Creative director of Linea Pelle, Andrew Cotton, chats with us about his dream of designing for Mrs. Carter (or Beyonce as she’s known) and how a company that originally designs belts started designing bags.
If you could design a bag for anyone in the world, who would it be?
Great question! I need to think on that one. The Queen of England! That broad needs to get up, get down, get funky , and get loose! Totally kidding! I think it would be someone understated who has natural grace and cool style—someone like Carine Roitfeld or Kate Middleton. And of course, Mrs. Carter (Beyonce as she’s known to the world).
Linea Pelle originally started as a belt designer, how did the company transition into bags?
It was actually Mira Katz (the owner of Linea Pelle) who lovingly inspires, executes, and produces some of the most chic and casual belts in the planet! Belts that are very runway, couture in feel, but really wearable; which is why it’s so much fun to mix it up with an uptown/downtown aesthetic. My own background is originally in accessories from hats & gloves to footwear to jewelry, etc. When I came on, we wanted to create a casual lifestyle brand that evoked a similar chic wearability—from then we launched into handbags.
Have any celebrities worn the bags? If so, who?
Absolutely! The Dylan frenzy really started with Marcia Cross (of Desperate Housewives fame) who carried her green Dylan Zip Tote everywhere. The press went wild. It might have been the combo of her red hair, the green bag, and her general casual style. Other celebs include Hayden Panettiere, Stacy Keibler, Denise Richards, Lauren Conrad, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale, Rihanna, The Kardashian sisters, and more.
Linea Pelle is a Los Angeles based handbag, belt, and leather goods company that creates casual luxury goods for women that appreciate that perfect fusion between style and function.
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