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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What are the characters of a great day bag that serve well for both work and travel? It has to be roomy, classically designed and lightweight, of course! The Ebury bag has always been Anya Hindmarch’s classic staple since its creation in 1994. Nearly two decades later, for Spring 2014, Anya stripped the rigid Ebury details to make it Featherweight. As the name suggests, it is the lightest bag in the collection now but at 44cm x 30cm x 20cm, it is without question, roomy.
If, for some reason, the line-up of the Maxi Featherweight Ebury, which comes in various colors still does not excite you, the limited edition ones with graphic emboss might. Commercial and consumer brands have overtaken luxury labels’ design lately with McDonald for Moschino and now various brands like Cornflakes and Frosties on an Anya bag.
The classic Maxi Featherweight Ebury is being priced at GBP895, the ones in more luxurious python lining is at GBP1,195 and the limited edition ones at GBP1,350. All are currently sold out at Anya Hindmarch website. Check your local stores for the wait-list. These babies surely turn heads and are great conversation pieces.
Images are courtesy of Anya Hindmarch