New developments from Bottega Veneta, Paul Smith and Saint Laurent.
With unlined woven leather bags as its signature, Bottega Veneta has long demonstrated its mastery of leather – and this strength has been given an even greater focus under its latest creative director, Daniel Lee. Exclusively available at the brand’s recently revamped store at Ion Orchard, the new Sponge Pouch is a playful take on The Pouch, a similarly shaped clutch that was launched earlier this year. It might look fun and fuzzy, but the Sponge Pouch requires serious work: Each of them is made over five days, and requires more than a thousand metres of slim nappa leather thread, with each looped stitch being individually tied.
Rejoice, fellow fans of Paul Smith who have missed having access to a good variety of the British designer’s offerings since the shuttering of its sizeable store at Mandarin Gallery. A Paul Smith boutique has recently opened at Marina Bay Sands offering a full range of the brand’s products for men and women. Its 133sqm space is divided into two separate rooms: One, with a more minimal setting, is dedicated to the Paul Smith mainline; while the eclectic decor of the second room reflects the playfulness of the PS Paul Smith collection it houses.
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Sometimes, it takes a fashion brand’s pizzazz to make technological innovations just that bit sexier – consider the Apple Watch and its Hermes tie-up, for example. Now, Saint Laurent partners with Google’s smart-fabric technology, Jacquard, to create the Cit-e backpack. Connected to your mobile phone by a special tag, an interactive touch area (on the left strap of the bag) enables you to control music, drop location pins and take photos. The black (of course, since it’s YSL) backpack can be found at the brand’s Rive Droite concept stores in Paris and Los Angeles, as well as online.