Greek designer Mary Katrantzou has collaborated with French label Longchamp for a collection of Eastern-influenced handbags.
Designed with the vision "When East meets West", the line continues Katrantzou's signature patterned aesthetic, and includes an array of totes adorned in Eastern-inspired motifs such as orchids and paper lanterns.
"I met with Sophie Delafontaine, Longchamp's artistic director, about a year ago to discuss the possibility of working together for the label's spring/summer 2012 collection," told Katrantzou . "She had seen my work and thought it would be a great collaboration for both. It was a really great opportunity for us to work with a brand with great heritage and I loved that it's family run.Their Pliage and tote bags are the perfect canvas to engineer a print and it's also great to offer women who might not be ready to commit to a fully printed look, a bag to accessorise with!.."
With a pre-exclusive launch scheduled January 23, the line will be available at Parisian boutique Colette, whose e-commerce site offers international shipping.
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