10 rat-inspired accessories for Chinese New Year that are simply the cutest
Chinese New Year doesn’t only have to be about the reds. Instead of adding more unwearable scarlets to your closet, try getting festive with zodiac designs instead. Here are 10 stylish fashion picks from brands who are taking their rodent game very seriously.
This ink-blot-like charm is a chic way to look festive without being OTT. According to Monica Vinader, the symbol should bring energy, intelligence and optimism to those born in the Year of the Rat. And this little guy has a name – it’s Ronnie.
Canteen bag, Kate Spade New York x Tom & Jerry, $328
If you still fondly remember having your eyes glued to Cartoon Network and wondering when Tom and Jerry would make peace, this new capsule collection by Kate Spade New York will certainly bring back the feels. In this playful nine-piece collab, the brand combines its classic motifs and silhouettes with an image of Jerry peeking out from his typical hiding place. Pair this circular bag with a wide-legged jumpsuit and a red lippie for the perfect reunion dinner get-up.
Red woven leather bracelet and assorted zodiac charms, Pandora, $99 each
With charms available for every zodiac animal, you can customise a bracelet to match the birth years of you and your loved ones. We love the intricate details, from the tiger’s stripes and cubic zirconia eyes, to the signature Pandora crown atop each animal
Partnering with local contemporary artist Jahan Loh once again, G-Shock has launched a collectible edition of the GA-2100 – a favourite in the G-Shock family of tough watches.
“The pattern on the strap is derived from the Chinese words 寿 ‘shou’ (meaning longevity) and 福 ‘fu’ (auspicious),” says Loh. The casing also features silhouettes of rats. This piece is available at all G-Shock boutiques (except IMM) and G-Shock’s ecommerce store.
Medium backpack and small backpack, Gucci x Disney
While Mickey Mouse is definitely the hero of this CNY Gucci collection, the highlight is the Mini GG Supreme canvas with Mickey Mouse print, which features a new beige and ebony material with a vintage GG pattern and various sizes of Mickey Mouse. The embossing gives the appearance and texture of linen, but the protective coating makes it durable for all-day visiting, regardless of weather.
Chloe C in natural white, Chloe, $2,280 (US$1,690)
Watercolour brush strokes and rainbow hues inject a sense of free-spiritedness that feels refreshing in the sea of rat-related merch. Pair with an oversized tee and jeans for an easy yet chic ensemble for visiting.
Longchamp pulls off yet another collab with one of China’s most influential fashion bloggers, Mr. Bags a.k.a Tao Liang, with a cheeky theme of a mouse eating cheese. The repetitive cheese prints on the nano and shoulder bags will add a perfect touch of whimsy to any outfit.
Moschino never fails to make us do a double take. For its limited edition capsule for CNY, the Italian brand splashed the varsity-inspired pieces with Mickey Rat, an underground cult comic by cartoonist Robert Armstrong. This youthful collection is available now at Moschino The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands (Bay Level, #01-15) and Paragon (#01-04/05).
Apart from this leather rat charm bracelet, which we reckon would go with all your CNY outfits, Tod’s is also celebrating this CNY with a red leather pochette and bi-colour leather top-handle bag. The limited edition collection of accessories will be available at all Tod’s boutiques from Jan 25, 2020.