Collina Strada handbags

by Jenny on April 13, 2010

collina strada spring 2010 02Fashion 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.

Jenny: Why did you choose to design handbags?
Hillary: I just kind of fell into designing handbags. I had made a bag for myself that I wanted and got a huge reaction from it, the rest is history.

Jenny: Where do you find inspiration for your work?
Hillary: I find inspiration everywhere as most designers do.  I grew up competitively horse back riding and I find myself drawing inspiration from the equestrian side using natural leathers, keeping a classic shape yet still adding my own style to each bag. I also think of a more avant garde piece I would want in my closet, such as my harness and then design into more user friendly shapes with the same concept.

Jenny: What is the theme of your Spring 2010 collection?
Hillary: My Spring 2010 collection was designed in Morocco so it was drawn from Moroccan architecture which created the tiered leather effect throughout the collection.
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