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Love at First Sight: Liz Saintsing Accessories {Updated!}

Friday, September 29, 2006


I stopped by Singapore bag boutique Quintessential yesterday and fell in love. The object of my affection: San Francisco-based artist Liz Saintsing's amazing retro recreations—she calls it "vintage untamed"—which are fantastic vintage bags and accessories covered with bold, hand-screened graphics.



I've seen some other screen-printed vintages pieces, and I always love the effect of that extra little touch (among the most memorable are ones from Shara Porter, who silkscreens quirky little objects—a tiny screwdriver, a little farm animal—onto small vintage bags. I've lusted after her pieces in Cog & Pearl in Park Slope for quite awhile.) Saintsing's designs offer a different, bolder alternative—and I think the results are really amazing. Quintessential was stocking a fantastic old hatbox suitcase and a baby blue cummerbund, each screen-printed with big, bright crayfish. Both were instantly covetable.


I've got a plain, beige-colored hatbox suitcase myself, found years ago in a Park Slope thrift store (I believe the purchase was inspired by a piece of Carrie's luggage on her cross-country train trip). It's just part of our guest room d├ęcor as, sadly, it's highly impractical for actual traveling. Still, I'd love to think of something interesting to do to it to make it stand out a little more.

Liz Saintsing's stockists—unfortunately, there are only a few—are listed here.

{Update} Seth from Cog & Pearl just e-mailed me to say the designer they feature is Shara Porter (not Shana, as I'd mistakenly jotted down). And she has a website! And if you click on the little circle on her website, you can scroll through all her fantastic bags. Warning: May cause extreme coveting.

7 comments :

Anonymous said...

You could thread a bulb through it, stick a vintage-y looking lamp shade on top and make a cool floor lamp out of the luggage.. like if you got a few more bags and stacked them.

That belt is faboo!!!

Anonymous said...

Cog & Pearl is on my "to see" list. I have all these stores hat I want to visit since I moved to Brooklyn. i might just have to travel on down to Park Slope very soon. I love the red ant bag, supreme!

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