Monday, 20 June 2011
Ri2k London has emerged in recent times as being leaders in classic, feminine and practical leather handbags. If you delve into the history of the brand, you will see that it once was in partnership with John Richmond, a designer who brought elements of creativity and the energy of youth with a nod to the music industry. However, Ri2k London needed to be seen as a luxury brand in its own right and it parted with the RICHMOND label in 2004, branching off to become a collection of well-designed handbags that capture what women really want.
The new driving force behind the next generation of Ri2k London handbags is British designer Isla Simpson, who brings cool sophistication and understated elegance to handbags that are created for every-day use in mind. Isla studied at Central St Martins, College of Art and Design in London, spending her weekends working at the legendary vintage shop Steinberg and Tolkein on the King’s Road. During the summer, Isla also completed internships working for handbag designers such as Billy Bag, Emily Jo Gibbs and Zandra Rhodes. Graduating with a degree in Textile Design, Isla began working amongst the High Street players such as Jigsaw, Ted Baker, Whistles & Aubin and Wills, as well as Anya Hindmarch and Oushka.
The wealth and influence of the rich tapestries of these environments can be seen reflected in Isla’s work today, allowing her to add her stamp to the brand, bringing an individuality and personality to each new Ri2k London collection.
Ri2k Leather Handbag £99.95