Fashion designer Hillary Taymour launched the handbag label Collina Strada in Los Angeles in 2008. The label focuses on creating unique and inspirational pieces for curious and fun loving fashionistas. The fabrics are influenced by a combination of vintage prints and modern but also ethnic patterns, which makes the handbags perfect accessories for the fashion loving women.
The Collina Strada Spring 2010 collection has a simple and natural look, and with the environment in mind Hillary Taymour has been able to create some stylish as well as eco-friendly pieces. The leather and canvas versions of the bags are made from 100% organic canvas and vegetable dyed leather. In the new collection there’s a great mix of shoulder bags, clutches as well as a cool and trendy version of the backpack. Her unique style has definitely brought success to the brand. It’s been picked up by several stores and eco-boutiques all over the world such as Fred Segal, Nordstoms Trend, Coclico, American Rag Japan and more.
FashionZest got a chance to interview Hillary Taymour to learn more about her label.
Jenny: What led you into fashion design?
Hillary: Since I was little, I have been known to be wearing something a little out of the ordinary and I always had my own distinct style. I guess the passion for it was always there. An older friend of mine had gone to fashion school at FIDM and she guided me down that path.