Admit it. Though small in size, fashion accessories do pack a punch when it comes to defining a personal sense of style. A mere pair of shades, a bag, purse or shoes can amp up your outfit in a heartbeat.
In a city like Seoul, the variety of fashion accessories is limitless.
We came across a bevy of exquisite pieces – be it the edgy and unconventional designs or the traditional pieces made out of luxurious leather. We also found a boutique that carries eco-friendly and handmade accessories. Grab these gems and more in our guide to accessories in Seoul.
A creative and edgy eyewear brand
404-5, Seogyo-Dong, Mapo-Gu, Seoul | Also available at various locations.
I think we can safely say that the unassuming pair of shades has come a long way, thanks to Gentle Monster. At first glance, the store looks like an art exhibition. A closer look and you’ll find an array of eyewear that combines experimental design with high functionality. For the edgiest of shades and frames, look no further. Even K-Pop stars and celebrities are donning these eye candies.
Sustainable, handmade accessories
Little Farmers is a sustainable accessory brand that uses eco-friendly materials made from recycled newspapers, magazines and natural crust leather processed in pure vegetable oil. The result is a range of handmade shoes, bags, wallets, handphone covers, watches, keychains, hats and pouches. They even carry a small range of Korean indie CDs and cool accessories. Head over to Ssamzie farmers next door for organic food and for some curious “poop bread”.
Bags with an edgy twist
This fashion and lifestyle goods brand uses unconventional materials like metal, wood and leather. We’re guessing this is why their bags are adorned with alluring details – making it a must-have if you’re donning an outfit with a sleek and edgy twist. They even offer a collection of home accessories like tableware, kitchenware and decorative items.
Contemporary leather bags for all ages
Shana 8th Avenue creates leather handbags with love and passion and is perfect for mothers and daughters duos. Though touted as a contemporary leather bag brand, its timeless sensibility and vintage look attracts all ages. One thing we like about this brand – its variety of colours – fit for every occasion, mood and outfit. You’ll have to sneak a peek yourselves.
Designs that meld tradition with modernity
Created by bag designer Cho Myeong-Hee, Storisac is a fun bag brand that melds tradition with modernity. These handcrafted bags are made from soft leather and adorned with traditional Hanegul patterns. The perfect souvenir to take back with you.