Form follows fashion for German accessories designer Lili Radu. The Frankfurt-based 31-year-old started her label just two years ago. Her color-drenched leather bags, wallets and clutches combine pop with practicality and have garnered collaborations with some pretty big partners — including Apple.
Radu is the first German designer to receive this nod from the creative computing giant. Her three-piece line of iPad and laptop cases — in tones of black/beige or royal blue/hot pink — launched in April exclusively in Apple Europe’s online store, priced from 199.95 to 299.95 euros, or $261 to $391 at current exchange.
Other functional but feminine accessory designs from Radu include a sought-after book-size zippered wallet-by-day, clutch-by-night that includes special spaces for all the daily essentials — not just a smartphone, pen and credit card, but also a Chanel compact and lipstick (retail price 199.95 euros).
Beauty comes center stage in Radu’s next collaboration with Swedish makeup brand Face Stockholm, slated for launch in September. The limited-edition, zip-up makeup cases will be filled with an assortment of nine items from the cosmetics line, from powder to blush to eyeliner — each fit into its own perfectly formed slot. The treasure-packed beauty case will sell for 349 euros ($455) and come in royal blue/hot pink and taupe/orange, each with a drawstring storage bag.
Lili Radu accessories are available on the brand’s Web site; in boutiques in Germany, Switzerland, Austria, France, Spain, Norway, Denmark and South Korea, and in Europe on apple.com.