Basic, but embellished, simple, but edgy, with Indian influences and French chic. Miranda Zhang reports from Tokyo on Agnes B’s Voyage collection.
It doesn’t get much loftier than this: Agnes B’s aim, when she launched her Voyage line in the ’90s, was to create a bag for every occasion. To date, it has included everything from coin pouches and evening clutches to handbags and duffels, with seven to eight new styles each season. The range represents the dichotomy that is typical of the brand: Basic, but embellished (with polka dots and stripes); simple, but edgy (with quirky logos like lizards); in black and white, but with the odd dash of red.
The S/S ’11 Voyage collection ventures into foreign territory, with more hardware than usual and Indian inspirations. “Agnes has always been obsessed with Indian culture, and that can be seen in the bags this season. We’ve added beads, raffia and even experimented with new embossing techniques,” says Cedric Duvert, merchandiser for Agnes B Japan. Expect more leather designs with chain linings, and metallic zips and studs. But the look remains minimal, and quintessentially French.
Nylon shoulder bag, $535