Exotic Skin Handbag Labels Take Aim at Millennials


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LONDON — Animal rights activists may have been angrily protesting during the international fashion weeks and arguing that fur and exotic skins are outdated. There are still young, luxury consumers who think otherwise, and a host of new handbag labels, including Ming Ray, Tyler Ellis and Hanuxe, an emerging brand by the Saudi designer Hanan Aljabr, are aiming to cater to that market. Aljabr, a handbag collector with intimate knowledge of Middle Eastern tastes, said she decided to launch Hanuxe this year because she spotted the need for more understated, niche designs in the exotics market. “There is a misconception that Middle Eastern customers like everything that is shiny and expensive, but in reality they are much more understated now, after being saturated with luxury. They want something that shows good quality instead of having a label written all across it,” said Aljabr, whose debut range consists of three styles including a small structured cross-body bag, a sleek envelope clutch and a tote made in precious materials such as ostrich, alligator leather or rex rabbit fur. Prices range from 1,000 euros for a fur tote to 10,000 euros for the alligator clutches. Styles from Hanuxe’s debut collection.& Courtesy Photo Although the brand doesn’t want to limit

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