Monday, 21 December 2009

Luxury Christmas Gifts from The Real Handbag Shop

Find luxury Christmas gifts from a large selection of leather handbags, work bags, business bags and purses at The Real Handbag Shop online. Treat someone special with a premium gift from amongst famous brand names Gianni Conti, Kipling, Marta Ponti, Ri2k, Arcadia and Nicoli.

Here are some great luxury Christmas gifts ideas to spoil your favourite lady and all under £180…

Christmas is the time for giving and splashing out that little bit
extra on luxury Christmas presents for your beloved. One of the best Christmas present ideas is a leather handbag that you wouldn’t necessarily use every day but is a treasured indulgence to be proud of at special occasions such as weddings, anniversaries, 18th and 21st birthdays, romantic holidays, cruises, galas, parties and important days such as Christmas Day! Italian designers Nicoli have created the most glamorous calf leather handbags for just such occasions in shiny, shimmering snake pattern. Shown here is the Nicoli Handbag in Platinum Snake at £179.95; a sparkly champagne coloured handbag which is perfect for those all-important celebrations!

If you wish to demonstrate your expertise in fashion savvy then opt for the regal tones of violet, purple and inky grape which are currently so in vogue this winter. I can whole heartedly recommend the Marta Ponti Large Shoulder Tote in Violeta Sauvage Leather at £165, the Kipling Vintage Leather Yindi Handbag in Cassis Nubuck at £149.95 and also the Ri2k Large Jerri Drawstring Tote in Cherry Leather at £159.95. Also, for something bang on trend and highly sophisticated have a look at the Arcadia Italian Leather Handbag in Purple at £159.95 – as shown in the picture. I’m sure Prince William's Girlfriend, Kate Middleton, wouldn’t say no to this one!

Looking for a romantic Christmas gift? Fall in love with Marta Ponti leather handbags. Online shopping sites don’t really do this brand justice. Marta Ponti designs the sort of handbags that catch your eye in an exclusive boutique and tempt you to casually wander over. Once you’ve touched the exquisite leather and beheld the luxurious quality, that’s it, you’re in love and regardless of price, you know you just have to have that handbag or die! Opening a present on Christmas Day to find a gorgeous handbag such as the Marta Ponti Shoulder Tote in Grey Sauvage Leather at £165 gives a girl that same tingly lovin’ feeling!

We all know that girls love chocolate and some say it’s almost better than sex but how about giving her a non-fattening chocolate gift this Christmas in the form of a delicious dark chocolate brown leather handbag instead? We adore the fabulous Kipling Vintage Leather Narika Cross-Body Bag at £99.95, Kipling Vintage Leather Gade Handbag at £129.99, Kipling Vintage Leather Yindi Handbag at £149.99, Kipling Vintage Leather Emmet Shoulder Bag at £159.95 and as shown here, the biggest and most impressive of them all, Kipling Vintage Leather Charu Shoulder Bag at £174.95. So good you could almost eat them and much healthier, too!

No luxury page would be complete without a mention of Gianni Conti, the ultimate luxury brand. The good news is that the new winter stock has just arrived and as you would expect, there are some exceptionally fine leather handbags, work bags and purses to choose from so do pop over to and take a look. Worth a special mention is the Gianni Conti Maremma Saddle Bag in Brown at £95.95, a highly popular cross-body bag which has beautiful rich mahogany overtones. The perfect gift for connoisseurs of fine leather!

The last dates for Christmas orders to arrive on or before the 24th December 2009:
20th December for 1st Class Post
22nd December for Special Delivery
Orders placed on the 23rd December will not arrive in time for Chrismas Day!

Tuesday, 15 December 2009

Stocking Fillers from The Real Handbag Shop...

Looking for Stocking Fillers this Christmas? At The Real Handbag Shop we have a great selection of leather purses for ladies, leather wallets for men, leather pocket diaries, leather cosmetic bags, keyrings, handbag charms and dust covers.

Here are my top ten Stocking Fillers for Christmas:

Ashwood Gents Flipside Bill Fold Coin Wallet and Gift Box £19.95

The last dates for Christmas orders to arrive on or before the 24th December 2009:
20th December for 1st Class Post
22nd December for Special Delivery

Tuesday, 8 December 2009

Christmas Gifts for Real Women from The Real Handbag Shop

Looking for Christmas gifts for women? How about a gorgeous new leather handbag or purse? Check out for a huge selection of gifts for mum, wife, auntie, sister or girlfriend. Prices start from just £19.95 for the stylish Catwalk Collection Milan Leather Purse.

Here are my top gift tips to make this Christmas special for the lady in your life:

Ri2k London; the best-selling handbag from the Autumn/Winter 2009 Collection was Ivy in svelte black suede and leather. Sadly these have sold out already but we still have the next most popular Ri2k Cici Grab Bag and its big sister Ri2k Large Cici Tote along with matching Ri2k Large Flapover Cici Purse in black, chocolate and teal colours. Handbag and matching purse presents are always a clever idea which demonstrates that a great deal of thought and attention has gone into finding the perfect gift for the recipient. The gold detail makes these bags look really expensive whilst the quality of the materials and classic versatility of the collection makes it excellent value for money.

Catwalk Collection Leather Handbags; probably the best known brand online for fashionable leather handbags and highly recommended by those who already own one. Once you’ve had one, you’ll be back for more; I should know, I’m the proud owner of twelve Catwalk Collection handbags already! Exciting new arrivals include: Jane in Christmas Red; Martina in Winter White; Louisa in Dark Chocolate Brown; Jodie in Cream/Dark Brown; Teagan in Blue; Teagan in Green. All Catwalk handbags come with a Retail Price Tag attached but with our great offers you can save up to 23% off these prices; with great designs such as Mia in Red or Tan you spend just £49.95 but your girlfriend thinks you’ve spent £65 on her!
Catwalk Collection Large Shoulder Tote - Nightingale - Black £89.95 Was £105.00 Save 14%

Kipling Vintage Leather Handbags; if the lady in mind is a fan of Kipling handbags, chances are she’ll already have one of their standard fabric bags. Why not treat her to a heart-stopping leather version which not only looks and feels fabulous but will last longer, too. Kipling handbags come in a whole variety of cool fashion colours such as Antracit, Caramel, Dark Olive, Cassis, Brown and Ink. The one shown in the picture is my personal favourite and on the top of my Christmas list! I’m a sucker for high quality soft leather and the antique brass metal zip detail keeps it from being too girlie.
Kipling Vintage Leather Handbag - Yindi - £149.95 Was £174.00 Save 13%

The last dates for Christmas orders to arrive on or before the 24th December 2009:
20th December for 1st Class Post
22nd December for Special Delivery

Wednesday, 25 November 2009

Christmas Gifts for Real Men from The Real Handbag Shop…

Need Christmas gifts for men? Ladies, you needn’t be stuck for gift ideas this Christmas, just check out the handsome range of real leather man bags and wallets at The Real Handbag Shop. Prices start from just £10.95 for the stylish Ashwood Classic Fold Wallet and with great savings to be made on every product, there’s a great leather gift for dad, husband, uncle, brother or boyfriend.

Here are my top gift tips to make this Christmas special for your loved one:

Wallets by Ashwood Man; these make wonderful Christmas stocking fillers as each comes in a smart presentation gift box. Prices start from just £10.95 for the plain black or brown versions but for something a bit more special check out the ones sensationally finished with contrasting blue, red or tan interior. Ashwood Flipside Bill Fold Coin Wallet & Gift Box £21.95 Was £27.00 Save 18%

Briefcases and Messenger Bags by Visconti; probably the best known brand for fashionable urban work bags and highly recommended by those who already own one. Visconti bags come in a variety of cool colours such as oil black, vegetable tan brown, mud brown and mocha brown. We just can’t get enough of them! Visconti Double Buckle Briefcase A4 - Hunter - Mud Brown - 18716 £79.99 Was £105.00 Save 23%

Laptop Bags by Visconti: if your man carries a laptop, chances are he’ll already have a standard fabric or PU bag to house it in. Now is the opportunity to treat him to a strong, rugged leather version which not only looks more professional but will last longer, too. Visconti Extra Large 17" Laptop Messenger Bag A4 - Hunter - Mud Brown - 16019 £99.95 Was £140.00 Save 28%

Travel and Weekend Bags by Ashwood Man; if the man in your life is a bit of a sports fan, he might like to own a travel bag similar to the one used by the great sporting celebrities such as David Beckham. Ashwood Travel/Weekend Bag - Holdall – Black or Cognac Leather £114.95 Was £175.00 Save 34%

Luxury Leather Work Bags by Gianni Conti; sleek, sophisticated and finely tailored? I’m talking about the bag not the man but seriously, there’s no doubt that these Gianni Conti work bags have plenty of kudos. Gianni Conti Messenger Bag A4 - Maremma - Dark Brown £179.95 Was £272.00 Save 33%

See these and more great Christmas gift ideas at The Real Handbag Shop

The last dates for Christmas orders to arrive on or before the 24th December 2009:
20th December for 1st Class Post
22nd December for Special Delivery

Monday, 23 November 2009

Advantages of online shopping for Christmas gifts...

Ah, the wonders of online shopping! You are never restricted by shopping hours or location. A high street shop manned by retail staff has fixed working hours. Online stores are open 24 hours a day and seven days a week. You can make your purchase as and when you want it. You are not limited to a few shops. In fact you can choose to shop across borders and continents. It may surprise you to know that last Christmas Day, the 25th December 2008, actually sold 11 handbags online!
Have you ever tried hunting for a particular item at a high street shop and been disappointed? Or travelling long distances from shop to shop and yet to your dismay they do not carry your requested item? Or being barged into and shoved by crowds of desperate shoppers looking for last minute gifts before the stores close? Just think, when it comes to purchasing all those items on your Christmas list this year, what could be simpler than sitting down, calm and relaxed, at your computer screen with a glass of port and a mince pie? I know which I prefer!

What's also great is that you don't have to face pushy sales people who insist that you buy even though you have not made up your mind. Plus, you can easily compare prices of different online shops just with a click of the mouse, thereby making great savings. There's no need to visit another faraway store in person to check their prices. You also have the opportunity to go to a shoppers' online forum and check out comments and feedback by other shoppers and consumers. Some shopping sites such as,, and bring together items from many different shops all over the internet.

Online stores also tend to offer lower prices than the high street shops as they do not require staff or retail store; the savings on wages and rent can be passed to the customers.

You’ll make even more savings on the cost of transportation; the headlines of today’s newspapers say that petrol prices have risen by 26% and are set to soar past 110p per litre (that’s £5 per gallon). Some stores offer free shipping if you exceed a certain purchase amount or if you buy selected items. At you can have up to ten items delivered for just £4.95.

Manzoni Large Tote Bag - Winter White £89.95

You’ll get wider selection of brands and products, too. If you are looking for a specific type of leather handbag, it is often easier to get it online than in a high street shop. A high street shop may just offer two colours for a product while online you’ll be offered a whole range. For example, carries 259 leather handbags while River Island carries only 23 leather handbags.Nicoli Handbag - Design Silver - Colour Christmas Red £139.95

The widespread acceptance of broadband, a high data rate internet access, now makes online shopping much quicker and far cheaper than it used to be as you are no longer charged expensive telephone rates minute by minute. Broadband plans usually have fixed charges per calendar month and allow you to surf the internet for as long as you want within that time period. Broadband also makes shopping easier as the pages download in a jiffy and without causing any disruption to your normal telephone line as would happen with the old fashioned dial-up modem.

So have yourself a hassle-free Christmas and buy all your gifts online this year!

The last dates for Christmas orders to arrive on or before the 24th December 2009:
20th December for 1st Class Post
22nd December for Special Delivery

Monday, 16 November 2009

City Star Olivia Palermo Fashion & Ri2k Leather Handbag…

Here’s a little snippet from the Daily Mail’s You magazine which I hope you’ll find very interesting. You can recreate all these bang-on-trend fashion looks by purchasing online, including that gorgeous Ri2k handbag which is available from for just £139.95 (RRP £165).

The four looks on this page from left to right include:
Tux and harem pants – why wear one hot look when you can smoulder in two? Jacket £145, trousers £92, Earrings £20

Wowing the crowd in flashbulb-popping jewel brights. Dress £30, Ring £15, shoes £140

Fiercely stylish in animal print belt and studded sandals. Dress £185, Belt £495, Boots £19

A damsel in distressed jeans and ankle boots. Blouse £488, Jeans £20, Bag £139.95

The real beauty of shopping online is that you get so much more choice at your fingertips without having to walk for miles in the pouring rain. If you’ve been unfortunate enough to be caught in the recent British storm which was the biggest of the year, ripping off roofs and causing widespread flooding, then you’ll certainly appreciate the benefits of staying indoors to do your shopping.

Monday, 9 November 2009

New Arrivals: Gigi Leather Handbags Winter Collection 2009/2010

I know that many of our loyal customers have been eagerly awaiting the very latest designs from Gigi for the new winter season and I have to tell you that there are some exciting new creations now in stock. In particular, check out the different leather finishes, fashionable colour dyes and designer touches to the hardware. Last year The Real Handbag Shop ran out well before Christmas but this year we’ve ordered extra. However, as Gigi leather handbags are very popular with all our customers, we still recommend getting your orders in early to avoid disappointment!

The Gigi Shoulder Bag from the latest Othello Collection, as shown in the picture, is one of the hot favourites this season. It comes in a whole range of colours including navy blue, red, brown, ivory and classic black. Check out the different leather finishes below:

TRADITIONAL LEATHER: nappa leather which is beautifully smooth to the touch with a soft, supple feel and fashionably slouchy accent. This strong, durable leather has a fine satin sheen which positively enhances the smartly tailored cut of the handbag.

VINTAGE LEATHER: skilfully designed to mark and scratch easily but these marks will blend over time, adding to the character of the handbag. Perfect for those of you who like to throw your bag on the floor without having to worry about any marks being detrimental. Very popular with the fashionistas.

TOP GRAIN LEATHER: beautifully soft with a supple feel and fashionably slouchy accent whilst still showing the natural pattern of the grain of the cow hide. If you like your handbag to look like leather and not like plastic, this is the one for you.

ANTIQUE COLOURS: created by blending darker tones with lighter hues of the same colour for a subtle designer finish. A neat, artistic alternative to plain colours.
ANTIQUE BRASS FITTINGS: the hardware has been given the designer touch which gives it that much loved vintage, aged brass antique effect that simply exudes street credibility and blends in beautifully with the colouring of the leather. The antitheses to bling.

See the new Othello Collection at The Real Handbag Shop.

Friday, 30 October 2009

Louis Vuitton Alma v Arcadia Onion Handbag

When The Real Handbag Team went to the Milan trade fair in Italy, we discovered some outrageously gorgeous handbags under the brand name Arcadia. With an authentic Italian pedigree, they’re the kind of bags you might expect to see on the arm of a very stylish lady who steps effortlessly out of a Ferrari with an air of nonchalance. Sporty, fashionable and classic in one breath!

The Arcadia Large Shoulder Tote in grey Italian leather at £179.95 is an exquisite piece made from high quality cow hide and expertly crafted to emulate crocodile skin, much prized amongst the most admired celebrities and famously talented actresses of our day. The polished leather has a magnificent colour combination of light grey tones and dark grey shades which accentuate the designer effect beautifully. Although a large bag, the leather is elegantly light so you’re getting all the designer quality without being weighed down. As with all Italian products, the price you pay ensures fine tailoring and a smart, professional executive finish.

Louis Vuitton Alma £1,180.00 v Arcadia Onion Handbag £139.95

If you like the idea of patterned leather but don’t fancy the mock-croc look, the Arcadia Onion Handbag in smouldering dark red patent leather at £139.95 is expertly embossed with a modern, contemporary pattern. This is crisp, silky-smooth, patent leather with a glossy finish. The deep red colour has a highly reflective shine which gives the bag a vibrant, luxurious appeal. Bearing more than a passing resemblance to Louis Vuitton’s Alma bag at £1,180.00, you’re getting all the designer quality without the designer price tag!

Wednesday, 28 October 2009

Chloe Paddington Bag v Catwalk Chancery Padlock Bag

The Chloe Paddington was the original ‘it-bag’ when it was launched in 2002 and still retains its undeniably sexy appeal today. Created by designer Phoebe Philo it became unreservedly the perfect bag for girls who like the worn-in, slouchy leather look. On the plus side, the thick leather and chunky metal zip pulls give the bag its feel-good factor. On the down side, even if you’ve got around £800 to buy one, there are so many authentic looking fakes around these days that sadly, no-one will believe you’ve actually got the real thing on your arm. Plus, the enormous heavy brass padlock brings the total weight of the bag to a back-breaking 3 pounds (1.3 kg) and that’s before you’ve put anything in it!

Chloe Paddington £800 v Catwalk Collection Chancery Padlock £50

The healthier, lighter option is to go for Catwalk Collection’s Chancery Padlock bag which comes with a neat, dainty working brass padlock and key. Just like the Chloe Paddington, the Catwalk Chancery Padlock bag has retained its popularity over a number of years, being reinvented with exciting new leathers and gorgeous colours each season. The current favourite is Antique Berry Red; quality nappa leather is smooth to the touch with a soft, slouchy accent whilst the antique colouring is a special effect created by marbling darker shades over lighter hues for a subtle vintage effect.

Famous Chloe Paddington bag owners include:

Kate Moss, Sienna Miller, Mischa Barton, Kate Bosworth, Nicole Richie, Tori Spelling, Lindsay Lohan , Victoria Beckham and Nicky Hilton.

Wednesday, 14 October 2009

How to get a free Kipling Monkey…

Buy any Kipling leather handbag from The Real Handbag Shop and get a free Kipling Monkey Key Ring worth £7.99!1. Open your Internet browser and log on to
2. Select the Kipling leather handbag you want and Add to Cart
3. Select the Kipling monkey key ring of your choice and Add to Cart
4. Go to Checkout (do not select Google checkout)
5. Complete the Shipping Information
6. Select Method of Payment
7. Continue to next Screen
8. Select preferred Postage Method
9. Continue to next Screen
10. Enter the PROMOTIONAL CODE KIP7766112 in the RED BOX.
11. The total cost, less the credit amount (£7.99) will be displayed on the last page of checkout.
12. Click on the Complete Checkout icon to confirm your order.

Please note that the promotional code cannot be used on any other website!

Your Promotional Code is valid until 30th November 2009.

Kipling Monkey Key Rings are also available to buy separately at just £7.99 each:

Catherine - Emerald Green
Greet - Dust Blue
Isabel - Pink Ruby
Marilyn - Flanel Grey
Merche - Magnetic Blue
Pattama - Escape Grey
Vannia - Berry Sweet Purple

Offer subject to availability!

Tuesday, 13 October 2009

Shopping for leather handbags in Europe?

Our German, French, Belgium, Swiss and Austrian customers can now have access to the same fast and convenient online shopping experience that our U.K. customers already enjoy. As an added bonus, the current exchange rates between the Euro and the British Pound mean that European consumers are getting extra value for their money.

In September 2008 The Real Handbag Shop launched into the German speaking e-market via the Internet and became an instant hit with online shoppers. This year, just twelve months down the line we are proud to announce our launch into French e-commerce. Whilst we have always been happy to supply products from the U.K. to customers who reside abroad, we identified a need to improve delivery times and reduce postage costs for our valued German and French speaking consumers. We  therefore needed to find European distribution and warehouse solutions which could provide the equivalent levels of high service as the ones already established in the U.K.

Hubs in France and Germany allow The Real Handbag Shop to give that high standard of service to our European customers. All our leather handbags are kept safe and secure in large warehouses. When an order is placed, the team go right into action, ensuring that products reach the recipients at the right place and the right time, all expertly packaged. Customers’ e-mail enquiries are expertly dealt with in their own native language.

All our German and French websites are professionally translated by Anja Galvao at InterCultural Elements, a lovely lady to whom we are deeply indebted!

Tuesday, 6 October 2009

Mulberry Roxanne v Catwalk Mayfair handbag…

Now officially dubbed as an iconic fashion classic, Mulberry’s Roxanne handbag is still one of the most coveted designs around since its heyday in 2004. Amongst the rich and famous, Kate Moss is an ardent fan of Mulberry handbags and reportedly uses four favourites in rotation. However, if your knees begin to tremble when thinking about parting with the £695.00 required to buy a Mulberry Roxanne, then take a refreshing look at Catwalk Collection’s Mayfair handbag which at just £69.95 is virtually a tenth of the price yet retains all of the charm.
Mulberry Roxanne £695.00 v Catwalk Collection Mayfair £69.95

The Catwalk Collection Mayfair handbag is, without doubt, severely under priced, especially when you see that it is actually a fairly big bag made from the most amazing high quality chunky leather which simply exudes designer quality. It also comes with a detachable cross-body strap as an added bonus; something you certainly won’t get with the Mulberry Roxanne. Ask your friends to guess the price of the Catwalk Mayfair handbag when they see it on your arm and they’ll probably suggest somewhere in the region of £125 to £150 or maybe even more.

Naughty but true! On a final note, if you’re wondering whether it’s worth spending the extra money for the real thing, here’s a little gem of a comment from a consumer who broke all the rules of brand etiquette and bought a Mulberry fake, the lock of which promptly failed (quelle surprise) and was repaired free of charge by a Mulberry retailer proving that even authorised dealers can’t tell the difference!

“I cannot believe this! I have bought a "Genuine" Bayswater for £350.00 on e-bay last year and it is just like an original. In fact I had a Mulberry retailer fix the lock for me free of charge!” Sharon Butler.

Tuesday, 29 September 2009

The difference between Suede and Nubuck Leathers…

From time immemorial when Elvis asked us all not to step on his blue suede shoes to present day, both suede and nubuck leathers have been staples of the fashion industry. As popular as ever, next season’s suede boots (make sure they’re thigh high and in grey, pink, taupe or black for Autumn/Winter 2009/2010) along with the latest suede and nubuck leather designer handbags will be paraded in all the fashion magazines to lead us delightfully to temptation.

Whilst many of us are already familiar with suede leather, one or two may be wondering what exactly nubuck leather is. Well, although fairly similar, suede leather has a velvety, soft texture whereas nubuck leather is more powdery soft to the touch. Both suede and nubuck leathers are created from cow hide which has been buffed to produce a fine nap. Suede is created from the inner layers of a hide whereas nubuck is taken from the more resilient outer layer of a hide (the grain side) which is somewhat thicker and more hard-wearing.

An example of a suede leather handbag can be seen here. This is the Catwalk Collection Caprice Handbag £49.95. Top quality suede has been buffed into a fine nap to give a luxurious, velvety sensation. The base and the handles which are subject to the most wear and tear are made from tougher full grain leather so that you get the benefit of the soft suede without compromising on durability.

In comparison, the Kipling Bagel Shoulder Bag £139.95 is made with nubuck leather whereby you can just see the pattern of the grain of the leather beneath a powdery soft chalky finish. Nubuck, being a thicker, more substantial leather than suede, will also be naturally more expensive, too!

 See all the latest suede and nubuck leather bags online at The Real Handbag Shop!

Thursday, 17 September 2009

Great deals on Kipling Vintage Leather Handbags…

Everyone’s talking about the new Vintage Leather Collection by Kipling which is a cool collection of bags with a fashionable vibe and a rock and roll attitude for the kind of uber-chic female who does not follow but sets the next big trend. Each gorgeous heart-stopping bag is made from high quality, genuine Italian cow leather with a soft touch and a slouchy accent. The groovy snake print inner cotton lining adds character. Each Kipling Vintage Leather Handbag comes with a Metal Rock Monkey Clip.

Kipling Vintage Leather Handbags are now available in the new Autumn/Winter colours: Ink Black, Dark Brown, Dark Olive/Green and Caramel/Light Brown.

Prices start at just £99.95 for the Kipling Vintage Leather Cross-Body Bag, Narika (shown in the picture). These are selling on the official Kipling website at the recommended retail price of £139.25 so it pays to shop online at The Real Handbag Shop.

More great deals include

Kipling Vintage Leather Handbag Gade at just £129.95 v RRP £165.25.

Kipling Vintage Leather Handbag Yindi at £149.95 v RRP £174.00.

Kipling Vintage Leather Large Shoulder Bag Charu at £174.95 v RRP £191.50.

Kipling Vintage Leather Medium Shoulder Bag Emmet at £159.95 v RRP £191.50.

All these great savings mean you can put the money towards an extra treat such as the Kipling Vintage Leather Purse River which is available at £49.95 v RRP £60.75.

And if all these aren't enough to get your heart fluttering, just wait till you see the utterly gorgeous suede and nubuck leather bags coming soon!

Monday, 14 September 2009

Gone shopping for leather handbags, back soon…

Milan Bag Show, Italy 2009.

The Real Handbag Shop Team will be in Milan, Italy for one of the most renowned international trade fairs which takes place every September. We will be browsing through the very latest leather handbags and selecting only the very best for our valued customers. We will be looking for excellent quality, innovative ideas and the most captivating leathers.

Italy has long been famous for the production of leather and Milan is considered Italy’s capital of fashion. There will be around five hundred exhibitors from around the world at the exhibition centre, Mipel. Some exhibitors will be familiar such as Kipling, Arcadia, Smith & Canova and Marta Ponti whilst others will be less well known indulgences waiting to be discovered. As you can imagine, the Milan Bag Show is always a feast for the eyes.

As these new leather handbags are not destined to arrive until next Spring our buyers will be researching the predicted fashion trends and colours for the year ahead. Whether you need a large shopping bag or smart work bag, a stylish designer handbag or casual everyday bag, you can rely on The Real Handbag Shop for the perfect solution in this ever changing fashion world in which we live.

And if there’s a particular style of handbag you’d like us to bring back, why not drop us a line to let us know and we’ll pass your comments to our buyers.

Monday, 7 September 2009

Hermes Birkin Bag v Ri2k Oversized Baye Bag

If you’ve ever hankered after a Birkin bag by Hermes but don’t have at least £4000 in your back pocket nor the patience to be put on the waiting list for two to three years then you may be very interested in the latest design by Ri2k. It’s got all the classic styling but without the hefty price tag! And whilst the authentic Hermes Birkin bags are not available for sale online, the Ri2k Oversized Baye Bag is available now from The Real Handbag Shop website for an affordable £139.95. I know which I prefer!

Hermes Crocodile Birkin Bag with Diamonds £40,000 v Ri2k Leather Baye Bag £139.95

Some Hermes Birkin Bag Facts:

* The bag is named after British-born actress and singer Jane Birkin.
* It comes in a variety of leathers; one of the most expensive variations being saltwater crocodile skin.
* The Hermes Birkin bag has featured on popular television shows such as Sex and the City, Gilmore Girls, and Will & Grace.
* Victoria Beckham reportedly owns 100 Hermes Birkin bags worth around £1.5million. Her ostrich skin 'Silver Himalayan' Hermes Birkin bag with three-carat diamond is estimated to be worth £80,000 alone.

Famous Hermes Birkin bag owners include:

Carla Bruni, Liza Minnelli, Sandra Bullock, Lindsay Lohan, Oprah Winfrey, Elle MacPherson, Naomi Campbell, Debra Messing, Mariah Carey, Demi Moore, Jodie Foster, Kate Moss, Sadie Frost, Sarah Jessica Parker, Katie Holmes, Janet Jackson, Jade Jagger, Tina Turner, Lil'Kim & Julia Roberts.

So, if you like the Birkin style, you’re in very good company! Ri2k Oversized Baye bags come in Black, Dewberry Red or Ultraviolet Purple. See these along with the rest of the new Ri2k Autumn/Winter Collection at