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.
Supermodel @helenachristensen teamed up with longtime friend and designer @camillastaerk on a joint @paredeyewear collaboration. The lineup features three styles and 11 offerings, all of which embody a vintage feel. Get all the details on how they celebrated the collab on WWD.com. #wwdaccessories #wwdeye (📷: @slovekinpics)
“It’s a hard industry to keep motivated, as well, so finding different subjects and people is what makes it worth it – when you’re like, oh, I’ve met great people, I feel like I’ve done something good, and I feel proud of having done this,” said French actress Stacy Martin on being grateful for the variety of roles she’s take on. Read @ktauer’s full interview with Martin on her her latest film “Godard Mon Amour.” #wwdeye (📷: @danieldorsa)
After showing in front of the Eiffel Tower for his last two women’s ready-to-wear collection, it looks like @anthonyvaccarello may be heading to the Big Apple. Sources say the designer will stage his next @ysl show in NYC on June 6. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @aitorrosasphoto)
EXCLUSIVE: Two and half months after John Targon, cofounder and codesigner of Baja East, was hired as creative director of the contemporary division at Marc Jacobs, he has left the company, WWD has learned. Marc Jacobs International, which is owned by LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, confirmed Targon’s departure in a statement: “John Targon is a talented designer and we appreciate the work he has done here. Ultimately working together did not make sense for the brand and we wish him the best.” Read the story by @jessiredale, link in bio. #wwdnews
@theluxurycollection is officially launching a collection, tapping Sofia Sanchez de Betak for the capsule. Over 30 styles will be featured in the Chufy x The Luxury Collection, debuting next month at Bergdorf Goodman, The Webster, FiveStory and more. De Betak, known as “@chufy,” drew inspiration for the collection from her trips to Japan in the past year #wwdfashion
@lhd, founder and CEO of @thewebster, has teamed up with @lebonmarcherivegauche for the European launch of her ready-to-wear line, LHD. The launch will come with an exclusive pop-up opening today that’s set to run through May 20. Located on the second floor, it carries her debut Miami-themed resort collection, launched in November as see-now-buy-now. #wwdfashion