Monday, January 31, 2011

Birkin Doppelganger

"I ordered too much bags from the US, which made me decide to open an online shop,” shares Heidi Ong of Bagahollic. It’s been seven months since she “opened” shop, and orders have been pouring in for these eco-totes from Taiwan.

A true bag lover, Ng isn’t just into designer bags. To her, “there’s no brand in particular as long as the bag is durable, handy, roomy, functional and looks nice.” This led to her discovery of the witty eco-friendly bags that are made with 100 percent cotton and non-toxic material imprints of the iconic Hermes Birkin bag.

Made under the label of Banana Taipei, the company launched its premiere collection last year with whimsical colors of Sunset Orange, Midnight Magenta, Lake Blue, Tiffany Blue, Sweet Pink and Green Grass. Accessory designer Vida Tan Lim is one of Ng’s happy customers. Her thoughts about the bag? “I’m not exaggerating, but people would literally stop in their tracks just to ask where I got my Banana Taipei bag! I’m really happy with all my purchases. All the colors are just so wonderful. Can’t wait to order another one.”

This time, for its second collection, Banana Taipei introduced sophisticated neutrals—Champs Lavender Gray, Mystique Brown, Supper Champagne Gray, and French Honey Camel. Along with these four new colors came new features such as an authenticity tag with a serial number, along with a sewn-in label, and a proof of purchase booklet. These surely prove that these fun totes are very much in demand.

Not one to be selfish, Ng shares her stylish finds with fellow bag lovers by accepting orders. Simply look for her in Facebook or send her a message via e-mail to for inquiries and order placements.

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