Style: get a Grip

With all the different options of bags on the market the grip handle bag has always been a ladylike choice.

Grace Kelly with the Hermès bag named after her – still in demand.

There are pros & cons to carrying one.

It’s a no-brainer because you just grab ‘n go, it doesn’t mess up your outfit and always looks sharp for a more polished look.

Even though they’ve never really gone out of style (think Lady Dior or the Vuitton Speedy handbags – both best sellers) they lost their appeal for a while.

But they seem to be making a modern comeback.

Gucci – found on “Real Real” website
Harper’s Bazaar

On the other hand if you’re out walking the dog (leash in one hand, phone in the other) it’s just another thing to hang onto. An over the shoulder, backpack or cross body bag is much more convenient in this case.

But when it comes to the beach, most straw bags are hand held.  It would look awkward throwing one of those over your shoulder.

Bag, Staud.  Photo: Atelier Dore.  See below for where to buy.
Bag, General Store.  See where to buy below.

The larger purses that come two-fold (with grip and a strap to fit over your shoulder) are convenient but many of them don’t always look so nice. I prefer those where you can remove the larger strap. Which brings me back to getting a grip on it; as shown in these photos.

Audrey Hepburn from “Breakfast at Tiffanys”

Bag, Staud  (Moreau Bucket Bag)

Bag, General Store (handwoven by fair trade Ghanian artists from elephant grass)

Which kind of bag do you prefer to carry on a daily basis?


Style – Bucket List

I’ve always loved the bucket bag

Bags: Mansur-Gavriel Photo: Garance Doré
Bags: Mansur Gavriel,  large bucket $695  Photo: Garance Doré

and I don’t think they’ve ever really gone out of style.  Although right now it’s very “of the moment” and most designers seem to feature one. 

Seau St. Laurent medium $1,950
Seau St. Laurent medium $1,950

A friend of mine just bought one in a very neutral shade in between white and beige but now she’s not sure whether she wants to keep it.  Maybe after seeing these she’ll change her mind.

Louis Vuitton
Louis Vuitton

The timeless Noé bucket bag, created in 1932, has been reimagined sporting the original’s signature leather drawstring, as well as an extra-long strap for casual cross-body wear.

Louis Vuitton noé-bb
Louis Vuitton Noé-bb  $1,210 usd


Do you have a favourite?

style & substance – on my “bucket” list

is a champagne carryall – the Louis Vuitton iconic Noé bucket bag which has just been re-released in various shades of leather and monogram canvas.

from images
from images – more bags for more bottles, some cash & a lipstick.

In 1932, a Champagne vintner commissioned Louis Vuitton to design a carryall for his precious wares and voilà – the original Noé bag was born.  The result – a simple leather bucket bag that safely and stylishly housed five bottles of champagne – four upright and  a fifth place upside down in the middle.  Now I know why I always loved this bag!

 The bag came to represent the free-spirited, effervescent lifestyle of liberated women.

 Now, 81 years later, and available starting this month you can find the pint size version – the Noé BB, more suited to the bare essentials – and room enough for a Veuve Clicquot mini or Sofia Coppola blanc de blanc, possibly both.

what goes around comes around
what goes around comes around

As seen in marie claire magazine.