It’s funny how there’s always just a little more room in one’s closet for another handbag. If you beg to differ, then you might want to clear out some space for one from Reece Hudson, the line by Parsons alum Reece Solomon. Now in her fifth season, she made her official New York fashion week debut this year, presenting at Milk Studios over the weekend.
Riffing on her inspiration of where the city meets the beach, chic structured envelope clutches, two-tone totes, and evening satchels were arranged amid large pieces of driftwood. She enlisted filmmaker, musician, and longtime pal Harry McNally to create a video installation of the collection flying through the air against blue sky. Watching it, the effect was nearly as relaxing as a day at the beach. Come spring, you’ll see Solomon’s keeping her classic styles but branching out with more color, to include bold shades of green, yellow, and blue. She’s also building upon her standard crocodile and leather repertoire by introducing new fabrics such as croc-stamped raffia, calf hair with a chevron burnout, and striped jute. While everything is made in New York City, bead-embroidered leather is sourced from India.
When it comes to naming her bags, she keeps it simple and opts for a no-nonsense numerical order. If you’re coveting the round, ruby red evening bag embellished with paillettes, fringe, and feathers, ask for the 3.5; reference No. 14 if you’re trying to describe the black python calendar clutch. Or you could just walk into Kirna Zabête, point, and purchase. Solomon seems to have the numbers working in her favor. As part of the second wave of CFDA Incubator designers, she’s one of the lucky ten that was chosen from a pool of over 170 designers. How’s she feeling about the Incubator program these days? “It’s so exciting, it hasn’t even hit me yet!” she says.