Shopping In Singapore: Classic Top Handles Done The Virgil Abloh Way, Chic Geek Frames & A Mr Bags Collab With Tod's
Virgil Abloh just debuted a new bag for Off White’s Pre-Fall collection named the Jitney. The moniker for this top-handle bag series is a nod to the New York-based Hampton Jitney bus company. It’s Abloh’s way of highlighting the bag’s universal appeal because, apparently, everybody commutes by the bus service despite their social standing. Whether you buy that message or not, you got to agree that the Jitney features some of the hippest updates to the classic bag silhouette. Spanning six styles from a piece with graffiti art to a black marker slogan that says “Cash Inside”, the one place you can be sure that these Jitneys ($980-$2,750) will get you to is to the top of your street style game.
The signature Pauwau sandals that Texan-born shoe designer Nicole Brundage creates for her Marskinryyppy label is the naked dress equivalent of footwear. With its clear PVC straps and towering stiletto design, it’s a no-brainer why the sensual style is a hit with the Hadid sisters and Olivia Culpo. From July till Sept, the brand is offering a personalisation service ($920) for the style at On Pedder which comes with a two-month-long wait. Choose from two different heel heights and 12 letters to embroider on the front strap. You can customise a different message for each side, so you get to flaunt another important asset: Your personality.
THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT
Ever since Bvlgari started selling a dedicated jewellery collection to raise funds for the Save The Children organisation in 2009, it has raised almost US$90 million (S$122 million) which goes to funding everything from education to youth empowerment. A decade on and the jeweller is planning to up that figure to US$100 million (S$135 million). And it’s doing that by introducing a new pendant in sterling silver and onyx that’s inspired by its minimalist Bvlgari Bvlgari collection. The piece features a black onyx disk and a solo red ruby from Mozambique. Priced at $1,080, 75 euros (S$116) from the sale will go directly to Save The Children. There’s also a smaller way to chip in for the cause. The brand has also released a ring, pendant, and bracelet based on the iconic B.Zero1 design in silver and black ceramic that are priced from $790-$880, with 75 euros going to the charity too.
The optics from the recent Fall/Winter 2019 shows said it all: Nerdy eyewear is your new intellectual accessory. Prada (left) featured thick round frames in black and bright colours that remind us of trial frames we wear during a visit to the optometrist, while at Chloe (right), thick tortoiseshell-patterned frames give a retro ’70s vibe. Here, our edit of some of the chic optical frames to ace this aesthetic with flying colours.
From top: Miu Miu, $425; Coach, $240; Prada, $360. All in acetate and from Sunglass Hut
FASHION FAIRY TALE
Chinese bag blogger Mr Bags is like the fairy godmother for any luxury brand. Each time he collaborates on a bag, you can bet that it’ll be a hit. Cue the Tod’s Wave backpack tie-up last year which reportedly saw him selling 3.24 million RMB (S$638,000) worth of bags in six minutes. The brand hopes to make retail magic a second time with the D-Styling Bag. This limited edition collection – there are only five pieces available in Singapore – which drops at the Tod’s Paragon and The Shoppes At Marina Bay Sands boutiques on June 26 sees Mr Bags giving the boxy tote a youthful sky blue update with navy blue handles. The fun touch: A cute unicorn bag charm as a way to bring good luck to every bag owner.