Last month, my family took a weekend trip up to Malacca to celebrate my mom’s birthday. En route home, we stopped at a craft shop and my three siblings, mother and myself all went a bit bonkers scouring the shop very, very thoroughly. We spent over an hour in this humble looking shop and spent sooo much money, it was a bit ridiculous.
One of the objects I came across were these gaudy, tacky safety buckles that reminded me of Secondary school bags that had buckles with these plastic clips in varying sizes. I vaguely recall shuddering at the sight of these plastic clips in the store. And then, as with almost all the times I’ve chucked something into the ‘Never Again’ category, the fashion gods smirk down at me and throw a spanner into the mix for their amusement.
Christopher Kane’s range of bags features this nostalgic hardware in a very refreshing way. From what I read, this Womenswear Designer of the Year 2013, awarded by the British Fashion Awards, first debut this hardware in his Spring/Summer 2007 collection but only launched a full leather goods collection earlier this year for his Autumn/Winter 2014 collection. And according to WWD, “signature details on the bags include hand-stitched elastics; oversized plastic zips inset into exotic materials; and baseball stitching on shoulder straps. The color palette features black, pink, gray and chocolate brown.“
I feel like the bags exude a refined utilitarianism, which is quite endearing. And I’m looking forward to seeing how the use of these buckles will evolve with each collection.
The Safety Buckle Clutch (above) by Christopher Kane, USD$688, is available at www.club21online.com