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Bedford-Stuyvesant-based designer Sarah Morgan (pictured) has invented a new must-have accessory for women who like to do everything from shopping to clubbing without a bulky purse: a belt-bag.

But this is not your granny’s fanny-pack, assures Morgan, a native of Wales. Her Sterling Belt-Bags, which comprise her Crown Heights Couture line, are meant to be worn low on the hips, tool-belt style, and are equipped with magnetized pockets. The "saddle style" version - which comes in several of-the-moment colors, including bronze and gold - has flat pockets that hold slim items like business cards and make for a more-flattering silhouette suited for a night of dancing. Morgan’s "floret style" belt-bag is akin to a gunslinger’s belt with deeper pockets to hold bulkier items like a cellphone, wallet and iPod.

The bags’ embellishments range from Western-style whipstitching, nailheads and fringe to punk-rock D-rings, studs and eyelets.

All versions of the belt-bags have brass buckles, which, when combined with the Argentinean cowhide, have a heft equal to their price tag of $220-$300. The belt-bags can be purchased online at www.eenamaria.com or at Michelle New York [376 Atlantic Ave. between Hoyt and Bond streets in Boerum Hill, (718) 643-1680].

Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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