Liberty update the saddle bag for 2015

The Saddle bag was undoubtedly the bag of the 1970s. Nothing looked better than it when teamed with flared jeans and a cheesecloth blouse, but it also totally fitted the bill with the more slinky printed wrap dresses a la Diane Von Furstenberg. Worn cross body, or swinging from the shoulder, this grown up version of a satchel had plenty of room for all those essentials, and yet still managed to be compact and elegant.

In recent times, the saddle bag has been revitalised by the likes of Zatchels and Ralph Lauren, and has gained a new army of celebrity fans. Taylor Swift seems to have a whole variety of colours, whilst the likes of Rachel Bilson, Olivia Wilde, Beyonce, Jessica Alba and current Hollywood darling Jennifer Lawrence have all embraced the style and practicality of the saddle bag in a range of soft leathers and shades. And now, for 2015, Liberty London are putting their stamp on the iconic bag by introducing a range in their famous prints.

Taylor saddle bag

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Rachel Bilson saddle bag

Olivia Wilde saddle bagLiberty have taken one of the most famous of their iconic, Art Nouveau inspired prints, the Ianthe design, and have updated it for the 21st century, creating Iphis, and have then recreated this in a range of colours. The Ianthe design was named for the Greek girl who married Iphis in mythology, with the updated design named in tribute to her lover. The current design is hand-printed in Italy and is trimmed with leather, with the traditional Liberty London purple logo stamped lining and internal pockets.

Liberty London Oxblood Liberty London Carnaby Saddle Bag £395.00 click to visit Liberty London

Oxblood Liberty London Carnaby Saddle Bag
£395.00 click to visit Liberty London

Liberty London Black Liberty London Carnaby Saddle Bag £395.00 click to visit Liberty London

Black Liberty London Carnaby Saddle Bag
£395.00 click to visit Liberty London

Liberty London Red Liberty London Carnaby Saddle Bag £395.00 click to visit Liberty London

Red Liberty London Carnaby Saddle Bag
£395.00 click to visit Liberty London

Liberty London Purple Liberty London Carnaby Saddle Bag £395.00 click to visit Liberty London

Purple Liberty London Carnaby Saddle Bag
£395.00 click to visit Liberty London

Liberty London Blue Liberty London Carnaby Saddle Bag £395.00 click to visit Liberty London

Blue Liberty London Carnaby Saddle Bag
£395.00 click to visit Liberty London

This is not a cheap bag, but is most definitely a gorgeous investment buy that you could happily use for years and years. I love the vibrant range of colours that the bag comes in, bringing that beautiful pattern to life in such a warm and bright way. I think this could be the first ‘it’ bag of 2015 and I personally love it – definitely on a lust list for this year.

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Zatchels and Hello Kitty – a match made in Fashion Heaven

The cutest, sweetest fashion collaboration of the year has to be the one between that most stylish of Kitty Cats, London born Hello Kitty, and the greatest thing to come out of Leicester since Gary Linekar, Zatchels. The two fashion brands have joined together to produce an incredible range of satchels, barrel bags and saddle bags that are the perfect gift this festive season, whether you are buying for little girls, or somewhat bigger girls!

Taking the classic Zatchel shapes and use of colour, and then adding a very special digital print finish from a range of Hello Kitty images, these bags are both fun and, as ever with Zatchels, totally practical.  I was lucky enough to be invited to the official launch and was gifted one of these bags, and quite frankly I am totally besotted by it. The long straps make them perfect for wearing cross body to keep your hands free when shopping, the buckles add a great feeling of security and the wonderful prints and designs just elecits so many compliments from women of all ages, showing that these are truly designs that transcend the generation gap.

Handmade in the UK from top quality leather, a Zatchel is a perfect gift that will only improve with age. Take a look at some of the beautiful designs from this range and tell me you’re not tempted…

My Zatchel

Hello Kitty Polka Dot Bows Satchel from £110 click to visit Zatchels

Hello Kitty Red Bows Satchel £110 click to visit Zatchels

Hello Kitty Town Barrel Bag £55 click to visit Zatchels

Hello Kitty Black and White Polka Dot Saddle Bag £65 click to visit Zatchels

Hello Kitty Purple Bows Saddle Bag £65 click to visit Zatchels