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Object of Desire: Gabriela Hearst’s Demi and Diana Bags

By Bianca Husodo

Tung Pham/Tok Wei LunFrom top: The Demi bag in black leather. The Diana bag in cognac nappa leather.

Gabriela Hearst has a knack for powerful discretion. For one, the Uruguayan-American designer’s line of handbags name-checks and pays tribute to a pool of strong women. Her first (and now-cult) handbag, the Nina, is monikered after artist and activist Nina Simone. Its unorthodox skew of proportion goes against the status quo of what a time-transcending classic should look like, and yet, it undeniably is. If the growing cohort of hopeful shoppers waitlisted to get their hands on one of Hearst’s creations is of any indication, Hearst is redefining luxury altogether.

What came after the Nina are also rooted in the same school of thought: the Demi, a smaller iteration of the Nina; and the accordion-shaped Diana that’s named in tribute of iconic singer Diana Ross are both a sculptural work of art of their own. But bereft of any stamp of logos, each is but a quiet vessel for what she wants them to be: a woman’s erupting resistance against the doldrums of modernity. 

Gabriela Hearst’s Demi bag in black leather, S$2,990, and Diana bag in cognac nappa leather, S$3,990. Hearst will be hosting a pop-up for her bags at Pedder on Scotts from 25 October till 15 November.