Great minds may think alike, but great designers who collaborate can also think completely differently in a way that complements the pairing and creates something extra fabulous! Such is the case with Kate Spade’s recent team-up with design duo Emily Current and Meritt Elliott (aka Current/Elliott). The result is the Westward Collection, infusing a little bit of the handbag maven’s chic simplicity and practicality, with a dash of Current/Elliott’s utilitarian feel with buckles and hardware and feminine flair with a smattering of sequins (“because sometimes a girl needs sparkle”). Luggage-inspired leather and duffle shapes get gorgeous texture in the form of ostrich satchels and playful details like brass embellishments, festive printed lining, and belts give their classic shapes a fun fall flavor. Make packing for a weekend trip much more fun with the Westward Runaway Duffle, or travel light for a night on the town with a sleek leather wallet like the Westward Traveler Wallet. Whichever style suits your fancy, the sophisticated yet fun collection and mixed textiles are bound to keep your attention this fall!
– Alex Gambardella