LeSportsac proves to us that practical doesn’t equal boring with its Snoopy-print totes and brightly coloured backpacks.
Silver aluminium suitcases with leather handles (prices unavailable).
German luggage manufacturer Rimowa has partnered with local fashion label Ong Shunmugam – founded by Priscilla Shunmugam, Her World Woman of The Year 2015 – to bring us an exclusive six-piece Women on a Mission luggage collection. Each Classic Flight Multiwheel 53 case is adorned with fabric sourced from the very place it’s named after – Japan, India, China, Indonesia, Malaysia or Mongolia. The interiors feature illustrations by Singapore-based visual artist Rizibe depicting a local activity for each Asian travel destination – from elephant-riding in India to soaking in an onsen in Japan. Only three pieces will be available in each style from mid-October at selected Rimowa boutiques (Mandarin fGallery, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, and Suntec City Mall).
The American accessory label was founded in 1974 and is well known for its use of ripstop nylon fabrics. Durable and ultralight, their bags are perfect for those on the go. This season, LeSportsac releases three new statement collections. The first, Essentials Love Colour, jazzes up everyday practicality with daring hues – great if you are a fan of bold shades. Looking for something functional yet stylish? Frequent travellers will appreciate the Travel System collection, which features foldable bags constructed from water-repellent and wrinkleresistant memory fabric. The bags have many compartments to help you get organised like a pro. Artist collaborations may be all the rage now, but LeSportsac was a pioneer, working with celebrities like Gwen Stefani and designers like Diane von Furstenberg way back in 2002. This year, it has collaborated with the Peanuts franchise to bring us a Snoopy-and-friends- filled collection of fun haversacks, totes, pouches and more.
1-3 LeSportsac nylon haversacks, $270 each
4 LeSportsac x Peanuts Hailey tote, $170
5 LeSportsac x Peanuts Voyager haversack, $325
6 LeSportsac x Peanuts Essential pouch, $65
7 LeSportsac Travel System haversack, $150
8 LeSportsac Travel System cross-body, $110
9 LeSportsac Travel System fanny pack , $110
FORM AND FUNCTION
French handbag designer Jerome Dreyfuss (above) tells us more about the new Outnet.com x Jerome Dreyfuss collab, an exclusive handbag collection for the online retailer featuring nine styles from his archive of personal favourites.
How does it differ from your eponymous main line ?
In terms of the quality of the materials, there is no difference. Everything’s been developed with the help of artisans I’ve worked with for years. The key difference is that these styles have either been retired, or are no longer offered in the same colour and leather combinations in-store. It’s a chance for customers to discover ‘the one that got away’.
Your three favourite bags from the collaboration are…?
Customers will be happy to see the return of retired styles like Jacques and Alain S, which were very popular. And the Mario, which is part of the new collection but will be available through The Outnet in Shopping / NEWS colours different from what you find in boutiques.
Tips for assembling the ideal bag wardrobe?
Only buy bags that you love and feel comfortable carrying. They should make you feel your best.
What are the trademarks of a Jerome Dreyfuss bag?
Quality and creative designs that are smart, artisanal, practical, and with a sense of humour!
Complete this sentence: “A good handbag is...”
Lightweight and practical. The bags will be available from Oct 13 at www.theoutnet.com.
Clockwise from top left: Mario suede bag, £395 (S$714), Florent leather backpack, £270, Popeye leather bag, £300, and Victor suede bag, £295. Every bag comes with a removable wallet, key rings, and a mini flashlight.