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Lilac Blue London introduces a new line – Llora

2018 is Lilac Blue London’s 10 year handbag anniversary! We sold our first Hermès bag in 2008.  And we’ve now been in Mayfair for 8 years.

So we thought, finally, it is time we found a new brand worthy of your attention.  We have chosen Llora handbags.

Llora handbags is a Singaporean brand creating exquisite crocodile handbags and clutches.  The craftsmanship is just beautiful, the designs exciting and elegant.  The brand has a core following in the Far East, opened in the United States in October, and has just arrived in London this month.

The designer, Ling Fu, born in Indonesia and based in Singapore, spends 6-8 months painstakingly perfecting each model prior to manufacture. The crocodile skins are bought in Asia and the bags manufactured in Italy, and she has made sure each skin is as flat as possible, so the bag never bulges. And then the metalware is really stunning, when closely examined. The steel is galvanised (coated) three times more than any other luxury brand. It looks like the metalware you see on luxury yachts, and means that it will last as long as the leather, which is unheard until now in the world of handbags.

This season, some of the bags are finished with semi precious stones, like malachite, lapis lazuli and tourmaline. These stones are worked on in Florence in the same workshop that deals with Christian Dior, Bulgari and Fendi.

We are very excited to be working with Llora and invite you to come and see the collection in Vigo Street, Mayfair.

Click here to preview the bags online.

Hermes Kelly Picnic – Good enough to eat?

I was researching material for our Instagram feed recently – Lilac Blue London – and came across these fabulous images from an Hermes campaign created to celebrate their new Kelly Picnic.

The Limited Edition Kelly Picnic, a typically quirky Hermes design is, if you are unfamiliar with it, a twist on the traditional picnic hamper.  The body of the bag is made from woven wicker whilst the flap is made from Barenia leather; the Palladium hardware and closure is the same as that of any Kelly.  Although I don’t recommend you actually use it as a picnic basket, it’s still a great bag and adds a little fun to a summery outfit – if you can find one that is!

 

 

The Hermes Constance – still going strong after all these years

At almost 60 years old, you’d think that the Hermes Constance handbags design might look a little out of date, or old fashioned but no, it’s still going strong and is going through a surge in popularity.  Over the last two years rumours of it being discontinued have abounded, (as they have for the famous Himalaya Birkin handbag), but instead of it being discontinued, we are seeing more models of it being designed and released.  Favoured by Jackie Onassis back in the 1960’s, the Hermes Constance can be seen carried by actress Diane Kruger, the socialite Nicky Hilton and the former Mrs Abramovich, Dasha Zhukova amongst several others.

The simple and elegant design of the Hermes Constance features the iconic H clasp on the front flap, and a long leather strap which can also be doubled to carry the bag in the hand.  The Constance has been the subject of a few minor redesigns  over the years, but the sleek lines and distinctive curves have been maintained and the bag has lost none of its appeal.  It is the most complicated of the Hermes bags to make, with an intricate design, and as a result the price is more than you would expect for a small Hermes bag, at €7,000 for a standard 24cm calf leather.

18cm Vert Titien Hermes Mini Constance in Ostrich with Gold Hardware

Particularly popular at the moment is the Constance Mini which measures 18cm by 15cm by 4cm.  It’s just big enough to carry all your daytime essentials as long as you travel light, and small enough to make a neat little evening bag.  Lilac Blue London currently have available a lovely selection of this cute bag – a bright Orange Poppy in Swift Leather with Gold Hardware. There’s an even brighter Bamboo Constance in Swift Leather with Palladium Hardware, an unusual Bleu Atoll in Veau Doblis with Palladium Hardware and a very chic Vert Titien in Ostrich with Gold Hardware.

Hermes Constance 24 “On a Summer Day”

The next size up is the 24cm by 15cm x 5cm, not much larger but possibly a little more practical as a daytime bag.  The amazing On A Summer Day is a Special Edition Constance featuring a super bright geometric design from Nigel Peake, an architect by training whose print has also featured in the Ready to Wear Collection from Spring/Summer 2017.  If you like carrying bags that get you noticed then this is certainly worth considering!  A little more sober, but no less unusual is the Origan Constance in Evercolour, a dark neutral shade teamed with Palladium Hardware which is very hard to find.

In 2010 Hermes offered  a slightly longer and slimmer version, the Constance Elan, measuring 25cm x 14cm x 8cm which has the look more of a clutch bag than a shoulder bag.  It’s particularly hard to find but there are occasionally preloved bags available.

Vintage Hermes Constance Elan in Black Silk with Gold Hardware

If you’re a lover of Hermes Vintage, then how about this absolutely beautiful Constance Elan in black silk with Gold Hardware?  Carry this and you will, without doubt feel like Jackie O!

Optique Constance in Black Veau Monsieur

A brand new model this month has the optique clasp, an enamelled multi coloured highly-textured clasp, which Hermes traditionally used on bracelets.  Another lovely aspect of this Optique Constance is the new leather being used for it: it’s called Veau Monsieur, which we are calling Gentleman’s Calfskin.  You have to love the translation.

Do get in touch if you’d like more information on the Hermes Constance, Hermes Birkin or Hermes Kelly, or arrange to come and visit our Mayfair Showroom, close to Bond Street, Regent Street and Piccadilly.

Please either email us at contact@lilacblue.com or call us on +44 (0)845 224 8876

 

Hermes Mini Bolide

A lot of people are intimidated by the idea of buying the better known Hermes Birkin or Kelly bag, but there are other beautiful bags too which are the perfect introduction to the brand.  Amanda Mull has written a blog on the Purse Forum singing the praises of the Hermes Mini Bolide – The Mini Bolide.  If you think you like the look of this little bag then we have TWO available here at Lilac Blue London.  One in bright and summery Orange Poppy, and the other in Fauve.

If you’d like to know more about either of these lovely bags then get in touch via +44 (0)845 224 8876 for more information.