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One of the loveliest changing bags we have ever reviewed…

Editor writes: I get asked all the time to recommend changing bags. Whilst everyone’s needs and style are different, there are some bags that really do set the bar high. And right now, I think that Born in Britain’s Charlton Hobo bag in Berry Red is nothing less that celestial.

A while back we ran a feature debating (as this is a frequent conversation we have) whether one actually needs a changing bag (read it here). Whether actually a classic leather handbag could just hold baby items anyway (Kate Moss, of course, set the trend for this…) 

Born in Britain’s Charlton bag is one of two styles they offer (the Wyn tote is slightly larger) and they both come in a choice of chic colourways. The Berry Charlton is the shade of red that makes one think of vintage phoneboxes or Routemaster buses. It is the shade that matches MAC’s Lady Bug red lipstick. It’s that sort of red that pulls together an outfit in a classic feminine way (think Amelie, or Natalie Portman for Chanel).

Whilst there is a cross-body strap, it is just as easy to carry this bag on your shoulder, even whilst pushing a buggy and coaxing a toddler on a scooter. The rear change compartment pocket unzips to reveal a changing mat in glorious duck egg blue which is luxuriously padded, rather like the trim of a classic car. There is ample room for a couple of nappies, wipes, bottles, teethers etc (if you are the sort of person who likes to carry LOTS of stock, then size up to the Wyn tote) and the main compartment can easily hold an ipad, notepad, make up bag – even a bottle of prosecco (cos, c’mon – sometimes we need one in our changing bag, right?)

Really clever touches include the super deep elasticated pockets, so your handcream won’t explode inside (you could also fit a pair of roll-up ballet flats in here) and the front pocket which is great for holding your phone/keys/sunglasses – the popper keeps the section secure enough to stop theft but means you can grab your essentials without needing a huge rummage.

In short. this is the changing bag a Bond girl would carry, should she find herself with child.

Find out more and shop online at Born in Britain. 

The Charlton Hobo comes in Berry, Tan or Midnight Black, RRP £195

The perfect investment handbag for the modern mother?

Wyn tote in black from Born in Britain

Sometimes – in our world – there are two ways of looking at a parenting accessory: something that is built for the purpose and the most stylish it can be, or something elegant that can also fulfill the task. A great example of this (which has sparked many a debate across our team) would be the day bag.

Kate Moss and Birkin

Do you opt for one of the ‘elite’ luxury changing bags (Pacapod, Kerikit, Born in Britain, Tibi & Marl etc being some of our faves) or do what Kate Moss (obviously!) started the trend for all those years ago by just re-purposing a great handbag (in her case an oversized Birkin) to carry all your essentials – plus your kids’ too.

Pearl Lowe – in our Winter issue of the magazine – told us that she tosses all her daughter Betty’s hairbrushes and toys into her trusty black Prada and you’ll see the likes of Fearne Cotton stuffing their Aspinal of London Marylebone totes with blankies and wet wipes – along with their yoga kit.

Large Queen bag in red by Jardine of London

Mary Jardine, founder of Jardine of London, suggested: “,The small cross-body ‘Queen’ Jardine of London bag is the perfect investment piece handbag for the busy Mum who needs her ‘hands-free’ whilst juggling the children and everything else required when out and about.  Big enough for her iPad and the little things you need when you have your little darlings with you for a day out – but small and light enough to be worn cross-body.  Made from sturdy goat-skin leather – this bag is very durable whilst maintaining its chic and stylish designer look.  No fiddly closures to the lid here – just a satisfying click as the lid‘s magnetic closure shuts tightly down keeping your possessions safely stowed away.”

Kristin Cavallari with her Chanel GST

Claudia Valentin, Handbag appraiser at Prestige Pawnbrokers and star of channel 4’s Posh Pawn has this advice: “,I personally believe that every Mum should have the classy Chanel GST (Grand Shopper Tote) in Caviar finish for long lasting wear.  it’s a really practical bag in every way and yet, still an heirloom!It features a functional interior with large and safe compartments as well as maintaining a very chic style with its beautiful chain straps and of course its iconic logo.This piece is suitable for all ages as it’s a timeless design for all seasons and comes in different colours to cater for a selection of daytime outfits may it be jeans and a jumper or a maxi dress. These bags tend to retail new at around £2500 but we can source them via our online shop for around £1700 which is such a good investment. You can find one on the online shop  at a very affordable price. The other classic designer must have bag for the modern mother in my opinion is the faithful Louis Vuitton Neverfull MM. These bags can hold a surprising amount of ‘mummy paraphernalia’ and can be the perfect transitional bag from daytime school run to a beach tote whilst still looking super glam taken out in the evening for dinner. These retail around £880 new and we can source them for a little as £500. Again you will probably pass a LV onto your children as they are such a timeless investment.”

PS there’s still time to drop a few Mothers’ Day hints 😉