Janet Collin grew up in the Netherlands, raised by a British medieval royal history, heraldry, 15th century Dutch father and Austrian-Italian mother. She spent armour and historic love affairs continue to be strong much of her life travelling the world before training in influences for Collins collections, an obsession that product design in the Netherlands and Paris. Whilst grew from childhood visits to castles in England and working as a product designer in San Francisco, Collin Scotland. The fascination went so far that Collin’s soon realised her career would soon take a different design studio relocated from London to be nearer the route as she began to create handbags for herself and Scottish border with its castles and medieval battle friends which lead strangers to place orders. fields. “I absolutely love to be reminded on a daily basis of our rich history, it is incredibly inspiring to Collin’s mother was a strong influence on her future wonder through historic sites and ruins and imagine career, once a ballet dancer in Vienna. “When my what life was like. To study medieval armour with all its mum moved to the Netherlands she was the gossip intricate detailing and imagine the big feast in the great of the town, always dressed in haute couture fashion, hall, visitors arriving on horses and most dramatically matching handbag and gloves, very glamorous like the danger and freezing winters”. This inspiration and she did when she was still living in Vienna. Her fashion her background in industrial design is visible in the philosophy was to always dress up when you go out, custom designed hardware. even if it’s just for groceries. She inspired me to be creative, to the point of complete addiction!” Collin likes her designs to surprise; one of the first bags was created with an additional handle inviting the Collin returned to London and accepted a design wearer to wear it how they choose. Each bag comes position at Mulberry where she was intrinsic at putting with a trinket mirror encased in leather and embossed the brand back on the hottest fashion lists creating with the Collin emblem. The trinket mirrors have a host of must-have bags. A powerful contender in quickly become the distinguishing design feature on luxury goods Janet Collin’s impressive CV reads like a the bags season to season. The handbags are created who’s who of the fashion industry with collaborations out of hand selected Italian suede and leather. ranging from Matthew Williamson, COS, US giant Banana Republic to Louis Vuitton. Collin’s aim is to push people’s conceptions of what a handbag can and should be; pure functionality that Collin launched her debut collection in Spring Summer excludes fuss and unnecessary decoration, a signature 2006 and her collection was immediately picked that has become an attribute of each collection. up by speciality and department stores in the UK, USA and Japan. Collin has since become one of the key designers in the world of luxury accessories, expanding her business whilst enforcing strong international brand integrity.