Handbags by Dooney & Bourke have been a favorite stylish accessory for guests visiting Disney Parks for years.
Recently, one of the most popular collections received a colorful and creative update thanks to Paola Gutierrez, Senior Graphic Design with Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media Creative Group. I spoke with Paola about her work on the new design that connects directly to Disney Parks.
“We wanted to update the ‘Disney Sketch’ collection, which was originally introduced more than eight years ago,” explained Paola. “The new collection called ‘A Walk in the Park’ was drawn in a coloring book style, and has a nice nods to memories from Disney Parks. Guests will still find beloved Disney characters like Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck. They will also find characters and icons from Disney Parks such as Big Al’s guitar from the Country Bear Jamboree or a Hitchhiking Ghost from the Haunted Mansion.”
Look for three silhouettes in this collection including a Tote, a Zip Satchel, and a Crossbody Wallet.
The “Walk in the Park” design is also found on a limited release, retail MagicBand that is presented in a specially designed box. Containing the innovation of MagicBand 2, guests can use it to unlock the magic of a Disney vacation – from effortless theme-park entry, FastPass+ redemption and Disney PhotoPass association, to skipping the front desk and going directly to your resort room.
Fans of Dooney & Bourke handbags will notice several new silhouettes being offered at Disney Parks this year. Some of these silhouettes were included with the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction collection such as the Crossbody Bag with oversized leather tassel.
“Our guests shared they wanted more options, so this year we are introducing a mixture of classic and new silhouettes,” said Angelique Vu, Merchandise Product Developer for Accessories.
Angelique gave me a sneak preview of two new collections being released in July.
The first is a continuation of the “Dream Big, Princess” collection with handbags inspired by Disney’s “The Princess and the Frog.” The handbag shown above contains a gorgeous image of Princess Tiana, and will include a specially designed leather hangtag.
The second handbag will be part of a Madame Leota-themed collection inspired by the Haunted Mansion attraction.
These handbags will be released on July 22 at the Marketplace Co-Op in Disney Springs. Guests attending this launch party will also have the opportunity to meet Ian Ray, Creative Director for Dooney & Bourke from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. These collections will also be released at Disneyland Resort on July 26.
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