For a little while longer I will be living in swishy south-west London, before I move back to the area closest to my heart, the south-east. People from my home area do not carry designer bags because they will get stolen, end of. So moving over here to Posh London was interesting from a fashion perspective. Top bags on the arms of the lovely ladies of the SW:
The Mulberry Bayswater. This is the daddy of them all: simple, classic and 700 HUNDRED POUNDS. If you see a lady with this bag, you are looking at a £700 bag. I know bags are expensive but it’s still weird to be standing next to someone with this much cash slung over their arm. They are not short of a bob or seven hundred, clearly. But if you’re going to spend that much money, this is probably a safe bet. You will always like it and it bespeaks old-school British quality, lending subtle classiness to the rest of your no-doubt prim and proper ensemble.
The other Mulberry bag I see often is the Anthony:
Practical and much nicer in real life than this stern photo suggests because it’s so soft and nice. I see this most often on ladies who look like they own art galleries rather than run hedge funds (like the Bayswater crowd).
No Alexa has yet crossed my path but I know they’re out there.
I have a real soft spot for women with Louis Vuitton logo bags. There’s something so wrong about an item with such obvious logos and in celeb-land I find them tediously ubiquitous but in real life I think there’s something fabulous about an older lady with a nice blow-dry and her “it’s my money, I’ll spend it on what I like” bag mentality. Plus I imagine it’s a very well-made piece of kit, which isn’t at all a given with designer bags despite the prices.
Possibly even trumping the Bayswater in terms of how many of them there are about is the Longchamp Pliage:
It’s wipe-clean! Because it only has leather trim rather than being all-leather I imagine this is much more affordable than the other bags and I approve of its demeanour. A friend has this bag and it is very understated but nice. I am addicted to canvas bags but I have a nylon-y Luly Guinness one that they kindly gave us when we went and scoffed all their cakes and it makes a nice change. Possibly one day I will have a leather bag like a proper grown-up person (a post on the topic of my next bag purchase is to come).
Lastly, and not surprisingly because it is LUSH, is the lovely Petal to the Metal Marc by Marc Jacobs bag. I have looked at it on Net-a-Porter. I have fondled it in Liberty. I have seen it on several adorable girls in the vicinity of my house. Think skinny jeans, shiny brown hair, navy blue coat and this bag and then cry because you are not that cool chick with the bird bag.
And here ends todays sociology lesson.