Feature: clutches

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

I've come across a few interesting clutches lately and while I'm not often in the market for a clutch they are always handy to have so this week I thought I'd share these.

The first is from London-based brand Lost Property of London who take salvaged fabrics and materials and turns them into accessories for a second life. Not only great for the eco-conscious but they look good too. I really like their Beeby clutch which is made from salvaged coffee sack and leather.

Lost Property of London Beeby clutch bag
Beeby clutch from Lost Property of London       

Materials + Process produces handmade goods and leather accessories designed and crafted in San Francisco. I've had my eye on the Georgia clutch for some time now and love the practical, in-built pockets helping you carry some cash, cards and your mobile in an organised way.

Materials + Process Georgia clutch handbag
Materials + Process Georgia clutch                 
Materials + Process Georgia clutch handbag
Nancybird is a Melbourne-based designer known for her vintage-style designs and combination of leather and textile prints. The Ziggy clutch, shown here in charcoal, has a detachable wrist strap with three interior pockets, one of which is zipped.
Nancybird Ziggy clutch handbag
Nancybird Ziggy clutch                             
Nancybird Ziggy clutch handbag

This bag made by Misoui is technically a small bag as the name 'Small Purse' suggests, but, it has a detachable strap so I think it would make a great clutch. I'm a bit taken with the pockets - one exterior pocket which is super handy for quick access, to things like your Oyster card, and another interior pocket. Saves the inevitable rummaging around you will do, even with a bag of this size! All Misoui products are made by hand.

Misoui small purse handbag
Small purse from Misoui                                

Last but certainly not least are the extensive range of clutches from Clare Vivier (click here for an earlierDiscover: Clare Vivier post). There are so many colour combinations and types of leather to choose from. My personal favourite is the Foldover clutch in blush snake.
Clare Vivier foldover clutch handbag
Blush snake Foldover Clutch from Clare Vivier    

Posted in Beeby clutch, Clare Vivier, clutch, Feature, Foldover clutch, Georgia clutch, hand made, Lost Property of London, Materials + Process, Misoui, Nancybird, salvaged fabric, small purse, Ziggy clutch

Feature: shoulder bags

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

A friend of mine is in the market for a shoulder bag and asked me for some recommendations. I've been a little bit obsessed with totes of late and that's definitely been reflected in my posts. So I've had a bit of fun pulling together a shortlist of five different shoulder bags, each style a little different from each other but all from interesting independent designers.

Ally Capellino Donna bag from SS13 Powder range
A modern take on a classic frame style, the Donna bag is typical of Ally Capellino design. It comes in two beautiful colours, softly hues of brown and yellow. And even better, it's currently on sale on the Ally Capellino site.

Stella and Lori, Brown Leather bag  
Coming out of Tel Aviv, the Stella and Lori brand is all about unique, individual products crafted from high quality raw materials with great attention to detail. The Brown Leather bag has a short, over-arm handle and a longer over shoulder or cross body strap and can found on the Stella and Lori Etsy store

Shana Luther, Louie Satchel  
The Louie Satchel from Shana Luther is a great looking shoulder bag with the option of double shoulder straps or a removable long shoulder or cross body strap. It's big enough to fit a 13" laptop which I like as I'm a bit partial to a big bag! I really like the grey which is a colour that's versatile enough to work as well in summer as it does in winter. It's also on sale on the Shana Luther website.

Hawke and Carry, handmade bag  
Hawke and Carry was founded by Paula Collins, an ex-designer for many well-known American brands. Her inspiration is derived from "people producing things on a smaller scale" and she hand makes all the products from the Hawke and Carry brand so if you order a bag from Hawke and Carry it will be made especially for you! Contact Hawke and Carry here.

1 Per Diem, Pebbled Lambskin bag  

1 Per Diem is an accessories brand that takes inspiration from the streets of New York where it's based and their range of products are made. While this bag also comes in black, I am loving grey at the moment and this is another example of a trans-seasonal bag plus has the flexibility of being taken from day into the evening as it's on the smaller side of all the shoulder bags in this post.

Posted in 1 Per Diem, Ally Capellino, Feature, frame bag, Hawke and Carry, Shana Luther, shoulder bag, Stella and Lori

Feature: beach bags

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

With summer here (well, I'm going to pretend!), here are a few bags ideas to get you ready to hit the beach or pool...

This gorgeous bright neon beach bag has double handles that fit over the shoulder. It's made from natural thick canvas in oatmeal with a choice of neon base - bright orange or yellow/green. The interior lining is black. 

£36 available from byMart on Etsy

What this Heidi Klein bag lacks in bright summer hues it makes up in chic, casual beach style. Made in Madagascar from raffia it's got a leather tassel charm and a good sized internal pocket. It can also be worn cross body.

£180 available from Heidi Klein
I love these beach bags I found on Plumo. They have long handles to fit over the shoulder but are very deep and spacious so will easily fit a rolled up beach towel. They have an zipped pocket on the inside which is particularly handing for keeping valuables safe and out of sands way. Speaking of which, not sure it's really practical to wheel your bike over the sand!
£55 available from Plumo

Another gorgeous neutral toned bag made from linen burlap. I found this in an Etsy store and as it's made to order you can request the colour of the leather handle (tan, black, dark brown or light brown).

£35 available from JuneberryStiches on Etsy

I'm loving these straw bags that would be as great for the beach as they would be to take to the market.  They are handmade in Spain with natural vegetable fibres and long leather straps. Another great Etsy find, you can even order the bag with a zip.

£47 available from BlowawishBags on Etsy

This is a simple but great looking beach bag with two straps that are long enough to go over the shoulder. Made from 100% cotton it's a good size (H46cm x W39 x D28cm) and comes in three great summer colours - lemon (shown below), raspberry and sea green.

£49 available from Toast

Posted in beach bag, BlowawishBags, byMart, canvas bag, Feature, Heidi Klein, JuneberryStitches, linen burlap, Plumo, raffia, Toast

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