Barbara Rihl : handbags that take you on a trip around the world...
Like with prêt-à-porter, an accessory doesn’t just complete a look but adds a touch of style and this summer, it transforms into a truly desirable object…as warmer weather approaches and we all daydream of faraway, exotic destinations, designer barbara rihl takes us on holiday with her handbags and their cheerful, colourful graphics like an illustrious postcard. come aboard and instantly jet into a mischievous world, where an accessory brings happiness to all…interviews:barbara rihl:i want to transfer this joie de vivre and this positive side that i have within me to others and quite often people write to me and say that they made a friend through my bags or even fell in love because they started up a conversation with a stranger thanks to one of my bags.i started designing them in 2000 which was a turning point for an accessory that was coming back into fashion and i found that i had a voice because all of a sudden any sort of fantasy was allowed.i am also an illustrator and i love to work with colours and materials; for instance i write refreshing, uplifting phrases, either in relief on leather or i write them entirely in prints or in embroidery. i draw scenes from different countries, so there are countryside landscapes or messages of bon voyage.i conceal good luck phrases in my bags. recently, i read something by nietzche who wrote beautiful expressions like “we need music inside of us to make the whole world dance” or i read another by the poet neruda or sometimes i think for myself and invent little phrases or pen my own poetry. i really like doing that.on the whole, i love to work with colours and also with two tone colours.in general, there are trends in terms of colours and materials but what i favour the most is having a true, authentic barbara rihl style.i have been lucky over the years to have had significant artistic encounters. it all started with karl lagerfeld who was my teacher as he introduced me to fashion. i always have his words in my mind; put your heart and soul into everything you do.music free of right : nikit & bandit - 2012