This morning, Britt and I visited Steven Alan's showroom to examine the designer/retailer/rep's autumn offerings.
Downstairs, we cooed over the Steven Alan plaid button downs, printed smock tops and woolen coats. There were plenty of other great labels around--including Demylee, No. 9 and The Lake and Stars--but what really stole our hearts were the accessories on the first floor.
In particular, the handbags. Steven Alan represents about ten different brands, which is impressive, given that each line is so unique.
"Obviously, we try to have non-competing lines," Steven told me today. "That's the great thing about a multi-brand showroom. Someone might come in for one collection, and they'll find another."
Britt's already given you the lowdown on her favorite of the day, J.W. Hulme. The 107-year-old brand is already stocked at Steven Alan boutiques, and will make its Barneys New York debut this summer.
Another range that caught my eye was Oliveve, a newish collection of super soft, super sleek duffles and shoulder bags. You won't find many bells and whistles on these soft lamb leather bags, which come in subtle colors like grey, black and grape. And that's a good thing.
But really, the most exciting collection of the day had to be Steven Alan's own, which will debut this fall. The bags are preppy, colorful and cool--everything you already love about the brand. I'm particularly smitten with the grey satchel, which retails for under $600.
The label already does canvas carryalls, so why was now the right time for leather bags? "I knew that there way a certain aesthetic I wanted to create," says the designer, who hired a technical team to help him achieve his vision. "That's the only reason why I do anything--if there's something that I want to say. It has to be a category where there's something new that I can contribute."
Click through the gallery for images of Steven's collection, as well as Oliveve.