Whether it’s a classic carry-all or an elegant mini bag you’re lusting after, Europe’s street style icons are here to help…
IRELAND: Martina of www.martinasmark.com
I'm a girl who’s constantly on the go, so my favourite has to be the bucket bag. I'm a massive fan of Longchamp bags as they allow me to carry a lot. Kildare Village is a must-visit for handbag lovers as it caters for all. From the likes of Furla and Mulberry to the more affordable ranges of Cath Kid-ston and Ted Baker. One brand that I'm obsessing over at the moment is kate spade new york – her bags are so durable and match my aesthetic perfectly. I consider my bag an extension of my apart-ment as I carry a lot in it, from my Filofax to an umbrella! Needless to say I've been called Mary Poppins on a few occasions. I currently am using a blush-coloured leather bucket bag that goes sur-prisingly goes with everything. I also love leather handbags for their durability and longevity.
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ITALY: Fashion Editor Ildo Damiano
When choosing a bag, start by deciding which dimensions and shape are the best fit for the occa-sion. I believe accessories are really a distinctive sign of one’s style and personality; this is why I have many tailor-made items with my name sewed on. I would suggest choosing “bold”, mono-chromatic bags that can be easily adapted to any look. In addition, I would avoid matching the col-our of the dress with the shoes - I’d rather go for the fresh and contemporary effect of opposites. The bag that has accompanied me in most adventures is my Louis Vuitton Keepall, which I have personalised with my initials. Fidenza Village is the perfect place to purchase bags because it offers the greatest selection of brands and provides guests with the ideal accessory with the right price.
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SPAIN: Rebeca of ATrendyLifestyle.com
I collect a variety of different styles that can be worn for different occasions, from clutches and crossover bags to oversized totes. I love Loewe and Gucci for classics that never fail. My favourite bags are those that can stand the test of time, those that don’t go out of fashion. I love finding au-thentic vintage pieces that look equally as chic today. Of course, occasionally I’ll indulge in a state-ment piece to channel the latest trend, but I still prefer a classic that can be passed from generation to generation.
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FRANCE: Fadela of fadelamecheri.com
When I visit La Vallée Village I always shop for bags in Céline, Gerard Darel and Lancel – and in terms of colour, I would say black or camel is my go-to, so I can wear it as often as possible.
Back at secondary school I really wanted a feminine bag instead of my rucksack, so I tried to per-suade my parents, elder sister and anyone else who would listen that I needed to have a Longchamp tote. My shoulders can still remember it – it definitely wasn’t practical for carrying 10 kg of books on one side! Nowadays, I go for the mini versions of my favourite handbags; I love the practicality of them.
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GERMANY: Nina of helloshopping.de
When it comes to handbags, I prefer classic styles that go with everything – Furla, Bally or Versace are my favourite boutiques at Wertheim Village and Ingolstadt Village. To me, the most important thing is to feel comfortable when carrying my bag. It needs to be practical, comfortable and have enough room for all my essentials! I travel all the time so I carry my Avène Aqua Spray, a moisturis-ing lotion and lip balm in my handbag to keep my skin refreshed and hydrated. Even in the eve-nings, you’ll find me carrying the biggest tote. My girlfriends shake their heads, but I love them! My top tip would be to keep your handbag in a cotton sack when not in use to protect it from dust and scratches.
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BELGIUM: Elien from dogsanddresses.com
When I'm out working I usually carry my Balenciaga City bag: it's roomy but not too big or heavy to carry. I used to pack everything, but these days I’ll carry the bare minimum – my wallet, keys, chapstick, a notebook and, of course, my camera! My first-ever bag was actually bought at Maasmechelen Village when I was just 12 years old! It was this little Kipling purse that made me feel all grown-up – I totally rocked it on the playground. Although I love timeless pieces, I’m often seduced by bold, bright statement bags. I tend to invest in classics usually from Furla and then opt for more budget-friendly options for those special one-off finds – Scotch & Soda is a firm favour-ite!
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UK : Marika of www.bisounordic.com
My personal style is quite feminine – I like spicing up classic looks with seasonal pieces but I don’t chase after trends constantly. For me the most important thing is to find a balance between being stylish and comfortable. My go-to day bag is a classic black Furla piece – its simple finish and prac-tical pockets make it perfect for work. Then, for the weekend, I’ll mix it up with a small, cross-body shoulder bag, like the Tory Burch Robinson. I’ve also been favouring metallic clutches recently, they’re perfect teamed with statement earnings and bracelets for an evening out. My go-to brands when looking for handbags at Bicester Village would have to be Saint Laurent Paris and Salvatore Ferragamo!
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