Feature: metallic handbags

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

Inspired by a gorgeous pair of metallic cinnamon shoes I decided to feature metallic handbags as there are so many around and perfect for the festive party season. I'm particularly partial to the warmer tones of rose gold, copper and bronze at the moment but many of these bags come in metallics other than the colours featured here eg. silver so don't forget to visit the websites for other options.
1. Peony & Moore, 'Maisie' in blush £69
In blush pink leather with a brushed brass lock closure this classic style.  The matching leather shoulder strap is adjustable and also removable as it sits on hidden poppers within the bag itself, so clever.  It has our signature cotton striped lining, a built in coin purse, as well as a zip compartment and pockets for phone/diary. 
2. Reece Hudson, 'Bondage Miniaudieiere' in rose gold croc embossed brass US$1,345
Miniaudiere Frame Evenine Clutch. Removable matching cuff. Chain to attach to cuff, for use as a short strap (8"drop), or removable. Approximately 6.5" x 3.75" height x 2" depth. Made in Italy.
Hold it, or let it hang elegantly from a wrist - this is the answer for those who like to take all of their essentials with them. Our popular wristlet has room for an iPhone, credit cards, keys, notes and change. All of these essentials are wrapped in one chic, metallic package. The inside is lined with an orange suede, and is finished with a detachable leather strap.
4. Marie Turnor, 'Lunch' leather bag in metallic gold US$250
Based on a brown paper bag, the LUNCH is sized in-between the PICNIC and the DINNER. Unlined. With an interior pocket. Approximately 10x7x3 inches. Made in California.
5. Belen Echandia, Covet Me Mini in anthracite with gunmetal US$315
Genuine leather, under-flap compartment with magnet closure, zipper pocket on reverse, PDA/mobile pocket, interior zipped pocket, handy leather strap, bag size: height 19.5cms, width 25.5cm, depth 2cm
6. Loeffler Randall, 'Lock Wallet' in rose gold watersnake US$350
The Lock Wallet in metallic rose gold watersnake with shiny silver signature push lock. A convertible wallet with removeable leather cross-body strap for multiple uses.
7. Liebeskind, 'Megan' in copper approx. £80
Compact, rounded shape, sporty zipper pocket and zippered patch pocket detail on front. Smooth leather in a metallic finish with contrasting hemline. W x H x D (cm): 17 x 25 x 9.5
8. Zatchel, 'Saddle bag' in metallic bronze £65
This saddle bag is handmade using bronze metallic leather with matching brown stitching and a silver nickel buckle.
9. Baggu, Leather Baggu in gold US$160
Our simple shape made of the softest natural milled leather. Comfortably fits over the shoulder.  14" wide / 24" tall / 4" gusset / 10" handle drop. Made in NYC.
10. Lauren Merkin, 'Eve'  in gunmetal metallic lambskin US$200
Like the best back-up singers, Eve complements you without stealing the spotlight. Classic shape in a size subtle enough to accompany any ensemble. Opens with a hexagonal frame. Signature striped shimmer lining. Made in NYC. 11 inches wide x 4.5 inches tall.
11. Jerome Dreyfuss, Popoche in golden €175
Little case with metal hoop on the side. Material: Lambskin. Dimension: 21x30x0.5cm. Weight: 92g.

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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?

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