Nicholas Kirkwood reinvents Bulgari’s Serpenti Forever bag

The British shoe designer has added a backpack and elegant pouch to the range

Bulgari x Nicholas Kirkwood calfskin Serpenti Forever cross-body bags, £1,990 each
Bulgari x Nicholas Kirkwood calfskin Serpenti Forever cross-body bags, £1,990 each

Bulgari launched its Serpenti Forever handbag line in 2011 and the enamelled snakehead-clasp designs have since seduced the likes of Kate Moss, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Erin O’Connor. Now the Italian maison is teaming up with British shoe designer Nicholas Kirkwood for a capsule Serpenti Forever collection that represents a first for both parties: a handbag debut for Kirkwood and an inaugural venture into backpacks for Bulgari.

Bulgari x Nicholas Kirkwood nappa leather Serpenti Forever chain wallet, £740
Bulgari x Nicholas Kirkwood nappa leather Serpenti Forever chain wallet, £740
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The range is themed around a chevron pattern of zigzagging studs – in a mix of either varnished flat and round studs or matte pyramid iterations – that is set off by a revamped, enamelled snakehead clasp interwoven with contrasting metal. The monochrome calfskin rucksacks (£2,190) feature sleek, tone-on-tone studs and come in either white with contrasting black straps or in punchy all-black.

Bulgari x Nicholas Kirkwood calfskin Serpenti Forever chain wallets, £740 each
Bulgari x Nicholas Kirkwood calfskin Serpenti Forever chain wallets, £740 each
Bulgari x Nicholas Kirkwood calfskin Serpenti Forever envelope pouch, £790
Bulgari x Nicholas Kirkwood calfskin Serpenti Forever envelope pouch, £790

Bringing colour to the collection are the shoulder bags – a square flap-cover version (£1,990) and a more traditionally feminine, rectangular chain wallet (£740) – in pink spinel or blue sapphire calfskin, matched with pink quartz and with blue lapis eyes on the clasps. There is also a pale gold, nappa leather shoulder bag that oozes 1970s glamour with its glitter gold enamel clasp, and a more restrained black-on-black style.

Bulgari x Nicholas Kirkwood calfskin Serpenti Forever rucksack, £2,190
Bulgari x Nicholas Kirkwood calfskin Serpenti Forever rucksack, £2,190
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But it’s the flap-cover black and white shoulder bags that are the most eye-catching, their contrasting studs making the most of the sinous chevron motif – so much so that Kirkwood has also put the same designs on an elegant envelope pouch (£790).

The collection can be found at Bulgari in New Bond Street, Nicholas Kirkwood’s Mayfair boutique and online at Net-a-Porter.

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