My Bag Collection (part 1)

For some reason, I’ve been spending a lot of time looking for a new leather bag – even though I just got one on Valentine’s Day! Sometimes the desire to accumulate overtakes common sense – and you end up with more items than you can use. So I thought – I’m going to spend some time appreciating the bags I have…instead of looking for the next new thing!
This post will feature my designer bags. I’ll add names/info about these bags as I find out more. I also own A LOT of Nine West, Aldo and UK high street bags. I’ll post about those another day – and I’ll also make a post with a wishlist of bags I hope to own one day.
Oh – and in case you’re wondering, I’ve put a coke can in each picture – so that there is a consistent reference of size.

This is my first Coach bag – purchased in 2008 from the Woodbury Common outlet in NY. I love the brown colour, the small shape and how the signature fabric is tone-on-tone. (Name: Bleecker Signature Small Flap Hobo Purse in Brown #11441)

This Coach bag was purchased on another Woodbury Common trip – also in 2008. Again – the Coach signature fabric is tone-on-tone, so it is very subtle. I love the combination of chocolate brown and dark blue on this bag. (Name: Signature East/West Duffle Shoulder Bag)

I posted about this bag recently – it was my 2010 Valentine’s Day present – MUCH BETTER than flowers any day! The leather is so soft. I love how this bag has different shades of pink. I read that the shape of this bag is reminiscent of the Chanel Jumbo flap bag – I think the silhouette is very timeless and elegant. (Name: Kristin Colourblock Shoulder Flap in Pink # 14221)

This bag was a special order – I got it in April 2010. It’s a great everyday bag – it can be worn several different ways and holds a lot of stuff. (Name: Small Sabrina in Rose #12937) (UPDATED)

 I picked this wristlet up at the Coach outlet in July 2010 – with the reductions and coupons it came to around $31. I think the poppy line is geared towards teenagers – but I loved the pink and beige colour combination. This wristlet has come in very handy for when I’m running errands with my kids. It’s very light and holds all my essentials. (Name: Poppy Wristlet) (UPDATED)

This was another outlet find from my July 2010 trip. I don’t own any light coloured bags, so I thought this would be a good classic to add to my collection. I must admit – I have yet to find an occasion to use it. (UPDATED)

This is my first Gucci bag – I purchased it at the Gucci store in London in 2003 or 2004. It’s one of their classic styles – and I had wanted it for ages. Looking at it now – I’m not as in love with it. I find the logo print very obvious. I’m hoping that I’ll fall in love with it again in a couple of years.

I purchased this bag in 2005. It’s a black bucket bag. It’s the perfect size and shape for shopping – has enough space for a bottle of water along with all your other stuff!

I purchased this bag in 2006 at Selfridge’s in London. It is one of my most favourite bags. It has a very chic shape, and holds a lot. I first saw this bag on my colleague in 2005, and I appreciated how durable and stylish it was – I was so happy when I got one of my own (luckily we weren’t working together anymore – so no clashing!)

I got this bag in 2002 after I left my first job in finance. My colleagues gave me a pink Hermes Chants du Henne scarf as a leaving gift. While I loved the colour of the scarf, I didn’t think I’d wear it that much, so I went to the Hermes store and exchanged it for this Fourre-Tout bag. I sometimes wish I kept the scarf – as I don’t use this bag that much either! This bag has been discontinued by Hermes, although it was a popular seller while it lasted. (Name: Hermes Fourre-Tout PM Canvas Tote in Quetsche)

I got this Speedy 25 in 2009 at Holt Renfrew. There was some boring paperwork that hubby had been putting off – and I offered to do it in exchange for this bag. I’d like to think he would have gotten it for me anyway – but I like feeling that I “earned” this bag – so I don’t feel any guilt about getting it! I love how “chubby” this bag is – I purchased a bag insert for it – so that it keeps its shape all the time. (Name: Speedy 25 in Monogram Canvas)


  1. Monica
    March 5, 2010 / 12:54 pm

    I love that pink bag & the Gucci right after that one but that Hermes is gorgeous, shame you don't reach for it often.

  2. Ella Pretty
    March 5, 2010 / 6:58 pm

    Thanks Monica! I think it's been 3 years since I've used either the Hermes or that Gucci bag…will have to make more of an effort so they don't feel left out!

  3. Tali
    March 8, 2010 / 8:32 pm

    All your bags are in such good condition! My god you should see the abuse my ones go through lol.. only my 2 fave miumiu's are spared the beating the others get!! Great collection! xx

  4. Ella Pretty
    March 8, 2010 / 9:00 pm

    Thanks Tali! I baby my bags and rotate them a lot… and since I have toddlers I use my highstreet bags a lot more on a day-to-day basis (it only took one "spit-up" episode to learn THAT lesson!)

  5. Dianne
    January 14, 2013 / 8:28 pm

    Hi! Please let me know if you do decide to sell your hermes! its gorge! 🙂

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