Guest, has launched a collection of vegan handbags and small leather-free items for fall. It is the next step towards building a lifestyle company based on her beliefs.
Socialite and committed vegan, Cornelia Guest, is to launch a vegan handbag line.
Guest, has launched a collection of vegan handbags and small leather-free items for fall. It is the next step towards building a lifestyle company based on her beliefs which so far includes a thriving catering business, a vegan cookie line and is currently finishing up a seasonal lifestyle book which contains a lot of vegetarian and vegan recipes. Guest said turning her eye to design was a natural next step.
Her first collection comprises 12 styles. Every piece in the line is priced under $300, a conscious decision on behalf of Guest. There is a blush-colored sequin evening bag with an enlarged gemstone clasp and a satin and chain strap, which will retail for $160. There’s also a $145 messenger bag that transforms into an evening clutch, wallets that start at $110 and cosmetic pouches that will cost $50 to $60 and $39 to $59 at retail for zip pouche.
Silhouettes include hobos, satchels, a convertible crossbody messenger, a briefcase, pouchettes, cosmetic cases, an iPad case and an evening bag — available in a color palette of seasonal neutrals such as black, brown, navy, gray, burgundy and slate.
Bloomingdale’s has picked up the collection, and five of the 12 styles — exclusive to the retailer — will hit shelves at three locations in the fall, including the retailer’s 59th Street flagship in New York.“Bloomingdale’s loved the line because we were drawn to the chic aesthetic, as well as Cornelia’s sophisticated color palette,” said Bloomingdale’s fashion accessories director Brooke Jaffe. “We felt there was a great deal of value for our customer. For fall, there is a return to sophisticated glamour and these bags are it. The line will appeal to a range of shoppers, from someone simply looking for a stylish handbag to our environmentally aware consumer who will be drawn to that aspect of the collection.”
“I want to do it all. I want to give people an intelligent alternative,” Guest said at her New York City showroom last week. “It’s fashion that’s accessible to everyone.”