Zatchels The Jacky Tsai collection

Zatchels have done it again! The ‘it-bag’ manufacturers have come up with another unmissable collaboration, this time with artist Jackie Tsai.  Chinese artist Jacky is no stranger to iconic images, the famous  floral skull design from Alexander McQueen was a Jacky Tsai creation, and now she has created a stunning range of designs that incorporate the best of Pop Art with Eastern mysticism, and team it with Zatchels fabulous. leather, made in Britain bags.

There are three print designs. ‘Virus’ is the most colourful, teaming celestial blue and silver skies with pink and turquoise floral designs. ‘Petrol’ is a neon kaleidoscope of colour, vibrant and striking in equal measures. My favourite has to be ‘Skulls’, a gorgeous confection of glittering silver skulls that are obviously inspired by those McQueen pieces. The barrel bag in the Skulls design may just be my favourite bag ever.

Jacky Tsai Virus Satchel from £165 click to visit Zatchels

Jacky Tsai Virus Satchel from £165 click to visit Zatchels

Jacky Tsai Petrol Satchel from £165 click to visit Zatchels

Jacky Tsai Petrol Satchel from £165 click to visit Zatchels

Jacky Tsai Petrol Saddle Bag from £85 click to visit Zatchels

Jacky Tsai Petrol Saddle Bag from £85 click to visit Zatchels

 

Jacky Tsai Skulls Satchel £165 click to visit Zatchels

Jacky Tsai Skulls Satchel £165 click to visit Zatchels

Jacky Tsai Virus Saddle Bag £85 click to visit Zatchels

Jacky Tsai Virus Saddle Bag £85 click to visit Zatchels

 

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Zatchels are going from strength to strength

One of my favourite brands has had a pretty impressive couple of months. Zatchels, the fabulous Midlands based company who design a range of leather bags to literally die for, have opened two new stores, a pop up shop at Bicester Village, and just this week, a factory shop in Leicester.

The pop up shop was officially launched in June by the lovely Donna Air, giving Zatchels a great royal connection to tie in with it’s proud ‘Made in Britain’ tag. And, as you would probably expect from Zatchels, this store is a veritable treasure trove of soft leather, bright colour and expert design, with a wide range of different Zatchel designs available.

If you are looking for the perfect birthday or Christmas present, or thinking about the perfect back to school bag for the teenager in your life (or maybe you’re a teacher – these are just perfect if you are), then I would definitely recommend a trip to Bicester this summer, you will be able to snap up a bargain.

But if you don’t fancy travelling to Bicester, maybe scared of the temptation that would come from all those other Bicester Village stores, then maybe a trip to the brand new factory shop in Leicester could be the answer to your prayers. With savings of up to 40%, you could treat yourself to a guilt free bag, or three…

So this summer, there is no excuse for not picking up a gorgeous new Zatchel. What are you waiting for?

Lowie – Luxurious Winter knits

One of my favourite UK brands at the moment is the luxury knitwear company Lowie. Taking the finest soft wools, Lowie’s knitwear is hand-knitted, hand sen and often hand- embroidered, taking the finest traditions of handicrafts from across the world, and using them to create totally wonderful modern clothes and accessories that have a decidedly vintage slant.

Lowie already have a celebrity following who have been enticed by the softness of the wool that is combined with bright, funky colours that can lift the darkness coat into serious style territory. Lily Cole, Fearne Cotton and Luella Bartley are all fans of the label, which is becoming one of the gems of British fashion. Here are some of my key picks from the A/W 2012 collection, a collection that should be on the top of everyone’s Christmas gift list, whether to give, or to receive.

If there is one thing you should buy from Lowie this year, it is a hat. Can you believe it is still only September and I am already wearing mine. I love my Lowie yellow Virgin Cable Wool beret because it is so soft and very pretty. It always gets the attention and lots of fab comments, and unlike many wool hats that I have worn in the past, this doesn’t itch like mad. It looks fabulous worn with black, but I also love to colour clash this with lots of reds, purples and cobalt blues.

Virgin Wool Cable Beret - Yellow £42 click to visit Lowie

The Merino Wool latice scarf is a real touch of vintage style elegance. If you are one of those people who have too much scarfage and don’t know what to do with it, this is the design for you. The lattice fastening means that you simply pull this over your head to wear it. You can wear this very neatly tucked into your coat as it will not be bulky, but I prefer it worn loose as it is just so pretty. Think 1940s style chintz and you get the idea of this wonderful design.

Merino Roses Lattice Scarf £65 click to visit Lowie

My final pick are the Turkish colourful socks, which are not only really fun. but multi-functional too. These could be worn as bedsocks, they are thick enough to keep your feet warm on even the coldest of winter nights. But I really like wearing these underneath my wellies for the school run. Wellies are great for keeping feet dry, but they are notoriously cold and so I often resort to two pairs of socks underneath. You don’t need to do that with these socks. I’ve added them to my Christmas list for my sister-in-law, who skies, as I think these would be perfect under snowboots too.

Turkish Colourful Socks £20 click to visit Lowie

To view all the wonderful items Lowie has to offer this season, please click here to visit Lowie. Look out for further Lowie reviews next month.