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Looking for a nice bag for my 40th birthday, please!

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sixtiesqueen Sat 20-Oct-12 19:00:51

Ok, it's my 40th in December. DH asked what I'd like and I'd like a really nice bag that will last ages. Problem is, I don't get much time to go shopping because I work and also have a 3 year old at home.

I'm looking for something that will sit on my shoulders without falling off. It needs to be a tote bag with two handles. I don't want anything fussy with buckles and pockets on the front. Preferably brown, maybe black. Leather, not patterned (though I don't mind the crocodile skin look). I don't want a bag that's sloppy and floppy, nor one that's too stiff. I want something that's large enough to accommodate the usual stuff plus a small brolly and A5 diary but not so huge that you end up fishing around in it in the dark. Pockets inside would be good to separate things, but especially somewhere for my iPhone so I can find the bloody thing when it's ringing.

Budget - not sure - not Mulberry prices but maybe up to £500. I think that's a LOT of money for a bag, hence it needs to last. Any suggestions where to begin gratefully received. I'm in the north west so have access to John Lewis/Selfridges/Harvey Nichols/House of Fraser for browsing purposes.

Thanks you lot!

Itsgottabebags Sat 20-Oct-12 19:05:01

Blimey that's some shopping list!

Itsgottabebags Sat 20-Oct-12 19:09:32

leather though

sixtiesqueen Sat 20-Oct-12 19:14:30

Thanks for that link.

I've just had a look.

They are all way too expensive - £1,400 for some of them. Sadly, my budget is much lower!

Itsgottabebags Sat 20-Oct-12 19:15:08

^non leather

leather/suede

Itsgottabebags Sat 20-Oct-12 19:18:06

suede again but amazing price!

sixtiesqueen Sat 20-Oct-12 19:24:13

The first one is nice. I'd like longer straps and a shorter body to the bag.

I've just realised how bloody fussy I am.

Michael Kors seems to do nice bags - any idea how good they are?

sixtiesqueen Sat 20-Oct-12 19:43:53

Ah...I like the birkin. I also like the Mulberry East West bag.

So - something like that but slightly cheaper...

OldBagWantsNewBag Sat 20-Oct-12 19:56:08

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maybunny Sat 20-Oct-12 20:06:31

Mulberry east west is brilliant and well worth the money IMO!

CountBapula Sat 20-Oct-12 20:09:46

Gérard Darel 24hr bag <drool>

Murraylover Sat 20-Oct-12 20:34:50

I picked Osprey Berlin for my b'day & love it for everyday/work bag. JL pic doesn't do it justice; www.johnlewis.com/230537373/Product.aspx

sixtiesqueen Sat 20-Oct-12 23:19:45

The Osprey Bags are really lovely, thank you for that link. Just the right shape.

Darel bag also nice

Peacock one a bit 'thin' looking for me.

Really helpful all of you, thank you.

Now, if I had more to spend, would I find something in the Osprey shape that was better quality OR is that just a myth?

Paribus Sat 20-Oct-12 23:46:44

Sixties, LV Neverfull? Etro with the same bag as Neverfull but with their traditional paisley print?

sixtiesqueen Sat 20-Oct-12 23:49:41

Thanks Paribus.

The LV one is a bit thin looking for my tastes (I like thicker straps).

The Etro one is worth shortlisting though. Thankyou!

Paribus Sun 21-Oct-12 01:07:20

Sixties, LV is honestly the most hardwearing bag I've ever seen. I had it for almost 5 years, wore it almost daily (2 small kids, need a very big bag)- it honestly looks as if I just bought it. Re straps- I took mine everywhere, including beach and planes- the maximum weigh was def over 10 kilos- nothing happened either with the bag or with the straps.

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