As you’re busy planning what outfit to wear on Chu Yi, you might in the frenzy forget one accessory crucial to your ensemble: the bag. It’s one of the most important accessories as you head from house to house. Whether it will hold your mandarin oranges or your bountiful red packets, the bag will be that complementary statement to your dress or your shirt.
Here, we’ve compiled a list of the best designer bags of the season you should be sporting come February 5th.
Nothing is more auspicious than the colour red during Chinese New Year. That said, the red edition of Cartier’s latest bag, the Guirlande de Cartier, will immediately draw all the eyeballs the moment you step foot into any household. The silhouette is inspired by Cartier’s iconic jewellery boxes, and comes in a supple calfskin leather in three sizes.
Aside from the classic red, you can also opt for a green or black version of the Guirlande. But you don’t need us to tell you which colourway to get.
The Guirlande de Cartier retails for S$2,770 for the mini, S$3,850 for the small, and S$4,250 for the medium.
For Chinese New Year, Miuccia Prada has decided to honour her extremely-loyal customers from Asia with not just a single bag, but an entire capsule collection dedicated to the holiday. In a campaign starring Kang Sijia, Tang He, Chun Jin and Shu Ping, the ultimate girl squad prances around the streets of Shanghai wearing head-to-toe Miu Miu. Sure there are heels and other accessories, but what caught our eye were the bags.
From the Miu Confidential to the Matelassé Nappa Leather Shoulder Bag, there is a bag for every day of visitations if you’re a Miu Miu girl at heart.
Leather goods don’t get more refined than at Berluti. The leather specialists have launched for the festive season an Asia exclusive version of the Profil cross-body clutch in two colours: red and black/grey, both with the classic Berluti Patina colouring technique. But it’s in the details that truly make it a top-shelf bag.
The Profil is crafted in Venezia leather and has been embossed with the house’s signature Scritto motif on the back side — an 18th-century manuscript acquired by Olga Berluti that till date, no one has been able to decipher.
Another colour often associated with good luck is gold, and for the Lunar calendar, Marc Jacobs has released a capsule collection where his classic bags are updated with the auspicious tone. The cross-body Snapshot bag, Hip Shot, and the Mini Pack Shot are all available now in a striking golden hue.
If you’re after double the prosperity, some of the small leather goods sport a checkboard design with both red and gold. Subtlety is definitely not on the list of characteristics for this capsule collection.
The Marc Jacobs Chinese New Year capsule collection ranges from S$190 to $690.
While the gents in the family might not think they need a bag, our recommendation is that they do. It can store everything from your portable chargers (and wires) to your wallet (having it at your back pocket is not comfortable), and most importantly your ang paos from the matriarchs of the family.
Dunhill, knowing their extremely loyal Asian fanbase, has released a limited collection of their Concours series, all updated in a blood red colour for the season. The pouches, totes, and folio are all crafted with 100% lambskin that has been dyed a deep red. Just don’t let loose your red packets in this endless sea of crimson.
The Dunhill Concours collection ranges from S$1,650 up to S$9,295.
Not one to be left out, Burberry released an entire suite of clothes and accessories for Chinese New Year in a campaign starring Chinese actresses Zhao Wei and Zhou Dongyu. But it’s the bags we’re focusing on today and in this collection, there are two to choose from: the Medium Leather D-ring and the Mini Leather D-ring bags.
Both of the Burberry classics have been given the Chinese New Year treatment, which is to say a crimson shade that have been tastefully applied on the plush goat leather exterior.
Breaking away from the usual red-or-gold themes is the Longchamp and Mr Bags collaboration, of which this year is their second time partnering for Chinese New Year. Seeing as we’re about to enter the Year of the Pig, Mr Bags (real name Tao Liang) refreshed Longchamp’s iconic Le Pliage bags with motifs referencing the animal who in Chinese culture is a symbol of wealth and abundance.
While you can get the Le Pliage Cuir in a pastel pink or black edition, the one we have our eyes set on is the transparent Le Pliage Aquarium. It’s a cheeky take on the transparent bag phenomenon we saw last year, and its actually also a throwback to a 1998 bag created by Longchamp creative director Sophie Delafontaine.
The Longchamp x Mr Bags collaboration ranges from S$390 to S$1,500.
We love a smart fanny pack, and Bally does it right for the men with the Cage bag. It’s a slightly condensed version of the classic Crew backpack, and this edition comes in a bold dark red grained bovine leather.
The ladies aren’t missing out, with the She bag perfectly encapsulating the blurred lines between masculinity and femininity well in its structure. The cross-body bag has many compartments for all your knick-knacks (and red packets). It comes in a poppy red shade and is made from bovine leather, too.