Elegant, pretty and unique were the first 3 impressions that came to mind when I met up with South Korean artist Dylan Ryu, who was here in Singapore recently to launch her collection, History By Dylan at On Pedder. Sourcing only the best or the most quirky of vintage bags, Dylan gives them new life by adding her personal touch to each piece, cutting, glueing and stitching all manner of embellishments onto the bags and creating one-of-a-kind pieces.
From obtaining vintage bags to embellishments, which may include everything from embroidered patches, metal charms in the shape of crowns and keys to silver alphabet letters, she sources these finds from speciality shops and flea markets in Europe. She also uses swaths of alligator skins, lengths of laced ribbons and embroidered pins from Macon et Lesquoy in her works.
The end result? A highly covetable selection of pre-loved designer bags given Dylan’s care and attention, embroidered with all manner of whimsy and wonderment as you run your fingers over the embellishments and wondered about the stories they could tell.
Now available at On Pedder Ngee Ann City, where you’ll find a curated selection of History By Dylan bags up for grabs. Prices are not more expensive than brand new equivalents. For example, a pair of embellished Kelly35 bags are going for SGD18,500 and SGD19,500 each, while quilted vintage 2.55 bags go for around SGD8000 each.
Like I’ve said, no more expensive than brand new ones, yet a tad more special and perfect for those who want to own something that’s definitely elegant, pretty and unique. And click here for a look at pieces past and present created by Dylan.
Images: On Pedder