With more than 10 years experience, Jas Sehmbi knows handbags. The Indian-born designer started his collection in Essex in the ’80s, using that era’s music and culture influences to create edgy accessories that have become iconic items. As an art student at Eastham College in Stratford years ago, he started what would become the foundation of his line of bags: a small leather and canvas collection. Receiving rave reviews in the ’00s (read: repeat orders from Barneys New York and cult fashion store YMC) JasMB is still getting a resounding retail response from buyers and media alike at fashion tradeshows like Tranoi in Paris. Over the years, his eponymous accessories line has maintained a cult fashion following from bloggers to buyers to senior fashion editors.
“We’re always trying to push the boundaries of creativeness and to inspire others,” says Sehmbi.
After a handbag hiatus of sorts, the JasMB brand is back to offer its selection of backpacks, clutches, totes and messenger bags to the masses—and his celebrity following: faces like Lenny Kravitz, David Beckham and Sienna Miller.
This summer’s selection of bags are inspired by English civil engineer, George Stephenson—founder of the steam locomotive, creator of the first public railway.
Collaborations in the works? Collections combining the talents of designers Emma Cook, Eudon Choi and Mihara Yasuhiro.
His personal favorite? “For me right now, it's all about horse riding. I love the Blinkers Folio.”