Show at Market Boutique

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Thanks to Just Ask Boo, I recently connected with Maria Lesseur owner of Market Boutique just in time to participate in this Saturday’s first TRUNK SHOW. I’ll be joining some fabulous area designers: Soy Delicious Candles, Lexi Jewelry, Mary Maalouf, Andrea Guillard Viamonte, Jimmy Vee, Paper Squid, Beauty by Arbonne, and Bead’s by Daisy. We will all be showing our latest fashions, accessories and products so this is a terrific opportunity to see so many designers all in one location.
Not only will you get to sip delicious cocktails and see great new fashions, you will also be helping young women transition from foster care to safe, afforadable, independent living with the services of.Casa Valentina.

Market Boutique is located at 8851 SW 132 Street, Miami, FL 33176
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Sippin’ & Shoppin’ for a Good Cause

Saturday, July 24th from 1 to 4 pm at MARKET BOUTIQUE
SW 132 Street, Miami, FL 33176 right across from The FALLS.

For a preview of Cortese Design Bags visit www.cortesedesignbags.com

Announcing the “BAG OF THE WEEK SALE”


Starting today, I’ll be featuring one of my Nature’s Energy Cortese Design Bags as the


And…it will be ON SALE for at least 30% off the retail price!

This week’s bag is the Petite Tote style featuring

“Orchid Cascade Reflections”

one of my favorite nature’s energy images.

 CLICK ON THE BAG for more info and order yours today!
(sale ends at midnight (EDT) June 9, 2009)