Monday, 20 June 2011

The place to buy Ri2k London Leather Designer Handbags

Ri2k London has emerged in recent times as being leaders in classic, feminine and practical leather handbags. If you delve into the history of the brand, you will see that it once was in partnership with John Richmond, a designer who brought elements of creativity and the energy of youth with a nod to the music industry. However, Ri2k London needed to be seen as a luxury brand in its own right and it parted with the RICHMOND label in 2004, branching off to become a collection of well-designed handbags that capture what women really want.

The new driving force behind the next generation of Ri2k London handbags is British designer Isla Simpson, who brings cool sophistication and understated elegance to handbags that are created for every-day use in mind. Isla studied at Central St Martins, College of Art and Design in London, spending her weekends working at the legendary vintage shop Steinberg and Tolkein on the King’s Road. During the summer, Isla also completed internships working for handbag designers such as Billy Bag, Emily Jo Gibbs and Zandra Rhodes. Graduating with a degree in Textile Design, Isla began working amongst the High Street players such as Jigsaw, Ted Baker, Whistles & Aubin and Wills, as well as Anya Hindmarch and Oushka.

The wealth and influence of the rich tapestries of these environments can be seen reflected in Isla’s work today, allowing her to add her stamp to the brand, bringing an individuality and personality to each new Ri2k London collection.

 Ri2k Leather Handbag £99.95

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Friday, 10 June 2011

Gift Ideas for People with June Birthdays...

Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and beloved husband of Queen Elizabeth II is celebrating his 90th birthday today. At ninety years of age he still looks every bit the picture of vitality and health and long may he continue to do so. A doting father and grandfather, he is perhaps one of the most affable and respected of all the Royals. His penchant for making embarrassing gaffs at inopportune moments, otherwise know as 'putting your foot in your mouth' makes him appear more human and therefore more endearing to the British public. From amongst the many gaffs; “You’ll go home with slitty eyes”, as spoken to a British student in China; “Do you still throw spears at each other?” to Aborigines in Queensland; and on the subject of women, ‘When a man opens the car door for his wife, it’s either a new car or a new wife.’

No doubt Prince Philip will be getting some lovely birthday presents this year but if you're wondering what to get someone with a June birthday, here are some June facts and gift ideas to help. 

June Birthday Facts 
Birthstone: Pearl, Moonstone, Alexandrite
Flower: Rose
Star Sign: Gemini (the twins) May 21 to June 20
Star Sign: Cancer (the crab) June 21 to July 22

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Gigi Leather Purses from £24.95

Famous People Born in June

Prince Philip Consort b. June 10, 1921

Marilyn Monroe Actress  b. June 01, 1926

Tony Curtis Actor b. June 03, 1925

Mike Gatting Cricketer b. June 06, 1957

Johnny Depp Actor b. June 09, 1963

Anne Frank Holocaust Victim b. June 12, 1929

W.B. Yeats Poet b. June 13, 1965

Donald Trump Entrepreneur b. June 14, 1946

Venus Williams Tennis Player b. June 17, 1980

Paul McCartney Musician b. June 18, 1942

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Ashwood Man Leather Travel Bags from £119.95
Ashwood Man Leather Shaving/Wash Bags from £34.95

Wednesday, 1 June 2011

When is Father’s Day 2011?

The guys and girls who work at The Real Handbag Shop love their dads and want to buy special gifts to say a big ‘THANK YOU’ for all the affection (and cash hand-outs) lavished upon us over the years so it’s important that we don’t forget the date!

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For the majority of countries, including the UK, Father’s Day falls on the 19th June this year (2011) but if you live elsewhere in the world the date will be different so here’s a handy list of Father’s Day dates for your own calendar.

February 23 – Russia
March 19 – Andorra, Antwerp, Bolivia, Honduras, Italy, Liechtenstein, Portugal, Spain.
March 30 – Oman
May 8 – Romania, South Korea
May 15 – Tonga
June 2 – Germany
June 5 – Denmark, Lithuania
June 12 – Austria, Belgium
June 16 – Iran, Pakistan
June 17 -  El Salvador,  Guatemala
June 19 – Afghanistan, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Chile, People's Republic of China, Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, CubaCyprus, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Ethiopia, France, Ghana, Greece, Guyana, Haiti, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Ireland, Jamaica, Japan, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Myanmar, Namibia, Netherlands, Nigeria, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, UK, USA , Venezuela, Zambia, Zimbabwe
June 21 – EgyptJordan, Lebanon, Syria, Uganda
June 23 – Nicaragua, Poland
July 10 – Uruguay
July 31 – Dominican Republic
August 8 –Taiwan
August 14 – Brazil, Samoa
August 23 - Nepal
September 4 - Australia, Fiji, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea
September 18 – Ukraine
October 2 – Luxembourg
November 12 – Indonesia
November 13 - Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden
December 5 – Thailand
December 26 - Bulgaria

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