The black handbag. Simply something that everyone needs in their wardrobe. And is it wrong that I may have found the first item for my (hilariously hypothetical, I am at great pains to point out) Christmas list. Ok, let's just call it a Wish List.
I'm blaming insomnia. The other night, I could not sleep. The husband was out at drinks in London and I never sleep particularly well till he comes staggering in. Even reading wasn't really working so the obvious next choice of activity was perusing Matches etc. With the idea of ordering something for the party next weekend. And a dress was duly ordered which I will report back on (with hindsight, the following morning, impulse purchases made at 1.30am are not always the wisest.. we will see. To say it's a ringer, is a slight understatement).
Then I thought, a quick look through the bags is bound to send me off. Into bag heaven, that's where. I am loving my red Gucci one I got for Christmas so much and have been surprised at how useful it's been for during the day - even though it's small.
Surely a black version would therefore make infinite sense (bear in mind this is a 2am thought process... clearly not the most logical at all).
To cut a long story short, this is the one that I need. (that's need with a very very small N, I will acquiesce).
Saint Laurent Universite monogram leather bag £1295
Which is a pretty scary price for a bag, especially in January. Even more so considering I got the red Gucci Soho Disco for Christmas. I will admit, it did (fleetingly at about 2.27am) cross my mind that I haven't had a birthday present from the husband. It's the same every year. Zilch, nada, nothing. He does a great job at Christmas and you can see the exhaustion on his face come my birthday in January. I can almost hear the cogs working saying "are you KIDDING me? I've just done a present. I'm done, I'm over it. Brain. Can't. Compute". But even I'll say I'm pushing my luck with another very expensive bag so soon. DAMN a January birthday.
I have found other options which are pretty darn great but it's a bit like having a Babybel after you've had the best Roquefort ever. Doesn't quite compare.
The Lulu Guinness' though are a great option.
Black Polished Leather Medium Verity from Lulu Guinness was £295 now £118
Black Crosshatched Leather Small Edie from Lulu Guinness was £275 now £137.50
Another great mid range brand are some collections from Radley. I know, I know, everyone rolls their eyes at Radley but honesty, they have moved on so far from the little dog tag days, I promise. They have some super cool offerings at great prices. Especially when you bag a bargain (oh my lord, I apologise, that is woeful) in the sale.
Leadenhall Small Zip top cross body bag was £129 now £90 from Radley (and the leather is amazing)
Slightly larger Leadenhall Medium Zip top cross body bag was £159 now £110
But I think this might be my favourite (although I'm not going to lie - not compared with the YSL...). For the price though, as a Spring treat, this is a great great great buy. Instant wardrobe lifter (as are any of the Leadenhalls actually)
Leadenhall Large Zip Top Backpack was £205 now £149
However it doesn't have to be expensive. Great suede and leather options, some which are also in the sale.
But starting with new season from Warehouse.
Black Suede and leather cross body bag £28 The perfect day to night bag that could also be a clutch bag.
River Island Black Saddle Bag with Snaffle Front was £55 now £27.50 Really drawn to this. For less than £30. Leather and suede bag. With not a hint of big bling branded logo in site (which is ironic when my bag of choice would have a massive YSL gold Mr T style badge on the front.. hmmmm).
Bucket bag from Urbancode was £149 now £60
Moving onto some totes (I need to look at these in more detail another day but a) I have become obsessed with all things Saint Laurent and b) there are a couple of bargains I've found - not the Saint Laurent alas...).
Large Leather Tote from Saint Laurent £590 This is what happens when you spend too long looking at sites where bags cost four figures. Suddenly £590 seems reasonable. Wrong.. but a lovely bag. A really lovely bag. In fact, you get TWO bags... "talks herself into a Saint Laurent tote...".
A far more palatable price point.
Black Grainy Leather Medium Tote from Lulu Guinness was was £350 now £105
And another bargain from Matches.
DVF Voyage large leather tote bag was £238 now £142
And then the Leonie Lux Tote Leather Shoulder Bag from Jigsaw which is new season but absolutely amazing. A tote with a real difference.
Leonie Lix Tote from Jigsaw £169
But finishing two perennial favourites. Blow the budget, feed the kids beans for the next ten years, sort of bags.
Class City Giant 12 Leather tote from Balenciaga £1125