You might not have heard of Dee Ocleppo handbags yet, but expect that to change. Dee Ocleppo launched her handbag line in 2012, and this year, Dee is already making an impact on the accessory market. We featured Dee last year when we looked in her handbag, and this past fashion week we joined Dee, her husband (Tommy Hilfiger) and a group editors in her apartment in The Plaza to preview her Fall 2015 collection.
I told Dee when I walked in that her apartment just so happened to be the perfect backdrop for her Fall 2015 line; the colors melded together with Dee and Tommy's decor seamlessly. Dee spends more time traveling than many people I know and picked up inspiration around the world for this collection.
Dee's handbags are made in Italy, and what makes them stand out is her combination the classic silhouettes alongside interchangeable covers. The covers allow you to transition a bag from day to evening or just give it an entirely new look, ranging from exotic skins to raffia and beyond.
When I talked to Dee about her Fall 2015 collection, she told me:
Fall 15 was inspired by the beautiful imagery of Turkey and all things Ottoman. There were so many wonderful and inspiring things to draw upon, whether it was the rich jewel tones and metallics of the Grand Bazaar or the more earthy tones of the spice market. We also touched upon the beautiful Iznic tiles and even the evil eye. I happen to be half Turkish, so this season was a truly a passionate project for me. The most important aspect of the collection, besides quality and design, would have to be the versatility and ability to have different looks from one bag. As a woman who travels ALL the time, it is so convenient and practical and makes my bags special and unique.
Dee's husband Tommy Hilfiger has been in the industry for 30 years and surely shares his business knowledge of the ins and outs with his wife, but the bags are a project Dee is tremendously immersed in herself. She's found her niche, and if her spring and fall collections are an indication (which I say they are), I expect to see Dee create a place for herself in the handbag market.
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