Harley Viera-Newton is expanding her design repertoire.
Named the Harley Rattan bag, the rattan and leather-trim style will retail for $2,095. It will come in a variety of colors, from marine blue to peach and acorn.
Retailers including Barneys New York, Dover Street Market Ginza, Matchesfashion and The Webster will begin stocking the style in the coming weeks.
Said Viera-Newton of the tie-up: “I am so excited about collaborating with Mark Cross because the brand has been one of my favorites for years.
“As a devoted MC box bag carrier, I longed for a vintage-inspired wicker version with fine leather detailing. I thought it would be so lovely to translate the idea of a little picnic basket into a structured and chic Mark Cross box shape. And that is how the Harley Rattan was born. After perfecting the shape, we played with leather color options and charm add-ons to bring the bag to life, often referencing the colors and prints from my own HVN line.”
The Mark Cross brand was salvaged from near-extinction in 2010, when purchased by current chief executive officer Neal Fox, who oversaw the rerelease of its classic “Grace” box bag. The diminutive suitcase-type style was worn by its namesake Grace Kelly in the film Rear Window. Since its return, the style has been spotted on Alexa Chung, Leandra Medine and Diane Kruger.
Additional designs have since been introduced to the Mark Cross lexicon — including softer camera-bag styles, totes, satchels and luggage.
The label is now working to expand its footprint, opening up its business to include new department stores and international retail partners. With an eye on Asia, the label expects to chart considerable growth.