Monday, 5 May 2014

A Whiter Shade Of Pale

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"White, light and pastel handbags are now the last word in cool modernity" - Avril Groom, How To Spend It (Financial Times) 


Now that the weather's getting warmer, the annual bag swap dilemma raises its head. Several of my clients have asked me the do they don't they question over the past week, so I thought I'd share my views with you...

Swapping to a white or pale pastel bag is fine, as long as you're relaxed with it. It's a bit like the linen issue - either you can cope with the inevitable creasing or you can't.

You have to be realistic. As Avril says in her How To Spend It article "To carry a pristine pale bag implies a lifestyle untroubled by public transport, worry over cleaning bills or the need to use any bag more than rarely", and is one that most of us, unfortunately, don't subscribe to. 

So, either you just go with it and if the bag marks consider it part of its character, or if it's going to be a constant worry, leave well alone. It's not worth spending a lot of money on a pale coloured bag if you're going to be frightened to use it.

A useful tip for those of you still keen to invest is to avoid flat, matte leather finishes and opt for something with a texture or in a printed leather. The distressed finish of this 3.1 Phillip Lim Ryder bag caught my eye when I was out shopping with a client last week, and is just perfect!



3.1 Phillip Lim





















To read Avril's article in full click here

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