HELP ME CHOOSE A DESIGNER BAG TO REWARD SUPER SISTER
I've had a really tough couple of months and my big sister has been a great support throughout. I'm now in a position to be able to thank her for everything she's done for me. I'd like to get her a designer handbag. I'm not into fashion at all so I'm wondering what you'd recommend? I can spend €600 maximum.
Anne, DublinBeing flashy with labels is so 2009. The new luxury is personalisation and this season it's all about personalised experiences.
This new benchmark is still about craftsmanship and creative design while making things that are special. Bespoke touches on bags such as engraved nameplates, embossing, or hand-stitched initials make for the perfect special gift.
British brand Tusting's new 'Nene' leather tote in orange weave with natural trim is a beautiful modern bag to brighten up any winter's day (1 €375, tusting.co.uk).
Personalisation costs £29 (approx €36) and can accommodate up to four letters. Anya Hindmarch's graphic 'Ebenezer' clutch is crafted from a soft grosgrain fabric in three tones of burgundy (2 €595, Brown Thomas).
Marc by Marc Jacobs is great for everyday bags. The chic, classic design of this green leather number will never lose its appeal (3 €435).
For practical luxury at a reasonable price, check out DKNY's animal print shopper (4 €168.48, ASOS). Closer to home, Irish designer Joanne Hynes's crystal clutch bag with stunning embellishment is a real attention-grabber (5 €495, joannehynes.com).