Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Bank Holiday Sales! May Day Bargains! Real Leather Handbags!

May Day Bank Holiday at The Real Handbag Shop

We’re all getting ready to enjoy the next UK Bank Holiday. May Day itself falls on the 1st May and the first Monday thereafter is chosen as a Bank Holiday. Tradition dictates that we partake in May Day festivities with Morris Dancing, children skipping around a May Pole and the crowning of a new May Queen. May Day marks the start of summer and many villages across the UK hold fetes and family fun activities.

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Most May Day traditions in the UK originate from Anglo-Saxon and Celtic traditions, particularly the Gaelic festival of Beltane which translates as ‘the return of the sun’. Fires were lit to promote purification and fertility and people danced around the flames. 

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Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Celebrating St George's Day in Style - Leather Handbags

St George's Day is England's national day and is celebrated on April 23 each year. St George is England’s patron saint. Legend has it that St George slayed a dragon and saved a princess from death. What a guy!

St George was a Christian martyr and represents traditional English chivalry and bravery. The strange but true fact is that he wasn't actually English at all and probably never set foot in England’s green and pleasant land. Never-the-less, the English adopted him and made him the symbol of the nation.

St George was thought to have been born in Cappadocia, the area now known as Turkey, in around the year 280. He was a well-respected soldier in the Roman army. However, he protested against the Emperor’s persecution of Christians and was later imprisoned, tortured, paraded through the streets and finally beheaded in Palestine on April 23, 303. He stayed loyal to his faith throughout. 

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 In 1222 the Council of Oxford declared April 23rd to be St George’s Day but it wasn’t until 1348 that St George became the Patron Saint of England.

St George's red cross emblem on a white background was adopted by Richard The Lion Heart and brought to England in the 12th century. The king's soldiers wore it on their uniforms during battle to avoid confusion. This symbol has carried on as England's flag and forms part of the Union Jack, the flag of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

In 1415, St George’s Day was declared a national feast day and holiday in England and was celebrated in grand style, much like we celebrate Christmas today. In the 18th century celebrations waned after England united with Scotland in 1707. Nowadays, people go to work as normal and the day is largely ignored.

In recent years there has been a campaign to make the day a national holiday in England again. However, a report in 2012 found that each bank holiday costs Britain £2.4bn in lost work so there is an argument against establishing another official day off. Campaigners argue for an extra day’s holiday as Ireland gets a bank holiday for St Patrick’s Day and Scotland gets a day off for St Andrew’s Day.

Regardless, some passionate English fans mark the day across the country with parades and dancing, flag waving and displaying the Red Rose, England's national flower, on their lapels. Pubs and Restaurants usually get into the spirit of the day.

So did St George really fight a dragon? The fairytale of St George and the dragon has captivated millions of children over the years. Legend says that the town of Silene in Libya used to be guarded by a ferocious dragon. In order to get water, residents had to offer a sacrifice each day, chosen by the townsfolk. One day, they agreed to offer their princess up for sacrifice. On the day she was due to be killed, a knight from the Crusades came riding by on his white horse, dismounted, drew his sword and killed the dragon, saving her life. It’s said that as a mark of their gratitude to St George the people of Silene apparently converted to Christianity.

St George is not even exclusively England’s patron saint. His iconography and coat of arms can be found on flags in countries and cities across the world. Places including Portugal, Lithuania, Romania, Germany, Greece, Istanbul and Ethiopia also celebrate him.
In Britain, St George has also inspired medals for bravery. During the Second World War, King George VI established the George Cross, the highest such award that a civilian can earn. The George Medal is second behind it. Both medals depict the patron saint on horseback slaying the dragon.

St George's flag is always present at English football, cricket and rugby matches and waved by millions of patriotic supporters.

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Thursday, 13 April 2017

3rd Wedding Anniversary Gift Ideas LEATHER

The wedding anniversary is an important occasion and is often celebrated in style. Couples are reminded of their marital commitment and a lot of effort often goes into choosing the perfect gift that will have special meaning for the recipient.

Third wedding anniversary gifts are traditionally made of leather and at The Real Handbag Shop there are oodles of fabulous His ‘n Hers leather products to choose from. 

3rd Anniversary Gift Ideas
For Him, a lush new leather wallet, a handsome leather messenger bag or a smart new leather briefcase make absolutely fabulous gifts that mean such a lot. If you’re travelling to celebrate, a brand new leather wash & shaving bag or, a luxury leather weekend bag would be great ideas.

For Her, how about an unforgettable surprise gift such as a pretty new leather purse or, a beautiful new leather handbag in her favourite colour. Alternatively, a stylish bag for work shows the world just how much you love her!

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Thursday, 30 March 2017

Spring Season: Handbags, Purses, Briefcases, Messenger Bags and Wallets

The Real Handbag Shop, a UK based retailer, has reported an increase in revenue of 20 percent on sales for 2016. This is partly due to expansion in Spain, following previous successes in Italy, France and Germany. Although production schedules were increased by our most popular brand Catwalk Collection Handbags, a surge in demand saw stock run out again for the fifth consecutive year running. New stock for the Spring Season is a welcome sight, with many of the depleted products now back in stock but if sales continue to rise at such a rapid pace, it is inevitable that some of our valued customers will be disappointed before the year is out. When it comes to Catwalk Collection Handbags, our advice is to buy early and don’t wait until the last minute.

The manufacturers of Gigi handbags have researched and developed new and exciting leathers for this year. Strong sales have reinforced the company’s policy of excellent retailer support and partnership which is backed up with superb Customer Service. The new designs are innovative, functional and fashionable. We’ve seen them and we can’t wait to hear what our female customers think.

The Real Handbag Shop is currently in collaboration with Ashwood to produce the next generation of bag designs for men. We have listened to our male customers, what functionality they want from a bag, how it should look, how it should feel and perhaps, most importantly, what it should cost at the end of the day. The latest designs will be ready to roll out for the Autumn Season. We hope you’ll love the new designs as much as we do.

This is such an exciting time for The Real Handbag Shop as there are so many goodies lined up for our customers this year. Even Visconti is getting in on the act with a series of new bags, folders and wallets to house the latest gadgets and technology.

Prices range from £15.95 to £164.99. To view all the products we sell, please visit our website

Thursday, 9 February 2017

Gift Ideas for Valentine's Day - Leather Handbags with Heart Bag Charms!

Valentine’s Day on the 14th February, is the most romantic day of the year. It is but a fleeting holiday of love, passion and desire. For the young there is the excitement and adventure of new love. For the older generations there is nostalgia and fond affection. Valentine’s Day is an opportunity to ignite existing relationships and indulge in new ones. A touch of romance can result in stronger, longer lasting and more satisfying relationships.

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For some lovely gift ideas for her, try the Gigi range of leather purses and leather handbags from Each handbag comes with a FREE LEATHER HEART SHAPED KEYRING/BAG CHARM. What better way to declare your love for your lady!

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Wednesday, 18 January 2017

JANUARY SALES! The Best Picks! Leather Bags, Handbags, Purses & Wallets #Travel #Business #Leisure

Some January Sales are a waste of time, effort and money but not the one by The Real Handbag Shop. Sale items here are genuine reductions of the good stuff, not specially bought in cheap products or, Christmassy things. Here is our pick of the best:

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Friday, 6 January 2017

Men’s Travel Luggage – The Style Guide

Upgrade your travel style with one of these gorgeous designer luggage products by Ashwood. It goes without saying that when you’re staying in a 5* hotel you undoubtedly want 5* leather luggage to match. Ashwood specialise in leather luggage, travel bags, briefcases, laptop cases and even make little luxury accessories, such as wash bags and shaving bags, too. 
Ashwood Leather Luggage - Cruise

 Fashionable jet setters love the Ashwood luxury leather goods label and it’s easy to see why.  Whether you’re travelling for business or pleasure, you can find your perfect travel companion from one of the luxury leather collections by Ashwood. From handsome and rugged, to smooth and sophisticated, there’s a leather style to suit most discerning gentlemen.
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Classic travel must-haves include the iconic Great British Gladstone design, a luxury bag with timeless aesthetic. Handmade from full grain vegetable-tanned leather by skilled craftsmen, this robust leather Gladstone bag is an investment piece that will improve with age.

Ashwood Gladstone Bag - Globetrotting

Cabin sized bags can be carried onto aircraft as hand luggage and Ashwood’s leather holdalls are specifically designed to meet hand luggage criteria. These leather travel bags are particularly convenient for hopping on and off flights without having to check in a larger suitcase; perfect for short business trips or weekends away.

Ashwood Holdalls and Messenger Bags - Short Business Trips

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Wednesday, 21 December 2016

I Absolutely Love This Leather Handbag by Catwalk Collection!

5.0 out of 5 stars 

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Amazon UK Review By Beewoman

Colour: Dark Blue 

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I absolutely love this bag! After reading reviews, having it in My Wish List, for ages, I took the plunge and bought it in blue. So glad I did - Colour is good. Leather is beautiful. Body fit is so comfortable. Charms are an added bonus. Spacious. Just in love with it, as I am with the other Catwalk bags purchased. So much so, that I cleared my wardrobe of any bag that was not Catwalk, and passed them on to friends/family who were more than happy to take them off my hands!

Just can't get enough of them and have 4 more waiting to be financed...Never been disappointed with Catwalk and highly recommend company and products. Treat yourself! 

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Monday, 12 December 2016

Do Men Really Buy Women Handbags For Their Own Secret Use?

Have you ever noticed that men often buy their female partners a gift that they can make use of themselves? The latest DVD is probably one that he will enjoy, too. That box of chocolates no doubt has some of his favourites inside. One big brother bought his music-loving little sister an electric guitar as her present; she was absolutely overjoyed with such a fantastic gift until she realised that it got ‘borrowed’ every time his band wanted to practise, which was virtually every evening!
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So when a guy buys his beloved a handbag as a gift, you might think that this is for her pleasure alone. Think again! If he’s not raiding the contents of her handbag for a pocket mirror and comb (his hair is always more important than yours), then he’s smuggled his reading glasses into one of the compartments and you find you have acquired his mobile phone as well as his car keys. Could you just carry this for me, sweetheart?

When you’re out shopping, he manages to find a new gadget and wants to take a note of the price and style number. Either that or he spots a famous celebrity over the road and wants their autograph! Have you got a pen handy? Le voila! Only to find out he has nothing to write on. You then produce a mini notepad from your handbag.

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Someone walks past in the street with a Dobermann. He hasn’t seen one of these since he was a child and just has to go and say hello. The dog jumps up and slobbers all over his face and licks his hands. It’s just as well you are carrying tissues, wet wipes and hand sanitiser in your handbag for his use. And let’s face it, even if he didn’t meet a slobbery dog, he’d find some other excuse to get his hands dirty.

It starts raining, you get your folded umbrella out of your handbag and, well it would be mean not to share it! When you get back to the car, he has a headache. You present him with a small bottle of water and some paracetamol. You also have plasters for emergencies.

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You might recognise this scenario, too. You’re off to visit friends. He’s been waiting for you to get ready for ages and hassling you to speed up as otherwise, you’ll be late. Once in the car and on the way, he suddenly declares he has forgotten to brush his teeth. It’s a good job you have chewing gum (or mints) in your handbag.

So when a guy buys you a handbag as a gift, it’s really for his use, too!

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