We were already keen on Morgan Carper's ethereal printed dresses and edgy separates, so when we got word that the Brooklyn-based designer was trying her hand at handbags, we started scrambling for more scoop.
The collection—which will hit stores next spring—consists of three simple, functional styles (a backpack, bucket and weekender edition), each executed in Carper's signature hand-printed fabrics. Here, the designer dishes on where she looked for satchel-inspiration and how the handbags will complement the main line.
What made you decide to launch handbags? Was it something you'd been interested in for awhile?
The handbags are a further way to express my on-the-go lifestyle and brand. A bag or purse is such an integral part of someone’s wardrobe and a personal reflection of their style. Even more so than apparel because it’s something you carry daily.
I understand the collection consists of three styles: a backpack, weekender and bucket bag. Why these three in particular?
I wanted to focus on a small number starting out so I could work out any kinks while developing my knowledge of bag construction. The Backpack, Hobo, and the Weekender were different enough in shape and function while still encapsulating my brand's aesthetic.
What are some design details we should look for?
Fringe tassels, soft Italian leather cowhide, and hand-loom woven ikat made in India
Tell me about the fabrics and prints. Do you produce them all yourself?
I design all my own prints and develop other fabrics I can’t find, like embroideries, beadwork, and wovens. The pink ikat is hand-woven in India – they do amazing work!
How do the bags complement the main collection?
These bags have the same energy as my main collection – easy but fun, rustic but refined, and high quality but with an attainable price point!
What other styles might you do in the future?
I plan on developing the Weekender into a few different sizes with more versatility. A slim and small cross body bag is in works right now – perfect for dancing at music festivals!