My Favorite...Vibrant Bag
Designer Ronny Kobo tells us about this bright "pop" orange bag that was a gift from her boyfriend.
As Prince sang in "Pop Life," "Life, it ain't real funky unless it's got that pop." Ronny Kobo, the designer behind the Torn by Ronny Kobo brand, would agree. Born in Israel, raised in Hong Kong and now based in NYC, her namesake line has been worn by Beyonce, Rihanna and Sofia Vergara. But her own favorite piece is a bright "pop" orange M2 Malletier bag. Here's why.
How did this stunning bag come into your life? "It was last Christmas, I threw a party for my office, so my boyfriend bought me a gift. I've followed this brand for the past two years, I love them; known but unknown, day-into-night bags. I wanted a pop color and I wanted one for awhile, so I'd been looking to buy online, but it was always sold out. Especially the fun colors. So I thought, 'Okay, it wasn't meant to be,' and I forgot about it. So he found one online, [from a site based] in Asia. It was so perfect for my lifestyle and our brand—because our brand is day-to-night—and I felt it was fun."
What do you love about it? "It's one of my favorite items of my wardrobe. I could wear it as a clutch or a shoulder bag. For some reason, whenever Fashion Week comes, when you really care about what you're wearing wherever you're going, I'm always gravitating to it. And it always suits everything; a really nice tasteful pop. I never look back on pictures and say, 'What was I thinking?' It's timeless, it's fun, it's quirky, not too serious, not pretentious, it's not a screaming name, and I kind of like that. Because we take a lot of chances with our wardrobe. Things we make are usually novel, loud, they have some great prints."
Any styling tips on how to wear a bright color? "Yeah, I think that when you purchase a staple piece that's a pop color, usually most of the accessories are a year to two years ahead [of apparel] in trend. You can be safe and wear it with lots of neutral colors, whether you're having a teal clutch with a black outfit or whatever your color palette is that works within your wardrobe. I've been wearing the same colors since high school! So find a pop that offsets your wardrobe, the color palette you wear, and don't be scared of wearing it in all the seasons. It's about finding your inner pop!"
Your boyfriend gave it to you, does the bag represent a connection to him? "Obviously, when you're wearing a gift from someone you love, whether it's your boyfriend, mom, best friend, sister, you feel a sentiment and a connection. It's always nice to wear something given to you by someone that you love, who knows what you like. Every time I wear it, I definitely feel a sentimentality. It was a gift, given to me at a Christmas party for my office, and I love everybody that I work with. So maybe not by coincidence I end up wearing it to all my favorite events."
Has it been on many trips with you? "We should name her. She's been to the Caribbean, Anguilla and St. Barts, she came to Mykonos with me this summer, Israel, Miami…I wore her with lots of neutrals. I had it with me on New Year's Eve in the Caribbean. I went to a party on the beach, I had a French dinner at a really cool French bistro, I had the best steak tartare of all time and spent the whole night dancing on the beach, which was pretty awesome."
And how did the bag fit in? "I was wearing a dress from our 2014 line, super hippie multicolored with lots of henna, teal, orange and ethnic colors. It was inspired by a Moroccan tile, so the bag looked like a Moroccan tile because of its interesting shape. It kind of complemented that."
When you see it hanging in your closet, what's the first thought or feeling that comes to mind? "Happy, good energy. A pop color is a happy color. When you have a wardrobe with no pop, it's not happy. I don't own a black bag. I feel like accessories should be happy and put you in a good mood."