Lulu Guiness was born in May 1960 (55 years old), in London. She has two daughters: Tara and Madeleine.
Lulu Guiness created her company in 1989 as a small handbag and accessory shop. Soon, it became a multinational brand, celebrating its’ 23rd anniversary this year.
Lulu was awarded an OBE (Order of the British Empire) for her conribution to the Fashion Industry, in the Queen’s Birthday Honour list in 2006.In 2009 she also received The Independent Handbag Designer Award: “Lifetime Achievement in Handbag Design”.
A section of her ‘Collectables’ series, The Florist Basket is a permanent part of the Victoria and Albert Museum: The Cutting Edge: 50 Years of British Fashion 1947-1997, in London.
Lulu answers questions: by Charlotte Philbys’ interview:
My greatest inspiration ... is Elsa Schiaparelli – a 1930s couturier in Paris. She brought an unexpected twist and a sense of imagination to whatever she did.
My style icon ... is Diana Vreeland. I like people who create a style to suit themselves. The shop I can't walk past ... is any museum shop. Wherever I am in the world, I hunt them out. These are the places to find things that other people won't have.
My favourite item of clothing ... is being made as we speak, by Giles Deacon. It is purple, with two eyes sewn on the front of it.
My life in six words ... live in the now, if possible.
Lulu Guinness: 'I think I was born to be different, and that comes across in the way I dress'
Lulu Guiness’ Designs from my point of view:
Lulu Guiness’ Handbags and Accesories are quite expensive but when you’ve seen ‘em you need ‘em! They are fun, mad, colourful (very colourful) and just adorable! Her most known and loved designs are the lip bags (clutch to be precise): they have the most fun patterns, and colours! For example: snakeskin, gold glitter, studs, stars & stripes, union jack, swarovski, shocking pink perspex, acid, sun, blush, fuschia, blck cherry studded, crystallized etc.