An Interview with Vivien Hsu – Accessories Buyer at Jaegar

I was at the Jaegar Spring Summer press day. I loved so many of the bags – right on trend and perfect for festival wear. I had the opportunity to chat with Jaegar’s Junior Accessory Buyer, Vivien Hsu.

What’s your favourite accessory for SS 2011?

I love the sunglass’ bag from the Jaeger SS11 catwalk show. It’s so practical and stylish! Even though it’s designed specifically to hold your sunglasses, its "roomy" enough to fit your phone, purse, keys and even some makeup.

As an accessories buyer do you work closely with the design and fashion team?
Yes, we have a very good relationship. To achieve the best result, it’s important to be able to give and take advice from one another, since we are all here to make beautiful products.

Where did you work before Jaeger?
I previously worked at Smythson for 3.5years, in the position of Leather Product Developer. Before that, I worked at J&M Davidson for 3 years in production.

Did you always want to work in fashion?
I’ve always had an avid interest in fashion, contemporary as well as vintage, so I was drawn to the industry from an early age, although my career in fashion didn’t kick off until 2004. I can often be found rifling through the rails at Portobello Market and other vintage fashion haunts.

What advice do you have for new accessory designers?
Keep an eye on the market, but without losing touch of your individual signature!

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