Bag lover Carrie Wong makes no apologies for her love for designer arm candy. The 25-year-old actress is often photographed toting the latest “it” bags and has acquired quite an enviable collection: we’re not talking about just 10 to 20 sacs - the self-confessed collector has upwards of 50 bags consisting of a mix of designer and no-brand ones.
“It doesn’t have to be designer, I will buy a bag as long as I like it. I even have bags from Taiwan night markets. They are cheap and don’t really last very long but it doesn’t matter because they look nice,” quipped the actress during an interview with Toggle at a Bonia event last Wednesday (Mar 6).
Needless to say, Carrie was over the moon when she and fellow actor Romeo Tan were chosen as the first local faces of Bonia, which counts Taiwanese model-actress Sonia Sui as a former ambassador. She has a Bonia bag named after her and even collaborated with the brand to create a line of super adorable bags in 2013.
So if Carrie and Romeo could design their own bags, what would they look like?
“I like crossbody bags and recently, I am also into long, rectangular bags, so I would design something small and sharp - just big enough for my mobile phone, wallet and car keys,” she said while sketching the flap bag. To keep it chic and elegant like the brand, she would give it a checkered or tweed fabric and accent it with a gold chain strap – interchangeable, of course.
“Personally, I don’t like to carry big bags. And because this is so versatile, I would carry this almost everywhere I go and on any occasion. You can never go wrong with something classy,” she added.
As for the name of her dream bag, Carrie hesitated before suggesting almost embarrassedly, “The Carrie”.
Ohhh-kay. Not the most ingenious name, but we’d totally carry the Carrie.
Continued on next page: Romeo Tan dreams up a “transformer” bag
Romeo Tan shows off his "transformer" bag.
For Romeo, however, bigger is better, so it’s no surprise that the actor, who admitted to having a dislike for packing, designed a roomy backpack that is a reflection of his personality and lifestyle.
The “R. Transformer” dreamed up by Romeo is a navy blue and beige colour-block canvas haversack with several external pockets and leather straps for a chic finish. And for added functionality, the smart bag also comes equipped with techie details like a built-in power bank at the top so you can charge your devices on the go.
“I hate to pack so just to be safe, I carry everything with me. My bag can weigh around 10 kilogrammes, so this haversack, which is practical and versatile, would totally suit my lifestyle,” said Romeo.
As for his current favourite bag from the Bonia collection, it is the Picasso, also a backpack.
“The Picasso is very rectangular so it can hold a lot of things. Colour-wise, it is very versatile - it comes in dark blue leather with some simple patch designs on the front. I hope I will get it soon. Hint hint,” he said.
Bonia, are you reading this?