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7 posts tagged "Reece Solomon"

Reece Hudson’s Virtual Expansion

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Reece Hudson, the New York-based handbag and accessories label founded by Reece Solomon and her business partner, Max Stein, in 2009, is on a roll. The brand has experienced some serious success since it earned a coveted spot in the CFDA’s Fashion Incubator program in 2011. Evidence? Spring 2013 saw the range launch in major retailers like Barneys New York and Shopbop.com. In an effort to meet bigger orders and up its leather quality, the brand has, for the past two seasons, been manufacturing its clever clutches, totes, and satchels in Italy. And the duo has even begun to conquer key international markets—come Fall ’13, it will land in China and Russia. Today, Solomon and Stein (who are actually just back from a CFDA/W Hotels-sponsored inspiration trip in Istanbul), announced the debut of Reece Hudson’s new Web site, which marks the brand’s first foray into e-commerce. “We only do two collections per year, so stores are selling out of things in thirty or forty-five days, and then there’s nothing available,” said Stein, explaining that he and Solomon hope the e-commerce portion of their Web site (which will be accessible to clients worldwide) will help fill the ’tween-season gap. The new online destination will also offer special pieces that aren’t often available at larger retailers.

In addition to e-shopping, Reece Hudson’s virtual home features fashion films, behind-the-scenes snaps, a full collections archive, and more. “One thing we’ve been working on a lot with our mentors since being in the Incubator is building a defined brand image,” said Solomon. The Web site, which the designer describes as “simple and clean,” is the pair’s next step in expanding and defining the growing label. Check out the brand’s new online digs at reecehudson.com.

Photo: Courtesy of Reece Hudson

Lose The Clothes, Keep The Clutch

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Accessories designer Reece Solomon likes to keep the stakes high. This time around, with her Spring 2013 short film (made in collaboration with BlackBook, directed by Jenna Elizabeth), she upped the ante with a game of strip poker. “We were intrigued by the proposition of a game, played by a group of people either during or after a party,” the designer behind the New York-based Reece Hudson label tells Style.com. “Strip poker became the obvious choice as it’s fun and stressful at the same time, and the ante of clothing created asexual, moody playfulness as well as an opportunity to showcase a woman’s bag as her most prized possession—the contents of which are so personal to her, that it’s less revealing to lose her clothes than her clutch, for example.” In the film, entitled All In, you’ll spot models Carola Remer, Codie Young, and Jamie Strachan, and actors Brady Corbet and Rebecca Dayan. The short’s other stars: Solomon’s latest bags, including the Bondage Miniaudière, the Rogue clutch, and the Bowery Oversized Zip Top Clutch (all of which land at Barneys this February). Before the film makes its official debut at tonight’s private dinner at the W Union Square (where the film was shot), Style.com has the exclusive first look at the teaser, above.

The CFDA Incubator, Now In Session

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The second round of CFDA Incubator designers found out they had made the cut back in August, and ever since, they have had months to mull over dreams of how their careers might change, à la round one designers Prabal Gurung or Waris Ahluwalia, after their time in the program. At last, they (the group includes Ari Dein, Daniel Vosovic, Doug and Ben Burkman of Burkman Bros, Christian Cota, Emanuela Duca, Luis Fernandez of Number:Lab, Reece Solomon of Reece Hudson, Ricky Hendry of Isaora, Timo Weiland and Alan Eckstein of Timo Weiland, and Whitney Pozgay of Whit) have moved into the communal space on West 38th Street and yesterday, they opened their doors and invited editors and buyers to come get a first look at their new digs.

Many of them of are still in awe of their upgraded spaces (which they admitted to staying up late the night before readying for Thursday’s open house). “It’s so nice to have a real studio now; we were working out of my apartment before,” handbag designer Reece Solomon, of Reece Hudson, told Style.com. While they all added their own touches to their new spaces (the paint on the walls might actually still be drying as you read this), the designers were hoping at least one thing remains from the inaugural class: “I am in Prabal’s old studio, which he comes to visit a lot because his new space is upstairs, and I’m hoping he left some magic dust in here,” Fernandez admitted. “Fingers crossed.”

It already sounds like Gurung and the previous class just might have left some good luck in the halls of the Incubator—several designers said that having the CFDA Incubator attached to their name has resulted in a host of interested new buyers who wouldn’t previously have looked at their work. Womenswear designer Daniel Vosovic (pictured) happily reported he has a new A-list client or two (whose names we can’t announce) pulling his pieces for big premieres. But it’s not all work and no play in the Incubator. “It feels like summer camp!” said Vosovic. “There has been talk of having a party in here, I think Ari [Dein] has been suggesting a pajama party one night. How fun would that be?” asked Fernandez. Rest assured, it would be a chic one.

Photo: Courtesy Photo

Every Girl’s Fantasy: Sadistic Revenge, Plus A Handbag Or Two?

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Many fashion films are merely commercials by another moniker. Not so with New York accessories label Reece Hudson’s smoky, mysterious new vignette Thirst, made in collaboration with Bullett magazine. The film, which was made to introduce the designer’s Fall ’12 collection, left guests like Alexandra Richards and Genevieve Jones tingling. “We did something different by actually telling a narrative,” said director Jenna Elizabeth at a celebratory dinner at Niko, hosted by the film’s star, Chanel Iman. “And I wanted to portray women in a strong, sexually confident light, not under the male gaze or hunched over behind a handbag. ” Instead, Iman catches her lover with another woman and poisons him. “The Fall collection has darker undertones, and Jenna’s work conveys that perfectly,” explains designer Reece Solomon. “And I think, for women, who doesn’t have that kind of sadistic revenge fantasy?”

Iman, for her part, proved up to the task of creating such a character, even if, as her director revealed, she’s nothing like her. “She’s such a good girl in real life,” Elizabeth said. “She’d never even smoked a cigarette.” Good thing she wasn’t sitting too near Chrissie Miller, who puffed surreptitiously behind her sake with pals Annabelle Dexter-Jones and Jack Donoghue. “I just quit,” admitted Jen Brill. She might not be carrying cigarettes in her Reece Hudson bag anymore, but she explained that “it’s a beautiful little olive green bag, the perfect size for my lipstick, cards, keys.”

Photo: Courtesy Photo

Reece’s Pieces

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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.

Photo: Michael Loccisano / Getty Images