We love the idea of having leather goods monogrammed with initials — it's a discreet addition that adds a personal touch to a gift, whether it's meant for ourselves or someone else. But here's a service that takes customisation for leather goods up a whole new level — "marquage", which means an artist hand-paints your desired drawing or pattern on your favourite bag or leather accessory.
Cherin Sim is one such artist who specialises in inking leather goods with personalised designs. And if the thought of having someone put paint on your pricey purchase makes you feel faint, don't worry — she has worked on all kinds of luxury bags, from a Louis Vuitton Keepall to an Hermés Birkin.
Her portfolio is impressive — Sim has done simple initials, depictions of elements of nature and plenty of popular cartoon characters (Hello Kitty and Doraemon are just two among many others). The handiwork is of a professional quality and of course, perf for showing off on your own Instagram.
Besides working on custom leather goods, Sim also holds monogram-painting workshops for those who wish to try hand-painting on their own leather products. It's perhaps something to consider, since Sim's customisation services are fully booked for this year. Or, if you'd rather wait till 2019, here are some of her most eye-catching creations that you can admire in the meantime and reference for inspiration.
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