BAGS - OLD vs NEW (Part 2)

by Jingle Chen in

Continuing from my previous post of the top 6 bags, here are the next 3.

4. The Messenger Bag

How old: 1989.. perhaps 1945

While most people would have remember Crumpler (founded 1992) as the iconic brand for messenger bags, Timbuk2 tri-coloured messenger bag was actually founded in 1989. Born out of the messenger sub-culture itself Timbuk2 (originally named as Scumbags) was the brainchild of seasoned courier Rob Honeycutt himself. The first modern courier company, Sparkie’s was founded in San Francisco in 1945, several decades before the global explosion of the messenger business in the 1980s.

How new: 1990s

Louis Vuitton

While messenger bags typically are made of tough and waterproof fabric to withstand rain and shine, the modern luxury messenger bags are made of leather and is a trophy of modern businessman with a journey to embark.

Source: Brand's Website (Louis Vuitton)

Source: Brand's Website (Louis Vuitton)


The name probably sounds a little cool, a little engineering, a little weird and maybe sounds like duct tape. Yes, the brand is famous for it’s duct tape wallet. For the sake of the curious minds it’s a pic of the duct tape wallet. This wallet cost 10x more than your roll of your duct tape, but the amazing point is there are no padding and no fillers, just 100% duct tape. Wow.

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Anyway it’s not the wallet I am featuring here, though I tend to digress. Ducti’s messanger bags are equally cool, for the urban guy that’s a little sick of monograms and tri-coloured messenger bags, Ducti’s bag would make sure he wouldn’t cross those lines with these messenger bags with a message.

Source: Brands' Website (Ducti)

Source: Brands' Website (Ducti)

5. Black Nylon Bag

How old: 1978

Let a former Communist, Feminist and a student of mime with a PhD in political science take over a family business and what do you get? A black nylon bag with a hefty price tag with the brand name Prada. Revolutionising the luxury handbag, this bag was made of the most unglamorous materials unlike it’s peers in exotic leather.

The very first Prada nylon bag

The very first Prada nylon bag

How new: 1933 - till now


The Longchamp brand was actually founded in 1948 as a tobacco business. Leather products were marketed under this name, and in 1960s, Longchamp offered leather and nylon fabric luggage. In 1993, Le Pliage was born. Translated as “folding” or “a fold”, Le Pliage is a nylon fabric tote bag whose handles and flap are made of leather that folds so that it can be stored flat. The bag's simple shape and the wide choice of colors offered (and renewed in part each season) made it the brand's most successful product and hence attracted many counterfeit makers. Purchase an authentic one at Zalora!

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Kate Spade

You might be familiar with Kate Spade’s range of lifestyle products in whimsical colour and prints, available in various shapes and sizes.

In 1986, Kate worked in the accessories department of Mademoiselle. She left Mademoiselle in 1991 with the title of senior fashion editor/head of accessories. She launched "kate spade handbags" in 1993 initially selling mainly handbags, but eventually extended to include stationery, personal organizers, address books, shoes, beauty products, perfume, raincoats, pajamas, and eyewear. Her range of nylon bags are roomy, practical and meant for the easy-going girl.

Kate Spade store at Raffles City

Kate Spade store at Raffles City

6. Margaret Thatcher’s Bag

How old: 1980s

If Singaporeans were to be more refined, perhaps we will say “I’ll handbag you” instead of “I whack you!”.

A verb “to handbag”, which means to treat ruthlessly or insensitively, was coined to the iron lady’s “honour”, making the handbag an icon of superpower equivalent to UK’s first female prime minister.

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Wondering what is the MTB? Well, its no other than a bag from fashion superpower house Salvatore Ferragamo. In year 2000 one of her Ferragamo bags was sold in a charity auction for approximately USD$150,000.

How new: 2014

Some enduring things don’t change, like the gancino logo fastening so signature and symbolic to the brand. In Italian, the word gancino denotes a small metal clasp used to hang or hook various objects. This is how the Gancino began to be used in the Seventies as the clasp for a bag, which Fiamma, the eldest of Wanda and Salvatore Ferragamo’s six children, created for her mother.

Source: Brand's website (Salvadore Ferragamo)

Source: Brand's website (Salvadore Ferragamo)