Archive | December, 2010

Do you look after your handbags?

9 Dec

I know it seems a bit of a silly question but do you really know how to properly store your handbags?

Initially I dismissed this concern, but I then got a little anxious thinking about all the beautiful handbags (whether borrowed or purchased!) that could be in immediate danger without proper care.

You know I’m a little OCD when it comes to organisation and this does (unfortunately!) extend from the contents of my bag to the bags themselves (and lots of other areas of my life but here is not the time or the place)!  So below is an easy to follow checklist to get your bags in order and stop sun damage, scratches, dirt, dust and creases ruining to the look of your loved bag.

Rule Number one!  NEVER and I really mean NEVER hang your handbag from a hanger.  It stretches out the material of the bag and will make it warped and misshapen, along with making the stitching between the handles and main body of the bag weak.  Even if you have your bag in a dust cover that is hanging from a hanger this is not acceptable. This will just compress your bag into a ill-fitting shape and might leave creases or cracks on the material

Preparation
Make sure every bag is stored in its own dedicated dustcover.  Most top designers usually provide a dustcover when you purchase a bag but high street bags tend not to.  It doesn’t matter if your bag cost £5000 or £50 every bag must be enclosed in its own dustcover. This will stop dust and dirt building up on the surface and leaving the material looking dull and dirty. If you find that you need to buy dustcovers you have the following options depending on your budget:

Mia Cotone Handbag Dust Covers
These are the creme de la creme of dust covers.  Available in 28 fab colours and three sizes these are pretty much made to measure.  Prices start from a hefty £47 for the small size but they are gorgeous and perfect for the Fashionista who has a walk in wardrobe and can have them all on display.

For some people, spending more money on a dust cover than the actual handbag that goes into it isn’t an option so the company also offer “simple” and “classic” version which start at £16.  (Please note prices are approximate as company is based in US and quotes dollar prices.  They do however ship to the UK for an additional fee).

Pillowcases
If money is an issue, opt for simple cotton pillowcases or covers.  You can get a vast range of colours and fabrics which again makes organisation easy and they will ensure the care and safety of your bags.

Also ensure you stuff each bag fully with acid free tissue paper to keep its shape and prevent cracks or dents on the leather.
Now all your bags are properly protected you have two options for storing them.

Storing

On display
If you have a shelf in your wardrobe (well, actually a shelf anywhere will do!) you could rack them up like books.  Ohhh, a handbag library!!!!  This would look especially beautiful if you purchased the Mia Cotone dustcovers.

Storage boxes
If, like most of us you are limited on money and space you can put your bags in a storage box which can then go anywhere (in the wardrobe, under the bed, on the landing). Plain plastic boxes are the cheapest option and you can pick up a three pack of underbed storage boxes from Tesco for only £15.


A slightly more stylish option is the seagrass storage box with lid from A Place For Everything.  This will easily slot in the bottom of your wardrobe.

One other option is to turn your storage into a work of art.  Storage Trunks.co.uk offer a huge range of different colour and size options of traditional trunks, our absolute favourite is the daisy print one:

If you have chosen the storage box option PLEASE just spend a little more time putting your bags in properly.  Throwing them into one big jumble is not going to help you or them!

The best way to place them in a box/trunk is to lay each one completely flat one on top of the other.  Make sure to the heavy handbags like large hobos and satchels with metal hardware are placed at the bottom and light weight bags like clutches and small across bodies are on top.

If you invest a little time in getting your storage right your handbags will last you for years and still look as good as new.

The original version of this article appeared on www.handbago.com

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Bag of the month: Chloe Silverado in black

1 Dec

Boho passed me by.  Not that I’m so out of tune with the fashion scene that Sienna Miller and her floaty peasant blouses and fur trimmed gillets didn’t hit my radar, more that particular style just doesn’t do it for me.

So when we purchased the medium Chloe Silverado in black I have to say it wasn’t a favourite of mine and didn’t expect to be trialling it for our bag review any time soon even though it’s been spotted on pretty much every celeb from Nicole Ritchie to Jessica Simpson.

Unstructured, relaxed and rugged this bag encapsulates the current trend for all things cowboy.  Made out of luxurious pebbled leather it has immediately recognisable features such as side flap pockets, antique silver studs and whipstitching on both the handles and pockets.Chloe Silverado in black

Now, I’m an organised person (some people see anal!) and like bags with lots of pockets that I can throw over my shoulder so I have both hands free.  The straps on the Silverado aren’t quite long enough to get it on your shoulder and I found myself feeling a little like the Queen (and a more than a little uncomfortable) carrying it in the crook of my arm.

However it has more than enough compartments to keep me happy.  The exterior is roomy yet functional with the two side flap pockets being perfect for storing all my “keep in easy reach” things such as house keys and mobile phone whilst tissues for wiping my daughters nose, tic tacs (you never know!) and lippy were easily stored in the double side pockets.  The roomy interior held more than enough of the other important things that regular readers will know I carry around  (plastic toys, notepad, crayons and purse to name a few!).

This month its accompanied me to a parents meeting at school, a Christmas shopping trip (although I found it very tricky to carry the bag and all my purchases), a charity fashion show and a smart birthday lunch and I was surprised at how versatile it was, perfectly accessorising both smart and casual outfits.  I was surprised I liked it as much as I did and I’ve now rather reluctantly put it back into our closet.

If you’re a bit of a country girl at heart (even if you don’t know it!), you’ll want it swinging from your arm too.

As our bag of the month, hire the Chloe Silverado in black for only £42.49 for a whole month including next day delivery and collection!  That’s a whopping 50% off!

There’s only one in stock so be quick!!  Just add botmdec10 to checkout at www.handbagsfromheaven.co.uk.