For my fourth posting, I would like to touch on my favorite travel-friendly designer handbag. I know what you’re thinking, and yes, they do exist, even though most designer handbags tend to be difficult to travel with (big and very structured). I wanted something versatile enough to take to museums as well as to the beach and not hinder my escapades through a new city. The Burberry Peyton proved its functionality with its ability to hold my
- Selfie stick
- Half a bagel with spread in case hunger struck
- Money well placed out of surrounding eyes
- Room Key
- Colorado ID (you don’t need an ID for Mexican alcohol but my mother just was thinking of my after life)
- Kiehls lip-balm
- Cigs & Lighter (I’m on vacation)
Recently, I took a trip to Mexico City and to the coastal city of Acapulco. I struggled in choosing which of my handbags would make the voyage with me. Initially, I was leaning toward my Alexander Wang Rocco because it carried everything I needed and possibly more. However, the handbag is lined with studs along the bottom. If you fly regularly, a TSA worthy alarm would be going off in your head about whether the handbag would be allowed to make it through security. Personally, I would never use the handbag as a weapon, but it’s so beautifully edgy (the studs) that it could be seen as a threat (I kid you not!). I decided against the Rocco, I figured TSA would make a lame-assed excuse to keep me from proceeding to my boarding gate and quite frankly, I didn’t feel like being that obnoxious person who throws a fit in the waiting line.
Established in 1856, based in London, and widely recognized as the designer label of Britain, Burberry is one of my favorite brands. One could draw major historical conclusions from the analysis of distinguishing between seasons and years of the fashion shows. I’m a proponent for the brand because their classic button-up shirts are made to complement my body type. However, people are beginning to drift from the brand. Burberry’s brand exclusivity is being effected by its capability to be readily available. The horseferry check is easy to spot in large metropolitan areas throughout the world. This is one of the reasons for the decline in its demand. Burberry is a staple that you can find throughout many real fashonista’s closets. For example, the Burberry trench coat is a staple, and a must in every wardrobe, just like the Louis Vuitton Speedy handbag. To put it simply, Burberry is timeless. A warm friendly feeling that never disappoints.
When people think of tradition in couture they think old and dated (well maybe I just think like that). Nevertheless, Burberry has kept its label on track with modernization throughout the industry. For example, in the upcoming 2016 September fashion show Christopher Bailey will launch its collection in stores immediately to cater to see-now buy-now customer, like some “fast fashion” retailers, only on a higher end scale. I love Burberry, because, like my family, it continues to build on, and keep in place, important traditions.
I chose my Burberry cross-body because unlike most designer handbags, it has slots for forms of payment and identification. I was traveling during mid-August, and my handbag is a coral color (perfect!). I only take this handbag out during warm weather when its color catches the warm rays and highlights my summer outfits. Many crossbody’s on the market are very thick or structured to the point where you can only fill the bag to the allowed volume of its shape. The Burberry Check Peyton is made of relatively soft yet thick grained leather that can actually expand just like when it’s on the Nordstrom shelves fully stuffed of tissue for display.
As I’ve mentioned in previous blogs, I’m not a fan of classic monograms when one can have something revamped from an original. The galloping knight over the horseferry check is iconic yet overdone. Burberry, like other top designer houses, have embraced change, yet still keeping components of its timeless iconic designer label trademarks. Being someone who is visually stimulated by eccentric pop art can now admit I have found a place in my wardrobe for traditional labels with a present day flare. I was elated to find that my bag came in the new Burberry exploded horseferry logo embossed on the leather (mixing old and new)!
To conclude, what is not broke doesn’t have to be fixed- only loved, and occasionally updated with a sexy twist! It was the perfect bag for my travels, and I recommend it to anyone.