Bag it right

Published On: March 10, 2017 10:08 AM NPT By: Priyanka Gurung

Bags are perhaps one of the most underrated investments in the style department. While it is always tempting to purchase a brand new bag, there are also many who tend to hesitate after a look at the price tag.  

Still, stylists urge you to reconsider. Over time bags can end up being a great investment because a) it will dress up almost anything – you could be having a really simple outfit day, say for example a pair of blue jeans and a white tee, but as soon as you swing a leather bag over shoulder your look is instantly elevated, and b) when we break it down to cost per wear, the price is more than worth it in the end. So The Week presents to you some of the best options around town. 

Embroidry & Leather
The trend of embroidered handmade bag originates from Kashmir which obviously is famous for also housing some of the best handicraft talents in the world. The handcrafted bag gives a completely new feel to your appearance and brings you a diverse assortment of embroidered bags to suit your needs. The embroidered bag features a single main compartment with inside pockets which offer ample space to store all your essentials. These bags come in different patterns and colors as well.

Why leather?
Leather is an extremely durable material, especially if it is of high quality. Generally, leather manufacturers try to make the best from their leather and to treat it in a way that will make it more resistant and durable. Even though high-quality leather goods might be more expensive, you can almost always be sure that they will last years and look just as good.

In case you didn’t know, genuine leather goods, should they be accessories or clothes, tend have small scratches or signs. Don’t worry; those are an indicator that the leather is of high quality and not man-made and are to be appreciated. In fact, where genuine leather bags are concerned they won’t peel or crack despite years of use. 

Then there is the style factor, as we all know, leather is a very elegant material. In its natural color or dyed, leather will always add a certain degree of quality to any design.

Potli bag
Unique and beautiful, these satin multipurpose ethnic traditional pouches have become quite the hit these days. They are almost a staple for weddings. They feature authentic workmanship embellished with various stones, dense handcrafted motifs and sequences work on soft, smooth and colorful satin. It has drawstring openings with additional handmade beaded handle. 

Box clutch 
Looking for a sleek and sturdy alternative to the traditional handbag? Here is your answer: Box clutches are clearly blowing up in the fashion world, with some major names seen toting this new closet essential around. They make for such strong style statements that it is bound to elevate your look.

Envelope Clutch
If you only need a few essential items to get you through your day, we recommend a clutch. Bonus: your aching shoulders will thank you. This chic envelope clutch is ideal for that pop of color. It complements any outfit and can be used for any occasion. Be it a pair of jeans and a blouse, ethnic wear or a dress and heels, this style proves to be versatile time and again. We love that it’s structured as well.


Care for the leather

There is nothing better than the warm familiarity of one you’ve broken in and had for years—which is why we design our leather bags to last forever. But like any long relationship, a little extra care is required. Folks at La Design warn leather bag owners of the dangers of moulds and funky smell, but these aren’t issues that can’t be easily dealt with. The in-house leather experts share their advice on some leather bag care.

Protect your bag
We like to keep our process as natural as possible, so we avoid topcoats on our leather bags so they will develop a natural patina the more they’re carried. Guard against accidental stains with a leather protectant. At the very least, you can make a habit of using leather wax on your bag. This will maintain the look as well as the quality of the leather.

Give it a good cleaning once a year
It’s not just good wardrobe hygiene—taking your bag to a leather specialist once a year prolongs the bag’s life, cleaning away buildup and germs so the leather’s natural character continues to show through. It’s also necessary to air them out every once in a while. Keeping it locked up in a tight closet space for a long period of type isn’t advisable. 

Resist the urge to treat stains
If you carry your favorite bag like we carry ours—that is, all the time and everywhere—accidents happen, from ink to grease or even wine. Thankfully, a leather specialist knows just how to remove stains without ruining the leather. If a stain is too big, it’s best to leave it to the experts. 

Let it age gracefully
We believe bags should be timeless, so we choose leathers that break in beautifully over time. Scratches, creases and darkening are to be expected. How you carry your bag is how it’ll age, making every bag especially personal. Over time, the bags become buttery-soft on their own as well. 

For men

The stigma attached to men’s bags is officially a thing of the past. The good news is that whatever type of bag you end up choosing, the days of cramming all your stuff into the pockets of your jeans are over. It’s officially time to upgrade that back pocket in favor of a sleek leather bag.

Leather messenger bag 
This type of bag has been a staple in men’s fashion since time immemorial. A wide range of fresh new styles of men’s bags have been designed and launched into the fashion industry, but the leather messenger bag remains a tried-and-true classic. The simplicity of men’s leather bags screams elegance. In addition, they are highly functional and give you a professional look, all at the same time.

The backpack
Often dubbed the student bag, backpacks are a classic staple in any man’s wardrobe. Even if you don’t plan on totting books to class every day, you never know when a sturdy backpack will come in handy. The backpack is without a doubt one of the best bags you can have in your wardrobe. But as we graduate from school, you might also want to graduate in the style department.

A classic leather backpack offers the right structure and aesthetics. It is still one of the best bag options for men. This particular bag is also large enough to fit a 15 inch laptop.

MODEL: Sneha Tuladhar 


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