Did you read our previous posts about Radley? Here’s a look at their revamp of archive styles for 2014, and here’s a post about their most recent collaboration with the wonderful Holly Fulton. You might have gathered from those posts, and more besides, that Radley have been experiencing somewhat of a reinvention, a refocus and a refresh. Well, that innovative mood has all come to fruition with the AW’15 collection that really shows a cohesive, exciting, cleaned up and modernised take on what Radley stands for as a great British leather goods brand.
The Press day was styled up to reflect their very artistic approach to the AW’15 offer, with product gathered by colour or pattern. Loving those massive spray paint props. But all the clever dressing aside, this is a collection of really lovely, highly desirable bags.
The ‘Keats Grove’ collection was inspired by the poet, Keats. The envelope style front pocket was inspired by the hundreds of love letters that Keats wrote to his wife. What a beautiful sentiment behind this beautiful bag.
The azalea pink is a fabulously saturated shade for AW’15, and this offer includes the splatter patterned bag (bottom row, centre) which will a limited edition style just for sale at retail.
If you like something more patterned, then how about these bold, graphic and timeless dotty bags, inspired by a house painted with polka dots just off of Portobello Road in West London.
If pattern is your thing, then how about these beauties trimmed in a William Morris designed, floral patterned, Liberty Art Fabric. We love that this is a combination of British design upon British heritage upon a British brand.
Last but not least, here’s a look at the more classically coloured black bags from the AW’15 offer. A girl always needs a selection of great black bags, so while colour and pattern are all good and can lift an outfit, a brilliant black leather bag is a wonderful no-brainer too. Within this offer, I fell for the ‘Whitechapel’ (in close-up on the right).
This is a hand held style, which in itself feels fresh as I’ve been wearing a cross-body bag for an age now. I suddenly felt more grown up just holding this bag. It is inspired by a traditional doctor’s bag and as such hinges open with a frame style construction which means that this bag will stay pretty sharp, smart and elegant- which is always good in my book as I have a natural tendency to look like a scruffy teen most days (I am very much not a teenager in any sense by the way).
Thanks Radley, and congrats on delivering a great new look that enhances your heritage and handwriting whilst still feeling modern and innovative. If you’d like to read more about accessories, then just click here.