Ace designer Ally Capellino asked if I’d like to be involved in her ‘What’s My Bag’ project. This basically involved Ally and the photographer Sophie Green coming round to That’s Not My Age Mansions for a cuppa and a chat – it was so relaxed, I didn’t even bother to tidy up. What’s My Bag is a short series focusing on Ally Capellino fans in their own environment, so this is a rare photo of me at home with the magnificent Globe Cabinet. I was going to say that Capellino’s bags are right up my alley, but two Alison’s and a backstreet feels like one Ally too many. Anyhow, I have a couple of bags: a leather tote bought years ago in the sale, that just gets lovelier and lovelier with age, a canvas rucksack HERE and the more recent blue Betty bag HERE. I like the simplicity of the design, these are not shouty accessories, they are discreet and timeless and the quality is beautiful.
Ally has a new collaboration with textile designer Hazel Stark who is studying at the RCA. Printed leather bags are a departure for the designer with the pared-down aesthetic but this feels just right, they are lovely and made in Great Britain.
Read the full When Ally Met Aly interview HERE.