Inspired by the nostalgia of her childhood in Asia and longing for a return trip this year, SAMBAG designer Sam Wagner explores the colour and texture found within her physical and temporal environment to create a collection of accessible, luxurious essentials. Reflective of a bowerbird’s nest the new season is over flowing with lustrous, shiny metallic, cobalt blues and pops of brilliant colour.
The new season offering utilises a palette of ocean blue melding into monsoonal sky grey, sunset coral and yellow, and flashes of rose gold. Leathers, fabrics and finishes are informed by this nod to nature, from croc, python and eel-look skins, to pebble smooth and perforated suede. Designed to me worn in contrast, it’s the subtle idiosyncrasies of hue and tactile surfaces that enable Wagner’s vision for modern dressing.
Footwear runs the gamut of must-have summer wardrobe styles. Espadrilles, 70s tonal platforms, washed patent wedges and a plethora of summer sandals featuring beads, studding, metal mesh and jewel details form the collection. SAMBAG’s bestselling ballet flat is reinterpreted in exotic python prints, embossed weave and real fish skins.
Teetering perfectly between function and glamour are hardworking bag shapes such as basket weave shoppers, structured, boxy totes or reversible leather carry-alls. Clutches are covetable in metallic and are offered as envelope fold-overs or tooled feathered leather pouchettes. Finished beautifully with chunky gold hardware, bamboo toggles and oversized leather tassel pulls no detail is overlooked.
SAMBAG’s apparel collection offers effortless staples in fabrics and silhouettes that can be mixed and matched with ease. Silk crepe camis are layered with twisted copper Lurex summer scarves, bone toned silk suiting and sandy skinny denim. Swimwear peeks out from underneath draped tanks, mosaic printed pants or shibori dyed sundresses. Subtle tribal prints feature over simple summer shifts, maxis and obi wrap blouses.
Wagner’s vision for the collection is a feeling of easy nonchalance. While reminiscent, the designer ensures each piece is also contemporary and relevant, resulting in an overall feel that is collected, graceful and uncomplicated.