Product Type: Cath Kidston Travel Bag
Newest Review: ... as it came in the 'British Birds' print, which I loved. It is as beautiful as the other Cath Kidston prints but not as instantly recognis... more
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Cath Kidston British Birds Overnight Bag
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Cath Kidston British Birds Overnight Bag
Advantages: Gorgeous Design & Sturdy.
Disadvantages: A Hefty Price Tag.
A few months ago I'd never heard of the name Cath Kidston and many of my friends were the same, yet overnight she seems to have become a household name that is continuously growing in popularity. You may well still be living in the pre-Cath Kidston era and be wondering who on earth is this visionary woman? Well in 1993 Cath Kidston opened her first shop in London where she sold vintage fabrics, wall papers and brightly painted furniture and as time went on she started to design her own classically "cute" prints. She based her designs and products on being practical, quirky and with very distinctive prints which have now come to epitomize the Cath Kidston brand. It's almost like she has adopted the traditional English country manor house style to create a brand that is countrified yet modern as well.
The brand grew considerably and in 2008 launched itself outside of London with there now being over forty Cath Kidston shops and concessions in the UK with the number set to grow even further as her popularity spreads. She's been referred to as one of the most original and influential designers to emerge from the UK in recent years. Her collection consists of accessories (purses, wallets, umbrellas, etc), bags (day bags, tote bags, travel bags, etc), fashion (clothing for women) and home products (bedding, stationary, tableware, etc). It is a large collection that branches into many products and you really can't mistake the products as they often feature intricate and repeated flower / nature patterns. I own a Cath Kidston pencil case, a Cath Kidston laundry bag and now this overnight bag as well... and I'm constantly complemented on them! I've also found about five other products that I'm desperate for!
In the summer when I finished school for the year I was bought a present from a couple of my kids that came in an absolutely huge bag, well it was huge by the normal teacher present standards. I eagerly opened it (praying I wouldn't be disappointed by some gigantic paper maiche model of myself that they'd created... yes this has happened before... very bizarre indeed!) and found a Cath Kidston British Birds Overnight Bag. I was absolutely delighted as well as being shocked at the thoughtfulness of this!
The bag takes the form of a classic holdall which is mainly black and covered with the British Birds print (beiges, blues, greens, reds, etc). The print features birds sat on branches, an odd print to choose you may think but it looks really good and is so typical of her designs as it retains that classic country feel which seems somehow old fashioned but isn't. The bag is made from a wipe clean oilcloth which is ideal if you have any spillages and has sturdy webbing handles with leather detailing as well which complements it further. It has a cotton lining and the size of it is 49cm by 32cm by 18cm. It opens and closes using a zip which is really smooth, it doesn't catch or anything like some zips can often tend to do. I can easily get clothes for a weekend away in it along with two pairs of shoes and make up necessities too. It's ideal as a carry on for going on planes or for weekends away, mine has been used many times already! The only downside is that I have scratched the underneath, mainly from placing it on floors and such like, but due to the material the scratches do scratch into the material and so can't be removed which is rather sad.
This is probably one of the best presents I've ever had from school as I absolutely love it and will continue to use it for years to come. I'd definitely recommend this as being a reliable and sturdy bag, yet it still retains that fashionable element due to being a Cath Kidston product. The only downside is something that seems to come hand in hand with many fashionable products... a rather large price tag which isn't quite so fashionable! The bag costs a rather inflated £68 at present. In the past I've always paid around the £30 to £40 mark for a holdall so this one is arguably twice the price and if I'm honest, I probably wouldn't have bought it myself. Her whole range is quite pricey with a simple item such as a pencil case costing £8... yes you would go mad if your child lost that one on their first day! I do absolutely love it but I think the price tag is just a little too high... if you're willing to spend the money then I'd say go for it but if you think it's a bit of a splurge then I'd wholeheartedly agree with you. Either way you can't help but love this bag with its fashionable façade and intricate prints... four stars from me!
Thanks for reading.
Summary: An overnight bag from the Cath Kidston range.