I'm a girl, so not only does my handbag have to be the cutest, but no one else is allowed to have it. This is something that Kacy Yom understands...

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I’m a girl, so not only does my handbag have to be the cutest, but no one else is allowed to have it. This is something that Kacy Yom understands.

Which is why her new Ballard handbag boutique, arm candy, carries designer creations you can’t get anywhere else in the state. And she only stocks one of each.

“Seattle is missing a handbag boutique store,” Yom says. “There are a lot of utility bags [in other stores] … I’m always looking for something unique, something different.”

Where else can you find an ostrich-feather beaded evening bag by Moo Roo or a leather clutch in the shape of a pair of bright red lips by Lulu Guinness? (The purple calfskin Piatonna was out the door within the first hour of the shop’s opening day. Sadly, it was not me who bought it.)

The sleek, narrow space looks and feels like an art gallery — and its little masterpieces are priced at $200 to $1,000. But they sure are pretty to look at … and, really, one could make the case that handbags are wearable art. And I always like to contribute to the arts.

Arm candy is at 5402 22nd Ave. N.W. (206-227-4548).

Pamela Sitt: 206-464-2376 or psitt@seattletimes.com