Quirky silhouettes, giant paper clips and unusual materials; these don't appear to be factors in the equation for making a signature bag but leave it to 3.1 Phillip Lim to challenge the system.

When it comes to the Alix, there is a method to the madness. Take the essentials from your school days, add in a dash of abstract interpretation, a pinch of rebellious attitude and voilà: The ordinary becomes extraordinary. Individualistic bags with striking paperclip clasps and handles, staple-shaped brass and nickel hardware all come together with materials that give that deconstructed gritty look. Even though school's out, stationery chic is in.

3.1 Phillip Lim Alix

The 3.1 Phillip Lim Alix collection is available in their boutiques at the Hilton and The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands.