Kipling looks to New York fashion designer Anna Sui, once again, for an elevated series of everyday bags, and this one’s a stunning black-and-white print centred around the rose. Bold retro-style florals feature across the brand’s beloved Art M, as well as a pouch, backpack, shoulder bag, and trolley luggage, showing off the designer’s distinct point of view, a mix of rockstar-chic and playful girliness.
According to Anna Sui, the Ribbed Roses print, also featured in her Fall 2022 collection, is inspired by her favourite flower, and is designed to make a bold fashion statement.
In an interview with her, she shared how she was “thrilled to be asked” to resume the partnership with the brand; the first time the two collaborated was in 2021, which saw vibrant purple butterfly motifs and ornate black finishes. The butterfly motif, seen in the previous collection as quirky keychains, also feature here in autumn hues, important as they “symbolise chasing one’s dreams”, she said.
She also shared how the two brands have similar philosophies in their design approach. “Kipling encourages people to have fun with their lives [Live. Light], and Anna Sui’s motto is Live Your Dreams, which encourages one to follow their dream, no matter how difficult.”
Clearly, Anna Sui’s keen sense of aesthetics, seen on her signature prints, blends well with Kipling’s values of practicality and functionality as well. The variety of products offered here — from small bags to large totes, and even a suitcase — are also a plus, since they cater to all kinds of people.
“We wanted to offer bags that fit a woman’s lifestyle. These range from a small pouch to a carry-on travel bag (my favourite!). They are fashionable-looking with Kipling’s functionality, in a multi-sized selection that suits any lifestyle,” she elaborated.
Her favourite item, the CURIOSITY S wheeled luggage, is available in a handy carry-on size, and made with 100% polycarbonate. She’s also a fan of Kipling’s lightweight, waterproof bags when travelling, and for that, we have to recommend the roomy ART M tote, a staple design that’s great for travel or whenever you’re shuttling in between events and errands on a busy day.
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As for the other bag designs, the KEZIA makes a reappearance, and is a recent crowd-favourite for its trendy backpack style. The collection goes on to include the ART MINI and ART POUCH, with their distinct silhouettes in petite forms, the EMIRA crossbody bag, and the slouchy AMELA shoulder bag. Also important to note: Anna Sui clarifies that she “designs for a spirit, not age”, which just proves that anyone, and everyone, can be carrying this collection.
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The Kipling x Anna Sui Collection, available at all Kipling boutiques, their concierge shopping service on WhatsApp at 6634 3200, and on Lazada.
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