She’s been blogging about handbags for the past 11 years on her website Bag Snob, now Tina Craig is making her own mark on the luxury bag scene with the launch of a collection in collaboration with designer Gianfranco Lotti. While no stranger to handbag designing – Tina’s previously co-designed a range with DKNY and HSN – this marks her first venture into luxury.
Revealing to her 239K Instagram followers that she’s never put so much heart into a collection, Tina tells Bag Snob readers: “Mr. Lotti has been creating exquisitely-handcrafted bags for high-end European houses for over 45 years and is one of the most respected in the industry! Needless to say, it has been an incredible experience designing this collection under his guidance.
The collaboration has taken influences from Gianfranco’s Italian heritage and Tina’s happy childhood memories, with the bag’s colourful side panels “inspired by the freedom and joy I felt as a child riding my bike all day until dusk along the coast in Los Angeles. They depict birds on the wing, a sunset and stripes — all rendered in hand-cut and sewn calfskin. I wanted to evoke a sense of joy, fun, and carefree insouciance with the collection.”
Available exclusively at Net-A-Porter, the collection features six bags in three different shapes, as well as three additional leather straps.