Just Rambling My Favourite Things

A Kente Clutch and Leather Satchel

It’s been a while since my last post, and the only thing I can say is that I have been a bit busy. Before you read this, I think I should point out that this is not a fashion blog by any stretch of the imagination. To be honest, I am the LAST person on this planet that anyone in their right mind would look to for any kind of fashion tips. Just ask my friends! That said, I will post things I have purchased that I like, be it handbags, shoes, books, jewellery – whatever really. After all, I do tend to ramble on a bit about anything that captures my attention for more than just a few seconds.

So that said, it really shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone to hear that when I was in my early 20s I never carried a handbag. Never. I worked for a TV station in Ghana, and wore jeans and a t-shirt daily, so I would basically shove my keys, one lip balm and money into my pocket, and then head off to the office. After a series of lectures from some of my colleagues, (“But Nimi you are a LADY, you need to have a handbag!!! blah blah blah”) I started buying them. I very rarely have more than five bags at any given time, and I tend to use them until they literally fall apart. Considering I lived in the tropics and the desert for about 24 years in total, they generally have a lifespan of about 12 months (I buy high street brands although there are a few nice designer brands that I have my eye on currently).

Since returning to the UK, I have acquired two gorgeous bags that I thought I would share.

Handmade Kente clutch from Ghana
My new Kente Clutch.

 

The first one is a clutch, a gift from my father, and it was hand made in Ghana. It’s bright red (one of my favourite colours), and the flap part is made of kente, traditionally a royal Ashanti cloth. What I like about it is that whilst most kente cloths are orange and green (sometimes blue and green), and generally do not appeal to me as I find the monotonous use of these colours boring, in this design the kente is a blend of red and yellow.  I also like the way that the designer didn’t overuse the kente as some Ghanaian designers tend to do. The bag is made by Nallem Clothing, and they have a few branches in Ghana, including Takoradi and Kumasi.

Woven cloth, kente, from Ghana
Kente. Photo credit: gotravelghana.com

 

Lancelot Knight Handbag
Avon Barrel satchel

 

The second bag, this time a belated birthday gift from my mother, is a satchel by Lancelot Knight. For about 10 years, I have had a thing for satchels, long before they suddenly became fashionable. I feel I should have been designing them in 2006, and not hunting for them in shops. Does that mean I really AM fashionable deep down? Anyway, my Lancelot is the bright pink Avon Barrel. I love the shape, as I already own a few square ones. It’s big enough to hold my iPad Mini, sunglasses, phone and other bits and bobs that I now carry around and extremely practical. It’s absolutely gorgeous and whilst I was originally unsure about the colour, it really has grown on me.

So those are my two new bags and I loved them enough to actually sit down and write this post about them. Hopefully, you enjoyed looking at them too!

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