Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Summer Coloured Handbags - Real Leather

As spring gives way to summer, we can’t wait to ditch the long, dark winter nights along with the blacks and dark browns of our winter wardrobe. As the sun comes out, our mood brightens and we want to don the lighter, brighter and more vivid colours that we associate with all summery fashion.

Soft pretty pastels and mint blue-greens feature strongly for this summer so why not accessorise with a leather handbag in white or cream for maximum impact. Also, watch for the clever use of accessories in neutral colours such as driftwood greys and taupe which can complement pastel coloured clothing beautifully.

Bright jewel colours such as fuchsia pink, yellow gold, cobalt blue and willow green are also going to be in vogue this summer. Pick a jewel coloured accessory and go for some serious colour blocking.

Catwalk Collection is introducing their ever popular Dispatch cross-body bag in a new and vibrant purple as a nod to the trend for Neon. Coming soon!

Check out summery branded leather handbags by Ashwood Lady, Smith & Canova, CatwalkCollection, Gigi, Marta Ponti and Gianni Conti at

Saturday, 19 May 2012

Sienna Rose Quilted Leather Handbags and Totes

On display at The Real Handbag Shop website you will find the latest designs from Sienna Rose’s Collections including their beautiful quilted leather handbags and totes in earthy and neutral colours as well as classic black. 

 Sienna Rose Quilted Leather Tote Bag £59.95 (RRP £95)

Big totes and shoppers are always useful as summer approaches with many featuring a handy array of compartments, pockets and storage solutions for the organisation of contents. Whether you’re jetting off to the sun and need a bag to keep with you on the flight or on a day out with the kids, a Sienna Rose big tote bag will be ideal.

To buy beautiful quilted leather handbags and tote bags today, log onto

Friday, 18 May 2012

Nautical but Nice! Gigi Leather Handbags to Buy!

The new Gigi leather handbags are on their way and as always, there are some brilliant new designs which are to be greatly admired. Red, white and navy blue stripes add a nautical flare which is a classic colour combination for summer. The look is so smart and chic so you certainly wouldn’t look out of place if invited to a garden party or two. Indeed, 2012 is set to be an amazing year for all events British. The Queen's Diamond Jubilee heralds a host of activities across the UK and the Olympic Games will take place in London. Not to be missed is the annual Henley Royal Regatta.

Gigi Leather Handbags from just £49.95

The brown stripe leather handbags give a much softer, more casual appearance and can be worn with any mix of dark brown, mid-brown or tan coloured clothing and shoes. Creams and neutrals will look good, too, so you can glide from the lighter shades of summer into the darker shades of winter with just one handbag which is handy if you’re watching the pennies.

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Thursday, 17 May 2012

Catwalk Collection Leather Handbags: Most Wanted!

Catwalk Collection leather handbags with the adorable trinket Cat Logo Bag Charm are on most women’s wish lists. Their strap line says ‘If you love leather, you’ll love Catwalk Collection Handbags!’ and it’s perfectly true; designs are created for every mood using the most sensual leathers in a range of colours and textures that look, feel and smell absolutely gorgeous.

Unlike most handbag manufacturers that launch entirely new ranges each season, Catwalk Collection is happy to repeat the most popular designs, adding new colours to existing styles when fashion dictates. The Jodie messenger cross-body bag and matching purse is one such design; made from soft washed leather, the original bag came only in tan with dark brown trim as a nod towards the trend for bohemian fashion. However, enthused by the initial response, subsequent productions from the Catwalk Collection Handbags design team have seen the introduction of a vast range of fashionable colour combinations: black with ivory to compliment the trend for monochrome fashion, green with brown for all things military inspired, cream with brown for the neutral effect, blue with cream to blend in with the trend for denim and red with tan. 

 Jodie Messenger Bag £39.95 Purse £19.95

Another popular design which was only released late last year and sold out almost immediately, is the Alex shoulder bag made from beautiful drum dyed buff leather. If you blinked, you may have missed it. Originally this style was launched in just two colours; black and green but has reappeared this season with three new hot fashion colours added in dark red, dark brown and dark tan.

 Alex - Our Price £84.95 (RRP £115)

And, if you missed out on the much coveted Kate handbag with cross-body strap, you’ll be pleased to hear that this design is also back with a passion. Colours now include black, red and tan. What makes this handbag so delectable is the soft shrunken leather which gives the surface a unique crinkly texture.

 Kate - Our Price £84.95 (RRP £115)

Catwalk Collection is our best selling range of fashion led, leather handbags so it’s advisable to grab your favourite right now before they sell out (again)

Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Large Leather Handbags To Have And To Hold

I’ve never been more impressed, than when on holiday with friends, our every need was immediately met from within the depths of a very large handbag. I’ll explain further. En route by car from Calais to the south of France, at a service station, I needed tissues for the Ladies as I had run out. ‘No worries!’ said Annie and out of her cavernous handbag came the necessary items. Okay, so this is nothing out of the ordinary as most women carry tissues. However, our next stop was the campsite where we discovered we had no matches to light the gas stove. Annie produced a lighter from her handbag, even ‘though she doesn’t smoke. Now that’s pretty cool.

 Smith & Canova Large Handbag - Venice - £99.95 (RRP £175)

One evening we drove out to a restaurant for a meal. The wind whipped my hair all over the place as I got out of the car but then Annie’s handbag came to my rescue with a hairbrush and mirror. When we saw a local advert for a boat trip, the magnificent handbag produced a notepad and pen to write down the details and telephone number. When we needed to cut the labels off our new sunhats, a pair of small scissors appeared. If we needed to ask for directions, there was a French phrase book.

 Ri2k Large Tote - Jerri - £109.95 (RRP £165)

Over the course of the next two weeks, this marvellous handbag produced an address book for Annie to write her postcards, reading glasses, a book for the beach, a diary for daily memos, sunglasses, sun cream, lip salve and even headache tablets for my husband plus a small bottle of water for him to wash them down.

 Gigi large Shoulder Bag - £69.95 (RRP £87)

Needless to say, as soon as we got back home, I bought myself the largest handbag I could find which was the gorgeous leather Caz Bag by Catwalk Collection and stocked it up. My own splendidly large bag now contains most of the above plus a few little extras including umbrella, scarf, photos, perfume, make-up bag, toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss and an apple.

 Catwalk Collection Tote Bag - Caz - £89.95 (RRP £115)

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Festival Fashion: Catwalk Collection Green Leather Handbags

With the approach of summer comes all things green; the sweet scent of freshly mown grass, the whispering of leaves in the trees and hedgerows bursting with new growth. On the fashion scene, the trend for green is taken one step further and mixed in with summer festivals, adding a touch of the Seventies vibe for good measure. Think green hunter wellies, luxe shorts, fruity fabrics and floral prints.

Vintage accessories such as sunglasses, hats, scarves and handbags keep the look laid back. We can thoroughly recommend the range of Catwalk Collection green leather handbags which have a rock and roll vibe so you can enjoy your festival this summer looking totally cool and hip.

Prices from £39.95 at

Sunday, 13 May 2012

Ashwood - the brand for mens' leather luggage, bags and accessories

We’ve been fans of Ashwood luggage and accessories for a long time and their newest collection is certainly one not to be missed. The staff at The Real Handbag Shop spent a day at Ashwood House learning about the new and exciting products that will be in our online retail shop soon. On the approach to the busiest time of year it was thrilling to see the new designs unveiled with emphasis on fashionable fabric linings to compliment the leathers used and larger interior pockets to accommodate iPhones which rapidly seem to be taking over from mobile phones.

It’s not just the ladies who are fashion obsessive, the guys love the latest styles, too. That’s why Ashwood have developed a whole range of different leathers with designer finishes that fit in with today’s trends. Just check-out the Hammersmith, Highland and Chelsea designs shown here for some inspiration.

Also, coming soon is the Olympia range; a clever combination of both leather and nylon which makes luggage more lightweight than an all-leather bag but without compromising on the luxury look of leather. The full grain leather is robust and hard-wearing with a superb satin finish.  The nylon is Tetron, a unique patterned nylon which is stylish yet durable. Each piece of luggage, bag or accessory features the Ashwood brand name along with sporty design red stitch.

See the latest luggage, leather bags and accessories at

Saturday, 12 May 2012

The best place to buy Visconti Leather Bags online

The best place to buy Visconti Leather Bags is at Here you will find a whole range of the best-selling and most popular Visconti Bags currently on the market. Products are competitively priced and there is plenty of stock available. Delivery is fast, even to the farthest reaches of the world. Choose from briefcases, messenger bags, laptop bags, iPad bags, wallets and purses.

New designs include the fabulous range of Texas Leather Bags;

Texas leather has that wonderful dark and sultry look about it. As always, this Visconti product is made from the finest leather and has that gorgeous new leather aroma. Texas is soft yet durable, high quality leather; whilst you can discern the ridges and tiny creases with your fingertips, the surface has been coated so it feels almost smooth and polished to the touch. With its designer highlights and lowlights accentuating the vintage colour variation, there's no doubt that this Texas Messenger Bag has plenty of attitude.

Friday, 11 May 2012

Leather Handbags from British Companies

After the British Style Council unveiled the line-up for London Fashion Week, we took a peek at some British companies and their very latest in leather handbag designs.

Ri2k London leads the way with their showcase by creative talent Isla Simpson; new and innovative designs with flair and imagination. Who can resist Jerri; a fabulous large drawstring tote bag made from delicious purple cherry leather?

 Ri2k Jerri Drawstring Tote Bag £109.95 (RRP £165)

Smith & Canova have some new and beautiful leather handbag designs to tempt us with. Based in the north of England, Smith & Canova has long been recognised for its own brand of high quality leather handbags and accessories. Trends this season include soft nudes, creams and dusky pinks. Monaco, Ruby and Venice are not to be missed.

 Smith & Canova Handbag - Venice £99.95 (RRP £175)

They say the only way is Essex and we have to agree! Gigi personifies the cool Britannia look with elegant designs which wouldn’t look out of place on the Duchess of Cambridge, or Kate Middleton as she’s probably better known. Perfect for town or country, check out the Othello Collection in Classic, Fashion or Stripe leather.
Gigi Shoulder Bag - Stripe £49.95 (RRP £65)

Catwalk Collection Handbags are creative, colourful and fun with cute cat logo bag charms and heaps of personality. The Catwalk design team works from Shropshire and the warehouse which stores the finished leather handbags is affectionately known as Catwalk Alley. The latest addition to the collection is a totally gorgeous leather handbag called Caz, which happens to be the nick-name of one of the employees.

 Catwalk Collection Handbags - Caz Shoulder Tote Bag £89.95 (RRP £115)

See all these and more at

Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Vintage Leather Briefcases and Messenger Bags for Men

The Vintage collection by Visconti includes a smart selection of briefcases, laptop bags, messenger bags and cross-body bags. Vintage is vegetable tanned leather that has that dark and sultry look about it. This is strong, high quality leather with a smooth polished surface and distressed antique finish. There's no doubt that Visconti Vintage products have plenty of attitude. Save up to 25% off selected Visconti Vintage bags. Customer satisfaction guaranteed or your money back!

5 Minute A to Z Review of Fashion and Accessories

Razzle-dazzle, glitter, gloss or sheen – it’s time to shine. Opt for dirty metallic, sporty silhouettes or toughen up dresses with black ankle boots.

Knee-high is the length to know when it comes to boots this season. Wear with a midi skirt or over skinny jeans.

Rounded shoulders, pannier skirts and puffy shoulders come to the fore. Think oversized jumpers and super-sized tailoring. Bell skirts, tulip shaped cocktail dresses and peplum-topped trousers.

Jumpsuits are our new favourite party piece. The new all-in-ones come in silky fabrics with emphasis on glamour. This is laidback 70s style fashion. Pair with thin belt, sky-high heels and simple handbag.

Heading to one of the world’s great metropolises? Here’s what to wear for an urban retreat. Stick with clean, unfussy silhouettes and single colours. Classic trouser suits and smart work bag. Luxe fabric trousers with classic white shirt or sporty grey jumper. Monochromatic dresses are also perfect wear. Alternatively, choose neutral palettes of caramels or nudes. If you can’t resist a bit of colour use a handbag to inject a splash of red or orange. Keep shapes simple for an easy, elegant city wardrobe.

 Gigi Organiser Shoulder Bags £64.95 (RRP £85)
Created with sultry summer evenings in mind. Take your inspiration from Moroccan infusions and ethnic prints. Accessories such as leather belts and leather handbags will keep the look exotic. For eveningwear switch to silks, vibrant lipstick, strappy sandals and cross-body bags.
 Catwalk Collection Handbags - Jodie Messenger Bag £39.95 (RRP £50)

Max out on the beach with one of this year’s long summer dresses. Look for block colours in acid brights and neons. This is Nineties rave scene dressing. Once the tan has developed, switch to short skirts. Make-up should be minimal; let healthy glowing skin do all the work. Handbags can be bold and bright. Footwear should be open-toed platforms.

 M Collection Cross-Body Bags - Heide £24.95 (RRP £35)

This is a full glamour trend complete with furs, pearls, gloves and shrugs. Skirts should be pencil with the hem length firmly on the knee. Sex up the look with thigh-high split if you dare. Throw in a pussy bow blouse or fedora for good measure. Pretty tea dresses and white handbags are also good combinations.

 Smith & Canova Handbags £99.95 (RRP £175)
Highland weaves, Prince of Wales or hound’s tooth check. Plaid jackets over a dress or plaid skirt and simple blouse work well. The theme is early 80s and if you’re feeling rebellious you can mix it up. Alternatively, just choose one tartan accessory such as an oversized scarf.

New easy uniform in the guise of effortlessly chic tunics and trousers which have a relaxed fit. Block panels add interest and depth. Monochrome makes this look smart and sophisticated. Sex up the look with plunging necklines.

This season’s sexiest trend is stylish and steamy. Without a doubt, this is one uber sexy look. Heavy on latex, PVC and leather this is the darker side of fashion. Blend with lace, buckles and bindings. There’s only one colour and that’s black.

A rich tapestry of patterns; elaborate swirls, motifs, polka dots, opulent florals, anything goes.

From berets to beanies, cloches and caps, hats are making a comeback.

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Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Every woman should have at least one Small Handbag

If you like to carry a multitude of belongings with you on a daily basis, the fashion trend for small handbags probably won’t fill you with enthusiasm. However, the small handbag look is tres chic and extremely cool. The idea is to carry the bare minimum, absolute essentials such as purse, lipstick, keys and mobile phone. Gigi's Small Organiser Bag at £39.95 (RRP £50) is the best of both worlds; it's small enough to be in vogue but there are also plenty of pockets to satisfy the need for a storage solution.

Small handbags are considered to be the healthy option as you won’t be weighed down with one shoulder dragging you to the floor making you look like Quasimodo. In fact, you’ll be able to stand tall and walk around feeling positively like a model. Marta Ponti makes a real cute cross-body bag in fashionable cracked-leather with a secure zip top. Shown here is the fabulous grungy yellow leather but there are plenty of other colours to choose from, too. Becka £25 (RRP £35).

Small handbags are also lightweight and easy to pack for holidays abroad. Gigi makes a neat cross-body bag at just £34.95 (RRP £40) in myriad coloured leathers which would be an ideal choice. In addition to the colours shown, there is also grey, purple, pink and cream.

If you have a wedding to attend and you want to look your best, Catwalk Collection makes the utterly charming Milan Grab Bag with matching purse which would be absolutely perfect. Shown here is the mint with chocolate brown trim but it also comes in fondant pink/choc, crimson red/black and jet black/choc. Handbags retail at £44.95 (RRP £60) with purses at £20.95 (RRP £30) so it won't cost the earth to get a designer look.

Every woman should have at least one small handbag in her wardrobe. See small handbags at