New Crop: Spring Bags
Although most people might associate springtime with Easter and daffodils, chocolate comas and time off work, here at The Glass Pineapple it means one thing: a new bag. There's something about the light of springtime that just demands a shiny, new carrier for your Oyster card and cash. Winter means waterproof, roomy enough for extra layers and probably black. But in springtime you can be completely frivolous with everything from size to textures and colour. With that in mind we've collected 8 bags from emerging designers and fresh labels to tempt your fancy like a giant Godiva egg.
Hailing from London, Colourfield is a very recently launched brand that makes beautiful bags. Designs score highly for aesthetic – simple, colour-perfect – and also for wearability; they won’t fall apart at the first hurdle. Each one is inspired by practicality, numbers and proportions and constructed from just three pieces of leather. Best of all, you can choose your own design within a range of colour and style options - match it to your favourite denim, your new season boots or the colour of spring, it's up to you.
Paradise Row - The Mariner
We'll be stocking Paradise Row when we reopen our shop this year because their 5 bag range is beautifully made and strong on detail. If you're not the kind of person who can contemplate spring pastels, the navy blue of The Mariner is the one. Inspired by shipbuilding, rope making and the life of the East London riverside, its smooth, deep blue leather is vegetable dyed and hand finished with a tiny ship's wheel charm. The perfect balance of chicness and hipness - and actually hailing from Paradise Row.
Hold - Frida
If you fancy yourself as something of a Jane Birkin and you want a complete change of textures to a material that is Ultra Spring, wicker bags have it all. Frida (above) from Australian boutique Hold meets all the criteria for the wicker bag of dreams, from the harmonious circular shape, to the burnished shade of tawny brown that screams 'take me to the park and have an ice cream.' Wicker just doesn't work with opaque black tights so this bag is as much a statement of impending summer as when the clocks go forward. Hold ships worldwide for a flat fee of $25.
Mees - Splatter Rollit
Decadent and summery, white is a colour always at its best when the winter starts to wane. If you, like us, still miss your school backpack then here's the 2017 adult update. Dutch brand Mees began in 2013 on a mission to champion clean cut, modern design. Their pieces finely balance form and function, creating clean contemporary lines that aren't just for show. Hand dyed leather is crafted into two aesthetics: the classic bag (with buckle) and the magnet series, which has a hidden magnetic fastening. Choose from black, white taupe as well as the black and white 'Splatter' versions (e.g. above).
ABO - Satchel
If you've been waiting since they grey of winter descended in October to get your colour on again then a new spring bag is the first step on the rainbow pathway. Transition out of your winter darks with a splash of something vibrant like this lilac beauty from Belgrade brand ABO. The label is the work of sisters Iva and Ana Ljubinković and for those who crave pastel shades it's Nirvana. A range of bright satchel style bags and similarly boldly coloured loafers and brogues provide an instant wardrobe colour hit.
Aly Shea - Saddlebag
We love a saddlebag. From Dior's 'IT' saddle through to a 1970s vintage piece that you picked up in a vintage shop on one of those strike it lucky days, this look never goes out of style. If you're currently bucking the 'tiny bag' trend ( c'mon who actually leaves the house with just a phone and a bank card) the mid-sized saddle is the perfect statement. Aly Shea was launched in 2015 and produces artisan bags in the true sense of the word - one person will craft every detail, from start to finish. The Miami born designer combines classic quality with modern spirit in a limited collection of super ladylike styles (and currently 50% off).
Le Suri - Cork Clutch
"Is your bag made from..." It's wonderful thing to be in possession of items that no one seen before in fashion. Even if you're not a stylist or editor, being the first to something innovative is a very satisfying feeling indeed. Cork is the material of choice for Le Suri - 100% cruelty free and totally textural (everyone will want to handle it) its natural woodiness warms up in the spring sunshine. Metallic accents and silver embossing make you long for a tan to set it off against. (Image Foxes and Food)
Yuzefi - Mini Delila
There's no room for an umbrella in the new gen of mini bags so they simply scream sunshine. And of course they're a bona fide trend if you read the big glossies. London brand Yuzefi has created the Mini Delila, which totally lives up to its name but also allows enough room for additional essentials without the risk of flying open when you have to stuff it with tampons once a month. We love the khaki shade shown on Katherine Ormerod above in New York but the bag comes in a riot of colours, from smooth cream to ruby.