#BAGAHOLICBOY SHOPS: The 5 Bags The Crazy Rich Asians Should Carry


If there’s one movie you’ve got to watch soon, it’s Crazy Rich Asians. The movie that’s on everyone’s lips and Instagram Stories which topped Hollywood’s box office charts in its opening weekend, here are more reasons why you need to catch it. The movie is all about Singapore (loads of familiar places and local catchphrases that you can totally identity with), with high SES characters we all aspire to be. And as such, we prepared a hypothetical Bags The #CrazyRichAsians Should Carry, based on the colourful personalities from Kevin Kwan’s bestselling novel (and now, movie) and matched them with bags we think they should carry if they don’t already.

Rachel Chu. Rachel is the epitome of a working class girl, and one who loves keeping things practical yet stylish without being overly luxurious. She’s also level-headed and down-to-earth, which is why Mansur Gavriel’s Envelope Leather Shoulder Bag (USD836) is one that fits the bill. It comes in a boxy shape that fits all her daily essentials, thanks to two roomy inner compartments tucked behind the magnetic snap closure. Besides, it comes in full leather at a price point that won’t break the bank, which is pretty much perfect for a professor in the field of economics. Shop Rachel’s bag here

Astrid Leong-Teo. Astrid is that elegant lady with a great sense of style, pulling off everything from streetwear to haute couture like a natural pro. But above all, she loves keeping things discreet, and isn’t one to show off her latest designer purchase. Which is why the Bottega Veneta Knot Clutch (USD2341) would suit her to a T, coming in a satin finish and trimmed with exotic watersnake for that truly luxurious look and feel. Besides, it doesn’t come with any logos (or God forbid, monograms), just a knotted clasp that’s reserved for discerning individuals and those in the know. Shop Astrid’s bag here

Eleanor Young. Eleanor is the domineering matriarch obsessed with ‘pride and prestige’, and one that doesn’t take no for an answer. She probably owns Birkin and Kelly bags by the roomful, which is why a less formal piece like Gucci’s Dionysus Bamboo Tote (USD3024) is perfect for days when she wants to keep things casual. More reasons why it suits her? Signature bamboo top handle and antiqued tiger head closure, both nods to her personality and her traditional Chinese roots. Shop Eleanor’s bag here

Goh Peik Lin. Peik Lin is that bubbly, chirpy girl who’s constantly on a high, perhaps fuelled by her love of shopping. She’s in tune with the latest designer goods and would totally kill for a statement piece. A bag that would do the trick? Valentino’s Rockstud Spike Shoulder Bag (USD2530), considering it comes in a bright blue quilted leather, and plastered with the brand’s signature studded spikes in gold-tone hardware. Best of all? It can be worn across the body, which makes it a style that’s also very much on trend. And Peik Lin is all about the trendy, right? Shop Peik Lin’s bag here

Kitty Pong. Kitty’s character is essentially a status-seeking actress trying to climb up the social ladder. We would liken her to one that loves stocking up on bags that she doesn’t really need, but buying them just to carry to events to stand out even more. Miu Miu’s Miu Lady Crystal Embellished Shoulder Bag (USD2200) would be the perfect piece for her, one with the giant crystal-embellished buckle right smack in front that would be way too hard to miss. Shop Kitty’s bag here


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