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A Timeless Bag for Uncertain Times

By Terence Poh

Photograph by Katherine Ang, styled by Michelle KokMichael Michael Kors Whitney shoulder bag, $579.

American designer Michael Kors, known for his glamorous designs for the leisure class, presents some answers in an era laden with doubt. Along with reducing his runway shows to two this year by combining men’s and women’s wear, he is encouraging consumers to look to what’s existing, rather than constantly reaching for newness. At Michael Michael Kors, the sister line to Kors’s main line, Michael Kors Collection, the Whitney shoulder bag embodies all these sensibilities by focussing on the classic and timeless. The shiny leather body, quilted with clean lines, and gold hardware hark back to the glitziness of the ’80s in New York, while the boxy silhouette and versatile black-and-gold colourway make the piece understated enough for long-lasting, everyday use.