What bag should I buy my sister?
Advice on what bag to buy for a sister as a token of appreciation for her support.
Q I've had a tough couple of months and my big sister has been such a great support throughout. I'm now in a position to be able to thank her for everything she's done for me and I'd like to treat her to something special, so I was thinking a designer handbag. I'm not in to fashion at all so wondering what you'd recommend? I can spend €500-€600 maximum. Aine, Dublin
Darren says: Being flashy with labels is so 2009 – now luxury is all about personalisation, and this new benchmark's signature is craftmanship and creative design. Classy bespoke touches on bags such as engraved nameplates, embossed monograms or hand-stitched initials can really make for the perfect gift.
British brand Tusting's 1) Nene leather tote in orange weave with natural trim will brighten up any winter's day (€400, Tusting.co.uk). Personalisation costs from €36 and you can get up to four letters.
2) Anya Hindmarch's Maxi zip cross-body bag is crafted in high-shine leather and comes with embossed fabric lining and gold-tone hardware (€595, Brown Thomas).
Marc by Marc Jacobs is also great for go-to everyday luxury. The chic design of this 3) turquoise leather number with contrasting tan strap has enduring appeal (€295, Brown Thomas).
For practical luxury at a reasonable price, check out 4) DKNY's Active Patent Coin Logo Shopper (reduced from €167.15 to €116.58, Asos.com) or check out 5) DKNY's animal print shopper (€168.48, Asos).
Closer to home, Irish designer 6) Joanne Hynes' crystal clutch bag with stunning embellishment is a real attention-grabber (€495, JoanneHynes.com).