Buy Them Now: Alexander Wang’s First Small Leather Goods
Hot on the heels of his CFDA Award for Accessory Designer of the Year, Alexander Wang has more accessory news to share: For Fall, he’s debuting wallets and small leather goods. That doesn’t mean you have to wait until July to get your hands on them. Next Friday, June 17, the designer will offer the first of the new category of accessories—the Zelmira wallet in ponyskin ($525), the Mini Adriel bag in ostrich ($275), the Compact Quillon in metallic ($235), and the Prisma biker purse in printed ostrich ($295)—exclusively on eBay’s Fashion Vault. For 24 hours, shoppers will be able to buy (not bid on; the pieces will be sold under eBay’s “Buy It Now” option) wallets and mini-bags direct from the Fall runway that won’t be available anywhere else.
Designing small leather goods, Wang tells Style.com, is no different from their bigger sisters. “It’s always the same approach,” the designer says. “How do we create without overdesigning? There’s always a sense of masculinity and irreverence we look to, but also an ease of usage.” How, then, to carry these small pieces? In some cases, as a clutch instead of a larger bag. “Less is more,” Wang advises. “Ditch all the makeup and keep it to the essentials—keys, money, and phone. It’s a lot sexier when a girl isn’t carrying around a bag full of tricks.”