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Twenty8Twelve, the London ready-to-wear label designed by sisters Sienna and Savannah Miller, has jumped into the accessories market for fall.

The label has produced a 12-piece collection of tote bags, wallets and clutch bags in a range of leathers, from soft palma leather to glossy leathers embossed with crocodile and elephant textures.

"I love bags ó who doesn't?" Savannah Miller said of her decision to move into accessories. "We ultimately want to do as much as possible, but it took us a while to find our feet. And we wanted to make sure [the accessories] kept with the ethos of [the brand] by being affordable, but still really nice quality."

Styles include a roomy tote called the Harlech, and a structured handbag named the Lezark, through to Jezebel, a zippered clutch, and a small purse, Wallace. There are also three styles of wide leather belts in the collection, alongside leather gloves and silk scarves.

"We wanted [the accessories] to both stand on their own and sit within the collection," said Miller, whose inspirations for fall run from the gritty Shane Meadows film "This Is England" to Dylan Thomas' poetry ó Sienna Miller will star in a John Maybury film about the Welsh poet later this year.

For fall, the accessories' color palette includes black and brown crocodile-look leathers; patent leathers in Oxblood, a burnished red; Flag, a rich blue, and Ebonised, a shiny black.

"The colors really lend themselves to winter," Miller said.

Retail prices for the collection run from 85 pounds, or about $168, for a wallet, to 460 pounds, or $913, for the line's largest bag, the Harlech. Miller said most of the bags were priced at around 300 pounds, or $592. Stores, including Harvey Nichols in London, Tracey Ross and Aura in Los Angeles, We One You Too in Washington and, will carry the collection for fall. Miller said the pieces would stand separately from Twenty8Twelve's ready-to-wear line in the stores' accessories departments.

Vanessa James, brand product manager for Twenty8Twelve, declined to give a sales prediction for the line, but said she expected the collection would "grow organically."

"We're expanding accessories one step at a time; we want the line to grow naturally," said James, who added that for spring 2009 the brand would add different leathers and more styles.

In line with the sisters' aim that Sienna's celebrity status shouldn't be writ large on the collection, the accessories' branding is minimal. One leather wallet has Twenty8Twelve embossed on black leather, with a barely discernible figure eight on the wallet's gold stud. Other bags have chunkier gold hardware details, such as a clasp that looks like a door hinge.

"It feels quite industrial," Miller said. "We actually looked in proper hardware stores [for inspiration]. We wanted a strong utility feeling."

Miller added that she didn't want the bags to be instantly identifiable as a brand, to avoid the "It" bag tag.

"I'm not a big fan of bling bags," Miller said. "They've got to function. I'm not the kind of person who changes their bag every single day, so for me, less is more. [The line] concentrates on good quality."

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I like what I see so far. And they sound reasonably priced. I would love to own that blue patent clutch!

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Thanks for posting kim!
I'm intrigued and would love to see more pictures.


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I like the blue wallet, that's it. I think it's way overpriced for what it is. I've never been a huge fan of the line though.

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i don't like this... i think they're one of the persons who made bags but will still be using chanel or balenciaga because they make their bags for money not because they are something they would wear.


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Originally Posted by seahorseinstripe View Post
i don't like this... i think they're one of the persons who made bags but will still be using chanel or balenciaga because they make their bags for money not because they are something they would wear.
LOL so true

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Nice bags I think

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