"As the most stylish mamma I know, what advice do you have for chic baby bags?? I want to treat myself to something lovely and I am struggling'...x
I have been asked several times where to find stylish baby/diaper bags, but have only given a recommendation or two, but when my lovely friend (K, once again, you are too kind, really!) asked me, I thought I should get off my behind and see what options are available a few years on from whence I last searched. I know I haven't done these kind of posts in a long time, but hope it is of use to not only my friend K, but to others who are searching for baby/nappy bags too.
Initially, when pregnant with Lil' Brigs #1, I thought I'd treat myself to a designer nappy bag, but after further research, didn't think it suited me personally. A few of my friends and family have told me the same in hindsight. Forsaking their designer bags for more practical ones (and I'm talking Burberry and Gucci baby bags here). Instead I bought this Burberry bag, but later found out that it was both too heavy, and the strap too thin to be comfortable for the purpose of a nappy bag.
Those who still follow my blog may know that my 'baby bag' is my trusty Balenciaga Extra Courier bag, which I alternate with my Balenciaga Courier bag in Anthracite (slightly smaller than the former). I used to use a 'baby bag organizer insert', with different compartments for nappies, nappy wipes, folding out mat, etc. for the earlier months, but have since done away with it (as the little ones are now bigger). I love my bags because they are very light, I wear the strap across my body to free up my hands (very important when trying to carry a baby, unfold a pram, etc), and this strap is nice and wide so it doesn't cut into my shoulders. I love my Courier, and think it makes a brilliant 'baby bag'.
Unfortunately, I can't picture my friend K in one of these for some reason. She is much more polished and elegant than I could ever dream of being. So I thought I'd search for something more K-ish.
n.b. clicking on store names should lead you to the product page where you can see more pics and details/info.
Behold, this Valentino rockstud tote is reversible, how brilliant is that?!
Net-a-Porter (black/tan - doh! It sold out, but it has some better pics), Stylebop, and at a better price at Lane Crawford (perhaps customs/tax isn't included in this price).
Unfortunately I think the strap may be a little too thin to be worn for an extended period, especially when heavy-laden...
Of course, it needn't be a designer bag. After buying herself a Burberry baby bag, my SIL later purchased the Stokke changing bag, and much preferred it to the Burberry...plus it goes with the pram! You can find it here, or of course at a store closer by. I quite like it in the melange colour too:
I also considered the Storksak bags for quite some time, and they now have this stylish 'Caroline' bag in navy and black leather (available at Nordstrom and John Lewis), and available in nylon here. I know I said one doesn't need an actual designated 'baby bag', but this one sure looks appealing (much more than anything I had previously seen):
I also thought these Storksak Sofia bags to be quite stylish, not quite as sleek as the Caroline, but still cute, no? Available in tan and leather at John Lewis and Nordstrom.
Saks Fifth Avenue
I also toyed with the idea of these for Mr Brigs (baby/nappy bags for the boys! Or for myself really, quite stylish too!). If memory serves me correctly, Mr Brad Pitt himself toted one of these 'Jamie' bags...Available in black or brown leather at Nordstrom and John Lewis.
Ok, in danger of over-hypeing it, I saved the best for last. I was too excited to find this bag, look at the colour! It's called 'Yummy cookie/brownie brown'! Say no more! This Chloe Baylee bag in the large size has a gorgeous wide strap, two handles (very important too), beautiful leather and plenty of room. And plus, it will still look gorgeous with a certain Chloe coat in a gorgeous shade of mustard yellow...They are two-toned, so you almost have a two-in-one bag , great value for money, haha!
Saks Fifth Avenue - who also have it in coral, and at Monnier Freres,
Farfetch, - who also have it in more neutral colours like black and pale grey.
Ok, this post is by no means exhaustive, only a few examples I found through a quick 'scour'.
Hope they are of help!
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