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Thursday 18 December 2014

Colleen Atwood chats handbag line

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Colleen Atwood
2013 CFDA Fashion Awards, New York, America - 03 Jun 2013
Colleen Atwood

Colleen Atwood is delighted to have been invited to create a handbag line.

The Oscar-winning costume designer has come up with looks for many major movies, among them Edward Scissorhands, Planet of the Apes and Snow White and the Huntsman, and has a long-running working relationship with director Tim Burton. She has always loved accessories and was thrilled when she got the chance to realise one of her dreams and come up with her own range of bags.

"I have always loved beautiful leather objects, especially the detail that goes into designing them both inside and out," she told Vogue UK. "I took part in a philanthropic video series with Citizens of Humanity last year and when they asked me what I would like to do next and I told them about wanting to design a handbag line. They offered to help me bring it to life and I jumped at the opportunity."

Colleen worked as a fashion advisor in the '70s before moving to New York City and getting involved in film. Her career has spanned more than 20 years and helped inform her bag line, as she had so much inspiration to draw on.

"I am always looking for ideas, whether it is in art on the street or in my world travels," she explained. "It comes to me randomly and unexpectedly. The exposure I have had to beautiful materials across the world from Japan to Italy, enables me to pull design ideas together. This, combined with years of historical research has created a great fountain of ideas for me."

She worked hard to make the line accessible, so the bags work just as well for day as they do evening. They are chic clutches as well as over-the-shoulder bags in colours such as burgundy. For those looking for a pop of excitement, there are also ponyskin versions.

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