For Friday – it’s all about black!

As some of you might know my ‘something for the weekend’ spot focuses on my five favourite bags on instagram from the weekend. This week it stays true but it comes a day early in case you’re looking for Black Friday deals. And in honour of the colour theme, all the beauties featured here are in that favourite winter colour, black!

So if you’re sitting comfortably here are the top 5 black bags on Instagram, rocking one of the key fashion trends, and if you’re lucky, you might get at an even better price tomorrow. Good luck!

From Mansur Gavriel

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Lovely top handle, vintage clasp and croc embossing from Mansur Gavriel.Pictured here in classic leather but is a real black beauty. If you are in the US pick up from Nordstrom. Anywhere else in the world head online to the likes of netaporter.com or matchesfashion.com.

From Esin Akan

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This is the large but lightweight Kensington tote bag. Oversize totes are the trend this season. You don’t have to live in London to get your hands on this bag. Go to esinakan.com.

From Rebecca Minkoff

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Say hello to the Jean Mac bag from Rebecca Minkoff. Her bags always have interesting clasps. Look how well this bag works with a casual look. You can get black friday deals directly on the website rebecca minkoff.com

From Charlie Feist

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When gifting I think you can’t get better than finding a sustainable present. Take a look at the Ikigai bag made from recycling 27 plastic bottles from Charlie Feist. Ideal for a weekend break. Available in the UK or online at selfridges.com.

From Fendi

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Introducing the Karligraphy bag from Fendi from the 2020 collection. This season wear as a shoulder bag to keep on trend but the chain is long enough for weekend crossbody wear.

There you have it, 5 favourite bags from instagram, all in this season’s classic black colour, and maybe found in a black friday sale tomorrow. Here’s hoping!

Happy shopping!

Thanks to Aspinal of London for header image who are partaking in Black Friday deals online and in store.

An ABC guide to the classic designer bags

When it comes to the best designer handbags, there are many lists out there. Ones showcasing the most popular, the best investments, the classic bags. But when you’ve decided that you want to treat yourself to a designer bag that will stand the test of time, where do you start? Try this list if you don’t want to sell your car to own a Hèrmes or are too full of anxiety about fakes when buying second hand.

This list is no ordinary collection of designer bags. What you have here is a list of 10 well known designers, whose bag styles have and will stand the test of time. It’s been curated to ensure a great cost per wear. These iconic bags will delight future outfits and yes, you’ll take them out of the dust bag more than once a year!

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If you could turn back time – you can! Vintage handbag styles for today

It’s not just the clocks that have gone back for daylight saving (albeit mainly in the northern hemisphere).  Or Cher who is currently on tour in the UK belting out  ‘if I could turn back time…’.  The autumn and winter fashion trends are jam packed with retro styling.  There is a strong sense of déjà vu this season when it comes to handbag fashion.  So to help you avoid making a fashion faux pas, here’s your guide to the vintage styles to rock, in case you’re thinking about raiding your grandmother’s wardrobe!

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10 best designer bags for AW’19 for under £300

Yes it can be done – a designer bag that rocks the fashion trends for this autumn winter, can be bought for under £300 or $300!  This pay day may well mean a handbag treat for you that will see you all the way through to April, bringing you the best value or cost per wear ever.  First though, let’s just remind ourselves of some of the key bag trends for AW’19/20:

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AW19 women’s fashion trends and the bags to match

With pay day just a week away for most of us, there are autumn/winter wardrobe shops being planned as I type. To help complete your seasonal fashion wardrobe, here’s your guide to the key AW’19 fashion trends and of course, which bags to grab or throw over your shoulder to finish your look.  With lots of fashion articles out there, listing at least 6, and up to 12 key trends, below is your cheat sheet to the looks and the accessories, and this season, the accessories are front and centre.  Check out these 3 trends and 5 silhouettes:

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The quick guide to the bag trends of AW19

The speed guide to the AW’19 fashion bag trends is here and the tip is to focus on two styles that will guarantee you ‘en vogue’ points:   go for a top handle bag or a micro bag.  Both trends have been sneaking their way on to the designer catwalks but now they are elbowing their way as this season’s dominant styles.  And here’s your inspiration for your autumn wardrobe shopping.  Sitting comfortably?  Here’s my top 10:

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One of the best streets in London for bags

And no, I don’t mean Oxford Street and its mile long strip of shops catering for all budgets. Nor do I mean the designer handbag shops on Bond Street, be it on both it’s New and Old ends! Undeniably both these established retail addresses offer lots of choice. But it’s a neighbouring street that really does offer the handbag shopper one of the best experiences.

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Something for the weekend – the best bags on instagram this week

This week’s Sunday Specials are my 5 favourite bags spotted on instagram over the last week that bring you a taster of the pre Autumn or Fall and Winter ’19 fashion trends for bags.  Get ahead and be inspired with a healthy serving of AW’19 instabags!   If you’re sitting comfortably…

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Bags of fun! Are these bags for real?

When you want to catch the eye on a day out, sometimes it’s worth considering the power of a handbag. Bags of fun are those bags that are off the scale for stand out design but might not be high on function. Here are 10 designers that make room in their collection for a bit of fun whilst staying true on their design credentials.

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Big bag budget review: the designer fashion bags for under £5000

If you have a budget of £5000 (or nearly $6500) which designer bag would you secure? In this price bracket you expect to see Gucci, Burberry, Tom Ford and of course, Saint Laurent. But when you overlay the SS’19 fashion trends, what bags make the edit? Here are the bags that compare if you have the bigger bucks!

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The under £1000 edit of designer bags for this summer

For those of you who’ve found some extra spending money and want to invest in a designer handbag for this summer, this is the edit you want to check out. Not only does the £500 to £1000 edit gain you access to some big designer brand names, it’s the price bracket that also showcases the new designers coming on to the scene, allowing you to be the first to drop their name!

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Get your back up! Fashion backpacks for women

Well hello to the girls who are getting in on the backpack action!  Once the domain of the boys heading to and from the office, carrying laptop and gym kit; now as I walk around the city by day I spot more and more girls with their bags on their backs.  AND this stands true when I exclude the teenage girls with their Fjällräven packs and the ever popular Longchamp Le Pliage nylon backpacks.  Here are 10 different backpack styles.

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Never tear us apart!

On what was scheduled to be the first weekend post Brexit, where Britain waved its goodbyes to the rest of Europe, this ‘something for the weekend‘ is a celebration of Europe’s fabulous handbag designers.  Despite the political struggles, the joy of the continent’s craftsmanship and quality of materials will always stand out. And in true SFTW style, here are the top finds on instagram this week – the European handbag designers that might not be front mind, but should be for SS19 inspiration.

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