Reed-Krakoff-Suspends-Operations

Late last week, Women’s Wear Daily reported that Reed Krakoff would suspend operations while in pursuit of new investment to keep the line afloat. While the news itself is a surprise, it’s not shocking that something was up at Krakoff’s company; it’s the third young, well-known brand in the past several months to either partially or completely shut down.

Reed Krakoff Felt RK40

A couple weeks ago, I introduced the Reed Krakoff RK40 to you, and now there’s a new iteration of this bag which, coincided with the brand’s new Soho boutique opening. It may be a material you wouldn’t associate with a bag, but this limited edition version is made from Reed Krakoff’s signature grey felt.

Reed Krakoff RK40

There are two Reed Krakoff bags that have stood out since the brand launched several years ago: the Boxer Tote and the Atlantique. Both have done well for the brand, combining the best of the tailored aesthetic that Reed brought to Coach during his time there with the high-brow finish needed to stand apart.

Julianne Moore Reed Krakoff Track Tote

Here’s actress Julianne Moore, strolling around in NYC’s West Village (her home turf), carrying a black and white leather Reed Krakoff Track Tote that truly pops with her black and white polka-dotted shirt (and her general “low-key weekend New Yorker” vibe).

Reese Witherspoon carries a black Reed Krakoff bag in California (5)

Reese Witherspoon was recently spotted shopping at the uber-popular Brentwood Country Mart in Los Angeles (a great spot for celeb-spotting) with her hubs Jim Toth and son Tennessee (a true little Southern dumpling). On her arm is a sleek, black calfskin Reed Krakoff Atlantique Bionic Mini Tote.

Heidi Klum carries a grey Reed Krakoff Boxer Tote (5)

Here’s Heidi Klum, looking pleased as punch to spot a pap haunting the perimeters of a children’s soccer game. That’s her boyfriend/bodyguard Martin Kristen in the blue tee and sunglasses. Heidi is carrying an uber-covetable Reed Krakoff Boxer Tote.

Reed Krakoff Atlantique Tote

When Coach announced that Reed Krakoff would be leaving the brand in order to to focus on his own brand by mid-2014, the company also mentioned something interesting – that they were looking to sell the Krakoff brand, perhaps to the man himself, perhaps to investors.

Coach Fall 2013 Brocade Handbag

In the past several seasons, Coach’s leather goods offerings have become a force to be reckoned with. Sure, the brand has long been popular for its reasonably priced handbags and logo-covered accessories, but as of late, its leather game has been so on-point that I can’t even begin to enumerate the times I’ve heard people say, “I’m usually not a Coach fan, but I would kill to have this bag.” Now it looks like both of the men who brought about that upward trajectory are leaving the company.

Reed Krakoff Boxer Bags Pink

If you’ve been a longtime reader of PurseBlog, you know that the team loves the Reed Krakoff Boxer Bag. I’ve found it intriguing from the moment I first laid eyes on it, and I still do. On top of that, I love hearing about collaborations, no matter how big or small, and just in time for Valentine’s Day, Reed Krakoff created two Valentine’s Day ready colorways exclusively for LUXUP.com.

Kerry Washington spotted out and about in Midtown, NYC

Here’s the lovely Kerry Washington, star of ABC’s Scandal and films like Django Unchained, carrying a striking ecru Reed Krakoff Kit XL Clutch as she strolls around NYC. Kerry looks so polished in this pic – note how that oversized clutch really ups the ante of a business-casual day look.

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