I didn’t expect to find a uniquely classy bag I could afford at this point, but trekking to Citygate in Tung Chung, the 30-min last stop on the orange train line from Hong Kong central, made it possible. I’d ventured out to visit a friend based near the fishing community of Tai O (a charming, rustic place) and on my way back to the city I scored this absolutely charming, illustrated Anteprima tote at Citygate, for 30% off at the final price of $HK 976/approx. Php5200.
“The brand was conceived by Izumi Ogino in year 1993, in hope of creating a brand for a modern woman with an appreciation for timeless luxury and contemporary style. A woman who can exist anywhere in the world, her flair transcends borders.The ANTEPRIMA woman, as created by IZUMI OGINO. She has captivated the fashion world since the label’s debut – as its name means in Italian – at Milano Moda Donna in 1998.” – ElementsHK.COM
I liked the brand Anteprima the first time I laid eyes on the boutique in Singapore. It’s a brand that absolutely gets me. Anteprima basically means “a preview” or “debut” in Italian but it was created by the effortlessly beautiful Japanese designer, Izumi Ogino in the mid 90s. She absolutely loves Italy and works mostly with materials from that region and always presents her collections in Milan. Izumi’s dainty but modern creations remind me of a more delicate Asian take off from luxury brands that know women inside out. These brands get that it’s not about being full-blown regal 24/7, it’s also about being elegantly chill in those moments when you need to be. Brands like those aren’t afraid to get playful in terms of design and know how to do it properly, NOT AT the expense of taste, like for example Chanel or Kate Spade.
Anteprima is mainly known for its famously pretty and dainty “wire bags” as well as shoes and dresses, but those were off the budget for me. Read more to get the full review, a closer look at the bag’s features, and my musings on this bag that I’m quite happy to own.
Honestly, today was the FIRST TIME EVER Mom and I have gone serious bag shopping together, today was for my bag. Mom got hers first yesterday at Homme et Femme, Shangrila Mall and out of the blue she wanted to treat me. So let’s begin waxing bag poetic with Mom’s more-than-meets-the-eye Alexander Wang laser-cut Rocco duffel. It comes in a shade called “parchment” which is a soft, almost white gray with a touch of beige warmth.
Alexander Wang Laser Cut Rocco
“Laser cut leather top zip duffel bag with rolled top handles, aged nickel-tone hardware and rivets at base. Adjustable notch closure along shoulder strap. Fabric lined interior with zipper pocket, two organizational pockets and outer hidden zip pockets. 9.25\” height x 13.5\” width x 9.25\” depth 4\” handle drop, 15\” strap drop Imported Available in Parchment (color) ” – info via Net-A-Porter
It looks plain enough when you first see it, but what is mind-blowing about the AW Rocco is the texture. It’s an exceedingly roomy leather bag laser-cut with uniform micro shredding. It’s a bit addictive running your fingertips back and forth across it. What you get is a velvety texture almost like suede but with more body and the sudden ambush of studs underneath (like terracotta warriors) is like the most unexpected come-on ever, don’t you think? It’s clear why Mom zeroed in on this one like a heat-seeking missile. Now, for the Kate Spade procession and what I got. Read more to see what I chose from the Kate Spade boutique in Greenbelt 3.
I don’t furiously search for the latest it bags, and I have never STARED until NOW. I have never dreamed of a luxury bag campaign that is so, so, so…me. AMAZING GRACE.
Model Karen Elson epitomizes Vogue’s Finest Creative Director, Grace Coddington in an older editorial shoot. Chucks…check!
This is such a SUPER DUPER sweet concept. I absolutely like it! Kudos squared and Happy Birthday to Vogue’s finest creative director, Grace Coddington (it’s not her birthday today, in fact it was last April pa… so I missed it, yea whatevs. LOL) who certainly celebrated her 70th birthday with a BANG er BAG.
Hi, everyone! I’ve secured a booth at the Bargain Hunt Bazaar which will be an event at Megatent, Libis (near Dampa). I’m expecting a huge, mid-range sale mix of retail, pre-loved, and novelty items. Mine won’t primarily be a makeup booth, mostly pre-loved apparel, but I will certainly have a little tray of trinkets and a few random unused cosmetic things for sale. My booth will consist primarily of pre-loved and mint condition apparel (clothes, bags, shoes, and accessories) compiled together by my family and mom’s clan.
Hehe, but don’t expect too much of a fancy setup on my part, we had little time as a family to plan for this, but I can assure you the quality and prices of items we’ll be putting on for sale will have you rummaging through our stuff with glee. Come on everybody, the more the merrier! Plus, get some super advanced Christmas shopping done and spare yourself the holiday rush! Like WildEvent’s Bargain Hunt Bazaar Facebook page within the next 2 days to get in for Free! Regular admission is Php80.00. I’ll tweet my both location as soon as I’m advised, follow me on twitter @blessmybag.