Alexandra Clancy is back in the handbag game.
Beginning for fall, Clancy will launch a new product range more in tune with the luxury market. “It was very clear to me, having assessed the landscape and where we’re at, that we needed to shake things up,” Clancy said. “I don’t need to tell you that it’s a very saturated arena, but we believe we have beautiful things to offer.”
The new collection will feature a main collection spanning from a $495 handwoven crossbody to a $3,600 large python travel bag. Additionally, the fall collection will include a smaller luxury capsule of alligator and crocodile bags, many featuring semiprecious stone closures, ranging from $4,500 to $13,500. Clancy notes that the new collection is “more emotional.”
“It offers a certain approachability,” she said. “Beyond the design, we’re striving for feeling.”
To help achieve this goal, Clancy tapped Parisian designer Raphael Young to direct the brand’s design and production departments for the spring 2015 collection. Young began his career at Yves Saint Laurent, where his uncle, Alexandre Narcy, created the Yves Saint Laurent Shoe Studio in the Sixties. From there, he went on to design for Manish Arora, Elie Saab, Louise Goldin and Hannah Marshall, before launching his own label in 2008. Mostly recently, Young headed the accessories design team at Calvin Klein Collection.
“Long before I met Raphael, I was completely aware of him and a fan of his work,” Clancy said. “He’s an incredibly impressive man, and when we work together, I see that my values and my dreams and my visions totally coincide with his.”
Young described his inspiration for the collection as “sharp, clean and just a bit futuristic.”
“I wanted to do something a bit more modern and luxury,” he said. “It was already luxury — don’t get me wrong, but something a bit more maison-inspired. The focus is on creating beautiful, modern details.”
While Young’s designs won’t hit retail until March 2016, the spring collection is currently available on Alexandraclancy.com. A percentage of the company’s profits will be donated directly to Teach for America. “We want to make women feel more beautiful, help children along the way, and keep doing what we’re doing because it feels good,” Clancy said.