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Former Givenchy Designer Riccardo Tisci Debuts His First Bags for Burberry on the Spring 2019 Runway

New bags, new logo, new Burberry

It’s been a long time since Burberry had a truly notable, standout handbag. I think even the brand’s most ardent fans would agree with that—although the London-based outerwear stalwart has consistently turned out new designs for years, the brand has never quite found a handbag foothold among similar consumer-centric luxury brands like Louis Vuitton and Gucci, which rely on the product category for far larger portions of their overall revenue. Now that Burberry has hired former Givenchy designer Riccardo Tisci, though, that might be changing, and the first indications were on the Burberry Spring 2019 runway in London last week.

Under Tisci’s watch, Givenchy released handbag hit after hit, including the Antigona, Nightingale and Panodra Bags, all of which sold well (and continue to sell well) for years and put Givenchy on the map for handbag buyers in a way it had never been before. By the looks of things on Tisci’s first Burberry runway, he seems to have the same intention with his new brand, and with pretty solid results. The top-handled day bag that figured most prominently during the show is sleek but structurally distinctive, which was always a hallmark of Tisci’s Givenchy tenure.

In addition to that top handle, the collection also included a new flap bag with logo hardware in the shape of the new, Hermès-aping Burberry logo that Tisci debuted in advance of his first show. The logo, and by extension the logo hardware, is not my favorite, but the bags themselves are sharp and simple, which provides a solid base not for the brand’s accessories vision to expand.

[Photos via Vogue Runway]

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KloeF
KloeF
5 years ago

Oh my… that B logo is just awful. Looks so cheap and tacky.
Some nice travel bags (featured image), but nothing really standing out to me.

Sparky
Sparky
5 years ago
Reply to  KloeF

Right? It looks like a fake of a fake of a fake. Based on the past weeks’ posts on Purseblog, I don’t see anything I want to own on the horizon for the foreseeable future. Very sad.

Timothy
Timothy
5 years ago

Ahhh…it’s between meh and bad. TB….Thomas Burberry or tuberculosis…?

Sheila (Maddy Loves)
Sheila (Maddy Loves)
5 years ago
Reply to  Timothy

Or Tory Burch! haha

Irma Segovia
Irma Segovia
5 years ago

Hard pass

Olivia Isaksson
Olivia Isaksson
5 years ago

Nr 2 is nice, nr 10 is ok, nr 14 would be nice in one solid color, but neither one of the colors on the bag was nice. All of the others look really bad. The box bags could be cute but the huge TB logo is awful.

Passerine
Passerine
5 years ago

Number 1 ok, but how easily will that black leather scratch? Also how securely does it close, any inside pockets? The plaid version in 11 is ok but…has kind of a pliage wannabe vibe. The rest, no. And even the two I sort of like won’t have me reaching for my wallet. Pass.

obscurity7
obscurity7
5 years ago

The only one that really caught my eye was the slouchy doctor bag (13), but perhaps in all leather, not with canvas sides.

Belle
Belle
5 years ago

I really like that big bag. I could use something like that for work!

Sheila (Maddy Loves)
Sheila (Maddy Loves)
5 years ago

The bags were meh, Burberry bags have always been meh, no strong brand identity with their bags. HOWEVER, the clothes were gorgeous, both on trend and consistent with their brand DNA.

cdawgcoop
cdawgcoop
5 years ago

What does the “T” mean in the new logo? And the “B” looks like old-school Boston Red Sox logo.

Yoshi1296
Yoshi1296
5 years ago
Reply to  cdawgcoop

T stands for Thomas. Burberry was founded by a man named Thomas Burberry.

Jerri R
Jerri R
5 years ago
Reply to  Yoshi1296

Thank you. I thought it represented Time Bomb, and wondered how people got past security carrying them 🙂

cdawgcoop
cdawgcoop
5 years ago
Reply to  Yoshi1296

Thank you!!! I should have known that. The T really threw me for a loop. Thanks!

Antonia
Antonia
5 years ago

The only one that looks decent is #16.

Bryan Lepe
Bryan Lepe
5 years ago

I don’t know why I thought Ricardo would have the power to make me finally look at Burberry in a different way other tha. The British equivalent of Coach…
I loved him for Givenchy and this is just a huge let down. He deserves better than to design for such a subpar brand. These literally made me say “uhmmmmmmmm” aloud for the whole duration of the runway show. Ugh :l

SleepyBianca
SleepyBianca
5 years ago
Reply to  Bryan Lepe

“The British equivalent of Coach” I’m gagging.

Christina
Christina
5 years ago

🙁 Very timid, derivative bags. I caught whiffs of Off White, Prada, and Saint Laurent influences… but nothing here screams original. Disappointing!

SleepyBianca
SleepyBianca
5 years ago

I actually really like some of these designs but nothing screams original to me. I think it’s a bit too safe for Ricardo. I’m not kicking the horse yet though since this is only his first collection for them so I’m hoping it would improve. If not, then Burberry must really have some bad juju going on for them if Ricardo can’t save them.

Jerri R
Jerri R
5 years ago

The big brown tote bag on #16 is gorgeous! But I’m not sure how convenient the tucked-in flap would be.

Marvis
Marvis
5 years ago

I don’t understand the bags with 2 leather squares & the rectangle –anyone know the source or use?

Vicky
Vicky
5 years ago

Nothing look original here. Some is a Birkin inspired, some is a PS1 clutch inspired, some is a Prada inside bag inspired. Really? And I don’t like that B and the new font.