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New season, new bag? Yes please

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Studded bowling bag, £89.99, Zara

At the beginning of each season (I use the term loosely. a. I’m not that fashion (I might work in the industry, but not in the fashion department) and b. This implies that the spring season has actually begun, whereas a mere glance at the thermostat or out the window will confirm that we are still in the grip of The Longest Winter Ever) there is a little bit of me which craves a new handbag. (Hel-lo to this Zara number).
Is it me or has what is considered a ‘normal’ price for a designer handbag gone kerazy of late? Obviously, I would love to be able to invest on a regular(ish) basis, but, alas, there are other demands on my finances (you know, like food, mortgage payments, bills – all those tedious things) which make blowing £1000+ an impossibility.

So, if I am to have a new bag for the spring, it’s going to be high street all the way. Fortunately, there’s a growing market in bags that look designer, but don’t cost it.

Coccinelle is a brand hitherto fore unexplored by me, but these look promising. This might be a bit ‘lady’ of me, but I tend to think spring bags should err towards the paler, more ice cream shades. I’m not sure I’m quite ready to go for lemon sorbet or palest blue, but if you are – check out the website; there’s plenty of choice. (Note: if you do have the urge to splurge, check out the sorbet shades at Mulberry. Delish.)

Coccinelle, £299

Square perforated tote, £299, Coccinelle

Celeste satchel, £250, Coccinelle

Celeste satchel, £250, Coccinelle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reiss (favoured by one Kate Middleton) is also a secret hunting ground for fashion types. There’s a soupçon of Smythson about this shoulder bag.

Bingham, £126 (was £189), Reiss

Bingham, £126 (was £189), Reiss

God bless Jane Shepherdson at Whistles and all who sail with her. We LOVE pretty much everything in that store, including their bags. The Wooster tote also comes in mint with black trim. Do also check out their smaller shoulder bags – the Mini Boundary bag (£195) is ideal for an evening out (or as a day bag for those of you who don’t feel the need to tote around vast quantities of stuff on a daily basis. Ahem.) I must also put in a good word for this top-handle bag from Cos. It is like everything they produce: simple, well-made and looks more expensive than it is.

Embossed leather bag, £125, Cos

Embossed leather bag, £125, Cos

 

Wooster tote, £150, Whistles

Wooster tote, £150, Whistles

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Radley are really upping their game of late. The Laura Bailey collection is fab (there are a couple of pieces left – and look out for her next collection soon). This is pretty much the perfect bag for the office.

Holloway, £279, Radley

Holloway, £279, Radley

I’ve had my eye on Milli Millu for a while. I reckon the Zurich bag would accommodate my laptop, book, diary (yes, at times I insist on carrying all three around with me, along with the usual paraphernalia which is essential for everyday life). But’s it’s not quite bargainous enough for this post, so I’m going with this summery little friend.

The Shanghai, £295, Milli Millu

The Shanghai, £295, Milli Millu

I dropped into the Boden high summer press day yesterday (I have to tell you, Boden is really having a moment – more on this in another post) and this tote rocks (but there’s already an eight week wait list so order NOW).

Shopper tote, £99, Boden

Shopper tote, £99, Boden

 

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