MOTO: Unique Handbags by a Local Emerging Designer - Chitown Fashionista

23 May 2012 / By Nikia Jefferson

MOTO: Unique Handbags by a Local Emerging Designer

As you know, there is nothing that excites me more than discovering a talented emerging designer. So, when Chicago-based designer Sheila Nkatha Oshuntuyi contacted me about her newly launched handbag line, MOTO, I was intrigued.

She offered to send over a handbag of my choice in exchange for an honest review.  The Enveudière clutch bag immediately caught my eye, with its rich butterscotch leather and lesso fabric trim.

The perfectly sized 11″ x 7″ envelope clutch is great for those days where you want to keep it light while still making a statement.

In regards to the construction, the sturdy leather and quality stitching ensures that this bag will last for more than a season. Visually,  the vibrant fabric is so striking, my only complaint is that the handbag isn’t reversible. Can you imagine how fabulous that would be?? Nkatha, please hear my cry.

Besides the The Enveudière, The Glamour is another chic handbag that mixes leather (chocolate brown this time) with lesso, backcloth & kitenge patchwork.



The MOTO collection also includes messenger bags, satchels, totes and another one of my top picks, the trendy MOTO MAMA diaper bag.



Everything, I repeat, EVERYTHING is reasonably priced under $100 (with the exception of the laptop bag) and incorporates MOTO’s signature pairing of leather and lesso fabric, which explicitly displays the influence that Africa has on Nkatha’s designs. And with each item using a different cut of the printed fabric, no two bags are alike.

Unique? Check. Affordable? Check.

Visit to see all that MOTO has to offer. While you’re there, don’t forget to support this local emerging designer by grabbing a bag for yourself.


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Nikia Jefferson

Nikia Jefferson is the Founder and Editor of ChiTown Fashionista and has always had an affinity for shoes and shopping, in general. In addition to addressing fashion trends and her latest obsessions, Nikia promotes the remarkable, yet underexposed, local shops and designers she encounters in Chicago and beyond. Deemed as ‘the enabler of fashion consumption’, Nikia works to captivate the hearts of fellow shopaholics by featuring the unique treasures found during her shopping adventures.

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13 Comments so far

  1. Rita says:

    *SWOON* These are fabulous!!

  2. The Sunkissed Satchel on their site is a NEED for me, love it!

  3. Dee Dee says:

    Love me some MOTO bags! Can’t wait to get my hands on one.

  4. Shana says:

    Just picked up this fabulous diaper bag.. Now that I’m a fashionista mommy!! Can’t wait !!!

    • Nikia Jefferson says:

      NICE!!! Can’t wait to see you carrying it. I think I’ll be getting one myself. We’ll be twins. 🙂

    • Thanks so much for the support Shana!
      We at MOTO truly appreciate you!
      your MOTO bag will be with you soon…yay for hot mummies!

  5. THANK YOU SO SO SO SO MUCH for the wonderful post Nikia!
    We are so grateful & highly humbled!
    Thank you all for the support!
    We aim to have a MOTO bag in the hands of every woman and man!

    Also for all of your fans, here’s an offer for you!
    Use the code “15MOTONOW” for 15% OFF any order for a LIMITED time!


  6. Nikia, the Reversible idea! great!genious! We shall see how the fall line can incorprate this very smart idea!

  7. shola johnson says:

    MOTO definitely sets you apart from the crowd. I got 3 of their pieces and the great compliments never stop. Love me some MOTO and can’t wait to get my hands on the fall line!

  8. Mina Nyenke says:

    “I LOVE MOTO!” My name is Mina and I approve this message.

  9. Andrea says:


    MOTO bags are indeed intriguing! Though I do not have a little one, The MOTO Mama diaper bag is amazing. Like, I really want one…lol!

    Awesome bags!!

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