Posts Tagged ‘Leather’

British Handbag Brand Peony & Moore Collaborate with Biba Founder Barbara Hulanicki.

Monday, January 25th, 2016

Biba Founder Barbara Hulanicki Launches New Handbag Collection

Barbara Hulanicki, the groundbreaking designer that transformed the fashion industry and defined an era, is back with her first handbag collection in over 10 years.

The Barbara Hulanicki collection, from the acclaimed fashion designer behind Biba, includes three distinctive designs that reflect her iconic sense of style. Fashion and function may be at the core to each eye-catching piece but her bold new collection is still full of surprises.

Inspired by the designer's own lifestyle, the playful and practical Kensington (£215) cross body handbag in Italian leather is the ideal travel accessory. In black and burnt orange leather with a sheer finish, the Kensington emulates all the warmth of an exotic holiday before even stepping on a plane. A handy front pocket neatly fits a passport while the interior has ample (more...)

5 Mins with British Maternity Handbag Brand, KeriKit

Monday, November 30th, 2015

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How do you describe to people what you do and your design style?

I try to give women both in work or new mothers beautiful well made and well designed products that allow them to keep their individuality and look beautiful whilst in an organised manner!

What sort of comments do you get about your designs?

Everyone has loved the smell and quality of the leather and the size of my bags. They are big bags so that you can actually fit everything inside with ease. The unique IRO has been a great success allowing customers to keep everything in place and easy to find.

What is your background?

I studied Fashion Design at Northumbria university before living in Hong Kong for 2 years as an accessories designer. I then returned to the UK and worked my way up to Head of Design for a supplier to the high street where we supplied everyone from Shanghai Tang to George at Asda. I then went on to become a senior buyer of accessories for 7 years at TK Maxx before leaving to set up my own brand.

Which designers do you rate highly and why?

I Love the work of designers such as Galliano, Gaultier and the late Alexander Mc Queen for their flamboyancy and their portrayal of the female form in a strong and positive way. (more...)

5 Mins With British Accessories Brand Lara Lindsay

Monday, April 20th, 2015

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How do you describe to people what you do and your design style?

I am a designer of luxury leather handbags, which focus on function as much as form. When designing I focus on what the bag will be used for whilst creating elegant silhouettes and clean shapes. I am a British designer with a very British style.

What sort of comments do you get about your designs?

I have been lucky enough to receive very positive comments on my designs, with people saying that the collection looks timeless and stylish, with a quintessentially English feel. I have also had return customers commenting on how they love the look of the leather as it ages and develops.

What is your background?

I studied History of Art at Bristol University and then went on to do an apprenticeship under the fantastic design Selina Cheong in North London. It was here that I learnt to design and make leather accessories first hand, with great tuition and opportunities. I started out on my (more...)

5 Mins With British Accessories Brand: Larah England

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

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How do you describe to people what you do and your design style?

We design beautiful handbags and purses that combine a unique mix of luxury, femininity and functionality. The Larah England collection captures our unique essence of casual chic through the process of product washing which gives our signature tumbled leathers a sumptuous softness unrivalled in the present market. This in combination with our raw edge detailing and feminine touches from hand-plaited handles to our ribbon bow plaques form the exclusive hallmarks of our Larah England brand.

What sort of comments do you get about your designs?

Our aim has always been to create pieces that whilst being both beautiful and luxurious also focus on the practicalities and details that make an item a joy and comfort to both use and wear. The comments we receive on our bags reflect this philosophy.  People comment on the comfort and super softness of the bags that are features of the washed leathers we use. How practical they are through our back metal zip pockets for safe easily accessible storage and our dual straps so bags can be worn in a variety of ways. People also absolutely adore our exclusive interior removable vanity mirrors handy for those make up touch ups and our detachable leather mobile phone pockets.

What is your background?

Friendship and a combined passion and mutual love of handbags led myself, Laura Bransby and Sarah Bundy to form Larah England together. With over 20 years of combined experience within the handbag industry from design through to development and sales we had always felt that there was a gap in the market for a brand offering a more casual/relaxed styling but with a distinctive feminine edge. We dreamed of creating this collection through really well considered, practical, beautiful and timelessly classic pieces. (more...)

5 Mins With New Footwear Brand to Family: Iris Sandals

Friday, May 23rd, 2014

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How do you describe to people what you do and your design style?

IRIS brand is all about colours and unique handmade designs. I try to make pieces that are different to any mass production products. I blend materials and shapes to make products that are fashionable and at the same time both classic and easy to wear. All the designs are chic with a playful twist.

What sort of comments do you get about your designs?

I get a lot of excitement, which gives me more energy to continue, especially from the women who value comfort and individuality.  The designs are colourful and eye catching but what makes them unique is that every piece is wearable and will last for many seasons.

What is your background?

Of Greek origin, I studied politics and hold a master in management. I worked in PR, sales and marketing positions for few years until I moved to London. I have been making accessories and bespoke sandals for ten years as a hobby until I decided that this is what I want to focus on and set up IRIS brand. I have attended courses with the London College of Fashion and continue to build on my design as well as business skills.

Which designers do you rate highly and why? (more...)

5 Mins with New British Brand to the family - Mary Franck Millinery

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

How do you describe to people what you do and your design style?

'Individuality meets wearability' is the principal objective when I am designing hats and headpieces. I like to combine conventional millinery fabrics and trimmings, such as felt, leather and feathers with the more unconventional materials such as wood, food and metallic trims.All my hats and headpieces are designed and handmade in my East London studio. Each unique piece is a simple yet beautifully constructed shape in styles ranging from classic to cutting-edge.

What sort of comments do you get about your designs?

The response to my work since launching my brand in July 2011 has been amazing. The most frequently made comments I receive are that my work is individual, innovative, and feminine and that my hats are distinctive and eye-catching, but they don’t shout too loud.

What is your background?

I studied History and History of Art at university in London. After graduating, I worked at Christie’s auction house for two years in the Arms & Armour Department; I can definitely say that this background has influenced my designs throughout my collections.

Which designers do you rate highly and why?

Vivienne Westwood goes without saying. She astounds every season and I strongly agree with her perspective that people should buy fewer and better quality clothes.  I really like Russian designer, Ulyana Sergeenko. Her work is incredibly feminine, eccentric and distinctly loyal to her heritage.

 Tell us about your design process from concept, production and to the shelves…

To create a seasonal collection, I will choose a theme that inspires me and start sketching designs drawing on that theme-  whether it be a period in history, a genre of art or something as literal as spices- like my recently launched Spring/Summer 2014 collection.

I then start sampling with materials- I like to be as original as I can in my work so I like to experiment with unusual materials and try to adapt traditional millinery fabrics. Within a collection I will create a range of styles- from the more outrageous occasion wear to the everyday cap or fedora.

How do you think your brand has developed?

Since launching in July 2011 I have developed an ever-growing and loyal client base and established some strong relationships with stylists and photographers. I am confident as a designer and maker and I have developed an individual signature aesthetic.

What do you hate most about your job?

Not having enough time in the day to get everything done! It’s difficult to achieve a healthy balance between the time I spent on the designing and making on one hand and the PR and business administration on the other- both are equally as important, I really need two of me!

What are your main achievements and what do you aim to achieve now? Past present and future

Coming 2nd place in Hat Designer of the Year 2012 was a great achievement for me; the recognition gave me the confidence to begin to approach buyers with my brand. I am really happy with the two collections I have brought out this year and how well they have been received by the general public and the industry. I am confident that my work can only get better, in the future I hope to acquire more stockists, for my client base to grow and to collaborate with some designers would be great.

What advice would you have for anyone starting out in (your field)?

Believe in the value of your own work, never undersell yourself. It is going to be hard, really hard but if it’s your passion, don’t give up. Oh, and network!

Why do you think British design stands out on the global stage?

Britain has a rich history of craftsmanship and design and some of the best art schools in the world to cultivate our young designers. British design is indiscriminate and boundless- creativity breeds in all walks of life and British design is inclusive, that is what makes it so unique.

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5 Minutes with Torula Bags Founder Emeline Coates

Sunday, November 10th, 2013

How do you describe to people what you do and your design style?

I own and operate Torula Bags which is an Anglo-French handbag label launched in 2008. I live between London and Paris and my designs are described as being a fusion of understated Parisian chic with London cutting-edge style. I sell in high end boutiques and online to women between the ages of 25 and 50.

What sort of comments do you get about your designs?

Most of the time people are positive about my brand, they like my bags because they are classic, easy to wear and very well made.

Which designers do you rate highly and why?

In terms of brands that I like, there are quite a few, first of all in the well-established fashion houses I love Celine for its fashion-forward view on fashion yet féminine and wearable. Then I think Bottega Veneta and Sonia Rykiel are magic when it comes to creating beautiful classic clothes, and in terms of newer companies I’m a fan of Alexander Terekhov and Jonathan Saunders.

 Tell us about your design process from concept, production and to the shelves…

I start with research and drawings which is done over a period of time that spans from anything between 3 days to 4 weeks. The ideas come from a range of places – I like architecture and urban design, I spend time in libraries looking at old fashion books, I love people watching, I  always look at colour combinations that can be found everywhere, I spend time browsing fashion shows on the internet and finally I travel a lot and get inspiration from the places I visit. Once I have finished designing I choose the leathers that come from Italy and the atelier starts making the prototypes, it can take a couple of times before they get it right but (more...)

"Dr. Robert" By Lee Miller - Now Available At

Friday, August 10th, 2012

Dr.Robert by Lee Miller

We're very pleased to announce the arrival of Lee Miller's luxury leather accessories and leisure wear collection "Dr.Robert" a head of it's official launch in September during London Fashion Week. The gorgeous collection consists of small leather goods and luggage in exotic skins such as crocodile , lizard and python. We chat to Lee about his new collection and what he hopes to achieve in the future..... Read More.....