Mary Katrantzou for Bulgari/Alexa - Rima Suqi
Mary Katrantzou, Bulgari, luxury handbag
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17 May Mary Katrantzou for Bulgari/Alexa

Mary Katrantzou, the London-based fashion designer known for her audacious color sensibility, has been named the first-ever creative director of Bulgari leather goods and accessories.

While her debut collection in this new position launches in August, the award-winning designer’s relationship with the brand (which celebrated its 75th anniversary last year) dates to her 2019 couture show (at the Temple of Poseidon in Greece) where models were swathed in heritage Bulgari High Jewelry. A capsule collection of “Serpenti Through the Eyes Of” bags followed two years later, which saw the so-called “Queen of Prints” rethinking Bulgari’s iconic serpent motif in gold-plated brass handles and closures, as well as stately snake-head minaudières (some sporting scales in colorful, hand-painted enamel).

“These bags do feel like you’re carrying a piece of jewelry,” she tells Alexa. “You can transform a symbol of Bulgari and transport it — from the past to the present and to the future.”  See more .