Zandra Rhodes launches designer handbag collection for QVC

by Bernadette Fallon
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Want to own a designer handbag without having to re-mortgage your house to afford it? Check out the latest collection by style guru Zandra Rhodes for QVC, beautiful affordable bags starting from just £40. Her celebrity fans include Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell, so you’ll be joining an exclusive client list – the designer and fashionista has also designed for Princess Diana and Elizabeth Taylor. Tune into QVC to find out more.

We caught up with Zandra at the launch to get her top accessory tips for the coming season.

What are the current trends in handbags?
Contemporary bags look very expensive, with lots of extra bits and pieces like chains, threads and signature knick knacks.

What are the qualities of an ‘investment’ bag – one that won’t easily date?
It should look well made and be nice and soft to touch.  It has to have a nice texture with a classic look. Ideally it should be leather or give the impression of being leather – an investment bag should look and feel great!

What were your key concerns when designing your this range for QVC?
The bags had to look enough like Zandra Rhodes, like I would wear them. If you wouldn’t wear your own designs then you’re not being true to yourself or proud of the product you’re creating.

What are the key selling points of this range?
The quality and the details such as the internal pockets for your phone and lipstick. The jacquard lining and metal signature detailing are great too.

What’s your current favourite piece from the collection?
The Felicity Cross Body Bag (pictured centre, £54) as I think it’s really versatile – you can wear it as an evening bag, or on your shoulder during the day. I also love the Amelia Tote (pictured top left, £128), which I think is fabulous for travel and the Ellie shoulder bag (pictured bottom left, £90) because it’s so classic.

How have handbags changed over the decades?
People have become very aware of handbags, you’ve got to carry your things around so it might as well be fabulous!

What are your handbag essentials?
Keys, glasses, wallet, make up, mobile phone and camera

The Zandra Rhodes collection is available to buy at

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