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Take your pick: Models parading some of the latest designs at the “Kipling Fall 2013” fashion show.
KIPLING’S latest collection, Fall 2013, will appeal to women of all ages looking for a bag suitable for any occasion.
A sneak preview at its store in MidValley Megamall showcased the new designs that vary from classic to fun and trendy.
Kipling has grown to become one of Belgium’s most famous exports to-date. It is for women who want to project a certain style and make a fashion statement.
According to retail manager Veronica Wong, Kipling’s latest collection features luscious leather bags, wallets, satchels, clutch bags, luggage and even some vintage models.
“Our Fall 2013 collection includes the latest bags from the Vivy, Helena Christensen and Kipling’s leather series. The bags are versatile and chic, smart and casual with new neutral colours and new textures.
“The new Double-up shoulder bag is very functional and stylish. The padded-shoulder strap worn across the body or slung across one shoulder has an elevated buckle with inside pocket dividers. Everything about the design spells fun and trendy,” said Wong.
The Vivy collection is light and made of durable crinkled nylon with leather handles and metal details. It has a shiny refit, is functional with multiple compartments and yet is suitable for businesswomen.
Even the Dansira bag now takes on a kaleidoscope snake print with an organised interior, giving it a colour-popping style statement.
As for Kipling bags designed by Helena Christensen (supermodel, charity ambassador and photographer), the latest range has a more glamorous look.
Those who are familiar with Christensen’s trademark know that all her bags project her personality, which is a Kipling woman through and through.
Her designs are inspired by all the little things in Christensen’s life, from a snapshot taken of a pink rose during spring, to the leather of an antique chair.
“The collection captures special moments as seen through Helena’s eyes, such as the medium rose bag that is the focus of the collection. It has an elegant photo-print design taken from one of her favourite shots.
“The other design has this vintage feel and dusky pink shade, which represents Helena’s passion for capturing unique beauty. Her other collection has vin- tage fabrics with a touch of lace print alongside classic tan leather and dusty colours for the photographic print bag,” explained Wong.
Whether it is Kipling’s messenger bags, tote bags or digibags (pocket bags, beach bags and laptop bags), all are fun and effortlessly stylish and practical.
The handbags are normally trimmed with matching zippers or closures that are detachable and adjustable, giving women many options.
Kipling fans would normally look out for another feature on the bags — the iconic adorable mascot dangles from every Kipling bag. An uber-fan was once reported to own no less than 425 of the mascots.
“Some of our customers would take the trouble to find that particular style to suit their personality. In fact, there are up to 80 unique designs of mascot each season with a variety of colours and names,” said Wong.
The coveted collectibles have a rather long list of names, dating back to the first day of their inception in 1987. In fact, every Kipling furry mascot is named after an employee somewhere in the world, with names that include Claire, Ethan, Maia, Brabo to Joyce.
These days, the shiny, silver-plated mascot hase no name but the tradition is retained for the furry simians.
Kipling sells 25 bags worldwide every minute, which comes to about seven million bags per year.
No matter what the season, fans can count on the signature crinkly nylon bags with its mascot.
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