Discover... Rennes

Posted on August 01, 2013 by Rachel Kwei | 0 comments

I'm excited about discovering Rennes. Based in the US, it's creator Julia makes everything herself. According to the site, she drafts, cuts and sews every piece. Bags are made to order so you need to allow 1-2 weeks sewing time and despite the handcrafted nature of the product, all the bags are very reasonably priced. 

I've fallen in love with the Mini Chateau Duffle bag. It comes in three very versatile colours - denim nubuck leather, black and (my favourite...) dinosaur taupe. And while this is not a clothing blog, her dresses really caught my so check those out too!

Rennes mini château duffel dinosaur taupe
Mini Chateau Duffel in Dinosaur Taupe US$400

Rennes Gretel Tote white, natural, black
Gretel Tote in Crackle White, Natural and Black from US$270 

Rennes tote bags Sophie, Riley, unlined tote
L-R Sophie Tote in Terracotta US$300,
Riley Dot Tote - Cream Dots US$250, Unlined Tote in Black US$290 

Posted in Discover..., duffel, leather tote, Rennes

Feature: weekenders

Posted on April 09, 2013 by Rachel Kwei | 0 comments

Who doesn't love the idea of a weekend away or a mini-break where you can throw a few things into a bag and jet off somewhere fabulous? It's the romantic notion of being able to drop everything and go, life's necessities carried over your shoulder. As people are getting desperate at this time of year and heading off in search of sun, here are a few bags that will pass for carry on luggage, just don't forget about your liquid allowance if you are travelling by plane.
The Jimmy, Ally Cappellino
If you've got a bit of cash to splash, this would be one weekender worth splashing it on. It's got two interior canvas pockets and one handy external pocket. It only comes in one colour but the tan is so gorgeous it would be hard to go past it.
The Jimmy by Ally Capellino £630

Weekender, Clare Vivier
This navy blue leather weekender from Claire Vivier is another stand out item for me. In addition to the two handles, it also has a longer, detachable shoulder strap and zippered interior pocket. Personally, I like the navy as it's classic and the celery for something a bit different but it comes in four other colours - black, camel brown, green and sanguine. 

Weekender by Clare Vivier US$483

Leather travel bag, Trakatan
Made in Italy, this weekender only comes in black but is a great size if you need to fit a bit more in than a couple of days worth of stuff. It's got two handles and a long over the shoulder or cross body strap.
Leather travel bag by Trakatan €510

Soho travel bag, Elf
From the Local collection, the Soho is the perfect carry-on bag (44cm x 30cm). It has two exterior zipped pockets on each side with two flap pockets on each end. Inside there's two compartments and a zipped pocket. Hand made to order in Bali, all Elf bags are produced by hand and delicately lined in your choice of traditionally hand dyed Batik cotton or in plain suede if you prefer.

Soho travel bag by Elf US$299

Florence Weekender Duffel, Knomo
And for a non-leather option, this is a scotch-guarded durable nylon bag. It comes in terracotta with the option of two short handles or a long shoulder strap, and 'leather-like' trim. It comes with the "If lost" Knomo ID number to help your bag find you. I think it's priced at a very reasonably £145 for an weekend bag with a bit of personality.

Florence Weekender Duffel by Knomo £145

Posted in Ally Capellino, carry on bag, Clare Vivier, duffel, Elf, Feature, nylon, overnight bag, Trakatan, weekender

Discover: Clare Vivier

Posted on March 08, 2013 by Rachel Kwei | 0 comments

I was really excited when I came across the Clare Vivier brand. I was immediately struck by the classic-but-with- a-twist designs making them practical enough to use day in day out without being bor

ed. Beautiful Italian leather in gorgeous colours with bright, contrasting zips add a splash of colour. Clare Vivier bags are very reasonably priced for a product that you will be able to use year in year out. 

Based in California, Clare Vivier products are all handmade locally and often made to order. The good news is that Clare Vivier ships internationally and if the product is available at the time of order it will ship within 2 days but if it is to be made to order it will ship within 10 days. Monogramming is also available on some products which make lovely, personalised gifts (or just special treats for yourself ;-)) Here are some of my favourites…

Posted in Clare Vivier, clutch, cross body bag, Discover..., duffel, messenger, monogram, wallet