I’m sure most of you will agree that us girls mainly share one big weakness; designer handbags. They are like little treasures, so precious and beautiful and worth (almost) more than our lives. For those lucky enough to carry one around everyday, I’m sure you will agree that they give you that sense of feeling special, like everyone is looking at what you are carrying on your arm, being envious of your little companion.
I own two designer bags, but before you think I may be quite rich and a loyal premium brand shopper, this couldn’t be much further from the truth. I own a Miu Miu bag which is coming up to being eight years old (It’s a little tired now… but still going strong! Might try and push another eight years out of her yet…) which was purchased with a department store discount, and I have a lovely Michael Kors clutch bag which was a gift. I dream of owning a collection – imagine having a dedicated shelf which displayed an array of beautifully designed bags?
The other week I allowed myself to get lost in designer handbag heaven, with the AW15 preview event for MyBag.com held at Artisan in Manchester’s Spinningfieds. MyBag is an online shopping destination for all things bag related; there are clutches, handbags, totes, rucksacks, messenger bags… every type of bag you can think of. As well as retailing some of the most loveliest designer styles from the likes of Aspinal of London, LuLu Guinness and Ralph Lauren, I was pleased to see a couple of more mid-range bag brands such as Grafea (you can check out the photoshoot I did with them last year here) and The Cambridge Satchel Company. Some of the designer collections held absolutley stunning hero piees – tote bags that could bring along with you to special occasions, and some more classic bags that make breath taking everyday companions. The Lulu Guinness Signature lip design clutch below in a deep purple shade had to be one of my favourite A/W styles… it’s super cute yet also has that grown up glamour feel too!
The colour theme throughout the showcased collections was predominately warm, earthy autumnal shades, such as burgundies, rich browns and deep scarlett’s. I love Autumnal and wintery colour palettes when it comes to accessories much more than Summer brights, so I was thinking up ways of incorporating all of these styles into my outfits! So terrible… I couldn’t resist picking up each individual bag and holding it against my trench coat.
The above collections from Paul Smith (which is now very sophisticated and classic, without the bold logo and colours which has been prominent within the brand for so long) and Aspinal of London seemed firm favourites amongst the majority of fashion bloggers eyeing up the collections on the evening. The quality of these designs are just exquisite – they really are classic and timeless bags for life.
Hooray! The trusty satchels from The Cambridge Satchel Company made an appearance. I always find satchels and rucksacks are more for the laid back, sports luxe type fashionista, you know the more creative type girl who stylishly pulls of boyfriend jeans and a ‘shirt-and-jumper’ layered up look. They give off a real trendy vibe, and if I could afford one right now, I’d make sure I owned one of these beauties.
The event was a fantastic evening put on by the team at MyBag, in a super trendy venue which matched the brand perfectly. I always love attending the loft style, urban cool-ness of Artisan; MyBag definitely picked the right setting for showcasing the sneak peak preview of Autumn Winter ’15. Check out the uber cute personalised initial keyring and bag charm I managed to go home with from The Cambridge Satchel Company too…
Whether it’s a Karl Lagerfeld catwalk special handbag you want for yourself, or a statement Lulu Guinness Keepsake clutch to gift a friend, MyBag is a fabulous destination for browsing the newest items. Just be warned you’ll be dying and drifting to handbag heaven!