Welcoming In the Bag, our latest blog series to Agent Mystery Case. It’s all about catching up with the people behind our favourite brands and sneaking a peek inside their bags.
Following our recent collaboration and giveaway with Sash & Belle, it was only fitting that Kristy the owner behind this gorgeous and affordable handbag label, be our first
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Can you tell our readers a bit about yourself and your business?
I am 36, happily married with two gorgeous children aged 6 & 3 and live in Canberra. I am also the creator and owner of the Sash & Belle handbag label. I created and launched my own handbag collection in February 2014. I had a passion for handbags and wanted to start my own business but didn’t want to sell someone else’s brand/creation.
The Sash & Belle look is classic, functional and stylish. Most of my handbags are crafted from polyurethane (PU – a type of vinyl or faux leather). I made the decision to stock mostly PU bags as it is hard to find stylish high quality non-leather handbags. I recently introduced a limited edition leather range – which has been popular as the bags range from $75 – $110, soooo affordable! I create two Sash & Belle collections per year, autumn/winter and spring/summer. You can view the range online here.
So far it has been fun and challenging, with two children and a mortgage I couldn’t quit my day job so I work four days a week in the Public Service, but one day soon I hope to say I work exclusively on Sash & Belle!
Canberrans have been very supportive and are loving the quality of Sash & Belle bags for the price, and now I would love to let the rest of Australia know about them. We offer free shipping so it is easy to get your own bag.
I also have a blog, it has fashion tips, parenting stories and business tips, pretty much whatever I feel like writing about. I love to share photos of clothes I have found and match them with my handbag collection, you might get some great outfit ideas.
If your everyday bag could talk, what would it say about you? How much does it weigh and are you game to share a photo of the contents?
My bag would say ‘essentials and organised’. I love functional bags that have compartments to separate my things and that is why I am using the Sash & Belle “Kerry” in Magenta. The weight of my bag varies too, it can be super light when it is just me and I am heading to the shops or it can be super heavy when I am going to work or on the weekend when I am also carrying my kids things.
The picture of the contents of my bag is when it is super full. I am very lucky because I have a huge range of handbags to choose from – I change them with my mood or activity!
What is your idea of the perfect date night?
I am picked up in a limo, whisked to the airport where I board a private jet with my husband to France or Italy (this is a very long date night) I am then wined and dined on a very large yacht on the Mediterranean and treated to massages and pampering.
However when I wake from that wonderful dream what I do love is good food and good champagne (Veuve Cliquot in particular) with my husband. We love to try new restaurants but with two little ones date nights are a little rare and valuable so we certainly make the most of it.
What is on your Worth Casing list?
I love people casing my Sash & Belle collection and telling everyone what they thought, people listen to their friends about good products they have found. If I had to pick something else that I am interested in at the moment it would be casing what will be the next big fashion piece for summer, this winter we saw the poncho/blanket cape and flat ankle boot – what will be the piece to have this summer?
If you had a theme song what would it be and why?
I don’t have a theme song, I sing along to anything I like but don’t take the words in that much. The music I listen to changes with my mood though, if I am feeling serious or nostalgic then I love a Beyoncé ballad like Halo. If I am happy and in a party mood anything that has got a beat and in the top 40 is for me, I love to dance and sing (but I didn’t say I was good at it). If I want to chill out, lounge music is my choice.
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Have you discovered Sash & Belle? Have you ever weighed your everyday handbag?