While some look forward to the day when they’ll be able to invest in designer bag often seen on the arms of celebrities – there are also many handmade bag specialists that are homegrown, who are just as talented and creative. Check out Singapore’s Top 10 Handmade Bag Specialists.
From clutches and totes to drawstring bags, HIDERSCo has an array of bags to suit any taste or gender preference. Using material from all over the world, you can feel safe knowing your items – large or small, will fit snugly into one of their bags and be kept safe from the elements. The funky prints are an added bonus, with pretty patterns to brighten your day.
2) Beary Naise Co.
This local brand was founded by Zoe Lim and Tian Wen, and their products are sustainably made with the aid of SAHMs or stay at home moms. Products here are exclusive and made in small quantities so as to ensure quality is maintained. You can get anything from adorable pouches for your lipstick to crossbody bags.
You can opt to have the bags here inspired by anything from Japanese culture to your favourite childhood fairytales. Custom orders are all the rage and Carrotpepper understands – giving you the opportunity to create something suitable for you. Look out also for flash sales and their appearances at markets and pop-up stores, to see if you can get yourself something neat for a better price.
4) Velia Creations
Velia Creations bags have a vintage tinge to them, with pretty patterns reminiscent of the styles carried by generations before us. Whether you want a coin purse or everyday tote, or something fancier like a wristlet or clutch, they have it here. Check out their macaron purses, shaped exactly like the sweet confection.
Their name comes from the Swedish term for Utopia, and they strive to create perfection in their handmade works. What’s more, you can also opt to have your items specially monogrammed for added sophistication and personalization. There are even items for the guys, such as the fold-over tote bag. They even have bags that are hand-painted, giving off a glamourous vibe.
6) CherGis Handmade
They’ve got bags for just about any need you’ll have here – even for your EZ Link card or phone. Yes even your accessories can be dressed up to be stylish these days. Check their website to see when they’re taking custom orders, as they do have their schedules packed sometimes. Also, be on the lookout for online sales so you can get some lovely bags as gifts for your loved ones.
7) Roxanne's Paperie
Roxanne is the artistic soul behind this brand, and this self-professed “dreamer girl” is all for quirky designs coupled with sassy words, giving you a unique statement to make. The retro influence is strong, but the witty words help make it fashion forward rather than overly kitschy. You can get drawstring bags, tote bags and zip cases from here.
8) AmeVi Design
AmeVi Design reflects the talents of a mother-daughter team who specialize in designing handmade jewellery and fabric bags. Their fabric bags include tissue pouches, tote bags, cosmetic cases, and others. Customization services are also available, and you can request for this via the online form on their website. You may also browse through their online fabric catalogue to select one that is perfect for you.
Grace, the young founder of Gsews, is called The Happy Maker, and to her, this endeavour is to help her better herself whilst pursuing her passion. All products you order from Grace are made-to-order and with love. You can choose from totes, slings, backpacks, the ever popular bucket bag style and others. Choose your interior fabrics, hardware, exterior fabric, and even add-ons, if you like.
As the name suggests, there is an inclination towards more earthy and sustainable pursuits. That’s why they are firmly for niche collections and safe working environments. You’ll even find reminders to support the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) on their website. If you are a lover of vintage inspired styles and materials, and quirky patterns, you’ll love Littleoddforest. There is something here for anyone, from little kids to kids at heart.