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Kevin Kwan Lists Heart's Hand-Painted Bags as a Crazy Rich Asian Must-Have

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Kevin Kwan Lists Heart's Hand-Painted Bags as a Crazy Rich Asian Must-Have
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In the world of the crazy rich asians (CRA), status is everything. And who can better school us on their must-haves than the Crazy Rich Asians author himself, Kevin Kwan. In an interview with, he shares the telling pieces that will secure your place in the world of the crazy rich. Mind you, not all items will break the bank or need the right connections to get it (like that coveted appointment with Giambattista Valli for a custom-made designer dress). In fact, Kevin points out that certain status cues go beyond "easily recognizable logos." Sometimes, it's the subtle signals—"the way you tuck your shirt or what you eat for breakfast"—that determine whether you're in or out of the CRA circle.

He exemplifies the case with luggage. "When it comes to luggage, old-money CRAs love Globe-Trotter, though preferably handed down from their grandparents rather than something brand new. For new-money CRAs, it’s all about a customized Goyard or Hermès weekend bag hand-painted by Heart Evangelista, who’s a Filipino actress and accomplished painter. Then, of course, they’ll post about all the fabulous places they’re going on their Instagram, which should have at least 100,000 followers," Kevin explains.

At the mention of Heart's famous hand-painted Hermès bags, the actress and painter quickly posted a screen cap of the article on her IG stories.



We reached out to Heart and asked how she felt about the shout out. "I'm deeply honored to be recognized for my art. I appreciate the opportunity to reach a wider audience and share my passion of painting with them," she tells Preview

Read more about Kevin's list here.