Jul 22, 2014

Ling Wu Fall/Winter 2014

Living in a highly-connected digital world where a million things are grabbing for our attention and engaging our senses at all times, there's something to be said about a pure, minimalist design aesthetic that doesn't have to scream for your attention—but instead quietly insists you do a double take, and draws you in by simply, the quality of its craftsmanship, the attention to its details.

That's exactly how I first came across Singaporean designer Ling Wu's bags at the (now closed) Blackmarket store in Somerset. The luxurious python skins that have now come to be a signature of Ling Wu's products first drew me in with how well-made they looked, then intrigued my tactile sense with how supple and rich to the touch the skins were.

For her Fall/Winter collection, Ling Wu introduces Svelte Python – produced using a rubberizing technique that gives the exotic skins a velvety soft touch.

Unique finishing to the skins is what makes a LING WU bag special. A time-consuming technique is the ‘bottle-rolling’ of the skins, where the skins are literally rolled with glass bottles by hand to produce a soft, shiny surface that still retains the beautifully organic texture of the scales. After the skins have been bottle-rolled a special glaze coating is applied to the surface to seal and protect the skins.

As much as the minimalism that has been popularized for maybe the last few years by Jil Sander, and of course, Celine, may be on its way out of fashion's mainstream consciousness, well-made products and quality craftsmanship will never be out. But instead, elevating your style as the quiet staples in your closet.

Ling Wu's Fall/Winter collection is available from September at Front Row, Isetan Scotts, TANGS Orchard, Robinsons Orchard, Doorstepluxury.com and W.E, or visit Ling Wu's studio and store at the National Design Center on 111 Middle Road from Monday - Friday, 11am-6pm.

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