Backpacks are back! Handbags at LFW15

Handbags are a girl’s best friends! For me, they are a statement of personality and attitude, a declaration of mood, a weapon in a crowd and a home on the move.

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Today I wanted to share with you the up and coming handbag and leather designers I had a pleasure to meet in the designer showrooms at London Fashion Week.

British brand Hemsley London, set up by Jayne Hemsley embodies quality craftsmanship, innovative and directional design tailored to the needs of the modern wearer. She created luxe fashion-led accessories where fashion meets tech for those busy go-getter socialites.

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The designer tapped into this idea creating an Italian-leather bag collection with the working girl’s best interests at heart. With her unique designs the backpack is back on trend! From the Mayfair to the Derby, all designs are suede-lined and come with a convenient flap pocket that allow you to use your tablet or I-phone on the go.

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And for the ultimate tote ladies, who carry just about everything around, the Hampshire bags are complete with a detachable coin purse (and mirror, and Oyster card holder) for the time when you can’t afford to scrabble through your bag like a lost traveler. How genius is that!

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Williams Handmade was founded by award winning Sarah Williams in 2010 and the brand epitomises truly unique, sculptural and timeless leather pieces with each of them handmade in Hertfordshire.

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This is an extremely labour intensive process where each piece of leather is being cut by hand and constructed individually using traditional techniques

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For me, it is the colours and the unusual sculptural shapes and forms that differentiate Williams handmade from other designers, encouraging you to appreciate the true art of hand craftsmanship.

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I loved this hexagonal sculptured clutch back oozing sophistication and wow factor.

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The Mayra Fedane London brand remains very close to the concept of nonchalance, spontaneity and elegance.

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I loved her structured yet whimsical handbags bursting with colour palettes and edginess where hand weaves and embroideries stand out loud in the high quality leather.

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Mayra is a truly talented designers whose lego-enspired techno-pop handbags are an immediate draw!

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These were my favourites!

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Fleet Ilya is a truly exciting leather label set up with the objective of bridging a high fashion aesthetics and subversive fantasy. I absolutely adored the lilac leather high waist belts and structured backpack that is making a comeback in so many forms and shapes!

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Founded by Jasmine, the J D’Cruz brand  is a new and exciting British brand, delivering  bespoke handmade leather pieces using hand printing and vibrancy of colours as a main tool.

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How fabulous are those structured pink and purple print handbags?

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Philippine heritage brand ZACARIAS bags are hand woven exclusively by S.C Vizacarra, a company set up in 1925 by Crative Ditrector Rita Nazareno’s grandmother Segundida Cornejo Vizacarra.

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Referencing strongly contemporary art, architecture and design, ZACARIAS is a combination of progressive design and the art of hand-weaving.

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I particularly liked Dark Helmet bag hand-woven in wicker with adjustable natural leather handle. What a beauty!

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Which one is your favourite?

Aggie

xxx

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Shearling Wonderland

This season designers have gone gaga over the shearling and fluffy coats in all forms and shapes.

To me, shearling is the autumn’s equivalent of the leather jacket so it has indeed become my winter wardrobe staple. Shearling permeates every major trend this season: oversized, folk ’70s, utilitarian, you name it. So I guess, the question is not if you are going to be wearing shearling, but how you will be wearing shearling this season. Luckily, the answer is – any way you want! If you, like me – love being warm and fashionable at the same time (and it is not always easy) you will most likely be the proud owner of at least a few of these beauties in different colours and shapes.
However, there is always the possibility that the idea of a shearling coat simply does not appeal to you or is just too much for you you. No need to fret, you can always acknowledge the trend via accessories, shearling-lined buckled boots, shearling tote, shearling scarf, everything goes!
In my shearling extravaganza, I went for this gorgeous Karl Donoghue Belted shearling-trimmed leather coat I picked up from theOutnet.
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 Karl Donoghue is one of many talented British designers who started his label in 1995, creating super soft and tactile ready-to-wear and accessories from the finest shearling and leather. Inspired by natural skins and their unique qualities, his cozy-chic collection of shearling leather and sumptuous fur has me fallen head over heels for his designs.
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This shearling coat has been handcrafted in England. The soft beige and gray hues make it go with everything from denim to tailored trousers. I love the sumptous shearling collar, buckled waist belt and asymmetric zip through front. The sheared shearling interior makes it even more desirable!
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Mary Katrantzou – best known for her breakthrough prints – is one of my favorite Birish designers. This Athens-born Wunderkind, launched her eponymous label in 2008, showcasing a perfect balance of flawless tailoring, structured shapes, intelligent use of digital patterns and daring kaleidoscopic prints.
Her creations are truly works of art and this Black MVK Small Verde handbag is no exception.
Rendered in rich tri-tone leather, this small bag is perfect for holding all your essentials and a high-style choice for teaming up with printed separates. Made in neutral earthy tones of nougat, black and ivory leather, it features a square body, front flap close with two internal compartments and a detachable strap so can be used as a clutch. I love the structured design and ultra chic look that oozes sophistication! One of my favourite bags to date! I am slowly collecting her treasured designs in my wardrobe so brace yourself for more of her hyper-real prints and daring designs!
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I slipped on this Modern Vintage Jameson suede ankle bootie in a beautiful taupe colour to add composure and class to my ensemble. The rubber platform is accompanied by a 4 1/2 inch heel height that gives your legs a flattering lift you are looking for.
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Ready to venture out!

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Aggie xxx

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So, I have thought it is about time I organised my first giveaway! I am quite excited to announce that a lucky winner will be the proud owner of this vibrant canary yellow slim leather belt by Day Birger et Mikkelsen (S/M)! Sold out everywhere! The belt measures 34″ at its shortest and 37″ at the widest point. Perfect for the autumn season ahead!

The entry rules are very simple. Follow me on bloglovin’ or sign up for for my blog updates for a chance to win!

The competition runs from 1st to 31st October and is open internationally!
The winner will be drawn and announced on 1st November.
Good luck and I am very much looking forward to my next Giveaway!
xxx
Aggie