“It’s time for a new handbag!” 

I declare as my beloved tote bag’s strap finally breaks. I have had my heart set on a real, handcrafted leather bag ever since I spotted that well-dressed woman walk down the street with a bright red leather clutch. Now that I have identified my goal, I need to decide on the style my new companion will be.

I know that bovine and ostrich leather promise strength and durability but I am in love with the texture of ostrich leather, created by its unique quill pattern. Pure ostrich leather also consists of natural oils which prevent the skin from cracking or becoming stiff over time. Even under extreme temperatures and sun exposure, this type of skin still retains its beauty. Eureka! I am going in search of an ostrich leather handbag, lined with bovine leather, the epitome of style and quality. It will not break or wear out quickly, so it will be a wise investment in myself. I meet a lot of influential clients and network at many events so it is essential that I look professional and stylish.


"The Matilda tote"

I have decided on the type of leather, now I need to figure out the type of bag that I want. I have spotted a streamlined tote that will be able to hold all my essentials with ease. Its unadulterated quills catch the light so well, and I have chosen a classy cognac-tan colour, which suits my complexion and blends easily with most outfits in my wardrobe. The Italian zips and clasps shine brightly in the light and add class to my overall look. With outer and inner zip compartments, I can store my lipstick and other items that I need quickly. Each stitch is lovingly sewn and the quality of workmanship is evident. Oh! I cannot wait to show this little number off during next week’s ladies night, my friends are going to be so jealous!



Written by Andrea Kemsley


Andrea works in PR and art gallery administration, specialising in contemporary African art. She has a BA in Drama, German and Art History & Visual Culture from Rhodes University in Grahamstown. She lives in the beautiful city of Cape Town where people of different cultures and tastes provide endless ideas for creative writing.

Oh, and her fashion sense is not too bad either.