I Handpick Only The Best Fashion Labels To Share With You, I Don't Get Paid To Do This Or Gifted, So You Can Grantee You Will Get Only The Best. And After Years Of Searching, I've Fallen For A Brand You Need To Know About! I Introduce My Secret Love Affair With British Bag Brand, LaBante. As Seen In Debenhams Or More Recently at House of Fraser, Westfield Shopping Centre.

I'm sure you've had those moments, like me when you're looking for an elegant bag for work, not too big or small and quality staple piece that won't break the bank. Surely it's not too much to ask for, although as I've found out over the years, it's impossible. You can't be running around to meetings and events with two bags and knocking people out the way on the underground.

Then one day, whilst on the Debenhams website looking for a new business (work) bag that would fit my laptop, documents, notebook, mobile and the essential planner! This one bag caught my eye, when I was least expecting it, I was surprised to see it cost only £97 and I was mesmerised as I frantically got a ruler out to see if my laptop would fit (knowing my luck it would be out of stock soon). The next day I called Debenhams to find out, which store has it, like a dog with a bone. I was going to have this bag I'd fallen in love with, so I visited Debenhams' Oxford Street branch but to my dismay but none in stock, I has to order online.


After waiting a few more days than promised, I received and when unwrapping I was astonished it felt and looked similar to a premium item you'd pay hundreds. I'll be honest I was expecting the bag to be high street quality, edges colour peels, gold detailing fades and handle threading comes loose but it was beautiful. Plus for £75 (on discount) from LaBante themselves it was a bargain. The interior was breathtaking with detachable purse pockets, it was quite clear a lot of thought had gone into the creation of the bag but I'll be honest looks it only 60% pass, the true test was over time. 


It's been over a year and you'll be supraised to know I'm still deeply in love with it. Being a bag shopolhoic, I have not cheated on LaBante. I've used the bag every day and it's not let me down! I've had people ask where it's from and it's stood my test of time. I've literally used and abused it and had one minor issue inside the bag, which just needed super glue and minor edge scrapes. Bare in mind I have used the bag every day for nearly twelve months and it's not giving up on me. 


After doing my research on the vegan brand I found the Founder, Vanita Badlani Bagri was of Indian origin. Only a few weeks ago I spoke the lady herself and she shared her wonderful story with me to launching her successful brand. Her father had a factory in India, which was sold ay a young age yet even then she still have a yearning passion to do something in fashion but understandably first focused on pursing a stable professional career in New York. After which, she got married and nothing was stopping her from starting the business she dreamed of, as a result, she worked hard and took a major risk by investing her savings into the business. 

Today Vanita's vision lives on Oxford Street and Westfield Shopping Centre as the core of the fashion label is honest ethical principles, ethical, leading the design, quality and creation of the bags for fashion lovers. Listen to the astonishing lovely lady, it was all making sense to me, Vanita did something different than many business owners she had a vision to make a change in the UK and as an entrepreneur filling the gap the market she anchors the movement with honestly priced bags at exceptional quality. 



I hope you will join me in celebrating and experiencing LaBante in Westfield, House of Fraser. Debenhams in Oxford Street and give it a chance too, as you won't be disappointed.

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