Meet Burberry's TB Bag And Its Little Sister, Lola
When Riccardo Tisci was announced as Burberry’s new creative director, people were curious about what’s to come—known for his darker and sexier designs, how would he put his own spin on the British brand's heritage and rich history?
Tisci has said that he dug through the archives to do plenty of research into the brand's history when he first joined Burberry.
The 44-year-old Italian designer collaborated with renowned British art director and graphic designer Peter Saville to work on the new TB monogram as well as the new sans-serif logo based on house founder Thomas Burberry's initials, TB.
"I quickly became very interested in Thomas Burberry and who he was not only as an inventor and innovator, but also who he was as a man, a husband and a father. When I saw an image of his initials, the design felt so special and actually very modern, so I quickly developed it into a new code for the house. It’s a symbol that not only embraces Burberry’s heritage but also feels very contemporary," Tisci said.
Today, the luxury house has a whole new look thanks to the designer’s vision, and this is evident in two bags that appeared on the runway over the past year: the TB bag and its little sister, the Lola bag.
The elegant TB
As its name suggests, the TB bag features the initials of brand founder Thomas Burberry in the form of monogram hardware that has a magnet closure on the front flap. The emblem lends an edgy vibe to the structured and sophisticated silhouette of the bag, which is made of calfskin leather.
If you like your bags unique, there is a version of the small TB bag that features a deer motif and an excerpt from William Shakespeare’s The Two Gentlemen of Verona.
But there’s something for everyone as the bag comes in various styles: shoulder bag (in mini, small and medium), belt bag and envelope clutch. On top of that, there is also a wide range of colours to choose from, including two-toned shades, which appear in later iterations of the bag.
Already, the TB is a celebrity magnet, attracting stars such as model Irina Shayk, actress Jessica Chastain and Chinese starlet Zhao Wei, to name a few. It should come as no surprise as Tisci’s designs have long been a favourite among A-listers.
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Youthful and rebellious Lola
So how does the Lola bag set itself apart from its predecessor, one might ask?
For starters, it’s unstructured, making it more playful and casual than the TB bag. But it is still classy enough thanks to it being crafted from lambskin leather. It comes with a metal chain strap and dares to be different with its quilted textures and bold logo prints. The small Lola bag comes in 15 colours whereas the medium is available in black or soft camel.
Combined with the same TB logo hardware on the front, the flap bag is versatile and perfect as an accessory that can take you from day to night.
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The Lola exudes a youthful and almost rebellious vibe, and is in fact named after the song Lola by 1960s British rock band, The Kinks.
Just like the TB bag, it was designed to be worn in multiple ways such as on the shoulder, across the body, or as a clutch; to put it simply, it's fuss-free and easy to wear.
It's safe to say that Tisci is taking the British heritage brand to greater heights—but whether he comes up with additional iterations or revisits iconic designs, we're eager to see what else the designer has in store for fans.
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