Wilbur & Gussie is a British handbag brand created by childhood friends and London-based design duo Brett Tyne and Lucy Lyons. Merging elegance with edge and an unremitting commitment to quality, the designs are statement pieces crafted to add a refined wit and whimsy to your personal style.
Brett was born in Nashville, Tennessee and moved to London at the age of nine, where she and Lucy became fast friends. With a mutual entrepreneurial spirit and a love of accessories, they partnered up in their early 30’s to create Wilbur & Gussie, naming the business after their childhood pets, who had remained in each other’s lives over the years. (Today, each new style of bag is named after a friends’ pet, in keeping with the brand’s namesakes).
Their first collection, a whirl of silk and animal prints matched with elegant jewelled brooches brought to life an era of nostalgia blended with today’s red-carpet looks. Further inspiration came from the leading ladies in their lives. “My grandmother was a huge influence,” says Brett. “She had an extraordinary collection of brooches which she kept on a pink satin pin-cushion on her dressing table. She was never afraid to wear bold jewellery. Her motto was ‘there is no such thing as too big’ I loved that about her!” Continuing to draw inspiration from the past but introducing a modern sensibility, the bags are collectable yet versatile.
Wilbur & Gussie’s silk bags are manufactured in Spain by a family-run company who have been producing beautiful bags for over 25 years. They are committed to supporting the British manufacturing industry. All leather products are responsibly sourced and made in England.