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A heritage brand that has been recently revived, Au Départ was once heralded as one of the four greatest trunk makers sitting alongside Goyard, Louis Vuitton and Moynat back in the early-to-mid 1800s. Today, the Parisian label has been releasing numerous bag styles over the past year (or so), with prices that don’t break the bank, with most of their pieces made from light-reflective jacquard fabric that’s paired with a mix of Pienza calf leather to give you a truly unique combination like no other.
The light-reflective jacquard fabric is an Au Départ signature through and through, with its roots dating back to the early 20th century. Each canvas features their iconic geometric pattern that has become the brand’s official signature, interwoven with bright and reflective yarn to create a distinctive three-dimensional wave effect. One that can be found on a wide array of bags and hard-sided leather goods, as well as a new selection of SLGs that have recently arrived online for your perusal. Yes, Au Départ does offer shipping directly to Singapore with international delivery within 1 to 3 business days, so it will definitely come in time before Christmas if that’s a question off the top of your head.
There are plenty of SLGs, but here are 5 different pieces if you need help narrowing down your options. The Porte-Cartes Vertical (EUR180) is an interesting design for sure, way different from your classic horizontal cardholders that are a dime a dozen these days. There’s also the Porte-Cartes (EUR295) buttoned cardholder, which fans out to reveal four pockets and additional slots, giving you more than enough space for all your business and credit cards.
For those who need a full-fledged wallet, do go for the Petit Continental (EUR395), a roomy SLG that’s large enough to hold your cash and coins (at the rear flap pocket), with ample space for other bits and bobs. Lastly, the zipped series includes the Porte-Monnaie (EUR325) and Petit Portefeuille (EUR435), featuring an L-zip and U-zip closure respectively to keep your essentials safely secured.
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