Sarah Hearey was feeling caged in. The New York-based designer had worked in accessories design for several years, but knew that eventually she had to break from the flock.
“I wanted full creative freedom to make bags that were raw and unfiltered,” says Hearey, who studied design in Florence. “I found that the quality and design of bags are always watered down by the time they hit stores.”
So over one year ago the Bay Area native decided to launch her own handbag line, where she was free to create colorful python pieces that featured hardware in the shape of birds, her favorite animals and the source of her inspiration.
“The idea of a bird taking flight, the freedom, it’s so relevant in starting my own collection and was so inspiring to think about,” Hearey says. “I love the idea of a bird with feathers and claws — it’s all about the combination of textures.”
Sarah Hearey handbags wholesale from $176 to $3,105 and are available at such boutiques as Verve in Beverly Hills and New York’s Takashimaya.
Hearey is taking her avian influence one step further and will launch a jewelry line for spring, with bronze and resin bird-shaped pendants and bracelets featuring pavé diamonds as well as amethyst and peridot. Wholesale prices range from $40 to $630.
Assouline is paying homage to the late Azzedine Alaïa with a reprint of "Alaïa Livre de Collection.” The book is comprised of photographs of the designer's summer 1992 runway show with models Christy Turlington Burns, Naomi Campbell and Tyra Banks, pictured here at right. #wwdfashion #alaia #tyrabanks
Fall 2018 accessories take on a painterly hue, with Nebulas Blue among Pantone’s top 10 colors of the season. (📸: @jonghyupstudio ; editor: @twallz21 ; stylist and set designer: @haideefindlaylevin ) #wwdaccessories
@americanapparelusa is relaunching the brand outside of the U.S. today, opening its online store to more than 200 countries. The company is also contemplating a return to brick-and-mortar, though details have not been confirmed. In tandem with the expanded distribution is a recasting of a social media ad campagn, called “Back to Basics,” pictured here, with a focus on diversity and a cast of models above the age of 21. Read more on WWD.com #wwdnews #wwdfashion
Exclusive: @britneyspears is continuing to expand her brand. The pop icon, who appears in @kenzo ’s latest campaign, is partnering with Epic Rights to launch a line of branded merchandise. Read @hernameislex ‘s story, link in bio. #wwdnews #britneyspears
The Duchess of Cambridge channeled Princess Diana’s look upon giving birth to Prince Harry, when she and the Duke of Cambridge departed the hospital with the new baby Prince this afternoon in London. #wwdeye #princeofcambridge
The new Prince of Cambridge has arrived! The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge posed with the 8-pound newborn. She wore a look from one of her go-to designers, @jennypackham. Tap link in bio for more. #wwdeye #princeofcambridge
Jewelry label @alisonlou has made a name for itself with fine jewelry that speaks to the Millennial market. Now @twallz21 reports that the label is bringing those playful ideas to a new affordable line of lucite hoops with the launch of Loucite by Alison Lou. Here’s a look from the line modeled by @emrata. #wwdaccessories
@sarahjessicaparker and @gilt are teaming up on a bridal ready-to-wear line. Tomorrow, Parker will launch SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker Bridal — and as part of the launch, Gilt will offer 15 exclusive styles from the SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker footwear collection that were designed to complement the new line. Made out of 10 styles, the line is designed for a variety of occasions, from bridal showers to receptions. Get more details on WWD.com #wwdfashion