Discover: Neva Opet

Posted on August 08, 2014 by Rachel Kwei | 0 comments

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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!

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Feature: shoulder bags

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

A friend of mine is in the market for a shoulder bag and asked me for some recommendations. I've been a little bit obsessed with totes of late and that's definitely been reflected in my posts. So I've had a bit of fun pulling together a shortlist of five different shoulder bags, each style a little different from each other but all from interesting independent designers.

Ally Capellino Donna bag from SS13 Powder range
A modern take on a classic frame style, the Donna bag is typical of Ally Capellino design. It comes in two beautiful colours, softly hues of brown and yellow. And even better, it's currently on sale on the Ally Capellino site.

Stella and Lori, Brown Leather bag  
Coming out of Tel Aviv, the Stella and Lori brand is all about unique, individual products crafted from high quality raw materials with great attention to detail. The Brown Leather bag has a short, over-arm handle and a longer over shoulder or cross body strap and can found on the Stella and Lori Etsy store

Shana Luther, Louie Satchel  
The Louie Satchel from Shana Luther is a great looking shoulder bag with the option of double shoulder straps or a removable long shoulder or cross body strap. It's big enough to fit a 13" laptop which I like as I'm a bit partial to a big bag! I really like the grey which is a colour that's versatile enough to work as well in summer as it does in winter. It's also on sale on the Shana Luther website.

Hawke and Carry, handmade bag  
Hawke and Carry was founded by Paula Collins, an ex-designer for many well-known American brands. Her inspiration is derived from "people producing things on a smaller scale" and she hand makes all the products from the Hawke and Carry brand so if you order a bag from Hawke and Carry it will be made especially for you! Contact Hawke and Carry here.

1 Per Diem, Pebbled Lambskin bag  

1 Per Diem is an accessories brand that takes inspiration from the streets of New York where it's based and their range of products are made. While this bag also comes in black, I am loving grey at the moment and this is another example of a trans-seasonal bag plus has the flexibility of being taken from day into the evening as it's on the smaller side of all the shoulder bags in this post.

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