While everyone knows Coach, Kate Spade and Marc by Marc Jacobs for being all-American household brands with successful bag lines, not many are aware that there are new kids on the block worth a second look. And in my books, these include the likes of 3.1 Phillip Lim, Alexander Wang and Proenza Schouler, whose works often border on edgy and the avant-garde.
Take label 3.1 Phillip Lim (shown above) for example. Launched in 2005, the brand has gone from strength to strength with bags and accessories playing a more important role.
I also like the fact that the men are not forgotten. 3.1 Phillip Lim also has lines for men which includes bags and shoes. Club21 will be opening a 3.1 Phillip Lim boutique within Hilton Shopping Gallery come September 2010, and we’ll see then if they will be carrying all the different lines. Or check out Net-A-Porter which also has a small selection of bags.
Another designer worth a closer look is Alexander Wang, whose claim to fame (in the bag department anyway) is the Rocco, which first came out as a small duffle laden with metal studs on the bottom. For his F/W10 collection he had clutches with filigree detail etched onto leather as well as a gorgeous amber number.
But my favourite F/W10 pick has got to be the Alexander Wang Tai Dopp Kit Bag, a little handbag that’s part deconstructed briefcase, part trunk and all sass. Retailing for USD795 on Shopbop, I adore its shape and how unusual (yet strangely familiar) it looks. In Singapore, check out On Pedder which stocks a small selection from season to season.
And last but not least, Proenza Schouler whose name is forever tied to the PS1. Nothing wrong with that really, but there are other bags from the talented boys worth checking out. Like the F/W10 Proenza Schouler Paper-Effect Leather Bag (delicious, isn’t it?) and the yet un-named quilted leather shoulder bag (shown above) that’s just totally chic.