KARA 2014 resort collection

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

KARA has just launched its 2014 resort collection. The range now includes black mesh and cream calf hair handbags in fabulous minimal and very chic styles.
KARA 2014 resort collection
KARA calf pouch
KARA calf and black leather small backpack

KARA handbags resort 2014 collection

KARA black dry bag

KARA nude tote bag

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8 mini handbags to update your Autumn Winter look

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

I have been seeing lots of mini bags around and they really are growing on me despite the fact that they are not as immediately practical as a tote or big shoulder bag. But, I think they are practical in their own way, forcing you to fit only a few, well considered, essential items with less stuffing of random items and probably resulting in less sore shoulders and back problems. So here they are, eight of the best...

Reece Hudson mini Siren bag US$495
This gorgeous mini bag comes in five colours but I would find it very hard to choose between the Green Leather, the Nicotine Python and Rose Taupe Python. All Reece Hudson bags are made in Italy but designed in New York. It features an adjustable strap (approx. 22" drop) with a cotton lined interior and patch pocket. It's approx. 4.5"x 5.5"x 2".

Reece Hudson mini siren cross body bag
Reece Hudson, mini Siren US$495

Velvetine Jeff Moka €250
Like the Reece Hudson above, this design is a little more unusual in that it isn't the longer rectangle, envelope shape that seems to be popular in mini bags. It's got a chain detail closure which adds a bit of difference and comes in this warm, go-with-everything cappuccino colour. 
Velvetine Jeff Moka mini bag cappuccino
Velvetine, Jeff Moka €250

Lauren Merkin mini Cece US$295
The mini Cece is a cross body bag, featuring a chain strap, an exterior zip pocket and interior patch pocket. It's 8"x6.5"x2.5" and the strap has a drop of 22". And, it comes in ten great colours for you to deliberate over.

Lauren Merkin mini cece bag
Lauren Merkin, mini Cece bag US$295

Botkier Valentina Mini US$195
This gorgeous Italian cowhide mini bag comes with a detachable chain strap (that has a leather section that sits over the shoulder) and a slit pocket under the external flap. It comes in six colour ways and is shown here in wine.

Botkier, Valentina mini US$195

KARA double date bag US$380
I love this KARA mini-bag because of its ability to expand, solving the potential problem of deliberating over whether a mini bag is going to fit everything you need! Made from pebble leather with a fabric lining, the main compartment is collapsable and there are two side pockets. It is also available in maroon and lavender but the camel is currently sold out. Dimensions are 6.5"x8"x5" when expanded.

KARA mini bag double date black
KARA, double date expandable mini bag US$380

Linea Pelle Hayden clutch US$172
This mini bag has an adjustable and detachable cross body strap. It's available in black with white, camel and sunshine (pictured) and it's brass hardware has a shiny gold finish. The flap closure is magnetic and inside it's got a zip pocket and handy mobile patch pocket. Dimensions are 5.5"x10"x2".

Linea Pelle Hayden clutch sunshine
Linea Pelle, Hayden clutch in sunshine currently on sale US$172

Rachael Ruddick Le Trop  £224
I'm loving this python-effect black mini handbag. It's got a zipped internal pocket, features gold hardware and an adjustable shoulder strap (with a drop of 30cms). Dimensions are 17.5cm x 14cm x 8cms.

Rachael Ruddick Le Trop mini handbag python effect black
Rachael Ruddick, Le Trop python-effect black bag £224

Time's Arrow mini Trilogy Crossbody US$495
This is a mini bag with a very modern feel. It's available in three colours - paprika (pictured), black and Sherwood croc. There are three top zip compartments and a front flap pocket with a magnetic closure so you will not run out of places to put things and nor will being full or flat spoil the look of the bag. With a card slot in the last compartment and adjustable cross body strap you know they have thought of everything in the design.

Time's Arrow mini Trilogy cross body bag
Time's Arrow, mini Triology cross body bag US$495

Have you seen any mini bags that have particularly caught your eye?

Posted in Botkier, Kara Handbags, Lauren Merkin, Linea Pelle, mini bag, Rachael Ruddick, Reece Hudson, Time's Arrow, Velvetine

Looking for a... leather backpack

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

A few people have asked me about leather backpacks recently (or rucksacks, if you are a Pom ;-)) So, this post is dedicated to the top five from independent designers I've come across lately... Hope you see something you like and don't forget to let me know if you are on the hunt for a particular type of bag - I might have seen something  that suits.

PB 0110 - CA7
This is the first collection from PB 0110 and I love the sleek, minimalistic designs. The colours used in their range are really beautiful and their backpacks come in two sizes - the
CA7 at 24.5x35x11cm is the smaller of the two (€349) and CA6 is the larger backpack at 31x42x14cm (€449)

PB 0110 CA7 backpack white, navy, peach
PB 0110 CA7 available in white, navy, peach €349 

Ally Capellino - Billy backpack
From the Ally Capellino range of Zippy bags comes the Billy backpack. One of the things I love about the Billy is the squarer shape which makes it very functional for putting a lot in (if you are like me and a bit of a bag-stuffer). Internally, it has a padded pocket that can fit up to a 13" Macbook and a zipped pocket for things you don't want floating around. Available in black, mint and white, I'm loving the mint with the brown straps which are, by the way, padded.

Ally Capellino Billy backpack mint, black, white
Ally Capellino, Billy backpack £644 available in black, white and mint (above)

Kara Handbags - black backpack
I recently came across this US brand Kara, launched in 2012, and like this modern backpack which comes in black and maroon. It's got two zipped pockets - one interior and one exterior.

KARA black backpack
Kara, black backpack also available in maroon US$480

Grafea - popcorn yellow backpack
This bright yellow backpack from English brand Grafea will be a nice pop of colour especially for those heading into autumn and not ready for the usual muted tones of the cooler seasons. It's got several exterior pockets, including a zipped pocket on the back for things you might need to quick access to but need a bit of extra security for. 

Grafea popcorn backpack yellow, blue, red
Grafea, popcorn yellow backpack £160 also available in blue & red

Hayden-Harnett - Thierry backpack
Hayden-Harnett is a US-based bag and accessories brand. With a broad range of accessories and pieces, including a great range of mens bags, the Thierry is described as a 'sling' bag rather than a backpack as it has a single, adjustable strap. The overall style is the same minus the traditional top-flap pocket of a backpack and has a zipped, exterior front pocket, and interior slip and zipped pockets large enough to fit an iPad.

    Hayden-Harnett Thierry backpack stone black
    Hayden-Harnett, Thierry US$398 available in stone and black
    Have you come across any interesting designers or backpacks lately?

    Posted in Ally Capellino, backpack, Grafea, Hayden-Harnett, Kara Handbags, PB 0110, rucksack