Patent is the newest in color and continues as a main stay for Spring/Summer accessories and RTW. Tissue weight patent is the newest news for RTW applications. Pearlized leather and metals are a softer, more contemporary expression of shine. Crystal takes its cue from opulent chandeliers. Tear drop to princess cut crystals become necklaces to bag closures…shoe studding to fabrics. Crystal embellishment is the new “necklace” for the handbag. For evening and day, sheer layers continue to create romantic to nomadic looks this season. Matte and shine sheers create subtle style head to toe.
Every year I make two trips to Europe to travel to the major fashion cities: Paris, London, and Milan in search of new inspiration for our bags as well as color and trend directions in the fashion world. This year I couldn’t help but notice the number of Dachshunds on the streets of Milan and in the windows of my favorite boutiques.
Below is the window of one of my favorite stores in Paris, Colette.
It’s been my favorite name ever since I read To Kill a Mockingbird. We considered naming our daughter Scout until Demi Moore named her daughter Scout. So we switched gears and named our Dachshund, Scout.
My mother always said, “We know that God has a sense of humor because he created the Dachshund. Dachshunds are characters.” They’re unexpected, very clever, and very smart. We loved the idea of taking this image and making it iconic in the sense that it’s a dog wagging its tail–who doesn’t love that? It makes you happy, makes you laugh, and makes you feel good.
The actual label evolved from the idea that black and white is timeless and ageless–something that works up and down and sideways. I also love what pinking shears do to fabric. They give it that funky little jagged edge, which is complemented by the classic, faux top stitching. Now there’s a whimsical spin on something that’s trulyfunctional, fashionable, and fun.
The Scout Bag was designed to fill a void in the tote market— offering style, function, and affordability in one bag with multi-uses. My husband Ben and I noticed a unique material being used by Chinese street vendors to store their goods, which remained relatively untapped in the design world. I had come across it twice before, both times during the ‘80s in Soho, NYC—the shopping bag from Dianne B, which became my favorite tote for the summer and the other from a company called Wolfman-Gold & Good, a high end home goods store in Soho. The bag was patterned in an exaggerated gray and white check and became the perfect schlep bag for travel.
Not long after, while working as a color and trend forecaster in New York, I traveled overseas for a color meeting with Interstoff Asia in Milan. I was on my way back to the hotel before getting on my flight to leave, and I walked by Helmut Lang and saw the plaid Chinese vendor bag in the window with a true leather bottom and a Helmut Lang insignia on the side. I was thrilled to find a bag at the upper end of the fashion market and bought it for $450. I called Ben with the news, and the Scout bag wasborn.
Having purchased these bags at the highest end of the market and at the very bottom end of the market, we knew there was a need for a middle ground — the same fabric was being used but in different styles and with different detailing. In the states, consumers like to have proof that whatever they are buying into is going to be around for a while. There are very few outliers in the fashion world outside of New York and L.A. so when trends appear on the street and in the designer shops at the same time, these looks are likely to meet in the middle and become directional and very commercial in the market.