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Katy Loves… Grafea – Actor

We’ve been doing loads of days out as a family recently and I finally recognised the need for a new bag – well, that’s the official line anyway! 

The unofficial line?  A girl can NEVER have too many bags – right?  Boots and bags are my thing – you’ll soon learn this about me!

But seriously – with my kids now 6 and 3 and walking everywhere I realise how much I’ve relied on my push-chair for the last 6 years!  IT used to be the packhorse but since its demise I’VE taken its place!  Not so much fun!  So I’ve been on the look out for help.

I recently saw a mum sporting a RUCKSACK which was perfect since she had her hands free for everything else she needed to achieve.  Not so perfect since it was honestly the ugliest excuse of a rucksack I’ve ever laid eyes upon!  Seriously woman – have some self respect!

But then again, when the Oxford Dictionary gives THIS description what hope is there?

  • a bag with shoulder straps which allow it to be carried on someone’s back, typically made of a strong, waterproof material and widely used by hikers.

So, fearful of joining the “sporty, functional rucksack” brigade in the knowledge that I’d then be on the slippery slope to “mummy trainerdom” (Lord help me!) I got Googling!   If this was going to be my everyday bag, it needed to be more than your everyday rucksack!

And BOY did I find a beauty at Grafea – and the lovely people there sent me one to try! It’s the Grafea Actor – it comes in black, chocolate brown and my choice – the camel.  It’s got one front pocket, two side pockets and a secret zip up pocket on the back for extra security.  And it has comfy, adjustable shoulder straps!

At £180 it’s not cheap, but I totally wish I’d bought it when I was pregnant with Kaya.  It would have been the perfect baby bag for both kids, then it would have transformed into the perfect all-purpose-bag now since it’ll last for ever.

The best thing about it?  Grafea is a British company and the designs by their creator Hari centre around the traditional satchel.  Not only can it hold ALL my stuff but the leather is so beautiful I know it’s only going to get even more stunning with age. I’ve had LOTS of admiring glances and people asking me where it’s from.  The answer?



  • Reply Lisa January 10, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    I have the show business grafea rucksack in tan. I have to say it’s the best bag I have ever bought! I also have 2 boys who are 3 and 6. It makes life so much easier as my hands are free! Xx

    • Reply Katy January 10, 2014 at 2:13 pm

      It IS amazing having free hands! X

  • Reply Beck at Tall Amy Bags June 23, 2013 at 10:30 pm

    I LOVE this bag, but as I make bespoke bags I can’t justify buying one. If you ever think about having a very reasonably priced one off bag have a look at my designs and fabrics!

    • Reply Katy June 24, 2013 at 7:22 pm

      You can ALWAYS justify a new bag! (Joke!) LOVE that you work with bags. That’s like some kind of DREAM job! X

  • Reply Liz @ Baby wears Prada June 23, 2013 at 6:40 pm

    Ooo love this- had my eye on a Celine rucksack but it was totally out of my price range! I never thought practical would enter my list of must-haves when buying a day bag but hey, I also didn’t think 9am could ever be considered a lie-in. X

    • Reply Katy June 23, 2013 at 7:22 pm

      Ha! SO true! I DREAM of 9am – although even when I have the chance my body doesn’t play the game anymore! It IS a GORGEOUS bag – totally recommend. Thanks so much for stopping by x

  • Reply Fi Star-Stone June 23, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    Bag candy. I cannot ever get enough bag candy and this, well. It’s the caramel of bag candy (see what I did there?)

    Our buggy is still the packhorse, but I still refuse to buy nappy/baby bags in favour of cute (but big) bag candy!

    This is gorgeous! Thanks for sharing.

    • Reply Katy June 23, 2013 at 7:23 pm

      You’re welcome lady! I’m with you on the avoidance of baby bags! This would be PERFECT! 😉 x

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