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A Subversive Pink Bag For Men

By Hillary Kang

Styled by Michelle Kok; Photographed by Aman John

Blue is for boys and pink is for girls — so the adage goes. The colour pink is entrenched in most people’s minds as a decidedly feminine shade, though academics are quick to note that it is only in recent years that the colour has acquired these gendered connotations. Fashion scholar Valerie Steele, director of The Museum at the Fashion Institute Technology says that it was “perfectly masculine” for a man in the 18th century to wear a pink silk suit with floral embroidery. Pink, she adds, was even considered to be slightly masculine, since it was a version of the “warlike” red. It was only in the early 20th century that pink became a colour associated with femininity, due to a combination of marketing and various social movements.

Italian fashion house Bottega Veneta eschews these preconceived notions with this sumptuous pink briefcase in deer leather. Its pink exterior — at once subtle and subversive — makes for the perfect accompaniment to any outfit, both casual and formal. Beyond its colour, the briefcase also possesses a soft, undulating silhouette, thanks to the use of padded deer skin, which is known for its supple, pliable nature. During the re-tanning phase, a special treatment is applied to give the material a softer, plumper look, before it is finished with a semi-matte agent to give the leather a gummy texture that’s pleasing both to the touch and to the eye.

Bottega Veneta briefcase in puffy deer, price on request.
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