I’ve always had a soft spot for the bucket bag, maybe it’s the shape, it’s a like a chic rucksack, it holds just as much but without the two strap action, then there’s the fact you can literally fill it up and it retains that elegant drape, basically I’m nominating its cool, casual style and roomy interior as the perfect day bag. You stash your goodies, tighten the drawstrings, throw it over your shoulder and go, what could be better than that! For me, the love of the bucket bag comes from it being a classic, get it in the right colour and quality material and it will last you a lifetime, which is probably why it was so hard for me to decide on my colour scheme when designing my custom Harriet Sanders.
Last week, I shared a little interview I did with Harriet, an incredible handbag designer who makes all of her bags by hand here in the UK, and I promised to share with you a better look at my bucket bag, and explain why I went for a navy and blush pink combination. Well, first up, why the hell not. Secondly, I have a love for navy, it’s classic, always ages well I find, and I love how it works with pink, hence my outfit choice, seriously how adorable are these Asos floral trousers, I can’t believe I had forgotten about them.
With Harriet Sanders ‘Design Your Own’ service you get to choose the body colour, pocket/strap colour, and lining colour of your bucket bag. There are so many choices to go for, from summery coral to a gorgeous green, both of which tempted me, but in the end, I decided that navy was more classic and the whole point of a bucket bag is that it isn’t following trends, it has an uncluttered look and the colour needs to reflect that I think. Then the pocket and strap colour was between the vibrant yellow and the baby blue at first, and I think if it was just the pocket the yellow would have won, but I just felt it was a little too much with the strap. Then when I thought I’d settled on the baby blue I became obsessed with this blush hue and I’m so pleased I did as I love the bold navy teamed with a pastel colour, the two colours just really work, plus they look incredible against the bright pink lining.
I have, to be honest, I’ve been crushing hard for a Mansur Gavriel bucket bag for a while, I know, I know, what a fashion cliché I am, they are the fashion week ‘It’ bag, but with it coming close to £500 I’ve always talked myself out of it. I think that’s what I love about this Harriet Sanders version, it’s personalised to me, I love the addition of the pocket, and it’s a fraction of the price and you can feel good in knowing that it was all made here in the UK. That’s not to say I won’t add a Mansur Gavriel in the future, one can dream, especially with my birthday coming up next week, but for now, you’ll probably see me attached at the hip, quite literally to my gorgeous Harriet Sanders bucket bag.