Jane Mayle doesn’t have a hierarchy among the items she designs for a woman’s wardrobe, which is apparent in how she’s considered each and every piece of her Spring ’17 Maison Mayle collection. “A bag is as important as a belt, as a blouse, as a boot, and as a necklace,” she tells us. “I’m interested in what they lend to each other, so I find it very hard to design things in isolation. I just love to see the mix and make sure that each element can stand up to the others.”
One item that stands extra tall this season is the Ines shoulder bag in Petal—a.k.a. the perfect shade of pale pink. The boxy bag features a chevron-stitched smooth leather front flap and back, a suede body, and a three-pocket interior. “I initially did this bag in all black and loved that the chevron topstitching looked severe and dynamic,” explains Mayle. “It conjures the upholstery on the inside of a seventies Italian sports car—well, at least in my imagination it does!” This season, she introduced the bags in pink, working to insure the perfect shade was achieved. “The petal shade injects color while still being low-key. It’s one step beyond pale and feminine without being too precious,” says Mayle.
In pink, the bag still embraces a nostalgic upholstered feel, while the clean lines lend the bag a modern edge. When asked how she envisions the bag being worn, Mayle says it’s all about the attitude of the wearer. “It may be ladylike, but I actually like seeing it out of that zone and worn with old denim, a favorite t-shirt, and a blazer or a classic, broken-in trench. It gets fresher the closer it gets to casual.”
The bag’s size—small but not tiny—translates easily from day to night. “Though it can hold more, the Ines conjures the kind of woman who enjoys the discipline of simply bringing red lipstick, wallet, keys, and phone,” says Mayle, adding a sentiment we were already thinking. “I see it and am ready for spring time! There’s something naked about it that speaks to days and nights wearing fewer clothes—I can’t wait!” Neither can we.