First up I would like to say a big THANK YOU to everyone who voted for me in the Aussie Blog Awards with Her.ie, I won the most ‘aussome’ fashion blog category on the night of the awards. Thanks also to Her.ie and Aussie Hair and of course my sister Liadh who takes all of my photos and is essentially half of this blog.
Next up, lets talk the threads. I’ve been trying to photograph my Mansur Gavriel bucket bag since I got it at Christmas, but no pictures seemed to do it justice. When we stumbled upon this blush pink wall the other day it was as if it was made for my Mansur Gavriel and its ‘Ballerina’ interior. All of our best pictures are unplanned, it seems that when we have a certain location in mind it never works out half as well as when we accidentally arrive at one. I spent the last two years or so obsessing over this bag, I actually saved up twice while I was in New York last summer but as is the nature of this brand, they sold out each time before I managed to buy it. When Net-A-Porter re-stocked the collection in December I finally managed to get my hands on it (with a little help from my boyfriend!) and on Christmas morning it was mine. This is the large bucket bag and it is a really generous sized everyday bag. It fits all of my essentials; notebook, diary, phone, make-up bag, purse with plenty of room to spare. The only downside to the bag is that it doesn’t feel the safest as there is no zip/button closure and the drawstring never fully closes. My solution to this is to store all of my valuables in a small pouch within the bag to avoid any risk. The leather is stiff but feels really glossy, and while it does scratch quite easily, the vegetable tanned leather is said to age quite beautifully and scrapes are a natural part of this process so I don’t think this will affect its appearance too much over the years. Mansur Gavriel is a relatively new company having only launched in 2012, but their products, specifically the bucket bag, gained cult status quite quickly and have been in high demand for the past few years with whole collections selling out within hours of their release. Their New York designed and Italian made products are simple in design, but their quality is far from simple with their bags created using only the finest full grain leathers available and producing only a limited run of their collection each time they re-stock. The upside to this is that it’s not the type of designer bag you’re going to see on everyone’s arm walking down the street, in fact, I’ve only met one other person in Dublin who has a Mansur Gavriel so far.
The next item I’d like to talk about are my sunglasses. Ace & Tate are an Amsterdam based company offering really good quality, modern design glasses at affordable prices. Coincidentally, like Mansur Gavriel, Ace & Tate’s products are also produced in Italy and most of their frames are made from acetate (which is where the name comes from) a renewable resource making all of their acetate sunglasses 100% bio-degradable. These sunglasses were gifted to me a while back and I’ve been waiting patiently for sunny weather to arrive so that I could start wearing them, over the past few weeks I’ve thankfully gotten lots of wear out of them. I went for the ‘Turner’ in colour ‘autumn leaves’, I love this style the print is subtle enough to go with everything and the shape compliments my small-ish face! They sell both prescription and non-prescription glasses and they now deliver to Ireland so there’s no excuse not to treat yourself to a new pair of sunnies this summer. Next on my list is either the Scott or Rae styles, if you do decide to buy a pair, good luck choosing- it’s a near impossible decision!
Including both of these brands in the one post was a coincidence determined only by the fact that I happened to be wearing them both the day we took these photos. But given that the core values of both companies are relatively similar it was certainly a happy coincidence. Both are highly respectable brands who stay true to their designs and morals to ensure their customers receive products of the highest quality at fair prices. They are not mass-produced and the quality of the items attests to this. Mansur Gavriel’s prices range from roughly $400-$1000, and while I do realise that this is a lot of money it is significantly less than the majority of most designer bags. The large bucket bag which I own is priced at €615. Ace & Tate’s sunglasses are sold at a flat rate of €98 including free delivery and returns, which I’m sure you won’t need to avail of because there’s no reason not to love their glasses. I’m becoming more accustomed to the idea of spending more and buying less, a practice sometimes difficult to justify at first but once you begin you won’t look back. Spending more on one item that will last you a considerable amount of time makes far more sense than buying three, four, or even five items for the same amount of money that will last no more than a couple of wears. When you consider cost per wear suddenly those expensive items seem far more justifiable. If you are considering making a big investment purchase this year make sure to think about the longevity of the item’s style, its practicality, and your needs. Have any of you made a big purchase recently or are planning one soon? Let me know in the comments section below.
Photos by Liadh Connolly.