Looking for an everyday bag? Five bags for Winter 2013/14

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

A friend of mine is on the hunt for a new everyday bag for her autumn/winter wardrobe. 
As a regular international traveller for work, she's an expert at light packing, and would like her new bag to fit a laptop and various essentials for these trips but also not be too bulky or structured so it will have the appearance of being small when she hasn't loaded it up. So here's a selection of bags I've rounded up to make her search a bit easier.
Meli Melo, Thela new taupe cervo £530
This is my favourite tote bag of the moment. It has unconventional, side-ways top handles to fit neatly and comfortably over the arm and a longer shoulder strap so it can be worn over the shoulder (or cross body). There's an internal pouch pocket, a zipped pocket and comes with a matching detachable leather clutch - handy for travellers wanting to keep luggage to a minimum but needing a smaller bag for evening. It's a very decent size at H30cm x W45cm x D21cm. Check out the Meli Melo site for the full range of colours.

Rachael Ruddick, Global Traveller oversized day bag €486
Am really loving some of the pieces from this brand (see my recent mini-bag post here) and the Global Traveller oversized day bag is no exception. It's a really elegant tote, perfectly fitting the current lady-like trend and the python texture adds an interesting dimension. It's got a long shoulder strap or can be carried by its double handles. There's a main compartment, zip pocket and phone sleeve for organising all your things. Its dimensions are H36cm x W47cm x D17cm.

Rachael Ruddick, Global Traveller black tote bag,
Rachael Ruddick, Global Traveller Oversized Day Bag, €486
Misoui, Large Filly tote PLN1200,00zl
Polish brand Misoui has done it again with this unstructured, large leather tote. It's got magnetic top closures and solid brass hardware with an interior zipped pocket. It's the largest of the bags featured in this post but it's unstructured shape means it won't be bulky when you are carry fewer items. It's measurements are H48cm x W58cm x D13cm.

Misoui, Large Filly Tote, approx. £240

Rachel Comey, Profile shoulder bag US$679
This black, slouchy hobo bag has a single, adjustable strap and magnetic closure on the top flaps. There's a bonus coin purse which hangs hidden inside the bag. It's made in Peru from black suede.
Rachel Comey Profile Sholder Bag, Black
Rachel Comey, Profile shoulder bag, US$679

Foley + Corinna, Frame satchel US$395
Quite a classic bag, perhaps bordering on a briefcase style, the Frame satchel comes in a great, versatile whiskey colour and internally has three separate compartments with patch and zipped pockets. It's got antique gold hardware and top handles that can fit over the shoulder but also has a long, removable shoulder strap. Its dimensions are approximately H28cm x W37cm x D9cm.

Foley + Corinna, Frame satchel bag, whiskey
Foley + Corinna, Frame satchel in whiskey US$395

So Shereen, let us know what you end up choosing!

Posted in black, cross body, every day bag, Foley + Corinna, Meli Melo, Misoui, Rachael Ruddick, Rachel Comey, satchel, shoulder bag, tan, taupe, tote

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