The unique badlands of Painted Canyon are the result of seismic upheavals from the San Andreas Fault. Bag: Valentino striped leather satchel; Saks Fifth Avenue, Palm Desert ring: Donald Huber, The Jewelry Bar, Palm Desert.
The red, green, pink, gray, and brown of the high-walled, narrow gorge fascinates geologists who study here to learn the effect of earthquakes on the Earth’s crust. BAG: Paula Cademartor Petite Faye Smokey Beats, www.paulacademartori.com. RING: Bavna Blue; The Jewelry Bar, Palm Desert.
Other creatures than handbag-toting humans inhabit Painted Canyon. Bighorn sheep, the desert tortoise, and the spotted bat all call the Mecca Hills home. None is known to accessorize. BAG: Chloe Hudson mini shoulder bag; Saks Fifth Avenue, Palm Desert.
In the 17th and 18th centuries, women’s clothes were so voluminous that dresses had thigh pockets underneath their skirts. Not until the 19th century did purses re-emerge. BAG: Jimmy Choo cross body bag; Saks Fifth Avenue, Palm Desert.
There are a couple dozen types of handbags and purses, from the smaller, rectangular baguette to the crescent-shaped hobo to the hardbodied minaudiére to the tiny, attachable wristlet. BAG: Nancy Gonzalez Taj Crocodile Slicer Clutch; Saks Fifth Avenue, Palm Desert.
Pioneertown-based Jones studied music at UCLA. She has written songs for Prince’s keyboardist, Morris Hayes, and is currently at work on an EP, an ode to classic rock and blues. BAG: Serapian Meliné Bag Mosaico.
Dallas-based photographer Fredrik Brodén, who has shot the last five Palm Springs Life covers, is not especially known for photographing purses. His passion is Formula One racing. BAG: Saint Laurent; Saks Fifth Avenue, Palm Desert. RING: Donald Huber, The Jewelry Bar, Palm Desert.
“The End” is a song written by The Doors’ Jim Morrison and released in 1967. It neither is about death nor the apocalypse. Morrison wrote it after he broke up with his girlfriend. BAG: Paula Cademartori, www.paulacademartori.com
Produced by: Kent Black;
Model: Yasmina Jones;
Stylist: Shelby Dee;
Hair and Make Up: Chelsea Dorris;
Transportation by Bliss RV, Palm Springs, www.blissrv.com