August 2013


Saint Laurent Classic Museum Large Briefcase

Since we were just recently on the topic of larger briefcases that will better serve today’s working man, here’s another spanking new contender worth checking out. From Saint Laurent comes the Saint Laurent Classic Museum Large Briefcase, which at first glance looks almost like the Classic Duffle, but there are at least 2 key differences.

For starters, it doesn’t quite have the same shape as the former, nor does it have the flap pocket which extends across the front. Secondly (and this is a key point for me since I can get rather clumsy with my bags at times), it comes in grained leather (as compared to the Classic Duffle‘s smooth calfskin), which in my opinion is more hardy and holds up to minor accidents much better.

Measuring a good 40 cm across by 30 cm by 11 cm in width, it also features an internal zip pocket and an iPad slot, which is always useful. Priced at SGD2880 and now available at Saint Laurent boutiques in Singapore, my only single gripe (albeit a minor one) is the fact that it doesn’t come with a shoulder strap, which I suspect is in keeping with the bag’s clean lines and minimalist appeal.

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Burberry Haymarket Check Small Tote

I was originally attracted to the Burberry Haymarket Check Small Tote when I spotted it online at Burberry, the Haymarket Check coated-canvas body contrasting perfectly with its exotic python sides. Upon closer inspection, however, I realised it would make a great baby bag as well, what with my sister expecting a little girl who’s due in October, causing me to be on a lookout for all things baby-related.

Besides the fact that it measures almost 30 cm across by 26 cm (quite roomy without being cumbersome), there are 5 pockets in all, 1 each on either side of the bag, and a zipped, regular and patch pocket on the inside. And then there are totes that are 80% coated-canvas (with 3 different colours for the panels, SGD1425 each), making them great for wiping down in case there are any ‘accidents’. It’s also pretty lightweight to begin with, which is always a good thing if you have to lug around Baby’s gear as well.

All in all, it’s a pretty good candidate, and one I’m adding onto Sophie’s list of baby paraphernalia that I could/should get. And yes, that’s the name I’m giving my niece; my sister just doesn’t know it yet.

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Headed to College or Grad School? Here are All the Tech Accessories You’ll Need

Even though my last days on campus at the University of Georgia were as recent as 2008, a lot has changed, technologically speaking, in those intervening five years. My little flip phone, which was by far the preferred cell technology of college students at the time, had a battery life that my current iPhone can only dream of and so much exterior plastic that a case would have been redundant. Most of my classmates, who received their laptops at the beginning of their college careers in 2003 or 2004, couldn’t bear to lug those eight-pound behemoths around campus and settled for pen and paper, thus we required no laptop cases. An iPad wasn’t even a thing yet, not by a long shot. Going to college or grad school now requires a whole host of tech accessories, though, so we’ve stepped up to help 2013′s new and returning students with a guide to the season’s best tech accessories.

Below, we’ve assembled a group of ten products that will do everything from protect your laptop to keep your iPhone charged, and then some. If you want to use some of these pieces for non-school reasons, well, we can’t blame you. iPad cases are remarkably similar to clutches in some ways. In that spirit, we’ve tried to include attractive, well-made items that can be used beyond the classroom – after all, isn’t that a good way to get some bang for your accessories buck?

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Chanel Debuts New Site, New Bags For Pre-Collection Fall 2013

I feel as though I say this all the time, but it’s really impressive how many distinct handbags Chanel manages to turn out in a year. The brand does collections, pre-collections, cruise, Metiers d’Art – every time you look up, there’s a new Chanel collection coming. Before we get to full-blown fall (and to tide you over after Metiers d’Art 2013), we present Chanel Pre-Collection Fall 2013, which popped up online late last week, along with a new look for the Chanel website.

Because Chanel doesn’t currently offer e-commerce, its website has lagged behind other brands’ online offerings a bit – why offer that kind of immersive product experience if you’re not interested in sales? Now it seems as though Chanel has taken a small step in that direction, creating a handbag browsing area that divides each collection into sections, provides cursory naming details and allows the user to zoom in to see the details in stark relief. With that, the brand has provided better, clearer images of its new bags than ever before, which we’ve included for your viewing pleasure below. These bags are in stores now!

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Louis Vuitton Epi Neverfull

Because I had a hunch that this was going to happen sooner or later, I wasn’t really surprised when this popped into my inbox earlier today. From Louis Vuitton comes the much-anticipated Louis Vuitton Epi Neverfull, the perfect alternative for those looking for something in full leather sans monograms, of course.

Only available in one size (the MM, which measures 32 cm across by almost 29 cm), here are some other facts you should take note of. To make up for the fact that it only comes in 1 size, it comes in 7 different colours, which is pretty much all the new hues in the Epi universe, including Citron that’s shown above.

Each Epi Neverfull comes with matching microfibre lining, and as an added bonus, you’ll also find an Epi leather pouch inside each tote, which can be used with or taken out and used on its own as a small clutch. When will it be out in Singapore and how much, you ask? Now actually, and it’s priced at SGD2580 apiece. So, who’s getting one?

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Latest Obsession: Tiny Prada Bags

Miuccia just gets me, man. I should just sign my entire wardrobe budget over to her, between Prada and Miu Miu. I just bought a pair of Prada shoes earlier this week (after initially going shopping to scout out a pair of Miu Mius), and now I’m scheming to making one of these Prada Mini Bags my next big purchase. There’s something about the simple, traditional lines of these bags, miniaturized for more casual carry, that makes me see stars. But in a good way.

I’ve wanted a Prada Saffiano Lux Tote for a long time, but the bag never seemed like it would be the right fit for my lifestyle, mainly because riding public transportation and hoofing it around in NYC, in my mind, requires at least a very generous shoulder strap, if not a crossbody option. Over the past two years, that’s kept me away from buying a lot of bags that I otherwise love, including several Pradas. Now, with these mini versions (which are a big trend for a lot of brands, we’ll have you know), you don’t have to worry about carrying something bulky from the crook of your elbow. This is yet another trend that Celine started, but I’m very happy its spread to lots of other brands.

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