Marchesa Unveils Handbags Line

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Marchesa will unveil its first accessories collection at the Spring Summer 2010 presentation on Sept 16 at The Chelsea Art Museum in New York. The Collection count 28 pieces that will retail from from $995 to $5,000 for an exotic skin. Each piece is as elaborate as as the brand’s dresses, with such details as beading, pleating and corsetry.

“We had never done accessories,” said co-founder and designer Georgina Chapman, who founded Marchesa with Keren Craig. “So we thought, ‘Let’s approach it the way we approach a dress.’”

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There are elements of jewelry in the collection as well. The handles are beaded and incorporate crystals, and every bag in the line is topped off with a hand-cut rock crystal. All the beading is done in India, but the bags are made by hand in Italy.

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The handbags coordinate with the mainline dresses (the company also has a lower-priced special occasion dress line called Notte by Marchesa), but Chapman said they could be worn from day to night.

“Some people don’t always have an occasion for a gown,” said Chapman. “You could wear these with jeans and a T-shirt.”

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