Q: Dear Bagaholicboy, I’m vegetarian and do not wish to carry a leather bag. But I have to meet business contacts regularly and slung over their arms are designer bags. I don’t want to sacrifice style over ethics, but I am having trouble finding a non-leather bag that suits my work needs. Stella McCartney is a possibility but her stuff is way too pricey. And no hippie-looking cloth bags please!
A: Dear Vegan Chick, you’re in luck. I did some research online and came up with a couple of options for you. For starters, check out Crystalyn Kae. Using glaze-coated fabric, one of my personal favourites is the Monarch Hobo. Punctuated with rivets and fan-like pleats, it is a stylish addition to any working girl’s wardrobe. And at just USD165 a pop it won’t hurt your purse at all. Another brand you can check out is Matt & Nat, which uses up to 55 recycled plastic water bottles just to make one bag. They’ve got a ‘suede’ collection (it’s actually plastic), a ‘paper’ collection (it’s actually plastic), and a ‘canvas’ collection (it’s actually plastic). I think you get the picture by now.
And that’s not all. Other brands you can check out include Steve Madden (yes, there is a small collection of vegan leather handbags) and Malcolm Fontier (though the collection is more suited to men).
Image: Crystalyn Kae
And other bits:
1. Mark, yes you are right, the new Damier Graphite Zippy Coin Purse is shorter than say, the ones in Monogram Canvas or Damier Ebene. From what I gathered, it was purposely done in order to attract more men; the older design was deemed too ‘purse-like’.
2. Iza, in my opinion if you have only one day in Paris for shopping I would advise you to skip Champs-Élysées completely and stick to rue Saint-Honoré. It’s much more quaint and conducive for leisurely shopping, with French icons Chanel, Hermès and Longchamp all within walking distance.
3. Eugene, you’re right. Goyard’s franchise in Hong Kong has been suspended till further notice, which leaves South Korea and Tokyo as the only 2 countries you can get Goyard from in Asia for the time being.
4. Ching, prices for the Mulberry Felix collection in Singapore are as follows; Felix Hobo, SGD1299, Felix Messenger, SGD999. The Felix Holdall however will not be available locally.
5. Joanna, the Uniqlo +J collection will hit Singapore on 3 December 2009, with about 60 pieces for women, and 30 for men. Prices are expected to range from SGD29.90 to SGD229.90.
6. Calvin, compared to Singapore, prices for Louis Vuitton in Macau are about same or slightly higher, and comparable to prices in Hong Kong.