Best bespoke bags
What is better than having an IT bag on your arm?
Answer: Having monogrammed IT arm candy!
Despite a prolonged recession/global financial crisis, super handbags are selling like hot cakes. The Olsen Twins recently sold out of an alligator backpack by The Row costing a whopping $39,000. So clearly there’s demand for super expensive arm candy that your wealthy friend absolutely cannot own – and this is where monogrammed bags come into play.
Anya Hindmarch has just launched a new bespoke service on her website and customers can have initials, names and even drawings embossed and printed on leather and fabric.
Anya says: “I’d label my children if I could. […] These pieces are not of a season, but of a moment in your life and are designed to have your name on them rather than mine.”
In fact bespoke goods have been on sale in Anya’s Knightsbridge-based shop since 2009 where consumers could order monogrammed bags and silk purses embroidered with hand-written love letters and sketches.
The new service continues to let customers play designer with exclusive goods from their computer and they can select the amount of pockets, add names in a selection of fonts etc and as long as you get your design sorted by 26 November, it will be ready for Christmas. Prices start at £75 for a bespoke book mark and stretch into the thousands – approximately £12,500 for a personalised small Ebury tote made in navy crocodile.
Elsewhere, Louis Vuitton’s Mon Monogram service lets customers choose up to three colours (from a total of 18) with a stripe and/or initials hand painted onto the Neverfull, Speedy or Keepall bags. Sadly you can’t bring in a much beloved Vuitton bag and have it pimped with your personal details (yet!)
The exception to the rules is the set of luggage that the brand created for (superb) film, The Darjeeling Limited. There is a scene where the three brothers, who are travelling across India, throw the surplus suitcases off a train…and they are so beautiful I nearly cried!
Meanwhile for those who aren’t a huge fan of colour, you can have your initials embossed in gold only onto a Fendi Classico bag – well, onto a leather luggage tag that hangs off it. The plus point is that the service is free (even if the pretty bag isn’t!)
For those on a slightly tighter budget, Longchamp’s Le Pliage totes can be customised. Customers can choose the length of the handles, colour combo and then add initials or text.
And at the seriously high end of the market, a Goyard has to be the ultimate monogrammed bag. The monogram colours available are incredibly similar to Vuitton’s Mon Monogram service but Goyard goes the extra mile as the company offers hand-painted crests (anything in fact)…for a considerable price! This is family heirloom stuff!