Every woman knows the power of a stylish handbag. A great bag can transform a simple jeans and t-shirt day into a picture worthy street style moment and turn those I have nothing to wear! days from frustrating to fabulous. A great bag is a essential! There is no shortage of luxury brand designer bags in Hong Kong but we want to highlight our very own Hong Kong based designers that will give you lots of fashion cred. From bright and colourful designs to minimalist and modern, there is something for everyone’s taste and requirements. We have rounded up the most stylish bag designers in the city to help make every day your most stylish bag day yet!
Hong Kong based Fiona Kotur Marin is the talent behind intricate and exotic brand Kotur. Having been working on projects with Tory Burch, Marin started Kotur in 2005. Now a leading player in the fashion world and knows as the lable that creates “little bags with personalities” Kotur has recently launched a shoe line as well. Marin is adept at creating collections with a high-low mix, and clients have included Tilda Swinton, Gwyneth Paltrow, Christy Turlington, and Scarlett Johansson. This is the brand to go to if you are in search of that piece that will turn heads and start conversation. Expect intricate and whimsical designs- bird cages, beaded clutches and geometric patterns. A must to add some exotic flair to your evening attire.
Price: Bags start at around HK$2,500
- SOGO TST, Sheraton Hotel Shopping Centre, 20 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong. Tel: 3911 1710
- Harvey Nichols, Landmark Atrium, 15 Queen’s Road, Central, Hong Kong. Tel: 3695 3388
Designer Jennifer Mak has had a long love affair with bags – having gained experience in the craft working at Hermés and Lora Piana, and been crafting handbags for her friends long before she created her label, Mak finally left the corporate world to follow her passion and the Jennifer Mak brand was created. The label takes inspiration from Mak’s travels between Hong Kong and New York as a student at Columbia University and this lends the designs a distinct east-meets-west aesthetic. Her inaugural collection is a line of luxury exotic skin handbags made from the finest python, ostrich, lizard, stingray and crocodile for day and night. With clutches, totes, shoulder bags and everything in-between, Jennifer Mak designs with the women who demands style and versatility from her handbag.
Price: Clutches from HK$5,000 and shoulder bags from HK$21,000. www.jennifermak.com
Hong Kong brand Mischa is the brainchild of designer Michelle Lai. Originally a medical school student, Lai was always fascinated by fashion and travelling. Inspired by traditional Japanese Kimono fabric and Obi, Lai debuted the brand in 2004 and soon accumulated a global cult following. Loved for embracing Asian aesthetics in a uniquely Western context, the pieces soon developed a cult following, and by 2008, they were coveted in cities around the world. Mischa was selected as one of eight brands to represent Hong Kong in a collective known as Fashion Guerilla, during Paris Fashion Week 2013. In the same year, Mischa became one of the first brands to be part of a new retail model, Shop Elsewhere, pioneered by Ogilvy & Mather, winning a Bronze medal at the Cannes Lion Festival, and this year has partnered with Lane Crawford to design a limited edition collection that is available across all stores. The collections feature everything from evening clutches to bucket bags so you can have one for every occassion.
Price: HK$1,000 – 3,000
- Lane Crawford, Podium 3, ifc mall, 8 Finance Street, Central, Hong Kong. Tel: 2118 3388
- Kapok on Sun Street, 3 Sun Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong. Tel: 2520 0114
Featured on Butterboom before, KARA is every cool girls dream come true; the minimalist and chic appeal of the likes of Alexander Wang and 3.1 Phillip Lim without the hefty price tag. What’s not to love! Designed by New York based and Hong Kong raised Sarah Law, the young line just got picked up by ShopBop and recently debuted their FW14 and Resort 2015 collections in Hong Kong to much praise. Law attended Parsons School of Design and, in 2008 during her senior year, was the recipient of the school’s highest honours as nominee for Designer of the Year. Referred by the fashion director of Bergdorf Goodman at the time, upon graduation Sarah worked at Gap under Creative Director Patrick Robinson designing women’s accessories. Shortly after leaving Gap, Sarah launched KARA in the fall of 2012. The name KARA is derived from the Japanese word Karaoke and whether or not it was intended, there is a definite air of cool Japanese style to the brand. We love the simple designs that are punctuated by unique zipper detail and textures. They make perfect stylish and versatile additions to your daytime look with prices from HK$1,200-HK$4,000 that wont break the bank.
Price: HK$1,200 – 4,000
KARA bags are available in-store and online at:
- Lane Crawford, Harbour City, 3 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong. Tel: 2118 3428
GLUSH/ by Grace Chan
GLUSH/ by Grace Chan is the bag brand for those who’s looking for something different. Grass clutches, cork stripes and camouflage totes with neon graphic detailing will certainly make you stand out! Touted as the brand for men, women, transexuals, nerds or quirks, Glush was started by designer Grace Chan in 2012 and is one of the new Hong Kong designers that are making waves. Her bags are stylish and quirky and makes you take a second look. What is great news for those of us who are not keen on forking out thousands on a designer tote is that Glush prices range between HK$580 – 1,500.
Price: US$75 – 193 (HK$580 – 1,500)
- FABRIANO, 67A, Peel Street, Central, Hong Kong. Tel: 2736 8738
- Daydream Nation, K-11 Select, K11, 18 Hanoi Road, Tsim Sha Tsui,Hong. Kong Tel: 2177 7208
- Novelty Lane, 2/f, 104-107 Johnston Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong Tel: 9257 9875
Designer Wendy Mak founded handbag and accessories label Cocomojo in 2006. A Cocomojo design fuses the fantastical with fashion. Mak finds inspiration in magic, dreams, in the creative process when “art mingles with magic”. A Cocomojo bag is a statement in itself – the latest collection takes inspiration from the natural elements- water, wood, the animal kingdom and plants. You can expect vivid blues, earthy brown tones and intricate design details that are ideal when paired with a working wardrobe to add that bit of pizzaz, or with an evening outfit. Not for the timid, this is the brand to go to for that statement piece that will add some exotic flair to your outfit.
- Shop 2B, 2/F, Entertainment Building, 30 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong. Tel: 2203 4013
- Shop 112, Mira Mall, 132-134 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong. Tel: 2191 9468
Hong Kong designer Erbert Chong has established himself as a designer of glamourous evening wear with an edge. His collection of sophisticated and fashion forward creations have garnered him a reputation amongst Hong Kong’s fashionista. Erbert’s dresses make regular appearances on red carpets and in magazines on local celebrities. Hot on the heels of his ready to wear are his leather goods- a collection that is fast gaining the same cult following as his clothes. Taking inspiration from Hong Kong’s rich history, his handbags have a distinct east-meets-west appeal. The architectural Lingzi bag mixes minimal western style with rounded edges and crocodile skin for exotic flavour is instantly recognizable. At HK$11,000 owning an Erbert Chong piece is an investment, but a stylish one at that.
Price: Totes start at HK$11,000 and accessories at HK$5,000
- 25/F, Tin On Sing Commercial Building 41-43 Graham Street, Central, Hong Kong.
Artessorio lives up to its name- the combination of ‘art’ and ‘accessories’. Founders and friends Patray, herself an accomplished art director and designer, and Vincci who is an accessories expert, created Artessorio in 2009. Dedicated to creating ultra-functional “art accessories”, Artessorio bags have patterns are laser-cut into leather, creating uniquely textured pieces. Expect bright coloured clutches, bucket bags and totes all with the trademark Artessorio design detail. They design a wide range of styles to fit into the modern woman’s life, so between running to the gym and an evening out on the town, you will find a bag to suit the occasion.
Price: Card holders from HK$534 to Travel bags at HK$3,836