Tracing traditions and celebrating artisanship: Ong Shunmugam x Bynd Artisan clutches
Meeting of minds
The Ong Shunmugam x Bynd Artisan capsule collection is the brain child of the two respective brand founders: Priscilla Shunmugam and Winnie Chan. Connecting over shared passions and the desire to galvanise the domain of traditional tailoring and bookbinding, these clutches were born of the marriage of two crafts.
Turning to the Ong Shunmugam archives for traditional fabrics and calling on Bynd Artisan's expertise in leather, the accessories that come in two sizes are framed in nappa leather. The bodies sport contrasting textiles on each side — expect an eclectic mix of sleek satin overlayed with lace, heritage prints, brocade and vintage silk Batik from Indonesia. The Poh Sim clutch — the larger version — is named after Shunmugam's mother, while the Shao Xia clutch takes its name from Chan's mother — a nod to their maternals who represent the founders' Asian roots.
While the glint of brocade is well suited for evening affairs, the other prints make for a striking addition even in the day. But, however it's paired, take pride in holding on to a slice of heritage and craftsmanship with one of these charming clutches in hand.
Purchase the collection at Atelier Ong Shunmugam or Bynd Artisan located at 16 Raffles Quay, #B1-36 and 44 Jalan Merah Saga, #01-54, respectively.