Meet Brit It Girl Sophie Hulme (And Her It Bags)

Looking for a way to induce some serious bag envy on the street this summer? Say no more. Let us introduce you to Sophie Hulme‘s supremely cool collection available exclusively at Barneys New York.

Made up of streamlined totes and crossbody clutches, Sophie’s designs offer a tomboyish take on feminine designs—think happy colors and refined silhouettes paired with tough, industrial hardware.

You may not have heard the name Sophie Hulme over on this side of the pond just yet, but take it from us, you’ll be hearing it everywhere soon. She graduated from Kingston University just five years ago, with both the Student of the Year and the Best Collection awards. Two months later, her label was off the ground. (It’s little wonder that The Telegraph has named her one of London’s brightest talents.)

Below, we got to the know the London-based designer a little better…

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Tell us about your distinctive hardware.
The idea of the plates was to armor womenswear. I’ve used very industrial hardware to give it a certain masculinity.

What is your favorite decade in fashion? 
The 70s—there are some amazing images of dancehall and gentlemen’s workwear that I love at the moment.

What are some of your favorite London haunts?
The Albion pub, Trullo is an amazing restaurant, and anywhere on Exmouth Market.

What was the last thing that inspired you?
I went to the Globetrotter case factory yesterday, and the craftsmanship was totally inspiring.

Who do you imagine carrying your designs?
I quite like the way that they are worn by all different types of women. I love seeing them worn in different ways.

Who is your style icon?
Jane Birkin always looked amazing. And my Nan—she’s always in an amazing outfit!

What is your favorite Sophie Hulme bag?
The mini envelope bag. I use mine all the time and usually wear it with a classic leather-sleeve trench from my collection. You can keep a surprising amount in it for a small bag.

You’ve accomplished so much at such a young age. What advice would you give aspiring designers looking to make it in this industry?
Work hard and be nice to people!

1. Colorblock flap front crossbody clutch; 2. Double zip shopper tote; 3. Flap front crossbody clutch; 4. Colorblock buckle tote; 5. Colorblock buckle tote

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