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Your New Favorite Evening Bag May Just Be From Rafé's Fun Fall-Winter 2018 Collection

New York-based Filipino designer Rafe Totengco was inspired by the music of Cole Porter, the bustling New York scene, and the jazz age.
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Musical genius Cole Porter was on bag designer Rafe Totengco’s mind when he was designing his latest fall/winter collection. Totengco says he listened to Porter’s upbeat compositions sung by Ella Fitzgerald, with lyrics that are happy and full of optimism and romance.” Porter reached the height of his career in the 1920s, from where Rafé’s drew his latest design inspiration. This season brings a new clutch design, which its creator has dubbed the “Amanda,” featuring individually threaded tassels.

Take a look at the entire collection available at Rustan’s below: 

The new Amanda clutch draws inspiration from the flapper dresses of the Golden Age of Jazz. It’s the perfect accompaniment to a night on the town.


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The designer shares that a major source of inspiration for him was his own city, New York, which is brimming with Art Deco architecture, a diverse culture, and a bustling arts scene.

The trendy Sophie camera bag comes in a slick and versatile form. The adjustable straps make it so that ladies can wear it as a belt bag or a cross body bag.


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The current line features animal prints, which provide timeless elements that do not adhere to a single season.


The Kiki minaudiere is Rafé’s statement pieces this season. Its glossy inlays take a course of several days to apply.

 

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Totengco, however, injects his own signature designs into the collection, adding fresh variations of his timeless Melissa and Vivienne minaudieres.  


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“Their faceted shells allow me a myriad of combinations and the possibilities are endless. This season, I’ve introduced them lacquered in jewel tones and complementing shell inlays," he says.

When he envisioned this collection, Totengco took notes from the fearless and bold women he had encountered in everyday situations. “Whenever I would go out to a restaurant, I might catch a glimpse of a woman out on a date and I love observing the flirtation that transpires,” he says, “I see how she flips her hair, how she clutches her bag, adjusts her dress, and sips her cocktail. It’s fascinating. There are the kinds of moments that inspire me when I think of the woman who might wear my designs.”

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