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Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Kwanpen's Luxury Exotic Leather Bags

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Founded in 1938, Kwanpen is a luxury brand based in Singapore. Kwanpen specializes in making exotic leather goods from ethically sources skins, all of which meet the strongest starts set by CITES.[1]

Sunday, 26 March 2017

Anya Hindmarch Pony Hair Shoulder Bag in Khaki/Green

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This beautiful pre loved Anya Hindmarch bag is made from strips of ponyhair that are sewn together to create a really pretty fan-effect on both sides of the bag. It is an unusual piece that I haven't seen on the pre-loved market before, but the detail and craftmanship really caught my eye. Sometimes with designer handbags you end up paying quite a lot for the brand name, but with this bag I think that you can clearly see the very careful design and excellent workmanship behind this creation. 

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

3.1 Phillip Lim Large Pashli in Forest Green

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I've already written a very in depth review of 3.1 Phillip Lim's Pashli Bags, and in that post I mentioned that I hadn't ever gotten my hands on one of the larger models. 3.1 Phillip Lim make this style in 3 sizes, with the smaller and medium sizes being the most popular (and the only ones available to buy new from department stores here in the UK). The larger model is sometimes available in the US, but these models seem to be restocked much less often. 

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Smythson Maze Clutch Bags

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Pre loved Smythson bags should be on every frugal fashionista's radar. 

Smythson is a very well known, and highly regarded, British designer brand that produce handbags, small leather goods and some seriously lust-worthy stationary. First-hand, Smythson prices are big - nearly Mulberry big - but if you're willing to shop the pre loved market then suddenly the brand's luxurious products are a lot more affordable!

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Isabel Canovas Vintage Mini Bag with Feathers

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This beauitful mini bag is my latest pre-loved Isabel Canovas find - and for a pre-loved designer handbag that's three decades old, it's surprisingly on-trend!

The Isabel Canovas brand was born in 1981 and enjoyed a great deal of sucess among the super-rich. All Isabel Canovas pieces were priced to compete with brands like Hermes, and people still snapped them up! Eventually the business folded in 1992, so this eleven-year window is when all of Isabel Canovas' designer bags were produced. Which means that this little tan-leather crossbody bag is anywhere from 25 to 36 years old - and it's still looking pretty remarkable.

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Gerard Darel Red Leather Clutch Bag

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Stored and Adored's latest sale is this lovely pre loved Gerard Darel Clutch Bag made from smooth red leather. It has quite a slim silouhette and features one large internal pocket, secured by a magnetic fastening, and a slim zipped pocket on the front flap. Quite a few Gerard Darel designs feature this zip-pull design (it can also be seen on the Le Buci bags) and I like that the brand chose this sort of leather detailing rather than anything metal, which would badly scratch any smooth leather.

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Loewe Pre Loved Bag with Twist Lock

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My first ever designer bag was a pre-loved Loewe clutch in black textured leather. It had been owned by a fashion editor at a magazine who had been given it as a gift and then proceeded never to wear it; meaning that when I bought it, the bag was still in fabulous condition. I don't know much else about my clutch, but I do know that it dates back to the early 2000s and that it was from the same collection, or series of collections, as this Loewe cream leather bag. Both my clutch and this trapezoid shoulder bag feature the same twist lock feature and enjoy a similar structured, boxy shape. 

Sunday, 5 March 2017

Smythson Mara Clutch Bag in Purple

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This pre loved Smythson Mara Clutch Bag is very similar in size and style to the Smythson Mara Travel Clutch (RRP £495). Both bags feature printed cow leather and an enamelled clasp closure, however, the pre-loved version does not come with any internal dividers and instead features one large internal pocket. 

Thursday, 2 March 2017

Isabel Canovas: Shop Vintage Designer

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Isabel Canovas is a name that you might not have heard before, but if you’re a fashion enthusiast then you should stop and take note.

Throughout her career, Canovas worked for some of the top fashion houses, specialising in the design of luxury accessories. She began at Hermes, before later moving on to Louis Vuitton, and then finally joining Christian Dior where she worked as head designer for nearly ten years. Aged 37, Canovas left Dior to start her own business with her husband, and together they opened the first Isabel Canovas boutique in Paris, on Avenue Montaigne.

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