Shoe designer Brian Atwood says handbags are up next

Brian Atwood, the designer responsible for the coveted "Maniac" pump is joining the business of bags.

In an interview with AP, he says, "What you carry in your bag is personal, and I can't dictate or edit, but I can ask, 'What does this bag weigh by itself?' You don't want to start with a 25-pound bag." In other words, he doesn't want to see women struggling with their over-sized and oftentimes heavy handbags.

An Evening With Ralph Lauren
Brian Atwood attends "Lincoln Center Presents: An Evening With Ralph Lauren" at Alice Tully Hall on Monday, Oct. 24, 2011 in New York. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)

It seems that the designer will be stomping in on clutches, which he says are the stilettos of handbags. He also says that he thinks of his shoes and bags as investment pieces, and would like them to be worn by women for years.

For example, Atwood offers a bag made of the skin of water snakes (eeks) which is priced at $1000. For those of you who like this pattern and material, Atwood's bags are exclusively offered through Gilt. However, his handbags will not be offered at a discounted price like most of the designer products featured on the flash sale site. Rather, his new bags will be available to interested buys at full-price for a limited time only.

We're curious to see which designers join the Brian Atwood bag bandwagon. After all, his shoe designs have been worn by well-heeled stars like Victoria Beckham, Blake Lively, Kerry Washington and more.