Tuesday 9 October 2012

iCute Bugis: For the pet loving fashionista

I have a confession. I’ve never been an animal person!

Not that I hate pets but growing up in a war, all the cats and dogs I saw were stray and disease-ridden. 

Also living with an extended family in a cosy urban apartment it was not an option to keep a pet – bar for a pair of Canary birds and a parrot at one point. Believe it or not, I don’t even recall encountering  any cute puppy or cat until I started going to college.

On the other hand, I have so many friends who are obsessed with cute pets and their facebook pages are dominated by kittens and puppies’ photos which they feel the need to share on a daily basis.

If you’re anything like my friends, or you’re looking for a gift for someone like that, I have recently found the place for you. Yes, that's right, for one post only Bonjour Singpore is talking about real life animal prints!

Cats, dogs or teddy bears? Hard to tell which is cutest!

For those of you who still haven't got it, I'm not talking about the Roberto Cavalli kind but the real life, cat and dog kind of animal print.

iCute is my latest Bugis Village find and despite the fact that none of their items would remotely fit my closet or reflect my personal style, I was hypnotised by this saccharin sweet shop – and I also feel the need to share it with my pet-loving friends and readers.
Everything in the shop is adorned by pictures of animals - whether cats, kitten, puppies or even teddy bears! It’s like an animal lover’s heaven!

The brand - as the store owners Kevin and Phil tell me - is from Taiwan and after seeing it there while on holiday, they fell for the cuteness and decided to bring it to Singapore.

Owners of iCute, KEvin and Phil who are obviously pet lovers as well!

The products range from small pouches to handbags, backpacks, laptop cases, cushions, purses, slingbags luggage and even umbrellas and are all affordable, ranging from only S$8.90 to S$109. And if you want something more personal, you can pre-order any item customized with your OWN pet’s photo on it which makes a great gift I’m guessing! J

Also all the items are made with waterproof material, perfect for rainy Singapore and upon inspection, seem well-made and durable.

My favourites are the vintage-inspired frame bags and clutches! Something about the contrast between the lady-like shapes and the impossibly cute prints make it amusing and hard to ignore. It’s just so much fun and quite stylish in an unusual way.

Yup... found my favourite piece!!!

Imagine wearing a sleek LBD and toting one of these clutches! A cute
fashion statement at its best!!!!

How can you not smile looking at these???

 Honestly, I could not stop smiling for the whole duration I spent in the shop. Something about it is just too sweet and comforting and it helps that the guys (Phil and Kevin) are equally sweet, enthusiastic and true pet lovers.

So although you won’t see me swinging around any of these way-too-cute-for-me bags anytime soon, kudos to those of you who will be and please send me a photo ;-)

iCute is located at No3, New Bugis Street, #03-120 S (188867) and opens from 10am till 10pm every day. You can also find them on facebook.

Superdog is super cute!