Is there a more exciting time in a girls life than that of a new handbag? The rush of the purchase, the excitement at all the new neatness of an empty bag – just ready to be filled with the wonderfully unnecessary stuff that us girls lug around day to day? The first wear… ah, I do love a new handbag. I firmly believe in handbags as investment items – as if you buy well, they will last and you can never be too big or small to use a handbag.
Which brings me on to my latest purchase, this beautiful bright pink arm-candy, the purchase of which all happened in a bit of a whirlwind. I was just casually wandering the floors of the newly refreshed Debenhams store on Oxford Street (which has made such a difference FYI – so much brighter and more modern feeling – the beauty hall looks especially lovely). Then, just as I had made my way down the escalators to the ground floor preparing to leave – this baby stopped me in my tracks.
It was quite literally, love at first sight. It was obviously the colour that did it for me. Whist I generally do tend to stick to more classic shades when it comes to bags (tans and blacks mostly), I have had a hankering for a bright pink number for some time and this one just nailed that exact shade of bright pink I was looking for. It’s the MAC Rihanna Xmas lipstick ‘Pleasurebomb’ in bag form – a bright shade, but also quite rich at the same time. The bag itself is big and roomy, and simple in design. If a little bit Birkin-esque. Which is in some ways the only downside as I don’t really like bags that look like knock-offs of others, but as this one is a classic feeling tote design, I’m ok with it.
It’s from the J by Jasper Conran collection and is real leather. The top opening has a zip to secure it shut, but also a magnetic closing – which I think is a really nice touch as holds the opening together, even if you haven’t gone as far as using the zip. Inside is pretty simple, just a zip pocked on one side and a couple of pouches on the other. It’s really roomy and fits a lot of stuff in there.
The leather feels really good too, I’m no leather expert by any means – but it feels soft and buttery, and smooth. But quite thick and hard-wearing. On my first use I did make the small mistake of not spraying it with water protection spray and I did get caught in the rain – but it dried just fine and the few spots that caught it don’t show at all. But I will be spraying it before I take it out for a run again.
In terms of styling it, or what I’d wear it with. In terms of my wardrobe it goes with a lot. My go-to outfits are jeans with either bretton stripe or slouchy grey tops – both of which would work perfectly with a pop of bright pink colour.
Now, I do have to add – that normally I’m a bit of a die-hard Mulberry girl. Yes, they’re expensive – but I adore them and all of the ones I have are in regular rotation (apart from maybe my Tillie, as that’s a slightly more delicate leather finish so I’m a bit more cautious about taking that one out) and will last me a lifetime. But on feeling the softness of the leather, this felt comparable in terms of quality. At £150 it isn’t a cheap bag, by any means – but it is significantly more affordable than a Mulberry purchase (which are never made on such an impulse – with the exception of at Sample Sales). Overall, what I’m trying to say is that this is a fabulous bag and great quality – especially for the price.
J by Jasper Conran bag from Debenhams (£150) – available in other colours online, including black.