Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Is the It bag still alive? Fashion people speak copiously of the demise of the It bag, but you still see variations on the theme everywhere you go, every day. I think what they mean is that logo-emblazoned designer bags aren't so de rigueur anymore, though the cult of the It bag still lives on. You still spot dozens of Balenciaga motorcycle bags, Celine Luggages and Trapezes, Proenza PS1s, so on and so forth, on a daily basis. Hey, I'm no different (she says, typing while staring at the PS1 on the chair beside her).
But I do also try to keep a collection of anti-It bags -- purses that serve the explicit purpose of not being recognizable. At first, it seemed practical to explore designer bags that weren't so popular and instantly identifiable. But that was stupid, because the phenomenon of the It bag arises from it being attractive, popular, the whole shebang. It's fundamentally dumb to buy an inferior designer bag just so you can defy popular opinion.
So now, I turn to lesser-known designers. Designers like PP4E by Piecco Pang, who makes the best exotics in Hong Kong. Or Lutecienne, a cute little French brand I just discovered thanks to a former colleague who's now based in his hometown back in France. Young, fun, colorful and carefree, the line comprises two handbag designs right now, both of which hang from the shoulder and are consciously created in shapes that aren't standard, with hardware and pocket placement that thankfully doesn't feel derivative of something we've already seen. I can't vouch for quality, because I haven't seen the bag in person yet, but the fuschia-navy combination really grabs the eye on the Carrousel, and I'm really feeling the diagonal zip on the Kraft seems simple yet inspired. What more can a girl ask for, really? Maybe an English website...
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
I first met handbag designers Piecco Pang and Kelly Chan in the Miu Miu in-store boutique at the Lane Crawford in IFC (God, I need to get out more. You don't know how many people I've met while in Lane Crawford, ahem @2munkis). It was telling that, amid yards of perfectly scrunched and dyed leather in the quirky-chic tradition of Madame Miuccia Prada, I was enthralled not by a piece of Italian design, but by the fabulous studded metal box clutch in the crook of Kelly's arm, which she designed!
Piecco and Kelly both have their own lines -- PP4E and Vicious Venom respectively -- but have collaborated on this new range, called Deinos Saurus. If you click through to see the full collection below, you'll see an assortment of bags no doubt inspired by the giant lizards that once roamed our earth in all their spiky, scaley glory. Okay, so maybe dinosaurs weren't clad in hues of fluoro-pink, lime green and indigo blue... but if they were, it would make going to natural-history museums a lot more fun!
Check it out on Vicious Venom's site here. PP4E is still under development, but you can get your Piecco/Kelly lovin' on at Gizzy & Nacho. And if, say, you want to buy me this most awesome of laptop cases-cum-clutches... please, go ahead.