What’s in a name? Apparently a lot, judging from fashion’s current obsession with customisation. After all, in this era of ubiquity, who doesn’t want to have something unique? Monogramming, personalisation, initialing, and the like has been spotted on all manner of accoutrements, but in no category is it more prevalent than on that most essential of accessories, the handbag. It has to be this year’s most distinctive holiday present (for yourself or for a loved one) – and re-gifting is not an option.
Here are a few of our festive favourites…
Edie Parker (above)
Let’s start with the shape of the year, the clutch. Edie Parker’s acrylic Bespoke bag simply begs for a selfie – #me. From It Brits like Alexa Chung and Suki Waterhouse to VS Angels Lily Aldridge and Jessica Hart, girls are going gaga over this portable identifier. In about two months, you could have your own.
Available at matchesfashion.com
Handpainted in your choice of colours, motif, font and pattern, Goyard can personalise almost any of their bags (top of the list is the St. Louis tote) and accessories (including wallets), even if they are previously owned. Just ask die-hard fans G.K.P.M. (Gwyneth Kate Paltrow Martin…she may have to scratch that last one off), D.K. (Diane Kruger) and L. R. W. (Laura Reese Witherspoon).
Order at www.goyard.com
It seems like all of Istanbul – not to mention stars like Jessica Alba and Heidi Klum – are crazy for Misela’s monogrammed Edna at Anatolia tote/envelope pouch combo. The customisation of this wear-it-to-death, take-it-everywhere style has been so successful, designer Serra Turker has expanded the initials option to her travel bags and DOP kits. You won’t want to leave home without them.
Available at www.miselaistanbul.com
Anya Hindmarch has taken customisation to a new level, offering tassels that can be embossed with initials, secret photo keepsake boxes, and even a leather seating chart creator (your key to the perfect dinner party!) The hit of the season, however, has been the Walton weekender, a canvas and leather creation full of personality that wouldn’t be out of place in a Wes Anderson film.
Available at www.anyahindmarch.com
Hong Kong hometown girl Michelle Lai’s fascination with Japanese kimono and obi patterns lead her to develop her trademark geometric motif. This year, her line, Mischa, is offering a customizable spin on her colorful classics – monogramming of up to three initials in a contrasting hue. Her bright and cheerful cardholders make the perfect stocking stuffers.
Available at www.mischadesigns.com
Italian fashionistas Anna Della Russo and of course Vogue Japan editor/sister Giovanna ‘Gio’ Battaglia all have their own bespoke Sara Battaglia Lady Me bag. However it is the Riri version that makes us want to earn our own bad girl nickname. An ideal balance of edginess (with grommeted metal letters) and femininity (a cute bow inspired handle), this is one for the aspiring street star.
Available at www.sarabattaglia.com
By Lucia Tait Tolani