We always try to keep an eye out for up-and-coming brands, especially those that are independent and pay careful attention to the manufacture of their handbags, so we’ve been watching French label laContrie for a while.
It’s an overwhelming time of year to be a fashion watcher. Not only is it red carpet season, but Pre-Fall 2016 shows still popping up and Paris Couture Week is happening as we speak. In addition to all that (and, most importantly for dedicated shoppers), new arrivals from spring collections are pouring into stores.
When we talk about a brand’s handbags, we usually talk about how a creative director influences their creation, but that’s not nearly the full story. Brands that make products in multiple categories have layers upon layers of creative management, and although a creative director guides the people below him, it’s often an accessories or leather goods director and the people he or she oversees that are principally responsible for a design house’s big handbag hits and misses.
A few weeks ago, we had the pleasure of getting a sneak peek at the Mark Cross Resort 2016 collection, and today, we have some photos of the lovely bags to brighten up your Monday. You can expect a lot of the brand’s classic shapes, rendered in new shades and exotics, plus new versions of the popular Grace Box Bag.
I’m always thrilled when a brand has stepped up its handbag game, and that’s why I’ve been keeping an eye on Bally since I saw the brand’s Fall 2015 lookbook months ago. The Swiss leather goods company has been around since 1851, and the addition of Pablo Coppola as design director in 2014 has made the line’s bags feel incredibly fresh.