Getty / Courtesy of India Hicks x Ashley Hicks
Born into design royalty (her father was legendary decorator David Hicks) not to mention British royalty, India Hicks is known for her sophisticated island style. It’s an aesthetic she brings to a new handbag collaboration with her brother, interior designer Ashley Hicks.
Launch today exclusively on his website, the collection consists of just 50 bags, each of them hand painted by Ashley with a blue geometric pattern.
The partnership was born after India offered one of its claws to its new sister-in-law, Katalina. As the story unfolded, Katalina then asked Ashley to personalize the bag. “Once Katalina and I saw how successful it was and how the paint gave the leather a nice shagreen feel, we knew Ashley should paint more, more, more,” said India. “Each of the 50 is truly unique, just like Katalina.”
For her part, Ashley couldn’t say no to the women in her life. “I was persuaded to paint them partly by the charms and wiles of my beloved wife and sister, a team hard to ignore, and partly by the alarming prospect of two inactive weeks on Harbor Island – I still prefer to be busy rather than inactive, ”he said. “It was also nice to be able to paint (which I love) on something new – who knew that acrylic on leather would make a shagreen trompe l’oeil?”
The bag, which costs $ 440, is meant to be a centerpiece, the kind of bag you bring on a trip because it goes with any outfit. “I can see this bag worn with jeans, a white tee, a cream blazer and a pair of converse. I can also see it standing on the red carpet next to a beautiful long evening dress,” said India said about the design. “But I can promise you that Ashley and Katalina would style it with a lot more drama than I do.”
Will these be future family collaborations? “We just survived this one,” India says. Ashley is more optimistic: “I booked for another stay at Harbor Island next Easter, and I hate being inactive.”
Joking aside, I think it’s fair to hope for more from the pair. “How lucky am I to have a brother who is an artist and not an accountant,” India said.
Ashley Hicks Carmen bags are currently on sale at indiahicks.com.
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