For some of us (incorrigible shopaholics), there's a sense of euphoria to receiving packages at our doorsteps. It doesn't even matter if we're already expecting them or they're wonderful surprises—getting one and then unboxing it, quite possibly releases waves and waves of dopamine. How else could you explain the excitement?
Japanese brand Doublet may be tapping into that emotion with its latest release. In collaboration with newly established brand, beta post, the carton pouch is a bag that very much resembles a shipped package. The carton pouch comes complete with elaborate design details such as a shipping label, tracking barcodes, as well as displaying an impressive likeness to cardboard with serrated edges et al. Because while the appearance is true to that of a package one would typically receive, the Doublet carton pouch is actually made out of leather.
The collaboration resulted in a trio of such cardboard-leather bags—a backpack, a large tote, and this carton pouch that's pretty much a messenger bag iteration. Only the latter is available on SSENSE while the rest can be found at Dover Street Market's US boutiques.
The Doublet carton pouch will set you back approximately SGD1,635, which isn't that bad for an actual leather bag. It's a tad kitschy, sure. But if it could invoke that same joy and happiness that receiving a package gives you, why not?
Not looking to be seen carrying a bag that appears as though it's been manhandled too much during shipping? Here are five other odd fashion items to consider.
Sterling-silver USB-C necklace, by Vetements (approximately SGD1,585 via MATCHESFASHION)
Count on Vetements to create accessories out of the mundane and everyday. This necklace is designed with a closure that works like an actual USB-C cable; just don't attempt to connect this to your MacBook, please.
#UseTheExisting silk foulard, by Ermenegildo Zegna (SGD650 each)
What feels and looks like actual silk is actually repurposed silk that Ermenegildo Zegna has crafted from offcuts and used silk under its #UseTheExisting tag. No one can tell the difference, and that's the beauty of it and the technology behind it.
Coated cotton floral-print tote, by Acne Studios (approximately SGD340 each)
For something with less kitsch but still has that where-have-I-seen-this effect, this Acne Studios tote is an option. Whether the print reminds you of a Victorian-era wallpaper or grandma's antique armchair, it's a brilliant pop of colour to any monochromatic outfit.
Acrylic and silver-tone bracelet, by 1017 ALYX 9SM (approximately SGD264 each via Mr Porter)
Matthew Williams' infamous belt buckle but reduced in size and proportions to fit your wrist—this bracelet may be cast in frosted acrylic, but there's nothing subtle about this stunning piece.
L-shape zipped wallet, by CDG Wallet (SGD230 each)
We don't know about you, but this CDG Wallet creation reminds us very much of cream-filled wafer bites. Except, filling this up with cash and cards may be even more satisfying and not to mention, better for the waistline.
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