Handbags and the Gladrags….Part One

Handbags and the Gladrags….Part One

Hello! I hope you have had a good week? I am currently in London on a bit of a reccie trip- throwing off my wellies and donning my city gear and revelling in all that is fabulous about the big smoke. New brands, new collections, new sites and catching up with friends- a total tonic for the soul.

Anyway- I wanted to bring your attention to two brands which I love and are offering my followers a cheeky discount code! I haven’t had the time to write both blogs this week- so today is “Part One”…Handbags!

Harriet Sanders hand-makes the most beautiful handbags. She is based in Cheltenham- but you can also order online. I went to see her to experience how she works and I have to say- as a handbag addict, I was truly like a kid in a sweet shop. You can choose “off the peg” as such as she has them on display or you can go bespoke and she will make to order. You chose your fabrics, lining, shape, and fixtures and fittings…and this is where it was SO hard to make the decision… (first world problems hey!)

This is what I mine looks like:


I chose cowhide with a gold acid splash and a fuschia pink lining. Harriet hand makes all the bags in her studio I can vouch for the quality- there is not a stitch out of line a mark or any missing detail- she has totally perfected her craft. This bag would retail at £185.

I used to be a HUGE fan of Mulberry bags, (as well as Coach, Kate Spade, Chloe and Micheal Kors…..the list does go on a bit!) but in the last few years the love has died as I feel they are TOTALLY over-priced and the simple fact is- I honestly believe you are not necessarily getting a better product. You are being charged that price for branding, advertising, rent, staff etc etc…but a better handbag is not always the result of the higher price. Walking into Harriet’s shop and studio- you will find her at her cutting table; sewing machine poised and ready to listen to what you want and then produce you the bag of your dreams…surely that is a better shopping experience? One that is tailored to the customer, their needs and charging a fair but not over-inflated and misplaced price.

In my line of work I see across the board, high st to luxury, bespoke to mass-produced and more and more am I becoming disillusioned with the high end as the prices and customer experience are so compromised. Small businesses like Harriet’s are what we should be supporting as they deliver on all levels.

If you would like to order from Harriet she is offering 20% off any bag until the end of March if you use the code “KE20” – please pass on to any friends/ family/colleagues you think may be interested to support this brilliant business and talented lady.

Hope you like as much as I do…next week it’s the “gladrag’s” courtesy of the fabulous Baujken