In love with Mulberry

The Bagscout
7 March 2019

Mulberry AmberleyI’m mega into Mulberry lately. I never really was a fan. I considered the bags as okay, but not that fascinating. Sometimes even a bit dull. Yes, the bayswater was (and still is) an enormous it bag, but nothing special in my eyes. But suddenly something changed! In my opinion they really stepped up their game and nowadays I almost love every single piece. So what happened?

Johnny Coca

I think it started with the arrival of Johnny Coca, but first a little throwback to the beginning. Mulberry was founded in 1971 in Somerset, England. The founder, Roger Saul, based the logo ( a tree) and name on the trees he would pass every day on his way to school. Since you can consider Mulberry as very British, Saul tried to make a combination of city (London) and country (Somerset) concerning his designs. Bags like the Bayswater and Alexa (named after Alexa Chung) became real icons and luckily, that very British identity is still very important and always present nowadays. In a more modern way of course. I personally love that British country vibe, but maybe that’s because I always dream of Somerset hahahah. Continue reading In love with Mulberry

Bold coloured designer bags du jour

The Bagscout
14 February 2019

Good news: finally some new bags again on the blog! Some coloured designer bags to be precisely. Since January and February are not my favorite months, I decided to do something with colour. Maybe that will change my mood, hahaha. I’m always the first one to tell you that you always have to buy a designer bag in a neutral colour. Because I think that the love will last longer. A neutral colour is way more timeless and you don’t just get bored that easily. But I have to admit I’m slowly changing my mind, because I see so many pretty coloured designer bags lately. Especially Mulberry and JW Anderson are offering some cool bags in amazing colours. So, here are my favorite coloured designer bags for coming seasons:

coloured designer bags flap bag orange Chanel
Chanel orange flap bag:

Okay this bag is top of the bill and waaaaaay above budget, but I saw this one on Insta and I was hooked. As a Dutch girl I have to love this, since orange is our national colour, hahaha. Just kidding, this colour is super bright, and screams summer. The use of various materials makes it playful. The website doesn’t show us much info, only that it’s a calfskin crossbody with golden details. The price is € 3.650,- and in blue also. (Source picture: Chanel) Continue reading Bold coloured designer bags du jour

Louis Vuitton New Wave Bag

The Bagscout
11 October 2018

New Wave Bag Louis VuittonAs you know I’m not that big of a fan of Louis Vuitton, so I’m a little late with this anouncement, haha. Probably you already know there is a new kid in town: the New Wave Bag. And since I’m all about giving everything a chance, here’s my opininion about this 80’s kid.

The New Wave Bag

The New Wave Bag is not a typical Louis Vuitton bag. The bags are inspired by the 80’s music trend “New Wave” and available in various, bold, colours with names like Malibu Green and Smoothie Pink. Of course also available in the classic colours black, red and white. There’s no New Wave Bag with a monogram, but ofcourse it’s not easy to miss the LV logo. It’s pretty in your face. Continue reading Louis Vuitton New Wave Bag

Chloé Tess Bag

The Bagscout
11 September 2018

Chloé Tess Bag burnt brownWell guys, there is a new kid in town: the Chloé Tess Bag! Since I own a See by Chloé bag that’s registered by Chloé, I receive e-mails every week. So a few weeks ago I received an e-mail to introduce their newest bag. And you know me, I have to fall in love with a bag. It has to be love at first sight. And with the Chloé Tess Bag it was.

Details of the Chloé Tess Bag

The bag is a combination of shiny and suede calfskin and has a round silhouette. Tess comes in two sizes, small and large, and in the front you can find that beautiful golden “O” signature. You know I don’t like too flashy, but I don’t mind Chloé’s golden details. As a matter of fact, they just bring a little extra. You can carry it in your hand, over your shoulders or cross-body. The bag comes with two straps, a long one and a short one, that you can adjust or remove and will close by a magnet. Continue reading Chloé Tess Bag

A.P.C. Half Moon Bag

The Bagscout
21 August 2018

A.P.C. Half Moon BagIf we talk about real Parisian chic, A.P.C. definitely belongs on the list of real French brands. The A.P.C. Half Moon Bag is on my wish list for ages, but recently my mother bought one, haha. Okay, I have to admit, she was looking for a new bag and I recommended this one. You can’t keep everything to yourself of course. And a little advantage, I can borrow it!

The A.P.C. Half Moon Bag

A.P.C. is a French ready-to-wear brand founded in 1987 by Jean Touitou in Paris. The brand may not be that well known by the million, although you can find a A.P.C. store in almost every cool city like Toyko, London etc. With of course a flagship store in Paris. The brand is know for its minimalist designs and that typical French “je ne sais quoi” vibe, like Breton striped sweaters. Super pretty basics, without being boring. Touitou has an aversion to all that’s flashy and keeps away from logo’s, award shows and stuff like that. He especially does his own thing, and doesn’t care about what other brands do at all. The early fashion adopters embraced the brand immediately, but I still think it’s a bit underrated. Continue reading A.P.C. Half Moon Bag

Loewe’s Gate Bag

The Bagscout
9 August 2018

Gate Bag Loewe caramel pecan

Tell me, what do you actually know about Loewe (pronunciation: loh-wev-eh)? If I speak for myself, not that much if I have to be honest. Yes, I know and she calls herself a handbag expert, hahah. Yes, of course I know they are from Spain. And yes, I saw the Puzzle Bags and the elephants too, but I never paid that much attention to this designer brand. Until I saw their collection for coming season. I love it and especially the Gate Bag! So time for some research.

Before we discuss the Gate Bag, first a bit about Loewe as a brand. Loewe was found in 1846 and is a Spanish luxury brand based in Madrid. Not only do they sell fashion items and bags, but also home products, fragrances and other accessories. Since 2013 Jonathan Anderson (yes, that’s the same one as J.W. Anderson and the “piercing” bags) is their creative director. Since he arrived, they really stepped up their game. Some bags, like the Amazona (Loewe’s iconic bag) and Flamenco, got a new look. And they also added some new it-bags to the collection, for example the Puzzle Bag. You can call it a revival of Loewe, cause the arrival of Anderson brought a whole new crowd. Suddenly it was all over the place. Continue reading Loewe’s Gate Bag

The Dior Saddle Bag is back!

The Bagscout
30 July 2018
Dior Saddle Bag
Source: www.dior.com

About a week or so the whole blogger world shouted it out: the Dior Saddle Bag is back! Dozens of Insta posts with this iconic bag filled my screen. A little jealous and insulted of course, because they forgot to send me one, but hey it’s already forgiven, haha.

The Dior Saddle Bag made its entrance in the early 2000’s. The bag, kinda kidney shaped, became a huge hit immediately. John Galliano released it in various coulours, patterns and of course the iconic Dior logo. The bag was so popular, they weren’t able to keep them in stock. Of course, the fact that even Carrie Bradshaw carried one with her in (the also iconic show) Sex & the City, didn’t do them a favor too.It became a real It-bag at that time. Logo’s al over the place.

But as happens often unfortunately, people forgot a bit about the bag. Especially, post-Galliano. Of course the saddle bags still were available in vintage stores and online vintage websites. Continue reading The Dior Saddle Bag is back!

The law of attraction

The Bagscout
25 June 2018

Prada Cahier favorite bagWhen you ask a girl about her dream bag, nine times out of ten she will answer a Chanel 2.55 or a Birkin. But nine times out of ten I think, these bags don’t even fit you. For these girls these bags are a holy grail, but why is this their favorite bag actually? The question I ask myself a lot is, why someone is attracted to a certain bag or designer. Is it just taste, status or a certain feeling?

Don’t get me wrong, I looove a beautiful Birkin, but that bag is Victoria Beckham. Not Mandy de Groot from Amsterdam. It’s way too classy for me. I will get all nervous and stuff and I think most of my girls will do too. I wonder if most of the women who buy designer stuff always pay attention to their personality. Do they really love it, like I do, or do they just want to have it because it’s the bag du jour. Do you know what I mean? I’m just curious, cause sometimes I see women with bags (or other designer stuff) that really don’t fit them. Continue reading The law of attraction

It’s Céline again….the Cabas Phantom!

The Bagscout
14 June 2018

Cabas PhantomSo I suddenly realized last week that, besides &Other Stories and Zara, I hadn’t visited a decent store in months. Let alone see some new bags in real life. Even not at De Bijenkorf, my favorite (and also almost the only one in Amsterdam, haha) department store with a huge floor of designer bags and shop in shops like Céline and Gucci. Still super busy with studying and the weather was outstanding lately. Who wants to be inside when the sun is out? Exactly! And we live in Holland so sunny days are a kind of rare, haha.

But I started to miss it. Sounds a bit shallow, but it makes me happy. And I felt a bit guilty, because the main topic of this blog is bags. Who has a blog about bags, but don’t talk about bags? Not me of course, so time for some action! So, Friday after work, De Bijenkorf it was. We all know by now that Céline is my favorite. There is a shop in shop with bags, sunnies and jewelry downstairs and on the second floor you can find a Céline part with some bags, but mostly clothes. I like making conversation with the sales people. So I made friends with the floor manager and asked her if it was okay to take some pics for my blog. Continue reading It’s Céline again….the Cabas Phantom!

A summery bag

The Bagscout
17 May 2018

Summer is around the corner! So it’s time for some colour, big ass statement earrings, some cute sandals and of course a summery bag. A few weeks ago I shared some pretty cute pink bags, but nothing beats a handbag with a real deal summer vibe. Jane Birkin move over with your basket, here are some serious competitors. Holiday galore!

 

Summery bag Small Ark Watermelon1. Acrylic Ark Watermelon – Cult Gaia

Okay, nothing screams more summer to me than the bags of Cult Gaia. Maybe because it makes me think of popsicle sticks or something, I don’t know. I have been obsessed with this bags since I first saw them. But hey, I live in Holland, so not really an option. My favorite Cult Gaia bag this summer season is this watermelon coloured one. Such a cute colour! Tip: check their earrings as well, to die for! (source picture: Cult Gaia) Continue reading A summery bag