A lady’s bag is an important item. I can’t stand bucket type bags with no pockets, especially having to rummage through a mountain of stuff when my phone is ringing. I love a bag that has plenty of pockets or compartments, even if I forget which one I put my phone in.
My last bag purchase was a cute tan satchel that cost less than $20 on Trademe but also lasted less than 20 days. It wasn’t leather and the weak “faux leather” was just not worth fixing. Getting it fixed would cost the same amount as purchase. It was not a strong or a reliable bag. Once it broke, it needed to be carried around like a giant clutch.
My bag before that was fabric and I finally retired it after 4 years of continuous duty. By the time I was done, the fabric was covered in lint and the lining inside torn to shreds. I had sewn it up many times (by my shoddy hand) and given it new buttons to make it extra secure. It was the perfect size and featured 3 outer compartments. It was a well loved bag.
I’m not a bag slut but am pretty monogamous with bags. I use one bag at a time so I’m trying to talk myself into splurging a little when I finally find the perfect bag. A 4 or 5 year bag is worth a little investment.
I have 2 requirements:
- At least 1 outer compartment
- Genuine leather
Everyone loves a bargain, but bargain and cheap are two different things. It’s time I invested in a good quality leather bag. I love the idea of buying local-made where possible either Australasia, New Zealand or Auckland. If we don’t support our local businesses, who will?
Here are some leather bags I am currently in lust with. Once I started looking, I couldn’t stop. This is quite an extensive list for someone who has monogamous relationships with bags. Is this how people feel after breaking up from a long relationship?
Most of these are designed and made right here in New Zealand and prices are listed where available.
McTavish & Co
Brand new company making leather bags by hand in Ponsonby, Auckland. I love all their bags.
Visit their website at mctavishandco.bigcartel.com.
Kiwi brand Saben has been around for over a decade and their gorgeous bags just keep coming. I am completely in love with the Freya bag. A sweet mix of cute and practical. And the colours! Oh my Buddha! The colours!
Visit their website at saben.net.nz
Rodd & Gunn
Rodd & Gunn always had a remarkably well fit out store. Its no wonder their bags also say old timey luxury.
Visit their website at roddandgunn.co.nz.
On & On
New Zealand designed and made brand On & On make quality clothes and accessories for the well dressed but casual urban man.
Visit their website at onandon.co.nz
Soul Shoes are made in Raglan and all their products are leather. They also make a bags and belts on the side.
Visit their website at soulshoes.co.nz.
New Zealand company Deadly Ponies design and make exquisite bags from deer and cow leather. They have quite a large range for a New Zealand bag company and their bags come in a lovely range of colours.
Visit their website at deadlyponies.com.
Ketz-ke are a clothing label by New Zealand designer Jenny Drury has been operating since 2006 and feature good looking every day bags with a twist.
Visit their website at ketz-ke.co.nz
The great thing about Overland is that it is everywhere. Their products are generally well made, although I’ve found that sometimes you need to take a bit extra care with them first – such as re-soling a pair of brand new pumps. The bad thing about them being everywhere is that your bag may be worn by many other ladies. This might be an issue for some. Still, this red leather satchel is undeniably adorable.
Visit their website at overlandfootwear.co.nz
Nancy Bird are actually an Australian company from Melbourne. Their leather and canvas bags are unique and beautifully made. Nancy Bird have stockist in New Zealand in off the beaten track spots like Porirua, Timaru, Raglan, Invercargill and Wanaka but none in Auckland.
Visit their website at nancybird.com.
Etiquette Handbags and Wallets are also from Melbourne, Australia and deliver their bags worldwide.
Visit their website at etiquettehandbags.com.au
So there you have it. A pretty comprehensive round up of local leather bags that I lust. Are there any bags that I missed?