The Perfect Small Satchel

I needed some more color added to my wardrobe. Nothing that everything I wear and carry is black or grey, but I really wanted some bright pops on non obnoxious hues. Sometimes colorful can be either too bright or too overwhelming. I wanted color, but not an overwhelming color or print. I also wasn’t sure if I need more colorful clothing or handbags. Sure I had a few non black handbags, but I truly did not have any handbags with interesting color prints. I decided to go with handbags instead of clothing for my color addition to the wardrobe.

After deciding it would be a handbag to add to my wardrobe, I went about deciding what sort of colors I exactly needed to add. Did I want a solid color or several colors in one. I thought beautiful printed bag would be great to add to my assortment of designer handbags. I also wanted it to be a satchel style. One of my best friends recently received a tote from PLIA Designs and she said the same print was also in their small Reid collection.

PLIA Designs is a purveyor of designer handbags, leather goods, satchels, purses, and carryalls. The hallmark of this accessories firm is their dedication to quality and craftsmanship. In an era where so many purses are mass produced, PLIA Designs has a very firm commitment to making each of their designer handbags one at a time. A trained leather craftsman of the highest calibre creates each handbag piece by piece. This is not a design firm that believes in mass production.

My friend emailed me PLIA Designs website. It was love at first site. Ha! It is a beautifully laid out and well executed e-commerce platform. Rarely do brands have such beautiful websites. There is no flash to slow down the loading time or distracting banners to sign up for their email list. It’s a lovely shopping experience with nice graphics. On PLIA’s collections pages I spotted the small Reid satchel group. I clicked on the graphic.

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To my delight, the small Reid collection come in a variety of colors. There is a very bright pink leather body called Jester Street. Lacey Street is a stunningly beautiful grape print. I have never seen a print exactly like this before. It is so extraordinary and unique. I quickly added that one to my shopping cart. Regent Street is a colorful women fabric pattern. It was exactly what I was looking for in terms of splashes of color for my wardrobe. I added Regent Street to my shopping cart as well. I couldn’t wait for my new PLIA Designs handbags to arrive. These two handbags are absolutely the perfect small satchels. And I also solved the problem of adding color to my wardrobe, too!

Instagram and Designer Handbags

It is no wonder that Instagram is such a popular app. It’s so simple and sleek. Instagram is based around photos. There is no need to write complicated text or hourly updates. Simply take a picture and upload it to the app. One thing you will quickly discover are all of the style bloggers and style stars on Instagram. There are so many of them! Not all of them are of the same caliber. The Blonde Salad has two million Instagram followers. Gary Pepper Girl showcases the most beautiful fashion photos through a very focused and unique lens. Her photos are beautiful.

Many famous instagrammers with thousands of followers love to show off their designer handbags. There are literally millions of photos dedicated to designer bags, etc. From Valentino rockstud bag to Chanel’s Boy bag, everyone is showing off their designer wares; specifically handbags. Perhaps you have favorite style stars online that you have also noticed displaying their bags and leather goods. It’s easy to photograph a bag and set up the shoot. Let’s face it, not everyone has amazing feet, so foot shots aren’t always the best. However, handbags are super easy to shoot. You don’t have to be visiting a far flung glamorous locale to snap a good shot of a designer handbag. As long as you know how to snap a decent picture, you can take a great photograph of a handbag and easily upload it to Instagram.

One of my favorite handbag lines I’ve discovered on Instagram is PLIA Designs. The Blonde Salad owns one of their bags. So does Liberty Lndn Girl and many others. They are beautiful handcrafted designer handbags. Many of my girlfriends love them, too. We simply love they are not dripping in logos. PLIA Designs even stands up to Valentino, Chanel, and Prada. The quality of their bags in photos is absolutely amazing. PLIA’s Reid satchels, French Toast toes, and even designer iPhone cases are showed daily on Instagram. I especially love that they come up with their own designs. They don’t copy from other design houses. You can tell the designer really respects design and craftsmanship.

I couldn’t help myself, I logged onto their website: and ordered several handbags. My credit card needs a rest! The good news is their leather goods aren’t as overpriced as many designer handbags. The day after my PLIA Designs handbags arrived, I noticed VOGUE did a one page spread on this new design house. I felt like an insider reading this amazing article. It was like I knew about these beautiful bags before the rest of the fashion pack. PLIA Designs designer handbags will be a staple in my wardrobe for many years to come.

PLIA Designs Delivers

My quest to find the best satchel and carryall was an incredibly long journey. As I’ve stated before, I’m not exactly the biggest fan of shopping malls. Sometimes during the Christmas holiday they are fun to visit with all of the pretty decorations. Many upscale malls really go all out for Christmas so that part is nice to see. However, ordinary malls can be a complete bore. There is a lack of creativity and unique fashion. It’s all about boring stores where the masses all shop so they can all look alike. Not to say that shoppers at these malls have no individual fashion sense, but the stores themselves do not stock interesting wares. I believe shoppers would have elevated fashion sense if the buyers brought in better merchandise. A brand like Michael Kors is now everywhere. It’s a brand that is over saturated. It is available in so many department stores as well as TJ Max. Who wants to carry the same handbag that everyone else already owns? I know that may sound appealing to many, but it does not to me. I don’t want my fashion sense to look like every other fashionista out there.

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I did browse many department stores for the perfect satchel. Sometimes it was fun, but most of the time it was boring. After looking at a sea of uninspiring bags, I was let down and uninspired. I didn’t know what to do or where to look. I didn’t have time to visit the high end department stores in New York city or Paris. My free time is very important to me. I rarely get a proper vacation, let alone time to drop everything and take an exotic shopping trip. (Although it does sound fun!) One Friday evening, I was flipping through all of the new monthly glossies. I always look forward to my new magazines each month. It’s such a fun indulgence. While scanning the INDEX in the back of VOGUE, I noticed a beautiful navy and black satchel. I love navy as it goes with nearly everything and is very much a neutral color. Black and navy combination is simply perfect. They both are dark yet not the same color. I thought immediately that this was the handbag that would deliver. It was exactly what I was looking for. I quickly logged onto the brands website. The brad is called PLIA Designs. There were only 4 of the featured satchels left. I hit ‘buy’ as fast I could.

When my new PLIA Designs Reid satchel arrived I simply couldn’t believe it. It was one of the best designer handbags I have ever purchased! I’ve already ordered several more in different colorways. It’s so roomy yet light to carry. I love this bag!

Designer Bag of the Week

There are many articles and style blog posts about PLIA Designs’ original large Reid satchel.  It’s one of those amazing designer handbags that truly becomes a power house.  However, I discovered they recently added a new smaller size to this line of Reid designs.  It is a very unique silhouette to begin with.  A completely original design that has never been seen before.  And in fashion circles, it seems like we have seen everything.  PLIA Designs Reid satchel deserves a lot of press and praise.  It is a design that will never go out of style.  So of course when I learned that the design firm had released another size, I couldn’t wait to see it.

Within a week, PLIA’s new small Reid satchel debuted on their website:   I was bowled over by their selection of prints and color.  I know a lot of fashionables like to carry a neutral handbag.  Of course there is nothing wrong with that, but sometimes a shot of color in your wardrobe is a necessity.  There is no need to keep buying a black handbag over and over.  Yes the style may be different, but it’s still black and boring.

The small Reid satchel comes in six color ways:  Lacey Street, King Street, Regent Street, Jester Street, and Cadiz Street.  Lacey Street is the style I ordered right away.  I’m obsessed with this blueberry print!  This print is interesting because it has subtle pops of color, but it also is subdued and even slightly nostalgic or haunting.  A print that would be popular in England back in the 1700’s.  It is an unforgettable print.

When my new PLIA Designs’ handbag arrived, I was over the moon!  After opening the box, the first things I noticed was the lovely dustbag.  I hate when companies scrimp and try to save money using cheap fabric for the dustbag.  Well let me tell you, PLIA’s dustbags are absolutely amazing and the material is superb.  Taking my new handbag from the dustbag, I was more in awe.  The blueberry print fabric is even more beautiful in person.  Even though there is color in the print, they are very neutral colors.  This handbag will go with nearly every outfit I own.  The fabric is a tightly woman sateen canvas.  I’ve actually never seen a handbag material like this before.  It’s incredibly durable yet has the appearance of an expensive evening bag.

The interior is crafted of a lovely quilted material.  It’s not your typical boring black interior.  What I love with PLIA Designs handbags is the attention to detail.  How many designers remember to add an iPad pocket to the interior of their bags?  Not many.  I simply LOVE my Lacey Street handbag from PLIA Designs.  It’s one of the best designer handbags I’ve owned in a very long time.