Fringe benefits

Rising bag designer Sara Battaglia tells IAN LEE how her signature bags can hot up any look in a second.

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Rising bag designer Sara Battaglia tells IAN LEE how her signature bags can hot up any look in a second.

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Sara on her signature “Fringe is like a logo on my bags. I love it because it’s feminine and it follows a woman’s movement. I play with unexpected colours like bordeaux and petrol green so the bags are modern, and don’t look hippy.”

Her fave bag is… “The Jasmine. The bucket is a new shape for me, and this bag is what I’m carrying all the time now.”

Her new collection is inspired by… Late French architect Jean Prouve. He is said to have paved the way for high-tech architecture, and designed houses, facades and even furniture.

Her tip on how to carry fringe bags “They aren’t difficult to pull off at all. They glam up a shirt and jeans in a second. Try it – you’ll see!”

On her famous sibling: street-style star Giovanna Battaglia “When I started the label in 2009, it wasn’t easy for me – contrary to what people think – exactly because Giovanna is my sister. For many seasons, I had to prove that I was a hard worker and a good designer, and that I love my job.”

Who Sara wants to see carrying her bags “Beyonce! She’s got the moves, and she’s a real woman!”

What’s next… “I’ve started work on a clothing line. All I can say now is… the clothes are feminine and glam.”

Sara Battaglia bags are available at On Pedder. Prices start from $1,400.

Teresa leather bag, $1,950, from On Pedder.
Cindy leather bag (price unavailable) from On Pedder.
Teresa leather bag, $1,950, from On Pedder. Cindy leather bag (price unavailable) from On Pedder.
Sara with her Lady Me clutch – one of her few bags without fringe details. Giovanna and fellow style maven Anna Dello Russo have famously flashed bespoke versions bearing their names at fashion-week events.
Sara with her Lady Me clutch – one of her few bags without fringe details. Giovanna and fellow style maven Anna Dello Russo have famously flashed bespoke versions bearing their names at fashion-week events.