Friday, 26 March 2010

Quentin Mackay Press Day

Earlier this week, I was invited to a Quentin Mackay Press Day for their AW10 collection. Quentin Mackay bags are gorgeous and we've seen them on the likes of Victoria Beckham.

AW2010 is the third season for Quentin Mackay, and his Ball & Claw collection has received a lot of attention. It's a beautiful design and so well thought out. He got the idea for it from the carving of the feet of a sewing machine he received from his Grandmother when he was 15.

I managed to speak to Quentin Mackay and he was really interesting and knowledgable about the bags. He went through each collection bag by bag, and I learnt a lot about the bags and the brand.

The bags aren't mass produced items and each one has a unique code to it.The inside lining is red, and like with all the other bags, each one is individually branded and numbered on the inside, making each one unique.

It is evident to see that the bags are madereally well: Quentin Mackay said that he has a passion about quality and hardware, so you can see that no corners were cut when making each bag. You can also the quality of the brass hardware of the Ball and Claw on each bag. The Ball & Claw is either brass with platinum (silver) or brass with gold plating (gold). Quentin explained the process of making the Ball & Chain and it's a very delicate and intricate process: exactly like how jewellery is made.

Persia Bags:
These bags were all gorgeous. They are large-ish shoulder bags, which is a perfect day bag.
It is clear the Quentin really thought about functionality when designing this. Each bag has a key leash on it, and it can also be used as a safety clasp, so that you can attach it to your arm or chair.

While talking to Mackay, I also learnt a bit about the designing world. One particular skin, called Porosus Crocodile, is very hard to come by and a very small amount gets allocated to designers.

Jeannie Bag GT (Gorgeous Treatment)
This is a more casual bag, and is quite slouchy, that you can put it on your shoulder.
Again, it's clear to see that Quentin thought about functionality. The strap can be extended, so that you have it as a shoulder bag, and it can also be made a lot smaller, so that it's more of a handbag. I felt the Python one in this collection and it felt really good.

Daphne and Delphine:

Both these bag's are more of an evening style. Both have really light chains, making them easier to carry in the evening. Daphne is very soft leather, made from Sugar Wool.

The other collection is the 'Showgirl' one. I loved how Quentin described these. He used the word: 'luxology', which refers to technology being used in bags. The bags are made from a very lightweight material and have carbon fibre handles, with a palladium finishing
The bags also come with a 'B-Tag'. Basically, you take a picture of the tag, on your phone, and it will automatically direct you to the website, giving you more information about the product and the brand.

For more information, check out the website.

Sherin xx

P.S. I have two very interesting events next week as well, so yay!

P.P.S: I may be lacking in outfit posts over the coming weeks. from the end of next week, I will officially be out on the campaign trail for a politician in the run up to the Election. That means that I'm going to constantly be in jeans and sneakers.


Chasing Cherries said...

Interesting post! Nice bags!

janettaylor said...

Mhmmmm... Great bags!

P.S.: ♥Please don't forget to join the Sporty Knit Tigh-High Socks GIVEAWAY!♥

Good luck!

Couture Cookie said...

Wow. I am such a bag person... I'll wear cheap shoes any day if I have to choose between expensive bags and expensive footwear. The Showgirl is fantastic - I have to check out the website now... xoxox.

Leah said...

I love those evening bags and I'm glad that he does not mass-produce his bags. That's good news. xoxo

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous bags! I appreciate the amount of care and attention he put into these bags, and I love the idea of the claws.


Marta from With Love... said...

The collection is stunning, no wonder it is so coveted! They are perfection.


Denise said...

wow! you have an amazing job.

i love those bags especially the animal print one. just gorgeous!

I am Denise Katipunera

Rachel said...

Great post! I'm really loving these handbags. They all look so pretty!

Audrey Allure said...

Beautiful bags!

Dressing Up For Me said...

I love the snake skin bag which looks like a ¨hobo bag¨to me. I´m glad to know that he doesn´t mass produce his bags.

Anonymous said...

It's great that he doesn't mass produce these bags, it makes more unique. And that ball and claw design is beautiful. I don't know if I've told you before but love your writing style, and great post as always. xxx

coolboy said...

wats special today , you blog is filed with bags,
are you started sell your bag

Sarah M said...

Excuse me as i SWOOOOOON over the Daphne and Delphy bags!!! SOOOO CUTEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

St├ęphanie said...

Fabulous ! And thank you so much for your lovely comment ! I'll be back soon !

MJ said...

Wow, lucky you! These bags are lovely and I can't believe you got to chat to the designer...

bryna said...

nice stuff.. especially #1.

Giovanna ♥ said...

Thanks for stopping by and for sharing this info with us :)
Have a fabulous weekend!

Cafe Fashionista said...

Quentin Mackay bags equal love. Scratch that, anything Victoria Beckham owns equals love!! :)

Stephanie said...

Such gorgeous bags!

Helena - A Diary of Lovely said...

love all the details! have fun next week!

Lady said...

you are right, they are gorgeous!!!!
I want one!!!


Eri said...


Loved this post! So have a look at Traid's website below, they have few shops in London.

See you soon.

Julia said...

These bags are beautiful and I love the claw! I wish I had one.


Meream said...

Gorgeous bags. Were they heavy? I don't like heavy bags. :)

Stefanie Grace said...

Amazing! They're so pretty! x

H A N N A H ♥ said...

such an interesting post :)
which events is it you're going to - the jasper garvida one on monday? & mystery fashion one on tues? if so I'll see you there!!!



OceanDreams said...

Very informative, hope everything with the election goes well! Being in sneakers and jeans can be stylish too. :)

snake leather said...

such a intersting post.
Ii is too stylish and all colour are good.

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