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BLACK CROSS THE BODY BAGS

A black cross the body bag is a wardrobe staple - it will be one of the most useful bags you'll ever own. Here are 4 good ones that i have spotted recently that will last you a lifetime:

Bell & Fox £175 / Marni £240 (was £480) / & Other Stories £135 / The Cambridge Satchel Company £125

BRAND: SARAH BAILY

I LOVE Sarah Baily's bags - they are so beautifully made, the quality of the leather is amazing, they are colourful and will get better with age. I have recently got a tasseled cross the body bag that i LOVE (i have worn it every day since i got it) and the clutches are perfect for more smarter occasions - this hot pink and gold one is perfection!

Here is what Sarah - the babe behind the brand wants us to know about her business:

NAME OF BRAND/COMPANY: SARAH BAILY

DATE IT WAS FOUNDED: 10.01.2014

BY WHOM IT WAS FOUNDED: SARAH BAILY

WHY WAS IT CREATED: Because i have a handbag addiction !! and now i can indulge myself in that addiction ! But I really love to make fun, luxury and practical bags from the best leather and materials that will last and get better with age, but at a decent price so women can treat themselves or buy them as gifts for friends, i also wanted to create a simple styles with bold colours and prints that would appeal to a wide range of women

WHAT WE NEED TO KNOW ABOUT YOUR BRAND: The brand started off from me just using the offcuts of the metallic leather star cushions i make for the interior designer Abigail Ahern. I turned these off cuts into really basic zip purses and gave them to my friends and sisters as gifts, soon orders came in from friends of friends for these little zip purses and the brand evolved into what you see now I never thought it would go this far and now I have so many ideas and things i want to do with the brand I can't wait to show you! its going to be bigger , bolder and better as the brand evolves more and more , I'm excited to see how far I can take it!

WHAT WE SHOULD BUY FROM YOU: Anything with tassels!! i love how tassels move with you as you walk, dance or lunge!! Tassels are so sassy and fun but still cool and rock and roll, you can't go wrong with tassels- embrace the trend! Also do you have a travel card wallet yet?? these are my best seller and i love them , they are so bright and fun and they always add a bit of bling to my bus journey! I've just upgraded mine to the new gold and snake print one, its my new fave.

BRAND: TIBA + MARL

I am so excited to finally be able to do a post on TIBA + MARL.  I meet the awesome founders Anna & Lydia a while ago at a Mothers Meeting event when we were both starting out on our projects and I immediately loved them and loved what they were doing. As i've mentioned before, up until now there has been a massive gap in the market for a contemporary, practical, fashionable nappy bag and now TIBA + MARL are here that gap has been filled with the coolest, most awesome bags ever!

The attention to detail on TIBA + MARL'S bags is amazing, everything has been thought of: bottle insulators, an inner leather pouch for wipes and nappies - which comes with a detachable strap and that i have used as a cross body handbag, a matching changing mat, super comfortable straps, matching buggy clips that don't look like you raided a climbing shop, a pocket that can also be used for a laptop, a pocket for your phone and an internal clip for keys/dummy. And the packaging... opening it was like a mini personal Christmas!!

I had real trouble deciding which one to get as they are all so amazing - and i know there is a new collection in the pipeline so i might have to make another decision again soon...  In the end i went with the flora Elwood - which is the backpack style and i love it.

I am proud and impressed by these two brilliant ladies and the brand and products they have created and i can't wait to watch them grow.

Here is some more info from the TIBA + MARL ladies on what they'd like you to know about thier brand:

NAME OF BRAND/COMPANY: TIBA + MARL

DATE IT WAS FOUNDED: September 2014

BY WHOM IT WAS FOUNDED: ANNA TIZARD & LYDIA BARRON

WHY WAS IT CREATED: Both Mothers, we struggled to find contemporary, trend led changing bags when we had our first babies. We wanted to provide cool Mums AND Dads with a range of super functional changing bags where an edge of cool always came as standard, where changing bags DIDN'T look like changing bags and where they had longevity & a life beyond the nappy changing days!

WHAT WE NEED TO KNOW ABOUT YOUR BRAND: TIBA + MARL’s contemporary collection of bags redefines the staid tradition of baby changing bags by combining modern graphic prints, premium and high tech materials, and stylish but practical design. Inspired by the catwalks and street-style, our collection breaks the mould for cool, modern parents who are seeking unisex designs that don't compromise their sartorial choices.

WHAT WE SHOULD BUY FROM YOU: It depends on what kind of bag you are after - we have a style for every need! Our debut collection consists of four key silhouettes; a cool and contemporary backpack, a stylish and multi-functional holdall, a refined and practical unisex satchel, a timeless and understated tote as well as a sleek and compact changing clutch. Our bags are all designed to fit laptops too, so not only are they the perfect changing bag and hospital bag, but they also make the best carry-on bags, gym bags and work bags! All our styles come with a co-ordinating clutch that is water resistant and comes with a cross body strap - great for wet items or can be used as a separate cross-body bag for your personal items!

BRAND: JEM + BEA

When i was pregnant with my first child i looked everywhere for a nappy bag that was 'me'. I love bags and was excited that i had an excuse to buy a new one.  At the time (2012) the market was dominated with expensive, plastic, stripped strapped, owl printed bulky bags that were so far from what i like and my style that i didn't end up getting one at all, instead i just used one i picked up at Primark - which obviously fell apart.  

However recently this has changed and there have been a few super cool brands emerging that have spotted this gap in the market and filled it with practical, stylish, good quality, useful bags that have been well thought out and designed and that will last way beyond the nappy years.   

Jem + Bea is one of these brands, their premier collection is impressive - super chic, classic, great quality bags that are built to last.  From the outside they look like a stylish handbag but on the inside they are filled with practical pockets, contain a (matching) changing mat, an insulated bottle pocket, adjustable straps and there is even a slot for your iPad!

Mine is called a Beatrice and i take it to work and when i'm out and about with the children.

Here is what Rebecca and Dominique, the brand's founders want you to know about them:

NAME OF BRAND/COMPANY: JEM + BEA named after two of our children Jemima and Beatrice

DATE IT WAS FOUNDED: November 2014

BY WHOM IT WAS FOUNDED: Dominique Hughes (Mum of three, handbag lover, background in law) and Rebecca da Silva Lima (mum of one, lover of all things leather, accessories designer for Burberry, Mulberry and Anya Hindmarch)

WHY WAS IT CREATED: We had this feeling that if there was a bag on the market with the same designer look and quality materials as the high end handbags we loved, but that had all the bits and bobs you need in a changing bag, that it would be a hit with other mums who felt there was a lack of options and loved bags as much as we do.

WHAT WE NEED TO KNOW ABOUT YOUR BRAND: JEM + BEA create bags for style conscious mums who love bags and want to keep their style identity as well as being a mum. Our bags are centred around simple, modern shapes with a luxury edge. The high quality leather and materials we use mean the bags are built to last - baby years and beyond! Together with this, we've really thought through the interior of the bags so that everything works and is just where you need it. There are lots of well-thought out pockets for all your baby paraphernalia, but also handy things like key/dummy holders, as well as mobile phone and tablet pockets so they're designed with today's parents in mind.

WHAT WE SHOULD BUY FROM YOU: The Jemima in black sold out within a week of the launch. The Jemima is a cool zip top shoulder bag with a pocket for everything yet the style of a high end handbag - she's been featured in Vogue as 1 of 8 most stylish changing bags and called an 'it' bag by Gurgle, we're over the moon! Also, unique to the Jemima and in fact any changing bag currently on the market, is a great leather mini clutch for all your mummy essentials - so you basically get 2 bags for 1!

For a more streamlined bag the Beatrice is an easy yet chic ’throw it in and go’ tote - we love the orange, it gives a real punchy pop of colour and it's proving very popular.

The Marlow is our casual cool offering for AW15 in quilted ripstop nylon - with it’s sports lux and unisex feel, it’s been a hit with both mum’s and dad’s. Our debut collection is a purposely small, neatly edited range to ensure we could make each bag tick all the boxes and form the staple for seasons going forward - becoming JEM + BEA future classics.

We are now in full throws of SS16! - we plan to expand the range by rolling out 2 or 3 brand new designs and update our core range with an injection of colour and original prints - we can't wait to unveil it!

BRAND: KERIKIT

Kerikit is new brand of luxury changing bags, that will see you from baby back to board room - and everywhere you go in between.  The bags 'Change with you' - see what they did there?

Here is what the founder Keri wants us to know about her new brand:

NAME OF BRAND/COMPANY: KeriKit

DATE IT WAS FOUNDED: 7th October 2014, and launched on September 1st 2015

BY WHOM IT WAS FOUNDED: Keri Jamieson

WHY WAS IT CREATED: to give ladies the chance to look amazing and keep organised whilst being a mother.

WHAT WE NEED TO KNOW ABOUT YOUR BRAND: My bags were created from my experience as a designer and buyer but most importantly as a mother of 3 children, two of whom are twins. My designs are made using the finest quality and workmanship and are built to last you well beyond motherhood as they change with you. The Internal removable organiser (IRO)makes KeriKit Bags unique, as once you are done with the IRO, you can remove it and you are left with a gorgeous oversized bag perfect for business or an overnight stay.

WHAT WE SHOULD BUY FROM YOU: If you are having twins then Keri Jane is perfect. If you want to look glamorous then Charlie Pony is the Prince charming of Handbags and will turn heads wherever you go.

BRAND: BELL & FOX

I am a big fan of bags - i love all different styles and shapes.  I usually have a few everyday bags on the go that tend to be cross body bags or shoulder bags - i look for ones that go with everything but are a bit different, are great quality so they last, are practical and i only invest in one if i love it.

I recently discovered a new leather bag brand called Bell & Fox - the bags are super good quality and the designs are classic but also modern. These would be good investment bags that would last a lifetime.  I love the round one and the fox one.  

Here is what Sarah the designer and founder of the brand says about them:

NAME OF BRAND/COMPANY: bell&fox

DATE IT WAS FOUNDED: first collection launched for AW15

BY WHOM IT WAS FOUNDED: Sarah Edwards

WHY WAS IT CREATED: After completing a degree in Footwear & Accessories Design back in 1992, I have worked as a designer and buyer for a number of brands including Clarks, TopShop, Monsoon, Reiss and Radley to name just a few. Having gained over 24 years of experience, I had a ’now or never’ moment to start my own brand!

WHAT WE NEED TO KNOW ABOUT YOUR BRAND: bell&fox is a new brand, a new collection of contemporary, luxurious leather handbags and accessories designed with a British spirit, for the woman with effortless style. Launched in AW15, I wanted to channel my years experience within premium accessories design to form my own brand. Inspired by my passion to create a modern collection of leather handbags and accessories, combining style with function to form a collection of accessible luxury, bell&fox was born. Clean lines and great quality combined with functionality are the definition of bell&fox. I love effortless style that works with our now more relaxed way of life and dress code, and have drawn on my British heritage and passion of vintage silhouettes and detailing to create a range of luxurious leather bags and accessories that can be worn on any occasion. As your hardest working accessory, quality and function are key – my bags are made in full grain leather with interior mobile phone and tablet pockets designed for a modern lifestyle.

WHAT WE SHOULD BUY FROM YOU: I love designs that are versatile, and work! My Wristlet Clutch works as a clutch both with or without the wristlet, then with the wristlet removed can be used as an iPad mini or kindle case and also as a pouch for make-up or all of those bits and pieces that I seem to need to carry around. My Fox Bag works as a cross body bag, and also as a wristlet clutch – mine has had many many outings over the last few months! My Canteen Bag is a good enough size to fit what you might meed for an average day. My Bucket Bag recently held my purse, keys, phone, snacks, water, tissues and a jumper for a day trip out with my niece and nephew – its like the tardis! And my Hobo has a slip pocket inside for an iPad for those days when I need to go to carry even more. Whilst I sometimes need my large purse to carry all of my cards and nonsense, my credit card purse if perfect for when I only need a few cards, notes and coins. Can you tell I love them all?!

ASOS OUTFIT

In case you are interested in buying this outfit - here are the links! (apart from the basket which i bought on holiday in Ibiza). ZX

BACKPACKS

When you are a mum you have to carry a lot of stuff with you - one practical way to carry all this stuff is in a backpack.  If you are not a mum you still need to carry stuff - backpacks are generally good for carrying stuff!

They maybe be practical but they can still be cool.  Here are some good ones:

Fjallraven Kanken £67 / Herschel £65 / Whistles £295 / Liberty London £550 / Hype Intergalactic £24.99 / John Lewis £119

CROSS THE BODY BAGS

I LOVE bags.  At the moment i'm really liking carrying a cross the body bag (with wallet, keys, lipstick, phone etc. in it).  Then all the kids stuff i put in a canvas bag under the buggy.

I only buy leather bags - i always regret it if i buy fake leather. Always.

If you are looking for a cross the body bag here are some that if i could in anyway justify buying for myself i would. 

& Other Stories (who make loads of amazing, good quality leather bags) £65 / Zara £50 / Valentino (dreaming) £930 / Whistles £195 / Rebecca Minkoff £117 (was £235) / Sarah Baily (colours made to order) £97 / Topshop £30