As designer handbag prices ascend ever more into the monthly mortgage cost regions, (Celine darling, I’d love to own you but over £1200 for a seasonal handbag is a trite excessive), British brand Radley have managed to combine good looks with affordability and quirkiness. Which is opportune as they’ve managed to embody the self-style of brand ambassador, Ms Laura Bailey, known for her vintage touches and unique pairings that often escape those dress-for-event outfits assembled head-to-toe by stylists.
Spring Summer ’13 sees Radley London collaborate once again with Laura Bailey on her second ‘Laura Bailey for Radley’ collection. Following the success of her first range, Bailey continues to offer well designed, minimalist signature pieces. A variety of sizes and styles deliver working bags for a busy lifestyle.
As a model, writer, contributing editor for British Vogue and Cultural Ambassador for the BFC, Laura was the ultimate choice to embody Radley’s heritage and new fashion direction.
Laura’s S/S’13 range has a distinct traveller feel, inspired by her personal journeys around the world. From far flung tropical destinations to hazy days on the European Riviera, hot Summer nights in her favourite city to country walks and picnics in the English Countryside, the ‘Laura Bailey for Radley’ collection is multi-faceted.
Says Bailey, “My second Radley capsule collection was heavily inspired by my love of travel, and the way I travel – both at home and abroad. My favourite winter bags have been lightened up for summer in neutral canvas and tan leather – whether at work or at play, these bags are designed to be beautifully versatile for whatever my day holds in store”.
New shapes include the travel holdall and the mini shoulder bag, while key designs are loved into lightweight summer canvas with tan leather trim for a vintage feel. Compact and cross body styles are mixed with larger oversized day or weekender bags.
The collection is crafted in the finest durable canvas with premium leather detailing in a classic neutral colour palette. All styles have cut edge straps and chunky hardware for a premium finish.
The Laura Bailey for Radley collection is available from May 2013 in selected Radley stores*, online at radley.co.uk, and through selected retailers. Prices from £89 to £379.