Sang A, Richie Rich Support The Backpack Comeback

On Saturday in New York City, Korean pop star-turned-designer Sang A Im-Propp impressed again and, more importantly, made big moves on behalf of the Great Backback Comeback. Called the “Carry-All,” the bag can also be worn messenger style, and seems poised to become one of the most coveted user-friendly bags of the season. “I love its versatility,” the designer confides. “And women deserve that.”

Already well-known in fashion circles for her exotic skin bags and her ability to combine different textures, Sang A took things to the next level at her Saturday evening presentation at Mixed Greens Gallery, which brought together an intimate group of friends, editors, buyers… and yes, Richie Rich, just to keep the guest list diverse.

Her most innovative bags as far as texture goes were her “bubble bags.” They are, essentially, black lamb-skin bags that are, as Im-Propp tells us, “sent to Italy where [the manufacturers] literally pop the leather.” Bag Snob‘s Tina Craig had a nearly uncontrollable urge to pop the bags as one does with that addictive bubble packaging, so clearly the technique had its desired effect.

The other major hit of the evening was the “Flash” bag — a Mondrian-esque black and white clutch that was a collaboration between Im-Propp and artists Daren Newman and Sam Hardy. We wouldn’t be surprised if this bag became a staple among the art denizens.

But even a designer this driven needs a fashion break every once in a while. Im-Propp remains in touch with most of her friends from Korea, and often calls her best friend from back home when she needs “a nice escape, even if it is for 5 minutes.” The designer also likes to take her young daughter to her office to relax her working atmosphere. But she may want to hide the bubble bags from her young one, as the desire to pop those things is all too tempting, even for us adults.

Sang A and Richie Rich support the Great Backpack Comeback! Hooray!

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