Chic and Cool

Make a bold statement this summer with trendy handbags

Handbags are one necessary fashion item which help complete as well as complement your look.

Shelves in Bangkok stores are now fully stocked with summer-inspired and good-looking handbags. They range from the chic frame bags and stylish totes to the favourite carryalls and from comfy shoulder and strap bags to cute backpacks, which are making a comeback this season in sporty designs for walks and other leisure activities. Colourful clutches and purses, with and without cross-body chains, are also among the season’s popular items.

This season Coach, a leading American global lifestyle brand, pleases Bangkok fashionistas with its spring 2014 collection of wearable handbags in stylish designs. The core palette is vachetta leather, black and rich mahogany with pops and seasonal colours. Four key designs — bar stripe, patchwork, edge paint and gingham — are the collection’s highlights.

The bar stripe, patchwork and edge paint make a bold look in the Borough Bag, available in crisp, refreshing spring shades. The versatile gingham pattern is infused into the collection in shades that evoke the feeling of the warmer months, as seen in the canvas East West Town Tote with leather trim.

The fashionable and functional Sadie returns in bold looks that reinforce the current black and white trend. Two styles are available — the Graphic Print Sadie and the Two-Tone Python Sadie.

New offerings this season are the easy-to-wear Convertible Shoulder Bag, a silhouette that can transform into a pouch and is ideal for the multitasking woman, the Soft Satchel in three different sizes and a rich range of colours and textures and the Sling Bag and XL Sling Bag, which are crafted in soft, supple leather with a rich grain.

For men, the Bleecker, Mercer, Thompson and Baseball bags are the season’s highlights.

The graphic and sporty Bleecker features the bar strip colour play. This impactful design is exemplified with the Mixed Material Bar Stripe Tote, which is made of pieced-together black leather and soft canvas. Others include the functional Day Tote and Shopping Bag, the Bar Stripe Tote in navy and black, and the Mixed Bar Stripe Tote in doe and dark olive with a pop of mustard.

The luxury Mercer is updated this season with leather bonded to suede and premium belting leather details on the strap. These new straps are showcased on the Banker’s Brief, the Craftman’s Tote and the Postman’s Bag.

The Thompson is reintroduced with new design details including the bigger, more masculine hardware and exposed zippers as can be seen in the Foldover Tote and the new Urban Backpack in updated leather textures. Accessories are refreshed too, with new details and textures, including colour-blocking on the Card Case and exotic leathers on the Lizard Zip Around Wallet.

The Baseball captures the spirit of the details found on a baseball and baseball glove, broadening the season with the new black and white Leather Baseball Jacket and the Leather Baseball Cap.

The Coach Spring 2014 collection can be viewed at Siam Paragon, 1st floor; CentralWorld, 1st floor; The Emporium, 1st floor; Central Chidlom, 4th floor; CentralFestival Chiang Mai, 1st floor; and Central Festival Phuket, 1st floor. Call 02-641-5939 ext 14, 50.

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Writer: Pamela Tan
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