DALLAS — After designing for Fossil and other brands for 30 years, Sarah White struck out on her own with a line of streamlined leather handbags at middle designer prices.“My real motivation was a personal one,” said White, whose designs helped grow Fossil’s leather goods business from $10 million to $450 million. “I’m very busy, an entrepreneur and mother, and I really felt there was a need for beautifully crafted bags of fine Italian leather that were timeless, versatile and functional.”White saw a gap in the market for quality bags retailing for under four figures. Her eight streamlined styles range from $295 for a small top-zip bag to $750 for a large backpack that converts to a shoulder bag. Her first season was spring 2017.“Sarah White is the sweetest person ever and the bags are incredible,” said Katie Webb, accessories buyer for the Shak at Stanley Korshak in Dallas. “They’re so sleek, and any age group can wear them. She put so much thought into the details that it’s a really smart bag. We’ve had so many people coming in and wanting them, and I’ve had people buy the backpack in more than one color.”The boxy silhouettes are lined in gray microsuede with spaces for a phone, pens and credit cards, eliminating the need to carry a wallet. The bestsellers are the top-zip pouch and fold-over clutch — each $295 and equipped with wrist straps plus detachable brass chains that double as necklaces. White also offers three separate, interchangeable chain straps that can be worn as jewelry.Laptop-friendly backpacks finished with leather straps plus top handles have also done well.“Women are responding to the clean and versatile design as well as the ability to carry it as a backpack, sling or top handle,” said White, who manufactures in China.For fall, Sarah White bags are available in dusty rose, bordeaux and a mosaic print plus year-round solid bone, black, gray and persimmon. She’s also introducing a double top-zip bag with cross-body leather strap and a detachable short-shoulder chain.White picked up 15 upscale specialty accounts her first season, including Peter Hermann Leather Goods in New York.
@margotrobbie steps out onto the red carpet wearing @miumiu. The actress is nominated for “Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role” in “I, Tonya” at the #SagAwards. (📷: Stewart Cook) #wwdfashion
For @massimogiorgetti of @msgm, the Nineties are his favorite decade. “They had a huge impact on my personal growth. What I like of the Nineties is that they are not so precise in terms of style as other decades…there was actually a bit of everything,” he said. As seen on MSGM’s Spring 2018 show: tie-dye and a bit of grunge, two styles that are synonymous with the decade #wwdfashion #wwddecades (📷: @kukukuba)
Breaking News: @hedislimane joins @celine as its new artistic, creative and image director. One of fashion’s preeminent image-makers and trendsetters, Slimane is to join the LVMH brand on Feb. 1 and unveil his first fashion proposition for men and women next September during Paris Fashion Week. It marks a major homecoming for Slimane, who cemented his reputation – and influenced men’s tailoring for more than a decade – as the designer of Dior Homme between 2000 and 2007. He went on to reinvent and ignite the house of Yves Saint Laurent, which he rechristened Saint Laurent, between 2012 and 2016 – all the while maintaining a close relationship with the Arnault family, which controls LVMH and Dior. Read the full exclusive story on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdnews #wwdfashion
“Personally I believe the Eighties have been the richest and more vivacious period for international fashion,” Giorgio Armani said when asked what his favorite decade of fashion is. It was a moment of disruption and experimentation and only thinking back to the first years of that decade is always an emotion for me, for what they have meant to me and my work.” The influence is clear in @giorgioarmani spring 2018 collection, pictured here, which was full of bright colors and unexpected prints. Read more about which decades designers loved most on WWD.com #wwdfashion #wwddecades (📷: @aitorrosasphoto)
For Lady Gaga’s only Italian show on her “Joanne World Tour,” the singer wore a range of @versace_official outfits. The standout piece: this custom-made bodysuit inspired by the brand’s spring 2018 collection. #wwdfashion (RG: @ladygaga)
@_camillaruth_ is expanding on the wellness-craze concept with @westbourne – a new NYC restaurant that’s both a healthy-minded café as well as a business that gives back to the community. Marcus works with the Robin Hood foundation to give back to The Door, a non-profit providing youth development services, and also hires employees through The Door. Read our full interview with Marcus on giving back through food on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)