Thursday, April 30, 2015

Strap-Less? No Longer! How My Knomo Got Fixed

I know this blog has quickly turned into a bit of a Mulberry love-fest but I do have other bags, honestly.

One of my favourite brands for laptop bags has to be Knomo and I think I must have at least 7 of their pieces: 3 laptop bags, 2 sleeves, 2 small suitcases.  I love their well thought out detailing when it comes to keeping your laptop safe, yet keeping the bags lightweight and nice looking. 

I had been using one of them as my daily work bag when one day, on a business trip to London, I got caught in the tube-doors (I know...) and the already fragile strap broke. Needless to say I was not only pained, having to carry the bag with one handle all day, but also gutted to having broken my most used bag. I ended up shoving the bag into a corner of my wardrobe and forgetting about it until recently when I had a big tidy. I contacted Knomo but unfortunately got no reply to my request whether this could be fixed. And then I remembered somebody mention, a guy who fixed all kinds of handbags and leather goods. So I popped him an email with the same pictures I had sent to Knomo:

Alan got back to me within a few hours with a quote and the suggestion to replace both straps to ensure both straps look the same. I sent the bag off and he then kept me up to date with what he was doing...

 ...and then a few days after that... tadaaaa...

So I can only recommend Alan at Lincs Repair. Have a look at his website for some case studies on what he can do, or rather what he has done to some LVs, Givenchy and Gucci bags.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Sofie is doing a Lexie!

Sofie got a bit jealous and said "Whatever Alexa can do, I can do better!". Well, I don't know about that - but she did try...*

*we are talking about converting your Sofie (Mitzy) Messenger into a Hobo. Find the clever trick from the girls on Purseforum here.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Watermelon Da-Carry - I'm Sorry!

In my quest for an easy to wear, not too heavy, accessible and nice cross-body bag I recently came across a preloved Mulberry Sofia Messenger. It might just tick all the above stated boxes, so here is a little play with it...

Friday, April 24, 2015

Is It A Bucket? Is It A Bag? It's A Hobo!

This is another Mulberry Hobo, though I'd dare say a bit more... delicate than the Daria. The Effie Hobo feels lighter than its sister and I like, how it is more of a bucket shape, i.e. it has "floor" to it. Let's load it up! :)

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

The Big Chuck-It-All-In Bag

The Mulberry Daria Hobo is one of those real "chuck it all in" bags. A big bag (hence her not fitting on my mantlepiece) - big enough for every day but how does she fare on a flight where I want to take my laptop?

Sunday, April 19, 2015

This One Is Small And This One Is Far Away

Wanting to buy practical bags, which are ultimately worth their money because I can use them lots, is what I usually strive for. Bags that are beautiful or cute but tiny tend to not come on my radar. 

This little Mulberry Alexa in Cabbage Green was a complete spur of the moment purchase on eBay. I just fell in love with the colour and as I love the Alexa style, I threw caution to the wind.

Sorry, couldn't resist the "small and far away" pic but wanted to include one that shows the difference in size.

Let me know what you think!

Friday, April 17, 2015

Conversion-ist - yes, it's that Alexa again...

What else could I possibly talk about regarding the Alexa..? I know: the outside! Somebody asked me to do a quick how-to on Alexa-strap-conversion. So, here it is...

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Baby-Bag and Beyond

Thinking about whether you could get away with acquiring a new (or pre-loved) Mulberry and passing it off using it as a baby bag? Well, I've put my work horse, a black Soft Buffalo Regular Alexa, to the test. See how I got on!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

With a Little Help from SAMORGA

The Mulberry Alexa is notoriously slouchy - in fact, that's why so many people like it. It gives it this real boho/rock chick/ask if I care feel and means it's a bag that takes you from work to play effortlessly. However, it also means that if it's not very full, it's rather like a fabric bag and your items tumble all over each other. 

This is were the lovely people from SAMORGA come in. Their bag inserts do not only provide different pockets for all your bits and bobs but the fairly rigid felt they are made from, give your bag structure and rigidity. So, with much further ado, here a video on receiving my SAMORGA insert for my Mulberry Alexa and having a first play.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Mulberry again - Lexie to the Rescue

The Mulberry Alexa is my daily go-to bag. Its long strap means I can wear it cross-body, run for the train or after my 2-year-old and get to whatever I'm carrying really quickly. I own one in black (that's the one that gets lugged around almost every day), in oak (that on has been asleep tucked away and for a while) and have recently acquired a mini-sized one in cabbage green. I have yet to test-drive that one properly.

Anyway, without much further ado, a quite hasty (and coughy) review. Let me know what you think!

Mulberry - Some Mini Vintage...

I've been chopping and changing my handbag collection (the fact that I call it a collection doesn't help) and I have found some video reviews online - but thought, there's always room for more. ;)

So with very few (written!) words, here is my first one focusing on that little Mulberry vintage gem, the Blenheim - also known as Baby Roxanne. 

Let me know what you think! :)

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