Been looking for an elegant bag that still holds up to your daily lifestyle of endless errands and, might we say, constant abuse? Say no more. The chic and clean-cut styles of this Korean brand are our new obsessions, and at reasonable prices that won’t force us to kick our artisanal coffee habits too.
Whether it’s the vintage-inspired Quinn or Greta with their classic frame designs, or the up-and-coming Noelle bucket bag, Biker Starlet‘s leather bags are treasured beauties that feel precious without us having to be too precious with them. Though previously only available in South Korea, they’ve recently made their way to Singapore, and can be found at Commune Wear’s website and store.
Hailing from Seoul, the accessories brand, started by founder Jacey, started with a small line of clutch bags, before she was inspired to start her own independent designer label of mini bags, crafted by specialist artisans in Seoul.
Her keen sense of style clearly resonates with modern, independent women, as Jacey’s designs started appearing on the arms of celebrities Song Hye Kyo and Park Min Young, as well as in the Oscar-winning film, Parasite. Most recently, the brand has gained traction for appearing in Netflix k-drama Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha.
On the brand’s name, Jacey said that it’s meant “to juxtapose two of my favourite words”. “It shows different, or even clashing, sides and stories every woman has, thus creating her own unique personality and character,” she continued.
We first got wind of the brand when we spotted these reversible totes on several fashion bloggers. Notably, the Reversible Shopper Bag is a versatile creation that lets you switch between two complementary colour tones, with double zipper sliders on each side that do the work while still having your accessory stay sleek. This unique function is also available in a bucket bag style.
Recently though, we’ve been most enamoured by Biker Starlet’s more charming, casual designs. Of these, the Noelle — a bucket bag with a flap closing and subtle matte gold hardware — comes to mind. Its wide base ensures that you’ll be able to pack way more than it looks.
What they’ve done quite impressively are also vintage styles, imbued with modern sensibilities. The Doctor’s Bag takes after classic doctor’s bags of the past, though the sturdy style is now updated with a minimalist shape and functional pockets for your essentials.
Two classic frame bags include Greta, inspired by an American mid-century aesthetic you’d have seen on style icon Grace Kelly; as well as Quinn, a shoulder bag that juxtaposes the hardware frame with its softer baguette shape. Both these can be styled up for a romantic date night, or complemented with jeans and sneakers, in case you’re just heading out for, as mentioned, endless errand runs.
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Biker Starlet, available at Commune Wear at Cluny Court, #02-16, and ONLINE.