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.
In honor of Rihanna’s 30th birthday, we took a look back at an interview with the Barbados-native when she was just 18 years old. Here, she talked about her second album, “A Girl Like Me” in 2006. “I want to be me. I want people to fall in love with who Rihanna is, and that’s why I want the album to be about me so people can really find out who this girl Rihanna is, because they only know the ‘Pon de Replay’ girl.” Fast forward 12 years, and she’s released six more albums and has become a powerhouse in both the fashion and music industries. Happy birthday, @badgalriri 🎈(📷: Pavel Antonov) #wwdarchive
For @simonerocha_‘s fall show, hairstylist @jamespecis created a look inspired by the painter John Constable. Models’ hair was pulled back, tied into knots and topped off with a bow. (📷: @kukukuba) #wwdbeauty #lfw
Queen Elizabeth made a surprise appearance at @richardquinn1's London Fashion Week show to present the designer with the inaugural Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design. The new award will be handed out annually to an emerging British fashion designer who shows exceptional talent, while demonstrating value to the community and sustainable policies. #wwdfashion #lfw (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo)