Tuesday, 14 December 2010

December Birthday Gift Ideas - Twin Sets

When you need to buy gifts for someone who has a birthday so near to Christmas, it can be quite a challenge having to think about not just one present but two. Even if the birthday is on the 25th December, you still want to acknowledge that you’ve remembered both occasions and give a gift for each. Therefore it makes perfect sense to get twin presents which match such as a handbag and purse. Here are our suggestions for the perfect twin sets along with some December birthday facts to help you choose the perfect gifts.

December Birthday Facts
Birthstone: Turquoise, Blue Topaz
Flower: Narcissus
Star Sign: Sagittarius (the archer) November 22 to December 21
Star Sign: Capricorn (the goat) December 22 to January 19

Famous Celebrities Born in December
Alyssa Milano Actress b. December 19, 1972
Bette Midler Actress b. December 1, 1945
Donny Osmond Pop Star b. December 9, 1957
Edith Piaf French Singer b. December 19, 1915
Ozzy Osbourne Rock Star b. December 3, 1948
Richard Hammond TV Presenter b. December 19, 1969
Woody Allen Actor b. December 1, 1935
Monica Selles Tennis Player b. December 2, 1973
Jim Morrison Rock Star b. December 8, 1943
Jane Austin Author b. December 16, 1775

                        Visconti Oil Brown Messenger Bag 18548 £58.45 and Wallet £15.49

Mid- December
Poem by Gerald England

A full moon shines
over the morning frost;
the lanes are full of late-fallen leaves;
walking across the mulch
is almost as tricky
as treading over ice.

In town the carol-singers are in
crowding the shopping-mall,
while a group of muffled musicians
play by the outside market.

This year but two robins
on the early Christmas cards;
the squirrel still runs along the fence
skirting our newly-erected shed.

Thursday, 9 December 2010

Gifts for the Ladies! Simply thebestpressies.com

No lady can resist a truly beautiful leather handbag or a gorgeous leather purse so here is our guide to the best gift ideas for the women in your life from realhandbagshop.co.uk. Our buyers have selected a wide range of stunning leather products to choose from and have negotiated the best prices so that we can offer our valued customers some great deals.


Gianni Conti Organiser Tote Bag Maremma  
£139.95 Was £210.00 Save £70.05!

Smith & Canova Large Handbag Venice  
£119.95 Was £175.00 Save £55.05!


Catwalk Collection Sara Bag  
£75.00 Was £90.00 Save £15.00! 

Arcadia Handbag Italian Patent Leather  
£89.95 Was £175.00 Save £15.00!


Gigi Cross-Body Flap-Over Bag  
£49.95 Was £65.00 Save £15.05!

Catwalk Dust Bags for the storage of leather handbags Pack of 10  

Catwalk Over-sized Laptop Bag 17" Helena  
£79.95 Was £125.00 Save £45.05! 

Ri2k Across Body Bag Tracey  
£74.95 Was £89.00 Save £14.05! 

Kipling Large Shoulder Bag Charu  
£129.95 Was £191.50 Save £61.55! 

Claudia Canova Bon Voyage Luggage  
£89.95 Was £150.00 Save £60.05! 

Best Friend 
Visconti Midi Organiser Bag Atlantic 1603  
£45.00 Was £70.00 Save £25.00! 

Gianni Conti Multi-Coloured Purse 
£29.95 Was £42.00 Save £12.05! 

Sienna Rose Big Tote Bag  
£59.95 Was £85.00 Save £25.05! 

Gigi Small Organiser Bag  
£34.95 Was £45.00 Save £10.05! 

Catwalk Collection Grosvenor Work Bag  
£69.95 Was £85.00 Save £15.05! 

Visconti Purse RB53 £19.95 Was  
£35.00 Save £15.05! 

Catwalk Collection Carnaby St Handbag  
£44.95 Was £50.00 Save £5.05! 

Gigi Shoulder Bag Othello Fashion  
£54.95 Was £70.00 Save £15.05! 

M Collection Cross-Body Bag Anja  
£25.00 Was £35.00 Save £10.00! 

Catwalk Collection Purse Gemma & Gift Box  
£24.95 Was £30.00 Save £5.05! 

Neighbour / Children’s Teacher 
Oriano Gift Set Ladies Purse & Key Ring  
£28.95 Was £40.00 Save £11.05! 

Catwalk Collection Jodie Purse  
£15.95 Was £25.00 Save £9.05! 

To buy these items and for more gift ideas, check out realhandbagshop.co.uk

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Christmas Posting Dates for Online Shopping

"I do most of my shopping online so I don’t have a mad rush. I can’t understand it when people leave it until Christmas Eve!"


We can understand why Holly prefers to shop online and why numerous other people are now thinking the same thing. It’s just so much easier than trawling through the high street shops laden with heavy bags and getting sore, aching feet, not to mention the odd elbow in the ribs.

To make shopping online for leather bags and handbags as easy as possible for customers, the website realhandbagshop.co.uk has some excellent features.

  1. The website is easy to navigate.
  2. There are hundreds of top-end leather products to choose from for both men and women.
  3. The website boasts big brand names like Kipling, Visconti and Ri2k at a fraction of their usual recommended retail price.
  4.  The website consistently beats other websites’ prices.
  5. There are plenty of photographs of each item from every angle.
  6. As well as the standard measurements and details you get a meticulous description of each product, too.
  7. Customers can shop safely online with the secure payment facility. Purchasers have a choice of paying with Paypal plus all the major credit cards including Mastercard, Maestro, Visa, Visa Debit & Solo.
  8. Delivery options include U.K. Europe and Worldwide destinations.
  9. As an added bonus, each individual handbag or bag ordered comes with a free Real Handbag Shop dust bag/cover.

Other helpful features include the introduction of a specially extended returns period for the Christmas season. Items purchased from realhandbagshop.co.uk and dispatched during the period from December 1st, 2010 to December 31st, 2010 inclusive may be returned at any time before January 31st, 2011. The returns policy will revert to the standard 14 day period for items purchased after December 31st, 2010.

Last Order Dates for Christmas Delivery 2010:
5th December – South & Central America, Caribbean, Africa, Middle East, Asia, Far East (incl. Japan), Australia & New Zealand.
9th December – Eastern Europe, USA & Canada.
12th December – Western Europe
19th December – UK (Saver UK, 1st Class Signed For and DHL48)
22nd December – UK FAST (Special Delivery)

It's as well to remember that adverse winter weather conditions such as snow might delay deliveries so take a tip from Holly Willoughby and don’t leave your Christmas shopping till the last minute!

Saturday, 27 November 2010

Gifts for the Guys! Handsome Leather Bags and Wallets! Bargain Prices!

Here are a few great gift ideas for the special man in your life from realhandbagshop.co.uk. As always, we've got the best prices online plus a really good range of handsome leather products to choose from.

Ashwood Travel/Weekend Bag Holdall  
£124.95 Was £175.00 Save £50.05!
Gianni Conti Gents Briefcase  
£189.95 Was £295.00 Save £105.05!
Gianni Conti Gents Portfolio Briefcase A4  
£127.95 Was £200.00 Save £72.05!
Ashwood Briefcase/Laptop Bag Windsor  
£109.95 Was £155.00 Save £45.05!

Gianni Conti Wallet 
£29.95 Was £40.00 Save 10.05!
Ashwood Wash Bag / Shaving Bag Chelsea  
£34.95 Was £65.00 Save £30.05!
Ashwood Sports Holdall Duccani  
£119.95 Was £170.00 Save £50.05!
Ashwood 17" Laptop Messenger Bag Windsor  
£69.95 Was £115.00 Save £45.05!

Ashwood Harrogate Bag Large Holdall  
£115.00 Was £165.00 Save £50.00!
Visconti East/West A4 Messenger Bag 18516  
£64.95 Was £95.00 Save £30.05!
Best Friend
Visconti East/West Messenger Bag 18548  
£58.45 Was £75.00 Save £16.55!
Ashwood Bill Fold Wallet & Gift Box  
£14.50 Was £18.00 Save £3.50 (0341)

Visconti XL Lockable Briefcase Apollo 16038  
£89.95 Was £130.00 Save £40.05!
Ashwood Briefcase/Laptop Bag Gareth  
£104.95 Was £200.00 Save £95.05!
Ashwood Messenger Bag WLB200  
£69.95 Was £105.00 Save £35.05!

Ashwood Messenger Bag WLB500  
£65.00 Was £95.00 Save £30.00!
Visconti Upright Messenger Bag 18563  
£49.95 Was £65.00 Save £15.05!
Ashwood Messenger Bag 2996  
£59.95 Was £95.00 Save £35.05!

Neighbour / Children’s Teacher
Oriano Gift Set Gents Leather Wallet & Pen  
£27.95 Was £39.00 Save £11.05!
Ashwood Classic Card Wallet & Gift Box  
£13.50 Was £16.00 Save £2.50!

To buy these items and to see more gift ideas, check out realhandbagshop.co.uk

Tuesday, 23 November 2010

November Birthday Gift Ideas

November is a great time to have a birthday; the stores are all full of the latest gifts ready for Christmas and new stock for the autumn/winter fashion season has just arrived. With so much on offer, it’s difficult to know where to begin so here are some helpful tips to help.

November Birthday Facts
 Birthstone: Citrine
Flower: Chrysanthemum
Star Sign: Scorpio (the scorpion) October 23 to November 21
Star Sign: Sagittarius (the archer) November 22 to December 21

Famous Celebrities Born in November
 Anna Nicole Smith Model b. November 28, 1967
Miley Cyrus Actress b. November 23, 1992
Liza Tarbuck Personality b. November 21, 1964
Nigel Havers Actor b. November 6, 1949
Leonardo DiCaprio Actor b. November 11, 1974
Demi Moore Actress b. November 11, 1962
Meg Ryan Actress b. November 19, 1961
Scarlett Johansson Actress b. November 22, 1984
Michael Jackson Singer b. November 8, 1970
Hedy Lamarr Actress b. November 9, 1914
Bruce Lee Actor b. November 27, 1940
Bo Derek Actress b. November 20, 1956
Tina Turner Singer b. November 26, 1939
Marie Curie Scientist b. November 7, 1867
Mark Twain Author b. November 30, 1835
Calvin Klein Designer b. November 19, 1942

November Poem by Thomas Hood
No sun--no moon!
No morn--no noon!
No dawn--no dusk--no proper time of day--
No sky--no earthly view--
No distance looking blue--

No road--no street--
No "t'other side the way"--
No end to any Row--
No indications where the Crescents go--

No top to any steeple--
No recognitions of familiar people--
No courtesies for showing 'em--
No knowing 'em!

No mail--no post--
No news from any foreign coast--
No park--no ring--no afternoon gentility--
No company--no nobility--

No warmth, no cheerfulness, no healthful ease,
No comfortable feel in any member--
No shade, no shine, no butterflies, no bees,
No fruits, no flowers, no leaves, no birds,

All available from realhandbagshop.co.uk

Friday, 5 November 2010

Can a Leather Handbag be Better Than Sex?

Here’s an interesting question. Can buying or receiving a gorgeous new leather handbag be better than sex? This was the topic of discussion amongst the girls in our office recently and it threw up some amusing revelations, not all of which, I might add, are printable! At the risk of sounding like the character Carrie Bradshaw from TVs ‘Sex And The City’, and actually, I bet she’d have plenty to say on the subject, I’ll elaborate further.

When you think about it, leather in itself is a very sexy product. If you’ve ever seen a hunky guy in a leather jacket or a pretty girl wearing leather trousers that look like they’ve been painted on, then you’ll know what I mean. Leather handbags and shoes have that same ‘WOW’ factor; the style, the shape, the feel, that wonderful heady leather aroma. It ignites most of the senses simultaneously.

It was no surprise, therefore, to find that one of our customers had penned the ultimate tribute to her new leather handbag as: "Meg Ryan moment!! Need I say more! Really fast delivery - many thanks!!" This simple, yet ingenious comment by Louise, U.K. refers to a particular scene in the film ‘When Harry Met Sally’, as Sally (Meg Ryan) vividly but still fully clothed, fakes an orgasm in the middle of a restaurant packed with diners in order to prove a point. It’s a heart-felt comment which relays perfectly the intense passion that a brand new leather handbag can generate. And I have to agree that there is a certain thrill and spine-tingling excitement when unwrapping layers of paper and tissue to behold the most sensational leather handbag, proving beyond a doubt that brand new leather handbags are truly orgasmic.

It’s not only great-looking leather handbags which bring out such fervent feelings in women; apparently expensive cars can have the same effect, too. Check out the video on You Tube created by Bandito Brothers entitled ‘BMW M3 Better Than Sex’ whereby the actress in the video gives Meg Ryan a run for her money!

Joking aside, whilst a beautiful leather handbag can never truly replace the man of your dreams, it sure can put you in the mood for love!

Thursday, 14 October 2010

Preppy Fashion & Leather Accessories for Men

The preppy look for men has never been more popular at the moment; city gentlemen are embracing Ivy League style big time and not only is it an easy look to achieve but it looks effortlessly classy. If you want to create the ‘successful debonair university graduate makes good’ look for yourself firstly, get into the mind set then go shopping. Think Yale, Harvard, Oxford and Cambridge for the ultimate in campus fashion statements. You can keep the preppy look sleek and smart, or dishevelled and roguish, to suit your own personality.

Clockwise from left: Vintage Leather Messenger Bag by Visconti; Tennis Sweater by Tommy Hilfiger; Sports Blazer with Scarf by Brooks Brothers; Rugby Shirt by Ralph Lauren; Dark Blue Jeans by Brooks Brothers.

We recommend you start with something simple. Relaxed blue jeans can be worn with crisp white shirt and diagonally striped tie, overlaid with a cardigan, preferably in block colours to bring the preppy look bang up to date for this season. Pieces that are inspired by the academy such as chunky white tennis jumpers make good choices as do toggle coats worn over blazers. Another preppy inspired look is the oversized baseball-style jacket paired with roomy double breasted sports coat. It’s all about adding layers.

Take our word for it; girls can’t resist a guy in a rugby shirt. Once the shorts are swapped for a cool pair of denims, the rugby shirt becomes a little bit naughty and somewhat playful. And once you’ve got the hang of it, you can be even more daring. For a touch of anti-establishment, dark blazers with patch pockets and brass buttons over light coloured jeans can bring out the rebel in anyone.

Accessorise with cable knit scarves, leather brogues, ribbon belts and vintage leather messenger bags.

Preppy publications to inspire:

Take Ivy
The Preppy Handbook
True Prep; It’s a Whole New Old World

Preppy films to inspire:
Dead Poet’s Society
About A Boy
Brideshead Revisited

Preppy people to inspire:
Robert Pattinson
Hugh Grant
Wil Schuester (pictured)
Vampire Weekend
Pooch Hall

Thursday, 30 September 2010

Special Report on Hong Kong Fashion 2010 - Leather Hobo Shoulder Bags

The team from The Real Handbag Shop took a trip to the fabulous neon city of Hong Kong to seek out the latest fashion trends for clothes and handbags where East meets West in a dynamic fusion of cultures. The recent history of Hong Kong is fairly well documented; the United Kingdom handed over Hong Kong to The People’s Republic of China after more than a century of British rule following the Opium Wars, excepting a brief period of Japanese occupation in the 1940s. The unique way in which Hong Kong has evolved has led it from being a modest fishing village, to a major trading ground, to a military port of strategic importance and finally to becoming an international finance centre.

It is no surprise therefore to see an eclectic mix of both western shops and eastern stores in the many of the vast shopping areas throughout the city. Canton Road houses the flagship stores of the world’s super brands. Here you’ll find Hermes, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Prada, Dolce & Gabbana, Joyce, Boss, Emporio Armani, Lane Crawford, Salvatore Ferragamo, Coach and Shanghai Tang to name but a few. If you can’t resist high value luxury products which come with high value luxury prices to match, you might also want to take a stroll along the infamous Nathan Road, otherwise known as the Golden Mile of Asia.

In Hong Kong, the Military look with buttons and studs starts to take on a more modern army flavour with shades of green and khaki coming onto the fashion scene along with camouflage print tops. Three-quarter length jeans and skinny trousers are popular and show off the latest ankle boots. Leather accessories are green, black or brown to blend in.

Chiffon Dress HK$1,680 Religeon                    Olive Leather Jacket HK$4,990 Cecilia de Bucourt
Chiffon Shirt HK$2,690 Robert Rodriguez        Sequin Dress HK$4,990 Robert Rodriguez
Silver Necklaces HK1,050 A’teen London       Gold Jewel Cuff HK$2,990 Anton Heunis
Black Leather Ankle Boots HK$2,890 Ash      Black Leather Ankle Boots HK$2,890 Ash
All available from SEIBU

Mini dresses or long shirts are being worn with bare legs and often decorative socks peep over the top of ankle boots. Delicate and feminine floral prints on dresses and blouses touch on the Victorian era. Shorts are still de rigueur and the shops are stocking up on tights ready for the onset of autumn. Boots come in all sizes from ankle to thigh; choose from solid leather biker buckle styles, high heeled suede with feminine laces or flat and snugly with sheep-skin lining.

Casual dressing in Hong Kong seems to have gone back in the past with the grungy vibe of the 1990s given a contemporary twist. Visualise chunky knits in camels and browns. For the younger generation denim jeans are dark blue and skinny; no other colour or shape will do. Printed vest t-shirts, often with slogans in English give a nod to the influence of rock music and checked shirts are overlaid as the weather gets colder. Leather jackets are a must-have.

Hobo shaped shoulder bags are all the rage from small and dainty to vastly oversize. Sadly, the range of handbags in Hong Kong is somewhat limited as the choice is either very expensive designer brand or conversely, very cheap knock-offs from the market stalls; there is very little if you want quality leather in a mid-range price. With this in mind, here are our suggestions for great looking hobo shoulder bags for the fashionistas of Hong Kong:

  All available from THE REAL HANDBAG SHOP

Thursday, 9 September 2010


The hot list for blue colours on the current fashion scene for leather handbags and accessories includes MIDNIGHT BLUE, TURQUOISE, LAGOON, DEEP COBALT, KLEIN BLUE, AMPARO BLUE, CORNFLOWER BLUE and INKY SAPPHIRE. With a new range out this season of ladylike handbags, smart totes and utilitarian cross-body bags, there’s plenty of choice to fit any lifestyle.
Every girl should have a dark blue or navy coloured leather handbag in her wardrobe, simply because these colours go with most outfits. Work the look with red and white for chic French style, pair with denim for a cool vibe or contrast with camel for the latest catwalk fashion statement. For inexpensive, yet good quality leather bags, you can’t go far wrong with the new range of navy shoulder bags and handbags by Gigi which, incidentally, come highly recommended by Real Handbag Shop customers.

Turquoise is a colour that flatters virtually all skin tones and hair shades which is why it retains its popularity and keeps getting re-invented in a new fashion colour year on year. Blends of teals, marine blues and sea greens all fit into this category.

See Navy, Teal and Blue leather handbags at www.realhandbagshop.co.uk

Friday, 27 August 2010

Hunter Leather Messenger Bags: Visconti Mud Brown v Visconti Oil Brown

What is the colour difference between a Visconti Mud Brown Messenger Bag and a Visconti Oil Brown Messenger Bag? This is the question on everybody’s lips at the moment and it’s causing much angst and frustration not to mention confusion amongst life-long fans of Visconti products. Those who have already bought a Visconti Mud Brown Messenger Bag in the past and have loved it are searching for the same coloured Hunter leather again in a matching briefcase, laptop bag or wallet. To their utter dismay, they are finding similar products but in a seemingly different colour called Oil Brown. So what happened to Mud Brown? Why would such a popular colour be assigned to the trash can and where can you buy Mud Brown Bags now?

Visconti 18797 Mud Brown v Visconti 18797 Oil Brown
Spot The Difference!

There is actually no difference what-so-ever between a Visconti Mud Brown Bag and a Visconti Oil Brown Bag; it is exactly the same Hunter leather in exactly the same colour. Just the name has been changed. We asked Visconti what had prompted such a confusing name change. A spokesman for Visconti told us that as there was a new company trading under the brand name MUDD selling similar leather products, they had taken the decision to remove the name Mud Brown from their own collection as they did not want people to associate superior quality Visconti Hunter leather products with any other company. I can understand what they mean. A lot of manufacturers have tried to copy the Visconti look and feel of Hunter leather to cash in on their success but somehow, the leather is just not as wholesome as the original. If it ain’t got the Visconti label on, it’s just ain’t cricket!

Little did Visconti know what terrible consequences this name change would have on retailers as well as customers. For those retailers selling online and using fulfilment services, the name change has created hours of extra work changing online adverts and implementing software upgrades to enable the distribution warehouses to cope. The changeover from old stock to new stock means that there is still a mix of Mud Brown and Oil Brown products on the market at the same time, which continues to fuel the confusion.

So the good news is that Visconti Mud Brown is still available but under the new name of Oil Brown. Further news hot off the press indicates that Visconti are updating the interiors of all new Hunter leather messenger bags and future Mobile Phone pockets will be made larger to be able to hold the latest smart phones such as the blackberry, i-phones and other devices. There are also to be changes to some of the hardware and we will keep you notified of progress as it happens.

Buy original Visconti Hunter leather messenger bags, briefcases and wallets at realhandbagshop.co.uk

Monday, 16 August 2010

Red Leather Handbags and Red Leather Purses

Summer fashion on the catwalks has been all about the Scarlet Woman and these shades of red will intensify throughout Autumn in the run up to Winter. Warm tones have been hot colours for several years. If you’re not afraid of fashion, layer up your outfits with a blend of reds in varying tones; think Nancy Dell’Olio and use ‘The Lady in Red’ as your mantra. The trick is to be bold and juxtapose bright block colours like hot orange, tangerine, coral and tomato red, against fuchsia pink and magenta. If this all sounds too scary, either select a shift dress in a block colour or make your handbag do the job for you. Red leather handbags are the perfect accessory to brighten up an LBD (little black dress) or grey work suit.

It’s Red Alert for lips, too as colours go very full-bodied with delicious sounding names such as ‘cherry-soda’ and ‘ageing cabernet’. If loud and louche is your style, you’ll love the flaming Madonna reds of the 80s. For the dark and sultry vibe, opt for Missoni’s interpretation of ‘rouge noir’. For the lacquered finish, plump for a lipstick with uber-gloss; lips which look like they’ve been painted with nail polish are one of the hottest trends.

See a huge selection of red leather handbags, work bags, purses and gifts at www.realhandbagshop.co.uk

Tuesday, 27 July 2010

Ri2k Leather Handbags - Ivy, Baye Birkin, Tracey and Cici - 2010 Collection

After 10 years of creating gorgeous leather handbags, the British born and bred brand has pulled out all the stops to make their 2010 collection their best yet! Renowned for their distinctive blend of luxurious quality leathers with a fashion forward edge, Ri2k are experts at creating accessible handbags. The Ci Ci range is made from beautifully soft leather with a large concealed front zip pocket. Both the large tote £119.95 and the medium grab bag £79.95 (shown below in chocolate brown) have a main zip opening and large front and back sections secured with magnetic snap fastenings. All items come with a dust bag.

And so enter Tracey, the brand new kid on the bag block guaranteed to cause a scene! This quilted leather lovely is available in a roomy tote, cool across body or shoulder bag. The attention to detail on this new addition instantly notches it up the handbag hierarchy with carefully placed hardware and tassel makes this a beautiful design. Shown below in black leather £79.95.

If it's suede that you’re into, then check out Ivy, last year’s most popular design back in new colours for this year and guaranteed to sharpen up your outfit. These ‘must-have’ bags are only made in limited numbers so it’s best to order yours early to avoid disappointment! Shown below, Ivy in black and violet £99.95.

An update on the ever stylish Baye Birkin, this season illustrates Ri2k's fresh approach to style. The grab handles, shape and padlock detail make this a handbag classic. With new colours and clever detailing, owning a Birkin has never seemed so fashion forward. Baye Birkin £124.95.

These Ri2k designs along with additional to die for styles can be found at www.realhandbagshop.co.uk

Tuesday, 13 July 2010

Bon Voyage Luggage by Claudia Canova

Jet-set, GO! Ladies, if you want to make like an A-lister in arrivals, choose a handsome travelling companion...

Bon Voyage Luggage by Claudia Canova is the smart and convenient option for jet-setting off to faraway places or escaping for a short trip away. Pair up stylish wheeled holdall with matching handbag for celebrity status and enjoy first class travel wherever you go with this range of high fashion synthetic luggage.

Please note that luggage may not conform to all airline carry-on restrictions so please check before travelling!

See Claudia Canova and Smith & Canova at The Real Handbag Shop!