Are Radley bags really so awful?

(133 Posts)
HarrySnotter Thu 04-Apr-13 17:24:39

DH bought me this bag for my birthday. I actually really love it but a 'friend' (work colleague really) has informed me that Radley are totally naffola and that everyone will now think I have no taste.

I don't normally give a toss what other people think of what I like or if I have taste or not (I probably don't!) but I'm actually a little hurt because DH put a lot of thought into it and got me one he knew I'd like. Which I do. I don't really know why I'm bothered, I suppose I just feel that she's pissed on my chips a bit. sad

www.radley.co.uk/rockland-broad-large-workbag

LadybirdsAreFab Thu 04-Apr-13 17:30:17

I love Radley. I always go into the shop to see what's new.

I think it's lovely that DH chose something he knew you would love.

Ignore her.

pinkyponk67 Thu 04-Apr-13 17:30:21

It's lovely and your "friend" is a dick.

Bunbaker Thu 04-Apr-13 17:31:21

My computer says the link can't be found

RaisingGirls Thu 04-Apr-13 17:31:50

I like your bag ;) and I have a Radley purse. I bought it when I used to, you know, go out of the house to work at a place where I used to get, you know, paid! SAHM now grin

I think that if you like it then it's fine.

This stuff about naffness always starts when nice things are copied and reproduced on market stalls which devalues them because people don't know if it's real (not naff) or fake (naff). For example, Burberry used to be a popular classic brand, then it got "chavved" by suddenly appearing on every market stall in every town. Is the same thing happening to Radley?

Tortington Thu 04-Apr-13 17:32:20

tell her with much raising of nose in hoity toitey esq way " dear, your shoes are shit. that is all"

HarrySnotter Thu 04-Apr-13 17:32:23

It's silly isn't it, I don't really know why it bothered me. Probably because she's always dripping in Prada and the like and I felt like she was putting me down a bit.

DH saved up for ages to buy it, we don't have loads of spare cash so it's special to me. I never understand why people have to be horrible fr the sake of it!

Allthingspretty Thu 04-Apr-13 17:32:35

Stuff them. If you like it them thats all that matters. Its lovely of your dh to get you something so nice.

RaisingGirls Thu 04-Apr-13 17:32:59

here it is
I like it, your friend is bing silly. Maybe she's jealous?

sue52 Thu 04-Apr-13 17:33:20

Lovely bag. What colour is yours? Your work colleague manners are totally naffola imo.

RaisingGirls Thu 04-Apr-13 17:33:39

Ha, now Prada is all over the market these days! wink

colette Thu 04-Apr-13 17:34:31

Your dh sounds lovely

Alibabaandthe40nappies Thu 04-Apr-13 17:35:11

I personally don't like Radley bags, BUT, i think your 'friend' has been horrible here, because it is a gift you already have.

All that really matters is whether you like it, and if you do then great and well done to your DH for knowing your taste.

Topazandpearl Thu 04-Apr-13 17:36:01

Yes, it is lovely and a very thoughtful gift. Which colour did you get?
Perhaps she's jealous? She is definitely mean-spirited.
I would take pleasure in obviously enjoying it and showing her that her comment hadn't set you grin.

ratbagcatbag Thu 04-Apr-13 17:36:02

I love radley, have six bags, even got a changing bag for my baby. DH reckons I only wanted dd so I could have a changing bag. smile

Vonnegut Thu 04-Apr-13 17:36:31

HSnotty, I've got a grenadine Rockland Broad workbag, and I always get loads of genuine positive comments on it when I carry it - and hardly ever get any comments or observations when I carry a premium designer.

But, besides all of that, your bag was a well-thought-out and lovingly chosen gift from your hubby, so that in itself should give you a warm glow.

Carry it with pride, and to hell with whatever your work colleague thinks.

-V

NeoMaxiZoomDweebie Thu 04-Apr-13 17:36:31

My DH got me a Radley purse a while ago. I don't give a bugger if it's "naff" as DH got it and chose it.

HarrySnotter Thu 04-Apr-13 17:36:55

It's the green one Sue. I wish I'd been able to think of a witty comeback but I just sat there clutching my naffola bag thinking that I would like to deck her.grin (I wouldn't, honest!)

Bunbaker Thu 04-Apr-13 17:37:58

I think it must be my anti-virus software. Anyway I have got round that and agree that your friend is being unkind. It is a lovely bag.

LulaPalooza Thu 04-Apr-13 17:39:12

You should have given her the MN line "Did you mean to be so rude?"

It's a lovely bag. She's a turd.

Viviennemary Thu 04-Apr-13 17:40:32

She is extremely bad mannered to have said that about your bag. Don't listen to a word of it.

sue52 Thu 04-Apr-13 17:41:00

A lovely choice HarrySnotter. The quality of the leather Radley uses makes their products great value for money (unlike overpriced and much copied Prada).

polyhymnia Thu 04-Apr-13 17:41:47

I'm not myself a big fan of Radley- just one of those silly personal prejudices, probably to do with the dog, which you can easily take off anyway - but plenty of people do like the brand, including plenty with good taste.
I think your colleague was incredibly rude and certainly not a friend, just snide. As long as you like it, which you do, enjoy it!

I've seen loads of fake prada shite. Never seen fake Radley. I like it. Ignore her, she sounds like a knobbed!

wrongsideoftheroad Thu 04-Apr-13 17:42:24

She's probably jealous. What did her Dh buy her for your birthday?

(i have a couple of radley bags btw! My Mum lives near a Radley outlet shop and I love both of my radley bags)

HarrySnotter Thu 04-Apr-13 17:43:43

Ah thanks ladies, I've fallen in love with my naffola bag all over again. smile

Wouldn't it be awful if I accidentally caught her a glancing blow on the side of the head with said bag whilst leaving the office? Totally accidentally you understand. grin

DolomitesDonkey Thu 04-Apr-13 17:45:06

I bought a radley "feature" bag back in 2002 in a remote Scottish village. It has an igloo and a penguin on it. I love it and always get compliments. Fuck 'em. grin

FrauMoose Thu 04-Apr-13 17:45:23

I've got one of the messenger style(?) bags. Lovely soft leather. Not flashy looking. Just right. (And if any 'friend' started giving me unwanted feedback like that, I would be questioning the friendship.)

What a very rude and terribly uncouth person shock but then you can't buy class, even if you can afford Prada wink

I have some Radley bags. I like them because they are reasonable quality leather and practical for everyday. Some of the prestige bags are heavy and impractical.

Ignore the silly woman smile

Brunocat Thu 04-Apr-13 17:47:27

I love your bag. I wish my husband would get me such a thoughtful present. Your 'friend' sounds like a total cow - ignore her.

MadBraLady Thu 04-Apr-13 17:48:11

It's lovely. Especially in the green. Never really understood how people write off whole brands TBH. I could probably find something I loved from every label in the world.

Tell her that in certain lights she has a moustache.

NumTumMum Thu 04-Apr-13 17:49:31

Accidents do happen Harry grin

Floralnomad Thu 04-Apr-13 17:51:10

I think it looks lovely ,particularly in the green - very classic .She is obviously jealous that you have such a lovely husband ,either that or she's just a cow .

DeepPurple Thu 04-Apr-13 17:51:45

Neither link works on my phone so I can't comment on your bag. My sister loves radley and I don't think they are naff. Ignore the silly cow. It what you like that matters!

HarrySnotter Thu 04-Apr-13 17:52:09

Tell her that in certain lights she has a moustache.

gringrin I am SO tempted to do this.

newgirl Thu 04-Apr-13 17:54:22

I was given a radley bag a few years ago and it is the best quality bag I've ever had. Leather is soft and lovely and lining v smart. Hasnt worn out at all.

What a horrible, rude woman. It's a lovely gift from your DH and all that matters is that you like it. Ignore her, she doesn't sound much of a friend at all.

flowery Thu 04-Apr-13 17:58:28

Can't see the bag but it doesn't matter anyway.

She sounds very unpleasant and therefore her opinion is not worth listening to.

Taste is an individual thing and your taste is just as valid as hers. Be confident with your preferences and style, and enjoy your bag- even more as it was chosen so thoughtfully for you.

GinAndSlimlinePlease Thu 04-Apr-13 18:03:02

It's a gorgeous bag.

She sounds rude and jealous.

sudaname Thu 04-Apr-13 18:09:32

No l cant see it either but l am not a fan of walking around advertising on behalf of companies so am afraid the little dog would have to come off - but that's just me.
I certainly wouldn't tell someone whose DH had bought them one that l thought they were naff or whatever though - she's just a cah basically.
I would have been tempted to say 'Hasn't that 'Only way is Essex type bitchiness gone out of fashion too?'
Or something that l didn't think of till it was too late.

Startail Thu 04-Apr-13 18:15:30

Nothing puts me of grown women more than them coming out with that kind of petty teen bitchyness, feel free to clip her round the ear with your lovely new bag.

noviceoftheday Thu 04-Apr-13 18:32:37

It's a lovely bag. I probably would have told her to fuck right off. (Not known for reigning it ingrin)

CallMeRoger Thu 04-Apr-13 18:39:34

I bought one last week in red (That's not called red) and I decided that I don't care what anyone else thinks I like it. I've heard people call them frumpy but so what. I have had lots of compliments about mine although I did remove the dog because I wasn't keen on the colours.

Love your bag, your DH saved hard and chose it for you. Definitely tell her the moustache thing grin

fedupofnamechanging Thu 04-Apr-13 18:40:59

Your 'friend' has no class and no manners. She sounds like the kind of person who knows the cost of everything and the value of nothing.

Fwiw, I have a Radley cross body bag - have used it practically every day and it is still like new. It is very well made.

foxysocks Thu 04-Apr-13 18:53:49

what a rude cow! that is a horrible thing to say and I'm sorry she has take the shine of your present. it's a lovely bag, i hope you enjoy it (and whack her round the head with it 'accidentally', natch)

marriedinwhiteagain Thu 04-Apr-13 19:03:19

Nothing wrong with your bag - certainly not naffola - unlike your friend's bad manners shock

HarrySnotter Thu 04-Apr-13 19:03:29

Well I've just got home and when I was on the train a total stranger came up to me and asked me where I got my bag, because she loved it. Yes she loved my naffola bag! I could have hugged the life out of her!! smile

Owllady Thu 04-Apr-13 19:05:22

she sounds awful, take no notice

EuroShaggleton Thu 04-Apr-13 19:12:17

I'm not personally a big fan of Radley - I find the little scottie dog unbearably twee - but I don't think they are naff, just not to my taste. The one you linked is really quite nice. She's probably just jealous.

Coconutty Thu 04-Apr-13 19:16:52

I like Radley bags. DM got me one and thought about the colour/shape for ages apparently, so what's not to love?

mum47 Thu 04-Apr-13 19:30:36

I think that "death by Radley" is deffo the way to go.

Your DH is lovely to save up and buy you a lovely present, and no matter what she thought of your bag she should have done what anyone else would have done and pretended that she liked it. It is a case of basic good manners and she has none.

I can only wonder what she would have to say about my Cath Kidston bag - the horror!grin

Ohhelpohnoitsa Thu 04-Apr-13 19:32:42

I like Radley. good value for money.
the colleague is so rude. I would take any opportunities to remind her of the comment - "oh I'll just get my bag you said was naff and then go" etc. Make her squirm.
I wonder if she meant Kipling?

Queenmarigold Thu 04-Apr-13 19:34:04

I hate Radley cos of the dog, I think it's childish and not something I'd want;- however I love your bag!

Ohhelpohnoitsa Thu 04-Apr-13 19:36:26

I just looked online. the bag is lovely, classic and understated. Whats not to like. She is a witch. Tell her we all think so.

swooosh Thu 04-Apr-13 19:37:07

As a rule I don't like Radley but I really like that bag, OP! How rude of her.

My cousin buys fake Radley bags in Turkey which is a bit shit cause to be honest they aren't THAT expensive to buy.

racingheart Thu 04-Apr-13 19:37:44

People who sneer at Radley are just desperate to appear superior. The bags are classic shapes and not blingy, they last forever and age gracefully. DH got me one ages ago, I love it and anyone who thinks it naff shoots down in my estimation as a shallow airhead.

Your bag is lovely and your DH is very kind.

Ohhelpohnoitsa Thu 04-Apr-13 19:38:24

Yes, she is a rude witch. She is also a shallow rude witch if she judged on a label rather than the bag itself. It is lovely.

TheOneAndOnlyAlpha Thu 04-Apr-13 19:41:27

I love them. How rude of her. Does she wear designer stuff? I'd say something like 'are those real Prada shoes? Really?! Oh, I just thought they look a bit cheap. Are you sure they're not fake?'

Radley bags are well made, well designed and use good quality leather. They are timeless classics which will last you for years. Anyone who makes such comments values labels over friendship. Overpriced labels and undervalued friendships too. Hope her chavvy knock off Pravda bag keeps her warm on the long lonely winter nights.

Lucyellensmum95 Thu 04-Apr-13 19:42:53

I can't get the link sad I was looking at the radley bags today - some of them are OK (ish) some of them i really REALLY like - have always wanted one. For the yummy mummies at DD's school it is all about the mulberries, personally i think the Radley bags smell much nicer - yes, I have been in the shop today sniffing bags and prefering the new radley range because it SMELLS better than the mulberry. I can't afford either so it doesn't really matter. Some of the mulberry bags are really naff too!

CocoNutter Thu 04-Apr-13 19:46:18

I love Radley. I don't care what anybody else thinks - though nobody I know thinks they're naff. Ignore her! I have bag envy now, having seen yours!

dadofnone Thu 04-Apr-13 19:47:43

I have had a look on the website and there are some really nice bags there! I like the one your DH got. Your friend is clearly talking out of her arse!

badguider Thu 04-Apr-13 19:51:16

That's a nice bag. I thought all radley bags had those horrible pink scottie dog tags hanging off them... THOSE are naff... but I guess they can always be removed.

AnnoyingOrange Thu 04-Apr-13 19:52:20

Your bag is lovely.

Radley used to go in for twee pictures on their bags and dangly dogs, which caused accusations of naff ness. However their new ranges are classic shapes in good quality leather

Your dh is very thoughtful

AvonCallingBarksdale Thu 04-Apr-13 19:52:33

Blimey, I have 5 and I heart them all. Rude lady, I say!

badguider Thu 04-Apr-13 19:52:41

The dog reminds me of the horrid monkey hanging off kipling bags... why?, just why???

[but as i said, that green bag is nice]

YoothaJoist Thu 04-Apr-13 20:00:57

You are a lucky woman, OP. you have a lovely bag and a lovely husband.
Now you just need to get some better friends...

MadBraLady Thu 04-Apr-13 20:12:43

Yay for the stranger on the train. smile

Quite tempted myself actually, I've been looking for a bag to take stuff to college with...

pocketandsweet Thu 04-Apr-13 20:14:09

I think you owe it to yourself to wear your bag with pride ( and maybe even get a few friends to say how lovely it is in front the snide person). To say something so rude is unforgivable. Your husband sounds lovely to have given so much thought and saving up effort.... If she isn't jealous she should be !

Radley bags are fab quality - have had two which have each lasted three years of being used on a daily basis, bashed about, stuffed far too full, an still looked smart up to the end.

Another one here with the radley vibe - 3 (2 work bags - one red, one navy/purple and a black cross body bag). Oh, and one travel sized fold up bag and one I carry in my big handbag all the time.
Oh and an umbrella. What can I say - DH knows I like Radley and lacks imagination. works for me!

sittinginthesun Thu 04-Apr-13 20:21:01

I live on the edge of a vairy naice area, lots of class and money - every single woman I know has a number of Radley bags. I have one (and several from M & S wink). Almost a staple wardrobe item round here, where top designer would be considered naff.

faustina Thu 04-Apr-13 20:30:18

It looks really nice on the website! (and I wish all bag websites were as well designed as that one btw). I think it was particularly nasty of her to say that to you. If she says it again, say you think Prada is a bit too "mature" for you.

faustina Thu 04-Apr-13 20:31:38

..... or mutton. grin

ginmakesitallok Thu 04-Apr-13 20:35:47

DP bought me a radley work bag years ago -and I still love it.

chanie44 Thu 04-Apr-13 21:11:11

I like radley bags. I have a travel document holder, a travel card holder and a handbag. All lovely and I don't care what people say.

Your friend was being mean.

LovingTheSunshine Thu 04-Apr-13 21:12:42

I have 2 Radley bags & have had nice comments smile Your links don't work on my iPad...shame as I would have liked to have a noses!!

AnnoyingOrange Thu 04-Apr-13 21:24:21
olivertheoctopus Thu 04-Apr-13 21:28:21

Ooooh, pretty! Your 'friend' is a bitch. Ignore her.

StiffUpperLimp Thu 04-Apr-13 21:28:46

You've got a lovely DH - what a lovely, elegant bag. There is soooo much bag snobbery these days but that is a gorgeous bag. All of this designer nonsense is like the emperor's new clothes - very ordinary things sold to people who really need to spend a lot of money on a "name".

Figgygal Thu 04-Apr-13 21:32:28

Well of radley is naff I am queen of naff I have wallets, special edition picture bags, a laptop bag/trolley case, watch and have numerous bags.

Not so keen on their marketing these days and do think they've diluted the brand with Wellies, shoes, watches etc but I still love them

RFLmum Thu 04-Apr-13 21:36:13

Lovely bag. Silly friend. Let me smugly suggest that to dismiss an entire brand rather than commenting on whether she likes the season or not just shows that she's a label snob - not a fashion expert.

Dilidali Thu 04-Apr-13 21:52:04

Ooh, I love Radley bags and purses! I've got several, they are my special treats to myself. They're not ostentatious and the quality is very good. The first Radley purse I ever got is now over 10 years old, it is in perfect condition although used for about 5-6 years.
I love the one your DH chose for you, very elegant and practical, I would be proud to wear it! X

sallysparrow157 Thu 04-Apr-13 22:21:40

I have 3 Radley bags - a small handbag I've had for about 7 years and used regularly which is a bit scuffed, a bigger handbag which is about 3 years old and looks like new despite being chucked around and taken out in the rain many times and a 5 yr old work bag which is awfully mistreated, used daily, crammed full of vast quantities of random shit and looks like new apart from being a bit scuffed on the bottom (oh, and the lining being a little stained due to dissolved boiled sweet!)
All have had loads of compliments, a colleage took photos of the big handbag as he really wanted to get his wife one, all are great quality, in my opinion far nicer classic and non-dating shapes than a lot of the really expensive desirable brands.
I really like the little dog tag (but I am very childish and fond of animals on clothes and so on to be fair, a while ago there was a post on S&B asking if a cat-print dress was too young for the poster, I bought 2 and have worn them to death!) but the dog is removable on all of my bags (have lent them to my mum who has always taken the dog off!)

Samu2 Thu 04-Apr-13 22:26:52

I had to google as the links don't work.

I love it!!

I like what I like, regardless of the make and it's a lovely bag.

Bag snobs can kiss my backside wink There newer range is lovely.

Samu2 Thu 04-Apr-13 22:27:16

Their* blush

abbyfromoz Thu 04-Apr-13 22:31:13

I have always thought Radley to be a little overrated but i really like the bag your DH got you. Ignore your mean colleague.

FamiliesShareGerms Thu 04-Apr-13 22:31:51

My very first handbag aged 20 was a Radley bag (before the Scotty dig was on everything) and I still love them. ignore your friend and enjoy your bag

HarrySnotter Thu 04-Apr-13 22:36:54

Oh you lot really are a lovely bunch. smile. I've decided that I don't care what someone like that thinks, I LOVE MY BAG. And you've made some very nice comments about DH, he really is the very loveliest man. If I told you that he put a wee poem in the bag before he gave it to me would that be too vomit inducing?

abbyfromoz Thu 04-Apr-13 22:43:16

Awwww that is seriously adorable! Hehehehehe

Bambalam Thu 04-Apr-13 22:57:05

Does this 'friend' go on holiday to Turkey often? They sell Prada there for about a tenner.

Back to the point, she is unkind for saying that to you and is probably jealous that your husband has been so thoughtful. The most important thing is that you like it. I think some of the 'naffness' reputation with Radley is that it exploded when it came out which can take the edge off popularity IYSWIM.

Selks Thu 04-Apr-13 23:00:19

I like that bag, the colour is gorgeous.

Please do say the moustache thing OP! grin She totally deserves it, the cow.

Selks Thu 04-Apr-13 23:01:24

Lovely about the poem too - what a wonderful present (and DH smile)

peacefuleasyfeeling Thu 04-Apr-13 23:09:02

I think your bag is lovely. My favourite bag is a Radley bag, and I have it in 3 colours grin, and I now feel replete; no need for any other bags ever.
You're right, your colleague is being mean for the sake of it, how very dare she say something like that about such a lovely gift!? Boo hiss.

DisappointedHorse Thu 04-Apr-13 23:14:42

I love that bag OP! I've been considering buying a Mulberry Bayswater but I think I actually prefer this one.

Ridley bags tend to be lovely, soft leather.

Lovely bag!
Your colleague is jealous (and so am I envy )
Enjoy your present and use it with pride!
smile

SanctiMOMious Thu 04-Apr-13 23:17:22

I like them! I like what I like - not what I'm supposed to like. Wine, music, handbags...

EmpressMaud Thu 04-Apr-13 23:17:57

It looks fairly nice to me, though I'd cut off the dog tag, personally (being the thing I dislike about Radley).

SanctiMOMious Thu 04-Apr-13 23:18:47

your husband put a poem in the bag for you!? oh bless. I'd rather have a nice husband than a nice handbag to be honest (and you have both)

Bartlebee Thu 04-Apr-13 23:24:17

I have a messenger style radley, but mumsnet put me off it with all the talk of it being an old lady bag.

I do think they're quite nice really (even if my mum & mil have them) and so reasonably priced. The twee dog would always have to go though.

SanctiMOMious Thu 04-Apr-13 23:31:24

Bag snobbery is scary! i do remember it from when I was in an office. I'm a bit out of that now. tbh that's why i'd stick with mid ranged brands like fossil and radley. You're getting leather, and a classic design and they usually have a range of designs. So you aren't being caught up in some emperors clothes bullshit like 'oh it's the baguette' or some such nonsense. you are just getting a bag that you like at a sane price and not being ripped off. does naffola mean that you knwo what you like and haven't paid 10 times too much for that?

freerangeeggs Fri 05-Apr-13 00:48:19

Keep the bag, lose the friend IMO

Honestly, you don't have time for twats like that. Genuinely can't imagine what would drive a person to behave in such a way, unless they're jealous/somehow insecure.

I wouldn't have a witty comeback either, but I would stew and stew on this and probably be very cold with her. I am the queen of grudges. I would take it as a insult to my DP's honour and when the time came I would exact my vengeance.

"Lovely boots, I think my mum has them. Are they BHS?"
"Have you shaved your upper lip? It just looks a bit stubbly"
"You're looking very healthy, have you gained a bit of weight? No, it suits you, really, you were gaunt before. You looked old"
"You're very brave to wear that colour next to your face, at your age"

I would never normally say such things but man, what a bitch

sydlexic Fri 05-Apr-13 00:54:33

I don't care for Radley, my DSis loves them. I would never say something like that to her.

If you love it that is all that matters.

chicaguapa Fri 05-Apr-13 01:00:43

freerangeeggs grin I'm alone in the house and I have laughed out loud. I think I'll print them off and hope I've got the gall to use one of the one day. grin

SanctiMOMious Fri 05-Apr-13 10:39:20

freerangeeggs! that's what we call the silky insult. my mother es la maestra

101handbags Fri 05-Apr-13 10:44:47

Wow, I really can't believe someone would be so nasty. Your bag is lovely by the way. If I like something a colleague or friend is wearing/carrying I tell them. If I don't (and we all have different tastes, after all), I don't comment). Why would someone feel the need to say something so nasty? I can only assume jealousy if you were getting lots of compliments from others while she is used to people falling over themselves to pay homage to her fake Prada.

valiumredhead Fri 05-Apr-13 10:57:39

I have an across body type Radley and it has worn really really well, in fact looks nicer now than it did when I bought it. I'd love another one tbh.

I can't see your link, what's it called and I will look at it on the site?

I think your friend is a tad jealous and possibly believes everything she reads on MN wink

Well Laura Bailey is the brand ambassador and I think she's pretty damn chic.

Tell your friend everyone thinks her Prada is fake.

freddiefrog Fri 05-Apr-13 11:16:44

I'm not really a bag person, I tend to shove keys, phone and debit card in a pocket, so don't get excited about bags in the slightest, but I really like it!

ATJabberwocky Fri 05-Apr-13 11:19:20

Radley bags are lovely, i really like the cute dog, i would not take notice, all that matters is that you like it.

Madratlady Fri 05-Apr-13 11:25:01

I love Radley. My handbay is a Radley one I bought to celebrate splitting up with my arse of an ex over 2 years ago and is still in fantastic condition even though I use it daily.

goldensands Fri 05-Apr-13 11:29:54

My family make special trips to the designer outlet to purchase Radley bags blush

I think they are lovely! I am actually very excited because I know I am getting a holdall on wheels suitcase thing from there for my birthday...

Very jealous of your lovely bag envy

BeaLola Fri 05-Apr-13 11:53:37

She is downright rude. Perhps she is jealous of the fact that you have such a kind and thoughtful DH. Is she in a relationship ? If she is perhaps they bought her nothing lovely when it was her birthday ?

I have several Radleys from briefcase type that I've had for about 10 years to cross-body types to a hobo type. I love them all - some I bought myself others DH did - it perhaps helps that we visit outlet centre where huge range & great prices. I don't love everything they do but I do love my handbags - also have some lovely ones from Osprey & a lovely Mulberry bucket bag that DH bought me years back.

At the end of the day you love it (I looked at it online & loved it too), your husband loved it & is fab DH for being so thoughtful & she is a rude, wizened, not nice individual. I wish I could think of a witty put down but I'm rubbish at those. Just wear your Radley with pride & tbh take it as a compliment that she doesn't like it - she clearly has no taste whatsoever.

compoundinterest Fri 05-Apr-13 11:56:19

Your 'friend' sounds horrid. Bin her and enjoy your Radley bag. It looks lovely! grin

Yes well Jel!

I know someone who buys every bag they do - if you like it, go for it & carry with pridesmile

CountryBelle Fri 05-Apr-13 12:12:16

Beautiful bag, horrible "friend".

CountryBelle Fri 05-Apr-13 12:12:51

Also, lovely DH smile

Shlurpbop Fri 05-Apr-13 13:02:00

Prada?! How naff!

Wear your lovely Radley bag with pride. She is clearly jealous smile

Lazyoldcow Fri 05-Apr-13 15:55:46

I just can't bear bag snobbery.

I have 2 Radley bags including the new Bartley. There are many bags I don't like but a few that are nice.

I also have a friend- maybe fast becoming an ex friend- who won't buy anything unless it's Prada, Anya H or Mulberry.

I think it's nonsense paying the cost of a 2nd hand car for a bag. More money than sense, lass.

I don'tl ove the Radley scottie- always take it off - it's twee. But never throw away cos when you Ebay the bag peeps want the doggy!

Aquelven Fri 05-Apr-13 17:00:55

I reckon she's jealous, of your lovely bag but even more so of your lovely husband.

I really like Radley bags, terrific quality for far less ££££s than some more lusted after bags where you are just paying for snob value

I have a few & love them all, even the Scottie but then I am owned by several hairy terriers hailing from north of the border & wouldn't dare call them naff grin

But then, if you want naff Radley, you need one like one of mine. It's pink, big & has a whole landscape appliquéd on the front in bright colours, complete with dog kennel, Scottie, flowers growing in grass..... grin

Some people are way more concerned about prestige than quality, but they'll probably tell you they purchase Prada because of the quality. Heh.
I would see this as her attempt to justify her own spending, perhaps. This need to reduce you to a 'shelf below herself', so to speak.

I like a good bag, and have a few expensive ones, but am most happy with the least prestigious of the batch, which (whilst still high quality leather) threatens to outlast them all.

That Radley bag is lovely. I've never bought from the brand but they do have some nice, neat shapes.

You truly do NOT need the approval of a brand obsessed cockwomble to enjoy your new bag. Ask yourself why someone would insult you in this way? The issue lies with them.

And I'm not sure if it is jealousy about the bag itself, esp if she can afford expensive things, but maybe she doesn't have a wonderful man to treat her like that, or perhaps she resents how lucky you have been in obtaining those wonderful things in life that are actually still free (love).

Maybe hearing about how he chose this especially for you is what triggered her, and she would have said something similar even if you'd been gifted a Chanel.

trixymalixy Fri 05-Apr-13 17:19:20

I'm not a Radley fan. Their bags were a bit twee for ages, but I have to admit that they seem to have upped their game and have some lovely bags at the moment. Yours is one of them and your friend is a total dick. How rude to comment on someone's bag like that?

SuburbanCrofter Fri 05-Apr-13 17:21:04

I was a little bit shock when I read your message, as I just got a Radley bag for my 40th birthday! It is the kind of thing I couldn't normally afford, and I thought it was classy because their bags seem well made but not flashy... I had no idea that anyone considered them naff! Guess I'm out of the loop....

However, I think the fact that your colleague judges items of clothing by brand (Prada=good, Radley=naff) shows a complete lack of taste. Do you actually trust her judgement - do you think her outfits look nice? I'll bet she looks like a dog's dinner most of the time! I think your bag is lovely, and your husband even lovelier.

polyhymnia Fri 05-Apr-13 17:43:12

I agree withTrixy . my own lack of enthusiasm for Radley goes back a few years to when their bags were indeed on the twee side - as IMO the dog still is - but he's easily detachable .

But more recently have noticed they have very clearly raised their sights brought In new designers and started to do a far wider range of styles - many, like yours, definitely stylish.

BranchingOut Fri 05-Apr-13 17:48:02

Nothing wrong with that bag - something probably wrong with her though!

Talisin Fri 05-Apr-13 18:14:06

As everyone has already said - it's a lovely bag from, obviously, a lovely man. Ignore the idiot from work. If she judges 'taste' by a label then she posesses none herself.

scarlet76 Fri 05-Apr-13 19:36:48

Like anything, it's a question of personal taste. But yes, how utterly rude of this person. Waste no more time and enjoy a bag you love!

MadameOvary Fri 05-Apr-13 19:50:56

Meh to Mulberry Bayswater bags. I sold mine as they are everywhere now. I would happily carry your bag.

nellyjelly Fri 05-Apr-13 19:55:31

Pah. It is lovely and most importantly you like it.

I like Radley and have a couple. also have a couple of Cath Kidston bags and am told she is very naff but i like them and they are practical.

Don't care what others think about my handbag choice!

CloudsAndTrees Fri 05-Apr-13 20:27:09

Radley bags are good quality, and I think anyone that says they Don't like an entire range of completely different products is talking rubbish anyway. You might it like the brand, which is fair enough, but when a brand like radle has such a huge range, how can people not find at leat one or two things that they do like, even if they would prefer it to be a different brand? It makes no sense.

I also think that people who stick to a brand for the right reasons and don't go off it just because it has had a few months of being the in thing and then gone slightly out if fashion, come across as a lot more confident and secure than people who would avoid a brand because of that.

Ouchmyhead Sat 06-Apr-13 00:33:09

I love Radley! Sod your friend, it is a lovely present! I have a Radley purse, suitcase and over night bag (all presents!) I love them!

Fluffycloudland77 Sat 06-Apr-13 09:46:08

She's not a friend, she's a frenemy.

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