The Bag Speaks For Itself | Desti Saint
You may think it’s wildly impossible to find a tranquil location for drinks in the perpetually crowded Orchard Road. I thought so too, till I was told to meet at the poolside café of Hyatt Hotel. Seated and sipping on an iced lychee tea, I found my peace amidst the chaos and it was evident that the evening has hit the right note.
Then came Desti, Desti Saint. Her warm and glorious personality injected the atmosphere with radiating exuberance that the tiresome workday was gone in split seconds. Plunging into a discussion swiftly, Desti quelled my questions on the signature tassle, dubbing it as nothing but “a fun thing to have”. Which garnered furious nods from me. There’s just no reason to not fondle (for lack of a better word) with a tassle. No reason.
Desti’s infectious smile and personality got me hooked on her every word especially so when she affectionately spoke about Asia, design and creating. Throughout her collections, you’ll notice a keen Asian predilection for the people, the culture and the colours inspire her immensely.
With a background in finance and a current footing in fashion, Desti shrugs and claims that there is nothing else she would be doing, she has found her thing, her calling - ‘creating is it’.
Since her beginning, Desti Saint’s collections have always been rather monochromatic, decadent and classic such as these Artisan pieces. Craftsmanship as you would notice is the whole focal point, from incorporating goat hair to hand-braided leather, the bags breathe of pure skill of precisely that, skilled artisans of Bali. For an inkling of how much work goes into the clutches, get this, each clutch takes about a day and a half to complete. How’s that for effort?
At times, I lament at how ridiculously marked up designer pieces (think 50-100 times over) can be but independent labels like these, which are operating on a much smaller scale have done their calculations and avoided inane profiteering. Instead, these bags are bang for your buck because not only are they created by the patient and nimble hands of artisans, they’re not being done in overcrowded factory conditions of fast fashion labels. Time is money, so factor in time to source for the perfect materials and you’ll arrive at your own justification for their fair price points (USD$110 - $488).
With her current collection, Viva, Desti may have just explored the other end of her creative spectrum resulting in pieces reminiscent to what Desti Saint is as a person - vibrant, colourful and exquisite. Ranging from party clutches, iPad cases to bucket bags, this collection celebrates what is essentially a perfect summer accessory. Nothing too big, nothing too small and always something for the iPad.
Photo: Xiufen Silver
Fortunately for Desti, Singapore’s small market has not fazed her for she has received tremendous support from Singapore’s Design Council and through word of mouth, the label has proved its worth. The irresistible spirit behind Desti Saint handbags lies in creating a bag that asks for no explanation, where the marketing is done by the bag itself. Essentially becoming the ideal companion for a woman who appreciates excellent quality and creative design. The bag will speak volumes without words and grow with the wearer throughout the years.
Desti Saint’s name alone carries connotations of luxury, exclusvitiy and a certain mythical splendour and that charm was exactly what Desti brought to the table. That evening, 2 hours of conversing and sharing felt way too short but alas, I left with ‘wear it, live it, love it’ in mind and Lesley’s (marketing manager), ‘Prove them wrong’ stuck like honey.