WORDS/IMAGES JUDITH ECOCHARD
Lucky us-we got to see Dooney & Bourke™ previews for the Fall 2011 collections two times---once on the second floor of the mixed work/retail renovated factory space in Chelsea...and again in the well-appointed eponymous boutique-just off Madison Avenue.
All Weather Leather Carpet Bags
While the former occasion was crowded with retailers, the latter was specifically staged for the editor types, we felt...with the layout of Dooney and Bourke offerings largely grouped thematically--- by color and/or materials.
|All Weather Buck bag-is lined, with inside and outside pockets and with inner key hook= surprisingly roomy|
And nice for us, ALWAYS---we got to see the handsome saddle toned Bridle collection---that Women would appreciate too (golf and camera bags, duffle, City Brief)--- that somehow we had never seen.
|Golf, Brief laptop friendly) and an exceptional-all leather camera bag---what a polished alternative to what's out on the market---trust us on this, would be a terrific gift!|
Highlights for the faithful---and for those new to this label of high end bags and accessories:
Clean lines and strong silhouettes of the Alto Collection---little extraneous hardware that's not functional, classic shapes-embodying the ultimate in luxury as being the most 'simple'-made out of the finest materials mantra---including wonderful accessories to carry credit cards every which way...handsome briefs and folios, satchels, cross-bodies, shoppers, totes...in six colors---including a Pewter---a fresh take on a warm autumnal shade.
New colors and sizes for the popular Florentine Vacchetta collection---including a rich red-that works like the other basic colors-beige, brown, black---whe it's done this well.
|Pocket Satchel (left)|
|East/West Zip Sac|
|Cosmetic Cases, Wallets, Wristlets...|
|Something for everyone|
|Double Handle Toggle|
New styles for the Dillen 2 Collection ---including a eye-catching group of satchels, cross-body, shoppers, wristlets etc---fav-the black with great contrast trim...
|Mii-Croco Cross Body on left....|
Gently pebbled Cork Collection----twelve color options to go with everything---terrific shapes/sizes including drawstrings, sacs, equestrian, wristlet----and zip top bags...
A nod to the company's heritage with the DB 1975 Biscuit Trim collection---(love the rolling trunk)---
Other whimsically prints-the Charm Bracelet---
Embossed leathers are still super popular---in the Amazon, Croco and Python (accessories) collections---we think the deep blues are standout-but there are several color options in each group respectively---that will find favor.
Practical---and affordable Nylon group---including the Tulip Shoppers in animal prints...and handy tote with matching umbrella.
|Great travel bag----|
|Zebra print Nylon Large Tulip Shopper Tote|
Over the seasons, we have really enjoyed how Dooney & Bourke has expanded the materials used to produce the collections--- including shiny patent leathers---that we feel are seasonless...and a great perk me up for any wardrobe.
|Midnight Blue Satchel|
Glossy, super soft lambskin in monochromatic and two tone options-very roomy shoppers that are actually sturdy. Stuffed with our lives----we'd carry everyday, packed to the tippy top.
|Wristlet in White/Saddle|
WHAT ELSE: Love the Sleeved Gloves---in red here---
Cashmere cable crew sweaters-M/W--- and collectible watches/charm bracelets, key chains...
Tartan collection-totes, wristlets, satchels, shopper, pocket sac etc-PLUS: Rain boots!
Structured handbags are so timely with Fall's feminine dresses and blouse/skirt combos....
|Lady Like structured handbags include the Croco in te middle with matching credit card wallett-affordable luxury|
INFO: DOONEY & Bouke for E-Commerce, Dooney Exclusives and Store Locater
SHIP DATES---Many styles available now through August 2011.
|Zipped oversized haulers---forever bags---we always seem to need|