Australian style maven, Brooke Testoni, has launched her first ever handbag collection and we honoured to be a New Zealand stockist! Brooke’s new label, Rylan, offers a range of luxuriously handcrafted handbags that combine quality with the fashionista’s inimitable ‘cool girl’ aesthetic.
Brooke came up with the idea of creating Rylan around two years ago whilst travelling through the U.S. and Europe.“I decided to create a line of handbags because I saw a gap in the market and was passionate about a particular style. I was looking for a luxury quality, classic bag, inspired by the past, with no obvious branding. I also had a clear vision of what this would look like. Unfortunately I didn’t find many I was fond of, especially underneath the $1,000 mark. This was how Rylan was born” says Brooke. The bags are classic, understated and every bit as luxurious as you’d imagine! With effortless appeal we can see them becoming a timeless and treasured accessory. The collection can be shopped instore or online. We had a quick catch up with Brooke on all things fashion!
Describe your own personal style: Classic, effortless, vintage inspired and timeless.
Your 5 key summer wardrobe pieces are? A light crisp white shirt to tuck into summer denim, a great pair of shades, a classic bikini, a silk summer dress and a tan coloured bag.
What does an average day at work for you look like? Each day is completely different, which I love. Firstly, I check my emails and get back to the urgent ones, I then touch base with my production team in the Untied States on new sampling or production. I go over the social calendar and makes sure everything is prepared for the day/night ahead, if not I shoot extra content in the office or outside on location. Lastly my assistant and I pack and get orders ready for pick up by the end of the day.
Your beauty essentials include? Rose Hip Oil, SK-II eye cream, Oribe Supershine Moisturising cream for my hair, RMS Magic Luminiser and RMS Buriti Bronzer.
Your greatest moment this year is: The launch of the brand, and the overwhelming positive feedback from retailers and media.
Your guilty pleasure is? Chocolate and red wine. Not always in that order.
If you could trade closets with one person it would be? Pernielle Teisbaek
Your favourite restaurant is? Babbo in New York. It brings such fond memories to my husband and I.
Name a place everyone should visit before they die:? Sardinia, Italy.
Movie you never get tired of watching? Pretty Woman
What’s The Most Surprising Fashion Item You Own? New York Yankees bomber. I am not even American!?
The best piece of advice your have received from your parents is? Everyone makes mistakes. Learn from them, but then build a bridge and get over it.
One thing we wouldn’t know about your job is? There are only two people in my team, so my job is not just ‘designing.’ It is marketing, creating social content and calendars, designing, sourcing materials, managing production..… Office all-rounder I am!