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Totes amaze bags

Holdalls are back — and you’ll bag a real beauty with Irish brand Peelo’s collection, writes Denise Smith


Peelo accessories range in price from €30 to €295

Peelo accessories range in price from €30 to €295

Peelo accessories range in price from €30 to €295

Peelo accessories range in price from €30 to €295


Peelo accessories range in price from €30 to €295

It’s a truth universally acknowledged that the handbag enjoyed a well-deserved career break during much of the pandemic. One week into lockdown it was immediately apparent that nobody needed a bag to cart their laptop from the bedroom to the sofa.

Nor was it necessary to lump your makeup into your prized tote for morning touch-ups on the bus.

But now the most hardworking piece in your wardrobe is back, and there is one particular Irish handbag brand that is grabbing all of our attention. PEELO, launched by renowned Irish handbag designer Julie Peelo, is celebrating its first year in business this September with its new Autumn Winter collection.

From back-to-business totes to luxe clutches that come replete in vibrant pops of colour and snake embossed leather finish, you’ll want to carry each and every piece of the collection into a brighter tomorrow.

Whether you’re a fan of the shoulder bag, crossbody or prefer showcasing your favourite accessory in the crook of your arm, the bespoke brand offers beautiful designs that slot effortlessly into your wardrobe.

More importantly, the versatile designs are all created with women in mind, offering a perfectly edited collection that speaks directly to Irish customers.

Drawing inspiration from architecture and design, a multi-layered, sensory experience is at the heart of Julie’s design approach. It is in this juxtaposition of contemporary and vintage styles that new, beautiful collectable items are conceived: modern accessories that are built to last.

Julie says: “With my textile background I’m passionate about textures and the versatility of leather. For Autumn Winter I wanted to create lots of texture and so I’ve introduced two new luxury Italian leathers, a croc embossed leather in hunter green and burgundy and a snake embossed leather in jewel tones of burgundy, navy and olive green”.

“Our bestselling ‘Simple Tote‘ from Summer is updated in an array of beautiful colours from Ibiza blue to Kelly green and textured snake embossed leather contrasted with nappa leather stripes. “I adore the easiness of this tote, it closes with a magnetic button and can be worn under your shoulder making it stylish and easy to wear”

Continuing to work on a core collection of modern wearable bags PEELO is introducing one new style this season, its ‘LEA Crossbody Camera bag ‘ and is very excited to add a new accessory to its collection, a Recycled Poly and Wool PEELO Beanie (€30) perfect for gifting and for keeping you cosy on Autumn walks.

“I wanted to create an everyday luxury and an ideal Christmas gift and the hats are so soft and cosy perfect for Autumn walks”.

  • The range is available on peelo.ie and kilkennyshop.com

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