Singapore Style Icon, Quanda Ong, tells us below about five quirky men’s accessories that he considers his favourite.
Gnome & Bow Brighton Card Wallet in Deep Sea Blue + Gnome & Bow Leicester Coin Case in Jungle Green
Gnome & Bow Stefano Bracelet in Tan
Steinhart Vintage Military Diver Watch with brown Zulu Strap
Cedar Wood State Floral Tie + Silver Tie Bar
Gnome & Bow Cypress Backpack in CamelThis based on my outfit and carry for the day.
I’m currently using 2 wallets. The Gnome & Bow Brighton Card Wallet in Deep Sea Blue holds my cash and credits cards in a sleek profile while the Gnome & Bow Leicester Coin Case in Jungle Green holds my coins, keys, access cards and namecards. They’re each serving a very specific purpose which allows me to access what’s required easily and also reduces bulk. I’m loving the contrast colours of deep sea blue against the jungle green, both of which have developed a rich patina with use. The icing on the cake has to be the hand stitched red thread binding on the corners which adds that finishing touch. Also intrigueing is a debossed quote on the interior of both wallets taken from the famous novel “Dr Jekyll & My Hyde”, from which Gnome & Bow draws inspiration to create this collection titled “Jekyll’s Hyde”
On my left wrist today, I’m wearing the Steinhart Vintage Military Diver Watch on brown Zulu Strap. The clean dial with vintage orange markers and crisp sword hands make this a timeless staple.It goes with all my outfits. Nato and zulu straps are all the rage now, giving my watch a different look and feel. This is one of my many straps that I have fun experimenting with daily.
On my right wrist today, I’m wearing the Stefano Bracelet in Tan from Gnome & Bow. The supple Italian vegetable tanned leather is known to age into a honey brown so i’m really looking forward to that. What’s to love also is the accent of orange leather and hand-stiching that lends that added level of interest.
The floral slim tie from Cedar Wood State is a gift my mum got for me on her recent trip to London. The white and indigo denim colour ways on this piece make it easy to match and as the same time adds texture to my outfit. Had to seal the look with a classic silver tie bar of course!
My carry for the day is the Cypress Backpack in Camel from Gnome & Bow. The deep contrast between the camel hues and the mahogany full grain leather accents gives it a unique elegance. Lots of clever compartments ensure I find my things with utmost efficiency and the dedicated laptop compartment makes customs clearance a breeze. I enjoy using this especially when on the move because it offers 2 carrying options; the backpack style when walking long distances and the tote style when in crowded areas or when on the runway 🙂 My favourite part of this bag is without a doubt the storytelling element which charts the race of ‘The Hare & the Flying Tortoise’ from ‘Start’ to ‘Finish’. Who do you think will win the race?Contributed by –
Quanda is one of Singapore’s male style icons and also the founder of a men’s accessories brand, Gnome & Bow. You can check out his fabulous creations here- www.gnomenbow.com