High street heavyweight Topshop doesn’t mess about when it comes to impeccable design at prices that don’t leave you in a cold sweat. So when we heard that the launch of their Premium handbag line next week, we reacted in a suitably excited (but nonetheless mature and sophisticated) manner. There may have been a small dance involved.
All beautifully crafted from butter-soft leather, the collection, which perfectly rounds off its summer collection, bringing us slowly into autumn, more than lives up to its ‘premium’ moniker. The sleek collection is just as fashion-forward as we’ve come to expect from Topshop, but with a quality that belies its high street price point.
Office-ready totes have been given a sport-luxe edge with laser-cut perforated detailing (the ideal way to bring a cool details to a pencil skirt and blouse combo), while the duffle-style cross-body will give you an urban chic look at the weekend. We recommend teaming it with rolled-up boyfriend jeans, a slogan T-shirt and a big Starbucks in hand for a morning roaming the malls. They’ve even designed a wear-everywhere clutch – striking the perfect balance of simplicity and attention to detail with a sprinkling of Aertex-style holes running central through the bag.
Top of our list, however, is the graphic monochrome backpack. Slick, cool and infused with serious amounts of sports-luxe appeal, it has instant classic written all over it. We’ll be proudly toting ours with everything from a tailored black jumpsuit and single-strap heels, to a flippy white sundress and pool sliders. Clean, sleek and our own little ode to modernist summer style. After all, less is so often more.
Prices start from Dhs350, available at topshop.com. Cut-out shoppers drop online next week, structured totes, clutches and holdalls at the start of August.