DK88? That’s probably going to be your first ‘what-on-earth’ question regarding the key bag from the recently launched February 2017 collection that’s out in stores now. Yes, in case you didn’t get the memo, Burberry is all about see-now, buy-now, erm, now with RTW, bags and accessories for both men and women, in stores now. Which brings us back to the DK88, the key bag for women from this collection. Why is it called so, you ask? Well, DK88 happens to be the code name of its signature honey-coloured gabardine cloth that was first used in the house’s famed trench coat, patented by Thomas Burberry in 1888.
And the bags, whose leathers come embossed with the same distinctive twill finish of the cotton gabardine (known now as Trench Leather), were also named DK88 as way of paying homage to the cotton gabardine that made Burberry the fashion powerhouse it is today. See the fine linear lines on the leather bags shown above? That’s DK88.
At the heart of the collection is the Medium DK88. Vintage meets modern (click here to see them via Facebook), it’s topped with a thick top handle on a full leather body that measures 31 cm by 24 cm. Finished with a rather large gold clasp that’s definitely where the vintage part comes in, you can use the bag via its top handle, or have the option of adding on the removable shoulder sling for those over-the-shoulder/across-the-body days.
The roomy interior is fairly simple, with two pouch pockets and a zippered compartment, pretty straightforward as far as most bags are these days. Priced at SGD3795 for the Medium DK88 and SGD4595 for the Large DK88 (37 cm by 33 cm), these bags are now available either online via Burberry or at their stores in ION Orchard and Marina Bay Sands (where you can also see the bags in their full glory). But if you want to splurge, there are always the ones that come in exotic alligator, priced at SGD18,495 each.