SU13 Preview Week: Beach Collection

Our 2013 Beach Collection is a sun-drenched escape into a tropical paradise – where you can forget all your worries, relax under a colorful umbrella, and let the stress melt away!

The focal fabrication of this collection is a magnificent photo-real woven straw print, based on vintage vacation bags, complete with real embroidered raffia flowers. Accompanying island-inspired prints include Mai Tai and Belize, along with the quintessential Cabana Stripe. Plus seven new styles are introduced exclusively for this Beach Collection.

The Tropical Tote in Floral Straw and Tropical Handbag in Aloha Straw are truly the “it” bags for Summer 2013. The tall silhouette of the Tropical Tote is ideal for carrying rolled beach towels, magazines, and water bottles, while the sleek shape of the Tropical Handbag is suited for days spent souvenir shopping. Both styles include a removable crossbody strap for easy versatility and a snap closure front pocket thoughtfully sized to store your sunglasses. Of course we didn’t forget about accessories, our Tropical Pouch Set keeps all your little seaside necessities neatly organized. These pouches are perfect for stashing sunscreen and snacks, or protecting your tech from the sand and sun.

Multifunctional components are key for styling any vacation wardrobe, and our new Convertible Backpack (available in two sizes) is just that –  it can be worn as a backpack, carried as tote, or slung over your shoulder as a carefree crossbody via a removable, adjustable strap. Once, twice, three times a summer essential!

Our new Reversible Beach Tote (available in two sizes) is the ultimate quick-change artist! Mai Tai Beach and Belize Beach each switch from a playful print to a solid fluorescent in a flash, while Cabana Beach converts from a stripe to a straw print in an instant. These terrific totes also have an interior clip that lets you modify the wide, open-top design to a more streamlined look as shown below.

Our 2013 Beach Collection will be available in LeSportsac Boutiques and at LeSportsac.com starting in May.

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SU13 Preview Week: Manoush

It’s LeSportsac’s last collaborative season with Manoush, and we’re sending it off with Manoush x LeSportsac’s signature bohemian print along with other unexpected fabrications for a flirty Summer 2013!

In a new fabricaction made for aquatic adventures, the Manoush Jelly PVC is the summer must-have in a glossy hot pink jelly accompanied with gold webbing and hardware, making your bag the talk of the beach!  Carry your adorable towel and sandals in this see-through piece, and show off your goods! (Arriving in July)

For more of a wink, Fleur D’ete is the beloved Fall black Boheme Fleur print recolored for a fresh summer spin – an eggshell ground with golden embroidered Hamsas and piping, along with pink webbing. The Manoush Eyelet is a beautifully soft fabric eyelet with gold piping and hardware, with demure tonal ruffles on most styles – it’s probably the girliest bag this collection has seen! (Both arriving in June)

For the full collection, shop LeSportsac.com and our freestanding stores in June and July.

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SU13 Preview Week: Artist In Residence – Sukie

Brighton-based design house Sukie is entering its second installation of the Artist In Residence Collection, and we at LeSportsac could not love this Summer Collection more!

Anchored in lavender and moody ocean blues, this Native American inspired capsule is the brainchild of Darrell Gibbs’ creative mind.  We had the opportunity to chat with this imaginative designer about his thoughts and inspirations!

LS: Hi Darrell!  Such a pleasure to chat!

DG: Well thank you! It’s been great working with you guys!

LS: As a UK based artist, what inspired you to include Native American themes for this summer installation?

DG: Strangely the starting point was some 1960′s Scandinavian patterns I came across. After some playing around with patterns they stared to evolve into blocky characters and it was at this point that they started to look like totems. On their own looked a bit too graphic so I thought it would be nice to think of it as a landscape of totems inhabited by animals. I think it evokes the idea of being at one or being connected with nature.

LS: So you’ve used animal illustrations for both seasons of Artist in Residence: If you could draw yourself as an animal, which would it be?

DG: I think I would be like one of the foxy dudes from the Cloud Riders print.

He’s one of these guys!

LS: There are so many fun styles coming up – we especially love the smaller icon pieces, like the Thunder Dude and King of the Clouds charms from Spring and the Cozy Fox and Tweet Pouch from Summer. What are some of your favorite styles?  Which one is your favorite print?

DG: I really enjoyed the pattern element in the Totem, but the characters from Cloud Riders were lino prints and that’s my true love! From the icons/charms, I really like the King of The Clouds. The Lion character from that has been in my sketch books for a while so it was really cool to see him finally come to life in 3D!

Darrell’s Lion sketch and the King of the Clouds charm that resulted:

LS: You’re known primarily for your textiles and stationery prints – how would you like to bring your designs to 3D or real life dimensions next? 

DG: I do love working flat for our book covers and textiles, but it would be cool to see them animated, wondering a Sukie cityscape! May be some mini 3D model play buildings with character to go with them.

LS: Sounds like a promising future project for you!  Thank you so much for working with us, we hope you had as much fun as we did!

See below for more exclusive peeks at the original sketches found in this collection:

The LeSportsac Artist in Residence – Sukie Summer 2013 Collection will be arriving in May. Below are some preview images of this collection!

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SU13 Preview Week: Classic

Summer has arrived…

and we’re ready to hit the beach!  Whether you’re snoozing by the water or the one who dives right in, LeSportsac’s summer season has the juicy bright colors to carry all your hot weather essentials.  Shown above to the left is the Colorburst Backpack, Penelope Crossbody in Tilly, Crossbody Wallet in Go Go Go, and to the right is the EveryGirl Tote in Yacht Club and Campus Messenger in Cabana Stripe. (See the bottom of this post for individual print availability months.)

For the glam girl with the oversized sunglasses and wide-brimmed hat, our Classic Carryall Tote gets a splash of sparkle for summer with the addition of sequin trim! Black Glimmer and Mirage Glimmer will be arriving in May, while Batik Glimmer, Tilly Glimmer, and Tilly Pastel Glimmer arrive in June.

Cruise bound or backpacking to new lands for the summer?  Our United States exclusive Excursion print features iconic global images meant to inspire your next voyage! Previously only offered on our wheeled luggage pieces, soon you’ll be able to get this print in a variety of our Classic styles – from accessories and handbags, to totes and travel bags (including the Abbey Carry-on, Voyager Backpack, Deluxe Travel Mate, Rectangular Cosmetic and Small Cleo Crossbody shown below). Perfect for all your on-the-go needs! Available only in continental US freestanding stores and LeSportsac.com. (Arriving in May.)

Summer blooms heat up On The Dot print, which features crisp black and white polka dots paired with our brand new PRINTED webbing and grosgrain technique – check it out on our Travel Tote in On The Dot below! If you’re in the mood for a full-on floral fantasy, then Royal Rose print is for you – it looks fresh-from-the-garden in our Abbey Carry-On. Though these are technically two prints, they were designed to coordinate perfectly with each other. Who can resist getting both when they arrive in July? Everything truly is ‘coming up roses’!

And here it is, a quick preview of the prints coming to you in the next few months!

Click here for a larger view!

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SU13 Preview Week: Disney It’s a Small World

After four seasons of our Mary Blair-inspired journey around the world, we come full circle in this summer’s Disney It’s a Small World collaboration with a celebration of the global community!

The Around the World print was inspired by little Mary herself, who can be found in the Disneyland and Walt Disney World parks hidden in one of the many beautiful scenarios on the “it’s a small world” ride. This print encompasses the spirit of the attraction which Mary envisioned for Disney, all of which come with a Mary Charm. Placed on a beige ground, children from India, Egypt, Holland, Great Britain, Morocco, Japan among others are represented! (Arriving in May)

Around the World print will be available in 16 styles: Rectangular Cosmetic, Travel Cosmetic, Lily Wallet, Kasey, Small Cleo Crossbody, Classic Hobo, Deluxe Shoulder Satchel, Deluxe Everyday Bag, Small EveryGirl Tote, EveryGirl Tote, Carryall Tote, Medium Weekender, Large Weekender, Mini Basic Backpack, Basic Backpack, and Voyager Backpack.

On the World of Laughter Basic Backpack and Share Your Hope Classic Hobo, the carefully placed embroidery of each little lady adorn both of these solid black bags with a simple message, provoking one simple gesture from the one who wears it. Mary’s Tote and the Floating Dreams Rectangular Cosmetic similarly feature Mary’s character with a fistful of balloons, a characterization of Mary’s eternal message of hope and unity. (Arriving in June)

The special piece of the season is the Hopes and Dreams Globe Pouch and Charm Set, featuring the benevolent clock tower face from the facade that cloaks every “it’s a small world” attraction around the globe.  The charm set comes with iconic pieces and characters from this entire installation, with a soft beige pouch with gold and silver embroidery and piping. This piece is the perfect anchor to this summer’s It’s a Small World message! (Arriving in June)

Who will you be exchanging your hopes and dreams with this summer?  Share with us below!

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POTW: Roller Girl

When we think of roller skating, memories of junior high trips to the roller rink come to mind – lacing up our skates, rolling out on the floor under the neon lights and mirror ball, hearing our favorite songs play as we circled around for hours. All of this inspired our new Roller Girl print – a vibrant mix of retro rollers and bold boomboxes swirling around in a world of bright electric colors! Like the fly outfits we remember wearing to the rink back in the day, our roller girls are rocking miniskirts and fringed shirts – along with some knee pads – safety first, ladies! Oh, and for an additional punch of pizzazz, we added a pop of purple to the underside of the black webbing straps and handles.

Since the great music is pretty much our fondest memory of the roller rink (we’ve blocked out all recollection of falling down and running into walls) – LeSportsac created the Boombox Bag. This adorable mini bag is made to resemble a colorful ghetto blaster – complete with metal studs, grommets and embroidery details. Plus it features two strap options – a short strap so you can clip it on a bigger bag (like the coordinating Roller Girls Large Weekender above) and long clip-in strap extension for when you want to wear it crossbody. It’s the perfect size for your keys, cash, cards, and phone/mp3 player filled with your favorite tunes!

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POTW: Jamboree

Seven new Classic prints have arrived for April at LeSportsac, including Jamboree – this on trend print-blocking technique combines pops of bright florals against softer handkerchief blues and greys, with pretty polka dots thrown in for good measure. Seven unique prints

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are seamlessly combined into one fantastic fusion of pattern and color! Adding to the overall juxtaposition of prints is the fact that every panel of a LeSportsac is cut from a different section of printed ripstop – so each bag has truly one-of-a-kind print placement.
Jamboree print looks fabulous on the new Abbey Carry-On (shown above) – this new travel bag features an adjustable/detachable shoulder strap, an inside pocket for your laptop, and the exterior back pocket converts so you can slip this travel bag on your rolling luggage handle without it slipping off. The epitome of fashion meets function. We love this print so much we featured it in our Spring 2013 ad campaign – model Milou looks ah-mazing in her electric blue peplum dress paired with bold bangle bracelets, gold glitter sunglasses, and our Medium Weekender in Jamboree.

Get your JAM-boree on with our newest Spotify Playlist of the Week inspired by this print…

Click here to visit our LeFun page to download Jamboree print wallpaper to accessorize all of your digital devices!

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