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Sure, your favourite designer bags are getting a bit more love these days, now that you’re clearing your annual leave and heading down to town every other week for all your retail therapy needs. But there are also times when you want a simple ‘no-frills’ design (that’s also easy on the eye), and this is where brands like Cult Gaia come in. They bridge the gap between entry level and high end, with quality products that come in prices that do not break the bank. If you remember (or owned) Cult Gaia’s Ark bamboo bag that was all the rage in 2017, then you will be pleased to know that Cult Gaia has evolved over the years, expanding their range to include thoughtful designs in full leather, such as the Abella Bag that’s currently up for pre-order right now.
Pre-orders are always a great idea because brands can produce an accurate amount of pieces based on demand, without having to make too much that could end up being unsold. Securing a pre-order will also mean that the bag will definitely be yours, and you do not have to worry about it getting sold out on the day it launches.
Cult Gaia employs this strategy for selected bags, such as the Abella Bag (SGD600) that will begin shipping mid-September 2020. The structured handle forms a completely round shape that encapsulates the half-moon leather body, creating a unique silhouette that’s equal parts fun and functional. Measuring 25 cm by 13 cm, the bag is large enough for all your essentials, and the base is pretty wide at 9 cm and guaranteed to hold bulkier items like a portable charger and several packets of wet wipes. Also, do note that the bag will be eligible for free shipping, though you will have to factor in duties and taxes, which works out to be an additional SGD42 (7%) for Singapore. All in all, it’s a pretty good ‘mid-tier’ price for a full-leather bag from Cult Gaia, and also great for those who want to indulge a little yet not spend too much right now.
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