Category Archives: Purses

Are Your Contactless Payment Cards Safe?

There’s a love – hate thing going on at the moment with the new contactless credit and debit cards that the banks have started issuing. Love them or Hate them? Personally, I like them. They save time and you don’t need to carry cash around any more. I wouldn’t feel happy however, if I didn’t…

Fashion Revolution Week 2017: Part 5, production

Last time, I wrote about sample making and introduced you to Kumar, sample man extraordinaire. Today, we’ll look at production in our ethical workshop in rural India. Making credit card cases There’s a lot of skilled hand work involved as you can see from my video. Every piece of leather and lining has to be…

Donna Updated

The Donna collection of purses in Donegal tweeds has been updated this season. They now come with a RFID signal blocking card holder (that’s for your contactless payment cards, to prevent them being scanned through your purse) and a clip on/clip off mini coin purse. The fabulous Donegal tweed is hand woven in the far…

Handbag Horror Story: Don’t let this happen to You!

Do you have a contactless payment card in your purse right now? And… more importantly, is it safe? I you’re not sure what I mean, then check and see if any of your cards has the little ))) symbol (a bit like a WiFi symbol you see on your phone, but it’s on it’s side)….

Why I’m a Fan of Contactless Cards

Angela Rippon was on the telly this morning, reporting on the rise of contactless payment cards and the fraud scares that are inevitably following them around. But you don’t need to worry at all as long as the wallet where you keep your cards has signal blocking technology, as in my Bertie and Annie purses….

G is for Guggenheim, Gina and all things Green

The A-Z of my designs and travelling handbags continues today with all things that start with the letter G. Guggenheim Me and my turquoise Martha shopper outside the Guggenheim museum in New York on a hot August day in 2013. Green Things Just a few current designs that come in green. Maia purse, mini handbag…

B is for Bags on Tour

This could be a long one today. I have lots to share that begins with a B. Bags On Tour I launched ‘Bags On Tour‘ in September 2011 when a drive past Le Mont Saint Michel on a beautiful day, made for a great photo – still one of my favourites. Since then my bags…

A is for Annie, Alesund, Al Ain and Arromanches

Today is the first of 26 days of A-Z posts so here goes. Annie is a new purse design that I came up with last year and it was released in the Autumn of 2015. A is for Annie The Annie purse already has its fans and when I meet one, it’s always great to…

Meet the Handbag Maker: Swathi

Meet Swathi. It’s 4 years now since she came to work at our rural Indian workshop which is in a converted farm in the village where she lives. Swathi is 33 years old and has a 7 year old son. Before she came to work with us, Swathi was a housewife and looked after her…

Purses for The Lady

If you happen to read The Lady magazine, you might have seen my designs featured there in the last few weeks. It was great to see such amazing women on the covers too. The first week featured Alison Steadman, then Francesca Annis and out today, the star of the new issue is Dame Helen Mirren….