Today, we are happy to have Imp of Faerie Land, a self-confessed bag snob, sharing her views on locally available mid-priced leather bags in the range of S$100 – $500, and showing us her all-time favourite pink leather tote.
Lookout for quality stitches and interiors
I find quality extremely lacking in the mid-priced bags available in Singapore.
As a matter of fact, mid-priced bags are rarely made of leather. They are usually done in synthetic leather that flakes off after a couple of months.
When you see mid-priced bags done in leather, they would often be badly stitched; the untidy seams awkwardly showing. Plus most of the interiors of mid-priced leather bags found in the local market would either be patched with cheap canvas or cheap fabric. Rarely will you see quality interiors.
One mid-priced brand I am partial to is Braun Buffel. While its designs might not be at the forefront of trends, its durability and quality are indisputable. Some might volunteer Coach as a better alternative. But I don’t see any good sense in paying for Coach in Singapore when it’s way cheaper in the States. And as fond as I am of Chanel, I like variety when it comes to bags.
While I confess I am a bag snob, I’ve no problems with buying lower-priced bags. All I care about is the quality of my bags.
I am fond of textured leather bags for their durability and resistance to scratches. Most of the time, I’m inclined towards designer brands because I can justify their prices by using it for years. And I get a real kick of out of it when I can find mid-priced gems at the same quality.
My favorite bag is not at all ostentatious. Neither does it belong to any fashion house.
I love this practical leather tote I bought from the streets of Bangkok for just S$50 two years ago. It was such a steal!
It doesn’t belong to any known brand. It is simply made of calf leather and its interior thoughtfully lined with suede. The stitches were firmly hand-sewn, even and subtle. I returned to buy five more totes in different sizes and colors. Till today, I haven’t found anything like it in Singapore for its price and simplicity.
Two years on, the leather has aged beautifully for all my totes. This pink tote expanded slightly but kept its shape well even as I stuff all sorts of things in it.
For great tips on choosing and caring for your leather bag, I recommend reading Candice’s Closet.
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