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 

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Spotlight on... two new-to-me brands

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

I'd love to say I discovered these two brands myself but I came across them both over on the fab Miss Moss blog.

The first brand is Scout & Catalogue who make this gorgeous Yelapa leather tote. Taking inspiration from the beach culture of Mexico but hand made in Vancouver, these totes are a great size and shape to be a versatile staple of your wardrobe.

Scout & Catalogue Yelapa leather tote bag

Scout & Catalogue Yelapa leather tote nude, black
Yelapa leather tote in nude and black US$218   

The second discovery from Miss Moss was a bag designed by Agnes Baddoo to replace one that she'd inherited from her mother. At the moment, it's available in 2 sizes - as the replica of her mother's bag (sac 1) and a larger version (sac 2) with additional colours and a canvas/leather version on the horizon. They are available from the Agnes Baddoo site.

Agnes Baddoo leather tote bags
Agnes Baddoo Sac 1 US$250 and Sac 2 US$375  

Posted in Agnes Baddoo, leather tote, Miss Moss, Scout & Catalogue, spotlight on

Alternative to... Louis Vuitton Neverfull

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

A hugely practical bag, the Louis Vuitton Neverfull is lightweight and large allowing you to throw everything in and tote it around with out a care. Some people love them, some hate them but they clearly offer a lot of utility for their owners. This would have to be one of the most copied bags around, including being very popular with the counterfeiters so here are a few alternatives if you like the practical style of the Neverfull but want to be a bit different (and spend less money!)

Edhopper Shopper, Essentiel Antwerp
The Edhopper Shopper from Essentiel Antwerp has the same shape as the Neverfull but is a little bigger. It's got an exterior zip pocket and comes in two colours. Essential Antwerp doesn't ship outside of Belgium, France, Luxembourg or The Netherlands so if you are not planning trips to any of these places you can buy online from Zalando.

Edhopper Shopper by Essential Antwerp £110

Kennedy tote, Joie
US based brand Joie, known for it's laid back California-luxe style, also has a good range of coated canvas bags in around the same size as the Neverfull. The Kennedy tote also comes in spicy orange and has an interior zip pocket.

Kennedy tote by Joie US$158

Mansur Gavriel tote
These beautiful Italian leather tote bags from, another US-based brand, Mansur Gavriel, are my favourite leather alternative to a Neverfull. They come in a range of fantastic colours, some with an interior resin coating in vibrant contrasting colours which make for an interesting design twist.

Mansur Gavriel totes from US$210

IllBeCa Harrison Street Tote
The Harrison Street tote is a good looking bag but what makes this tote unique is that it's got some great features - adjustable handles, an external pocket and a unique removable nylon drawstring pouch ideal for protecting the inside of your bag as much as keeping everything together inside. Not only is the bag really reasonably priced, as the whole IIIBeCa range is, they donate 3% of the wholesale price to three different charities. So you can justify your purchase by knowing you are doing some good! Comes in five great colours for summer.
 Harrison Street tote by IIIBeCa US$178

Marjorie, Ally Capellino
This bag is part of Ally Capellino's Conservative range of bags. Truly a classic investment piece that will withstand the test of time, it's made from Italian vegetable dyed leather and made in London. One of the great features of this bag is that it not only has the mandatory interior pocket, it also has double magnetic flaps on the inside covering the interior of the bag to keep your things that little bit more safe and secure. It comes in great colours too - the gorgeous and refreshingly different sea blue (definitely my pick), grey and, a more timeless, dark brown.

Marjorie by Ally Capellino £448

Posted in Ally Capellino, Alternative to, coated canvas, Essentiel Antwerp, IllBeCa, Joie, leather tote, Louis Vuitton Neverfull, tote