Esteemed British actress Rosamund Pike has unveiled her debut handbag collection for LK Bennett. The actress, who has starred with some of Hollywood’s top male actors, such as Tom Cruise, has personally designed three different bags in six different colours.
Ms Pike said in an interview with Vogue magazine that she felt: “incredibly nervous about it. It’s something that I’ve created and I’ve put my taste on show, my preferences. I’ve put a lot of thought into it. I wanted to give people who can’t afford designer bags a taste of that quality for half the price, but still maintain a high level of luxury.”
The bags have a classic luxurious feel about them, and are fashioned with grab handles, and an additional, detachable cross-body strap which is located within the bag itself. The style of the bag is said to be inspired by a nonchalant, carefree Julie Christie in the opening scene of 1965 film Darling. All the bags are crafted using a superior Italian calfskin leather, and feature a suede lining with a soft, brushed gold safety-pin detail.
Ms Pike said: “I didn’t want it to be a bag that imposed anything on anyone,” she added. “I wanted it to be able to contain chaos, but to have a polished exterior. I always think of myself as classic, with a corrupt element. That’s why I decided to deconstruct the zip slightly and incorporate the safety-pin detail. I want to subtly offer my taste, without bombarding people with it. The short handles, for example, represent the little girl in all of us. When you have a longer handle, you’re weighted down in a different way.”
Ms Pike spent a long time designing the bags, and concentrated on the smallest of details, to make sure they had a certain sense of authenticity. She said: “The process has been so rewarding. I’m fully aware that people train for years to do this and it must be unbelievably irritating when someone like me comes along and designs a collection. I know that I could never do this on my own. I do have an eye for detail though and I do care for proportion. Acting has taught me that – I have to look at myself in 3D at all times. It’s given me an eye for shape and aesthetic.”
The three bags in the Rosamund Bag Collection are called the Rosa, Rosie and Rosamund, and are boxy totes in six different colourways. The 34 year-old Pride & Prejudice star explains: “I think having a handbag is about feeling that you are holding a little bit of luxury and hopefully that is what this bag will offer.”
Ms Pike talked regarding how she set about designing the new collection of bags: “To start the process, I sat in the L.K.Bennett studios and sketched what I wanted; a bag to embody modernity, freedom and independence. I cared a lot about the inside of the bag as I wanted it to look delicious on the outside as well as on the inside.”
The collection will be available from July 17 in the U.K with prices ranging from £350 for the small Rosie bag, graduating to £425 for the Rosa and £425 for the Rosamund.
For more information visit LK Bennett.
Rosamund Pike for L.K Bennett. Images By Courtesy Photo