As it were, a few years ago when two sisters launched a new concept in handbag materials and shapes, they could not have, in their most ambitious career dreams have foreseen just how the launch of Mansur Gavriel would disrupt the fiercely disputed world of handbags.
With the combination of a small production line and the enormous quite unexpected attention the Instagram world (still in its infancy then) brought to the label, it was no surprise to see the label unable to keep up with the huge demand that its small Italian factory could simply not cope. The infallible combination of gorgeousness and hard to get your hands on created long waiting lists and the rest of the story is… that history was made – Mansur Gavriel achieved cult levels.
In the fast world of fashion though, these Italian vegetable leather pieces were then quickly picked on by other aspiring handbag designers and by the time Mansur Gavriel had caught on with the demand for its designs, other brands with similar aesthetics were starting to pop up. In fact this season, I would go as far as to say that the tanned vegetable leather handbag has become the modern woman’s new trophy piece. Keenly priced and hardly ever seen on the arms of “over the top” women, it is a revolution I am betting on for the long term.
And of course when it comes to the colour choice, who could possibly argue against the delectable appeal of a classic contemporary marriage? Tan.
Amongst the new era handbag designers now stocked in chic boutiques around Europe, some of the most notable names are:
Wandler at mytheresa.com
Danse Lente at danselente.com
Nico Gianni at monniefreres.com
Cafune at luisaviaroma.com
Acne Studios at mytheresa.com
Staud at matchesfashion.com