Classic cross body bag: Heirloom Mini

Posted on August 01, 2014 by Rachel Kwei | 0 comments

Rib and Hull are a Polish-based design duo whose philosophy of simple designs with the best materials (vegetable dyed leathers, organic canvas and linen) are a winning combination. I've blogged about theHeirloom tote here and I'm now in love with the Heirloom Mini cross body bag. It's the perfect size for an iPad Mini, has a magnetic clasp and an interior pocket and comes in three great colours - cognac, oxblood and black. It's very reasonably priced for its quality (USD$195) and if you hurry you might even get it on sale. What's not to love?

Cognac Heirloom mini

Cognac interior

Oxblood Heirloom mini
Black Heirloom mini

Posted in cross body, Heirloom mini, Rib and Hull

Colours to wear now #3: Grey & Orange

Posted on October 15, 2013 by Rachel Kwei | 0 comments

Continuing to be inspired by Net-a-Porter's guide on colours to work into your wardrobe now, this week we are exploring grey and orange bags from independent handbag designers.

grey leather clutch bag Heather Belle
Katherine fold over clutch in techno grey by Heather Belle US$425 

The Zurich from London-based Milli Millu ticks both boxes of being lady-like and orange.

Zurich Milli Millu bag orange
The Zurich from Milli Millu £495 

Another London-based brand, Florian London's two toned Keona tote has a structured but clean-lines look. It's big enough to carry your daily essentials but has some key interior pockets to keep everything to hand.

Keona tote bag Florian London tangerine black
Keona tote bag by Florian London £295  

From Kiwi brand Deadly Ponies comes Mr Chain Mail NZ$595 made from soft deer skin, it has an orange chain strap with padded shoulder. Check out their site... I'm really liking the Mr Chain Mail in the blue and it also comes in black.
Mr Chain Mail by Deadly Ponies NZ$595  

The Romy messenger by French brand Tila March is a classic shoulder bag with modern features.

Romy leather messenger bag Tila March
Romy messenger bag by Tila March €490

Posted in cross body, Deadly Ponies, Florian London, Heather Belle, messenger, Milli Millu, Tila March

Looking for an everyday bag? Five bags for Winter 2013/14

Posted on September 15, 2013 by Rachel Kwei | 0 comments

A friend of mine is on the hunt for a new everyday bag for her autumn/winter wardrobe. 
As a regular international traveller for work, she's an expert at light packing, and would like her new bag to fit a laptop and various essentials for these trips but also not be too bulky or structured so it will have the appearance of being small when she hasn't loaded it up. So here's a selection of bags I've rounded up to make her search a bit easier.
Meli Melo, Thela new taupe cervo £530
This is my favourite tote bag of the moment. It has unconventional, side-ways top handles to fit neatly and comfortably over the arm and a longer shoulder strap so it can be worn over the shoulder (or cross body). There's an internal pouch pocket, a zipped pocket and comes with a matching detachable leather clutch - handy for travellers wanting to keep luggage to a minimum but needing a smaller bag for evening. It's a very decent size at H30cm x W45cm x D21cm. Check out the Meli Melo site for the full range of colours.

Rachael Ruddick, Global Traveller oversized day bag €486
Am really loving some of the pieces from this brand (see my recent mini-bag post here) and the Global Traveller oversized day bag is no exception. It's a really elegant tote, perfectly fitting the current lady-like trend and the python texture adds an interesting dimension. It's got a long shoulder strap or can be carried by its double handles. There's a main compartment, zip pocket and phone sleeve for organising all your things. Its dimensions are H36cm x W47cm x D17cm.

Rachael Ruddick, Global Traveller black tote bag,
Rachael Ruddick, Global Traveller Oversized Day Bag, €486
Misoui, Large Filly tote PLN1200,00zl
Polish brand Misoui has done it again with this unstructured, large leather tote. It's got magnetic top closures and solid brass hardware with an interior zipped pocket. It's the largest of the bags featured in this post but it's unstructured shape means it won't be bulky when you are carry fewer items. It's measurements are H48cm x W58cm x D13cm.

Misoui, Large Filly Tote, approx. £240

Rachel Comey, Profile shoulder bag US$679
This black, slouchy hobo bag has a single, adjustable strap and magnetic closure on the top flaps. There's a bonus coin purse which hangs hidden inside the bag. It's made in Peru from black suede.
Rachel Comey Profile Sholder Bag, Black
Rachel Comey, Profile shoulder bag, US$679

Foley + Corinna, Frame satchel US$395
Quite a classic bag, perhaps bordering on a briefcase style, the Frame satchel comes in a great, versatile whiskey colour and internally has three separate compartments with patch and zipped pockets. It's got antique gold hardware and top handles that can fit over the shoulder but also has a long, removable shoulder strap. Its dimensions are approximately H28cm x W37cm x D9cm.

Foley + Corinna, Frame satchel bag, whiskey
Foley + Corinna, Frame satchel in whiskey US$395

So Shereen, let us know what you end up choosing!

Posted in black, cross body, every day bag, Foley + Corinna, Meli Melo, Misoui, Rachael Ruddick, Rachel Comey, satchel, shoulder bag, tan, taupe, tote

The Carmen tote by Benah

Posted on May 29, 2013 by Rachel Kwei | 0 comments

The Carmen Tote from Australian designer Benah is a lovely, structured tote that has top handles that can fit over your shoulder plus the option of a detachable cross body strap. As an added bonus it has two side pockets on the outside and an internal zip pocket for keeping things safe. It's fully lined, comes in four colours - red, white paisley, tan/camel and black/grey and available from Benah for between AUD$570-580 (approx. £390)

Carmen Tote by Benah from AU$580

Posted in Australian, Benah, cross body, double handles, spotlight on, tote