Thursday, August 23, 2012


Cerulian blue, canvas shoulder strap and hardware clasps that remind us of a color block painting

HOLIDAY/SPRING 2012/13-Media Preview, NY...

Plus Heritage Collection and Shopper Reversibles available now

words/images Judith Ecochard

Luxury brand MCM showed an extensive line-up of handbags, satchels, totes and luggage a few weeks back... 

smart-use of mixed materials...Adams Canvas-

We have previewed this European born/bred/designed line, now owned by South Korean entity- prior -over at the high-end tradeshow-Premium, in Berlin.

Heritage Collection-Backpack and Boston Weekender
Honshu Tantris Weekender

Since then, the collection that is both feminine, practical and posh- has expanded greatly, with edgy items in bright bold colors and motorcycle worthy solid more discreet, understated elegant handbags for a more conservative customer or same gal in a different mood)...that would appeal to a broad range of ages.

And of course, the interiors of the handbags/carry-alls have changed ----to accommodate all the new electronic gadgets that are integral to modern day lives.
M Moment Pocket Backpack, Honshu Tantris zipper backpack

STARK----Studded messenger/schoolbag profile gives edge to a classic

DON'T CHECK THIS IN....Studded doctor's bag barrel shape...removable shoulder strap....doubles as a gym bag!

Highlights were MCM has many personalities...including motocross flavored, studded pieces that hipsters world wide would covet...the Stark collection- cool haulers-in leather...the Honshu Tantris in nylon =classic silhouettes. FUN!!!!

Snakeskin/reptile embossed leathers with solid /studded leather trim on the M MOMENT and ARMOUR backpack style bags and totes....are fashionable take on a everyday carry-all staples.

... Features include large outer zipped pockets and interior room for iPads and laptops----we can see lucky high schoolers/worker bees on the subways hauling around these to and from school/work...

STARK-Ryan Lochte Olympic Swimmer...hauled this around London---series available had the UnionJack emblazoned on....

gold studs trims on a logo laden backpack fashion-y take on a practical style

There will always be a customer for the MCM logo---what's clever is that no matter his/her age, there's a style ...that suits their needs...backpacks, discreet frame handbags, clutches, oversized wallets, and rainbow Trix cereal colors....with enough inner compartments for cards and smartphones...

Visetos in bright neon colors....

Quality leathers are used...and no better way to show that off than the solid shoulder bags, lady-like frame bags, and totes in fabulous tones. Discreet hardware and matching accessories are for the modern women who shun flash. Collections include First Lady and Delma...

First Lady Croco embossed

First Lady embossed leather croc-tote available now

billfold -python lined with orange leather...

Italian Python print gets a wild edge -in gold chain handbag...with leather shoulder trim/details in neon colors-Veronika Isis Shoulder

schoolgirls will want to go to class with this bright interpretation...lime green leather straps on a logo print bag

MCM's logo print (Vintage Visetos) appears on many styles...but gets refreshed with solid leather side panels in fun Spring colors...and in the Color Visetos selections in pink, lime green orange, cognac or blue.

so practical---a gold chain clutch to swing on one's shoulder or tuck in and carry-is actually roomy enough for a lot of 'stuff'

SHOPPER TOTES-in Heritage Visetos print make a statement with MCM's clever use of tiny pin gold studs...this is a great way to haul one's life around in a polished, smart carry-all.
Nautical inspirations...MCM's logo on a roomy weekender and satchel with removable shoulder straps...has orange side panels, leather trims...we liked these a lot.

Gold Line Hard Briefcase-with Heritage logo print---also in black

More MCM logo Visetos print from the Heritage line---with leather trims/side panels in neon green and a briefcase,  portfolio...

Little Veronika Visetos...
ALSO collars and belts...
braided center strap ends in a solid square gold clasp...a logo leather handbag with mixed materials.

Updated Little Veronika Visetos ---MCM logo with a swipe of woven colored with neon crossbody straps...

cute barrel shape handbag....

lined accessories-wallets and billfolds in bright leather colors...great stocking stuffers for holidays

Liz Reversible Shopper
Very cool---the purple MCM logo SHOPPER gets splashed on a graphic printed roomy leather trimmed bag that's actually reversible....two for one style!!!!!


Bowler bag, Crossbody
More ladylike frame handbags-bowler and drawstring styles too...with discreet gold hardware...a Heritage collection basics that work with many attire and casual apparel.

These reversible SHOPPER totes-i  large and medium sizes are amazing----metallic leathers reverse to solid leathers....or animal prints reversed to a logo print in poppin' pink. Versatility personified.

More to love-----pretty Spring solid leathers- the aptly named FIRST LADY collection (some pictured above)---gold hardware chains, buckles and trim...many shapes and sizes...and the patent leather IVANA PATENT silhouettes...MCM has all kinds of women in mind with these...we can see a mom carrying any of these...with their teenage daughters 'borrowing' ---- 

Nuovo L styles are high-end leathers with minimal details...totes, Boston handbags and accessories -passport, coin and flap wallets...with satisfying gold clasps...

love this peachy pink color-in an oversized, center zip handbag...

studded wallets that match-up

We loved the color combo of white, orange and black leather trim- in a classic shaped barrel shaped handbag...with fringe trim,,,discreet gold hardware, removable shoulder strap. Expect to see this all over editorials...resort/cruise line friendly...Very MCM.

Canvas/leather from Italy-Crusie line-Very travel sizes from toes to weekenders

New Yorkers are lucky-there's an MCM store in the iconic landmark- Plaza Hotel (58th/59th and Fifth Avenue...MCM is also sold at boutiques worldwide and select Saks Fifth Avenue (s) and Bloomingdales. Prices typically range from $500-$1500 for carry-allls...with specialty items priced up to $2500.