You can’t go wrong with the clean, crisp style of a minimal bag and I love how accessorising one with an outfit can really enhance a look without fuss and frills. Choose traditional leather and suede for a classic, professional look, or dress it down with canvas and the new kid on the block, uashmama-a strong, washable paper like fabric. I’ve picked six of my absolute favourites to compliment your every day, be it work or play. Apparently I like to rhyme too.
|1| The colour of the moment, soft pink is running it in the colour stakes and I can’t get enough of it. Combine it with a traditional leather backpack and you’ve brought a whole new edge to laid back style. Take it to work and make them jealous. Verity backpack in nude, Whistles.
|2| Yield-Design Co is a San Francisco based independent design house creating some of the most beautiful homewares and accessories I’ve ever seen come out of Etsy. Fact. Their 2015 edition Tokyo Tote in stone combines a duck canvas bucket bag with natural leather straps and I want it all.
|3| I thought you might be wondering about this one, yet another genius invention by the Italians-is there nothing they can’t put their hands to? Uashmama (pronounced “wash mama”) is produced in Tuscany and is actually a paper fibre that is so strong it can be washed and still holds its shape. With its utility style canvas straps and rollable top, it’s the ultimate in sustainable chic. You can get yours at The Future Kept.
|4| Olive Cooper London bags are genius. Founder and designer Olivia Martyn realised that a one-size-fits all professional work bag just doesn’t fly when you’re heading out for drinks afterwards and came up with the two in one bag allowing you to up and downside with simple attachments. I’ll take the Argyll in Nubuck, please.
|5| A recent addition to my Great.ly store (check out the new Minimal Style collection) I picked out the Ashton backpack-tote as an ideal day out with the kids accessory. As I’m still in the midst of needing a nappy bag this is a much more stylish option, looks great in black canvas and I can wear it as a backpack or tote. I think Rob wouldn’t even mind carrying this one. Win.
|6| I love everything about Wealdhandmade‘s aesthetic-the geometric, origami inspired shapes to her clutches are a dream come true. Sarah designs and hand produces all her bags from her seaside home which are inspired by memories of school and given a very grown up, modern twist. Isn’t Nellie so very beautiful?