Q: Dear Bagaholicboy, I do love your blog and I look forward to your updates far more than I do any other fashion blog on my RSS reader! I find myself in a conundrum. Our anniversary is coming up, and as per tradition, I get to pick my own present. The mister has suggested getting me something in a little robin’s-egg blue box, but frankly I would much rather have another bag instead.
I’m in the market for a brightly-coloured, small to medium sized bag for weekends and casual Fridays, but I’m feeling like something a little on the cheaper side so I won’t feel the need to ‘babysit’ it too much (the way I do my beloved Loewe Napa Aire). Can you think of anything in the SGD400 to SGD600 range? My only condition is that it shouldn’t be PVC, fabric would be fine, though if you know of anything in leather in that price bracket, I’ll be extremely impressed!
A: Dear Germaine you’re in luck! I have recently become a great fan of Hayden-Harnett which has been on my radar for quite a while, but since it was scarcely available in Singapore I hardly blogged about it. A niche brand, their reputation is pretty good, and their merchandise is generally well-made with incredible detailing. They also ship to Singapore, which got me excited and I ended up purchasing something myself (but that’s a post for another day).
I am particularly fond of the Hayden-Harnett Lorca Turnlock which fits your criteria. It comes in 13 different colours (half of which are bright), it is 38 cm across (definitely a medium), perfect for casual Fridays and weekends, fits your budget (SGD505 before shipping) and last but not least, is 100% leather! Unhook the strap of this shoulder bag and it becomes a giant clutch bag (shown above), which is also very hip these days.
I don’t know your preference for colours, but if you are looking for something bright, Blueberry is especially stunning. I also adore Ginger (orangey-red), Moonbeam (creamy-silver) and Yam (pale-orangey), which also happens to be on sale as well and only costs SGD315 or so before shipping, which is a great deal. Take a look, and tell me what you think.
And other bits:
1. Hong Xi, yes that’s right. That is always the case when it comes to a Hermès Birkin and their ‘impossibly’ long waiting lists. If you really want one badly, have you considered local or overseas resellers? I trust Interesthing (Singapore) and Let-Trade (Hong Kong).
2. Em, I’m guessing the Totally will come in Damier Ebene eventually, perhaps towards the end of the year or early next.
3. Ann, if you must get the Chanel Grand Shopping Tote, get the one in Black. The Beige is stunning, but only if you have a death wish as it would be hard to maintain.
4. Sarah, the Gucci Single Handle Tote is really large, but if you are tall enough why not? Last I heard it is already sold out, but I could be wrong. As for your other query about setting up a section here for readers to buy/sell/trade their pre-loved bags and accessories, I am currently looking into it, so stay tuned.