The Caroline (left) and snakeskin pochette (right)
I’m the type of person that carries the world with me in my handbag so you can imagine how messy and disorganised it is when I try to find anything inside. There are so many beautiful designer bags out there but all of them are impractical when it comes to storage space and organisation.
Then I discovered Baraboux when I was in Paris last year. The brainchild of Saudi Princess Reema Bandar Al Saud, the brand was born out of her frustration of not being able to find a bag that fits her hectic lifestyle (she’s also a mother and CEO of the company that owns Harvey Nichols Riyadh). The result is a collection of supple leather handbags or “toolkits” as Reema calls them, featuring elegant shapes, a bold colour palette and exotic skin accents.
But what I really love is the fact that each design offers practical solutions for women-on-the-go. All the bags are designed from the inside out, so you’ll find necessities such as extra pockets for multiple mobile devices, dedicated compartments for tablets, adjustable handles and even removable pochettes that can double as clutches.
Everything is handmade in Florence and Reema adds new materials and colours each season for that fashion edge (for autumn, I’m loving the understated yet luxe laser cut kurung and crackled gilded leather). Best of all the prices are affordable and range between 395 to 1150 euros.
The Reema clutch
Highlights include one of her first and best-selling designs (and my personal favourite) the Reema clutch. A long rectangular shape, it features two separate compartments that are secured by a simple cuff. The cuff slides across the bag easily so you can open each side separately. The cuff comes in several colours so you can change it depending on your outfit.
This season the brand has brought in London-based magazine editor and one of our favourite style icons, Caroline Issa, as a creative consultant. There are new shapes including the Caroline (natch) which is a classic shoulder bag with exotic skin detailing. It also comes with separate compartments, a pocket on the front and an edgy chain handle featuring a leather top section so it sits comfortably on the shoulder. I’m also loving the Sharifa, a relaxed shape that can be worn across the body. It has folded sections at each end so that it expands into a good-sized tote along with a removable clutch integrated into the outside pocket.
Who doesn’t love being organised and looking stylish at the same time?
Baraboux bags are available online at www.baraboux.com