Chic: Handbag brands mixed up the styles in bright colours and sober neutrals.
Now in its fourth season, Kay West aims to offer handbags to suit every occasion. And with shoulder bags, clutch styles and oversized totes in a variety of finishes, including animal print, patent and distressed faux leather, the brand certainly covers a broad spectrum. Based in London, Kay West is hoping to widen its distribution across UK independents for the coming season. Prices from £3.50 to £14.
020 8606 8671
This PVC-based, youthful range from supplier Wiley Accessories injects a shot of colour into bags and purses, with hot pinks, burnt orange and turquoise standing out on totes and clutches. With stockists that include multiples, indies, footwear retailers and department stores, the company has added a new online wholesale order service this season in a bid to build its customer base. Prices start at £7.50.
Travelstyle's brand distribution portfolio includes handbags from Daisy Lollipop, Obsessed and Whisper. The metallics trend remains popular among its brands, while a cream and black palette also features strongly across several collections. Detail on pockets is particularly eye-catching for the coming season. The brand supplies department store group Fenwick, as well as a selection of UK independents. Prices from £2 to £20.
0161 832 4865
Charlotte Reid focuses on shape and fit as opposed to fabrication, presented in a collection of neutral, easy-to-wear styles. Spring lines range from large shoulder bags to smaller day totes in brown, black, tan and cream tones, with copper providing a nod to the metallic trend. The label plans to build on its 600 UK accounts, with a European launch anticipated for spring 08. Prices from £8 to £16.
020 7569 8567
Makki specialises in Vietnamese taffeta silk purses and handbags, and the latest collection adds Korean eelskin into the mix of exotic materials. The designs will appeal to a classic customer and are well suited to gift shops and boutiques. Prices from £14 to £70.
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As part of the Province of Napoli stand, which included nine other visiting Italian collections, this is footwear and handbag label Viafontana's first time showing at Chic. The brand presented a fantastical selection of cork shoulder bags grabbed the attention. Prices from £53.
00 39 39 35 78 01 23
HLA London directors Adrian Lisle and Ryan O'Neill switched from the world of politics to menswear accessories when they founded the brand in March 2006. Brightly striped silk ties and jewelled cufflinks form the basis of the collection, but new for this season is the oMMo man bag line, which includes shoulder bags, satchels and suit carriers. Prices from £15.
0845 257 8120
Ethical accessories brand Littlearth uses recycled materials such as old US metal car number plates, bottle tops, hubcaps and tyres to create a brightly coloured range of multi-sized bags, from clutches to shoulder purses. As well as the number plates and other embellishments, designs also feature jewelled cocktail glass prints and psychedelic swirly graphics. Prices from £22 to £85.
0161 832 9099
Summer Fair: Beaded bags and handmade jewellery stood out from the crowd
Handmade in Bali and India, all the materials in Goose Island's range of necklaces and bracelets are natural and sustainable, including shell, teal stone, cord and wood. Pink and blue shades feature strongly, while beaded silk bags and layered shell necklaces were among the highlights. Prices range from £3 to £10.
0845 270 6772
Oi! has been manufacturing semi-precious jewellery and quirky bags for six years, with pieces created by traditional methods in Thailand. Pearl and carnelian feature on necklaces, bracelets and earrings, while satin layering techniques are used to create interesting clutch bags. The London-based brand is popular in bridal shops, and is targeting independent boutiques. Prices from £2 to £36.
020 7221 0472
Malgorzata Design Studio
Polish-born Malgorzata Malzacher began creating clay jewellery 15 years ago, after moving to Australia. Showing for the first time at Summer Fair, her designs display an aboriginal influence and come in vibrant shades, with purple, silver and red tribal necklaces making a striking impression. Prices from £5 to £25.
00 61 02 62 5 167 68
Italian leather bags in chocolate, red and burnt orange form the backbone of the Hempleman collection. The mahogany travel bag has proved popular for pre-orders, while zebra- and leopard-print overnight bags are bang on-trend. The label is stocked in department store chain Fenwick in the UK, and also has accounts in Italy and Dubai. Prices from £32 to £104.
Rodeo Belts is already distributed across 40 retail outlets since its launch just eight months ago. Swarovski crystals and rhinestones on leather belts are the label's stock in trade - the belts have removable buckles, so can be worn for any occasion. A matte silver buckle has just been added to the range, which is aimed at the 35-plus age bracket. Prices from £26 to £47.
George McDonald Associates
Supplier George McDonald Associates offer handbags for all age groups. The range comprises 200 styles, from denim shoulder bags, which are young enough for teens, to beaded clutches with an older, more glamorous feel. A collection of gilt-printed scarves, as well as diamante necklaces and bracelets are also worth a look. Prices from 85p to £20.
Embroidered rose-print kaftans sit alongside pretty shower caps with flower and bow designs at Lini. The oversized tote trend is a key look, but the contemporary accessories label adds its own twist with a black felt and kitsch canvas-based print style. The brand is targeting fashion and giftware independents. Prices from £25 to £45.
020 8870 6895
Beaded kaftans are a quirky addition to the Adele Marie offer. The product is manufactured in Italy and the Czech Republic. Founded in the 1970s by former Harvey Nichols accessories buyer Adele Vanderkar, this 1,500-piece costume jewellery range includes statement stone necklaces, diamante cuffs and feathered head pieces. Prices from £6.50 to £50.
020 8440 1687