With last week’s announcement that Marc Jacobs would be absorbing his Marc by Marc brand into his main line, the question of what would become of the diffusion label’s creative director Katie Hillier and women’s design director Luella Bartley remained. Well, it looks like the pair will be pretty busy as they just announced that they’re teaming up to start their own label, aptly named Hillier Bartley.
The new luxury label will be hitting shelves sooner than you think – they’ve already got a collection due out for the Fall 2015 season. Bartley says the line 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.” According to the designers, the line has a masculine charm, so it will be interesting to see what the label, which will include clothing, accessories and handbags, will offer next season.
As for their other gig, Hillier is expected to stay on with the Marc Jacobs label, though things seem to still be up in the air for Bartley.