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COIN QIAN

Shanghai. 1920’s. The Paris of the East. A heady metropolis of romance, art deco glitz and ancient motif. A cultural melting pot of Chinese, British, French, and American influence. Opulence rubbing shoulders with the everyman on the street.

Celebrated artist Coin Qian pays homage to this vibrant era with glamorous handbags that capture the magnetic imagery of her homeland’s history. Masterfully designed and crafted for modern life, Coin’s bags are for women who carry a torch for the past amongst the hustle and buzz of the cosmopolitan city. They’re for fashion and style lovers with discerning taste, for art collectors looking for something culturally unique, for tastemakers seeking a conversation piece, and for those who contemplate what came before with a starry eyed reverie.

Each bag is rich in colour, texturally intriguing, sprinkled with symbolism, and imbued with nostalgia. Potent feminine portraiture schmoozes with subtle reptile prints and luxurious leathers. Bold stripes contrast against wistful glimpses of eras past. Elegant purses sit pretty next to stylish satchels and sophisticated evening bags.

Coin Qian has married powerful personal narrative, kaleidoscopic landscapes and a deep respect for the old world with a cutting edge fashion prowess, reworking traditional paintings on an incredible new platform. Each bag brings a fresh perspective to her work, adding dimensional qualities formerly lost on the canvas.
We may be in the present, but the past lives on in each of us, reminding us of our roots and how the new world blossomed.

Moonstone Round Frame 

Disco chic meets the Art Deco Orient in this glamorous handbag that bridges style and culture. Slinky and slightly glittery, gold champagne mesh ripples underneath the fingertips in glorious reptilian fashion. A durable polyester lining featuring Coin Qian’s painting Blessings, lends a luminous splash of colour to the interior. Thanks to a smart detachable leather strap, this ingenious accessory easily transforms from shoulder bag to clutch.

Helenite Frame 

This vibrant, vintage style handbag features an Art Deco aesthetic and floral motif. A curvy, half-circle frame compliments a bold kiss lock clasp, whilst a detachable leather strap lendschic and streamlined contrast.

MALACHITE Box 

An exquisite cross body handbag for daytime or evening, inspired by the panache and glamour of the Art Deco era. An elongated chain strap lends a unique style aesthetic, whilst a statement kiss lock clasp keeps to tradition. Featuring rich silk velvet in a subtle shade of pebble grey, Coin Qians Miss Shanghai acts as a focal point in a simple oval frame.

MISS SHANGHAI

Rectangular frames, sharp angles, and hard casings of the 1920s and 30s, this little slice of old Shanghai is a beautiful recreation. Featuring CoinQian's painting Bird and Blossom bordered by a fine elliptical frame, the portrait of the beautiful stage siren lends mystery, class and grace.