When I first met Petra Van Der Spek, she had her own lovely handbag and wallet range called BagUs. These leather goods were produced abroad and were not customisable. I have a keyring made from one of their leather tags, and it is made of absolutely fantastic leather.
Sadly, once VDS planner sales shot through the roof, Petra moved to working with planner production instead. She did, however, always want to add bags to the custom product range. These were the samples from 2019.
At the moment there is a choice of three sizes of open-top totes with different strap lengths and a small pouch. You can choose your body, strap, pouch and trim leather using the VDS webtool. You can order a bag to match your favourite planner!
I was incredibly lucky to have been sent the large (La Grande) size sample to review. It is in pebbly black Janet leather with dark brown Janet Leather trim and black lining.
For me, it is important to have a bag that will stand up to the elements and not be affected by rain or snow. I also wear a lot of black, so light-coloured bags are not really for everyday wear.
Janet leather is always spectacular. I fell in love with it because it reminded me so much of Mulberry Darwin leather, and this bag just confirms it for me. It is top quality and will wear brilliantly. It is also firm enough to stand up on its own. I cannot express how much I love this bag.
I wanted a bag that I could use to carry my papers and laptop, even though I try not to carry too much these days. I also wanted a bag I could use for travelling. That is why I chose a larger size than I have been using lately. It is not heavy on my shoulder at all.
If you do decide to order a bag, I would recommend choosing a hardier leather, and waterproofing it if you are able. I am going to use a waterproofing agent on a small part of my bag to see how it goes.