Mary Poppins’ handbag made of carpet is the latest trend in fashion

I grew up with Mary Poppins and I was always fascinated by her world, the magic or her bag and that mysterious part of  London where she came from and disappeared back into with her umbrella. Her bag was particularly enchanting and could magically carry lots of items including furniture. I am pleased to say that I am now also a proud owner of a Mary Poppins’ handbag thanks to Made of Carpet led by designer Irina Bragin.

If you don’t remember it, this clip will bring up those childhood memories linked to the magic of Mary Poppins’ handbag.

 

At Fashion Finest Britain’s Top Designer Awards event last month, MADE OF CARPET® bags were the only accessories showcased on the catwalk and certainly impressive with their vintage, old fashion look on contemporary outfits.

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The great thing about the modern Mary Poppins’ handbags is that they are quire unique pieces. They are not mass produced so if you get one you can be sure that they are a limited edition piece. What I also like about them is that they are all made within the European Union and the quality is very high.

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Carpets are woven in Western Europe out of synthetic yarn on cotton base. All trimmings are made by genuine leather. The Carpet used is rainproof – an adhesive on the back of the carpet prevents moisture to come through – washable, although not in the washing machine because of their leather and metal trimmings and cardboard bottoms. MADE OF CARPET® bags are easily cleaned with carpet foam.

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For their peculiar trendy Renaissance look recalling the 150-year-old Victorian fashion one of Irina’s bags was featured in TV series Ripper Street (season 2, series 3 “Become Man”).

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Irina told me that she came up with the idea of these bags as she was a big fan of Mary Poppins and always wanted to have a handbag like her. So she decided to bring justice and restore the former glory of unique and elegant Victorian Carpet bags. For the last 150 years you could find “carpet” bags made of tapestry, kilim, velvet or velour and even simple cloth, some of them even have Oriental patterns, but none of them were made of real Oriental Rugs. The whole problem was that it was very difficult to sew these kinds of bags out of real, deep-piled thick carpet and people started making “carpet” bags out of look-alike materials which clearly
devalued them and deprived of their deserved glamour. Not to mention the fact that American history is also not added to honour the innocent carpet bags.

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Irina closely examined all possible modern materials and technologies, and found those that met a performance capability of modern machinery, all high quality requirements of the real Victorian Carpet bags and modern health and safety standards.

As a big fan of Mary Poppins I was very happy to meet the lovely and creative Irina who gifted me with one of the last handful of bags that were handed over to celebrities as Goodie Bags at BRIT Award 2015.

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I love the Unisex model Messenger despite not being the classic Mary Poppins’ handbag. It is like Desigual meets Mary Poppins and totally limited edition. It was part of the men’s goodie bag, and the list of celebrities who signed for them is very impressive and includes Ant and Dec, Take That, Lewis Hamilton, Russell Crowe, Orlando Bloom, Lionel Richie, Jimmy Carr, John Bishop, Kanye West, John Bishop, Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, Lisa Snowdon, Fearne Cotton, Charli XCX, Cara Delevingne, Rita Ora, Karlie Kloss, Kim Kardashian, Ellie Goulding, Taylor Swift, Paloma Faith, Madonna and others. The idea of wearing a bag that Gary Barlow and Madonna also use excites me.

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Irina has done really well to create the award winning English heritage brand of Victorian Carpet Bags without any competitors in the same price range. Other brands that issued Carpet Bags made of real carpet within their collections are Burberry, Louis Vuitton, Ralph Lauren and Maison Martin Margiela, but of course their prices are more than 10 times higher!

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The Fashion Finest show was really impressive and I was in the audience enjoying watching extraordinarily creative designers showcasing their work of love. Take a look at this clip to get an idea of the atmosphere on the evening.

Our London Mums Spring magazine also features one of MADE OF CARPET® bags!

Mary Poppins' handbag in London Mums magazine

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About Monica Costa

Monica Costa founded London Mums in September 2006 after her son Diego’s birth together with a group of mothers who felt the need of meeting up regularly to share the challenges and joys of motherhood in metropolitan and multicultural London. London Mums is the FREE and independent peer support group for mums and mumpreneurs based in London https://londonmumsmagazine.com and you can connect on Twitter @londonmums

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