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I just want a nice pretty bag that will fit my purse/phone/keys/lipstick etc in. I have had a change bag for the last couple of years but as soon as dd is toilet trained I have promised myself a really nice handbag, not a Tesco/Asda/Primark job like I've had in the past either! I would like to have a shoulder strap so I can put over my shoulder and I like pretty colours pinks, blues, purples etc.
Budget around £100 if possible don't mind going a bit over
what's your budget and what do you need from a bag/style? Do you want something that's a style you have to hold in you hand/on your elbow or do you want somehting that will go over your shoulder/sit in your armpit style, or something with a cross body strap leaving you completely hands free?
Do you need something small or something that's say, big enough to fit an A4 file in (if you'll use it for work and might need to cart papers to/from, that's useful to avoid having to take two bags).
Do you want something smart/city/work friendly or something relaxed in style? Preference on colour? Do you have specifics like "must have pocket on outside for my bus/train card and keys" ?
Let us know, we will find it. (there are no right and wrong answers)
Radley bags have never let me down unlike other more expensive bags I could name. The dog doesn't bother me in the slightest. I buy the bags because they are great quality, well made, well designed. I have several and they all still look great. You'll never go back
Gallifrey, if you like the dog tags, keep them. Screw what a couple of bitchy strangers think. I don't have Radleys but I do have an Ill tutti mia changing bag which has a dog tag. Those bags are seen as cool because some A list slebs have it. The dog tag doesn't define me but then neither do any of my other bags.
OP if you like the Radley dog then it doesn't matter if other people think it's naff or not. I find lots of things naff that I'm sure some people on here love. Acne Pistols for one but lots of people bow at the alter of the Pistols!
I have a cross body bag from Radley - it is really well made, much better than the Fossil bag I have which was a similar price (the zip broke on my Fossil one and the leather on the strap seems to have the colour coming off in places).
People are snotty about Radley, because i think in the past the designs have been seen as 'mumsy', but recently I think they've had some quite nice designs. Certainly they are no worse than a lot of other brands, which are deemed more 'acceptable' on MN.
Must admit that I think the dog is horrid (mine came with a little metal one on a piece of leather, which I took off asap and gave to dd, aged 5 to play with), but that is just a question of personal taste. If you like it then it doesn't matter what anyone else thinks.
Laura Bailey is the current face of Radley, and some of the bags she is photographed w in the ads look good. Obv ditch any doggy bits. I would look at Coccinelle, first. The store on Kings Road has a good range.
I have had Radley bags in the past and they wear well and have a good resale value on ebay. Radley have really upped their game in terms of design and not a dog to be seen! Go to John Lewis and have a look. Modalau, Hobbs and Fossil are also stocked there and have some nice bags in for spring. Report back what you buy.
My mum likes Tula bags, they are in a similar vein to Radley in my mind so you may like those. I always buy vintage bags myself but I'm quite into having something nobody else I know has and often they are a real bargain.
I also like that nobody can ever tell if my bag was £500 or £5 ( I choose good quality vintage) but that's probably quite ridiculous
I love radley as I find them really good quality. As others have said john Lewis have a good selection of radley and other bags. Peony and Moore have a good reputation on here although haven't bought anything from them. I have a couple of bags from monsoon that are good quality too.