The Urban Guide to the Countryside

The bag the fashion editors want

16 Feb 2017

You should’ve heard the oohs and aahs when Muddy’s Kerry Potter strutted into Muddy HQ toting her beautiful new Sophie Hulme handbag, aka her new baby. Isn’t she pretty? And versatile too – you can carry it by the handles like a proper lady might, or, if you need your hands free to herd children/ hold coffee, you can use the strap to wear it across the body. And while we’re talking practicalities, it’s big enough to fit some of your junk (Kindle, umbrella etc) but not so cavernous you’re tempted to chuck in everything, and give yourself a hernia in the process.

Hulme is a rising star north London accessories designer whose bags are coveted for their pared-down shapes, stylish brass hardware and the fact that each season she creates a new brass charm to jazz up your arm candy. Previous ones include a chip fork (anything looks classy in brass) and a whistle, but Kerry’s came with a cute googly eye face – much to the delight of any small children in her vicinity (they can look but they can’t touch).

This brand is beloved by fashion editors because it’s luxe without being too shouty or logo-y – but of course anything that fashion editors like doesn’t come cheap – prices range from around £200 to £800. Basically, they’re the kind of bag you need to stalk online and lie in wait for them to go into the sale. The tan albion square tote is currently £350, down from £550, on Young British Designers – a great site by the way for dipping your toe into designer fashion, with some surprisingly good price points, cool new names and a less intimidating vibe than Net-a-Porter.

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