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Bag it: 10 bags you need this Chinese New Year

The bag is actually the most important part of your Chinese New Year outfit. Reason being that they’ll be the ones to hold all your red packets (whether you’re giving or receiving), and possibly mandarin oranges.

Also, if you don’t plan to be clad entirely in the festive colours of red, yellow, or gold, investing all that shopping money on a bag of those colours is all you need.

The following bags also come with shoulder straps, so you can free your hands to greet family and friends, and mingle freely. Which of the ten will be your lucky bag?

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Tomasini suede bag

If bringing a pineapple (symbolises wealth and good fortune in Chinese customs) shaped bag doesn’t bring you all the luck, we don’t know what will – well, unless you bring the real fruit. Tomasini’s Ananas shoulder bag has been handcrafted from supple suede. It features a drawstring top, and a detachable chain.

Tomasini Ananas suede shoulder bag, US$809 (S$1,156).

2 /10

Charlotte Olympia clutch

This bag is probably luckier than any mandarin oranges or charms this festive season. Charlotte Olympia’s ‘Lucky Vanina’ clutch is crafted of karung (skin of aquatic snakes)  in Italy. It features a textured-leather interior that can hold quite a number of red packets, your mobile phones and lipstick. The luxurious clutch also has a makeup mirror which says “Yes, you look terrific”.

Charlotte Olympia Lucky Vanina embellished karung clutch, US$877 (S$1,252)

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Dolce & Gabbana leather and wicker basket bag

I mean, how cheery and festive does Dolce & Gabbana’s basket bag look? This is definitely going to get you approving nods (and maybe more red packets). It is decorated with Majolica-print leather top that is inspired by traditional Sicilian potter, as well as a trio of raffia-woven flowers, ornate beads and gemstones.

Dolce & Gabbana Majolica-print leather and wicker basket bag, S$3,830. 

4 /10

Gucci Bamboo Classic Blooms bag

Decorated in Gucci’s Cerise Blooms print, bamboo handle and closure, this chinoiserie-style leather bag would be the star of any Chinese New Year gathering. The cotton-lined number also contains a mirror case.

Gucci Bamboo Classic Blooms top handle, US$2,490 (S$3,554). 

5 /10

Loewe calf leather bag

Created specially for the Year of the Rooster, Loewe’s Barcelona bag is adorned with a colourful daffodil motif. According to Chinese tradition, these flowers represent the sprouting renewal of life and growth.

Loewe Barcelona Flower bag in yellow, S$4,250.

6 /10

MCM brocade bag

Crafted in smooth leather and luxe brocade embroidery, MCM’s Mitte bag can be worn as a cross-body or slung from the shoulder. It is fashioned with a automatic laurel lock closure.

MCM Mitte brocade shoulder bag, S$2,540. 

7 /10

N21 satin clutch 

Elevate your ensemble with N21’s elegant knotted satin clutch which is adorned with a bird appliqué. It features a top zip closure and a wrist strap.

N21 knotted satin clutch with bird appliqué, S$771.

8 /10

Oscar de la Renta clutch 

Great for posh dinners, or just a casual day out, this Oscar de la Renta piece is printed with a modern floral design. It comes with a detachable shoulder strap which can transform it into a cross-body bag.

Oscar de la Renta Goa clutch, US$1,690 (S$2,413).

9 /10

Shanghai Tang knot clutch

Fashioned from mulberry silk and nappa leather, Shanghai Tang’s elegant silk knot clutch is an elegant piece for any occasion. The gingko prints on the clutch symbolises peace, hope and vitality, while the knot represents good luck and longevity. Now, that’s a story to tell at gatherings.

Shanghai Tang Gingko print silk knot clutch, S$489. 

10 /10

Valentino bucket bag

Of the perfect size for holding daily essentials, mandarin oranges, and red packets – Valentino’s bucket bag is your go-to statement (yet so practical) bag. This calfskin number is dotted with platinum-finish metal studs and hardware, and features an adjustable shoulder strap.

Valentino Garavani Rockstud bucket bag, US$1,380 (S$1,970).

Bag it: 10 bags you need this Chinese New Year

Gracia Phang

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