By Afshan Shafi

True luxury begins with customization. When a client’s power of imagination meets the taste and craft of a professional designer, artful magic happens. Handpainted bags caught the attention of a global audience in the early 2000’s when Kanye West gifted Kim Kardashian a nude portrait of herself painted on to a camel Hermes Birkin. Though the latter was a lurid depiction, it set off a trend that is firmly here to stay. Locally, niche labels like Penguin Pop by Saadia Gardezi and Flora Ruba are satisfying appetites for distinctive and characterful accouterments. Read on for our picks of the finest wardrobe keepsakes

Heart Evangelista with a Kelly she painted herself


Khloe Kardashian with a Birkin painted with the Monopoly Icon

Flora Ruba


Kim K with a Kelly painted on by her daughter North West

Penguin Pop

Good Times


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