Thursday, September 27, 2007

Leiber & Azzaro: Like bejeweled PB&J

Today in collaboration-mania we feature Leiber, the luxe American accessories co. (known mainly for its crystal encrusted minaudières) and Azzaro, the Parisian fashion house. The two houses have come together to create a limited-edition capsule collection of handbags, called Leiber for Azzaro, for spring '08. The two-piece collection will include a plexiglass and crystal shell and heart - two classic symbols of the Azzaro house.

“I have always been a fan of Leiber’s creations and Frank has done an amazing job reviving this legendary brand,” said Azzaro's artistic director Vanessa Seward. “Azzaro and LEIBER share a similar savoir-faire, and I believe fans of the two luxury houses are going to be really excited to see these new shapes and styles.”

Added Leiber president and creative director, Frank Zambrelli, “When Vanessa invited us to see her collection, the synergies between Azzaro and Leiber were very clear. The idea of designing bags together to launch with her spring show seemed a very natural collaboration of two luxury houses.” Continuing, “Designing with Vanessa has been such a pleasure. The bags evoke a strong sense of both houses, and their unique heritage is a perfect complement to Leiber’s 45th anniversary next year.”

The Leiber for Azzaro collection will be shown in Paris at the Vendôme Luxury Trade Show (October 4-7), and will be available in the spring of 2008 at Leiber boutiques, select luxury retailers, and through the Azzaro Paris showroom and boutique.