Designer collaborations are ten a penny which is why when a truly exceptional one comes along heads are turned. British stalewart Radley have defined themselves not only by their well made classics but well thought out, innovative collaborations. Having previously teamed up with Holly Fulton and Harris Tweed, Radley have recently partnered with industry heavyweight, Jonathan Saunders for a collection focusing on patterns and muted colour tones.
It’s easily Radley’s most cotemporary collection to date, with nary a shoulder bag in sight. Instead we find backpacks in bone, tea rose and black, large wrislets in monochome patterns and slouchy cross bodies. It’s Radley but not as you know it. It’s more polished, refined, and yeah, definitley a little more fashion. Don’t worry Radley fans, they haven’t abandoned their classic designs they have become so well known for. Instead, see this as a further dip in to the fashion waters. It’s an entry point for you style savvy shopper who wants a bit of luxury but without the premium price tag. With prices starting at £65 and working up to £249, it isn’t Balmain x H&M everyone should be getting excited about, it’s beautifully made leather treats from your favourite British bag brand. The paired back palette and geometric palette is a welcome addition to many of the classic Radley shapes, giving the overall collection a more modern feel. Truly impressive and a refreshing take on a classic, I continue to be impressed with Radley’s approach to designer collaborations.