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I find it strangely difficult to buy handbags (I’m talking your everyday workhorse bag here, not jazzy ones like evening clutches). I don’t do it very often and when I do splash out on one, it has to fulfil a whole host of criteria. It needs to look stylish (obv), be big enough to fit in all my rubbish while not giving me backache, leave at least one hand free for dealing with children/ spilling coffee, have a compartment for keys and phone… oh, and go with everything in my wardrobe. Too much to ask?

I reckon this KeriKit rucksack might just fit the brief. The pretty pale pink leather makes for a luxe-y rather than grungy backpack and it’s a shade that complements with my daytime uniform of black or blue jeans. (It also comes in navy – forget conventional wisdom that navy doesn’t go with black, it can look very chic).

But it’s inside where things get really interesting – the devil is in the detail. Instead of having a pocket for your phone on the outside, aka the pickpocket’s dream, there’s a secure zip compartment in the part that rests against your back. Clever, non? And the inside comes with organisational zippable pouches, so you can keep your make-up separate from your lunch sarnie. This is the clincher for me – with a large bag, I can waste hours rummaging through all my junk to find my lipbalm, which is always at the bottom, naturally. All of KeriKit’s handmade leather bags are both functional and stylish – often it’s either one or the other. Definitely worth a snoop on their website.


If you’re more likely to be carting around a changing mat than a laptop at the moment, they also work as decidedly non-mumsy changing bags – check out this tan croc leather one. And I’m also loving the sleek dove grey travel bag that hooks onto the top of your wheelie suitcase – rather than falling off and scattering your Murray mints, tampons and credit cards just as you’re trying to scramble up the escalator at Bristol Airport.

And talking of travel – because let’s all get the hell out of February and into somewhere sunnier – it would be criminal of me not to mention this beautiful leather travel holdall in brown or camel. Ideal for carrying 5 bikinis, 3 pairs of sunglasses, a leopard print throw and a cocktail-shaking waiter.

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