Johnny Coca tapped to head Louis Vuitton’s leather goods division

Johnny Coca has been named as the new head of Louis Vuitton’s leather goods division.The Spanish fashion star previously served as creative director at Mulberry, but announced his departure from the British heritage house following a five-year stint in…

Johnny Coca has been named as the new head of Louis Vuitton’s leather goods division.

The Spanish fashion star previously served as creative director at Mulberry, but announced his departure from the British heritage house following a five-year stint in March.

Now, Coca has confirmed he is relocating to Paris to begin work in the French luxury brand’s accessories department, where he will partner with womenswear creative director Nicolas Ghesquiere.

“I am proud to join Nicolas Ghesquiere and the Louis Vuitton teams to develop the women’s handbag lines and fine leather goods,” he said. “For me, this is a real return to my roots, where I had the chance to live my passion for the first time and to learn the fundamentals of my profession in the heart of the workshops in Asnieres. A new stage in my own creative journey is now opening up for me in this laboratory between heritage and modernity.”

Coca will officially begin his new role on 2 June. It’s not the first time he has worked for Louis Vuitton, having honed his design skills at the house following his studies before taking up roles at Bally and Celine.

And Ghesquiere is looking forward to collaborating with Coca on upcoming collections.

“I welcome Johnny to the Maison Louis Vuitton and I am happy that he is joining me in this adventure that started several years ago. The teams and I look forward to working with him in the universe inspiring Louis Vuitton,” he stated, while Louis Vuitton executive vice president Delphine Arnault added: “I am delighted with Johnny’s return to Louis Vuitton and the LVMH Group. He will enrich our creative force and our capacity for innovation. Johnny knows the spirit of Louis Vuitton and shares our vision, and I am delighted that he is joining us.”

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Johnny Coca departing Mulberry

Johnny Coca is exiting his post at Mulberry following a five-year stint.The Spanish designer joined the British heritage house as creative director in 2015 and has since gone on to oversee the ready-to-wear, leather goods, and accessories collections.H…

Johnny Coca is exiting his post at Mulberry following a five-year stint.

The Spanish designer joined the British heritage house as creative director in 2015 and has since gone on to oversee the ready-to-wear, leather goods, and accessories collections.

However, Coca confirmed on Tuesday that he will be leaving the brand at the end of March.

“I have loved my time with this iconic British heritage brand and would like to thank the amazing teams and everyone who has supported me during my time here,” he said in a statement. “I am proud of everything we have achieved and the collections we have created. The passion and dedication I have seen at Mulberry has been incredible and I am honoured to have been part of the brand’s history.”

During his time at Mulberry, Coca has been instrumental in developing the luxury lifestyle vision for the company and helped create a number of new bag families including the Amberley and Iris. He also introduced eyewear and sneaker categories and re-launched the men’s accessories and jewellery ranges.

Accordingly, Mulberry’s chief executive officer Thierry Andretta is very grateful for the fashion star’s contribution.

“Johnny’s creative vision has been a key element in delivering our strategy to develop Mulberry as an international luxury lifestyle brand. On behalf of the Mulberry board and entire team we wish Johnny every success in his next venture,” he added. “As we head towards our 50th anniversary in 2021 we continue to focus on our strategy to build Mulberry as a global luxury brand. We remain committed to developing responsible, innovative products, underpinned by a strong in-house creative team and our international direct-to-customer omnichannel business model.”

Mulberry bosses are in the process of hiring Coca’s successor.

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Iris Law collaborates with Mulberry on handbag collection

Iris Law has collaborated with the team at Mulberry on a brand-new handbag collection.The British model, who is the daughter of Sadie Frost and Jude Law, has worked alongside creative director Johnny Coca on the Iris for Iris line, a fresh take on the …

Iris Law has collaborated with the team at Mulberry on a brand-new handbag collection.

The British model, who is the daughter of Sadie Frost and Jude Law, has worked alongside creative director Johnny Coca on the Iris for Iris line, a fresh take on the heritage brand’s Iris leather tote.

Iris and Johnny were inspired to partner on the range following a conversation at an event in Tokyo last August.

“I love working with Mulberry; Johnny and I really bonded over our love of Japan,” the 19-year-old shared. “The idea of making an ‘Iris for Iris’ was something I was so inspired to do! It has been such a pleasure to get behind the scenes of an iconic British brand, and the opportunity to learn first-hand from their design team and craftspeople has been incredible.”

Items in the Iris for Iris collection feature a degrade colour effect, influenced by the warm yellows, reds, and deep blues of an Ibizan sunset.

Contrasting trims highlight the bags’ construction and a short, wide shoulder strap was added for a different carry option. All of the designs were made by Mulberry’s specialist artisan team in their carbon-neutral Somerset factory in the U.K.

Accordingly, Johnny was thrilled with the final result.

“Iris’s vivacious personality is the embodiment of the Mulberry woman, so the fact that she shared her name with one of my favourite new bag families felt like the perfect opportunity to work together again. Her fresh take on colour and print has brought a bold and playful dimension to this bag,” the designer praised.

The full collection was unveiled at a launch event held at Mulberry’s Regent Street flagship in London on Tuesday night.

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Mulberry teams with Acne Studios on capsule collection

Mulberry has collaborated with the designers at Acne Studios on a capsule collection.The limited-edition line is comprised of bags and small leather goods, all of which marry Mulberry’s English charm with Acne Studios’ signature Swedish style. “The Ac…

Mulberry has collaborated with the designers at Acne Studios on a capsule collection.

The limited-edition line is comprised of bags and small leather goods, all of which marry Mulberry’s English charm with Acne Studios’ signature Swedish style.

“The Acne Studios and Mulberry collaboration is a perfect manifestation of the spirit of both our brands. It showcases Acne Studios’ wonderful Swedish design ethos and celebrates both the British heritage and modernity of Mulberry,” said Thierry Andretta, chief executive officer of Mulberry.

Mulberry’s popular Scotchgrain bags have been reimagined by the team at Acne Studios, with multiple leather buckle strap fastenings and oversized metal hardware. The updated bag is available in messenger and mini cross-body satchel styles, as well as in pink and black crocodile print leather.

While Acne Studios’ Musubi bag, with its origami knot, is combined with Mulberry’s iconic Bayswater. The wide leather knot is laced through the Bayswater in both regular and micro sizes, with the item available in oak, black, and pink colourways.

In addition to the bags, there is a range of accessories made in either Scotchgrain or pink grainy leather. These include a laptop case, a medium-sized pouch, a coin purse, a small zip-around wallet, and a lanyard.

“This is a collection about friendship and our freedom as brands to do what we want to do. It is like a conversation between Acne Studios and Mulberry, one that is founded in mutual respect and a desire to make great product,” added Jonny Johansson, creative director of Acne Studios. “There is pure Swedishness and Englishness to the collection that I think twists the look in an interesting way. I like how they are practical, and you also want to carry them. It feels good to make bags that are desirable and that also have purpose.”

Pieces in the Mulberry x Acne Studios collection can be purchased in select stores from 5 November.

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Mulberry launches sunglasses collection during LFW

Mulberry filled the void of not having a London Fashion Week show by launching a new sunglasses collection instead.The iconic British brand is famous for its luxury handbags, and now creative director Johnny Coca is venturing into the eyewear market. D…

Mulberry filled the void of not having a London Fashion Week show by launching a new sunglasses collection instead.

The iconic British brand is famous for its luxury handbags, and now creative director Johnny Coca is venturing into the eyewear market.

Debuting eight styles inspired by famous Brits like John Lennon, as well as styles from the ‘50s and the ‘60s, Mulberry’s sunglasses line has arrived with a bang.

“Sunglass styles from that era were so iconic, when you see circular frames you think of John Lennon, for example. I also wanted to re-create that moment of ‘wonderment,’ of finding your grandmother’s vintage things,” Coca said, reports WWD.

“For the first collection, we wanted to focus on sharp, clean, well-designed and well-proportioned pieces. It’s important to have consistency because when you change so much you can get lost, so it’s important to establish your iconic pieces and then evolve from there.”

Prices range from £190 ($245) to £220 ($284), with the line dropping a year after Mulberry signed a license with De Rigo Vision.

Unveiling the collection with an immersive installation at the brand’s flagship on Regent Street store in London over the weekend (16-17Feb19), fashion fans were greeted with images of dancing girls modelling the glasses.

“I like the idea that you have to go around the mirrors while the girls are dancing in the campaign, it creates a playful moment and I just want to keep it relaxed, positive and fresh,” Coca smiled.

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Giles Deacon joins Aspinal of London

Giles Deacon has been recruited by the team at Aspinal of London.The British designer has joined the company as design director off the back of the very successful Giles x Aspinal capsule accessories collaboration. As reported by editors at Business o…

Giles Deacon has been recruited by the team at Aspinal of London.

The British designer has joined the company as design director off the back of the very successful Giles x Aspinal capsule accessories collaboration.

As reported by editors at Business of Fashion, Deacon’s appointment will not affect his work at his own label Giles Deacon Couture, where he will continue to remain as creative director.

The 49-year-old earned his fashion stripes at Bottega Veneta and Gucci before founding his own label, GILES, in 2003, subsequently going on to win numerous accolades for his work, and previously teamed up with the likes of Mulberry, Converse and British high street store New Look before Aspinal of London asked him to partner.

This capsule collection consisted of a range of fun, new accessories which featured hand-drawn colourful, elegant women dressed in glamorous ’40s-style outfits, all walking on a bed of pink roses.

The 25-piece collection, which included handbags, wallets, and silk scarves, was unveiled during London Fashion Week in September (18), when the London label gave fans a peek at the range at its flagship Regent Street store.

A spokesperson for the brand told WWD the Aspinal women consisted of an international, “yet still very quintessentially English” cast, but with a more global appeal in order to highlight the brand’s overseas expansion plans in the Middle East and China.

“Giles didn’t want to reinvent the wheel in terms of product, so there are no new bag styles and he chose the ones most synonymous to the brand,” they added.

Deacon’s position at Aspinal of London is effective immediately.

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Giles Deacon creates capsule collection with Aspinal of London

Giles Deacon has partnered with Aspinal of London on a new capsule collection.The British designer earned his fashion stripes at Bottega Veneta and Gucci before founding his own label, GILES, in 2003, subsequently going on to win numerous accolades for…

Giles Deacon has partnered with Aspinal of London on a new capsule collection.

The British designer earned his fashion stripes at Bottega Veneta and Gucci before founding his own label, GILES, in 2003, subsequently going on to win numerous accolades for his work.

Deacon is no stranger to collaborations, having previously teamed up with the likes of Mulberry, Converse and British high street store New Look. His latest venture sees him join forces with the luxury London-based accessories label for a range of fun, new creations.

The 49-year-old has hand-drawn a number of colourful, elegant women dressed in glamorous ‘40s-style outfits, all walking on a bed of pink roses. These designs have been printed on totes, shoulder and handbags, wallets and other small leather accessories, while one drawing – a woman holding a large handbag – has been lifted from the bigger print and embossed on Aspinal of London’s Hepburn bag. The collection also includes silk scarves and Christmas crackers bearing the unique print.

Deacon described the collaboration as a “super opportunity” to showcase his original illustrations, and explained that he was thinking about the typical “Aspinal girl” when he envisioned his designs.

“They’re quintessential English girls zooming around town, having a good time in their frocks. They love fashion and simple, gorgeous prints,” he said in an interview with WWD.

Prices range from £65 ($86) for a luggage tag to £950 ($1,254) for the embossed Hepburn bag, and all items can be pre-ordered online during London Fashion Week in September (18), where the collection will first be presented.

The pieces launch in stores and online from 15 October, and will be sold through Aspinal’s stand-alone stores on the brand’s website and across its concessions. Barneys New York will sell the collection exclusively throughout the U.S., and Shangpin will do the same in China.

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Spring fashion campaigns see increase in racial diversity

Racial diversity was embraced in the latest round of fashion campaigns, new figures show.Editors at The Fashion Spot have reported that one in every three models used in the spring 2018 marketing imagery was a woman of colour. Top names such as Naomi …

Racial diversity was embraced in the latest round of fashion campaigns, new figures show.

Editors at The Fashion Spot have reported that one in every three models used in the spring 2018 marketing imagery was a woman of colour.

Top names such as Naomi Campbell, Jourdan Dunn and Binx Walton posed for Versace, Swarovski and Alberta Ferretti, respectively, while emerging stars like Philomena Kwao and Assa Baradji also featured in spring ads.

All in all, 34 per cent of the female models used in the recent batch of campaigns were from a diverse background, which is an increase on previous seasons, though some of fashion’s biggest brands were called out for only using white models.

Mango, Mulberry, Tommy Jeans, Tory Burch, Dolce & Gabbana and denim label DL1961 are among the labels to shun diversity.

As well as race, reporters looked into other demographics, and found there was a decline in women over 50 being used, 10 castings across nine campaigns compared to last season’s 14 across eight, and transgender and non-binary models were the least represented group this season, accounting for only 0.7 per cent of castings.

The number of plus-size models appearing in print adverts remained the same at 10.

“It’s hard to understand – both from a business and social perspective – why campaigns and runways continue to ignore such a large percentage of the market,” Jennifer Davidson, editor-in-chief of The Fashion Spot told HuffPost U.K. “Consumers naturally gravitate towards brands that embrace them, so it makes far more sense to be inclusive.”

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