The luxury spotlight has been trained on the Brits this week – especially when it comes to accessories. As speculation grows on where Emma Hill will go post-Mulberry, we’re also looking ahead to what magic Katie Hillier and Luella Bartley will sprinkle on Marc By Marc Jacobs in their new official roles (as creative director and design director respectively).
Katie Hillier is one busy lady. Not content with consulting on bags for Victoria Beckham, Loewe and Joseph, plus producing her own playful-luxe jewellery and accessory line, she has helped revamp the bag offer at Asprey. If you’ve ever so much as stepped over the Asprey threshold, you’ll know that this is heritage luxury of the highest order. The shapes of these serious bags follow the structured silhouettes we have come to know Hillier for in recent years, but the real excitement comes from the exotic skins and finishes available. When you buy an Asprey bag, you’re not buying a ‘fashion’ item but a keep-in-the-family heirloom piece in which the quality, craftsmanship and rare materials are all-important. (You can configure the components however you want too, at Asprey everything can be bespoke.)
As rumours abound that Bruni Guillon, the new CEO of Mulberry wants to take it in a more upmarket direction, it makes me wonder if Guillon has been watching Asprey’s strategy with Hillier too. Here’s a taster of what to expect from Asprey’s AW13 collection (on sale in September)…
Asprey market tote in earth python, £4,000
Asprey 1781 zip top in smog crocodile, £25,000
Asprey The Blakes in crocodile, £25,000