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We are pleased to be able to bring you a first look at the new Radley signature bag for Spring/Summer 2013. The design is known as "Radley Rambling" and features a small girl walking through the countryside with the famous Scottie dog as her companion.
Some nice touches to the design such as the rolling hills in the background, the girl's backpack and hiking boots.
We're sure this will prove to be another winner for the company.
Radley Bags-what's so special about them ?
The company have only been in existence for around twelve years and yet in that short space of time they have become the best selling handbag brand in the
It begs the question, how does a handbag brand that was only created twelve years ago become more popular than the luxury giants of Chanel et al many of which have been global luxury brands for the best part of 60 + years.
A simple answer to that question would be that Radley create handbags that are affordable. They can create a bag using the finest leather available and produce a handbag that is just as good in terms of quality as anything that Gucci or Chanel might be able to produce.
The difference is Radley price their products to make them affordable and accessible to more people whilst the other luxury handbag makers have kind of painted themselves into a corner as they cannot produce a bag that sells for "only" £ 125 as it dilutes their luxury brand. You will also find that there is almost a collector's level of interest in Radley and you will find many such items for sale on our pages from people who have spent years collecting these handbags
So how did Radley start ?
In the 1990’s a young Australian architect, by the name of Lowell Harder was travelling through
The spark of inspiration came when her bohemian cousin returned from a recent trip to
In the early days her bags were nothing too elaborate and tended to be rather casual working bags and ethnic, leather handbags. Mrs Harder started to sell her bags from a market stall at
Word was starting to spread and one day John Lewis contacted her to discuss stocking her bags. A subsequent meeting with one of the buyers led to a firm offer from the retail giant for Lowell Harder to manufacture and supply John Lewis with her own bags. However, the sheer scale of the orders meant that Lowell Harder couldn’t financially support the order. Thankfully, she was able to receive backing from
Her designs were a commercial success and her confidence began to grow. Lowell Harder’s love of dogs led to the inclusion a West Highland terrier dog on some of her designs and when these bags flew off the shelves she was encouraged to incorporate the dog into every design. Today the terrier dog is now the Radley logo and appears on all Radley bags.
Radley launch a new collection every season and perhaps the most eagerly anticipated item from their collection is the Radley signature bag, also known as the Radley picture bag. The signature bag features a colourful scene consisting of appliquéd leather featuring the famous Radley terrier dog in a variety of scenes which reflects the season the handbag is launched. For example, one of the older signature bags for Spring/Summer was titled “Beside the Seaside” and featured Radley the dog on a beach flying a kite. The colours used in this design were bright pastel colours such as sand and aqua. Not every Radley picture bag design has such a close reference to the season it was launched as the picture bag for Autumn/Winter 2009 featured Radley the dog in a jungle scene !
The latest Radley signature bag for Spring/Summer 2012 is called "Happy Camper" which features a typical British holiday scene. You can view it on Radley's website here
Although the signature bag is Radley’s flagship handbag the company also produces a range of very stylish and fashionable bags. Messenger bags, also known as cross body bags are extremely popular and come in a variety of styles and colours.
Radley have expanded their range to now include purses, luggage, keyrings, passport holders, you can even buy a Radley umbrella.
The company is now starting to sell in the