Archive for the ‘Nancy Bag’ Category

Show us your Smythson: Susie Lau and the Nancy Hobo

August 17, 2011

We’re so excited to welcome iconic fashion blogger, Susie Lau of Style Bubble, as our guest this month. Today, she talks about our latest addition to the Nancy handbag family, the Nancy Hobo…

My first thought upon seeing the Nancy Hobo was “This Bag Means Business” – that’s not business as in meetings where people talk about futures and stocks.  I mean that underlying its slouchy appearance, it’s a serious bag that makes you feel like you might accomplish something in the day whilst carrying it.  I suppose that’s the line which, a lot of ‘IT’ bags carry these days to sell the notion of accomplishment to you but this is especially the case when looking at the Nancy Hobo.  It has just invaded the shop,  along with Hitchcockian inspired shadows (incidentally, who’s excited about the unearthing of 30 minutes of Hitchcock’s early oeuvre The White Shadow?).

Let’s talk leather.  There’s something quite tactile and pillow like about the softly pleated leather, that reminds me of daintier version of Chesterfield sofas.

I especially love the two Nancys who inspired the series – one being Nancy Mitford, personal authoress heroine whose books never seem to fail to cheer me up and the other being Colefax&Folower tastemaker Nancy Lancaster.

In addition to the bare essentials (I’ve got it down to – keys, lipbalm, Oyster card and Blackberry), I’ve managed to add a few bonus extras.  Hopefully both of Nancy’s namesake won’t mind a bit of modern gadgetry making it in there – all the better to blog and work on the go.  In addition, some of Mitford’s books have also been squirreled away in there as light reading material.

The Nancy hobo does seem to serve the purpose of having everything tucked under the arm in a one protective swoop.  When people say “My whole life is in that bag” (not exaggerated in the least) it stands to reason that you would want a fairly tight grasp on it which is why I’ve taken to giving the bag a bit of a bear hug.

To match the elephant grey leather shade of the bag, I’ve similarly gone for a plethora of greys to match up.

New Noir Nancy Windows…

July 18, 2011

Do you like our latest windows showcasing the new Nancy Hobo handbag? Our Visual Merchandiser, Marco, explains the inspiration behind the display:

“The concept is a surreal shadows vs reality clash, given by the black vinyls on, the real branches coming out of them and the 2D lamp posts with a real light bulb at the top. The inspiration comes from the London urban architecture with cinematic references to Hitchcock, Tim Burton and Mary Poppins that give a ‘noir’, magical feel.”

The age of the thoughtful handbag…

March 11, 2011

The Wall Street Journal‘s Tina Gaudoin reports on today’s current handbag trends – focusing on thoughtful design, practicality, shape and style. Among her accessories of choice are the ‘classic’ Nancy Tote and our new season Cooper

Read the full article here.

Bag a bright…

February 14, 2011

Our new season handbags are shown off to perfection in this month’s glossies: the Hibiscus Agatha is the ultimate accessory to a work-inspired look in Glamour March and the new Nancy Pouch in Jade makes Tatler‘s list of ‘brave brights’…

I Spied Smythson…

December 3, 2010

The Telegraph Fashion is showing us some Christmas love in its I Spied section, where expert editors select the best fashion, accessories and beauty of the moment – great for gift ideas as December 25th draws ever closer…

 

Our Amber Nancy Tote, Nile Blue iPad Sleeve and hardbound ‘Shooting Notes’ book have been spied so far this week – why not show us some love too?

New Season Windows: Nile Blue & Nancy Totes…

August 18, 2010

 We’ve just installed our latest windows, featuring the new Nancy Tote design and a selection of classic black pigskin accessories for men, against a backdrop of our signature Nile Blue shade – as seen in our New Bond Street and Sloane Street stores…

Tatler’s tote of choice…

August 3, 2010

First seen at our autumn/winter press preview back in March, the Nancy Tote officially launches online this week.

Featuring our signature luxe, hand-pleated leather in a slouchy, carry-all style, the Tote showcases a versatile long shoulder strap and beautifully organised, roomy satin-lined interior.

 

Available in two sizes and three wearable shades, it’s the perfect bag for work and play. Our Amber design features in September Tatler‘s ‘Winter Wardrobe’ fashion guide – it’s the tote of choice for the new season…

About a bag: the Nancy Weekender

April 12, 2010

With its soft, lightweight design and spacious, satin-lined interior, our new Nancy Weekender is a favourite of this month’s Elle:  “Big enough for everything you need, but perfect hand-luggage size”  says the style bible…

Introducing the Iris Window

September 30, 2009

Our newly-installed window display features our latest Iris collection alongside the modern classic Nancy handbag in this season’s rich Aubergine shade.  Drawing on our rich heritage as a luxury stationer and echoing the multi-faceted, shimmering shagreen print used on the Iris collection itself, purple paper ‘twirls’ are set against a backdrop of mirrors to create a distinctly ‘boudoir’ feel…

Now available online: The Nancy Zip

August 3, 2009

We’re very excited to announce that our latest handbag design, the Nancy Zip, is now available online

Featuring the signature hand quilting of the classic Nancy Bag and a spacious satin-lined interior with ruched pockets and zips, the Nancy Zip is a lightweight, deconstructed shoulder bag available in three versatile shades:  Black (selected by Style.com for its Fall Trend Accessories Report), Aubergine and Cobalt… 


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