November 21, 2006 • Fashion •
For Isaac Mizrahi, there’s high fashion, low fashion and now a middle ground, too. The
designer has unveiled a collection of handbags under his Isaac Isaac
Mizrahi bridge label, and he said more categories soon could follow.
The collection of about 25 handbag silhouettes joins a footwear line
that has been in existence since 1996. The Fashion House Inc. took over
that license for the footwear from GFW Group in March. The shoes retail
from $200 to $300 through department and specialty stores such as Saks
Fifth Avenue and Bergdorf Goodman, as well as at Zappos.com.
handbags, which are being created under a license with the Accessory
Network Group, will target similar department and specialty store
distribution. Prices will range from $395 to $895.
"When I was in business before, I tried to go
into accessories, but we were doing it all in-house and it was such a
huge job," said Mizrahi, who shuttered his designer women’s
ready-to-wear label in 1998 and has been carefully orchestrating his
return step by step after first launching a women’s sportswear
collection for Target in 2003, and then the custom line
that sells in Bergdorf Goodman in 2004.
The bags, which will hit stores in March for the spring selling season,
focus on what Mizrahi said is missing in the marketplace right now: a
combination of tailoring and soft construction. The bags are designed
mostly from supple matte leathers or combinations of patent leathers
with canvas or suedes with canvas. Silhouettes include totes, duffels,
oversized satchels, purses and clutches, while colors range from
neutrals such as black, chocolate brown, camel and cream to more
signature hues such as fuchsia, pink and red.