I love when Kate Spade does stripes. It’s always different and addictively cute and, in this case, oh-so-retro.
This purse is the Kate Spade Siena Hadley, a beautiful, sporty cowhide tote with suede design. It’s named after the Siena in Tuscany, perfect for weekends away or just those days when you have a lot of stuff to carry around.
A gorgeous equestrian themed purse with the butteriest leather imaginable – add this to your tote collection!
This sweet little canvas bag is called Idylwilde, after the CA mountain town – but the name always brings to mind <i>Anne Of Green Gables</i> to me.
It’s a versatile little purse, and can be worn either as a shoulder bag or as a slingy bag, with gold hardware and a hardy cotton canvas outer material.
The shape makes it stand out – it’s very unusual-looking, and very pretty indeed – a perfect springtime day purse.
Kate Spade, you can do no wrong!
This purse is very, very cute.
It’s the Moremi Miranda from Kate Spade, a giraffe-tastic cotton twill fabric purse with leather trim and gold hardware.
Now I did say cotton twill, not giraffeskin leather – just in case there was any confusion there. After all, we’ve had anaconda and goat, so giraffe wouldn’t be too surprising!
Anyway - it has a zip closure at the top, but it does only come in the one colour you see here. It’s a very edgy, hip purse and quite a change from the last Kate Spade puffball we featured, but definitely your standard Kate Spade purse in terms of quality and funk!
This funny little fuzzball of a purse made me laugh out loud the first time I saw it – and honestly, the picture here barely does it justice.
It is <i>adorable</i>. A fuzzy, furry, colourful little muppet of a bag made of satin and feathers with gold hardware and a chain handle.
The design is meant to be reminiscent of those old-fashioned powder puffs women used to use, which I’ve always loved for their gorgeously soft tickliness.
It’s not a normal bag by any means of the words but honestly, who cares. It’s hilarious, and bright, and kooky, and just so much fun.
Kudos to la Spade!
This incredibly gorgeous purse is the Cannes Gala clutch from Kate Spade – one of the most striking bags seen this year.
It’s made of a soft, shimmery satin with gold hardware and a satin lining, zip closure and a beautiful flower ornament on the front.
That shade of pink is almost hypnotic to look at… it brings back memories of all those old Technicolor movies that were set in the tropics.
It’s an extremely glamorous, vintage-looking purse in typical Kate Spade quality.
Now book those tickets for Cannes!
This fabulously cartoonish purse from Kate Spade has a certain humour about it that makes it stand out.
The bag is called the Larabee Noel Bette — it’s trimmed with calf leather and has gold hardware.
It’s certainly not a bag for everyone — the colour is nice but the larabee dots make it look like an art student’s purse, or perhaps the perfect accessory for ladies who are indulging in the current craze for fifties prints — or eighties funkiness.
Either way, have fun!
It’s not often you come across a purse that is so… well, <i>stripey</i>. Not just slightly stripey, but gloriously, unashamedly, in-your-face stripey. It’s too lovely to ignore, and so!
The very stripey, very bold, very very very cute Rugby Stripe Tracy Bucket tote from Kate Spade. It’s made of a soft but durable cotton twill fabric (signature larabee twill) and the inside is lined in an extremely lickable limey green. This tote has a thread closure rather than the traditional magnetic clasp: altogether very Englishwoman in New York.
And it’s so much <i>fun</i>!
It’s time to play one of my favourite purse-related games: Guess The Material!
Take a look at this bag from Kate Spade. Take a good hard look, then ask yourself: what, exactly, is this purse made of? Leather? Plastic? Nylon? Aluminum foil?
The answer, my friend, is none of the above. What we have here is a silver, metallic pig-suede material (yes, very unusual) purse.
Close inspection will reveal the classic Kate Spade larabee and hardware — from a distance, though, it just looks like a really cool, slouchy, seasonally metallic bag.
And the best part? The name itself: Ischia Gabi. I mean, just how captivating is that?
<i>What, this old thing? Oh, it’s just my Ischia Gabi from Kate Spade. Mmmm, it is rather gorgeous, I suppose. No, you can’t borrow it.</i>
I think that just might be my favourite purse-name, ever. Now, my other favourite purse-related games are Spot The Fake! and How (Not) To Buy From Ebay, both of which will be featured soon enough. Watch this space, folks.
Not being a Sloaney cow myself does not get in the way of me enjoying this lovely Alessa tote from Kate Spade. It’s made in a beautiful blue (and yellow, and black) cowhide with bendy tubey handles and gold fittings.
This is one of those flexi-purses Kate Spade excel at — smart yet practical, pretty yet durable. It’s perfect to be used on a day out shopping, and is designed to fit comfortably on your arm and shoulder. This tote is also roomy enough to fit winter essentials such as gloves and a scarf (and perhaps a small umbrella) so you’re always prepared.
Ohhh, Kate Spade.
Kate Spade, Kate Spade, Kate Spade.
If I had the chance to follow any designer in the world around for a week, I would choose Kate — and then I probably wouldn’t even be able to ask her any questions, just watch in awe as she does her thing.
See as much as I love frilly, sparkly, differentish purses, there’s something about the perfect <i>simple</i> bag — well made, classic, elegant — that gets me every time. Problem is it can be extremely hard to find a clean, quiet purse that isn’t boring — and that’s where Kate Spade steps in. Her purses are coveted world-wide for their style and beauty, a style and beauty that is heightened by the restraint showed in the creation.
Because she rose so quickly (one of those glorious literal rags-to-riches stories I adore) and because of the neverending demand for her product, she has room to manoevre, to try different things, to experiment. This is all well and good, but what I love is that she hasn’t neglected the signature style that made her famous in the first place: affordable, sexy little purses and bags.
The purse pictured is the L’Orient Ariane (yes, named after the beach), a pink-and-gold leather purse in the larabee pattern (if you squint you can just about see it in the picture). It’s available in a variety of different colours, another Kate Spade touch that I, as well as other fickle colour-fans, truly appreciate.
Gorgeous x infinity, let’s hear it for Kate… <3