LONDON, United Kingdom — Six years after founding men’s accessories business Chris & Tibor — known for its practical but chic leather bags named after iconic London neighbourhoods and sold in over 20 countries — design duo Chris Liu and Tibor Matyas have turned their attention to the women’s market with a new accessories brand called Golden Lane. “That’s where the profits lie,” admitted Matyas, explaining the move.
In some ways, Golden Lane, which is inspired by the architecture and cultural life of the area around London’s Barbican, is a strong departure from the dark, masculine look of Chris & Tibor. The brand’s first collection features a colour palette of cool peppermint green, flaming red and candy pink, as well as midnight blue, tan and black, splashed over a structurally unique, satchel-style bag shape with two split compartments and gold trimmings.
But like Chris & Tibor, Golden Lane offers products that are designed, first and foremost, to be useful. Indeed, the signature twin compartments of the brand’s bags serve a purpose that is functional as well as aesthetic.
“The two separate compartments make the bags very versatile ...