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Handbag experts - please find me a work bag

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Dancergirl Wed 04-Nov-15 18:11:35

I have just started a new job and will be working out and about. I have a large Mulberry Antony messenger but it's actually deceptively small and I can't find things easily (too deep I think).

I don't want to spend anywhere near that sort of money, does anyone have any ideas? I need my hands free so cross body would be best. I need to carry - fairly chunky purse, 2 phones, keys, notebook and pen and possibly some A4 sheets of paper. Not too heavy and comfortable to wear.

KateSpadeAddict Wed 04-Nov-15 19:19:35

www.katespade.co.uk/uk/cobble-hill-small-ella/invt/pxru5514?color=black/clock%20tower/hare%20grey

Its 268 - are you looking for more affordable than that? I'm working on the basis that the Anthony must be about 500/600?!

Dancergirl Wed 04-Nov-15 19:38:11

Yes it was kate but I bought it quite a few years ago. I think Kate Spade is probably too much, I was looking to spend about £150 if possible.

GoldPlatedShitGibbon Wed 04-Nov-15 19:42:17

What about something from Nat and Nin? Their bags are lovely and wear very well.

Dancergirl Thu 05-Nov-15 08:45:03

I've never heard of that make, is there a particular style you'd recommend?

boodles Thu 05-Nov-15 17:01:27

www.mimiberry.co.uk/collections/women-bags/products/juno-black

This is my work bag and I totally recommend it. You can wear it on the shoulder or across the body. It holds loads and wears well. There is a bigger version called the Hester if the Juno isn't big enough.

GoldPlatedShitGibbon Thu 05-Nov-15 18:49:10

Have a look on their website, they divide their range by size, with the largest being able to accommodate A4. I just love the colours, the leather is gorgeous and the quality is great.
You can buy direct from their site or Sarenza also stock some of their styles.

BikeRunSki Thu 05-Nov-15 18:54:41

I love this but I am a simple soul. Loads of cross body styles on that website though.

FiftyShadesOfSporn Thu 05-Nov-15 19:17:06

www.jaeger.co.uk/julianne-leather-tote/791016R-00100-ITM.html?cgid=accessories-bags

SALE25 should get you a further 25% off today

Truckingalong Thu 05-Nov-15 21:57:33

God I love that Kate spade bag. Think I might have to purchase!!!

I use Modalu Pippa bags for work www.modalu.com/shop/pippacollection.html

Dancergirl Sun 08-Nov-15 23:30:01

Funnily enough I actually own a mini Pippa bag, I got it in the sale. I hadn't thought about the larger one.

I don't know, it seems like a tote style would be most practical for finding stuff but I wouldn't have my hands free.

Although I work outside often, maybe one large bag would be too heavy for carrying around. Maybe I could get a tote style for all my notes etc which I could possibly leave inside and a smaller cross body (which I have) for purse and phone.

Dancergirl Tue 10-Nov-15 21:21:44

Right, back to the drawing board.

I think I need a tote now. Can any MNers recommend a nice one that's not too pricey?

DearFox Tue 10-Nov-15 21:27:37

I love the emerson place small laurelie on the kate spade website. couldn't afford anything that expensive but I love it.

DearFox Tue 10-Nov-15 21:28:46

liink to it

goingmadinthecountry Tue 10-Nov-15 21:36:19

Am loving that Mimiberry Juno bag but would be looking for something other than black or slate grey - dark tan/brown or navy??

Have gone totally against the grain this year and spent 29.99 on a non-leather Zara bag. Not leather but looks like it and has been much admired. Depends on your job. It's only work and it looks nice - I'm a poorly paid teacher so can get away with it!

Dancergirl Tue 10-Nov-15 21:39:55

I think something price wise between Mimi Berry and non leather, maybe around £100?

Dancergirl Thu 12-Nov-15 15:16:00

I bought this from John Lewis:

www.paulsboutique.com/maisy-patent-black

Mine is a lovely burgundy patent, can't find that one online maybe it's exclusive to JL. It's lovely and spacious and only £70 smile

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