I love this Whistles dress that I am wearing here at Nice Airport so much that I have it in two colourways. It’s the Adrienne Ink Pot Dress (£110), and it was part of my shopping haul of four dresses that I wrote about here. But most, importantly, I am carrying my new PLIA Reid courier satchel.
I say no to most people who offer to send me stuff to carry or put on the blog. It’s not like I need anything, or you guys need to read endless product endorsements, but when Jill Partain, the owner and designer behind PLIA, a line of handbags and tech cases got in touch from her design studio in Virginia, and asked if she could send me her new Reid courier satchel, inspired by a bank/courier bag carried by one of her Reid ancestors, who emigrated from Scotland to America, I am afraid I broke my rule.
That’s because I think it’s a really, really well designed bag, suitably different from anything else on the market, at a very refreshing price point – $550 (compared to designer label bags), and, most importantly, it’s extraordinarily well made, of a far higher quality than bags twice its cost.
In fact since I first Tweeted a photo of it, I’ve been deluged with enquiries, and most people who see me carrying it ask immediately where it’s from. (I think Susanne said nice bag before she said hello on the way to Nice Aiport.)
Here it is in the studio at the Red shoot I did earlier this month.
It’s a perfect size for me: 15″ wide x 12″ height, it can fit a 15″ MacBook Pro – although I tote a 13″ Mac Air which fits in nicely, as well as everything else I need for my portable office.
The Reid suits me perfectly: I hate carrying bags that look like everyone else’s, and I particularly like the navy/black colour way.
It has silver hardware, and exterior zippered pockets front and back, which are super handy for Oyster cards and cell phones when you are out and about. It also comes with a detachable seatbelt shoulder strap.
The interior is hugely impressive on a bag at this price point: lined in silver quilted high performance satin, it has three smartphone/mobile pockets, and an iPad2 pocket (that fits other iPads vertically). (There are also leather card holders sewn onto the iPad 2 pocket.) Even the two exterior pockets are lined. It’s possibly the best and most luxurious handbag lining I’ve seen in years.
The satchels come in 4 colorways, and all have black cowhide trim. Prices range from $495-595.00