Kate Moss lets the cat out of the (Longchamp) bag

04 February 2010

Kate Moss

Kate Moss has opened her heart to fashion doyenne Suzy Menkes about her range of fab bags for Longchamp for the NYTimes. “I know bags, and I always want a bag to be functional and comfortable to hold,” she says, flipping the practical double handles of a small shoulder purse. “As a woman with a lot of handbags, they have got to have a bit of flair, not too ‘Lady,’ with a bit of an edge,” she adds. “And it’s really important that Longchamp is an old family company — old school. They know how to make bags.”

We like Kate because her collaborations to seem to be so well thought out. Topshop – so her young fan base can afford a bit of the Kate magic and Longchamp – the French heritage brand, and purveyors of the highest quality bags, as we know Mossy always plumps for posh accessories. Although designer, the bags are priced at the three figure point, unlike the mortgage-requiring ‘it bags’ of the noughties because Longchamp pride themselves on customer relations that last through the generations.

The range includes small purses and shoulder bags right up to travel cases. The simple, conservative shapes are enlivened by a bold zebra print leather or lining. That was a flash of inspiration from a vintage Gucci travelling bag brought back from San Francisco for her. We also have our beady eyes on the gorgeous envelope purse . . . Ooooh!

In the interview, Miss Moss also hints at inspiration from the world of rock and roll – “in the 70s men always dressed so well. Take Brian Eno – that look he had was major”

Gosh. You learn something new every day around here. We swear.


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