London fashion week 2016

 London fashion week 2016

It’s handbags: accessory labels do battle at London fashion week

Mulberry’s catwalk return and fun designs from Anya Hindmarch and Hill & Friends raised stakes in a UK market worth £2.7bn

It is a sign of how business minded the British fashion industry now is that, just as Milan has Gucci and Prada slugging it out, London has its very own handbag wars. The prize money is considerable: 51% of all British women bought a handbag last year, contributing to a UK accessories market worth £2.7bn.

Equivalent figures for the sale of ironically deconstructed sweatshirts and one-legged trousers are unavailable, but handbags are key to fashion’s bottom line. On Sunday at London fashion week, three labels went head to head in the battle to create this season’s It bag.

Mulberry’s return to the catwalk on Sunday was a high-stakes affair. This was the brand’s first full fashion show for three years, and followed a string of dismal sales figures from which it is only just starting to recover. New designer Johnny Coca is credited with the cult Trapeze bag from his time as accessories designer at Céline, but unproven as a brand’s overall creative director. What’s more, Mulberry and the two other London labels showcasing their handbags on Sunday – Anya Hindmarch and Hill & Friends – come to the contest with scores to settle with each other.


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handbag designer Jessica Jensen shutters business

Canadian luxury handbag designer Jessica Jensen shutters business

TORONTO — Canadian designer Jessica Jensen is closing up shop on her namesake collection.

In an email addressed to customers on Tuesday, Jensen announced she would no longer be producing handbags and accessories for the Jessica Jensen Collection, and would stop selling online on March 5.

She expressed gratefulness to her customers and team and “everyone who inspired me, motivated me, and believed in me while I manifested my dreams.”

Jensen grew up in Ontario’s Niagara Peninsula and moved to Toronto in 1997 to train in fashion at Ryerson University.

She gained more than a decade of experience marketing and designing licensed and private label accessories for more than 25 international brands, including Calvin Klein, Michael Kors, Ralph Lauren, Roots and Hudson’s Bay Co.

handbag designer Jessica Jensen

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