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Wednesday 22 November 2023

Styling my Teddy Blake Bag

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Gail Hanlon from Is This Mutton with Teddy Blake Palmelatto 12 inch bag in yellow

Dear friends. My passion for the last six months has been handbags.  I've bought quite a few, mostly low cost fashion bags in bright colours.  I'm glad the trend for "It" bags has passed:  I never bought into costly bags plastered in logos. Very naff! The bags that are trendy now are quietly expensive. They have people wondering what sort of bag it is.

Teddy Blake Bags definitely fit that category.  I was thrilled when they asked if I would like to choose a bag from their extensive range.  I know some of you click away whenever a blogger says they have  been gifted with something, but stick around, I hope to pique your interest.

Black and white with yellow to compliment this gorgeous Teddy Blake leather bag in yellow

You've probably become aware of the Teddy Blake brand through blog collaborations like this one. The bags are made in Italy and are very high quality with delicious smelling leather, thick stitching and long lasting hardware.  They are not as expensive as some of their luxury competitors because Teddy Blake sell direct to consumers from their website.  By cutting out the middleman they can be more competitive. 

I chose the Bella Palmelatto 12. As you can see, it can be worn over the shoulder (the straps are detachable) or carried. The hardware is gold. This bag comes in 18 colours. This is a medium size bag and perfect for what I tend to carry when I go into London: my Kindle, card wallet, brush, glasses, travel card, umbrella.

I was pleased to add a top quality yellow bag to my collection. I styled it with my merino scarf in mimosa from Kettlewell, white jumper and black/white skirt (both old) and yellow boots (old) from Sainsburys.  My coat is black velvet.  It's a good outfit for a trip to the theatre.  Even the hubster was complimentary. 

Exterior showing the leather and logo of the Teddy Blake Bella Palmelatto 12 in bag

If you're looking for a new handbag, or planning to pop one on your list for any of the upcoming celebrations, Teddy Blake has some good Black Friday savings.  My bag is currently $345, reduced from $395. If it was sold by a luxury retailer using the traditional model, it would cost $1,200.  Matching coin cases are 50% off if bought with a bag. 

As we all have different preferences for bags, they have covered virtually every base. There are cross-the-body bags, large totes for carrying laptops, mini and micro bags, clutches, you name it.  You may think they're still expensive, but bags of this quality will last a lifetime. As someone who used to do a lot of business travel, I can vouch for how quickly cheap bags deteriorated. 

Interior of the Teddy Blake Bella Palmelatto bag in yellow

Looking inside the bag, there are two zipped pockets for security. This is very important: I have a couple of totes which have a tab or carabiner fastening at the top, and a hand could easily slip inside the bag and pull out my precious card wallet. 

I'm in love with my new bag and can't think of any downsides.  I had a look at Trust Pilot and the brand gets stellar reviews, so you can buy with confidence. 

Do you have a handbag collection or just one or two in neutral colours? Do tell in the comments. 

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Disclosure:  I was gifted with a bag by Teddy Blake New York in return for an honest review.

Pop back on Friday for a review of my birthday month, November, and on Monday for the monthly Style Not Age challenge. 


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  1. I think that bag is a beauty! The colour is so uplifting and fits perfect with the rest of your outfit! Thanks for hosting the party!

  2. This is beautiful, I adore the colour. Sharing mine on the blog soon. X Jacqui x

  3. That bag is beautiful. I love a pop of colour and the styling makes it even more fun. https://www.bauchlefashion.com


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