Anyone who knows me will know that I love a good handbag. In our cloakroom I have not one but two whole shelves for my handbags. A girl can never have too many, right? The arrival of a new season signalled the perfect excuse for a new handbag. Therefore, I was delighted when the lovely people at Village England got in touch.
Village England was set up by two friends, Julie and Eddie. After many years spent working in the fashion world they decided that they wanted to set up a brand that was based on their shared values (doing the right thing). They wanted to create beautiful yet practical accessories inspired by English style. Their ethos is luxury at real world prices.
Village England is a brand that I adore and I have long lusted after their beautiful handbags. I settled on the Fulmer in grey as I wanted a day to day bag that I could also use in the evening. When the bag arrived it was in the most luxurious packaging and, therefore, a real treat to unwrap. When I peeled back the layers of tissue paper there was a gorgeous smell of leather. First impressions of the Village England handbag: it did not disappoint!
Its streamline look was perfect and would compliment any outfit. I decided to test the bag out by taking it on a jolly round Jersey. As I was going to being exploring the Jersey countryside I had on a very understated outfit but the handbag really made my outfit look a little more special. It really brought the whole outfit together. As a result this handbag gave me a nice little confidence kick.
How I found the bag
Having two children means that I have to be prepared to carry the usual mountain of kids’ bits. I wondered if I had been over confident going for smaller bag. However, I was pleasantly surprised. I was still able to fit loads into this bag. I had my phone, keys, massive purse and various toys for the girls and there was still plenty of room for more.
The inside of the bag is lined with 100% cotton green lining. There are pockets for your mobile phone and travel card. Also an internal leather mounted moulded brass brand plate on zipped pocket. The Village England handbag also comes with a leather trimmed cotton dust bag. Perfect for when you are not using the bag; although, since my bag arrived I have been using it constantly and therefore have had no use for the dust bag, yet!
I loved the contrasting grey down the middle of the handbag with the small stirrup detail. As we were exploring the cliff-tops I wore the handbag over my body; it would have been a disaster to have lost it over the cliff edge! I found the bag very comfortable to wear across the body but obviously you could also wear it on one shoulder. I later went out in the evening and used the handbag as a clutch-bag. I simply detached the strap. The wide shape means that it makes a fabulous clutch-bag. This is such a brilliant bag. Practical for the day and a super cool clutch bag for the evening.
What I loved
What I love about the Village England handbags is the attention to detail. You can see how the brand has been inspired by the countryside with its nod towards the English countryside with the stirrup details and the really relaxed and tactile leather. These touches make the handbag stand out as a luxury item. The bag is 100% leather so this is going to be a handbag that only gets better with age.
This is a bag that you will be able to wear for a long time. I loved it in the grey as I felt that it added a low-key casual elegance to my outfit. This is a high-end handbag without the usual terrifying price tag. If you find yourself lusting over Mulberry but can’t afford the price tag then this is the bag for you. This is a British brand that understands what affordable luxury is.
My Village England handbag is now my go to uniform. It adds finesse to any outfit. The grey also means that it works with most outfits. However, it is also practical. This is key for me, I am on the go a lot and I need a handbag that can withstand that. It certainly fared well when we were climbing cliffs and moors.
If you are looking for a stunning new handbag then you need to check out Village England. There are so many beautiful handbags to choose from, you will be spoilt for choice. This is one handbag that won’t be sitting on my shelf in the cloakroom, I will be too busy using it.
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Disclosure – please note that this is a collaborative post but all words are my own