Katie Hiller and Luella Bartley have announced that they are to launch their own new luxury brand, which will be called Hillier Bartley.
News of the launch comes just a week after it was announced that Marc by Marc Jacobs – the brand at which Hillier and Bartley held the roles of Creative Director and Womenswear Design Director, respectively – was due to be absorbed into the main Marc Jacobs line.
Speaking about their new label, Bartley said, ‘Hillier Bartley is a very personal project which Katie and I have been working on for years. It is a culmination of everything I have learnt as a designer and a woman and is purely and defiantly about the clothes and fabrics.’
She continued: ‘We have also looked at the women we admire, what we would want to wear and the inspirations that have been close to us for ages. Its ultimate heroine lies somewhere between Ian McCulloch and Katherine Hepburn. Its about a woman our age, indie by heart, rakish and irreverent by nature, who is maturing into refinement and naturalness.’
And despite showcasing the Autumn/Winter 2015 collection for Marc by Marc Jacobs last month, the two’s new label will debut a collection of ready-to-wear, bags and accessories for the new season.
‘Luella and I have always worked together in different ways. Now we are finally putting all our experience into making something that's a reflection of us, of what we want to wear,’ added Hillier. ‘I’m really proud of what we’ve made – the craftsmanship, attention to detail and design. It’s been a real labour of love and I am really looking forward to seeing women we admire carrying our bags and wearing our clothes.’
A new label for the new season? We’re officially excited.