You might wonder why would a full-grown woman like me would carry a bag with a plush furry monkey dangling and hanging off it? Well, it's pretty simple. I'm a Kipling baby.
I believe Kipling makes exceedingly good bags and the quality is amazing. That's why there's a lot of fakes now, trying to imitate the original. So you would need to be a keen collector to be able to spot fake Kipling bags coming from China and Thailand. Kipling bags come with dangling iconic monkey keychains usually in the form of plush furry monkeys that have names. You'll know it's fake by simply looking in the monkey's name tag position and its face. Fake China-made Kipling monkeys have their name tag sewn to their body while the originals have them sewn on the underside of the monkey's left arm. Oh and fakes have really visible and ugly stitching too!
So here's a stern reminder for you guys; please make sure sure to buy the original & genuine Kipling bag. Why? Because fakes have no warranty, product guarantee and breaks easily, usually after being used thrice.
I recently attended Kipling's 25th anniversary celebration wherein they showcased their biggest bag collection to mark Kipling’s 25th successful year in the global retail industry. Presented at the SM Mall of Asia Atrium, the event was deluged by bag enthusiasts who loved each piece of the collection.
|The lovely host and birthday girl, Andi Manzano! Belated Happy Birthday Andi! :)|
"With a monkey discovered in Asia, an innovative nylon treatment from Europe, a bold attitude inspired by America and the name of an indisputable British legend, Kipling is without a doubt one of Belgium's most successful fashion exports," says Isabel Van den Broeck, marketing and communication director worldwide for Kipling.
"From new stores in Asia to the beaches of Brazil, we continue to create lifestyle essentials to brighten women's every moment, from working days to bright nights and special gatherings to chance encounters. Design at Kipling has stayed hectic and eclectic - and we wouldn't have it any other way," adds Van den Broeck. Kipling presented its Spring/Summer 2012 collection, which included bags from the Basic, Basic Travel, Sweet Me, My Valentine, Vintage, Gorilla Girlz, City, City Business, 25 Years, Back to School, and Working Life line. Each collection is perfectly designed to adapt to the lifestyles of today’s discerning women travelers who want no less than quality, functionality and style in their travel pieces. Kipling also prepared a number of cool games like Spot the Monkey, Kipling for Keeps and Pair It! plus loads of great prizes and surprises.
A highlight of the event was a fashion show that underscored the new collection’s brilliantly-colored Kipling bags. Kipling’s 25th anniversary celebration included teaming up with 8 artists of different nationalities for a special bag remix project with the motto: Play! Each image tells a story embracing Kipling’s spirit of being fun and clever using Kipling’s blue and red Classic bags---a statement that fashion is too fun to be taken seriously.
|Kipling Art M in Blaise Print|
|Kipling College in Denim Blue|
|Kipling Harajuku in Block Orange|
|Kipling City Business Morelle in Navy|
|Kipling Oristo in Black|
|Kipling Urasoen L in King Print|
|Kipling Fairfax in Grape|
|Kipling Reth in Cafe Latte|
The eight featured artists include Sarah Illenberger of Germany, Rankin of the UK, Paul Graves of the USA, Alex Salinas of Belgium, Javier Mariscal of Spain, Vincent Gapaillard of France, Li Wei of China and Prince Lauder of Mexico.
Spotted on the event! Go look!
|Reema Chanco and her hubbykins|
|Azkals' Anton del Rosario|
|Fashion icon, Laureen Uy|
In fact, more than 35 million people around the world now own at least one Kipling bag. Kipling is available online at zalora.com.ph and at SM Mall of Asia, SM North EDSA The Block, SM Megamall, SM Bacolod, SM Iloilo, SM Davao, SM Cebu, Robinsons Place Ermita, Rustan’s Alabang Town Center, Rustan’s Shangri-La, Rustan’s Gateway, Rustan’s Makati, Landmark Makati and TriNoma. To know more, visit Kipling Philippines on Facebook and get to find out more exciting news from the lovable monkey through kipling.ph.
Thank you, Kipling, for giving me one of your adorable and fashionable totes. :)
|Why is everyone looking at me so weird? I was just monkeying around! :)|
Now why don't we go and add some color to our day by wearing one of these hip Kipling bags. :) Will tweet later. Tata.