It's About Time: PHILLIP LIM On His 31 HOUR BAG

It’s About Time: PHILLIP LIM On His 31 HOUR BAG

Phillip Lim‘s new 31 Hour bagexclusive to Barneys New York—is, quite simply, the bag we’ve been waiting for. Don’t believe us? Take a look:


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See what we mean? It’s streamlined, spacious and endlessly versatile. It’s colorful. It’s chic. Both its design and construction will stand the test of time. We could go on (and on) but we’ll let Lim himself take over—we recently posed all our carryall-related questions to him and here’s what he had to say.

What inspired the 31 Hour bag?
The idea was to create a bag for the 31-hour person! Someone who leads an interesting, busy and demanding life. We all need more hours in our day and the 3.1 customer is no exception to that. The main thing for me was to make it multi-functional and pragmatic. Something that could transition with you throughout the day and not define what you are doing or where you are going.

Did you have anyone specific in mind?
Everyone! The 3.1 customer is a global person who lives life to the fullest, and I think everyone likes to think of themselves as this person.

What would you do with an extra 7 hours in the day?
SO much! I’m one of those people who always feels like I haven’t done enough in the day—so I would see, experience and feel so much.

Do you use the 31 Hour bag yourself? What would we find in it?
I use both the 31 Hour bag and the 31 Minute portfolio, and my essentials are always music, my iPad, my credit card and a scarf.

Tell us about the materials and construction of this bag.
The hardware was designed to be subtle but signature. The zipper pulls are solid brass—we didn’t want anything too overwhelming; most of all it needed to be functional. I didn’t want to put another bag on the market which looked great but didn’t really work with the lives we all lead. The leather is a full-grain unlined calf skin which wears so beautifully with time.

Tell us a bit about your color choices.
For this season we really worked with colors that looked like they had been sitting out in the sun or had been sundrenched. The bi-color versions in monochrome are like a play with shadows.

- Alexandra Andrews

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