At a recent meeting when my book editor asked if I was going to write about bags, I said no. I’ve never really been interested in fancy, look-at-me designer handbags. Paying silly money for leather accessories, to dangle from my elbow, is just not my thing. (And this is obviously why the ‘£300 handbag’ has become so popular, and why Michael Kors has cleaned up). Hands free, that’s me. I’m partial to a cross body bag or shoulder bag, depending on the outfit. Or the size of your chest. As a fan of Faff-Free Style, you will never see me with is a clutch. Tried it once and it’s a miracle I even got to the event without losing the clutch bag, my travel card and my marbles. And once there, I kept spilling my drink. To me, the cross-body is the comfy shoe of the bag family. Chic, reliable and the perfect companion for running around with. Fortunately, my lovely editor has the same viewpoint and so I won’t have to bore on about bags. Bag-free, that’s also fine by me.
This summer I have mostly been using a beautiful sky blue, leather Ally Capellino frame bag, my Village England khaki leather Beamish bag and latest discovery – a navy leather satchel from M.Hulot. Founded by designer Anna Kreeger, M.Hulot is a small British bag company based in London and yes, the name is taken from the fictional character in the wonderful Jacques Tati films ( must watch them again, soon).
While we’re on the subject of book writing, are there any areas/items you think I should cover in Book Number Two? I’m slowly piecing things together and would love to hear your thoughts.
And here’s a small collection of cross body bags. I’m eyeing up the APC: