Rosemary Mac Cabe

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Arnotts A/W 2011

Well the big news at the Arnotts A/W 2011 press day on Monday was that Coach is coming to Ireland in the form of a store within a store – its first in Europe – in the Henry St department …

Thu, Jul 21, 2011, 15:00

   

Well the big news at the Arnotts A/W 2011 press day on Monday was that Coach is coming to Ireland in the form of a store within a store – its first in Europe – in the Henry St department store. I’ve been a big fan of Coach since my favourite US fashion bloggers started wearing Coach bags everywhere (off the top of my head, Jessica and Karla), and I took a detour to the Coach outlets in both of Las Vegas’s outlet malls when I was there, so this has really been music to my ears! So what can we expect?

Really lovely buttery soft leather handbags in traditional heritage shapes with interesting hardware and very little branding (although, like Guess – which is making major steps – the branding is still there). The range launches mid-September – and keep an eye out for a particularly strong menswear offering. LOVE this suede tote.

And lest you think Coach has the handbag market all snapped up, Fiorelli sneaks one in the back with this gorgeous mock hair handbag in a gorgeous deep red.

I think this next bag is Fiorelli also, although I couldn’t be 100% . . .

In any case, it’s lovely. No, I will never tire of leopard print.

Handbags aside, A/W is looking lovely for Arnotts, and quite interesting. Alice Hannah woollen accessories are a really cute addition to the soft furnishings side of the accessories house and Pinko‘s white collection is a great injection of interesting shapes and textures.

I’m also really excited about seeing what Anderson & Lauth have coming up the pipeline – their designers are ex Day Birger Et Mikkelsen, which makes for a blend of beautiful Scandinavian-influenced shapes and lush embellishment.

And Arnotts’ Irish representation is really strong, with collections from Heidi Higgins, Peter O’Brien, Helen McAlinden, Fran & Jane, Susannagh Grogan (amazing scarves) and Paul Costello. This pleases me, because I know how difficult it is to make strides, especially as a designer in a very small pool, so it’s great to see an Irish company support Irish – as well as provide us with so many labels from across the pond / sea / channel etc etc.

Thumbs up, I say, thumbs up.