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Former high street designers launch British leather brand

The former creative director of Crew Clothing and Ghost, Tess Richards, has joined forces with Kat Radcliffe, a former senior designer at Jigsaw and Mulberry, to create a leather womenswear label called Richards Radcliffe.

The 12-piece autumn 14 collection, which focuses on leather jackets, pencil skirts and trousers, will launch exclusively via the brand’s transactional website at the end of August before expanding into wholesale for spring 15.

The spring 15 collection, which will carry a similar number of pieces, will include more separates including tops and shirts, while for autumn 15 more premium, statement pieces such as evening dresses and detailed jackets will be added.

Wholesale prices range from £166 for leather skirts to £277 for leather jackets. More intricate jackets that will feature for autumn 15 are expected to wholesale for £444.

“It has taken us about 20 years to do this but we wanted to design a line that suits women like us, who don’t want to spent £3,000 on a leather jacket but want to treat themselves to something a bit more special than what is on the high street,” Richards said. “Joseph does a bit of leather but it’s not year round - we wanted to bring that consistency.”

Richards is in talks with Net–a-Porter, The Shop at Bluebird and independent boutiques about taking the collection for spring 15.

Richards left Crew Clothing in September 2013. Radcliffe left Jigsaw and its Kew sister brand in October 2010 and has since worked as a freelance designer.

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