Alternative to... Le Pliage

Posted on April 23, 2013 by Rachel Kwei | 0 comments

The Day Birger et Mikkelsen Gwyneth bag is a good alternative to the Longchamp Le Pliage bag seen everywhere. Slightly longer and taller than the Pliage, it's 100% nylon so incredibly light and comes in a gorgeous range of colours.
The Gwyneth bag with print is £49 and the plain is £40. The pink one is my favourite. Day also produce a range of makeup bags in the same fabric for £20. They can both be purchased directly from the Day website.

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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

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