The collaboration is Kirkwood’s first since his brand was acquired in 2013 by LVMH — the same parent company as Bulgari — and represents an opportunity to expand into accessories beyond footwear.
While the footwear designer is no stranger to such partnerships — he has created shoes for Erdem, Roksanda and Peter Pilotto — this is his first collaboration since his brand was acquired in 2013 by luxury conglomerate LVMH, the same parent company as Bulgari.
“We’re a very different company than we were before,” says Kirkwood. “The last couple of years we’ve had a lot of reorganisation, and now I’m at the point where I’d like to work on more collaborations… For me, it was [an opportunity] to work on another product.”
The replica handbags, which will be priced upwards of £1,990 (around $2,600), is inspired by Bulgari’s signature “Serpenti Forever” motif. “Although we’re very different kinds of brands, there are a lot of similarities in the codes that we use,” he says. “I wanted there to be this slightly more contemporary London feel about the collection, but still execute it in a very Bulgari way.”
Kirkwood added that he hopes to explore the possibility of offering more than footwear in the future from his namesake brand.