NEW YORK — The close bond between Sofia Coppola and Marc Jacobs is well known in fashion circles.
Coppola is often referred to as one of Jacobs’ muses and she is typically decked out in his cool designs. She usually sits front-row and center at his fashion shows and even starred in the ad campaign for the launch of the designer’s namesake perfume.
So when the actress and director had some accessories ideas of her own, it was only natural for Coppola to come to Jacobs.
“I wanted a lightweight, casual bag and just asked [Jacobs] if I could come and make some for the Marc line,” she said.
For fall, the duo collaborated on a capsule collection of handbags and small leather goods — to be sold under the designer’s younger-skewing Marc by Marc Jacobs label.
“We always like to get her involved,” said Robert Duffy, president of Marc Jacobs. “Sofia has great taste and she is very good with proportion and shape.”
Called the Sofia collection, the khaki, navy or pale-pink bags are made of canvas and leather. Designs include a top handle satchel, a camera and messenger bag, as well as a flat square wallet and cosmetic bag. The pieces come with two metal star charms dangling from the zipper hook, and each star features the initials MJ or SC — for Jacobs and Coppola.
“Sofia likes the subtle details we are known for,” said Duffy. “If I could afford her, I would hire her as a designer.”
Coppola added that she wanted to create “something low-key to carry all your stuff in the day, for traveling or around New York. I always want all my stuff with me, like my notebook or camera…and something not too heavy and not flashy, but cute.”
The Sofia collection will retail from $48 for a wallet to $198 for a messenger bag. It will ship to the Marc by Marc Jacobs boutique and select department and specialty stores that carry the line’s apparel and accessories in November. The Marc by Marc line is in approximately 200 doors.
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