Burberry Prorsum, Vivienne Westwood and Paul Smith are a few of the more renowned, even iconic, British brands. This year, however, other British brands stand out when it comes to bags:
1. Alexander McQueen
Known best for knuckle-ring clutches, the brand has most recently introduced a bag destined to be a hit. The Heroine bag, seen on star Zoe Saldana, is very sleek, has a nice structure and does not have a fussy design.
I think this could quite possibly unseat the Celine Luggage Tote’s reign as the “It” bag. Of course, that also depends on how many A-list celebrities are seen carrying this tote around.
2. Anya Hindmarch
Remember that ubiquitous “I’m Not a Plastic Bag” tote which sent bag lovers lining up and even braving the rain just to get their hands on one? Perhaps it was because that fabric tote, a designer first, was very affordable.
This Fall/Winter 2012 season produced a very charming clutch, with glitters and bells. I would have loved to see this bag being carried by the Duchess of Cambridge since she has been patronizing the brand for some time anyway. A show of her modernity and her fun side, with this bag, would’ve been a pleasant change from the nondescript clutches she so favors.
The last few years have seen Mulberry continue its ascent. The House continues to make variations of the favored Alexa, producing a backpack and a specially designed Bayswater with a Union Jack design on its oval hardware enclosure exclusive to Selfridges in London. A perfect Britannia souvenir to commemorate London in 2012.
4. Charlotte Olympia
Charlotte Olympia’s Perspex Union Jack Pandora Clutch is her way of paying homage to Queen Elizabeth’s 60 years on the throne. The transparent plastic clutch, which she has become known for, comes with three interchangeable zippered pouches. A rather fun and festive way to celebrate London as the Olympic host city.
5. Victoria by Victoria Beckham
I still shudder at the price points of bags by Victoria Beckham, but I see the point. Each of her bags is, without question, very well-made.
The piece Posh herself seems to favor carrying—the soft Victoria tote—wins style points for being basic and almost nondescript, lacking in logos or any brand identification. Perhaps that’s what makes this bag all the more covetable.
6. Stella McCartney
Perhaps the only truly chic “eco-friendly” bag out there belongs to Stella McCartney’s Falabella tote.
The Falabella bag is slightly reminiscent of the Chanel chain tote and can be a tad heavy. It comes either as full tote or with shorter handles, long strap for arm/hand-carrying.
Ingrid Chua Go is the blogger of http://www.thebaghagdiaries.com. Follow her on http://www.twitter.com/thebaghag.