Queen’s Handbag Maker Goes for the Gold

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Gold medalist: Lydia bag from Launer's Olympics collection

London—Queen Elizabeth II is usually seen carrying a smart structured top handle handbag in her public appearances. She’s so fond of her made-in-the United Kingdom handbags by the 60-year-old handbag and leathergoods firm, Launer London, that she awarded the company the Royal Warrant in 1968.

Now Launer is giving the Olympic treatments to one of its most popular styles, Lydia, similar to the white version the Queen carried to William and Kate’s nuptials last year.

But the new Lydia collection, set to go on sale July 27 the date of opening ceremony of the London Olympics, is far from the sedate and stately colors the Queen prefers. These will be in metallic patent calfskin in gold, silver and bronze to represent the colors of the Olympic medals.

“Launer is such an intrinsically British brand so it was only right with all eyes on the country this year, that Launer be part of that in a big way,” a Launer spokesperson told London’s Daily Mail.

Showing Olympic Spirit

‘The Lydia range is inherent to the Launer London name, being amongst one of our earliest styles in one guise or another, so it felt right when doing something to celebrate the Olympics to use this range as a jump-off point.”

It may be necessary to be a high jumper to afford the bags, however. Prices start at 665 pounds which converts into dollars at just under $1,000.

And that’s the off the shelf price, most of Launer’s customers, include Her Majesty, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Dame Judi Dench and Baroness Margaret Thatcher order customized bags in various leathers, details, linings or engravings.

As for the Queen, Launer reveals she dislikes zippers, prefers longer handles (more easy to shake handes with) silk linings (makes for lighter weight bags for carrying during long events). Her go-to color is black although she does have pastel versions, too.

Silver metallic patent calfskin version

Bronze version

And while the Queen will undoubtedly be seen at the Olympics carrying her Launer bag, don’t expect one of the Olympic colors. The Queen’s go-to color is black although she does have pastel handbags, too.

No word, however, on what in the world the Queen carries inside her omnipresent Launers.


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