Let’s get this straight: Shopping for Chinese New Year is a perfectly legitimate activity. A brand new wardrobe, after all, is symbolic of a new start.
There's clothes, of course. But why not start your shopping spree with a new bag? Here are nine auspicious ones you can choose to welcome the Year of the Pig.
ALEXANDER WANG ROXY MINI PAILETTE-EMBELLISHED LEATHER BUCKET BAG, S$855
Trust a Chinese designer (or at least one of Chinese descent) to dream up a party bag that easily doubles as an auspicious money bucket. With so much gold and silver hanging off it, surely the God of Fortune would approve. The iconic A.Wang bike chain adds just the right amount of designer touch.
MR BAG X LONGCHAMP LE PLIAGE LEATHER TOP HANDLE BAG WITH SNOUT COIN POUCH, S$590
Born out of a special collaboration with one of China’s foremost influencers, Mr Bag, this transparent Longchamp carrier is too cute to pass up. Fill it up with mandarin oranges and red packets to make like a portable CNY centrepiece that celebrates the Year of the Pig.
CULT GAIA MILLIE RATTAN TOTE, S$148.03
Now, here’s a straw bag with a difference. This spherical-shaped bag is lined with a vivid print created in collaboration with small-scale Brazilian shoemaker Lane Marinho. So you get two designers for the price of one.
DANSE LENTEADELE SUN BAG US$545/S$745.07
If bold colours and a hand-stitched finish are still not enough for your discerning palette, consider personalising this bowling bag-inspired tote. Pick from handpainted sketches (eight designs to choose from) and use your initials (eight colour combinations to pick from) to make it truly one of a kind.
TORY BURCH PEGGY THE PIG METALLIC MINI BAG, US$328/S$448.41
Fashioned out of mirror-finish leather, this glided piggy sling bag is just what the God of Fortune ordered to luxe up this Chinese New Year.
Known as a mini bag, this Peggy sling is by no means miniscule – her rolly body is big enough to fit a smart phone, your daily essentials, with room to spare.
REGINA PYO NANE PRINTED SATIN BAG, £295/S$403.29
Tired of contemporary crossbody bags? Then give the traditional Japanese furoshiki a try. This readymade number saves you the hassle of wrapping and unwrapping each time you reach for its contents.
BOTKIER LENNOX CROSSBODY BAG, US$228/S$309.04
The metal top handle and detachable crossbody chain add just the right amount of street cred to this very huat number.
COACH TRAIL BAG WITH PARTY PIG PRINT, US$350/S$478.48
Now here is a party pig we love. After all, what’s not to like about these merrymaking piggies that’s putting a celebratory spin on Coach’s archival Trail bag?
CHANEL MINAUDIERE IN LEATHER AND METAL, S$5,690
It’s a buoy, it’s a bag, it’s Chanel’s La Pausa minaudiere. This quirky bag will no doubt be your lifesaver at boring parties because everyone will be flocking to you to check her out.