Sydney Dong, the designer of SD Marvel, is brilliant. Hand-woven detailing, 100% hand-stitched, and made with fine quality lambskin, cow leather or nylon, his collection exemplifies luxury. Every one of the SDM bags will resonate with the uptown girl.
I went ahead and took the liberty to post photos of my favorite SDM bags. The Purple Black Twist is a signature design with a fashion-forward je ne sais quoi to it. It’s so chic and refined. I was one click away from getting the Green Water Weave–and still have my eyes fixed on it!–except I don’t carry leather goods. =*( That’s just a personal thing though, a little private pact between my four-legged friends and me. Nevertheless, for those of you who are totally cool with genuine leather, the structured Green Water Weave would be a fantastic office tote. The two Sasa Totes above to the right are elegant and classy. The Sasa Four Star has a vintage vibe to it and the pink Sasa signature reminds me of those beloved “ladies who lunch.” I definitely picture it on the arms of a woman with expensive taste. What a stunning, stunning bag!
SDM is based in Hong Kong, carried in Sabatina boutiques across the province, but via e-commerce, the company ships everywhere. That’s good news for those of us here in the U.S.!
Says Sydney: “I can totally tell you that I really, really, love handbags, probably even more than my wife and my mom, because I must be the first one in front of the window of the fashion shop to see if there are any new, special handbags.”
Now that’s what we call a passion and zeal for one’s profession. And once you’ve gotten your hands on an SD Marvel handbag, you’ll have a passion and zeal for Sydney!
I sat down with him (virtually, that is) for an interview on the SDM line.
Interview with Sydney Dong, of SD Marvel
Sunny: How would you describe the “SD Marvel” brand?
Sydney: I spend much time on developing a unique copyright-protected weave pattern to stand for SD Marvel. When you see this pattern, you will immediately recognize it as SD Marvel. The weave pattern is representative of the mother’s handstitched clothes to her child and the warmth of wearing handstitched clothes that a mother has made specially for her child. One of a kind, made from the heart, and invaluable. Hence, the elements comprising any SD Marvel bag is the unique woven pattern and the special feeling of warmth emanating from every bag, because every bag is painstakingly hand-crafted and custom-made per order. They’re truly a luxurious addition to any wardrobe.
Sunny: How would you describe the quintessential “SD Marvel” woman?
Sydney: The SD Marvel woman is an inspiration to others, a woman with discerning taste who won’t simply accept trends as they come, but will set them herself. She’s a leader, not a follower. She’s young or young at heart, a cosmopolitan woman with an eagerness to travel the world or experience new and different adventures. The quintessential SD Marvel woman is refined, graceful, and always kind. She has a free and gentle spirit, but she also knows exactly what she wants and that is to be unique, to stand out and to be noticed.
Sunny: Currently, which bags are your bestsellers?
Sydney: Our bestsellers right now are the Canfield Soho, the Mini-Hotdog Romance and Simpatico Classic Hobo.
Sunny: SD Marvel was at New York Fashion Week this year. Please tell us: what was your experience like?
Sydney: I was not able to make it to New York for the show, unfortunately, due to other business engagements in Hong Kong. My associates took care of the entire project for me, which went splendid. The whole experience, though, taught me a lot more about the great amount of preparation that goes into a fashion show. Hopefully I can be in personal attendance at the next SD Marvel show!
Sunny: Who are some of the designers you admire, and why do you admire them?
Sydney: Bottega Veneta & Christian Dior. These designers each have such a distinctive, special character to their work.
Sunny: What advice would you give to a woman on the hunt for her “investment handbag” or that one great goes-with-almost-everything bag?
Sydney: Materials, design, and details are personal considerations that will of course vary from woman to woman based on her style and tastes. The most important factor in deciding on your “it bag” is how it makes you feel. It’s a lot like choosing a lover. You may not be able to articulate why you love that person, but there is no denying the passion and feeling.
Finally, I’d like to add that price is not a good determining factor. An inexpensive bag from a designer you’ve never heard of might make you feel like a million bucks, so why not get it? A bag that costs thousands of dollars might utterly lack compatibility with you, so why get it just because it’s by a highly-demanded designer? You want to get a bag that will make you more confident to be who you are.
Sunny: What advice would you give to an aspiring fashion designer?
Sydney: Perservere–I think everybody will find success eventually, whether as an aspiring fashion designer, driver or even lawyer, as long as you keep your faith and stay focused on your interest. However, you must have confidence and believe in yourself, especially when nobody else seems to. Don’t give up too easily.
Of course, there’s also the technical aspects of any field, and you need to devote time to learn the skills of the trade. Also, find mentors. Get in touch with people who can help you achieve your goals faster. If you’re just starting off, then you’re a student, and you need to find your teachers. A mentor isn’t the only help you’ll need either. You’ll need assistants and sponsors, just like any President or CEO of any company needs a good secretary, and every budding singer needs a sponsor. So don’t ever be afraid to ask for help.
Sydney has been a wonderful inspiration and mentor to me and I hope you will all support his line. SD Marvel bags look three times more expensive than they actually are. Everybody these days is throwing around the term “affordable luxury” or “artisan quality and craftsmanship for bargain prices,” but few brands live up to the promise like SD Marvel. As I mentioned earlier, his particular style is very uptown. If that describes your style too, you’re going to really appreciate Sydney’s aesthetic point of view.
SDM Links and References:
- SD Marvel | Browse the e-catalog for SDM’s full collection.
- SD Marvel Facebook Page | Add to your FB MyPages today!
- SDM Flickr Album | Luxury, luxury, luxury. Everything about SD Marvel epitomizes luxury. These photos are worth a thousand repetitions of “wow.”
- Video Footage of the SD Marvel fashion show at NYC Fashion Week 2010 | The models should have directed more attention at the handbags, since they are the feature of the show, and outfits could have been styled better to complement the bags, but the sum of the parts was still exciting.