Globetrotting with New Sonia Kashuk Spring 2012 Cosmetic Bag Collection
Images of Bohemian glam fashions, cabana clubs, and 1970s pool parties presumably informed the three new prints introduced in the Sonia Kashuk Spring 2012 Cosmetic Bag Collection: Swirl, an Emilio Pucci-esque, Capri-flavored print consisting of kaleidoscope-style swirls in vivid lilac, aqua, seafoam green, yellow, white, and pistachio green; Tile, a visual nod to Morocco and Southern Spain thanks to its repeating pattern of arabesque-like shapes outlined in aqua blue and lime green, each featuring an elongated star at its center, motifs that abound in traditional Moroccan Zillij mosaic tiles; and Tribal, a black-and-white print that nods to the geometric patterns seen in Bogolan fabrics, hand-painted artifacts from Tanzania, Mali, and Kenya, and tribal body painting work throughout sub-Saharan Africa. The Tribal pattern is particularly stunning, and the addition of light aqua zippers, handles, piping, and faux leather tabs helps to modernize the print and infuse it with a whimsical, summery, carefree vibe.
All the shapes in this collection should look familiar to those with some prior knowledge of Sonia Kashuk’s makeup bags: there’s the Triple Train Case, a rectangular bag with a top handle and three compartments stacked vertically atop one another, each with its own individual zipper; the Weekender, a square case with two top handles that can be zipped close for easy toting but, when unzipped, reveals a multitude of pockets, pouches and sleeves; the Travel Duffle, a fashionable oversize bag designed for quick getaways; the Soft Cosmetic Case, a traditional, purse-sized makeup bag with a rounded top edge and a zippered top; and the Foldover Clutch, which features a hidden magnetic closure under the rounded top flap and two zippered compartments on either side of the bag, each featuring a see-through vinyl panel.
At top, you’ll find the Sonia Kashuk Tribal Duffle ($24.99 at Target.com), which measures 8.5″ in height, 5″ in width, and 11.5″ in depth. Featuring a zippered compartment along the front panel, two sturdy shoulder straps, and a zippered top, this bag is perfect for three-day weekends and last-minute getaways. Next, you’ll find the Sonia Kashuk Tile Triple Train Case ($19.99 at Target.com), which measures 6.25 ” in height, 5.75 ” in width, and 9.25 ” in depth. This adorable case features three levels, each with its own zippered compartment, so that you can organize your cosmetics, brushes, jewelry, hair accessories, and knickknacks before hitting the road. If you like the Triple Train Case but prefer a different print, check out what the Sonia Kashuk Tribal Triple Train Case ($19.99 at Target.com) looks like in the fourth photo from the top.
Perhaps my favorite of Sonia Kashuk’s makeup bags, however, is the Weekender, pictured third from top in the Swirl print ($24.99 at Target.com) and again in the Tile print ($24.99 at Target.com )in the last photo above. The bag measures 8.25″ in height, 3.0 ” in weight, and 12.5 ” in depth, making it easy to fit into most carry-on luggage pieces, plus it includes two soft top handles, should you wish to carry it to your destination. The Weekender’s main strength is its wealth of compartments, pockets, pouches, and zippers. When you unzip one side, you’ll find a large zippered interior pocket, with a smaller interior zippered pocket built atop the fabric on the bottom of the aforementioned pocket (essentially think of it as a pocket built atop a pocket), the zipper on the latter arranged vertically on one side and, on the other side, an open pouch with an elastic band so that you can comfortably fit brushes and larger items. At the center of the Weekender, dividing both sides, you’ll find a dual-sided flap with one oversize, see-through, zippered vinyl pocket on one side and, on the other, two smaller zip-top vinyl pouches attached to the bag via velcro strips. The opposite side of the Weekender, meanwhile, features a large open pocket. On a recent trip to Puerto Rico, this bag absolutely saved me — I managed to fit all my eye shadows, lip glosses, and lipsticks, my Clarisonic, my powders and blushes, my various makeup brushes, blotting papers, hair elastics, bobby pins, Q-tips, sponges, and essentially any cosmetic “must.” And, thanks to all these individual compartments, everything remained organize for the duration of my trip.
After the jump, you’ll find even more pieces from the collection including: the Sonia Kashuk Tribal Soft Cosmetic Case ($5.99 at Target.com), a traditional makeup bag measuring 4″ in height, 2.5″ in width, and 6.25″ in depth; the Sonia Kashuk Swirl Small Train Case ($14.99 at Target.com), a single-level train case measuring 3.25 in height, 6″ in width, and 9.5 ” in depth; and the Sonia Kashuk Tribal Weekender ($24.99 at Target.com).