Our AW16 Selection From The Fashion Runways

Released On 27th Aug 2016

Eliza (our new young designer) and I have curated four key fashion capsules that we feel will have a significant influence on the fashion trends this Autumn. We hope you like them;

Cocooning Comfort....

Cocooning Comfort, is all about security and ease, relaxed volume, being able to kick back your heels and enjoy life.

All of these reassuring elements are found in every Owen Barry bag, we are known for generous proportions, nothing is tight, mean or trussed up, everything is comfortingly luxurious.

​Shown here on the left are Hesta in Oyster, Tilly in Aubergine and Bromley in Petrol. On the right a sumptuous large sheepskin beanbag, just let it envelop you, a Tweedmill throw, every one individual and so cosy, Ebbie in Passion suede, deep and voluminous and finally an exclusive Owen Barry raw edge reversible sheepskin jacket in white -stunning.


​Metallics....

Thank goodness - Metallics are still a key part of the Autumn Winter 2016 trends forecast .

At Owen Barry we love the flexibility of metallics, yes they are obviously great for party season, but actually, really beautiful metallics are superb for versatility, they give a lightness of touch and a head turning effect to the most prosaic of outfits.  

Look at the exquisite understated vintage metallic shown here with Old Mirror Egan and Diggory.  Dressing up or down you can team any of these four OB bags to give a special coat of fairy dust to any daytime, evening, casual or business ensemble.

Also shown Rupert in Silver with a Black suede lining & Francine in Silver Acido Cowhide on Silver.
Other metallics in this Autumn/ Winter 2016 palette are Tin, Bronze and Platino (champagne).


​Animal Print.....

I always find it fascinating how screen printed cowhide can so strongly divide an audience, it is doubtably the marmite of the leather industry.

Year in and year out , fashionistas, journalists, designers and so called experts all choose it without exception, but to the buying public of a certain age it sometimes has an underlying reminder of Julie Goodyear from Corrie (youngsters put Bet Lynch into your search engine).

The interesting thing is, once you have handled a beautifully crafted  cowhide bag you can get tempted, then when you succumb and invest some of your hard earned, the compliments it elicits elevates your ""daring"" purchase to a whole new level, and oh my goodness, it very quickly becomes your all time favourite - you're addicted.

Very sorry folk, but Owen Barry are renowned for one of the largest selections of individual cowhides in the UK so once you're hooked we do become your guilty pleasure, especially with new on trend skin designs introduced twice a year and additional limited editions in store.

FYI (for those who need reminding ) all OB bags are hand cut from eco certified cowhides that  are 100% a bi-product of the food industry.

Shown here are:- Vienna (Zebra on Silver), Small Vermont purse (Monty on Knossos), Veris (Brown Ciga Spot/ Brown Softee), Fibbel (Martini Duel/Iroko). The shearling coat is our style Cocax in Camel Tigardos.


​Camouflage........

As I said at the beginning Eliza our new young designer has been helping me with these forecasts and it is Eliza who has chosen this trend  - Frankly, I was a little bit unsure because whilst okay for the catwalk, you have to be a certain person to carry off the the boldness of camo in your everyday life - but as Eliza pointed out, that is the beauty of a handbag, it can bring a variety of influences to your wardrobe that you wouldn't wear in a larger piece.

The handbags that Eliza has chosen below do just that, I think they very cleverly bring the texture and feel of the camo trend without being in the least bit military. Actually, none of these bags are stuck in one genre,  each one can be used with a multitude of different outfits. 

For example, on the top left we have the Minnie Pouchette cut from an OB limited edition; Ariel laser etched cowhide, in soft tones of ivory and biscuit, Minnie will complement a huge variety of very sophisticated outfits, in fact an ideal wedding purse, but let's hope war doesn't break out on the dance floor.

Next is Thurston in Giraffe - my personal favourite - this is what I mean, VERY BOLD but not overpowering, you could easily wear this with black slacks and shirt - bold jewellery - stunning.

Bottom right is Thermus zipper cross body in Olive Softee, with multiple zips and pockets, she does have a more military flavour, but when you feel the buttery soft leather you realise that this is quite a bit more tactile and feminine than your average kit bag.

Finally, the Owen Barry signature style ""Dudley"" shown here in magnificent Milk Cobra leather,
this stunning limited edition version is presently only available as a bespoke order, but as you know our bespoke service is totally free of charge, any bag that is made exclusively for you will be exactly the same price as a first quality stock bag of the same style. 

​Our AW16 Handbag Collection will be online & instore from September 1st