Mischa from Hong Kong launches leather bags – WWD

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The Hong Kong brand Mischa, which based its activity on coated canvas handbags, is moving upmarket and entering the world of all-leather bags. Crafted from napa leather and showcasing contrast color details, there’s a tote that sells for $ 499 and a camera bag style with shoulder strap that sells for $ 305. Both bags feature a perforated hexagonal design that references a design motif from the Mischa canvas range.

Mischa, founded by Toronto-born Michelle Lai eight years ago, is one of several niche handbag brands that have recently emerged on the local Hong Kong fashion scene. In 2004, she entered the handbag game with her line of hand-sewn pouches in Japanese obis. She then created her own brand in 2008.

The brand sells through 30 outlets across Asia, including Lane Crawford in Hong Kong and Kapok in Hong Kong, Japan and Taiwan. Mischa also sells through her own online store.

July was another difficult month for retailing in Hong Kong. But there are signs the situation is starting to improve as cash-rich Chinese tourists return to the shopping mecca. Retail sales in Hong Kong in July fell 7.7% to HK $ 34.6 billion, or $ 4.46 billion at current exchange rates. But that figure represents an improvement from June, when sales fell 8.9%.

August retail sales in Hong Kong are expected in the coming days.

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