The Babington Portfolio
What girl doesn’t love to steal clothes from her boyfriend’s wardrobe? Now you can add accessories to the list courtesy of Hong Kong based Bertrand Mak, who recently launched his debut collection.
Bertrand has worked in the luxury industry for many years, first at Louis Vuitton where he specialised in watches and then as brand partner for shoe designer Rupert Sanderson. His passion for accessories however inspired him to create a small collection of 15 must-have items missing from his own wardrobe.
“I am always thinking about the next thing that I desire for my own wardrobe, which in a way is what the debut collection is about – items that I want for myself. Although I am not restricting my products to seasons, the collection will grow organically with new products every now and then,” says Bertrand.
Kotewall cardholder (left) and Stephen iPad sleeve (right)
The result is a well-edited collection that features essentials for the modern man’s wardrobe. The look is very much inspired by Bertrand’s personal style (think sartorial gentleman) and British upbringing – so everything is simple yet elegant with a dose of British charm. Highlights include sleeves for your Ipad or laptop, wallets, cardholders, passport covers, portfolios and a tote bag. All are made from leather detailed with lizard skin.
West Acre loafers
The modern dandy will love the watch pouch decorated with a chic leather bow and the wine carrier. There is also a pair of elegant loafers, although my favourite are the umbrellas, which come in a simple palette of bordeaux, navy and black. The beauty however is in the details – each has a liberty print lining and an animal head handle covered in 24K gold leaf.
Everything is made from a chic combination of Italian natural cowhide, which is vegetable dyed so that it ages well. This is mixed with velvet kid suede and exotic skins like lizard skin, which will remain a signature of the brand. For that added luxe touch, everything nis made by hand by artisans in Hong Kong (leather goods), Japan (shoes) and England (umbrellas).
Betrand Mak is available exclusively online at www.bertrandmak.com