Colours to wear now #2: Burgundy & Blush

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

Following last week's post, inspired by Net-a-Porter's guide on colours to work into your wardrobe now, this week we are exploring burgundy and blush coloured bags from independent handbag designers.

This beautiful, lady-like bag from Loeffler Randall has two straps on the back so it can attach to a bicycle - great for all you two wheel commuters out there.

Loeffler Randall Rider bag burgundy
Rider bag US$495 from Loeffler Randall

The stylish AB 3 from relatively new brand PB0110 has three separate compartments and also comes in grey and blue.

PB0110 AB 3 handbag natural
AB 3 €699 from PB0110

BoBelle is a London-based brand, founded in 2009, manufacturing in the UK. The interior is suede lined and there are plenty of pockets, including a one to fit your iPad, mobile and pen. Great for work and travel.

BoBelle Cadogan Bag burgundy
Cadogan bag £365 from BoBelle

Shinola is a new-to-me US-based brand that I discovered via the Steven Alan site.

Large crossbody bag US$295 by Shinola

Lotuff Leather is another US-based brand and hand make their bags in the US from the finest vegetable tanned leather. 

Lotuff Leather zipper satchel burgundy
Zipper Satchel US$890 from Lotuff Leather

Posted in blush, BoBelle, bowling bag, burgundy, cross body bag, handbag, Loeffler Randall, Lotuff Leather, PB0110, satchel, Shinola

Colours to wear now #1: Black & Cobalt

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

According to a recent email from Net-a-Porter, there are four colour combinations to work into your wardrobe now - black & cobalt, burgundy & blush, navy & yellow, grey & orange. So taking inspiration from Net-a-Porter's recommendations here's the first of four posts with suggestions of cobalt bags from independent designers.

Benah Tara snake print bag
Tara Snake Print bag from Benah, AU$550

Clare Vivier cobalt foldover clutch
Cobalt Foldover Clutch from Clare Vivier, US$156

Slouch bag from Baia £140

Drawstring bag from Baia £120

Adelle satchel from Pour La Victoire
Adelle satchel from Pour La Victoire, US$325

Posted in Baia, Benah, Clare Vivier, cobalt, drawstring bag, Foldover clutch, Pour La Victoire, satchel

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

Discover... Elk Accessories

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

Don't ask me why we've travelled from a half decent summer in London to Melbourne in winter but here we are and (thanks to some good friends for the introduction) I'm happy to share Elk Accessories for those of you who don't know this brand.

Based in Melbourne, Elk's founders are committed to working with small manufacturers around the world to produce two ranges each year.  The men's range includes canvas and leather bags and silver cufflinks and the women's range includes clothing, jewellery, shoes and bags.

Hamburg carryall
This is a great sized, great quality bag. It's got an open top with a single internal zip and mobile pockets. It comes in two colours, in a raw unlined buffalo leather, and both colours are very versatile and trans-seasonal - I really like the grey. Priced at AU$195 they are really reasonably for the quality of the product.
Elk Hamburg Carryall handbag
Elk Hamburg carryall in tan AUD$195

Elk Hamburg carryall handbag
Elk Hamburg carryall in grey AUD$195
Skye satchel
Available in two sizes, large and small, the Skye satchel is made from soft New Zealand leather and with a durable belt leather strap. Both sizes have two sections, a smaller section under the flap and a larger main compartment. The small satchel measures 22.5 x 24 x 4cm and the large is 40 x 29 x 4cm and sold as a more unisex style.
NB. The grey version is no longer being made in either size.

Elk Skye satchel handbag
Elk Skye satchel small AUD$178 available in blue, orange and black

Elk Skye satchel large handbag
Elk Skye satchel large AUD$230 available in blue, orange and black

Falun wallet
The Falun leather wallet is probably on the large side for a wallet (19 x 11 x 3cm's) with the upside being it stores a lot of cards. It's got three decent sized spaces for notes, a long zipped pocket and a magnetic closure.
Elk Falun wallet
Elk Falun wallet AUD$125 available in denim & tan, yellow & tan, grey & tan

Gävle canvas tote
I do love a tote and I can imagine taking this cotton canvas one everywhere. It's got raw leather handles, is made from thick cotton canvas and has a zip out pouch inside. There's also a leather buckle that can be used to close the bag. The size of the Gävle is 40x37x37cms.
Elk Gavle canvas tote duck egg, yellow
Elk Gävle canvas tote AUD$148 shown in duck egg and yellow

Do you have a favourite from the Elk collection?

Posted in carryall, cotton canvas, cross body bag, Elk Accessories, satchel, tote