Can you spot the ‘Tortoise & Hare Story’ in this Designer’s Bags?

This article first appeared on Getfash — A Shoppable Guide to Style & Life | Photos via Gnome & Bow

“I have never been beaten!”

The Hare boasted before the other animals. “I challenge any one here to race with me.”

Slowly and quietly, a Tortoise said, “I accept your challenge, Hare.”

“YOU? HA! That’s a good joke,” chuckled the Hare, “I could dance round you the whole way!”

“Keep your boasting till you’ve won,” answered the Tortoise. “Let’s race.”

A course was fixed and a start was made. The Hare darted out of sight almost immediately, but soon stopped to take a nap, showing his contempt for the Tortoise. The Tortoise plodded on and on, and when the Hare woke up, he saw the Tortoise near the finish line but could not run up in time to save the race.

Then, the Tortoise said, “Slow and steady wins the race.”

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Designer and Founder of Gnome & Bow, Quanda Ong offers his bags as a means of carrying the story’s strong moral lesson to life’s races — be it at work, school, business, love, or even our hobbies.

See if you can spot the Tortoise & Hare story in his designs:

The Cypress Backpack in Camel, Now S$289.00 (Was S$415.00)
The Balsa Duffel in Navy, Now S$199.00 (Was S$485.00)
“On your mark. Set…”
“GO!” As the Hare sprints out of sight, how will the Tortoise ever catch up?
Just like every race in life, ‘Slow & Steady’ beats ‘Recklessness & Arrogance’.

That’s right. The story is embedded directly onto the zippers of the bags with the pull tabs representing the Tortoise and the Hare, and the zip track representing their race course. The Hare’s zipper tab ends even before it crosses the ‘finish line’ — see image above.

Fancy a stylish clutch instead? The Folio series carries the story on its zips too, where the Tortoise is ahead of the Hare.

The Alden Folio in Navy, Now S$149.00 (Was S$215.00)
The Alden Folio in Navy, Now S$149.00 (Was S$215.00)

Even the wallets have the Tortoise and Hare logos placed in a similarly clever manner.

The Linden Billfold in Onyx Black, S$185.00
The Linden Billfold in Onyx Black, S$185.00

Ong’s design innovation has had Gnome & Bow’s The Hare & The Flying Tortoise collection featured in Esquire, Style: Men, Her World, Monocle, and Singapore Tatler.

View his work below.

The Balsa Duffel

Comes in 3 colours | Read full shoppable article here

The Aspen Briefcase

Comes in 3 colours | Read full shoppable article here

The Cypress Backpack

Comes in 3 colours | Read full shoppable article here

The Alden Folio

Comes in 3 colours | Read full shoppable article here

The Pine Card Wallet

Comes in 2 colours | Read full shoppable article here

The Fir Cardsleeve

Comes in 2 colours | Read full shoppable article here

The Elm Card Sleeve

Comes in 2 colours | Read full shoppable article here

The Birch Cardholder

Comes in 2 colours | Read full shoppable article here

The Regal Money Clip Billfold

Comes in 2 colours | Read full shoppable article here

The Linden Billfold

Comes in 2 colours | Read full shoppable article here

The Linden Coin Billfold

Comes in 2 colours | Read full shoppable article here

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