Former MJ bag designer Joy Gryson's own line of bags

  1. Joy Gryson, former design/development director of handbags/accessories for MJ & Marc by MJ, will be releasing her own line of bags -- Gryson!
    Official website: will be one of of the few retailers to carry this new line around August 6, 2006 (estimated arrival: 7/25-8/5)

    "It's about the inside being as beautiful as the outside and my goal is to make that level of luxury more approachable."
    Joy Gryson

    Gryson Bags Her Own Line
    By Sophia Chabbott

    NEW YORK — Joy Gryson knows what it takes to create a best-selling handbag.

    When she was director of design and development of handbags and accessories for Marc Jacobs and Marc by Marc Jacobs, she was a driving force behind the brand's must-have Stella, Sofia and Zoë silhouettes. Now she is translating that know-how into her own line, called Gryson.

    "[Working at Marc Jacobs] opened my eyes to the possibilities and limits you want to push, and you can push, in luxury," said the 33-year-old designer, who is based in New York. "We always used the highest-quality materials, such as Italian leathers and suede linings in contrast colors inside the bags. It's about the inside being as beautiful as the outside and my goal is to make that level of luxury more approachable."

    Gryson began thinking of founding her own line in June 2004 when she left Marc Jacobs to care for her young daughter and realized she didn't have the cash flow to own a bevy of must-have bags. She figured other women had the same problem.

    "On a designer level, it's hard to keep up," she said. "It's very expensive."

    Gryson's initial collection for fall, which bows at the Steven Alan Showroom this week, features 10 bags in styles such as a Sixties-inspired cranberry leather shoulder bag with two outer pockets and a top flap, a slouchy distressed olive leather military satchel with chestnut braided handles and a black leather doctor's bag with a top handle and brushed metal buckle.

    The collection, which is made in Florence, wholesales from $250 to $450 and will go head-to-head with other contemporary accessories companies like Be & D, Botkier, Bulga and Gustto.

    "Brands in the contemporary market such as Kooba, Isabella Fiore and Elisa Atheniese have done a great job keeping the product fresh, with innovative silhouettes and interesting materials mixed with new details, such as hardware, stitching and embroidery," said Ed Bucciarelli, president and chief executive officer of Henri Bendel. "The contemporary handbag category has benefited from two tiers of consumers: the designer customer who can buy several bags to build her wardrobe and the aspirational woman who is willing to invest in such great craftsmanship and detail."

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  3. I also wana see the bags! It's kinda funny how some of her bags will cost more than the M by MJ bags she designed!
  4. :graucho: Oooooh oooooh, I like that Lexi! :devil:
  5. Oh yes, that Sophie bag will be mine one day.
  6. To me, the Lexi (middle red) looks a lot like an MJ- but I love all three of them, and the prices don't seem bad either.
  7. Ohhhh! How exciting! That is awesome that she branched out on her own. The last one reminded me of a bag I wanted from Kenneth Cole in the Direct Series, cool!!

    Thanks for the update bag.lover!
  8. I'm really looking forward to her bags.
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  10. Oohh thank you Bag.Lover...sweet of you to share!:heart:

    It looks like she's going to do well, I love the styles! Kinda of MJacobesque.
  11. I like that black one!
  12. I just pre-ordered the "olivia" in millitary!!!!:P
  13. It's nice that she'll be producing Italian handbags for about the same price point as some who outsourced to China, but her prices definitely aren't as "approachable" as she thinks they are. An $800 purse is still out of line for most people.
  14. Are they under a different name? I didn't see them under handbags, and a search yielded nothing.