Burberry turns the page to a new chapter with Riccardo Tisci’s latest bag, the Title.
From top: Models carrying the medium Title bags with shoulder straps, from $3,690. Small leather Title bag, $3,050; mini leather Title bag, $2,190; small Horseferry print leather and canvas Title bag, $3,050, Burberry
As the heavy curtain rose at the show venue of Riccardo Tisci’s debut collection for Burberry in September 2018, it was crystal clear that the British fashion House had entered a new era. The very first look Tisci introduced was an iteration of the brand’s most famous export—the trench coat. It was beige, very clean, graphic but for a thick brown elastic band to create a cinched waist. It was a subversive hint of what was to come—a sensuous push to update Burberry’s House codes, imprinted with Tisci’s own unique creative flair. First up was a rebranding exercise, working with celebrated art director Peter Saville to come up with a new logo and monogram design. “My first season for Burberry was about developing my alphabet for the House, it was about identifying new letters and new codes. And now, I’m starting to put these letters together... to form the first chapter of a new era at Burberry,” Tisci explained. Into the second year, Tisci dug deeper into his own DNA, and immersed himself in all things English to come up with the fall/winter 2019 collection, shown at London’s Tate Modern museum. “I had been thinking a lot about England as a country of contrasts, from the structured, to the rebellious and free,” he mused. “And I wanted to celebrate how these elements coexist.” This exploration comes across in his new handbag range, dubbed The Title. With a crisp, clean and graphic silhouette, the Title packs a hefty punch with modern updates to the House’s traditional codes. Citing the lapels of trench coat as its main inspiration, Tisci also employs triplestud details to evoke the styling of an archival military bag. The range offers something for everyone—the small Title bag with the sans serif Horseferry logo on canvas has proven popular with the younger set, while the business-like tote version has struck a chord with working executives. As Tisci forges forth with his unique vision for Burberry, this Title might just be his perfect prologue.