It was a childhood trip to Africa that led New York-based accessories designer, Kara Ross, to a future in design. Her parents allowed her to choose a native gemstone of her choice design her own creation. Ross recalls: "knowing that I could create something wholly original at a young age really affected me." Wholly original is the only way to describe Ross' Spring Summer 2012 handbag collection. Mixing exotic materials like ostrich and alligator with a unique hand painted technique takes a periwinkle lizard clutch or a blue and hold ostrich satchel to the next level of luxury.