When I stroll the streets of China I see Chinese men carrying the groceries and shopping bags for their wives, girlfriends, of the ladies at their sides. Not only these but also their handbags. The women in turn have their hands casually in their pockets. I believe to see a proud expression in their faces, as far as I am able to recognize facial expressions in Chinese faces yet.
The bags the men carry come in all colors and sizes, mostly pink being the latest fashion in China (alas, no pink handbag was photographed). I see pink not only in coats and sweaters but also in handbags and backpacks. Even breathing protection is mutating to a fashion statement, making them a virtue and stylish accessory.
I ask myself what the handbag criteria may be? Who is choosing the bags and buying them? In Europe and the US (the whole world even!), handbags are the „girl’s best friend“, I mean the very best. Handbags according to the latest designer outburst are a must and indispensable for a fashionable woman. Handbags let us know about the status, the financial background and about a woman’s life philosophy.
In China, is the woman choosing her bag to fit her man? Would this mean the man advances as a fashion accessory or just one of daily use? Is the man also changed according to the season if not fitting the bag anymore?
So many questions, a lot I still have to find out during my stay in China.
I ask myself, still carrying my own bag with pride, can I find a man fitting my brown Prada?
- June Fox, guest writer
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