Dee Ocleppo Hilfiger, luxury handbag designer and entrepreneur, is ready to take on a new challenge. She has forged a strategic partnership with Authentic Brands Group for the luxury accessories brand Judith Leiber. Ocleppo Hilfiger will become the brand’s co-owner, creative director and global brand ambassador.
Taking on a minority stake, Hilfiger will work with the ABG team to develop the core brand collection, while extending the brand to new categories, distribution channels and territories. Leiber is best known for its Swarovski crystal-encrusted minaudières and whimsical animal and food clutches that have become fashion essentials for celebrities and first ladies. The first Judith Leiber x Dee Ocleppo Hilfiger capsule collection is planned to launch in stores and online for holiday. The amount of Ocleppo Hilfiger’s investment in Leiber was not revealed, nor the level of her stake.
Reached in Florence where her husband, Tommy Hilfiger, was staging his fall men’s fashion presentation, Ocleppo Hilfiger said she’s been a fan of the Leiber brand for many years. “I’ve had girlfriends who actually collect them. The small minaudières are almost like jewelry pieces,” she said. “What I’m interested in doing is seeing where we can take the brand. Nowadays the biggest complaint is, ‘We
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