Those eschewing logo- and hardware-spangled handbags for brands that are low-key and logo-free will find much to covet at the Innis Salon Privé, running from November 15 to 17. Founded three years ago by Innis (she prefers to go by a single name) and Alexandra Foulkes, both alumni of cult UK fashion brand J&M Davidson, the label creates bags whose elegant appeal relies purely on highly considered shape and colour.
Rarity is another key attraction of the brand, which has small production runs (with a current maximum of 50) and sells only by private appointment at its Bayswater studio, by phone from the selection on its website, or at twice-yearly, three-day Salons Privés. Design is primarily Innis’ brief; Foulkes takes care of marketing, production and visits to the Italian factories. The designs have a pleasing geometry based around the brand’s signature serifed “I”, and come in contrast-lined, life-enhancing colours, which are all seasonal except for black, navy and natural “whip snake” – a printed and laser-cut leather. The upcoming Salon Privé features special pieces such as the Tutti tote in snake-print leather with orange nappa lining (£951), the Ooh La La bowling bag in hot-pink whip snake lined in sand nappa (£1,500) and the Castillo Piccolo bucket in metallic platinum or pale pink, both with emerald lining (£795), alongside more standard models and small leather items, with prices from £55. What’s not to love?