I hate suede. There, I’ve said it. Not only is it hard to maintain (especially in our tropical climate), it’s also a natural magnet for all manner for stains for some reason, and whenever someone passes me on the street or sets one on the table next to me, I’ll be looking for those marks. A blotch of blue? Probably from a stray pen. Something brownish at the corner? It’s either the dried-up residue of sauce, like ketchup, or maybe oil. And then there’s the dirt, which you can’t avoid no matter what, that ends up leaving streaks if you are especially unlucky.
The underside of leather (usually calf or lambskin), its textured nature and open pores is also the reason why it absorbs liquids so easily. It’s also extremely soft, and there’s something about its tactile nature that makes it very comforting to the touch.
Which brings me to my conundrum. As much as I hate suede for all the reasons mentioned above, I also love it (again, for the all the reasons mentioned above), which just means one thing. I’ve not owned anything suede for a long time now, and while I’ve often toyed with the idea of getting something in suede, I never saw it through.
And the reason for bringing up it up here? Loewe. Having made the mistake of walking into the boutique because I had time to kill before lunch, I chanced upon one of the new arrivals, the Pouch Bag. Technically more a pouch than an actual bag, it’s also amazingly soft and cradling it is akin to hugging a baby lamb. Or something cute and cuddly for that matter.
Measuring 26.5 cm by 23 cm, there isn’t much you can actually do with it, well maybe except for the following. One, use it while you’re on the plane for all your long-haul essentials, like facial mists, mints and reading glasses. Two, use it as a lunch bag, guaranteed to be the most fancy amongst all the OLs. Three, as a bag organiser, especially good when everything gets lost or jumbled up in your Neverfull or Saint Louis.
Priced at SGD1490, it also comes in a smaller, even more adorable size priced at SGD1290. But that’s not the point. The question is, should I? Or should I just admit defeat and get the ones in calf leather made surely for suede wusses out there like me.