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need a work handbag - I have some very specific requirements

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JimmyGreavesMoustache Sun 20-Sep-15 09:22:41

I am fed up with looking for a new bag

I need something:
-with a shoulder strap
-that can carry several A5 books (capacity for an A4 document wallet would be good but not essential)
-also carry water bottle, brolly, and all the usual
-(this is the bit I'm struggling with) - zips or otherwise closes completely as I'm often loitering outside for work, in the rain (NB not sex worker)
-not black. Don't mind otherwise on colour/plain/patterned, just not black
-under £200. ideally cheaper

I had a GREAT navy pleather one from primark that gave up the ghost a while back and have been carrying a hideous one emergency purchased debenhams one since.

I thought about a Le Pliage but no inner pockets and I thought I might struggle with this. ANyone seen anything?

HolgerDanske Sun 20-Sep-15 09:56:39

I can't suggest bags as I don't know of any atm but if you need internal organisation options you could always buy a Le Pliage and then get one of those handbag organisers to put inside it. They're very practical and that way you can have the bag you want with as much internal organisation as you need.

jimmybim Sun 20-Sep-15 10:07:34

Radley have tote bags with zips in lots of colours

JimmyGreavesMoustache Sun 20-Sep-15 11:07:41

ooh, I might look at a handbag organiser - i do like the lightness of the Le Pliage bags

will also have a rummage on the radley site - thanks both

justaweeone Sun 20-Sep-15 11:17:50

Austin reed have some zipped totes and have 20% off at the mo

Floppityflop Sun 20-Sep-15 11:21:04

I got this when BA changed the size of the personal bag:

bananarepublic.gap.co.uk/browse/product.do?cid=1010874&vid=1&pid=000673122RM14-17229

Floppityflop Sun 20-Sep-15 11:22:02

It also isn't just in black...

justaweeone Sun 20-Sep-15 11:28:00

Fossil Sydney shopper fossil.com

Libitina Sun 20-Sep-15 11:39:32

www.kipling.com/uk-en/handbags/type/all-bags/

Kipling bags are fab. Lightweight, well made and strong.

Take a look on Amazon too for good prices. Or QVC for videos of each bag so you can see size etc...

JimmyGreavesMoustache Mon 21-Sep-15 09:43:54

thanks all

some of those fossil bags look good online

I might take a trip to the store at the weekend to have a proper look

IloveChoo Mon 21-Sep-15 10:11:49

I linked to this Lauren bag the other day for someone who wanted something similar... may work for you too?

JimmyGreavesMoustache Mon 21-Sep-15 10:22:54

oh, that's lovely Choo
a bit over budget, but I love that it has a long strap as well
<starts saving hard>

Itscurtainsforyou Tue 22-Sep-15 09:43:57

I like this - I have it in blue:

www.tkmaxx.com/view-all-womens-new-in/brown-soft-leather-messenger-bag/invt/11170998

OnlyLovers Tue 22-Sep-15 10:26:52

(NB not sex worker)

I don't have any advice, sorry, but that did make me larf.

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