With their first entry into the handbag forum, Holmes & Yang have created the thinking woman’s no-brainer: a forever investment piece that addresses everyday practical concerns while turning heads.
Valextra, the Italian luxury house, has supplied top-quality materials and workmanship to the project, while Holmes & Yang have brought a fresh, easy American style sensibility and a highly-developed sense of function. The first bags spent six months in development, according to Yang, and the investment has paid off: The result is a smart shape (the tapering at the top keeps the large bag from looking blocky and makes for a comfortable fit under the arm), distinguished coloring, and an interior space that defies even the most determined disorganizer.
In fact, the team seems to have designed the bag almost from the inside out. At their trunk show today at Barney’s in Beverly Hills, Yang couldn’t wait to display the inner workings: the built-in pockets for lip gloss (or keys), makeup compact and phone; the center compartment for an iPad; the spaces for a wallet and any other sizeable essential (which, for Yang, might be a pair Alaia stilettos for seamless day-to-night–or coast-to-coast transitions).
The largest size (40cm) could serve as an overnight bag, a briefcase, or an everyday carryall. As roomy as a Birkin, it is much lighter and made with double shoulder straps for maximum functionality. This is a top-quality luxury bag made for a woman who has important things to do and needs her arms free to do them–whether she is opening her own door or carrying her children or shopping for her groceries or shaking the hands of her constituents.
The middle size (35cm) comes with a cross-body strap and the smallest, a clutch, will be available in a burgundy color.
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From left: Tina Craig, Liza O’Brien, Jeanne Yang, Katie Holmes, Heather McQuarrie.