We tell you what makes a bag ‘designer’

Designer bags have become big business and they often bolster labels’ finances, if not directly fund the label entirely, particularly those that produce haute couture.  But what makes a bag ‘designer’?

Some may say it’s the design, others may cite luxury materials, be it leather, suede, metallic or exotic skins.  Or perhaps it’s exclusivity, in the form of the brand, the shopping experience and the price.  Ultimately it’s a tantalising mix of all of these things.

It’s proven difficult to find a definitive definition of a designer bag, however the Collins English Dictionary for designer clothing could easily be applied to bags, “designer clothing is fashionable or luxury clothing made by, or carrying the label of, a well-known fashion designer”.

Our style influences come in many forms and evolve throughout our lives as we create our own unique style.  We firmly believe that a designer bag can elevate any outfit whether we’re popping to the supermarket or out for a fancy meal.

We’d love to hear what you think about designer bags in the comments below.

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We tell you why we adore Smythson’s Maze clutch

Smythson’s Maze bag is a sophisticated rectangular clutch.  We love the elegant design couple with Smythson’s exquisite craftsmanship.

We’re fortunate to have a Maze clutch in mustard leather with suede trim on the site.  Why not take a look?  We believe that mustard works with any outfit or almost every outfit!

Frank Smythson Ltd., known as Smythson of Bond Street, is a luxury British brand offering stationery, leather goods, diaries, handbags and fashion products.  The company created the first featherweight diary, in 1908, enabling diaries to be carried around.  Smythson opened its first shop on 29 September 1887 on New Bond Street, London, and the firm’s HQ remains on New Bond Street today.  The brand has had and continues to serve numerous royal and celebrity clients.

What do you think about the Smythson Maze?  Tell us in the comments below.

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5 hacks to care for your designer bag

So, you’ve got the designer bag of your dreams but how can you best take care of it?  Bags are often works of art handcrafted from delicate materials.  They require a bit of TLC to keep them looking their best.

Here are our handy hacks to help you care for your designer bag:

  1. Store it in a dust bag: Most designer bags come with a dust bag, a soft cloth bag which often has a tie. This helps to protect your bag from dust, damage and the likelihood of it being scratched or damaged. Try to store your bag inside its dust bag when you’re not using it.  If you’ve mislaid or didn’t receive a dust bag a clean pillow can be a useful alternative.
  2. Keep in a clean and dry environment: Direct sunlight and hot, humid or damp environments can all damage bags.
  3. Don’t squash your bag: Ensure your bag isn’t scrunched up or squashed when it’s being stored to avoid it becoming misshapen.  Acid-free paper or bubble wrap are great stuffing materials.  Make sure you’ve removed all personal items from your bag before it’s stored.
  4. Take care when using perfumes, creams, and makeup: Makeup, lotions and liquids can all stain the components of your bag.  Residues may discolour or leave marks on leather, material, metal buckles, chain straps, decorations and linings.
  5. Take care when you’re out and about: Be careful where you put your bag down. Liquids and sharp objects are possible hazards for your bag.  You may wish to use a bag hanger to keep your bag off a dirty floor or table.

How do you care for your designer bags?  We’d love to hear from you.

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5 reasons the Mulberry Lily is a modern bag classic

We’re big fans of the Mulberry Lily.  We truly believe it’s a modern classic and here’s 5 reasons why:

  1. Its understated elegant design has become instantly recognisable
  2. It features Mulberry’s signature postman’s lock
  3. The adjustable chain strap can be worn at 2 lengths
  4. It’s made out of gorgeous leather and available in a number of finishes
  5. It comes in various different sizes (mini, small and medium) so there’s a bag for every occasion

We’re fortunate to have two bags on our site – Mulberry Medium Lily in natural leather and Mulberry Small Lily in plum leather.  Why don’t you check them out?

Do you have a Mulberry Lily? We’d love to her your thoughts in the comments below.

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We tell you about the accessory of choice for a bone fide princess

Designed by Robert Dumus, the Hermès Kelly bag has been around since the 1930s.

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Copyright: Pursuitist.com – Grace Kelly with her Hermès Kelly Bag

The bag’s aesthetic was very different to the decorative styles that were in fashion at the time.

It took its moniker from Grace Kelly after the Princess of Monaco reportedly ordered six of the bags in different colours in 1956.  Photographs of the Princess with her various bags and other celebrity fans soon made the design an icon.

Do you have a Kelly bag? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below.

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We show you how to be a wedding belle this wedding season

It’s that time of year again when wedding bells chime with gusto throughout the land.  Obviously we realise that people get married throughout the year but we believe the main British wedding season tends to last from April to October to coincide with better weather – fingers crossed!

Whilst we realise that it’s all about the bride and her frock, to be precise, wedding guests like to look their best too.  Being a wedding guest can be an expensive business particularly if you’ve got a number of weddings to attend.  So, why buy when you can rent?

We’ve got a wide range of designer bags to help you accessorise your style including Lulu Guinness Lips Clutch in red metallic snakeskin, the Smythson Maze in mustard leather with suede trim, Charlotte Olympia Pandora in burnt orange Perspex, Anya Hindmarch Valorie in metallic glitter, Longchamp Clutch With Wrist Strap in burgundy leather and Tory Burch Kelsey in blue leather with cut our detail.

Check out our selection of clutch, shoulder and cross-body bags for more inspiration.

We’d love to hear what you think about wedding style in the comments below.

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What’s so special about a Jimmy Choo clutch bag?

Jimmy Choo accessorised red carpet dressing before it became “a thing” and remains a favourite with celebrities and the style savvy.

Those of us who watched Sex and The City will fondly remember Carrie’s despair as she, “lost her Choo” whilst running for the Staten Island Ferry.  Jimmy Choo was a brand to covet and a pair of Jimmy Choos or one of its bags was an aspiration.

We love Jimmy Choo.  Why not check out the Jimmy Choo Tube Clutch in leopard print on our site?

We’d love to hear what you think about Jimmy Choo’s accessories in the comments below.

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What are the key dates for the 2017 events season?

Events season is here.  Whatever your passion – be it sporting or otherwise – it’s all happening this spring/summer.

We’ve pulled together the key dates you need to know for 2017’s British Summer Social Season:

  • Glyndebourne (20 May-27 August)
  • Chelsea Flower Show (23-27 May)
  • Investec Epsom Derby (3 June)
  • Chestertons Polo in the Park (9-11 June)
  • Cartier Queen’s Cup Polo (18 June)
  • Aegon Championships at Queen’s Club (19-25 June)
  • Henley Royal Regatta (28 June-2 July)
  • Wimbledon (3 July­-16 July)
  • British Grand Prix (7­-9 July)
  • The Open (20-23 July)
  • Qatar Goodwood Festival (1-5 August)

Wherever you’re going you’ll want to get your style sorted.  Luckily we’re here to help you accessorise you’re outfit.  We’ve got a great collection of designer clutch, shoulder and cross body bags to choose from.  Why not check out our selection which includes Charlotte Olympia, Mulberry and Stella McCartney for more style inspiration?

We’d love to hear your plans for this year’s event season in the comments below.

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What’s so great about indigo?

We find indigo is such a versatile colour.  So much so that we’re surprised more bags aren’t indigo coloured.

But what colour is indigo?  It has been described as a colour located between the (primary) blue and the colour violet of the Red Green Blue colour wheel.

Thankfully Victoria Beckham recently produced one of her large zip pouches in indigo leather.  The colour is accentuated with a delicate cut-out detail on the front.

We’d love to know what you think about indigo in the comments below.

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