Although it may seem there are a number of options out there when buying a new handbag, the decision becomes a bit trickier (and the selection more limited) if you want something that is excellent quality material, still looks good after five years and is not carried on the arm of every woman on the street!
Of course if you are fortunate enough, you can definitely purchase a high-end designer bag which will fulfill the above needs but realistically if you are a regular person with a regular income, it’s not often that you can splurge on a bag that starts around R20 000! (Those of you who can, we are all green with envy!)
What we are left with are two extremes: a bag that lasts a season or two; or the bag that requires a mortgage bond. There is little choice for anything in-between and why Flagship Handbags has managed to create a unique market for itself.
Flagship is run and owned by a wonderful and talented woman, Sue Passmore. From her workshop in Craighall, Johannesburg, Sue focuses on creating distinct but timeless individually crafted handbags in line with the move away from mass production and brand fixation.
She is personally responsible from conceptualization to completion and is passionate about excellent workmanship and attention to detail.
Last week I had the pleasure of being invited to the Flagship Handbag Summer 2014 Trunk show.
Sue showcased her collection, specifically highlighting her beautiful pastel inspired spring collection. Pastel hues have been everywhere on the international runways, and are definitely the trend for the spring/summer season ahead.
Each handbag is individually hand crafted from superior quality Italian leather and hardware. This is so evident when you pick one up and take the time to really look at how it’s made – the stitching is impeccable, the leather is so luxuriously butter soft, and the designs range from classic staples to fashionably unique, so there really is something to fit all preferences. The best part is that Sue is willing to design a completely bespoke handbag for you, if you require it. (This is especially a great idea for men’s bags too)
I could have left with 10 different bags if I had the means, but my absolute favourites of the night include the yellow butter-cup bucket bag and the tuxedo clutch.
Sue’s bags and her story have been featured in some of the top South African magazines, and she is gaining momentum locally and internationally.
Prices range from around R2000–R9000 depending on the amount of detail and work that has gone into the item. The bags are magnificent, unique and most importantly are handmade with the love and passion of a wonderful South African entrepreneur.
For more information, and a look see of Sue’s collection click here or follow her Facebook page for regular updates.