Customise Your Own Handbag: UK Leather Maker ST LEONARDS Launches the VAN DER ROHE in SCARLET for S/S 2018

Thursday 15th February, St Leonards

For Immediate Release

Luxury leather maker ST LEONARDS has launched its first customisable handbag in SCARLET for S/S 2018. The stylish & straightforward VAN DER ROHE is handcrafted in the UK from a single piece of leather and designed to be your most useful everyday handbag. It has an interchangeable strap available in four colours so you can personalise your look. Priced at £230 the VAN DER ROHE is available to purchase online or from ST LEONARDS MODERN GOODS, the unisex lifestyle store and seaside HQ in East Sussex.

“I wanted to make something joyful and playful to lift the spirits after winter so this season’s colour is SCARLET. Inspired by modernist architect Mies Van der Rohe’s approach of “less is more”, it is made from a single piece of leather and has no gusset but the supple nature of the leather allows it to elegantly "bulge" so you can pack a host of things inside, whilst still maintaining a stylish lean profile. For me, it has a beautiful simplicity that will stand the test of time,” says founder and creative director K Avery-Stallion.

The VAN DER ROHE is crafted from A-grade Italian veg tanned cowhide leather and available in eight colours – Chestnut, Cinder Black, Slate Blue, Berry, Grey, Scarlet, Fir Tree Green and Tan. It is a cross body bag designed to be worn across the chest and comes with a choice of brass or nickel fittings and a choice of four straps to add colour and contrast to your existing wardrobe.

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About ST LEONARDS – Born in London, K Avery-Stallion studied contemporary Textiles at Nottingham Polytechnic. She aims to design well-proportioned, pared down, beautifully designed leather products for stylish men and women the globe over. Heavily influenced by the pleasing '70s proportions of bag brands like Coach and the timeless, understated elegance of MaxMara, K wants her products to look great but work effortlessly. “My brand ethos is to offer an understated product that's beautifully made and has a well thought out, less-is-more vibe. The accessories are meant to quietly do their job in making your outfit look terrific - without being overtly showy.”

ST LEONARDS MODERN GOODS is a modern lifestyle store for men and women and seaside home of ST LEONARDS luxury bags and accessories. 70 Norman Road, St Leonards, East Sussex, TN38 0EJ.

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I am a freelance journalist and copywriter based in St Leonards. I am currently working with ST LEONARDS - a luxury leather maker with a focus on slow, sustainable fashion and on my personal project: Slow Travel Hastings, a guide to the raw, diverse and creative seaside town which has been my home for the past 10 years. Clients, past and present include, St Leonards Online, National Union of Journalists, Black Label Properties Berlin, Nexus Communications, Psychosexual Somatics, Sussex Coast College, UK Gift Card & Voucher Association, Julia Margo/Genesis Research Trust and Dreams Come True children's charity. I am a member of the NUJ, Women in Journalism and the PRCA. I have worked on projects with Expedia, Travel Maps Australia, Weber Shandwick PR, Saatchi & Saatchi, J Walter Thompson, Emap, BBC Magazines, News Corp UK, IPC Media, the Financial Services Authority, and written for women's/health mags including High50, Eve, Scarlet, New Woman, Woman's Journal, Here's Health and Country Walking. I am also a published author with 10 books on women's health, sexuality and lifestyle. Slow Travel Hastings Welcome to Slow Travel Hastings, a cultural guide to the world famous Sussex seaside town. Through interviews, features and profiles I hope to go a little deeper than the average travel guide to showcase this raw, diverse and creative town. I am inspired by the Slow Food movement, a global, grassroots organisation which campaigns for a better way to eat and celebrates regional traditions, gastronomic pleasure and a slower pace of life. I believe in a more personal and organic form of travel, which is about getting beneath the skin of a place so that when you leave you have a better understanding of its people, passions and politics. Contact, View my online portfolio: