Japan’s Mega Popular Scarf Eco Bag Series Releases New Designs

18.March.2021 | FASHION

Japanese miscellaneous brand L’AMI+ recently released a new collection of its hugely popular ‘Scarf Eco Bags’ online. The series has sold over 30,000 units and is enjoyed for its handy use being able to be tied up like a scarf. It not only looks stylish, but makes it convenient when out shopping.

 

Scarf Eco Bag Stripe Series: Ecru/Grey/Red – ¥1,700 Each (Before Tax)

How to Fold

1. Stuff the handles into the bag itself and snap the buttons closed.

2. Fold into a triangle and roll.

3. Tie around your handbag or rucksack and snap the final button closed to secure.

The new unisex designs feature striped patterns in ecru, grey, and red. They are made from a material that ensures they do not wrinkle so they stay looking fashionable. They are the perfect addition to have if you’re someone who goes out and forgets to take a shopping bag – they can conveniently live on your handbag.

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