Laverne Cox's closet champions clever purse storage – it's both beautiful and functional

The actress designed her storage system with longevity in mind – here's how professional organizers recommend replicating her look

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Some closets are more like museums for clothing and accessories. However, in this type of highly stylized storage space, it's essential to strike a balance between form and function. Laverne Cox achieves this perfect equilibrium in her beautiful closet.

The actress's closet storage prioritizes displaying her enviable handbag collection with tall, white-painted built-ins. Tall mirrors, black handles, and glass cabinets provide wonderful space for getting ready and displaying clothing and accessories. Experts say it's the perfect way to store purses.

Juliana Melamed, professional organizer and owner of Full Service Living, states, 'Laverne's custom walk-in closet is both beautiful and functional. The floor-to-ceiling glass cabinet doors allow her to display her coveted purse collection, as well as keep it safe from excessive light and dust.'

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Julianna Melamed

Julianna Melamed is the founder of the home concierge company Full Service Living, located in New York City, which specializes in home organization, move management, and home project management. 

Furthermore, the built-in closet organizers used to display Laverne's purses have benefits for the longevity of her bags. 

'One organizational choice Laverne Cox has made in her purse storage is using shelves to showcase her purses as opposed to hooks,' professional organizer Barbara Brock comments. 'This technique provides for maintaining the integrity of a purse. She has installed glass doors for easy viewing and protection of the items.'

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Barbara Brock

Barbara is a successful home-stager, professional organizer, entrepreneur, and the past President of the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals™ New York Chapter. She is the Founder & CEO of Barbara Brock Inc, a professional organizing and staging company.

For those who are keen to recreate the actress's clothes storage ideas, Barbara Brock has thoughts. She says, 'Other tips when organizing purses include storing purses in individual dust bags, avoiding overstuffing handbags, and using internal purse organizers to keep items. 

She continues, 'I also recommend keeping purses away from direct sunlight and maintaining a consistent environment to prevent color fading, which Laverne is doing herself.'

'One other strategy is to organize purses by categorizing them based on size, color, or style,' says Barbara. She says, 'Use clear storage containers or shelves, such as Laverne, to easily spot and access each purse. Regularly assess and rotate your collection for variety.'

Purse storage can be difficult to figure out, but the perfect method ensures that your favorite bags will last a lifetime. Just look at Laverne Cox's closet.

Sophie Edwards
News Editor

Sophie is a London-based News Editor at Homes & Gardens, where she works on the Celebrity Style team. She is fascinated by the intersection of design and popular culture and is particularly excited when researching trends or interior history. Sophie is an avid pop culture fan. As an H&G editor, she has interviewed the likes of Martha Stewart, Hilary Duff, and the casts of Queer Eye and Selling Sunset. Before joining Future Publishing, Sophie worked as the Head of Content and Communications at Fig Linens and Home, a boutique luxury linens and furniture brand. She has also written features on exciting developments in the design world for Westport Magazine. Sophie has an MSc from the Oxford University Department of Anthropology and a BA in Creative Writing and Sociology from Sarah Lawrence College.