Footwear and accessories brand CHARLES & KEITH, welcome in the New Year as they unveil their first collaborative collection with the designers of SHUSHU/TONG, Liushu Lei and Yutong Jiang. The limited-edition capsule kicks off the spring season, which many of us are longing for!
Exploring ephemeral beauty, fragility and charm, the collection arrives with two pairs of bags and shoes centred around the key rose motif. The dynamic duo unites their inspirations and emotions, the rose imagery representing the SHUSHU/TONG brand DNA merged with the understated elegant foundation of the CHARLES & KEITH design ethos. Forming the backbone of the collection is the contrasting romantic colours of red and black. Opposed with passion and sophistication, the SHUSHU/TONG designers explain this showcases the inescapable temptation that love brings.
This year the iconic and much-loved CHARLES & KEITH patent leather style, Mary Janes has been given a unique SHUSHU/TONG twist. Its retro, feminine shape is offset with an edgy, chunky heel and delicately intertwined with a rose embellishment for a amorous charm.
The handbags within this collection are of an elegant rectangular shape, paired with a versatile, wide adjustable ribbon-feel strap – so you can carry it underarm or as a top handle! The black version sports sleek satin and is dressed with a patent rose in the same shade, whilst the crimson counterpart features a vintage-inspired rose pattern monogrammed on its glossy satin body. What’s more, the bag’s interior has been carefully crafted from supple leather and completed with a hidden magnetic closure – so you can feel certain about the safety of your most prized possessions.
SHUSHU/TONG said: “The rose has become a significant symbol in literature and art, usually representing love and desire. Traditionally, roses only bloom once a year, which means it was destined to live for a short period of time. Sharp thorns line its soft, delicate branches; this danger is a metaphor for the price we sometimes need to pay for love.”
Fredie Stevens Design Director of CHARLES & KEITH added: “It was a pleasure collaborating with the dynamic SHUSHU/TONG duo, we’ve followed their brand’s evolution closely over the years and are great admirers of their work and design aesthetic — the latter, which has been beautifully synched with CHARLES & KEITH’s signature shapes to create this truly unique collection.”
Chloris Black Patent Leather Rose-Embellished Mary Jane Pumps
Chloris Satin & Leather Rose-Embellished Shoulder Bag
Chloris Satin & Leather Rose-Print Shoulder Bag
Chloris Red Patent Leather Rose-Embellished Mary Jane Pumps
The collection is now available in-store and online until 14th February, so make sure you get your hands on it before it’s too late!