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Rattan bags are here to stay. They’ve got that handcrafted look that hipsters love, come in at a rather affordable price and are much lighter in weight when compared to full leather ones. In other words, it’s a winner. And if you so happen to be on the hunt for the another rattan bag to add to your collection, look no further than Palmgrens’s Rattan Bag Classic, a tote that was designed way back in 1950.
Established in Stockholm in 1896, Palmgrens has a history that spans more than 100 years, so be it construction, consistency or quality, it should be pretty swell. The Rattan Bag Classic is unique, because it’s actually a mix of tanned calf leather with woven rattan on the front and back.
Measuring some 31 cm by 27 cm, the bag can fit all your A4 documents and more, with slots at the side for your pens and other small accessories. But if Black isn’t your colour, the Rattan Bag Classic comes in 11 other colours (actually the trims come in 11 other colours) that range from Red to Green and even Pink and Yellow.
Priced at KR2796 (which works out to about SGD480 after conversion), here’s the not-so-good news. Yes, Palmgrens ships overseas, but they don’t ship to Singapore. To get your hands on one, do the following. Use your Borderlinx account and have it shipped to the UK, or get someone you know heading to Europe to pick one up for you.
Update: 26 September 2017
The kind folks at Palmgrens have reached out, and clarified that even though shipping options can’t be found online for Singapore (or the rest of Asia, for that matter), they will ship their bags to most anywhere in the world. In other words, just send an email to email@example.com and they’ll take care of the rest. #happyshopping