“ Brand: Radley / Style: Across Shoulder Bag „
I bought one of these Radley bags a while ago after a family member had purchased one and I saw her using it. I thought the bag looked stylish, was the perfect size and looked very practical and comfortable. I bought the bag from a department store and I think it was around £60 although Radley can be found in a variety of stores and prices will vary according to the retailer.
I purchased this bag in the medium size, with a smaller and larger size also being available. The bag I have is black with the finish being shiny but not high gloss. The bag has a cross body strap which is fairly thick and is adjustable. It feels comfortable on the shoulder even when the bag is heavy. Where your hand might naturally hold the bag close to the base it is slightly wider.
The bag has a zip fastening for optimum security as well as a zipped pocket within the main section of the bag and a 'pouch' or side section for easy access which also has a zip. I find the zips easy to pull open and closed as they have long tags on them. I feel very safe walking around with this bag as it allows me to carry all of my items safely.
The bag is big enough to fit essentials in it such as a purse, phone, a shopping bag, glasses case, small make-up items etc although putting too much inside causes it to bulk and look a bit misshapen. I think it look's best when not very full.
Design wise I really love the cute little leather dog tag that hangs from the edge of the bag. My original dog was pale blue but I found a cute Radley charm with a dog and her puppies which I loved and have replaced the original tag. You can find these tags at departments stores, specialist bag stores and online.
My bag has endured really well and doesn't show any obvious signs of wear and tear despite being used around 4-5 times a week. It's a bag that matches any outfit and can be worn with casual clothing as well as when I'm dressed up so I use it very often.
I would recommend this bag to anyone looking for a great quality, practical, popular and stylish handbag.
=Radley Pocket Medium Leather Crossbody Bag=
I love Radley, including Tote bag, Purses, and Bags, I own about 10 Radley items.
Although Radley was only founded in 1998, it has soon found its niche market, and produces many designs and products, and the quality is outstanding
=The Scotty Dog=
The Scotty Dog is the trademark of Radley, and which ever product you purchase the Scotty dog will be there, whether that is as part of the picture on the front or as a tag.
=Radley Across The Body bag=
This was my second Radley purchase, the across the Body bag comes, in small, medium and large, the one I have is the medium size bag.
The bag comes in a variety of colours, including, black, tan, red, and blue, I purchased the black bag.
The bag is made from leather, and are fully lined, the lining on mine is pale blue and my Radley Scotty tag is the pale blue. The leather is lovely and soft, it is so supple to the touch.
This is a classic design, and seems to be a staple design within the range. The bag is simply designed, but elegant, with a cross the body strap, the strap is adjustable so from a tshirt, through to a thick winters coat you can still wear this bag in comfort.
The main zip compartment in the bag is in the centre of the bag, the zip is recessed about 2in down so it is out of sight, inside this section there is a smaller zip compartment, ideal if you want to put a phone, your purse, a small make up bag size area.
The lining is pale blue, and the zip on the inner section is in the contrasting blue from the lining.
At the rear of the bag about 1/4 of the way down is another zip this covers about 3/4 of the back of the bag, and again has the contrast lining. I usually use this pocket for my phone, or purse with loose change, it is a room and very useful space.
The front pocket is an open pocket, it reminds me of a front pocket on a pr of jeans as you can see the inner lining, this part is not zipped, so if I do use it, its for a pen, sunglasses, tissues
On the handle there is a zipped compartment for a phone, but unfortunatly my phone does not fit in there, (they weren't really designed for smart phones) but it is a really good idea, but I tend to put tissues in there.
the width is 23cm, and the height is 26cm
You can purchase Radleys own brand leather protector and cleaner, I did that with my first bag and paid about £5 for the cleaner
These bags are not bargain basement prices, but you pay for the quality of the bag, this bag I paid about £80.
=Dust Cover Bags=
Some of Radley bags do come with a pale pink dust bag free of charge, but they don't come with this style bag
These bags can be purchased from many retailers including Radley (shop or online, House of Fraser, Rackhams, Debenhams, John Lewis, duty free shops at airports).
=Would I recommend=
I would highly recommend, not just this style bag but any Radley product, your paying for the quality, but these bags are built to last as well as being pratical.
I have to admit, I'm a sucker for bags. I am known as the obsessed bag lady in our family and if anyone struggles to think of Christmas or birthday presents, they know I'll always be happy with a bag. I like a range of bags - they're not always expensive brands, I own lots from the supermarket and cheaper clothing stores, but like many, I do have a soft spot for Radley bags and purses too.
I have a big collection of bags, my view is you can never have too many. I decided to ask my husband to get me a radley crossover bag last year though because in my collection, I couldn't actually find any that were suitable to sit nicely across the body and didn't need lugging over my shoulder or holding in my hand. So, he took me out shopping and I chose a black medium sized radley crossover bag from the local radley outlet store. It cost £54.95, which I think was reasonable, considering the medium sized crossover bags on radley's website sell for £89 at the moment. They make this model in lots of other colours too, the ones I saw at the radley outlet were berry, beige, a darkish green and a deep purple - the berry one is very nice, but I wasn't too sure if it would go with many things in the summertime as it's more of a wintery colour. Like most of my bags, the trusted black one would match most of my outfits throughout the year and goes with most of my shoes and purses too.
The smallest one that they have in the same range looked very small and to me like it wouldn't fit much in. The medium sized one isn't that much bigger, but it fits my daily essentials - my phone, keys, small purse and a small toy for my daughter. The only issue I have is that my usual purse is big, long and chunky especially when full and I struggle to fit much else into the bag when I use that - it will only just close at a push. I am still glad I chose the medium sized bag though because although I wanted a functional bag to use, I didn't want it looking huge and feeling bulky when I was out and about. The larger one available looked like it would be bulky when full when I tried it on.
The bag is made of real leather and measures 27cm x 22cm, the leather is quite soft. I'm not sure on the depth as it comes very flat but bulges out when you fill it up - without items in it feels very light to pick up. It features the usual tag of a dog, on mine the tag is a light green colour and is conveniently placed so it can be tucked in the front pocket because sometimes it bobs around a lot and starts to annoy me. The front pocket on the bag is the size of about 2/3 of the bag and I find this very useful - I'm always shoving things in there for quick access although there isn't any fastening to that part of the bag so I wouldn't put anything of any value in it. just my lip balm.
There's a zip fastening on the main part of the bag so it feels quite secure, the zip has a little star on it that matches the colour of the radley dog tag. Inside the bag, there is a material lining that matches the colour of the tag too. The lining is nice and soft although I sometimes find little bits cling to it. There is also a zip pocket inside the bag that I use to hold my keys in so I don't have to rummage through the bag looking for them, it's not very big though. There's another zip pocket at the back of the bag too.
The bag has an extendable strap that can be adjusted so that you can fit it to wherever is comfortable across body.
All in all, I recommend this bag at the price tag my husband paid. It's so handy when I'm with my daughter and need my hands free to push the pram. I'm not sure though if I'd have paid much more for it - I do think with radley, however nice their products are, you pay a premium for that famous little dog attached to the item.
I was bought this bag last Christmas and I love it. I use it regularly.
The colour of mine is a deep red colour which is really nice and makes a nice change as I usually just stick with black or dark brown. It has the Radley dog hanging off the handle.
The strap is long so it can go over your shoulder. I like this as I find it really practical, I have hands free then to carry things, push the pushchair and so forth.
Inside the bag is a small zip pocket ideal for keeping loose change and the actual bag space is good. I am able to put my phone, purse, tissues and some other bits in without running out of space. Sometimes I find that bags can be too small to keep lots in and you have to get a larger one which is more cumbersome but this bag is perfect in size.
It is made from leather and the smell is lovely. It is very good quality indeed.
I like that it can go over the shoulder and you can adjust the strap so that it is longer if needs be although I find the length it came as perfectly fine.
It comes in a variety of different colours, I like this deep red one it's very wintery and so I tend to use it more in the winter than the summer. it goes with most outfits.
It is quite a casual bag but I do use it for nights out too sometimes.
They are available from various shops including Debenhams, I highly recommend this bag, it's practical, good quality and nice to look at.
I like this bag soo much I bought two. My winter version is the one shown in the Doo Yoo picture and my summer one is an attractive shade of cream with a red dog. Radley products are easily identified as they have a cute scottish terrier on them.
As you might expect from a Radley product the crossbody bag is made from lovely soft good quality leather. The strap can be adjusted to your height and body by adjusting it with a smart silver buckle. There is a zipped front pocket on the front and an open one on the back of the bag. The lining is the same colour of the little dog and is a pale blue shade. The main section of the bag is also zipped and when opened you can see a small inner zipped pocket on the inside. I find that having the blue lining it is easier to find things that in my other bags that have a dark lining. The bag is great for holidays or commuting as I keep valueables such as my purse in the inner zipped pocket whilst things I need easy access to such as tickets, maps etc can be popped into the open pocket.
I first bought my winter version of this bag for a holiday. Being a crossbody sytle it is ideal as you are left hands free. It is useful at airports when you have boarding passes etc as these can be placed in the open pocket which I turn in towards my body for security. I found it so useful that I bought a cream one shortly afterwards to wear when going on a summer holiday. I have found my black one very handy when I have been commuting as it is a bit like a Tardis in that it seems to be bigger inside than out and can hold all my essentials without difficulty. With this in mind I can recommend this bag if you have to take care of your back as a crossbody style is better for your back than an over the shoulder one. If you struggle to get a seat on the bus or train then being hands free is a bonus when you are being bounced around as you can hold on with both hands. Being vertically challenged this is great for me if I am hanging onto an overhead strap.
I have had both my bags for a number of years now and they still look good. I believe this is due to the good quality lealther that it used in their construction. My cream bag does show the dirt more but has cleaned up well. The black bag looks good although recently my dog fell off. ( If anyone finds a pale blue dog on the Tube please return to his owner!) Both bags have survived the Britishh weather and although they have both gotten wet they appear unscathed from this experience. The crossbody style is quite classic although more suited to a casual or urban look. I got my bags in my 20s and recetly my grandmother bought one so it is a style that suits all ages.
Since it has been a while since I bought mine I had a quick look on the Internet for prices and these bags retail for around £89. Radley have their own stores but are also stocked my many well known department stores as well as being available online.
Well I must be happy with these bags as I now have two of them. My black "winter" one has been used the most as being black it suits more of my outfits but the cream one is a handy alternative. Apart from the lost dog they have survived travelling around Europe and even the London Tube. Although not cheap at almost £90 they do provide value for moneyy and will last a lot longer than ncheaper bags in my experience. A great inverstment bag which will last for years.
I got into Radley bags quite a few years ago now when I received one as a leaving present from the company I worked for in London. In my opinion they are really well made bags with the softest leather and a very cute Scotty dog tag which comes on each bag as a little tag.
According to an article I read, "Radley is a British brand which designs and manufactures handbags. The company has its origins in a market stall begun by Lowell Harder in 1984. Her designs were spotted by retailer John Lewis, which resulted in a partnership with fellow bag company Tula. In 2003, Harder led a buyout of the parent company with the entirely company being rebranded to Radley, which was what the lines were previously called. The majority stake of the company was sold for £130 million in 2007. It is known for using a Scottish Terrieras its emblem."
This bag is so lovely and really handy for day trips when you need to take a few things with you but don't want to carry a big heavy bag. I have this bag in a lovely black leather which has a bobbled type effect, not the smooth leather type you can get also. I love this textured look as I think it makes the bag look a bit nicer than one that just has a smooth leather and I also think it helps keep it looking newer for longer. With a smooth leather bag it often shows up the little scratches and marks a bag can get but the textured leather seems to hide this a bit better. Also, I think of a smooth leather as something my mum would like whereas me as a younger person would choose the more textured bag.
This bag is really comfortable to wear and carry, even when it's really full and I like to take the kitchen sink with me in my bags! It doesn't have the hugest capacity inside due to it being flat but then its perfect for a smaller bag.
It's in the shape of a rectangle basically and is quite thin so it rests on my hip nice and flat. It has a strap that goes across my body and I find this really comfortable for my shoulders. There is a zip at the top of the bag and as this bag is worn across the body and zips up I find it very safe for when I am travelling as it would be really hard for someone to snatch. This bag has come on holiday with me many times and served me really well. The quality of this bag shows as it hardly has any wear at all and looks almost as good as new.
I love the little Scottie tag on this bag. On some bags the tag is made of leather but this one is lovely and stylish looking as its made out of gold metal and has an old look/finish to it.
A quick search on the John Lewis website tells me that this bag costs £89, a really good price in my opinion for a quality leather bag.
I have owned this bag in chocolate brown for around 5 years and it remains my very favourite bag ever. Over the years I have used it for everything, from work bag to going out bag to everyday running chores bag. The design is timeless and stylish and this is why I believe (according to Radley's own website) that it is one of their best selling designs and it has been around a long time!
When I received mine (as a wonderful Christmas present from my husband) it cost around £120 for this size bag, but it now retails for around £90 (some shades are currently on sale via the Radley website direct for £69!). Back when I received it you could only get it in black, tan or chocolate but now the design is so popular you can get it in lots of different shades and every season they tend to release a few more to tie in to the current trends.
As far as bags go it is pretty simple, it has a main pocket, a front open pocket and a back zip pocket (which is not quite as wide or deep). Inside it has a smaller zip compartment for little things (I tend to use it for make up). On the handle is a small pouch which can be used for MP3 players or phones, this is something I rarely use but it is there.
The lining of these bags has also changed over the years; mine is a peppermint and cream pinstripe but I notice they change the colours on these in line with the outer colours. It does mean you can always pick and style and set of colours to suit your indiviual tastes quite easily.
My bag has seen a lot of use and 5 years down the line the leather is much softer and more supple than it used to be but to my mind it just gives the bag character. I love the fact it is cross body and much prefer this style of bag in general (I like having my hands free for other things). You can buy the special leather cleaning kits for Radley bags but to be honest I have never bothered and I quite like the way it has aged. It is definitely a very well used and loved bag - but because it is so well made I no doubt have many years worth of use out of it to come!
I would recommend this bag to all women out there - it goes with anything, is strong, well made and versatile and for the amount of use you will undoubtedly get out of it this really should be a staple item in your closet!
I was bought this bag a number of years ago (maybe three or four years) and it has been used every day since! The leather is of superb quality and bearing in mind my bag has had heavy use, it is still in brilliant condition. I make sure that I treat the leather regularly which does help. It has retained the colour and any light scuffs or scrapes polish out easily.
The strap is adjustable and the design is excellent, as once across you, it remains on your side (rather than swinging forward in the way, like other bags I have owned) I love using cross over bags as you have two free hands (to control small children) and the fact that it is nice and secure.
There is a pocket on the outside on the front, a zipped pocket on the rear and a zipped pocket inside. The bag isn't huge, so you have to be organized with your contents. All in all, a lovely bag and I wouldn't hesitate to buy another one, when this one gets to the end of its useful life (hopefully a few more years left in it though!)
Radley Pocket Medium Leather Cross body Bag
I have this bag in dark brown and love it. It was bought for my birthday in March and I have used it every day since. It was purchased from the gift shop Peter Jones (not the Dragon's Den man) and was available in a variety of colours. I chose the brown as it would go with everything and had a nice matt finish - I though the black looked a bit shiny and looked like it might get scratched.
At £75, this was not a cheap bag BUT when you think about it, it still looks as good as the day it was bought and it was a present (!). OK so I sound like I'm trying to justify the price, but that's what they cost, you won't find them much cheaper anywhere and are only sold by approved retailers. You could pick up a second hand one from ebay but they tend to go for a good price there too.
How to recognise this brand
Radley are famous for their little Scottie dog logo and they come in coordinating colours with the bag's lining. If it 'aint got the dog then don't buy it! The Radley brand is also stamped inside the bag.
Pockets, pockets, pockets
This bag, whilst compact has a zipped pocket on the side, an open pocket on the other side and a zipped main compartment with a small zipped ticket pocket inside too so plenty of places to store and lose things! The linings in the bags and pockets are always lovely in Radley bags too.
There is a long adjustable strap on the Cross Body bag and I wear mine quite long but if you wanted to, you could have it shorter and keep it closer to your body / under your arm for extra security.
What I keep in mine!
They are not a large bag, but that's the point. They are not supposed to weigh you down. In mine I keep my mobile phone, lip balm / gloss, always have heartburn tablets at the moment for the heartburn, nail file, two purses (one for coins, a habit I picked up from my mum) and not much else. I don't like to over stuff it or strain the zips.
If I had to pick fault with this bag...
I'd say sometimes I'm irritated by the way it 'parts' your breasts. I know that sounds like a mad thing to say about a cross body bag but when you've got big boobs it can emphasise them!! Is that just me???
The perfect shopping companion!
What I like most about this bag is its hands free aspect. When I want to go on a proper shopping hunt, it leaves both hands free to rummage through the rails whilst knowing that it's secure and difficult for anyone to slip their hands in (as long as you keep it zipped!).
Overall this bag is well designed and perfectly finished. It doesn't hold a lot but looks tidy and neat. It is expensive and not something that should be purchased on impulse but will last years and suits girls and women of all ages. Gents if you're thinking of Christmas presents you could do worse than buy one of these! PS. Beware of fakes, there's nothing worse than a badly faked Radley bag.
I've got to admit first and foremost that I AM A RADLEY ADDICT. Not only are the bags gorgeous but the leather is really good quality and they're functional; with loads of hidden pockets and spaces for your phone and things. The messenger bag has one big compartment inside, in the medium sized one you can fit a large (Radley!!!) purse, an iPhone, car keys, house keys, and a bit of make-up and still have room to fumble. The messenger bag also has a zipped pocket on the back which is best for folded documents, tickets, bank books etc. anything to thick and lumpy will stick into your leg as you walk. In side the bag there's also a zipped pocket which again is good for documents or your phone/keys etc. Finally on the front of the bag is the signature messenger bag slanted pocket which is fantastic for putting bits and bobs in or stuff you need quickly: parking tickets, lippie, chewing gum, mints, receipts etc. In general the bag has plenty of room for all the general lady things that are needed on a day to day basis!
The bags are relatively expensive, however generally the messenger bag is the signature and cheapest bag Radley make! Also everyone will know it's a Radley not only because of the look and the quality but also because it's got the gorgeous little colour co-ordinated doggie tag on the front!!! FYI the colour of the dog tag in 99.9% of cases matches the colour/design inner lining of the bag (that's really how you can tell it is genuine!).
I've got two messenger bags, one newer one which is a dark brown colour with a bluey coloured dog and one cream one with a peachy coloured dog. The brown one still looks in mint condition however after two years the cream one is a little dirty and does need to be cleaned to keep it looking the right shade! Also on the cream bag if you are wearing jeans the bag sometimes rubs the colour, thus the back of the bag has turned a little bit denim coloured! This isn't noticable but you can just slightly tell when you look at the back. If you want a messenger bag that you won't need to look after as much get a darker coloured one but if you want one a little different...and very summery, I brought it for holidays! Go for the lighter shade you just need to look after it a little more.
Overall though Radley bags are brilliant and look fantastic! My collection still isn't complete and probably never will be!!!
Radley wasa founded in 1998. They are a gold british brand that sell good quality leather bags and purses. They have recently started to add to their range of products. Slowly we have seen the additions of scarves, hats and now they are launching a new shoe collection ready got the summer.
Many people will recognise Radley by the small scottie dog charm that comes with every bag and a smaller version on the purses. They started out with leather but now also sell nylon bags, which although don't have the luxury of leather, are still good quality and long lasting.
I have been shopping with Radley for about 4 years now and think they are a great brand. I have several bags including this one and find they are all very good quality and well priced. I would usually expect to pay a lot more for this tyoe of quality in a bag and so think Radley are great for staying at an achievable price point for most people.
As I said, I do own this very bag and have had for about 2 years. Although I am a big fan of Radley, sadly this is not one of my favourate Radley bags that I own. There is one reason for this. The strap sometimes feels as though it is tight and heavy on my neck even without anything in it. It isn't tight and it isn't heavy, it's just that it feels uncomfortable to wear around the shops and the whole idea of this bag is that it is an everyday bag that allows you to walk around hands-free and know that your bag is safe across your body.
This is a small problem but it does mean I don't use it as much as I would if it were more comfortable.
Other than that I love the bag. It has lot's of pockets outside and inside and is great for organising all your bits and bobs. It's big enough to fit your essentials in but not so big that you end up taking out lot's of things you don't need.
This makes a great everyday bag, unless you need to carry around documents, it's not quite big enough for that. Would be ideal for busy mums and anyone using public transport as you wont get it snatched so easily if you're wearing it across your body.
Although I haven't actually used this one enough yet, I have used other leather bags by Radley and know that the leather wears in a way that just makes it look better with age. The leather is so soft and smooth and pure luxury.
My 4 out of 5 star rating would have been higher if not for the uncomfortable strap, other than that I really can't fault the brand or this particular bag.
I am a huge fan of Radley bags and lucky enough to own a few. This review is of my first ever Radley, a cross body bag, in a medium size.
**Why buy Radley?**
The Radley brand was created in 1998 by Australian architect Lowell Harder, so it is a relative newcomer to the market compared to some brands. Radleys are always made in high quality leather, never anything else, which is my no1 reason for buying it. I had a non-leather cross body bag which cost all of £10 from Dunnes Stores and it lasted less than a month. The fake plastic leather peeled, the handle frayed, and it was a huge waste of money. I figured that to buy a good quality leather handbag would be an investment, and save me time and bother buying a succession of cheap handbags.
Apparently the the little Scottie dog motif (which is the signature to all Radley bags) was inspired by the designer's love of dogs and was first used on a small number of her early designs by using a brightly coloured cut out dog shape which matched the bag's leather trim. These bags quickly sold out and demand for them soared. It was then that Lowell was advised by her sales team to 'put the dog on everything!' It was a good idea, too - nowadays you can't imagine a Radley without the scottie dog, and they've become a cute and much loved addition to all Radley items from bags to purses to umbrellas.
**Price and Availability**
You can buy this and many Radley bags directly from the Radley shop on the high street (there are a number of them searchable on the website), from department stores such as John Lewis, House of Frasier and Debenhams, and online.
The price for this particular bag is £75 and one of the cheaper bags in the range.
The medium cross body bag in black leather is a sturdy and well made bag which is around 25 x 25cm in size. It has a long cross body bag, one outer pocket, closable by a silver internal magnetic clasp, and one small inside pocket for change and keys. It has a nice, bright turquoise durable cotton inner and matching turquoise leather scottie dog charm.
You can if you wish remove this scottie dog altogether, or replace it with one of a different colour - replacement scotties are £5 on the Radley website.
To the front of the bag is a subtle stamped 'RADLEY' in the leather. The leather itself is soft, with a dull sheen, and can be cared for quite easily. I generally just buff it up like a pair of shoes once a month! You can also turn it inside out and pop it in the washing machine, but I have not needed to as yet.
I use the bag as my day to day bag, I have an office job and this fits in nicely. I have a range of Radleys for more formal occasions, as I don't think this is really a formal bag (say for a wedding or party) but it is a great day to day bag and really does stand up to the rigours of a busy day - mine gets thrown on the floor, in the boot of the car, dropped occasionally - it's a tough little bag. I have had it for 18 months now and it is good as new, despite what I put it through (and that includes spilling an entire bottle of perfume in it..whoops..it smells lovely, though!
The bag holds loads - it really does, and I like most women am not the lipstick-and-a-fiver-in-a-clutch-bag type. I need EVERYTHING in my handbag and the Radley is currently holding...
1 mobile phone
1 lip salve
1 eyeliner (well, you never know when you need to get dolled up do you!!)
1 large dangly pair of earrings
1 large (and I do mean large) purse
Lots and lots of loose change
About 5 hair bobbles
A carrier bag
1 BlackBerry charger
My works pass
Box of chewing gum
2 large sets of keys
...and there is still loads of room in there for more junk that I will inevitably end up storing in there. So it is great if you have kids or a busy job. Plus even if you put something heavy in there, because of it's cross body design, the weight is distributed (unlike a hand carry bag or a one shoulder bag) so it's far comfier (and you have both hands to do whatever you need to).
The zipper (which is one of the first things to go on a cheaper bag) is sturdy and strong and the leather gripper for it is well made, strong and easy to get hold of. I cannot fault this bag in terms of build.
Absolutely. In fact I would go so far as to say there is no other handbag I would now buy. All the Radley handbags I have are not only lovely to look at they are ultra-functional and so well made. On a cost per use basis they are actually very economical too - my cheap, plastic bags were £10 a time and lasted a month at the most. I have had my £75 Radly 18 months and it is good as new. So I have had more than an affordable amount of use out of it already and I think it has years left in it even with my hectic lifestyle.
I have since bought my mum a few Radley pieces and she loves them just as much as I do. A lot of the ladies in my office use Radley for their durability (Ok, and the cute dog) and we all agree - it's a great brand.
I have always had a penchant for nice bags and nice shoes. Having a large shoe size, I have had to transfer all of my affections to handbags. By far my favourite brand is Radley. Whilst they are a long way from cheap, they are invariably of fabulous quality and enduring appeal.
Designed in Britain, there is a quirky individuality to most of the styles, with little details making a huge difference to the products.
A staple of their range, the cross body bag was the first Radley I bought, and I have never regretted it. I have owned it for about 5 years and it is still perfect. Smart enough for me to take to work meetings, but casual enough to use everyday, this bag is a perfect size to hold the essentials - though a slight gusset might allow me to carry a bit more junk!
I do have a habit of cramming things into my bags, and most tend to lose their shape, even when made from the nicest leather. This bag has retained the style and the minor scuff marks make it more attractive rather than making it look scruffy.
There is a heavy quality fabric lining to both the main compartment and the open slip pocket at the front. There is also a fully lined zipped section inside. I feel the addition of a phone pocket would benefit the design, but that may just be personal taste.
The strap is adjustable, and a generous length. It is also wide enough to not put strain on your shoulder. I like the general style of cross body bags but rarely find ones that sit as comfortably as the Radley type.
I opted for the classic black, which came with a cute turquoise version of the trademark Radley Scottie dog. My sister in law has a bright pink version, which is fun and stylish and has also lasted perfectly - in the face of daily attacks from her two young boys!
Radley is expensive, there is no denying it, but if you can afford it I would really recommend this bag.
Radley are a company who produce handbags and accessories and in recent years have become very popular. The Radley trademark is the small Scotty Dog which adorns many of the bags and purses either embroidered on or the little leather dogs which hang from the bags.
This review is for the Radley across the body bag. I have owned two of these bags and felt it was about time I got round to reviewing them.
The bag is a leather bag and comes in a variety of colours including tan, black, red, blue and purple. I used to have a pink one but they no longer do this colour. I now have the tan colour and it looks lovely. The leather is really good quality and is soft and supple. The strap is leather and then becomes a woven material this allows you to adjust the length of the strap to fit you. This is great as it is suitable for smaller or taller ladies and also you can adjust the length depending on where you want the bag to sit. The bag is designed as the name suggests to sit across your body i.e. you put your head through the loop and have one arm through the loop. This allows your hands to be free (great when shopping) and also means your handbag is safer as someone cant easily just pull it off your shoulder.
The bag has several pockets. Firstly on the front is an open pocket, I tend to use this for keeping shopping lists and pens in as it isn't secure. On the back of the bag is a zipped pocket, currently in that pocket are some tissues, some plasters and some dog poo bags (unused!). Then there is the main pocket which is zipped and off which is another smaller zipped pocket. My bag is lined with a creamy coloured cord material although the colour of the lining I think varies depending on the colour of the bag.
I find the bag big enough for day to day use. I can easily fit in my phone, purse, a notepad, camera etc. I like the fact that there are lots of pockets so you can store things easily and don't have to rummage for ages trying to find something at the bottom of the bag. The bags dimensions are width of 23cm and height of 26cm there is a larger across body bag if you feel this bag wouldn't be big enough but I think the proportions of the medium bag look nicest.
The bag comes with a dust cover which again has the little Scotty dog emblem on it. This is great for storing your handbag if it's a bag that you don't use every day.
The price of these bags is the only downside, they retail for around £75 although you can get them on offer. Last year just before Christmas John Lewis did a 20% off Radley handbags offers which made a big difference. Although they are expensive they aren't really that bad if you compare them with a designer handbag. Personally although some designer handbags look lovely I wouldn't feel comfortable using them as I would be worried someone would steal them. With the Radley bag I feel it's a nice bag, looks good but I'm not afraid to use it. I am also lucky enough to have a lovely husband who has bought me a couple of Radley handbags as presents!
The bags also are hard wearing. I have had my bag for a few years now and it still looks good. I also had a pink bag before this and had it for a while before I decided that I had outgrown my pink phase! I was able to sell it on ebay and it made quite a good sum. They are really lovely bags and are made to a high standard with a nice finish making them feel really good quality items.
I love my Radley handbag and would recommend them to you if you want to treat yourself or if you are looking for Christmas present ideas!
I must start by saying that I am a bit of a Radley addict; I have long admired the quality of them and their creative and quirky designs. I know they are expensive but they always look like they have earned their price tag in design and build quality. Radley items are often at the top of my Christmas and birthday lists (whether anyone is generous enough to acknowledge them is another matter!). I have been lucky enough to have received a purse and handbag in the past as well as an umbrella. In fact that is one thing that I like about Radley too; there are designs in their range to suit most budgets'. Most people couldn't afford to go out and get themselves a new Radley handbag ever month, but for those of us who have a soft spot for Radley you have the choice of treating yourself to a mirror or maybe a small purse knowing that you're not going to have the bank manager nagging at you.
I'm going to review my latest 'treat' to myself - the 'across the body' bag.
~ Who are Radley? ~
I was surprised to find out that Radley was only founded in 1998! I thought they had been going much longer than that, however in that time they have infiltrated many of the large high street department stores. In the short time they have been around they have earned themselves the reputations of making quality, hand crafted high end leather bags. They have lots of designs in their range from small handbag accessories to larger luggage items.
What I like about Radley is that they are a little bit different, they don't take themselves too seriously and aren't afraid to add something fun to their designs, the little Scotty dogs that are their trade mark is a prime example, but this also follows on to the smaller details in their designs. You often open the bags to find fun and colourful linings or small details stitched onto the bags. I love the seasonal themes that they add to their designs, a recent favourite theme of mine has been 'buttons', really cute and fun.
Their motto is
"To create exciting, unusual, high quality products that women love and can afford to own."
I think they stand by this statement well and never fail to please.
~ Radley across the body bag~
The Radley across the body bag was one of their first handbag designs and has since become a classic. The bag comes in a range of colours; I chose the tan as I was looking for a fairly casual looking bag. They also come in black, red, blue and purple. The tan is a light but still rich colour and is made from beautiful quality leather that is soft to the touch, it has good flexibility and smells amazing!
The bag is a simple but functional design with a log strap that is designed to be worn across the body, the strap is adjustable so that you can wear it in a position that is comfy, and it also has enough adjustment so that it can be worn over thick coats in the winter. The strap is a decent width so that it doesn't dig in or became uncomfortable, even in the summer when it's being worn with a strappy top.
The bag itself has a zip running along the top if it that is kind of recessed into the bag slightly so that you can really see it from a side view. There is also a smaller zip picket on the back of the bag too, handy for anything that needs to be quickly grabbed. There is a small pocket on the front too, this is more for decoration than anything as it has no zip to secure anything that you put in there, however I often use this to put my train ticket in and it stays put well.
When you unzip the bag and look inside you are greeted with a fantastic bright, contrasting material lining. On mine it is a bright duck egg blue kind of colour. It looks really clean and fresh and not something you would expect from such a classic looking bag. Inside the bag there is a handy zip up compartment with a good quality zip that slides with ease. The bag has plenty of room for everything I need to carry thanks to the deep pockets; purse, phone, make-up, diary, headache tablets, note book... let's just say there is more room in these little bags than you might expect.
W23 x H26 cm the bag has a slim shape so that although this bag is most likely to be worn over the top of a coat in winter, it could easily be worn underneath.
Ok, this bag is just a bag, great quality etc, but what makes it special is that when I have a Radley bag on I kind of feel like I'm wearing a bit of art work, the design is careful and detailed... someone has really thought about it and made it as good as it can be.
Being made from gorgeous leather means that the best thing you can do for these bags is use them. This is my second Radley bag and I must admit that it's still a bit new looking for me. My other bag has really mellowed and softened - don't get me wrong, it's not lost shape and it's not scruffy looking. It has just worn well and looks well loved... which it is.
The bag comes with its own cute little dust bag so that the bag can be stored safely when it's not being used, it's made from a dusky pink, soft cotton material with a draw string top. Other than that I don't do anything special to look after it.
You can purchase cleaner from Radley as well as Protection clothes that I have been meaning to try. Having said that though, I have had no reason too. The leather still looks immaculate.
~ Price and availability~
These bags aren't cheap, I see them more as an investment than an accessory (I'm well trained at saying that to my other half!) the across the body bag starts at £75 (although if you are quick House of Fraser have knocked £10 off!)
You can get the bags from lots of high street department stores such as Fenwicks and House of Fraser.
If you can't stretch to a bag then they have smaller items such as umbrellas from about £28, they are even doing things like fold away shopping bags now.
~ Summary ~
I love these bags because you can see the time and effort than has gone on from start to finish. There is freedom and originality to their designs that will always keep them fresh and always keep me coming back for more.