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On Our Radar: Bill Blass Adds Handbags to Brand


Bill Blass creative director, Peter Som, has already used his creative genius to revitalize the brand's ready-to-wear, and now he is adding designer bags to the Bill Blass couture label as well as Bill Blass Collection handbags.

Not surprisingly, Som had the right idea from the very beginning. “I wanted them to be really luxurious, timeless bags,” he said. “The ultimate model is Hermés, whose bags are coveted for decades.” Consequently, the bags have minimal hardware, so looking outdated won't be an option. The couture selection, retailing from $1,800 to $18,000, includes bags with exotic skins like alligator, ostrich, and python. The more affordable collection handbags, retailing from $500 to $2,500, will be made with embossed leather, lambskin, and metallic goatskin. Look for them in August, at glass cases near you.

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