Rebecca Minkoff is well-loved in the States and Japan, but little known in Europe. She started her own label at the tender age of 21 and spent five years designing and printing t-shirts in her apartment.
Things really took off for the Rebecca Minkoff label in 2005 when she started designing handbags. Her Morning After Bag – the M.A.B. - was an enormous hit and remains a staple, with obsessive fans collecting each variation every season. For the next four years she concentrated on handbags, growing her brand into a major name. In 2009, she launched her first ready-to-wear collection and opened her first store in Japan, where the label first took off in a big way, in 2012.
We’ve just taken delivery of a few choice items from the pre-Spring/Summer collection, and lovely they are too, with a stronge emphasis on sport-luxe. There’s this Tiger Curved Yoke knit:
A lot of Rebecca Minkoff’s designs play with silhouette and the ‘curved yoke’ pattern across the sleeves on this sweater creates the illusion of shape to a very wearable crew neck sweater. The tiger stripe pattern is great too – it looks straightforward but, up close, it’s a pixelated image. A nice detail!
It’s no surprise that a handbag designer would use leather in their clothing, but the combination of a striped sweater with leather is not what you might expect. The front panel is pleasingly soft and the cut is beautiful. It can be washed, so it’s practical too.
Sweatshirts continue to be big news and Rebecca Minkoff plays with them to create something quite unique. These McCall sweatshirts in blush and neon green use detailed weaves on the sleeves combined with feminine lacework to create tops that can be worn casually with jeans or dressed up to equally stunning effect. We’ve also got a great pencilskirt in the neon green weave, with the lace panel front.
One of Rebecca Minkoff’s staple designs is the Clara dress. It’s a short, fitted dress with a shaped bustier top, elasticated shoulder straps, piping and panels front and back. This season it comes in a beautiful all-over floral print, which contrasts nicely with the structured nature of the dress.
We couldn’t take Rebecca Minkoff without stocking some of her bags, of course. We’ve got this wonderful M.A.B. tote in scarlet. Made from textured saffiano leather, it’s a stunning colour and has everything you could want from a tote.
Also in stock are a couple of smaller bags. The Hudson Moto Mini is made from saffiano leather in rose gold, gold and black and, for a small bag, is packed with pockets to help keep you organised. The strap is removable so it can be worn across the body or used as a clutch.
This mini version of Rebecca Minkoff’s Morning After Clutch comes in classic black. It’s made from soft, supple leather and is packed with details inside and out. It’s got a studded leather and gold chain strap which can be worn long, doubled to wear over the shoulder or removed to make a stunning clutch. It even comes with spare leather tassels, so you can dress it up even further!