New Designer, New website & New Collections

Released On 11th Nov 2018

New Designer, New Website, New Collections (soon!!)

We had our annual one-day clearance sale yesterday, and despite the absolutely diabolical weather, we had a great turn out - a hearty thank you to all who supported our event.

Ken & I were talking to Dot (OB retired machinist) Dot popped in, she had to come to catch up on the gossip !!     So I mentioned that now we have launched the new OB website, ( last Monday -yippee ! ) My weekly blogs will be returning, that means that she and you (hopefully) can have the dubious pleasure of catching up with all the news, developments and updates from Team OB.

One of the big new scoops from this summer is... Our New Designer: Brooke.

Brooke joined the OB team as our senior designer in July, coming from a serious tailoring background her technical and pattern cutting skills are a great asset to the design & development side, but also her thorough trends and market research work is a huge benefit, ensuring the three key areas of the Owen Barry collections, Handbags, Outerwear/Accessories and Interiors/Lifestyle stay bang on trend.

Brooke and I have attended three major leather fairs (London, Paris & Milan) plus 3 of the leading Spring/Summer 2019 fashion events, all of this means that OB have their finger spot on the fashion pulse, great news for customers like you, who look to their fashion brands & stockists to have up to the minute reliable product knowledge and direction.

So what’s coming ?? Ahhh well you have to wait just a little bit longer for that, but I can tell you this, I am very impressed and excited by all of Brooke’s designs, especially her new handbag & purse collection that is on the verge of being finished, FYI, anyone who knows me will confirm, that isn’t an easy task,  to impress me

Okay, perhaps a little snippet:

We have selected four brand new and totally exclusive cowhides, Rhombus, Savannah, Boot Brown & Bengal , stunning. AND, over ten new leathers which I know you are going to love, ranging from vibrant summer jazz pinks and chilli reds to a white & black crazy skin called Ziggy !

Brooke has shortlisted her collection and presently has 12 brand new handbag designs that are looking likely for inclusion in the OB range; we are waiting to analyse the wear test feedback from the OB staff (and their wives) who take turns in trialling our new designs to ensure they are well balanced, that all the hardware works and the features do what they are supposed to!  After that, the designs are signed off and the collection is ready for launching - so not too long (fingers crossed).

But that doesn’t mean Brooke gets a break because as well as the handbag collection, she is presently working with Ken & Jax finalising the Men’s Autumn Winter ‘19 Outerwear collection which has to be ready for launch at Pitti Uomo in Florence in January!

Additionally, Brooke works with our own label customers and designers, ensuring their designs and concepts can be created seamlessly by the OB Team. The image shows Brooke (right) working on design development with Sarah McGill from Alder, a new British company who are launching a range of luxury leather laptop bags for women ( made by Owen Barry).

Watch this space, to see your sneak peek of Brooke’s designs over the coming weeks.

So I bet,  you, like me,  thought, with Brooke doing all this design work Cind can now sit at home with her feet up ....... hmmm well I thought that was the plan, did I misunderstand???

Have a great week - Lest we Forget......


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