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I wasn't ever that interested in designer bags until I had my first one. I met someone who worked for this designer and she got me a Lulu bag at a massive discount. Years later when it needed replacing I couldn't bring myself to buy a cheap bag. I knew I wanted another bag from this designer and so asked for one for my birthday.
If you are not familiar with this brand then you should check out www.luluguinness.com or their London store. The lady herself is the daughter of a Baronet and married into the Guinness family (yes, that disgusting murky drink). She has worked as an accessories designer in the fashion world for many years and launched her handbag and accessories company 'Lulu Guinness' in 1989.
This was not a brand I was overly familiar with before owning my first one, but one I have completely fallen in love with and become obsessed by ever since. I have now owned two handbags from them and plan to invest in a purse.
There were a few bags I liked to choose between when it came to my birthday but after visiting the store and seeing the bags for real I chose this Patent Cherry Leather Pollyanna. All the bags are given a lovely girly name which I think adds to the excitement and individuality of the brand. If you can definitely make the trip to the store because the assistants were really lovely and it's great to meet the bags in person to get an idea for which one you like best.
This bag comes in a cherry coloured patent leather, which is super smooth and glossy and basically looks amazing. Unlike other Lulu bags this one has very visible metal on it which makes it really versatile when wearing with different outfits. The accessories on the bag are mainly in black, so your colour palette is cherry and black. The body of the bag is a bit of a strange shape and probably best described as a trapezium with an elongated base. The bag has thin and flat patent leather straps in the same cherry. These are shoulder length making it the perfect day and night handbag. The unusual part of the design is that it has a black plastic frame to it which has a clasp which slides together. It gives it a really individual look which is like no other bag I've really seen before.
On the outside of the bag there is a Lulu leather patch with the name printed in it. The inside is lined with a black material dotted with cream coloured lips. The lips are the Lulu trademark and this is reflected in at least one way in all of her bags. Inside there are two pockets, one designed for a phone which is open and the other opens with a zip. I tend to use the open pocket for my headphones and mirror and the zip pocket for my phone and other important items. The zip pocket is a plain black zip and a miniature grey metal vanity hand mirror pully. This is super cute and just gives an added touch to the bag which is really unusual. On the little pully are also the letters 'LG' written in a beautiful script writing which adds another stylish and unique touch.
The size of the bag is good, though because it tapers towards the top it is easy to overestimate how much space you will have once it is closed. I manage to keep everything I need on a day to day basis in there but for some the bag might prove a little lacking in room. I tend to find it hard to fit everything and my current book in there which is a little annoying, though I usually manage to pack it in there.
I have been using this bag for a year now and there are practically no signs of wear. On the bottom of the bag there are four metal studs which prevent the bag from getting dirty of scratched. The only visible flaw is that somehow the patent leather has been scratched in one place, leaving a small white line. This isn't overly visible so not too much of a worry, though it is a little annoying.
I was told when I bought this that the plastic frame can break if too much force is used, so I have always tried to be careful with it. The frame does feel pretty sturdy though and I've never had any problems with it. The lining has yet to get dirty, which it will eventually just like my other Lulu did. Obviously you can't machine wash it so it is best to keep it as clean as possible, though the odd spill or bit of dust is inevitable.
This bag cost me £295 which is a pretty steep price. My previous bag had been bought with my friend's discount and so only cost me an amazing £40. Knowing I would have to pay full whack for this one I asked my mum to split it with me for my birthday, which she kindly did. So personally I ended up paying £150 for it which isn't too bad for a beautiful designer bag.
My only slight issue is that having fallen for these bags I'll never go back to ordinary handbags and this can become an expensive habit. The next one I have my eye on is a whopping £450...I might have to wait a while though!
Overall, I wouldn't be with it - definitely my dream bag.