I don’t know about you, but I am past the stage where I crave the cheap thrill of a cheap bag. I want something that quietly oozes quality, charm and style – without a. shouting about it or b. costing a small fortune. Which is why I was so impressed when I visited the Village England showroom. I think you might well find your perfect A/W bag right here… They are not fussy, gimmicky or for one season only. They are beautifully, impeccably made. They are not slavish copies of designer bags or ruthlessly driven by trends (although they will nod to them). This is an investment purchase.
When I go to work, I long to be one of those women who can fit all her possessions in a small, cross-body bag. I have tried. It is a pointless endeavour. It is inconceivable that I travel without a book and I usually tote an ipad (on which to read The Times). Thus a larger bag is required. Hence I fell for the charms of the Mayfield (£195, below) and the Eton (£250). The Eton has pockets! It can be worn across the body or toted by hand. Do also cast your eye over the Dunster which I adore (and is already sold out in the plain black – woe is me – but check out the shades of blue.)
If you travel more lightly than I do, then the Ditchling in navy [£165, top] would absolutely take you from work to weekend. I for one cannot resist a navy bag and this one is a study in understated style. (These are not bags which shout their credentials. They don’t need to.)
As you know, I am a convert to the cross-body bag, so the Farnham (£120) is The Dream (chic, sleek, goes with everything). Or the Polperro satchel (below, £295) is a future classic. Your daughter could carry it 20 years hence and not look dated.