SD Marvel: A Paragon of Luxury

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.

An Inspiration

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.

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  • TZ

    I know, me too! It’s all meticulously hand-woven. Just wait ’til this guy is a big sensation in the U.S. — then you can say you heard about him first here on my blog. ^_^*

  • TZ

    Wow. I haven’t heard of this brand before, but I hope they’ll consider selling in the States. I really like the mini hot dog romance satchel.

  • emmayamada

    Those handbags are Beautiful ! I love the woven leather.

  • Melissa

    I am absolutely in love with the SD Marvel handbags! There truly is nothing else out there like them. I love how each bag is uniquely hand-woven and not just manufactured en masse like other generic bag companies. My favorite bag is the Purple Black Twist. I wore it to work one day and it immediately caught the attention of all my co-workers. I’m telling you. With individually hand-woven bags, you can really tell the difference. I would definitely recommend this bag to anyone who is looking for something that is classy and will catch the attention of others. Can’t wait for more bags to come out!

  • Bill

    A co-worker mentioned she had heard about a new, emerging handbag company when I asked for gift ideas for my wife’s birthday. I bought her the “Green Water Weave” bag and she went nuts. She is absolutely in love with it and completely forgot about the speeding ticket she was so angry at me for getting the other week! All her co-workers have already begun asking her about the bag and where she got it. I’m saying it now – Taryn Zhang is going to catch on quickly!

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  • Jenny

    These bags are so cute! Thanks for introducing us to them! I especially like the Purple Black Twist. Incredibly unique and classy at the same time!

  • Melissa

    Wow these are GORGEOUS! I am head over heels in love with the Sasa Four Star Tote!

  • Noa

    Hey Sunny. I've been a lurker/silent subscriber to your blog for some time now, and just wanted to drop a message to say hi. Your design diary is always a great read, and thank you for sharing with the world your designing adventures. It's good to see you branching out into interviewing with other designers. What a great idea! It's very magnanimous of you I think.

    Just wanted to drop a message finally. By the way, I'm the head consultant of my own PR firm and have worked with other fashion designers in the past. If you ever want to chat or have any questions, please don't hesitate to e-mail me. Would love working with a great company like the one you've got here. All the best and good luck! Great blog and keep it up.

  • TZ

    Hey! Thanks for your comment. Yes, we designers need to stick together and help each other in what ways we can. =) As I'm sure you know, it can be brutal out there if we try to go at it alone. Will definitely touch base with you. Again, thanks! That's awesome that you've launched yoru own PR business!

  • TZ

    I'm really feeling the Purple Black Twist, too! =D

  • SugarRockLani

    nice interview. i wasn't familiar with SDM before this interview, so thanks for putting them on my radar. i'm feeling the Mini-Hotdog Romance bag.

    also, thanks for checking my blog & the words of encouragement!

    :) lani

  • Theversastyle

    i love the four star tote!!