What does the Nine West brand mean to you and the inspiration for this sketch?
The Nine West brand to me, means sleek/sophisticated design. Nine west is the perfect mixture of traditional silhouettes with a hint of modernity/trends. My inspiration was simply making the term "waist bag" literal. Its a miniature bag with belt loops sewn to the back of it. Allowing for uses to wear this mini bag around their waist or convert it into a standard crossbody or handheld bag. The best of both worlds! A bag for any occasion and definitely a stand out in any customers wardrobe. A piece that will be used several different ways.
Why did you select these particular materials to work for your sketch?
I usually like to sketch out all ages on standard paper and pencil first. Something about it is so much more satisfying than doing it on a computer.
What is your design background? Do you currently design your own handbags collection? Does this silhouette fit into your collection? Why or why not?
I've owned and operated a handbag line (Brandon Blackwood New York) for 4 years and have loved every step of his journey. This silhouette fits my collection as I tend to stick to stronger "standout" shapes. I love the play of hardware-as-design, and love versatility in all of my work.
How can this belt bag go from day to night? Please explain.
This isn't a standard waist bag in any sense. It is far from the classic shape of a waist bag and in turn, becomes its own original piece. It can be worn day to night because of its versatility. it looks like a chic top handle bag one would normally wear out - just on the waist-. You can easily run around town during the day with this piece on your waist then take the belt loop off and wear it as a cute mini bag during the night. A light blouse, jeans or dressier pants pair with it as a belt bag will elevate any look and if you want to belt it with a dress, that would work just as well. You can also take the belt attachment off and carry it as a top handle if is matches nighttime outfit more.
What can you offer to the Nine West aesthetic? Do you follow Nine West on Instagram?
Yes I follow Nine West on instagram and believe can offer a more contemporary flair to its already stellar line-up. Bringing a bit more of a youthful metropolitan approach for sure.
Kuei Mini Waist Bag, Waist Bag / Tophandle / Crossbody, Grain Leather / Silver hardware throughout, Retail $65