Gorgeous Anya Hindmarch small khaki handbag.
At 16 Anya Hindmarch was given an old Gucci handbag by her mother and at 18, in around 1986, she went to Florence to study Italian for a year.
While she was in Italy, she noticed a drawstring leather duffel bag was all the rage among fashionable women. Even though the UK economy was in a recession, she was inspired by Margaret Thatcher’s entrepreneurial ideas, Hindmarch borrowed some money to import some bags to England, and after sending a bag to the fashion magazine Harpers and Queen she sold 500 through the magazine. She initially had bags manufactured in Italy, but when the factory started selling bags of her design directly to retailers, she started having her own bags made in Hackney. By 1992 her bags were sold at luxury stores in London, New York, Japan, France and Italy. In 1993 she opened a small retail shop in Walton Street. Her early products were influenced by Italian design, and she describes her products as having high-quality of workmanship, and as representing a design philosophy which is “British, humorous and personalised.”
It measures 8.5″/21cm x 4.5″/11.5cm x 1.5″/4cm and the strap is 17″/43cm (which can be detached so it can be used as a clutch) and it also has a lovely leather tassel measuring 7″/18cm.