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Label: Anya Hindmarch
Need to know: Founded by its namesake designer in 1987, the British leather accessories brand Anya Hindmarch hardly needs an introduction. Awarded an MBE in 2009 for her services to the British fashion industry, the designer continues to impress with the craftsmanship, wit, and quality embedded in her bags, whose fans include Anne Hathaway and the Duchess of Cambridge. Exploring the feeling of weightlessness in her Spring ’14 runway show, which was set inside a purpose-built planetarium, Hindmarch presented a deconstructed and modern collection that literally brought the roof down. Inspired by a levitating, magnetic orb toy that she found in Tokyo’s Narita airport, the Spring offering boasted galaxy-print snakeskin handbags in orange, turquoise, and yellow. These floated in the air together with smiley face shopping totes. The general feeling of lightness pervaded as the planets on the ceiling turned into big smiley faces that elicited grins from the audience.
She says: “The collection was inspired by weightlessness and this particular technique we found, which makes the leather very lightweight. I wanted to transform a boring runway show to a planetarium, so the idea of the show was that it was happening above your head and in the air.”
Where to find it: With fifty-eight stores globally, including New York, London, Tokyo, Singapore, and Hong Kong, Hindmarch’s wares can be found on almost every continent, as well as online. However, the bespoke collection is only available in the Madison Avenue store in New York and a dedicated store in London.
“I love giving presents, and for me a present that is personalized is in a different league,” explained British accessories designer Anya Hindmarch of the origins of her four-year-old bespoke business. “My dream was to open a store that had all these present ideas in it—and I thought, I’m just going to do it. I didn’t care about any business plan; I just did it because I loved it.”
Yesterday, the first American companion to the original Anya Hindmarch bespoke workshop on London’s Pont Street opened at 795 Madison Avenue—a rustic, antiques-filled two-story space that carries seasonal Hindmarch pieces (like the spotted Domino bags from Fall ’13) on the ground level, and on the second floor, houses a homey craftsman’s workshop, complete with an artist flown in from England to emboss custom scrawlings. “You can write something rude, something funny—and some are very lovely,” quipped Hindmarch about the endless personalization possibilities that can be applied to clutches, vintage jewel cases, iPad cases, etc. Guests can write a message in their own handwriting, and drawings and self-stylized embellishments are also an option.
“What’s interesting about [the bespoke workshop] is it connects the costumer back to craftsmanship and making stories, as opposed to just endlessly wearing the latest It bag, which feels a bit old-fashioned,” said Hindmarch. “It goes back to what luxury is really about—making things you keep.”
The Madison Avenue flagship is the first Anya Hindmarch store to fuse bespoke with the main line. It’s about classic luxury—but isn’t without a little fun: A customized pretzel cart will welcome the shop’s first visitors with bow-shaped snacks all week. Take a look inside the shop in our exclusive video, above.
London-based womenswear label Issa—the Kate Middleton favorite responsible for the Duchess’ famed sapphire engagement frock—announced today that its founder and creative director, Daniella Helayel, is stepping down. “The time has come for me to move on to focus on my art, travel, and other interests,” said Helayel in a press release. Sources say that Helayel, who launched Issa in 2004, had been unhappy in her role for some time.
Helayel will stay on to consult on the label’s Banana Republic collaboration through December 2013, but the brand reveals today that Central Saint Martins-trained designer Blue Farrier has been appointed as Issa’s new creative director. In addition to having worked under Phoebe Philo at Chloé for six years, Farrier has worked with such labels as Stella McCartney, Sandro, and Anya Hindmarch.
The seeds of eco-fashion took root long ago, but merging style with sustainability has proven to be a challenge. As of late, however, designers have been doing their part to make going green less crunchy and more chic. Just in time for Earth Week, we scoured the Web for the most socially conscious yet eye-pleasing clutches we could find (to complement these earth-positive pieces). Handcrafted by local artisans based everywhere from the Philippines to Sierra Leone, each bag is made using traditional techniques and salvaged materials that have been upcycled into evening accessories. Who says ethical can’t be elegant? Shop our planet-loving picks from Bea Valdes, Kayu, Anya Hindmarch, and more, below.
1. Bea Valdes clutch, $686, available at www.giftlab.com.
2. The Catrinka Project clutch, $55, available at www.shoplatitude.com.
3. Lotus Arts de Vivre clutch, $1,450, available at www.couturelab.com.
4. Anya Hindmarch clutch, $534, available at www.giftlab.com.
5. Kayu clutch, $115, available at www.kayudesign.com.
Everyone moved very, very carefully at Anya Hindmarch’s Fall ’13 accessory presentation today. Why? Because one wrong step, and they could have sent thousands of dominoes toppling over. In keeping with her Fall theme—anagrams and cascades—Hindmarch debuted her accessories collection on black-and-white striped platforms lined with rows and rows of the spotted game pieces. “Dominoes and games have been playing in my head for the past six months. I became obsessed with them, partly because of World Domino Day in the U.S. I know it sounds odd, but that is the nature of designers—we obsess,” said Hindmarch.
That fixation came across loud and clear in her bags, which were hydraulically lifted up from a mechanical plinth every time a row of dominoes went down. (All of this was constructed by Dutch artist Robin Weijers—the World Record holder for domino toppling.) Dice, playing cards, and backgammon boards were all represented in the squishy soft handbags, clutches, and totes. The whole thing was playful and puerile, in a good way and, come Fall, Hindmarch’s die-hard fans (their devotion borders on groupie-dom, really) will be in for a good bit of fun.