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Footwear designer Nicholas Kirkwood has a very distinct style. There is often a soft curve in the heel, a hidden pearl detail and unorthodox colour combinations―all of which make his new handbag collaboration with jewellery giant Bulgari intriguing. In preparation for the designs, Kirkwood visited the Bulgari atelier in Rome, where he viewed the company’s bespoke jewellery pieces. “I wanted to create a collection for Bulgari that takes their classic Serpenti insignia and gives it a contemporary feel,” says Kirkwood. “I also looked at the hexagon, one of my brand’s insignia and something I noted on the head of the enamel snake on the Serpenti bag clasp.” The BULGARI X NICHOLAS KIRKWOOD collection ranges from a black leather backpack to an elongated envelope clutch in Crayola brights. The high-shine metallic hardware and all-over enamel decorations look like they were lifted from a jewellery box. “Although they are two completely different products, handbags and shoes share similar ergonomics, especially in terms of structure and silhouette,” says Kirkwood. “The process felt quite familiar and natural to me.” Clearly, Kirkwood and Bulgari had no trouble finding common ground.