Cushnie Is Now a Bag Brand (and a Damn Good One at That)

by Charles Manning

On Friday, Carly Cushnie staged her first runway show since parting ways with her long-time business partner Michelle Ochs and Cushnie et Ochs CEO Peter Arnold in February. Now titled simply “Cushnie,” the collection was as luxe and sexy as ever, with this season’s looks taking inspiration from the vivid colors, mesh fabrications, and relaxed silhouettes in Beth Lesser’s photography of street style during the rise of Jamaican dancehall culture.

Cushnie also debuted their first handbag collection — a milestone for any fashion brand, but especially impressive given what a tumultuous year the company has had so far. The bags range from a sophisticated top-handle zip, to a soft bucket, to a square crossbody and clutch featuring custom twist-ring hardware, and a mini fringe bucket in suede with luxe gold chain straps. Made in Italy, the collection features sleek gold hardware and is constructed in soft calf, embossed leather, and suede. It’s also freaking gorgeous.

Cushnie’s denim collaboration with Lee Body Optix also made its debut, as did their capsule of custom Stuart Weitzman sandals in black, jade, and watermelon silk satin, and gold reflector leather.

So, if you were at all worried about what Cushnie would be like without Ochs, don’t be. Carly Cushnie is doing just fine. In fact, she’s totally killing it.

Carly Cushnie (Taylor Jewell)

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