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Sophia Webster launching handbag line

Sophia Webster launching handbag line

Sophia Webster is designing a full handbag collection, to coincide with the launch of her new store.

The fashion designer is already famed for her stylish shoes, but she's now turning her attention to another accessory. WWD reports Sophia is to unveil her first full collection of bags in time for spring, with Selfridges and Saks Fifth Avenue selling them later this month (Mar16).

She'll also have her own store to home her footwear and new bags, as she's set to open a shop on London's Mount Street beside the likes of Christopher Kane and Simone Rocha.

“I always knew that I wanted to be known for my bags as much as I’m known for my shoes,” Sophia told WWD. “At the beginning it was basically just me, so I decided to focus on the shoes. Now that I have a team in place, I can make sure that the line is produced properly.”

Another neighbour of her store will be Nicholas Kirkwood, who Sophia worked for as a design assistant before launching her own brand.

The fashionista channelled her aquatic-themed Spring 16 collection into her bags, which are packed full of colour and come in different styles. For example, there's a box clutch with multicolour crystals in the shape of coral reefs as well as cross-body bags with leather fish and seashell embellishments.

“I wanted to launch bags in the same way I launched shoes," Sophia explained. "The first collection was all about making a statement with prints and colour in order to produce something really special.

"I understand that not everybody wants to wear the really elaborate, creative pieces, so I try and design things which still have character and a special trait, yet are wearable and not tricky or complicated.”

While her shoe collection is extensive, Sophia put more thought into key styles for her bags and came up with five, including the Romy; a leather bucket bag. As well as looking fabulous the designer had to make sure they're functional, therefore they are all light and easy to use.

Handbag prices range between £300 ($426) and £700 ($994).

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