We recently had the pleasure of meeting Hillary Taymour, the uber-cool LA native behindCollina Strada. The FIDM alum began our new favorite handbag line in Fall 2008 as a small collection for her friends. We're really glad she decided to expand.
Collina Strada translates to “hill road,” in Italian, and in this case, "hill" is short for Hillary. The bags and harnesses all incorporate ethnic-inspired prints and shapes and are made of incredibly soft, smooth leather with canvas mixed in. The designer, who does her best to keep it green, explained that the canvas is 100% organic, while the leather, she admits, is “almost” organic. It's vegetable-dyed and sourced from a tannery that “uses all parts of the animal,” so they’re less wasteful of animal hide than other tanneries, we guess.
Hillary's creations straddle the line between trendy and classic, while striking the perfect balance of vintage and modern. They are unique and distinctive, but somehow simple and understated. They are not “it bags,” but bags that compliment one’s own personal style. And, they’re functional. The leather harness, which Hillary wore over a dress, has substantial pockets inside--perfect for a concert. We also love the unisex backpacks, which have apparently sold out everywhere. She says her next collection is going to be “insane” and feature a lot of unisex pieces. We can’t wait! Collina Strada is available at EVA (except for the sold out backpacks) on Bowery in New York and www.needsupply.com.