House of Harlow 1960 to Launch Handbag Line for Fall

Reality TV star turned real serious designer Nicole Richie announced earlier this week that her lifestyle collection, House of Harlow 1960, would be offering a small selection of handbags for fall. “Handbags have always been a part of the equation since we first launched the House of Harlow 1960 brand” Richie was quoted as telling a reporter from Women’s Wear Daily “We just needed to make sure all of the components were aligned before setting foot into that category. The collection is quite small in terms of the styles we are launching with. I wanted to make sure that each piece is special and then be able to grow it slowly and organically season after season.”

The 14-piece collection blends seamlessly with Richie’s Seventies-inspired boho-chic line and included clutches, hobos and cross-body bags. The line is expected to be available by mid-July at Nordstrom, Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus and online at The line will range in price from $150 for a hard-cased, crocodile-printed clutch complete with crystallized jaguar head hardware all the way to $650 for a taupe and ivory burn-out pony hair hobo. Each piece includes a healthy helping of Richie’s personal style with vintage leather, velvet and young calf hair while staying true to the Sixties and Seventies chic that inspired the line with details such as triangle studs, toggles and fringes.

Though the number of pieces in the collection is limited it serves as an excellent compliment to the rest of House of Harlow 1960 which has grown to include other accessories like jewelry, footwear and eye-wear all of which speak to a mix of casual and luxe that Richie feels is an extremely accessible style. “When I design, I always try to design pieces that are universal, meaning anyone can wear and carry it. At this stage pf my design process, I really try to gather direct feedback from my customers” Richie told reporters “so I can try my best to cater to their needs, yet stay true to the brand’s identity.”

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