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Fashion Lends a Helping Handbag

Philanthropy marries design in this exclusive collaboration inspired by friendship

Four years ago, when Susan Farber was new to the world of handbag design, she met Kelly Stone and was immediately touched by her “zest for life, kindness, strong character and loyalty.” Since then, Susan Farber’s handbags have been worn by stars on Desperate Housewives, Arrested Development and The OC, and featured in the pages of Lucky, People and Women’s Wear Daily. Her close friendship with Kelly has also grown. When Kelly was diagnosed with lupus recently, it gave Susan the opportunity to use her success to raise funds and awareness for a disease that affects more than one million women nationwide.

A bag from the "Kelly for Susan Farber" collection

In December 2006, Kelly and Susan launched the “Kelly for Susan Farber” handbag collection, to benefit the Lupus Research Institute. The plush, limited-edition messenger bags include delicately beaded tassels, a cell phone compartment and an interior zip pocket lined in soft suede. The bags are available for a limited time at top Macy’s West locations and online at

Buy one and a generous portion of the proceeds goes to finding new treatments and a cure for lupus.

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