Ariana Rockefeller, arguably the Rockefeller family's most stylish member, has taken her fashion talents and is now entering the handbag market.
The designer, who is known for her modern-yet-refined sensibility, has unveiled her handbag collection for fall 2016. The debut collection features four silhouettes that were designed with the concept of being understated and suitable for the classic woman.
“Bags are an extension of ourselves. We carry our lives around in them,” Rockefeller said. “So creating handbags that function, look great, eschew trends and withstand an active schedule, day after day, was essential to me. These are my modern classics.”
The four timeless shapes that are part of her debut collection include the satchel, the cross-body, the clutch and the tote. Rockefeller's selections were inspired by her love of horses and commitment to show jumping. Each style is an ode to equestrian sport. The hardware on the satchel was borrowed from horse's bridle, the stitching around the collection evokes her equestrian saddle, the cross-body shapes are similar to the crossties in a stable and the tote has a place for riding gear.
“Bags should have the versatility to take you through your day but look pulled together enough for an evening out,” Rockefeller said. “They are inspired by a city-to-stable lifestyle but made for a woman with a full lifestyle.”
Like her women's ready-to-wear collection for the last six seasons, Rockefeller has produced the entire collection here in New York City. The styles are available in a variety of smooth calf skins and retail between $475 and $850.
The collection is available on ArianaRockefeller.com.