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Grace K handbags and So K sandals by Kartell

Italian plastic brand Kartell has released its first accessories collection of translucent bags with shoes to match (+ slideshow).

Grace K handbags and So K shoes by Kartell
Grace K handbag

Better known as a furniture producer, Kartell has collaborated with designer Giorgiana Zappieri of fashion brand .normaluisa to create the range of plastic accessories.

Grace K handbags and So K shoes by Kartell
Grace K handbags

Grace K drawstring handbags are made from translucent plastic with gold-coloured chain straps, named after actress Grace Kelly.

The bags come in black, coral, cream and gold, as well as a pair of two-toned variants including dove-grey and peach, plus bone and dove-grey.

Grace K handbags and So K shoes by Kartell
Grace K handbags

Kartell's first range of So K flat sandals with ankle straps is available in colours that match the handbags. Other shoes in the brand's catalogue including ballerina pumps and platform shoes have been updated in new fluorescent tones.

Kartell's move into fashion accessories follows the announcement that the brand will to open 50 flagship fifty stores across China over the next five years.

Grace K handbags and So K shoes by Kartell
So K sandals

Furniture that resembles cut-crystal glasses by Tokujin Yoshioka and the world's largest single-piece injection moulding by Philippe Starck are the most recent products for Kartell we've featured.

Earlier this year, Dezeen spoke to the head of Kartell and new president of Milan's Salone Internazionale del Mobile trade fair Claudio Luti about his plans to rebrand the event. We recently chatted to Patrizia Moroso about the state of Italian design and how Milan is "sitting in the past".

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The brand sent us the information below:

Kartell is proud to announce its presence at Super with a stand dedicated to its collection of Kartell à la Mode accessories.

For Spring Summer 2014, Kartell is launching its first handbag, "Grace K", designed in collaboration with .normaluisa designer, Giorgiana Zappieri. The timeless shapes of the so-called "drawstring bag" are given new life through the transparency of plastic combined with glittering gold-coloured chains for the strap. The name Grace K is obviously a tribute to the undisputed style icon Grace Kelly, bearing testimony to a relaxed elegance that’s never showy.

Grace K handbags and So K shoes by Kartell
So K sandal

Grace K will be available in monochromatic versions in black, coral, cream and gold, and in two two-toned variants: dove-grey/peach and bone/dove-grey. These last two models sport contrasting shades on the top and bottom of the handbag, a duotone that is adorned with a coral-coloured drawstring on the first version and a black one on the second.

Grace K handbags and So K shoes by Kartell
Glue Cinderella ballerina pumps

In addition to Grace K, we are also introducing So K, the catalogue's first flat sandal to complete the already wide range of footwear. So K is available in four colours: black, gold, peach and coral. With a simple shape and minimalist design, So K adapts to lots of different occasions of use, adding a colourful and ironic, but always discrete touch to any look.

Grace K handbags and So K shoes by Kartell
Lady platform shoes

These two new items for next summer join Kartell à la mode classics which have been given new colours to keep up with the latest trends: Glue Cinderella ballerinas will be available in two new two-tone versions: fuchsia/lime and petroleum/lime. And the soft Lady platform shoes with be highlighted with fluorescent tones, in the same colours as the Cinderella ballerinas, and with two new, even softer, models in black/smoky and dove-grey/peach.

Grace K handbags and So K shoes by Kartell

Our regular models are also available alongside our very latest items: Glue Cinderella ballerinas by .normaluisa and Bow Wow by Moschino, Lady platform peep-toe sandals with plateau sole by .normaluisa and Super Bow by Moschino, as well as Sofia boots and Demi Sofia ankle boots, both designed by .normaluisa, and also available in Metal and Wild versions.