Tried and true, meet fresh and exciting. The next generation of innovative handbag firms might have started in ready-to-wear, but now labels such as 3.1 Phillip Lim, Alexander Wang and Twenty8Twelve are moving at full speed into the accessories world. Wang’s black and cobalt clutches and totes retain the designer’s rock ’n’ roll vibe, while Lim’s two-toned hobos and satchels complement his smart and chic collection. And Twenty8Twelve already has a celebrity connection to flaunt its canvas and embossed leather bags: Sienna Miller is the label’s co-designer, with her sister, Savannah Miller.
This story first appeared in the August 4, 2008 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.