‘I’m an accessories freak,’ says designer Tabitha Simmons. An esteemed veteran of English style, her namesake label counted Princess Beatrice, the Duchess of Sussex, Sienna Miller and Emma Roberts among her loyal fan base during her heyday, and has won numerous awards, including the CFDA Accessories Designer of the Year Award in 2016, for her fresh take on shoes. Now leading Tanner Krolle, one of the country’s most storied heritage brands with roots dating back to 1856, she puts her soul (or should we say ‘sole’) into designing luggage and bags that exude both traditional elegance and modern luxury. .
‘I always knew about’ [Tanner Krolle], but I didn’t know much about it,” Simmons says. “When I was designing shoes, I always looked to these incredible heritage brands for their craftsmanship, so when they asked me to come on board, I was so excited.” With a rich tapestry of illustrious former clients, including Princess Margaret and Sir David Attenborough (who is said to still travel with the set he received on his 21st birthday some 70 years later), the jet set has been the preferred Tanner Krolle’s elegant styling. ‘When you work with a heritage brand, it’s great to take on that heritage. They were always known for their craftsmanship and this kind of slow luxury,” explains Simmons. work within those parameters.’