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Discover Lulu Guinness and find out about her stunning luxury evening bags

Lulu Guinness is back at Daniel Footwear! And we’re so excited to showcase some of the most iconic Lulu Guinness evening bags in our collection. In this guide, we’ll also spotlight the Lulu Guinness brand and discuss who is Lulu Guinness. We’re sure you’ll love these handbags as much as we do! 

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Who is Lulu Guinness?

With no formal design training, Lulu Guinness started the brand with a fashion briefcase for women in 1989. The 29-year-old creative director Lulu Guinness designed a lady-like attaché case containing convenient pockets for everything. Driven by her own creative style, she began creating hand-held treasures that would start a ripple effect in the fashion industry. 

Her ideas eventually morphed into an idea for a vintage-style red rose basket in black velvet, reflecting Lulu’s instinct for breaking edgy fashion boundaries. With critical acclimation from leaders in the fashion industry, praise paved the way for her success. 

Opening her first shop in 1996, more shops followed in London, New York and Tokyo. Lulu Guinness is also famous for selling handbags in some of the world’s most prestigious department stores like Harrods and Selfridges. 

Lulu Guinness still has an active role in the brand, just as she did at the start. She designs the interior of every new store with her signature panache, where she can express the true essence of the brand, and customers can transport themselves into the weird and wonderful world of Lulu Guinness. 

Lulu received an OBE for services to the Fashion Industry in the 2006 Queen’s Birthday Honours. And in 2009, she received The Independent Handbag Designer Awards ICONOCLAST Award for “Lifetime Achievement in Handbag Design”.

Today, you can spot Lulu Guinness bags on the arms of A-list celebrities and her cult following, including Katy Perry, Sophie Dahl, Kiera Knightly, Sienna Miller, Bella Hadid, Kate Moss, Gillian Anderson, Clara Amfo and Blanca Miro.

The Lulu Guinness vision

Lulu Guinness aimed to create showstopping pieces that would catch people’s eyes. She once said;

“I liked the idea of creating a bag that made you do a double take… I wanted to create surprising pieces.”

– Lulu Guinness

With her own vintage-inspired and lady-like style with a twist of tongue-in-cheek, Lulu Guinness aims to delight people with her creations, saying;

“I very much liked the idea of my bags being a conversation piece: Handbags you put on the table, not the floor. Also, these bags were very tongue-in-cheek. Life’s short, so you may as well cheer people up if you can.”

– Lulu Guinness

The success of her 1993 Florist Basket design taught her “to dare to be different.”

Never seen without her trademark red lipstick, Lulu Guinness is the personification of her brand, with the central motif, the distinctive Dali-esque lips featuring on all handbags. The Lips clutch bag remains a staple in the accessory collection, incorporating the Surrealist art movement into mainstream popular culture. 

Unsurprisingly some of her most famous creations now display proudly in a permanent exhibition in the V&A museum, the “The Cutting Edge: 50 Years of British Fashion 1947-1997”, including the Dali-esque Lips Clutch, the infamous Florist Basket and The Birdcage that tweets. These designs transcend a fashion accessory and become works of art, but you can still take them to a party. Lulu Guinness has carved out a legacy-making heritage amongst the fashion greats.

Lulu Guinness’ iconic evening bags

Here we’re introducing some of the most iconic Lulu Guinness evening bags.

Lulu Guinness Bella Lip Ripple Quilted Leather Cross-Body Bag

Bella Lip Ripple Quilted Leather Cross-Body Bag

The Bella bag is a cross-body camera-style handbag featuring a sumptuous lip ripple stitched pattern on both sides. The bag is bovine leather with polished gold hardware which adds to the luxury of this handbag. Carry the Bella with the adjustable chain ribbon-wrapped strap. 

The secure top zip reveals a main cotton-lined compartment and handy inner slot pockets for all your essentials. This bag also features an exterior slot pocket and is available in chic black or rich red. 

Pair the Bella bag by Lulu Guinness with any evening outfit or dress up any day wear.

Lulu Guinness Medium Dylan Black Leather Doctors Bag

Medium Dylan Black Leather Doctors Bag

The Medium Dylan Black Leather Doctor’s Bag by Lulu Guinness is reminiscent of a retro doctor’s bag but updated with a splash of Lulu Guinness style. The subtle cupid’s bow adds detail to this bag. The sumptuous black leather offers a premium feel, and the gold-tone hardware provides a luxurious, sophisticated edge. 

The Dylan bag is not just for medical professionals. This sleek and sophisticated bag pairs perfectly with office or city wear.

Lulu Guinness Large Ivy Black Leather Tote Bag

Large Ivy Black Leather Tote Bag

The Large Ivy Black Leather Tote Bag is the ultimate everyday handbag. The spacious inner compartment can hold all the essential items you need for the day and fastens with a secure magnetic snap fasten. Use the handy inner slot pocket to keep valuables or things you need to reach quickly. 

The premium textured leather and gold-tone accents provide luxury in everyday fashion. The iconic Lulu Guinness ‘Lips’ motif adds detail to the front and sides of the bag in gold metallic hardware. Carry this bag on your shoulder or by the top handles.

Lulu Guinness Tara Quilted Lips Black Leather Clutch Bag

Tara Quilted Lips Black Leather Clutch Bag

The Tara Quilted Lips Black Leather Clutch Bag oozes versatility. Carry this bag as a clutch or with the chunky strap chain or detachable lips chain strap. Effortlessly swap from day to nightwear by changing the strap. Keep all your essentials in the cotton-lined compartment and handy inner zip pocket.  

This classic style consists of premium leather stitched into the plump quilted lips design, characteristic of Lulu Guinness. Wear this black bag with gold-tone accents with an evening outfit. Or, add a touch of glamour to your day wear. 

Lulu Guinness Small Red Lips Clutch Bag

Small Red Lips Clutch Bag

The Small Red Lips Clutch Bag is one of Lulu Guinness’ most iconic bags. The bold design is crafted from premium acrylic to give you a glossy, plump look. This Lips bag comes in a sumptuous red colour and is the main event with any outfit, never an accessory. Wear this to add a bit of cheeky fun to any wardrobe piece. 

Hold this bag as a clutch, or use the detachable lips chain to carry it across your body to keep your hands free. 

Lulu Guinness at Daniel Footwear

We cannot resist the irresistible glamour of the Lulu Guinness evening bags. If you “dare to be different”, explore the latest collection of Lulu Guinness bags here at Daniel Footwear.

Love the Lulu look? Discover our range of Lulu Guinness wallets to match the bags.

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