It’s a London thing!

When it comes to bag design centres in Europe, Milan or Paris are hard to beat. For those of you who are fans of London vibes, you’ll find you are also spoilt for choice this Spring. With the top handle, slim shoulder and clutch bag styles dominating the trends for this spring and summer, the UK has a lot of home grown fashion talent. Here’s a rundown of 10 London bag brands worth checking out.

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Something for the weekend – the alternative top handles

A key bag trend for spring and summer is the short-strap bag. The SS’23 runways featured models carrying small to medium handbags – there wasn’t a crossbody in sight. For those of you who think handbags are too formal, and will never be persuaded to take off your long strap cross-body bag, may I try and seduce you? Here are five favourite ‘alternative’ top-handle bags that rock a modern vibe.

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Something for the weekend, best bags on insta in January

What has the first month of 2023 provided us in the way of bag fashion? With lots of Spring colours and some early snaps from the Pre-Fall runways, there’s lots to inspire.

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When less is more!

When it comes to bag designers, the smaller brands can find it hard to get airtime in and amongst the big hitters of Gucci and Fendi. Something for this weekend is a spotlight on 10 bags from some brands you might not be so familiar with.

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Now that’s what I call colour!

A little ‘Something for the weekend’ feature covers the stand-out bags spotted on instagram. This weekend’s inspiration for fashion bag lovers is a range of bag shapes that have earned attention for their colour and enduring appeal. Investing in a bold, bright-coloured bag, bought on a whim whilst skimming instagram can bring regret; the bag arrives and looks different in shape and shade, and now you’ve got to return it. Avoid this hassle as here are my top 10 bags of colour for AW22/3 that don’t carry eye-watering price tags. Be brave and go boldly towards that pop of colour with confidence.

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Do you wear the bag or does the bag wear you?

A question you may have never asked yourself or been asked. However, at a recent event, the above question was posed and an answer was considered. And the one time we felt, when the bag wears the outfit, is when you go iconic and wear a bag with heritage, even when it has been given a modern reinterpretation. So, if you are looking for such a bag to dominate your outfit, head to one of these heavy-weight designer brands.

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Pretty in pink right now

Up here in the northern hemisphere, I’m seeing more and more pink appearing in the stores for this spring and summer. The good news, is you don’t need to channel your inner Naomi Campell as seen at the Versace S’22 runway show, looking fabulous in a pink trouser suit, to channel your inner fashionista. This much pink up top and below the waistline may not be the preferred choice for everyone. The alternative is to grab a pink bag and still look pretty and on-trend this year. Here’s a quick edit from some cities in Europe where there’s lots of pink bag inspiration for you, with lots more over on insta @thebagwhispers_.

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Fashion joins forces

The monthly edit of fashion bag inspiration for February, from instagram was due last week. And with the fashion shows previewing AW’22/3 in full force, the month’s round-up is always a bumper one. However, on 24 February the news came through of the invasion by Russia into Ukraine and since then it has been 9 days of shocking headlines. Breaking with tradition, the following fashion inspiration edit isn’t the top 5 bags of the month but instead, a spotlight on five of the fashion brands that have come out showing a different kind of force, support for relief in Ukraine. If you are looking for ways to support, here are some destinations being championed by fashion brands.

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What’s was on instagram for bag fashion in January ’22

What has the start of this year served up in the fashion feeds on Instagram? Has your feed been full of designers getting ready for the new Chinese lunar year? As we’ve stepped into February, Happy Chinese New Year or Gong Xi Fa Cai/Kung Hei Fat Choi for those of you who speak Mandarin and Cantonese. Be warned, this round-up of the bag fashion from the ‘gram spotlights the bags that are free of tiger embellishments. Whilst it was tough to ignore the eyes of the tigers, I still hope you like the edit. If you’re sitting or standing comfortably, my something for the weekend is a quick two minutes’ scroll of the bags rocking some of this year’s spring/summer trends.

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That’s a wrap! 2021’s bag styles reviewed

The regular Bagwhispers readers amongst you will know that each month, I share my favourite five bags from instagram, in ‘something for the weekend’. They are favourites for various reasons: channelling a key shape or colour of the season or just being fabulous at standing out. I’ve reviewed each month’s round-up and picked one stand out bag from each month’s instagram edit. If you’re sitting comfortably, let’s celebrate the bags of 2021 that made an impact. Here are top 12 bags of 2021.

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Something for the festive weekend

This weekend is a walk down Instagram Lane for a review of the best bags in December. Usually ‘something for the weekend’ spotlights 5 bags of the month but as it’s the season for giving, here’s the bumper edit of 10 of the best designer bags on the ‘gram this month. There’s something for everyone, whatever your style. Hope you enjoy!

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Last bit of prep…the party bag!

It’s the time of year when a very specific bag size and shape is required. Not too big yet not too small. With or without a strap – depending on how much dancing with your hands in the air! Yes, it’s time to dust off the small but mighty bag, that’s got a bit of sparkle or colour pop. Slim and trim to hold the phone, lippyđź’‹, bank cards and keys. Something for the weekend brings you a party bag edit to inspire for the holiday season, be it Christmas or New Year.

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Saturday Special! The best bags on insta in November

This weekend is a varied one, with people relaxing from Thanksgiving, sharing time with family for Hanukkah, on a beach in the southern hemisphere (very jealous) or busy shopping, enjoying the Black Friday and Cyber weekend discounts! In and amongst all these distractions, the Fairy Bagwhisphers has been down to instagram on your behalf and kept a note of some standout bags. And to her surprise a bag trend was dominant, the curved bottom bags!

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Something for the weekend – best bags on insta this October

There’s something for everyone this month. The fashion brands on instagram treated us well with loads of wardrobe inspiration, wherever you are in the world; the colder northern hemisphere or the sunny southern parts of the globe. The five favourite bags on instagram this month offer you an evening bag, a casual weekend bag, a winter warmer to shapes and textures that are spot on this season. So if you’re sitting comfortably, put your feet up, relax the scrolling finger because here’s the edit from the ‘gram for October.

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