Queensmith Loves | Danse Lente
From Pandora Sykes to Eva Chen, fashion experts and influencers alike are obsessing over the latest ‘it bags’ by Danse Lente. Playful, curious and architectural in form, here’s what we think of the leather goods brand taking London, New York and the World by storm.
The Next It Bag
After studying at London College of Fashion, Danse Lente founder Youngwon Kim launched the brand that was to (almost instantly) become the name on every bag-obsessed Londoner’s lips. Not long after, Danse Lente was taking New York Fashion Week by storm, and in September 2017, Who What Wear crowned Danse Lente the ‘Next It Bag’, thanks to its popularity among fashion editors and social media influencers. Designer Youngwon Kim likens the contemporary aesthetics of her designs to modern architecture, using playful and curious quirks to produce the super-Instagrammable, highly recognisable bags. Danse Lente, she told Moda Operandi, translates as Slow Dance from French, ‘I quite simply want to bring that uplifting mood and joy of dance into our bags’. And joy can be found in the highly competitive price point too, with designs starting at £120, and capping at around £500.
Minimalist & Eccentric
The brand was created a little over a year ago, and has already been selling, quite literally, like hot cakes, with the sartorially-informed sporting Danse Lente bags at all the major 2018 fashion weeks. Reaching a much sought-after balance between minimalist and eccentric in design, the bags are striking. At Queensmith, we’re suckers for neutral tones, soft sands and stark whites, crisp lines and nude shades: Danse Lente’s designs have got it all. A Danse Lente bag is recognisably so, with a strong resemblance between each design. Despite this resemblance, each bag has a strong and unique identity of its own. Would you keep it sweet and retro with the Lilou half-moon shaped bag, preppy and simple with the Phoebe satchel, or a little off the wall with the hexagonal Johnny pouch? There’s a Danse Lente bag to suit all. (And we’re wishlisting the Lilou in Cavallino and White!)
Danse Lente is available from a number of online retailers, including Net-a-Porter and Moda Operandi, and is soon to come to London's The Shop At Bluebird, based on King's Road.