Bag a treat

Arkadia’s distinguished reputation has always been associated with quality, be it through respected food products, award-winning services or novel concepts within the market. Their most recent, standard-raising concept is their multi-purpose, designer shopping bag, designed by local artist Luciano Micallef.

The new image moves away from the typical image of food products printed on the bag and heads towards the idea of embellishment by reproducing artistic paintings.

When approached to design the new bag, artist Luciano Micallef was intrigued by the idea, “since this was not the standard attitude that most requests come with, I was keen to discuss such a commission.”

“The abstract image still carries the various connotations related to food products, particularly their colours like the greens of the vegetables, and the yellows and reds of the fruit,” said Mr Micallef.

The shift from flimsy, environment-threatening plastic bags to heavy duty shopping bags is one which Arkadia have taken into their stride throughout the years. “We are enhancing this shift further by creating the designer heavy duty shopping bag which is not only more eco-friendly material-wise, but will be a bag which customers will want to use for other purposes, therefore increasing its practicality and overall environmental-sustainability,” said Mr Portelli.

“Such bags are often used to carry items, outside the supermarket purposes, when the need arises, yet we often hesitate to take such bags because their appearance in some places is not so congenial,” said Mr Micallef. “I wanted to specifically avoid such a hesitation so that the bag can be carried anywhere because it is somehow neutral and more prestigious. I wanted to make an ordinary bag appear extraordinary”.

Monique Chambers
Monique Chambers

Monique started indulge in 2011 and has since created Indulge Me GIFT and Indulge Me FOOD and volume 1 of The Artists Directory - Malta. A marketing professional by trade, Monique's passion is to promote local talent and Malta in general. Free time is her biggest indulgence, when she can tinker in her craft room or the kitchen, or be selfish with a book, the sofa and good glass of wine (of course, wearing something beautiful and with freshly coiffed hair!)