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.