Last Friday, contemporary art gallery According to McGee hosted the exclusive launch of premium fashion accessories brand, Saskia & Rose London.
The evening, carefully and collaboratively curated between art gallery owners Greg and Ails McGee and founders of Saskia & Rose London, Francesca McClure and Suzanne Braithwaite, brought together local businesses and friends for an evening of celebration and networking.
Saskia & Rose London is a premium leather fashion handbag and accessories brand using high quality calf leather. “Our debut collection is super-chic, timeless yet fun,” say Francesca and Suzanne.
The brand was born when it became apparent there was a big gap in the market for affordable, simple luxurious leather accessories. The collection is exclusively designed and created by Francesca, which has been inspired by structured vintage shapes but featuring contemporary nappa and saffiano coloured leathers. “At Saskia & Rose we place great emphasis on creating timeless investment pieces that our customers will love and cherish season on season,” she says.
The founders Suzanne and Francesca are both from York, after having spent a decade both living and working in London before returning to their hometown to launch the brand. Suzanne’s background was within journalism and the beauty industry and now works as a York based photographer, while Francesca has spent many years working as a buyer for a luxury department store developing fashion accessories and gifts.
“We are excited to collaborate with According to McGee; it’s a beautiful space to showcase the collection amongst their guest artists and in the shadow of Clifford’s Tower. With York being our home town, it is the perfect place to launch,” adds Suzanne.
Says gallery co-director Ails McGee, “It’s an exciting time for us. We’re looking at disrupting our normal role as a gallery in 2018 for exhibiting art with happenings like this, with bespoke designer clothes and luxury accessories displayed alongside some of the most collectible contemporary painters in the UK. Saskia & Rose are a great team, with instinct for aesthetics and an inspiring vision. It was a superb event, with a packed house, and some very useful networking.”
The debut collection for spring/summer 2018 was successfully launched to market in several independent department stores and boutique shops across the country in summer 2017, but will officially launch this month.
Each handbag from the collection has been given a female name to make them instantly recognisable to its customers and followers of the brand. The collection aims to find a style of bag for every occasion and to suit its client’s mood or outfit.
Says Fran, “You will see throughout the collection all items are highly versatile perfect for that day to night look. The classic Freya clutch bag comes in nappa and saffiano leather with six colour choices and as part of this skew has four beautiful coin purses. The signature Calista tote bag is the largest bag in the collection, the beautiful black croc leather makes it smart for the office and has lots of compartments to keep handbag essentials organised. The Calista black croc style has been carried through to several other handbag designs including the vanity grab with detachable gold chain and the stunning oversized clutch.
The Wren shoulder backpack in nappa leather and black full grain offers versatility in one bag, so you can transform it from a backpack to a classic shoulder bag. Other styles in the collection are the Therese box grabs in pink nappa, and the Belle box grabs and purse in black and white saffiano. The difference with Saskia & Rose is every item can also be personalised with its gold embossing system.”
After Friday, part of the collection is still available for purchase at According to McGee. To view the full Saskia & Rose collection, please CLICK BELOW or follow them on Instagram @saskiaandrose and Facebook/saskia&rose. Email [email protected] to be added to the client list and receive updates.SASKIA AND ROSE