Q: Dear Bagaholicboy, I’ve been given SGD500 to spend and I’m considering getting a tote that’s sturdy and stylish. I also have a small frame so the bag can’t be too big as well. I hold your taste in the highest esteem and hope that you’re able to make me a few suggestions that won’t break my bank (nothing more than SGD700). Thanks so much and I look forward to your response.
A: Dear Ben, there’s nothing better than receiving cash for as birthday gift which basically means you can get anything you want. Let’s be honest, your budget ain’t really much, so let’s just stay well away from the really expensive brands. For starters, have you checked out Jack Spade? I know I sound like a broken record, but there is nothing more affordable and well-made than a Jack Spade bag, it is indeed the perfect entry-level brand.
Another brand that you can check out is Porter (located within Wisma Atria) which hails from Japan. They have a wide variety of bags (totes mostly) that are suitable for work or play and most importantly, within your budget. Try the Coach boutique as well at DFS Scottswalk Galleria, which has a small selection.
Honestly, if I were you however, I will take my time and wait for the upcoming Great Singapore Sale. Who knows what will be up for grabs at greatly discounted prices, and it’s a great way of stretching your budget. Meanwhile, get yourself the Filson Rugged Twill Tote Bag (shown above). Measuring 35 cm by 35 cm, I like how the handles are long enough to be shoulder carried. And at just SGD150 or so before shipping, it’s actually quite a good buy too.
And Damone, if you are reading this, this post applies to you too.
And other bits:
1. Susan, never go for the bigger size just because the larger one costs just a little more. It’s a common mistake and one that’s often regretted. If you think the Neverfull MM suits you just fine then stick to it.
2. Patrick, as far as I know, the colours available for the Agnès b. Voyage Nylon Duffle now include Black, Red and Olive. There was one in Purple but I am not sure if it is still available.
3. Jeron, rule of thumb, if one is in leather, and the other is in canvas/denim, but the prices are almost the same, I say leather anytime. Makes more sense don’t you think?
4. Melissa & Marilyn, most 2nd hand shops I know in Singapore take the bags on consignment, which also means you get cash only after the bag sells to another party. The only shop I’m aware of that pays you cash upfront is Interesthing Shop.
5. Carey, try the largest Fendi Peekaboo Satchel (40 cm across) first at the boutique and make sure it is proportionate before you commit. Otherwise it’s fine, even if you are guy.