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L’Wren Scott Introduces Lula, Her First Full-Sized Bag

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For L’Wren Scott, the old saying is true. Mother knows best—at least where handbags are concerned.

The stylist-turned-designer debuts her first full-sized handbag, the Lula, this week, a ladylike structured bag inspired, she tells Style.com, by the bag her mother carried when she was a girl. “I didn’t really base it around anything other than my mom’s handbag that she always carried,” she says. “She had this very structured bag that you always heard open and close when she was coming or going. That was a specific feeling for me.”

It’s not quite the Proustian madeleine, but it did make an impression. When Scott set out to design the bag—after the success of the mini pochette she debuted last season—she wanted to make a functional, comfortable carry-all. “You had to be able to carry it on your arm, or it could fit on your shoulder, even if you were wearing shoulder pads,” she explains. “When you sit down, you hear it sit down on the table, [too]. When it opens and closes, you hear the whoosh—I love the sound of a bag.”

Available exclusively at Barneys, the Lula comes in three sizes—a small, a large, and a weekender—in calfskin, python, and crocodile. (Prices range from $2,300 for the small up to $20,500 for the large in croc.) The Italian-made bags sport gunmetal hardware (the hardest part to perfect, Scott says) and come in purple, black, and a rich brown called Bordeaux, as well as a special mauve python skin. Each features compartments for iPads and cell phones (and, exotic-skin versions come with a smaller pochette inside). But whatever you pack, Scott promises one thing.

“It closes!” she laughs. “You can fit everything in it—and it still closes. It’s deceiving, because you can fit so much in it, even the small one. That’s super-exciting for a girl.” Just like Mom always knew.

Photo: Courtesy of L’Wren Scott

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