I remember the London Fashion Week season when suddenly, almost out of nowhere, editors starting putting down their all-bells-and-whistles designer bags in favour of something far simpler and far more affordable. Sophie Hulme's big leather Albion totes practically demanded their own spots on the front row, they were that jumbo and that noticeable—and, as a result, that desirable.
This was around 2012, and at the time, London-based Sophie was a relative unknown with a small but perfectly formed collection of quality, midpriced leather goods to offer an eager set of insiders. Getting one of the tan totes with the metal hardware (and the matching, fun tchotchkes) was like striking gold, and the carefully crafted stock was in understandably short supply (from what I recall).
Elena Perminova in 2012, Paris, with one of the Sophie Hulme bags of the earlier years.
As the designer approaches her eponymous brand's 10th birthday, there's much to celebrate—including many, many more popular handbag styles, as well as the fact she's created super-sharp outerwear to match. These two elements have been brought together to create an anniversary capsule collection, which you can see below. Keep scrolling to see who's wearing Sophie Hulme's bags now, and then shop them for yourself (before I do and we're in sold-out territory again).
Courtesy of Sophie Hulme/Jason Lloyd-Evans
Style Notes: A bit like the original totes only more unusual in shape and lighter in their weight, sisters Cosima (a singer) and Nina Ehni (a designer at Sophie Hulme) are into the Cube bags.