BE NEXT: 13 Young Innovators Driving the Business of Design

Onna Ehrlich, 34, Founder of Onna Ehrlich LLC.

Growing up in Nigeria, Ehrlich would spend her summers at a local handbag factory sketching women in fashionable clothing and shoes. By age 12 she knew she wanted to make handbags. Ehrlich launched her own line in 2004 after graduating from the Art Center College of Design and quickly attracted celebrity clientele such as Halle Berry, Cameron Diaz, Lindsay Lohan, Paris Hilton, Eva Longoria, Marcia Cross, and many more. Her bags have been sold at Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Henri Bendel and Kitson ranging from $45 to $850. She says her bags are for the aspirational customer who doesn’t want to spend $1,500 to $1,800 for a bag.

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