Bare Ne­ces­si­ties

Eschew­ing sea­sonal trends for time­less chic, Fendi’s Peek­a­boo Es­sen­tial is a truly mod­ern bag for the ages, writes Kim Reyes

Hong Kong Tatler - - Style -

ime­less. Clas­sic. Icon. These words are too of­ten ut­tered in ref­er­ence to ac­ces­sories with life­spans mea­sured in sea­sons. But the savvy among us know that only a rar­efied list of items can truly live up to their mean­ing. The ul­ti­mate test of an icon, surely, lies in its last­ing ap­peal across gen­er­a­tions. Yet de­spite it seem­ing a bit pre­ma­ture, we’re call­ing it now—the Fendi Peek­a­boo Es­sen­tial will rightly oc­cupy a place on that list.

Since its de­but in spring/sum­mer 2009, the Peek­a­boo has been a can­vas for Fendi’s play­ful de­signs, lend­ing it­self spec­tac­u­larly to the Ital­ian la­bel’s dec­o­ra­tive flights of fancy—from suede, se­quins and shear­ling, to ex­quis­ite furs, mul­ti­coloured python and even mon­ster eyes. With its so­phis­ti­cated to­phan­dle sil­hou­ette and un­mis­tak­able slouched look, the Peek­a­boo’s most en­dur­ing qual­ity is its stylish ease. “Sim­plic­ity is the new ec­cen­tric­ity,” Sil­via Ven­turini Fendi has said in re­fer­ring to the de­sign. “Sim­plic­ity re­lies on the con­cept of whis­pered lux­ury.”

The bag’s lat­est it­er­a­tion, the Peek­a­boo Es­sen­tial, is the ul­ti­mate el­e­va­tion of the de­signs that came be­fore it. Swathed in full pelts of smooth leather with touches of di­a­mond-cut hard­ware, this bag is com­par­a­tively aus­tere, pared down and lighter. Only the es­sen­tials. But what the Peek­a­boo Es­sen­tial lacks in or­na­men­ta­tion it makes up for with thought­fully con­sid­ered ar­chi­tec­ture, ex­quis­ite materials, hand­worked con­struc­tion and metic­u­lous at­ten­tion to de­tail. New hard­ware is in­tro­duced, in­clud­ing the han­dle rings, which can be used to se­cure re­mov­able Strap You shoul­der straps (fun fact: Fendi was the first lux­ury house to in­tro­duce the de­tach­able straps) for a hands-free ap­proach to car­ry­ing the bag, while the most no­table de­sign change is the ab­sence of the metal bar atop the cen­tral par­ti­tion, which makes the bag sig­nif­i­cantly lighter.

In a con­stantly and rapidly evolv­ing in­dus­try, Fendi’s rein­ven­tion of a mod­ern clas­sic is re­fresh­ing—pure, pur­pose­ful and au­then­tic. Now more than ever, these codes epit­o­mise the kind of whis­pered lux­ury that lasts a life­time.

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