By  on June 6, 2011

In L’Wren Scott’s opinion, the best thing about her new handbag, the Lula, is not the sleek shape, or its XX-luxe leathers like python, croc and purple calfskin, but the way the bag sounds. “When you open it and close it, it makes sort of a ‘woosh,’ like the first time you ride in a nice car and the door closes very ‘woosh’ and you go, ‘wow,’” said Scott, on the phone last week from her home in France’s Loire Valley, where she was divining inspiration for her spring collection from the region’s one-of-a-kind light. “I’m working on colors,” said Scott. “And colors are so much about the light.”

While it lasted, at least. Three days later, Scott — who splits her time between London and New York unless the Loire light beckons — flew to New York for her personal appearance on June 8 at Barneys New York, the exclusive retailer for the launch of the Lula, which will be for sale beginning that day. Scott introduced a pouchette last spring but she considers the Lula her real entree into the world of accessories. The classic frame shape with top handles comes in three sizes (small, large and weekend) and is available in red or purple calfskin, black or pink python and bordeaux croc. Inside each bag is a matching clutch that can be snapped out and used on its own.

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