MELISSA SIN From her days of play­ing with her mother’s jew­ellery as a child to start­ing up her own minaudière la­bel, founder of The Bag Ate­lier, Melissa Sin knows a thing or two about ac­ces­soris­ing. By Amy Yas­mine.

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There are some things a girl just re­ally can’t help her­self with: Net-a-Porter sales, Net­flix, and blinged out ac­ces­sories. “It’s like adding a lit­tle bit of sparkle to your ev­ery­day out­fit,” says Melissa Sin, founder of The Bag Ate­lier, an ac­ces­sories com­pany that spe­cialises in — you guessed it, to-die-for em­bel­lished minaudières. “I love any­thing from se­quins, bead­ings, em­bel­lish­ments, and beaded lace on cloth­ing, to big crys­tals, semi­precious stones, and di­a­monds on my ac­ces­sories and minaudière pieces. You can’t go wrong with these!” she adds. “It’s like that one quote by Marc Ja­cobs back at his Fall 2011 show, ‘What was our favourite colour? Shiny.’” In that re­gard, Melissa sparkles like a disco ball. Fresh-faced at our shoot on an early yet scorch­ing Tues­day morn­ing, she de­scribes her style phi­los­o­phy as an ad­ven­tur­ous one. “In a year, I could go from an all-white phase to pas­tel, and then all of a sud­den, I’ll be ob­sessed with any­thing black and tex­tu­ral,” she quips. “But over the last 10 years, per­haps the one thing that hasn’t changed is that I love any­thing with an ex­tra splash of bling.”

True to her word, the self­pro­fessed mag­pie emerges in a pas­tel pink tutu skirt and a bright fuch­sia leather jacket, decked out to the nines. “I am an ac­ces­sories kind of girl,” she con­fesses. “A friend once told me, she no­ticed that I tend to have more ac­ces­sories on when­ever I am in a happy mood. I’m not so sure if that re­ally is the case, but I do re­alise I get re­ally hyped-up ev­ery time it comes to choos­ing ‘arm swag’ for my out­fits!” Melissa ex­plains, laugh­ing. Luck­ily enough for us, the fact that she had more than an arm swag go­ing on that day meant that she must’ve been in high spir­its.

As they say, no habits (or ap­pre­ci­a­tion, in this case) come with­out in­flu­ence. “My ear­li­est mem­ory of ‘fash­ion con­scious­ness’ was of me as a lit­tle girl play­ing with my mom’s ear­rings and jew­ellery while she was at work,” she re­calls. “I would pick dif­fer­ent clip-on ear­rings from her jew­ellery or­gan­is­ers and mix-

The Bag Ate­lier founder goes ca­sual-glam with a lacy- black dress from ShoesShoesShoes, a sum­mery panama hat, and fin­ger­less Chanel gloves

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