I’m sure I can speak for most women when i say; Bags (& Shoes). Yes thats it. There isn’t anymore to say, simply because there is too much to say. However as the Fashion Week season is upon us and NYFW draws to an end, I can say an extra few words (well, two more) to highlight one of my favourite designs of the week; Mansur Gavriel!
The bucket bags are back and I can not get enough of them. Designers, Rachel Mansur and Floriana Gavriel have made everybody and their friends want one of their amazing bags. The New York based brand was founded by these two ladies in April 2012 and now almost three years on, the Italian crafted bags have well and truly entered the fashion world. With growing attention and exposure, the brand is flourishing nicely. Whilst AW15 will see two new styles (along side the existing collection that includes; totes, backpacks and bucket bags) as well as new colours, for me its all the bucket bag. The design is simple and the structure that reflects the shape of a bucket adds a certain depth to the bag. The fact each bag is colour blocked also contributes to the luxury aspect of the street-style kind of bag. Naturally and like most, you can not go wrong with classic black, however I also really like the brandy colour and next season’s sand one too. So watch this space! #WishList
We’ve all been there, done that and as a result, know how much it sucks. It’s ok from time to time, just don’t let it become a habit because that’s when it becomes a problem. I’d rather have the confessions of a shopaholic than regret of a sensible person! Wouldn’t you? With summer drawing to an end so are the sales, and if it already hasn’t AW collections are about to hit the stores.
So history doesn’t repeat itself, keep an eye out for that winter favourite, because it’ll be gone in a flash. With that said, some stores still have final clearance sales, so if an item you’ve had your eyes on is still up for grabs, go grab it while you still can or the ghost of fashions past will be on a new haunt! Just saying!
Coming from Brazil where the merchandise is far less authentic, I went a little crazy when I got to Peru. From traditional stripped gringo trousers, the cutest fabric backpacks, alpaca jumpers, blankets, scarfs and socks to pretty patterned purses, quirky leather handbags and funky footwear; I’ve become obsessed. I mean how can I not? Everything is so awesome. The bright colours. The cool textiles. The unbelievably soft baby lama apparel. The unique patterns. The authentic essence. I love it all and I can not get enough.
So I’ve gone passed denial and reached acceptance now, because since landing in Peru I haven’t managed to walk through a single textiles market and not buy a thing. After holding back my shopping addiction for 10 weeks, I’ve well and truly had a relapse- now I have no control. So yes, I’ve become a market junkie.
I’m not quite sure why or how I’ve gone back to embracing my inner shopaholic; it’s not like I’ve been able to walk into Zara, Topshop or Selfridges in the past 3 months. Nevertheless, I now have two pieces of extra luggage filled with South American goodies and I can’t wait to get home and utilise them all. I’m actually quite looking forward to summer in the UK. With less than 3 weeks to go; bring it on!
Within an hour of crossing the Brazilian boarder into Argentina; not even checked in yet and just about got some of the national currency; we came across these authentic buys.
These finely crafted handmade leather luxuries are far from the fast fashion culture back home. Yes, some bags can last a life time, especially those well made (and well looked after)- usually labelled kind of bags. But when such love and precision is put into making these unique bags; where no two are the same; and made by the very person selling them, they deserved to be kept forever.
As soon as you step over the threshold to browse the independent little store, you can smell the (real) leather in the air. Personally, I’ve never really been a fan of that smell or these particular type of leather bag, but I know a good purchase when I see one. The fine detail and fragility of each design is what gets one spotted and snapped for ‘street fashion’ purposes. They are different from each other, never mind every other bag out there. Not sold in bulk or mass made, they are defiantly a statement piece. As “alternative” as they are, when caught hanging on ones shoulder, it will more likely “make” and outfit, than it will “break” it. Still, as much as I adore them, admire the craftsmanship and am intrigued by there delicate designs, they are not me. Mainly because I just don’t think I could pull it off.
On the other hand, they are so cheap. Stepping over the boarder, anything and everything is cheaper here than in Brazil, but for what they are, how genuine they are, the love put into them and how much they would probably sell for at home; they are cheap! The type of merchandise sold “down the Bella” or a quirky little stall in Spitalfeilds market. I could make a killing with that profit margin, I could be one of those cheeky salesmen not budging on the price even though I know I bought it for less than half of its retail label. However, let’s just call that “plan B “. For now I’m enjoying the freedom and exploring the world (well South America that is) and plus I’m not even half way through my “Eat. Pray. Love” journey, so who knows what else I’ll embark on and what business ventures are yet to evolve.
Hand made bags 2
Hand made bags 1
The complete set
Hand made bags 3
Argentinian leather craftsmanship
It’s all in the detail