The thing I don’t like about so called ‘it’ handbags and it may sound a little trite, is that for me they don’t have any ‘soul’ after they’ve been papped on celebs so many times and name dropped over and over again. What started off as a perfectly decent bag becomes faked in China, hot one month, out the next and just plain ubiquitous.
So I like my bags with a bit more character, with a ‘stori’ to tell. Korean designer Myounghee Zo has translated a West/East quirky balance to her label Stori. There are unexpected combinations of colours, materials, dual funcionalities, shapes that aren’t confined to normal handbag forms. Above all, they are beautifully crafted. There is also a wide enough range of details to satisfy everybody’s tastes; lacquer handles, quilted silk, mother of pearl, abalone shell, compact mirrors, built in purses etc.
I’m anticipating a Stori of a purchase (ok…I’m really taking the pun too far there) when I go to the sample sale which is going to be held at their Shoreditch store from Friday 25th August until 27th August (11am-7pm). I’m looking forward to a tactile evening of running my hands over the bags and being fascinated by the names Zo has given them (Tea Dim Sum, Hidden Courgette, Yoghurt Shopper).