Tomorrow sees the launch of a new designer collection in the Harrods accessories department and it’s a bit of a animal. The buyers have scored hot new handbag designer Ethan K who has created an exclusive line of delectable minaudiere clutches and totes especially for the London store.
Ethan may have only recently graduated from London College of Fashion but he’s got three generations of artisan skills behind him – his great grandfather began working in exotic skins at the turn of the 20th century back in Singapore and both his grandfather and father too are accomplished craftsmen. “I grew up with a tannery in the back garden,” he told me.
The new collection of croc skin gorgeousness, ethically farmed we’re assured, and appropriately named Wildlife Odyssey, comes in a jewel box of vibrant hues from emerald to amethyst and ruby and if one must be flayed, it’s best to leave a pretty legacy n’est-ce pas?
The clasps form a veritable menagerie of frogs, hedgehogs, serpents and even said crocs – all gleaming with jewelled eyes. Ethan told me that the frog is his favourite as it is considered lucky and went on to show me a frog ring he made for himself nestling on his forefinger – watch out for a new jewellery collection in the pipeline. You heard it here first.