Besides being just an interesting building, the Simone Handbag Museum or “Bagstage” located in Seoul, South Korea, also includes a handbag workshop, leather material shop, office space, and a museum, of course. Commissioned by Simone Acc. Collection Ltd, a global supplier of luxury handbags it spans 5 stories above ground and 5 stories below ground.
At the handbag workshop, visitors experience what it’s like to be a craftsperson. Accessing sewing machines, logo pressers, and leather skiving machines they can bring their own creative vision to life!
Professional designers of all kinds (handbag, apparel, shoe, and interior designers), students, and enthusiasts can gain more insight when they visit the leather material shop, where they will see about 500 pieces which Simone has sourced from all over the world.
The museum’s collection features contemporary handbags as well as some dating back to the 1500s. The museum interior and collection were done by Judith Clark, former head curator of the Victoria and Albert Museum, the world’s largest museum of decorative arts and design and professor at the London College of Fashion. She and her team worked together with Yale University to catalog and record the history of the handbags.
At first glance, the building can seem humorous, but when you look at the level of detail put into each element, you can see that Simone takes their craft very seriously. Hopefully, this building can be a source of fun, inspiration, and discovery for many visitors to come!