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Capacious waterproof(ish) bag that's not heavy, or covered in polka dots, posies, cupcakes or animals?

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BineWox Wed 16-Oct-13 11:41:29

In an ideal world the bag would be leather, but in reality leather's a bit pricey and too heavy for my lazy bones to lug around .

Oilcloth would be good, but cutesy and oilcloth seem to be inseparable.

A4 messenger bag size/shape is probably what I'm after - or hobo bag style - needs to hold everyday crap and preferably have a few handy compartments. And cost less than £50. I'd be eternally grateful if anyone can point me towards this elusive holy grail.

BineWox Fri 18-Oct-13 09:55:19

Thanks so much everyone. Haven't got time to properly check them all out now (bloody work, getting in the way of handbag research...) but will get on to it later.

BikeRunSki Thu 17-Oct-13 20:48:37

here pricey at full price, but usually can find cheaper by Googling. I have quite a lot of North Face luggage, it is bomb proof.

BikeRunSki Thu 17-Oct-13 20:40:23

North Face courier bags fit the bill, but may be too sporty for you.

paperlantern Thu 17-Oct-13 20:30:04

search reuz messenger bags in amazon. they are are patterned oilcloth but the patterns are much less cutesy

I like that they are zipped, fit a lot in, and are comfortable to wear.

at £24 mark they are a steal

sliceofcake Thu 17-Oct-13 20:02:27

Try Sew Nicely Done, she is only on Facebook, but was recommended to me a while back by someone in S and B. Lots of oilcloth fabrics, including the spots and flowers you don't want, but also has lovely stripes. Tons of options of styles and you can bespoke what you want. Might be worth a look, the lady who does it is really lovely too.

faustina Thu 17-Oct-13 19:17:00

honestly, it's amazing considering what he's done with it (and how cheap it was). It's simple but perfect - the leather parts are fantastic quality - still just as they were when I bought it.

bigbrick Thu 17-Oct-13 19:13:17

I like that one Faustina. I've thought about the messenger bag small size so good to hear they last well

faustina Thu 17-Oct-13 19:07:40

I don't know how waterproof this is, but I bought one in brown for ds2 at least five years ago. it went through sixth form, three years at uni, and it's still going strong (and looks nice!). I've often thought of borrowing it myself.

She also does waxy cotton ones on her own site, but I think they're much more expensive. Perhaps wait til the sales?

CrustaceanRelation Thu 17-Oct-13 19:00:49

HouseLikeAZoo Thu 17-Oct-13 18:57:37

Sorry, link fail!

HouseLikeAZoo Thu 17-Oct-13 18:55:17

I have one of these:

It's lovely and after a year of daily use, looks good as new. I think you can also get it on notonthehighstreet? Any good?

bigbrick Thu 17-Oct-13 18:50:35

Pricey though - but will last

bigbrick Thu 17-Oct-13 18:45:46

How about checking out the men's bags

caramelgirl Thu 17-Oct-13 18:06:52

Skip hop wise you can just take the mat out of the thin back pocket of the bag. Like the tippex idea tho'- or ink stains used to wreck my oil cloth pencil cases at school?

mrselgar Thu 17-Oct-13 16:00:09

Kipling bags are supposed to be waterproof. Look on qvc

MissScatterbrain Thu 17-Oct-13 15:41:37

Try tk maxx - bought a lovely plain bag from there for work. Ebay also a good place to look.

BineWox Thu 17-Oct-13 14:42:57

Maybe I could get a cupcake one and tippex out the cakes. Like when Adrian Mole tried to cover his Noddy wallpaper with black paint hmm

BineWox Thu 17-Oct-13 14:04:36

I like the Kanken backpacks too - not after a backpack as such, but interesting to keep in mind for future purchases!

BineWox Thu 17-Oct-13 14:03:19

Long handles really, that can be worn cross body if walking any distance. I just find that especially with winter coats, handbags just fall off my shoulders all the time and drive me nuts.

Bit like this but without the cupcakes

And not 'real' buckles that you have to actually buckle and unbuckle every time you want to open the bag.

Interesting idea about having one made, I'll look into that.

I like Skiphop stuff, having trouble finding one without a changing mat though?

Some of the V&A stuff is nice, hadn't seen that site before, ta.

CrustaceanRelation Wed 16-Oct-13 23:02:07

Get one made, I got mine made by a fb seller, chose the oil cloth (not cutesy) and was really reasonable plus made exactly to my spec.

MollyRoses Wed 16-Oct-13 22:54:19

What kind of handles are you looking for?

BineWox Wed 16-Oct-13 22:37:44

I've googled Le Pliage, the bags do look rather lovely, though sadly most seem to have short handles that hook over the shoulder - I must have unsuitable shoulders as bags like that just seem to fall off me confused I've never got the hang of wearing them. If I were stylish and didn't have to walk far I'd be seriously tempted though.

MollyRoses Wed 16-Oct-13 20:48:14

I third the le pliage, I have one 3 and they are really good. I have the two in the larger size, mainly because one I had used for 6 years and the corners were fraying and one in the smaller size. They are super light and hold so much stuff.

They are more around teh £70 mark though

cafecito Wed 16-Oct-13 17:15:03

I have a kanken backpack - totally waterproof

I also have a le pliage bag or two hmm which are quite waterproof. certainly not cutesy. but more around £60-69 for decent size

bunnymother Wed 16-Oct-13 17:02:17

I just bought an oil cloth bag in winter floral print from a china shop on Regent St. So Nanna, it's come around again and is nice - DH mocks it but I keep getting compliments on it. It was £10 and it was made by the V&A, so maybe check their website?

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