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Tote Handbags - Radley Hand Bags

Updated on October 19, 2010

The Radley handbags range is extensive, stylish and most of all – chic. Whether you want a tote, a grab gab, a shoulder bag or something that’s better suited to a busy lifestyle, a work bag - Radley will no doubt already produce a style that will both suit your needs as well as capture your imagination.

Radley Handbags

 

The Radley handbags company was formed back in 1998 and in the last 12 years they have seen a huge leap in popularity. Their bag designs are creative, fun and yet remain functional. And oddly enough – I keep buying various bags and accessories and yet I don’t own a single one.

Every time I buy something from the Radley range, it’s for my sister – and occasionally for my daughter. She adores the range and it was my sister that first introduced me to the name. A few years ago I noticed a lovely, fun looking bag sat on her kitchen table.

That particular one was in a glorious red, complete with the endearing Scottie Dog motif attached to the handle – the symbol that is synonymous with Radley. Picking it up, I asked her where it was from, how much it cost and when she’d bought it.

At the point she told me the price I knew it’d take me some justification before I ever bought one but that didn’t detract from my fascination with hers. From that day to this she now owns a fair collection – as well as accessories, purses, an umbrella and several other trinkets.

And perhaps when I stop treating my own bag as though it’s a hessian sack – I may yet treat myself to a Radley bag.

Radley Bags

 

Radley Handbags

All Radley bags are vibrant and, ultimately, fun. They’re quirky, different and what’s more – made out of leather. A must for any hardworking handbag. The company themselves claim to understand what a woman wants from her handbag and, from what I’ve seen, their claim is an honest one.

My sister used one of Radley’s baby bags when her two sons were young and it not only had the usual appeal of the brand but stood up to being used and abused for about three years. The current favourite is a blue shoulder bag – spacious, full of little nooks and crannies for her ‘phone, keys, purse and so on.

Maybe I really should think about investing in one sometime soon. I travel as though I could up and go at any time and rarely leave home without a horde of bits and pieces I couldn’t possibly live without. How do men do it?!

 

Radley Grab Bag

Radley Bags

A Radley grab bag is a smaller, more compact version of the shoulder bag style. Designed to be held in the hand and more suited to a night out than work or normal day-to-day living, they’re nonetheless a great little handbag and still as fun and stylish as the larger styles.

If there’s one thing I love about any handbag, it’s the fact that it’s made out of leather. And other than for the baby bags, Radley uses the softest of leathers, vibrantly dyed and beautifully stitched – often with embossed detailing or smaller leather embellishments decorating the exterior of their bags.

Of course the same attention is paid to the interior – matching or, if it works with the bag’s style, contrasting linings. From what I’ve seen of my sisters bags and the one that I bought for my daughter two Christmases ago, the inside of a Radley bag is often as interesting as the outside.

Radley Workbags

 

Radley Laptop Bags

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The Radley workbags are designed to hold and safely contain a notebook. Some are for that purpose only while others are intended to carry a laptop as well as other essential work items.

They’re manufactured to withstand a fair amount of use and yet they still manage to retain the typical Radley style. They’re almost a briefcase, without having the rigid appearance of one. If you’re wanting something that encompasses style yet remains entirely functional, a workbag may be the style you should consider from the range.

Radley Baby Bags

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You’ve got to love the radley baby bags. There are two styles – backpack or shoulder. All are manufactured from a waterproof nylon and contain a separate baby changing mat. There are plenty of pockets, two removable pouches and the shoulder styles ingeniously fit securely onto most strollers and prams. All have a spacious interior, fit for carrying the various baby accessories required of mobile mothers.

The interiors are also waterproof – in case of spillages. I know I experienced the occasional bottle spill back in the days when I trudged from pillar to post with my babies and half of what usually resided in their nurseries. Unfortunately I never owned something that made my life a little easier.

These days, Radley and many other bag manufactures factor in life’s little accidents – always guaranteed to happen around small, messy younglings.

Radley Tote Bags

 

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The Radley Tote bags are gorgeous. All are chic, diminutive and exceedingly appealing. Maybe it’s because of their size that for me, they’re possibly the most charming of the Radley range.

All the same attention to detail is applied but because they’re tiny, they’re also kinda ditsy. And you know – most women can’t resist small and cute. It’s why our homes are often invaded by fluffy waifs and strays ...

I think it’s in our genes to coo over anything remotely adorable and the tote bags certainly fall into that criterion. Irresistible, charming and we want one just – because.

And when I grow up and stop treating my current bag as though it was a faithful old mutt – always around, ready to serve and able to go anywhere with me – I’ll be treating myself to a Radley bag. In the meantime – I think I shall just buy another one for my sister’s next birthday.

At least she knows how to look after a bag that’s not only useful but an investment – so far as anything fashionable ever can be.

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      Justine76 7 years ago

      How do men do it? there is always a woman around they can ask for help. :)

      Ive never seen or heard of these before, and Im really not much of a handbag person. I get the cheapest largest bag I can, stuff everything I own into it, you never know when your going to need sutures, or clean socks, or a cheeseburger..

      but these are very cute. Maybe next time I am in town, I'll look around in the accessories and see what advances have been made in the handbag department in my neck of the woods.

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      poetlorraine 7 years ago

      I love handbags love them, i have lots in different shapes sizes and styles and am always on the look out for more

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      Andria 7 years ago

      Justine - they're a UK brand. But they're available in the US and seemingly just as popular over there as they are here. And if you got to look at one, feel one, you'd know why. They really are gorgeous :)

      poetlorraine - I think it's a woman thing. Or come to think of it ... many a man is proudly sporting a handbag these days ;)

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      Keira7 7 years ago

      YES you back, I missed you, its good to visit again.:) I have seen your photos on Cagsil hub, and you look beautiful.:) You certainly have style and it shows with your hubs. I love bags, for a women its very important. We do need a different bag each time we change. Bags are part of how we dress each day. And it does add to the feminity. The Radley Baby Bags are so cute.:) Another great hub my dear friend. Have a lovely day.:D

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      Lily Rose 7 years ago from East Coast

      I've never heard of these, but now I LOVE them - I love the one you pictured above with the girl holding the umbrella. Where can I get one in the US??

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      Andria 7 years ago

      Keira - you're just lovely ... thankyou :) And yes - handbags are important to women. I'm thinking of asking for a Radley bag for my birthday in April. You can't buy them here but where there's a will, there's a way :)

      lily - gorgeous aren't they? You can buy them at Radley's US online store and at some Bloomigdales outlets. Not sure where you are but here's the US site: http://www.radleylondon.com/ ... Go on, you know you want one ;)

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      ethel smith 7 years ago

      they are cute bags but a little pricey for me.

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      Dim Flaxenwick 7 years ago from Great Britain

      I am such a sucker for bags , the way some women are for shoes. My only justification for having so many is that my bag has to match my outfit. You just can't go out in a red dress with a pink bag, or even a black dress with a brown bag, now can you??? These bags look amazing. Great hub . Pity I'm going to the U.K. in April hee hee. I may just bump into some of these gorgeous bags. Thanks for all the info. Take care x

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      Andria 7 years ago

      Hey Dim :) Going to the UK huh? Trust me - you'll find a Radley bag. Even better you'll be able to touch them lol! And once you've had your hands on one, you'll want one. And I'm going to have one, just as soon as I start treating my bags with due respect!

      And where in the UK? I know my island well ;)

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      dfelker 7 years ago

      I didn't know about these, can't get them here, but now you've given us the online info. Thanks! I think the baby bags would be a wonderful shower gift for expectant mom.

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      Rose West 7 years ago from Michigan

      These bags are so cute! I had never heard of the name before, so thanks for introducing me. =)

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      Andria 7 years ago

      dfelker - you can also buy them at some Bloomingdale stores. I don't know which ones exactly - maybe they have a central line you could call? And they're gorgeous aren't they?

      Rose - they certainly are. And beautiful to the touch too. Get yourself one ;)

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      Johnyboy 7 years ago

      The nr. 8 brown handbag design from the slide looks really nice.

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      Andria 7 years ago

      Johny - they're all gorgeous to me. But then ... I'm a woman ;)

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      2patricias 7 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

      Pat says - I own a Radley bag that I bought on a visit to Chichester with Tricia about 8 years ago. It is very plain and has worn so well it still looks like new.

      About 4 years ago my daughter found a Radley bag in a sale bin while we were shopping the post-Christmas sales. It was quite elaborate - various shades of green and cream, fancy shape. I used it for about a year then decided it was too 'fancy' for me. I sold it on eBay for more than I had paid, even though I photographed it and explained that I had used it for a year and it was not new.

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      Andria 7 years ago

      2patricias - seriously, I'm not surprised that you sold one for more than you paid for it. That's the level of quality you get with Radley Handbags - and a sign of how popular they really are.

      And I wish I could find one the way that you have, nicely done!

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      Cassandra Mantis 7 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

      OMG I love the Tote bag, it is just divine! I have to have one! Heh! Great Hub, frogdropping! Thanks!

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      Andria 7 years ago

      You only want one Radley bag Cheeky? lol - I want a whole gaggle of them :)

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      CMHypno 7 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

      I very rarely spend a lot of money on handbags, but the one exception is the tan Radley bag that I bought a couple of summer's ago. I even had a nightmare one night that someone had cut off and stolen the little blue Radley dog! Just looking at the pictures made think handbag shopping!

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      Andria 7 years ago

      Radley handbags have something about them. They're so unique yet user friendly. I will have one - one day!

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      theirishobserver. 7 years ago from Ireland

      Excellent Hub - I have 8 sisters and 1 girlfriend and hand bag idea soon run out - where and how could an Irish Man purchase a Radley bag for that special occasion? ...Irish

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      Andria 7 years ago

      Hey there Irish :) I'd say Amazon is your best bet (online) or try a local boutique type shop. You can buy them on Ebay but - beware ... fakes abound! Good to see you and good luck!

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      Research Analyst 6 years ago

      awww really nice handbags, with the cute little ornament makes the Radley purses really unique.

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      teresa-vivi 5 years ago

      I must admit that i am deeply tempted by these gorgeous bags. They are so wonderful!

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