“What’s in my bag?” That’s a question we often wonder about our favourite boutique owners and fashionistas in Singapore. Here, we get to peek inside the fabulous handbags of Jacquie Hourihane and Emily Greally, the dynamic duo and good friends who cofounded boutique at W Singapore – Sentosa Cove, Cove Collection!
Emily and Jacquie’s go-to handbags: from chic totes to leather shoppers
It would be no exaggeration to say that ladies carry their worlds in their bags. “Our handbags have to be multifunctional when weʼre at work,” say Emily and Jacquie. “Like many women, we carry all our usual necessities as well as notebooks, iPads, laptops, and more.”
Naturally, they turn to their boutique Cove Collection for stylish options, including their in-house tote bags as well as Desti Saintʼs fabulous leather shoppers.
“Weʼre loving the ‘Bessie’ by Desti Saint right now. The gorgeous Italian metallic leather has just the right amount of glitz for that wow factor, and the fact that itʼs strong while still looking pretty is a huge plus for us. Another favourite is the Hand Etched Envelope leather clutch. We love that Desti Saint has all her handbags manufactured in small runs in factories that uphold her values of ethics and social responsibility. This way, we know that the bags we carry have helped local employees and economies. The fact that weʼll never see hundreds of them around is a bonus!”
Without further ado, let’s find out what Emily and Jacquie always carry in these stylish handbags!
What’s in my bag: #1 Calmed and Soothed Lips
“A new favourite is the organic Sleep Magic Lip Repair from RE.VITYL. Designed to be a night product, we love that it’s also perfect for those slightly stressful days. The lavender scent is so soothing and it really does give us smooth and lovely lips. So it’s perfect essential in our handbags if we’re heading out after work – it makes lipstick application a breeze!”
What’s in my bag: #2 Sweet Dreams
Just like many busy ladies, undisturbed shut-eye can feel like a luxury. That’s why Emily and Jacquie also love RE.VITYL’s holistic sleep wellness products, including the Silk Sleep Mask and Sleep Magic Phone Detox, a pouch that blocks out calls and Wi-Fi signals! “This brand is a new discovery for us, and one that we adore. The brand is the outcome of a long-lasting friendship rooted in a shared passion for wellness, female empowerment, and the quest for a better lifestyle through greater wellbeing. It’s a female founded business, which obviously we are too!”
What’s in my bag: #3 Stay Hydrated in Style
“We always have our water bottles – essential with the humidity outside and the air-con in the hotel! Our bottles are from Livac Designs. They’re the perfect size, have a carry handle and a drinking spout with a straw inside. Adorned with Singapore imagery, these make us smile, and are always a talking point when we have them on our desk. We also have a wide range of Livac Designs’ items in store, ranging from posters to drinks coasters. Each one is designed by the lovely lady behind Livac, who is a graphic designer by trade. Her art really does have a style for everyone. Her fabulous Singapore and Sentosa posters are bestsellers in our store!”
What’s in my bag: #4 Cover to Cover
“We also always have a rolled-up poncho with us at all times for the arctic air-con in Singapore malls, restaurants and cinemas! The ponchos from Reevo are a must have for living in the tropics and managing the transition from humidity to aircon. They’re so soft, lightweight and versatile, barely weigh anything in the bag but come in so handy – ideal for travel too.
Cove Collection is at 2nd Floor, W Hotel Singapore – Sentosa Cove, 21 Ocean Way.
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This article first appeared in the October 2023 edition of Expat Living. You can purchase the latest issue or subscribe, so you never miss a copy!
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