Lulu Guinness

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25 Years of Lulu Guinness

Explore the last 25 years of Lulu Guinness here, showcasing her most memorable pieces and events from 1989 to the present.

1989
LULU DESIGNS HER FIRST BAG

In 1989 a 29 year old Lulu Guinness sets to work designing a briefcase for women in the basement of her London home and thus a brand is born!

2003
LULU OPENS HER TOKYO STORE

Lulu fever spreads beyond the West and in to the Far East where Lulu opens her first store in Roppongi Hills, Tokyo.

2006
LULU IS AWARDED AN OBE

Lulu is invited to Buckingham Palace to accept an OBE from Her Royal Majesty, The Queen for her services to fashion.

2012
LULU’S FIRST COLLABORATION WITH UNIQLO

Lulu launches her first collaboration with global High Street brand Uniqlo.

1997
LULU’S ROSE BASKET GOES ON
DISPLAY IN THE V&A

Lulu’s first ‘novelty’ bag is so well received by the fashion industry it goes on display at the Victoria and Albert museum as part of the ’Cutting Edge: 50 Years of British Fashion 1947-1997’exhibition.

2004
LULU DESIGNS THE ORIGINAL SNAKESKIN LIPS CLUTCH

Lulu takes inspiration from the surrealist art movement and designs her first ever lips clutch.

2008
THE LIPS CLUTCH GETS REVAMP IN PERSPEX

This bestseller, originally made in snakeskin gets a revamp in red Perspex, later becoming the iconic symbol Lulu is famed for.

2012
LULU RECEIVES AN HONOURARY DOCTORATE

Lulu is recognised for her contributions to the fashion industry and fashion education and is awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the University of the Arts.

2001
LULU OPENS HER NEW YORK STORE

Lulu Guinness takes the US by storm and opens her first ever American store on New York’s Bleecker Street.

2005
LULU PUBLISHES HER FIRST BOOK

‘Put on your pearls girls’ is Lulu’s first pop-up book. Its foreword is written by British actress Helena Bonham Carter.

2008
THE FIRST LULU GUINNESS UMBRELLA
IS SOLD

Now a best seller, the first Birdcage umbrella is sold in 2008.

2013
LULU’S PAINT PROJECT COLLABORATION

The worlds of art and fashion collide in this collaboration with artist Joseph Steele. Over 200 clutches were hand sprayed with paint for a range of ‘one of kind’ limited edition bags.

2013
LULU’S COLLABORATION WITH
MINNIE MOUSE

Everyone’s favourite female mouse gets the Lulu treatment with a collaboration launched during AW13 London Fashion Week.

2003
LULU RELEASES FIRST PERFUME

Lulu dips her toes in the beauty pool and launches her first fragrance ‘Put on your pearls girls’.

2006
LULU DESIGNS HER FIRST RANGE OF BEDLINEN

Lulu turns her hand to interiors with a range of luxurious bed linen.

2009
LULU CREATES HER FIRST AUTOMOTIVE BIRDCAGE BAG

Unveiled at her 20th anniversary party to an audience of fashion’s most elite, Lulu launches her first automotive birdcage bag containing a mechanical bird. Watch Video

2014
THE FIRST WEARABLE TECH BAG

Lulu unveils her first wearable technology bag; the first bag of its kind to incorporate the Autographer camera automatically capturing images without the wearer having to lift a finger.