News: Luella Bartley Forced To Close, Other Designers Head To China, And More

November 11, 2009 by SheFindsSusannah
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1. Designer Luella Bartley’s eponymous line Luella has been forced to close as one of her suppliers also closed, and now she is trying to find continued (financial) support.  It’s a hard time out there for designers – show your love by at least checking out designer handbags.  [Independent]

2. In brighter designer news, not only are luxury brands expanding to China, some, like Lanvin, are bypassing New York and Milan altogether to get flagships opened up there first.  Those lucky women in Shanghai are going to get all the best dresses first.  [WWD]

3. Lars Nilsson, former designer at both Nina Ricci ans Gianfranco Ferre, is leaving womenswear behind to do a mens’ shoes and accessories line called Mr. Nils.  At least your man can wear trendy shoes and look sharp. [Vogue UK]

4. Frederic Bourke, co-founder of Dooney & Bourke, has been sentenced to prison for bribing officials in Azerbaijan.  In case this corruption shakes up your handbag loyalty, we’ve got you covered.  [WWD]



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