Call them young designer, call them the new guard, just don’t call them contemporary.
A crop of handbag lines are carving out their own niche in the accessories market, and they’re neither high luxury nor youthful and trendy. Priced mainly between $600 and $1,200, these lines — Katherine Kwei, Alexander Wang and Gryson among them — have often been grouped among their lower-priced contemporary counterparts. But with luxe materials and fashion-forward styles, they have defined themselves as an emerging category and an alternative to pricier designer bags.
A Stella McCartney sketch of a custom dress made from protein-based silk in partnership with biotech lab Bolt Threads. The dress will be displayed at The Museum of Modern Art's upcoming design exhibition, "Items: Is Fashion Modern?"