Last week I was invited to the 41st anniversary of Nankai, a Singaporean brand that specializes in exotic leather fashion bags and leather goods made out of crocodile or python skin . Since this was a brand I had not yet discovered I was keen to attend.
It turned out to be quite a party. Nankai had invited the Chinese Women’s Association, some of whom also acted as models to showcase the bags. Everyone came dressed to the nines and I was glad to see that many embraced colour!
Both the spectators and the models had a lot of fun with the fashion show.
There were also a few professional models who together with a stylist showed how to wear the bags. We were introduced to concepts like colour blocking and how these colourful bags can help integrate that trend into your wardrobe. But all my regular readers will already be familiar with that of course!
Nankai also embraces colour. Adding a bag is a favorite way of mine to add colour to an outfit and Nankai certainly came up with the goods. Wonderful bags in green, yellow purple, red. No wonder than that many women bought them up like cupcakes after the show, encouraged by a hefty 40% discount for the day. It was hard to resist myself but I succeeded!
Here are just some of the colourful bags that got my attention. They are like candies in a sweet store (only slightly more expensive).
Here is a picture of the whole Nankai team. It’s very much a family business with over 3 generations of the family involved.
And here is one with the owners, the designer and me.
I even bumped into one of my evening tennis buddies who looked absolutely smashing in this Issey Miyake top. Issey Miyake is one of my favorite designers and I love to own a garment of his one day. I was very inspired by his latest summer 2013 collection. I absolute love how she is combining all the colours. She could not resist the temptation of these sweet bags and bought this amazing green one. I was VERY tempted by this green belt…
This is one of their latest designs: the bandage tote. Being a fan of versatile bags, as you all know, I love it. You can mix and match to create your own bag with all the belts. Either wear it as a plain black bag or add the belts in any colour you like. What’s more you can also wear these belts around your waist!
Nankai is definitely a brand to keep an eye on, but I’m afraid you will have to come to Singapore for them as there is no online store just yet. You can check them out on their website though.