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Friday, 15 August 2014

WIT mama Friday: the ultimate investment buy.. The WALTON from AnyaHindmarch

OK I've done something naughty but hear me out before you judge me. I've been wanting Anya Hindmarch's weekend bag called  The Walton forever, but I think it has a ridiculous price tag (it's not even entirely made of leather), and yes it's custom made but you haven't actually got that much choice (just 4 colour ways) and all they do is stitch three letters to the front. Nevertheless..... it's gorgeous and I love it and I had to have it, so I found a way around buying this and any other unjustifiable and ridiculous buys like this one in the future...


This is how I do it: I sell my old/unwanted clothes, save up (in a separate account) until I've made every pence to go towards my new buy, you have to be really strict and it doesn't matter how long it takes you are not allowed to pay for it any other way. This way it's like trading in the old for the new! Genius. And I was going to make it even more of a forever buy because it wouldn't have my initials on it, but Greta's. This way she gets to inherit something beautiful when she is a grown-up and I get to carry all her stuff around stylishly!


So for the past year I've been signed up with Vestiaire Collective concierge service (that is brilliant because even though they take quite a big cut they do all the work for you including photographing everything, stocking it, replying to questions and sending it to your buyer - priceless) to sell all my unwanted dresses, shoes, jewellery and bags. I've become ruthless and I actually kind of love owning less stuff. It took me just under a year to save up but it's now kind of extra special for it...

And so go it goes the day in May I decided to make a sneaky trip to Anya on Bond Street and design Greta's hand luggage...

At the Bond Street store inspecting size and weight...

 
Should I go for navy, red or tan trim? Mix up colours or keep it tonal?
Sweet details: you can have a message printed on the key holder in your own hand writing.

And you can have your name engraved across the top in gold letters

I decide to have Greta Zita spelled across the top


Now for colours - red, corn flower blue, tan or orange? I decide for a tomato red, she will love it forever.

 
I think I like the version where letters and trims are all the same colour and then we proceed to filling in the form...

 ...and I decide for a simple GZ initials at the front.

It takes 2 months for your bag to get made (in Italy). I picked mine up last week just in time for our family trip to Tunisia. When I got back home I was so excited I showed Greta with great anticipation and to my surprise she said: "Waaaw!"... I knew she would love it ;-)
For more info about The Walton visit the Anya Hindmarch website

9 comments:

Girlinapanama said...

I Love your idea but most of us you need to be owning something designer or at least valuable in the first place in order to purchase a designer item. I would love the YSL bag but even if I sold my 'whole' wardrobe it still wouldn't be enough sadly! :-( one can but dream xx

WIT said...

Don't be disheartened! I've sold a lot of my High street collaboration items like Peter Pilotto for Target or Matni for HM. Things like Maje, Sandro and Chinti and Parker are also covetable. Obviously I buy most f my designer items at the outlets in italy and even Bicester in the UK so there's hope for all of us! X x

Loobynef said...

Such a lovely thing to do Laura. Sounds like she's inherited your appreciation for style too! I have an archive box of things for my girl when she's older, can't wait to share them with her x

laura Madalene said...

What a wonderful project ... your 4 colour bag looks so very pretty!
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frau musgrave said...

I tried using the concierge service but they state that it is not available in the uk - did you do that from italy? thanks

fashionsunday said...

GORGEOUS BAG ! Great choice, think id of picked the same one myself... with my initials tho, Obviously !!

SamIam said...

I want this so much now. Need to think of what to sell. Daughter's initials are same as mine too, so good way to justify!

School Run Mum said...

Absolutely agree, a completely justified and stunning investment piece and your little girl will just adore it when she is older, the red colour way is beautiful and classic. Off to try to sell a few things ;-)

bonbon said...

Fab bag and makes it all the more special that you saved up - I do same on smaller scale - sold items on ebay and got the Mango heart dress for a wedding with my profit

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