I love a good handbag. And given that most of the armful I own are old vintage, I especially love the ones built to last. No mean feat when it’s not uncommon to have a bottle of wine stashed inside (for work purposes, obviously) along with the usual wallet/keys/sunglasses combo and any number of squashed sweets. So when I was asked to road test a bag made by Village England, I was delighted. Founded by Julia Dobson, ex-manager at Céline and her friend Eddie Knevett, former head of accessories at House of Fraser, Village England was created to fill a gap in the market – namely beautifully made, practical bags at a fraction of It bag prices (so last season, it’s all about slow fashion now: do keep up). This is me with the Beamish, which I love because it’s big but not too big, has pockets with zips and different length straps depending on how many hands you need free.

Photo: Juliette Neel
If you like the look of the Beamish, Julia’s got one to give away to a KMWC reader (it’s worth £250!). Just click here to visit Village England’s website and leave your details. Usual T&Cs apply. In the meantime, we’ll do wine.
Chin chin x
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  1. I will be beaming if i win the Beamish. x

  2. I'm sure you've been asked this million times and I have read your book so I should be an expert on wine now but I was wondering if you could post pictures of the wine bottles that you recommend so that when in a rush, I can just see it and pick it up!

    • Hi Nisha, if you click on the link of the stockist, it'll take you to the right product online, so you know you're looking at the exact same one. You are right, I should do this – just not organised enough! Thrilled you've read the book, hope you enjoyed it x

    • Didn't realise that about the link. Pretty obvious though, when you think about it! Thanks for the photos in this weeks blog post.

  3. I love the name of this bag company and I love the sound of that Prosecco.

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