FINE GOODS: Los Angeles leather goods company August will present on a larger stage this month when an exclusive collection of its clutches and bags hit select Banana Republic flagships.
The company’s offering — totaling five styles, two of which are exclusives to Banana Republic, retailing for $78 to $498 — will be in four stores located in New York, San Francisco and Chicago in April. Those items will also appear on the Banana Republic site.
“We’re really excited to do a wholesale and e-commerce account [in Banana Republic] and then also to be with a large brand with lots of traffic,” said cofounder Jenna Jackson.
It’s good exposure for the Los Angeles brand, which is set to expand internationally this year into the U.K. and Canada via its online site. August currently sells direct-to-consumer online and in 30 boutiques and some high-end resorts nationally.
The deal with Banana Republic is the first with the retailer following some business on Gap Inc.’s now defunct Piperlime.
“A lot of our wholesale accounts are in more traditional places and cities and online we’re seeing a lot of customers popping up across the country,” Jackson said.
She started the company with her husband Charles Jackson following a yearlong trip that took the two around the world. What resulted was a line of goods for men and women meant to exude quality craftsmanship and sturdy enough to be travel-friendly, such as duffel bags, sunglass cases, clutches and tote bags.
The three-year-old company is still relatively small with a staff of three in Los Angeles, where all of the company’s products are also made through a factory partner.
About a year ago the company’s online site received an overhaul to what it is today and has since seen growth online, a channel that will likely eclipse the wholesale business, according to Jenna Jackson.