could we not love a line called Deadly Ponies? Take the name and their latest inspiration, influences from Latino girls, Senorita Bandits takes bad girls to an entirely new level for Spring/Summer 2012. Paying homage to the chola aesthetic and true Southern California style, complete with tattoos, bandanas, and alligator skin this is a collection that reflects a new edge with some bold choices for spring like a dusty pink and canary yellow, but possibly the most notable inclusion this season is the designs of renowned tattoo artist Stefan Sinclair. His work depicting horses parading features prominently throughout the range, so we think Deadly Ponies is perfect for a night out with the gang.
We opted for their Mr. Zip ‘N Fill Twist bag made with the highest quality deer nappa, leather renowned for its soft yet durable quality. Each skin must pass through 30-plus steps towards its finished state, scrutinised so that only the very best hides are used in construction. The uniqueness of the hide lends individuality to each bag, while consistency of finish and handle guarantees workability. I like it for it’s perfect size (it fits a pair of heels and a computer, if needed) and I can use it as a shoulder bag or sling it across my body.
Handmade in their workshop, designs marry unique looks with usability, and, I’ve been told that a Deadly Ponies bag will last a lifetime. Designed, sewn and dispatched from the workroom in downtown Auckland, where every scrap of leather is used in the process, they’re continually keen to break new ground with fresh colours and shapes are developed each season, and variations on old favorites sit alongside inspired new creations.
I also grabbed their Mr. Mini Croc wallet, but they also make some pretty kickass jewellery, all slightly different from the next with pieces blur the line between high-function and high-fashion. The outcome is always to be treasured; enticing even those anti-bagists to venture out and carry something DP.
Note: Deadly Ponies kindly offered me their products at wholesale. That said, all thoughts are my own and I did ‘pony up’ dolachi for their swanky goods. Thanks, DP!