This New Highstreet Bag Collection Is Really, Really Good. And Affordable!

Hobbs bags

Ah, the satisfaction of investing in a new bag. Few things are more fulfilling than treating yourself to a new tote or clutch, especially when a handbag is the one buy that suits all, and can be the linchpin that brings your whole look together. The downside? Thanks to fashion's focus on quality and design, handbag prices are slowly creeping up, and each season the must-have designer bag could, quite literally, break the bank.

So where do you find quality fabrics and craftmanship, plus fashion-forward designs, without forcing yourself into the red? Until very recently it's been almost impossible to find a handbag worth investing in for the longhaul on the high street. But one brand has seriously upped their game: HOBBS. Their new bag collection has everything we've been looking for: versatility, chic shapes, luxurious fabrics and a focus on subtle fashion details that won't date (look out for the expensive-looking hardware). Creative Director, Sandy Verdon explains that: "The HOBBS bag collection is designed with a contemporary woman's life in mind. Every detail has been carefully considered and tailored to carry her through the day."

From the everyday tote that'll see you through seasons to come, to the quirky clutch to lift any look, this stunning new collection is guaranteed to make your friends jealous...

The Pimlico collection: from £199

A combination of fashion and art, Hobbs' Pimlico collection features hardware inspired by modernist artist and sculptor, Barbara Hepworth. This work bag is perfect for everyday use, thanks to it's simple and versatile extorior, hiding a spacious interior that's large enough to hold A4 folders and a 15-inch laptop. Impressively, it's the perfect size to fit under the seat of an aeroplane - a travel case never looked so good!

The Richmond collection: From £149

Take one classic tote, and give it 3 handy sections, and you'll have the perfect carry-all. This 3-in-1 tote includes a pop-out document holder and a handy wristlet purse. In classic brown leather, it'll last for years.

The Pimlico collection: from £199

A more formal take on the carry-all, this berry-hued flapover bag with chain strap is practical and stylish. Wear it across the body to keep your hands free.

The Brompton collection: from £149

The backpack has swiftly become a classic, and they don't get more sleek and sophisticated than this contemporary calf leather design. Featuring heritage-inspired equestrian detailing and plenty of useful pockets, it makes for the ideal day-to-day bag.

The Kew collection: from £125

Every woman needs a little leopard-print from time to time, and this sleek asymmetric-flap bag with removable chain makes the dream stand-out accessory. Carry it as a clutch for evening or wear it over your shoulder and let the print do the work.

The Brompton collection: from £149

Carrying your work documents never looked so good! We love the masculine edge to this traditional carrier. Gold hardware detailing and intricate stitching keeps it just the right side of quirky.

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Abigail Malbon

Abigail Malbon is a journalist who has written for the likes of CN Traveller, Evening Standard, Red and Cosmopolitan. She likes pina coladas and exploring new places.