Straps start to fray and crack, edgings start to show wear and turn color. Expect to pay around R500 for pvc or imitation bag but it might start to wear away after just 6 months or so.
While genuine leather generally costs upwards of R1000, with proper care, a leather bag can easily last for a decade or more. Real leather can be polished and buffed to revive it's shine. This improves the suppleness of the leather and patina over time. Scuffs add to the history and natural charm of the bag, and leather bags can be repaired also. Despite the heftier price tag, investing in a leather bag from the start, makes sense in the long-term.
The average woman has many needs as far as bags are concerned:
A woman's choice of handbag is personal, it depends on her circumstances, fashion sense and preferences. My personal preference is a multi bag approach - using different bags for different purposes. I keep food and gym bags cheap and washable - cheap and easily replaceable in case of damage or loss and washable in case of food spillage and to wash out the odour of smelly gym clothes.
Style & Color:
Depending on your needs, a work handbag should suit your wearing style, personality and be nice enough to wear on a work evening out. Choose a color that suits your wardrobe eg some may prefer a statement handbag in an outstanding color, others may opt for neutral colors that can be worn with almost anything.
Larger and more structured handbag styles make it possible to carry a laptop or the occasional work file. For women who travel for work, besides wheeled luggage, a spacious handbag is probably best - one large enough to fit a laptop but sleek enough to be stowed in the overhead compartment or under your airplane seat.
Function & Style:
If storage space is what you're after, look no further than the classic tote handbag. Tote handbags are spacious carryalls and they don't have to be boring! Look out for styles that catch your eye, with features such as long straps, cell phone pockets and zip pockets and compartments for easy storage and quick access for things like tissues & wetwipes.
Tote handbags have long been the favorites of busy moms as well as career women! They are also perfect handbags for long flights.
Another good alternative is a satchel style handbag. Great storage space and structure, it's another great alternative for carrying a small laptop or large tablet.
Another favorite is the classic bucket handbag for maximum storage. Bucket handbags can carry a lot of stuff, but they mostly come in the single compartment variety. Look out for features such as zipped pockets and cell phone pockets for easy access.
For women who prefer smaller handbags, a cross body-handbag might be ideal or a classic shoulderbag. Crossbody bags are also ideal for travelling, in crowds or at concerts.
Some of our best selling handbag styles:
Featured below are the Tassled crossbody bag, tote handbag with belt strap handles, oblique zip shoulderbag and hobo handbag with side zips.
All our handbags carry a 6 month repair guarantee and delivery is free in South Africa!