Another new bag from Hermes is the Halzan. This is a simple all-leather unlined tote that seamlessly doubles up as a messenger bag when you fold its top part down. Hermes has proven that simple smart design bags like Lindy could be a huge success so it seems natural to be pushing new simpler designs like Halzan for another round of success. I am loving this bag very much, no doubt about it. Price starts from USD5,000 or EUR3,300. I just hope they don’t make it ridiculously difficult to buy one too.
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Introducing a new bag by Hermes, inspired yet by Hermes horse saddle (how surprising!). The large version of the bag was first seen on the Spring/Summer 2014 runway and has since been spotted on select Hermes stores around the world in a few different colors. However, given the relatively large size of 15″ x 7″ x 11″, it has been widely regarded more as a travel than a day bag. The original size retails at EUR6,500 and though the one in color Bamboo (green) was tantalizing, the apparent travel size was quite a turn off.
For Fall/Winter 2014, the Oxer will be available in smaller size. The gorgeous croco version has been spotted on the campaign photo. The Oxer is indeed quite a versatile bag with three ways to carry it. The detachable shoulder strap is a BIG plus for this bag. Expect the smaller version of the bag to retail around EUR5,000-EUR6,000. Time will tell whether it will be another hit like Lindy or Toolbox.
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The Loewe large Anagram stamp pouch is understated but it does not mean that it is not a head turner. Made entirely of buttery soft leather, which Loewe is best known for, the pouch is every inch luxurious yet neither does it break your bank nor make your boss postpone your pay rise. Priced at SGD990, it also happens to be the most pocket-friendly item in the new Loewe bag collection. Measuring 30.5cm x 20.5cm x 6.5cm, the pouch is large enough to fit wallet, two mobile phones, keys or anything most normal people carry daily. Available at Loewe T Galleria, MBS and Ngee Ann City.
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I came across the most gorgeous crocodile skin Saint Laurent Sac de Jour when I was in Paris back in June 2014. At somewhere around EUR20,000, I remember thinking to myself “Whoever thinks money can’t buy happiness, ought to visit a Saint Laurent store more often!”. Back in Singapore, I encountered another similar bag but in Croc embossed leather instead. While not looking nearly as glossy and fancy as the real thing, at EUR1,990, the croc embossed Saint Laurent Sac de Jour looks quite like a real deal to set you apart from the usual calf skin fixes.
There is also the new Saint Laurent Trois Clous bag (simply means three studs in French). These two babies should do more than enough to quick fix any croc skin craving you might have. Price is EUR1,990 for the small Sac de Jour and EUR2,190 for the medium Trois Clous. That is still under EUR5,000 even if you get both, if you know what I mean.
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One of the most memorable bags from Givenchy Fall/Winter 2014 men’s collection is this Basketball Nightingale. The iconic bag is reincarnated in full leather with colors and texture exactly like the basketball, then topped with star emboss. The success of Givenchy lies in the element of surprises translated to prints and design elements, which Ricardo Tisci is brilliant in creating. Who on earth would have thought of a bag like this? Price is USD3,945, available for pre-order now.
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The most exciting and fun process in fashion is the process of hunting and discovering something unique, one of a kind, quirky and breathe taking. That is why I am so obsessed with History by Dylan now. I first came to know this wonderful collection when Pedder brought it in their Ngee Ann City outlet a few months back. Not only did Dylan Ryu manage to hunt priceless vintage pieces from Hermes and Chanel, she personalized and romanticized each one of them to a whole new level of desirability. Look at this Hermes Herbag for instance! I will want to be caught carrying this than any new Herbag at the moment because it is one of its kind, fun and breathe taking! This baby is now available at Reebonz Singapore for SGD4,800.
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The Prada Double bag is gaining popularity commercially. While I have been only luke warm about this bag in general, in Saffiano Camouflage, the bag just shines, which is ironic remembering that camo print is supposed to blend you in. Price at USD3,100 at Bergdorf Goodman, this is a worthy investment Prada as any special Saffiano leather bag is surely one.
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