What’s Korean celebs are wearing have definitely influenced fashion trends. While many of them love designer’s bags (for example, Lisa is known for her huge CELINE collection), Korean celebrities are also in love with Korean cult brands that are relatively low profile but have edgy styles.
If you’re looking for a stylish bag that won’t break your bank and up your style cred, here are 10 cult bag brands with a celeb following that you’d want to get to know, stat.
1. MARHEN. J
One of the most popular rising Korean bag brands, MARHEN. J needs no further introduction.
Founded by Kim Hyun Hee, who is also the Creative Art Director behind hit Kpop groups TVXQ and Twice, MARHEN. J bags are designed to look minimalist but also practical. Made with cruelty-free materials, they are available in various sizes and colours.
MARHEN. J bags have been spotted on actress Kim Bora and K-pop idols such as Sooyoung from Girl’s Generation and members of Oh My Girl. Given the variety of styles the brand offers, there is definitely a bag suitable for everyone.
Canvas bags are usually priced at around S$100 while leather ones are usually priced between S$200 and S$350.
2. Alice Martha
Alice Martha bags are made in Korea with the finest leather. Seen on K-pop idols such as Sistar’s Bora, Alice Martha bags are created with practicality, simplicity, and trendiness in mind.
Alice Martha’s bags are priced affordable between S$80 and S$180.
3. Find Kapoor
Loved by actress Han Sung Min and actor Song Kang, Find Kapoor is an up and coming Korean bag brand to look out for.
Made with real leather, Find Kapoor’s bags are of high quality and are usually paired with stylish straps that make a statement. The bags have classic designs that don’t go out of style and are suitable for daily use.
Priced between S$200-S$300,
If you’re wondering about the unique brand name, KOIMOOI refers to a type of fish that grows larger in wide waters, relaying the positive message of encouraging women to develop their talents in a vast environment with no limitations.
The message aside, KOIMOOI bags are certainly the biggest draw of the brand.
Made mainly of leather, KOIMOOI is known for their classic bucket bag and structured bag designs, making them great work bags for those who work in an office.
The brand also offers a variety of designs that are more colourful and eccentric, which are great for those who prefer a fun and cheerful vibe.
Prices range between S$200 and S$350.
Inspired by the 90’s fashion and pastel colours, Belysa bags are colourful and quirky. The brand offers a variety of cute mini bags that you can use as an accessory, to add a sense of unique style to your outfits.
Spotted on Kpop idols such as Taeyeon from Girls’ Generation, Hyuna, and Chaeyoung from Twice, you can see how each individual has styled the bag with her own preference.
Belysa bags are slightly more pricey, ranging between S$500 and S$1,000. However, you will definitely stand out from the crowd with a one-of-a-kind piece from here.
Belysa is available at Farfetch.
A Swedish inspired brand, OSTKAKA aims to revamp bucket bag styles based on Swedish design elements and sensibilities. With a touch of minimalism and simplicity, the versatile OSTKAKA bags can go with any outfit and colour.
Bags are priced at an average of S$200.
OSTKAKA can be found at Sift & Pick, located at Changi Airport Terminal 3 and JEM. Alternatively, you can shop here.
7. Louie Ooie
Inspired by everyday moments, Louie Ooie bags are designed with a contemporary style. Apart from the classic cross-bodies, Louie Ooie also offers totes and card wallets.
You can also look out for its wide range of accessories such as bag straps that you can accessorise your bags with.
Louie Ooie tote bags are available at an affordable price of S$69 while the cross-body bags range from S$180 to S$280.
Shop for Louie Ooie bags at Sift & Pick, located at Changi Airport Terminal 3 and Jem. Alternatively, you can shop here.
A Korean streetwear brand with trendy fashion apparels and accessories, Nieeh is loved by celebrities including Jennie from BLACKPINK.
Fun fact: Jennie has been spotted in apparels and bags from Nieeh even before it launched. Fans suspect it might be her secret brand that she never went public with about – but for now, we’ll not know if it’s true until Jennie chooses to disclose it one day.
Nieeh’s bags are priced from S$80 to S$170.
Nieeh is available at its website. You can also shop for selected items, including the bag Jennie was seen carrying (in the photo above) on Shopee (please exercise discretion to make sure you’re buying an authentic item.)
9. Joseph & Stacey
If you’re wondering what’s one item you should check out from Joseph & Stacey, it’ll probably be its knitted pleat tote bag.
The lightweight tote is roomy and can be folded into a portable compact size when not in used – great for easy storage. And doesn’t it look like The knit pleat tote is very light-weight tote that can be carried around easily. It can even be folded into a portable compact size when not in use. Doesn’t the bag remind you of paper fans we used to make in school when it’s folded?
Spotted on Kpop idol, Chaeyeon from DIA and actress Cha Ye-Ryun, Joseph & Stacey bags are so versatile it goes well with any casual getup.
Signature knit pleat bags are priced at around S$100 and other designs are priced at approximate S$239.
10. Hiems Cor
Loved by Itaewon Class actress, Kim Da-Mi and Record of Youth actress, Park So-Dam, Hiems Cor offers a range of bags in unique, never-seen-before silhouettes.
Additionally, there are also many colour options for you to choose from. You will definitely be spoilt for choice!
Hiems Cor bags, which are made of leather that are suitable for daily wear, are priced from S$200 to S$500.