Luxury house Marchesa is gearing up for its first ever accessories collection which will premiere for Spring 2010. The company will showcase the new line of handbags at its spring presentation, which takes
place Sept. 16 at The Chelsea Art Museum in New York. The collection of 28 clutches and evening cases already looks as elaborate and glamorous as the brand’s dresses,
with such details as beading, pleating and corsetry. One of Marchesa's signature details—a soft rosette—is mimicked through swaths of silk wrapped around box clutches. “We had never done accessories,” said co-founder and designer Georgina
Chapman. “So we thought, ‘Let’s
approach it the way we approach a dress.’” Other echoing features of gowns include a pleated black satin style, created to resemble a turban, and the interiors of the bags have grosgrain ribbon which intentionally evoke a corset. The bags will retail from $995 to $5,000 for an exotic skin.
Chapman, a longtime fine jewelry lover, has been honing her skills in the jewelry-making process. Separately from Marchesa, she is working with
Stephen Webster, creative director of jewelry house Garrard, to develop a capsule
collection of fine jewelry for the venerable British jeweler, to debut
this fall. The new Marchesa handbag collection also allowed her to flex her creative muscles in jewelry design. The handles on several styles are beaded and include crystals, and every bag in the line
is topped off with a hand-cut rock crystal. All the beading is done in
India, but the bags are all hand made in New York.
The label plans to offer the handbag collection in eveningwear
departments where its dresses are sold, as well as on the main floor in
accessories departments. The bag collection will allow Marchesa the first time to to appear on a store's main floor, a move the company is hoping will promote brand awareness. The
dresses are sold in stores such as Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus and
Bergdorf Goodman, which exclusively carries a small capsule collection
of Marchesa bridal gowns.
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