|I’m in love with the vibrant, colourful designs from this fabulous local accessory brand…
Desti Saint, whose brand carries her own real name, comes across as vivacious and vibrant in person as the premium accessory designs that she creates.
For Desti, what started out as the search for the perfect gold colour handbag resulted in the founding of her own designer handbag business in May 2010.
Born in Hong Kong, and with family scattered across the globe, Desti brings an international perspective to her work that clearly shows through in her designs. However, she emphasises that she has found the majority of the inspiration for her handbags in Asia – her personal haven.
As her designs reflect, Desti has a clear penchant for quality, texture and colour. Each handbag collection is carefully hand crafted, fully lined and made of high quality genuine leather. Desti herself makes annual buying trips to Hong Kong to source for only the best standard of leather available, whilst staying conscious of keeping the label’s prices affordable and giving her customers the best value for money.
The designs also feature skilful details such as hand woven handles and stitching, and many carry the trademark Desti Saint leather tassel as a finishing touch. The result? A luxurious statement accessory for the woman that appreciates style and excellent quality.
|Large Happiness Tassel Bag – Atrum Black|
The label currently stocks four collections – Artisan, Maddie, Ollay, and the newly-launched Viva – all of which are inspired by the colours, culture and people that the designer has encountered throughout her well travelled life so far. Many of her designs clearly echo Asian culture, with bold hues and experimental textures such as hand braiding.
|Artisan Envelope Bag – Undeniably one of my favourite Desti designs so far|
In terms of international success, Desti Saint has garnered a cult following not just in Singapore but across the Asia-Pacific region – Hong Kong, Malaysia, Australia and New Zealand all have demand for her work. Desti’s vision to expand her brand internationally is certainly underway. Locally, media personalities such as Angelique Teo, Linda Black and Anita Kapoor have been spotted toting one of Desti’s desirable designs.
To help with growth and more rapid expansion, many designers often turn to investment backing. Desti, however, has chosen to not take the brand down this path, choosing instead to grow organically – a respectful choice that reflects her grounded vision and emotional investment in her brand.
Desti Saint Handbags are available to shop online at www.destisaint.com, and are also available at the following Singapore stockists:
Santorini, Emporium Wheelock Place, Simone Irani, Sole 2 Sole, Quintessential.
As well as following online outlets:
Scroll down for more images of the newly launched boho-chic ‘Viva’ collection – featuring vibrant colours and hand-dipped tie-dye designs in a versatile range of shapes to suit a women’s everyday lifestyle.