Lulu Guinness, Order of the British Empire, has captivated fashion aficionados worldwide with her witty handbags and accessories. Inspired by retro glamour and modern chic, she now is excited to bring her new LULU by LULU GUINNESS collection. I am a very lucky owner of her white and black key-to-my-heart satchel! Chic meets practicality in the witty handbag with the glamour of retro call from the ‘70s.
Lucinda "Lulu" Jane Guinness, is a British accessories fashion designer. She is the daughter of Sir Miles Rivett-Carnac, 9th Baronet descended from a colonial administrator. In 1986, she married the Honorable Valentine Guinness, a younger son of the 3rd Baron Moyne. She has two daughters, Tara and Madeleine. The couple divorced in 2013.
Her retro, modern chic accessories with out-of-the-box designs are things to die for! Celebrities like Madonna, Helena Bonham Carter, Rachel Weisz, Florence Welch, Dita Von Teese and the Duchess of York are often seen carrying her handbags and clutches.
With her greatest inspiration being Elsa Schiaparelli, a famous French couturier back in the 1930s, solely known for her creativity and sense of imagination that made her couture so distinguished and sought after. Lulu follows Schiaparelli’s footsteps when it comes to designing her handbags and clutches with ‘do everything differently’ being her motivation. Lulu’s career started off with a boom when she established her own company in 1989 and soon her unique and unusual designs were so praised that she instantly became a fashion icon. Lulu Bag was her first signature briefcase design and it was only a matter of time before her accessories were showcased seasonally at the London Design Show and The Coterie, New York.
In 2005, Lulu published a pop-up book titled “Put on Your Pearls, Girls!” with pictures of her handbags featured along with her all-time favorite Diana Vreeland style-fashion aphorisms. It is also interesting to note that Lulu’s bags are collectibles and some of them are permanent fixtures in museums like Victoria and Albert Museum in London and Sotheby’s, London and New York. The self-taught designer, Lulu Guinness has received many accolades such as the Order of British Empire (OBE) that she received from Queen Elizabeth for her outstanding services to the fashion industry on the Queen’s Birthday in 2006. She also received the Independent Handbag Designer Awards for ‘Lifetime Achievement in Handbag Design.’
Today, Lulu still lives by the motto of her hero, the Surrealist artisan and fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli, 'Dare to Be Different' and the women who wear Lulu Guinness do just that.