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Nicole Miller has big plans for handbags this spring.
This story first appeared in the October 18, 2010 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.
The designer will expand its reach in the category with the rollout of two collections in January. The 40 styles run the gamut from messenger and shoulder bags to satchels, totes and clutches, and will retail from $125 to $540 at 15 Nicole Miller boutiques, nicolemiller.com, eBags.com and Amazon.com.
“We’ve always done evening bags, but only dabbled in daytime,” Miller said. “I felt that with the expansion of our daytime and sportswear businesses, it made sense to make daytime bags. They are basically day bags and evening bags, but some are dual purpose.”
The main color scheme consists of stone, olive, black and sapphire. Key materials range from military-style leather-trimmed canvas to satin, embossed leather, a faux stingray and python.
Some of the handbag hardware derives from other parts of the Nicole Miller design house, such as the brand’s jewelry line. This includes circular stud detailing, pyramid-shaped metal studs, chains and beaded embellishments.
“It mirrors my clothing — sexy girl with an edge,” Miller said. “I’ve always liked contrasts of hard and soft.”
Miller’s accessories offerings also include footwear, fashion jewelry, sun and optical eyewear, cold weather (knits) and legwear.