Published on October 27th, 2014 | by Gráinne Ahern


Move over ‘IT’ Totes. Get bags of style with these Irish made classics.

Thinking of dressing up this Halloween and going trick or treating? Well if so you’ll need a bag to put your hoard in, if not you’ll have to cheer yourself up in lieu of a loot of chocolate with a brand new piece of arm candy. They are all pricey yes, but we are talking investment pieces that are neutral enough to go with anything and everything. They are all made from natural fabrics which will age beautifully as well, just like us. Toffee apples at the ready, here’s our pick of Irish made and designed bags that will NEVER go out of style.

First up is this beauty, made in Killkenny by this fomer master leather worker who cut his teeth at Hermés, Edmund Chesneau. Chesneau bags have traditionally been in the domain of stealth wealth, ladies who lunch, but they are classics for a reason and this eel skin beauty will last you a life time if you treat it with a lot of love.



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Eel skin Tracy bag, €770,


Hitting the younger market is designer Ana Vahey. Hailing from the Sligo, Ana worked for years in China, Italy and London before returning home to set up her label Ana Faye. All of Ana’s bags are handmade using Italian leather. They are limited in numbers too so you won’t see everyone wearing the same bag as you. This metallic grey piece is stunning and a kind price point too.


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Sinéad bag by Ana Faye, €239,


No article on Irish bags would be complete without a giving Kerry made Holden Bags a mention. Again using the finest Italian leather, Conor Holden and co. carefully craft these gorgeous bags that are made to stand the test of time.

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Siobhán bag, €365,

Influenced by equestrian wear, this Garvan de Bruir saddle bag is stunning.  Drawing on architectural roots, It’s firm and structured rather than a slouchy tote that you might be used to, but don’t let it put you off.  This is exquisite.



Saddle bag, €480 – €530, 


Finally a notable mention because of her Irish roots, this Lulu Guinness bag is a classic. Not noted for her timeless designs (lip clutches anyone?) this welcome anomaly is just lovely and will wear and wear and wear.


 Lulu Guinness black totes, €450, Arnotts

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Gráinne Ahern is a Series producer/ director across all TV genres from documentary to entertainment. She headed up Ireland's most watched fashion magazine show, Off the Rails for three years and is now taking her love for all things sartorial online - enjoy!

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