Tag Archives: handbags
I’m always interested in single-product brands and how they progress. It seems to me the sensible way to start out. Ralph Lauren famously started with ties, Alexander Wang with his capsule line of cashmeres and Palmer Harding are doing well with their inventive shirt-based pieces. Continue reading
Valextra is about to get a whole lot more attention and I’m slightly torn. New design director Alvaro Gonzalez (previously at Jimmy Choo) has injected a glam fashion element to the Valextra SS14 offer with some shinier textures and softer shapes. Just look at the Trick Track in alligator below. I was always a fan of Valextra’s quiet modernist aesthetic so I’m hoping it won’t lose that, but I can’t deny that these bags are going to bring it more mainstream attention. (I have a hunch there will be more celebrity gifting too.)
Some of the designs showed up on Instagram. You can have a peek here…
Need a good reason to go to Harrods? Of course you do. Well here’s one: Valentino has created it’s very own pop-up shop to celebrate the unstoppable cult of the Rockstud. In situ until the end of the month, the Rockstud Rouge pop-up sells bags and shoes adorned with the famous pyramid studs, amid a selection of Valentino AW13 RTW in the expected shade of crimson. (Can I point out that the walls are studded as well…)
It bags may come and go but the Rockstud is in another league altogether. According to Harrods chief merchant Marigay McKee, “it has dominated the accessories market, growing in demand since its launch.” Continue reading
I’ve been reusing my 10-year-old Hervé Chapelier canvas tote a lot this summer so was interested to see it also got a mention in US Vogue recently.
Along with the Longchamp Le Pliage, it’s a fine example of high quality, enduring design that does a job without making a song and dance about it. It’s a great product on its own but it could also do with a well-chosen collab or two to introduce it to a new audience – well that certainly hasn’t done Longchamp any harm.
And can we talk about the website? I can think of a million ways to bring the site of this made-in-France 90s favourite bang up-to-date with rich content and engaging stories, not to mention better functionality. Call me please, team Chapelier…
So much for super-brands shying away from obvious logos, Louis Vuitton recently launched this Vivienne bag (£2,880) with a can’t-miss-it brass logo closure. I’ve taken a secret shine to it as the rest of the bag is neat, clean and understated. Buy it here.
UPDATE: And here’s Alexa Chung with hers…
“We were fed up of seeing people carrying their lives in these grubby tatty cotton totes and wanted to offer an alternative,” says designer Rae Jones as I surreptitiously kick my own ‘tatty tote’ under my chair legs away from view. Rae is explaining the concept of the Buckitt bag at a friends and family launch of her Kickstarter campaign. But actually the bags speak very well for themsleves. Continue reading
Just in time for Ramadan, Harrods has installed its summer accessory campaign, The Handbag Narratives, featuring a host of unique collabs with some of its biggest selling handbag brands.
Specially created bags from the likes of Burberry (a clever squashy number called the Crush), Fendi, Mulberry and Victoria Beckham have been commissioned in miniscule numbers (there are only four of Beckham’s duck-egg blue python Tote Minis), perfect for those with deep pockets and a love for super-luxury and exclusivity…
Victoria Beckham Tote Mini, £2,750
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). Continue reading
One for the ‘too cute’ file, the whimsical perfume bottle-shaped minaudieres by both Lanvin (above) and Charlotte Olympia for SS13. In keeping with their respective brands, Lanvin’s is grown-up and dramatic, echoing the lines of the classic Arpege fragrance bottle, while Charlotte Olympia’s pastel perspex offerings are imbued with her signature lighthearted wit. Continue reading