Q: Hi, I’ve been following your blog for a while and I’m really impressed with your list of recommended bags. Recently I got my wife an iPad and now she is actually looking for a great leather bag that can a) be slung when needed (the sling must be detachable) and b) be large enough to include her other accessories such as her phone and wallet.
Do you have any suggestions for me? She does not really have any colour preference but knowing her, she would prefer understated colours as she may bring the bag for formal meetings with clients. There is really no fixed budget so please provide me if you can a few considerations!
On a side note, I’ve been looking at the Ted (from Mulberry) for awhile now for work and leisure but if you have a better suggestion for me as well, I’ll certainly appreciate it!
A: Hi Kelvin, thanks for the email. Given that you’ve only listed two criteria (and no fixed budget) here are my recommendations. Firstly you can check out the Chloé Marcie (shown above), a classy leather shoulder bag that measures 45 cm by 35 cm, which should fit an iPad comfortably. Retailing for GBP1010 (around SGD2040) at Net-A-Porter, the design and shape of it is also most definitely work-appropriate.
Another bag I like is the Bottega Veneta Roma, an elegant bag that will work (and look) great in boardroom settings as well. Measuring 38 cm across, she could slot her iPad into the middle pocket, one of 3 in the GBP1950 bag for easy organisation. Last but not least, check out this bag from Marc Jacobs that also comes with its own shoulder strap. Measuring 35 cm and looking a tad ‘younger’, it is also the most affordable of the trio featured here, retailing for GBP890.
And while you’re deciding, here’s something else to ponder over. Instead of just looking at shoulder bags, how about considering totes as well? Besides being able to hold more (iPad, notes and files), it will not create unnecessary strain on her back, which will eventually happen if she keeps carrying the iPad (yes it is light, but it is not that light if you consider additional items like the cover and the portable charger) day after day.
A tote you could consider is the new Bally Rosa, which comes with a centre compartment that will come in useful for laptops and yes, her iPad. Retailing for SGD1795 in Singapore (check it out at Takashimaya Department Store), I adore the detailing and little touches on this tote, including the tiny granny clasp purse that can be found inside.
2. Erly, if you’re looking for a bag that you can use while overseas, I only have 2 points for you to consider. Firstly, the lighter the better (look for those in nylon or lightweight materials), and secondly, go for something really nondescript to avoid unnecessary ‘attention’.
3. Cindy, always apply the country of origin rule when shopping overseas. If the brand is from the country you’re visiting (say Longchamp in France, or Prada in Italy), chances are they will also be the cheapest there.
4. Sancia, if his current wallet is from Bottega Veneta (and I’m assuming you want to get him an upgrade), you should check out Hermès, Loewe and Tod’s, all of which have great selections in classic designs.