Hurrah! Oh lady of good taste, Laura Bailey, has finally managed to get Radley to drop that damned dog. And, into the bargain, her designs for the label manage to make it look both chic and modern in an understated, moneyed, good taste kinda’ vibe. Well, Thank God for that.
That brings me to the question, at what point does a brand logo hold back the development of a label? In this case, the twee Scotty dog logo that made the brand so recognisable has seemingly held it back from developing into a coveted choice for the fashion worthy who shunned the no nonsense ‘home counties’ brand it had become. Let’s face it, wandering around with a symbol that reeks of twee is fashion death. And, likewise, this weighty little symbol has held back the brand’s potential from going forth and being stocked in the type of haloed dept stores where women with influence and plenty dollar shop. That has got to be a negative.
But now Radley have trusted brand ambassador Laura Bailey, renowned for her personal style, to develop the house style further with the launch of Laura Bailey for Radley’s debut capsule collection.
The collection epitomises Laura’s pared back, effortless style, and Radley’s aspirational yet accessible values. From an oversized day-bag to a minimal clutch the range aims to deliver work bags for a busy lifestyle.
The detailed Aubrey clutch in tan, with antique dog-clip clasp fastening detail which features across all bags in the collection, is an essential classic.
The Stanley is a ’70s style satchel with gentle curves. Says Laura, “Designed to work with anything and big enough to fit in all the day’s essentials, this is the perfect hardworking everyday bag and will get even more beautiful with time – the kind of piece you hang on to forever for sentimental and stylish reasons.”
The Arundel is a compact satchel in an elegant rich navy blue and a perfect alternative to an evening bag while the Trellic is an essential minimalist clutch, practical and well-designed in classic khaki.
The Blenheim is an oversized day-bag and the choice for woman who wants to make a statement. It’s beautifully spacious and elegant which, says Laura, “…is generous, multitasking and somehow magically contracts or expands depending on demands.”
The collection is crafted with the finest natural full grain leathers, sued under flaps and heavy canvas linings in a classic colour palette of tan, navy, khaki and black. All styles have cut edge flaps and chunky hardware for a premium finish.
And, as a further indication that Radley may finally be ‘getting it’, the collection images were photographed by Alasdair McLellan, regular contributor to Vogue and i-D, with styling direction by Katie Hillier.
The Laura Bailey for Radley collection is currently in Radley stores, online at radley.co.uk and selected retailers. Prices from £99 to £349.