Designer bags with versatility and colour from Heleen van der Meer

by Sylvia

Designer bags by Heleen van der Meer
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Travelling is a great time to discover new designers and talent. This year I was delighted to discover Dutch hand bag designer Heleen van der Meer. I spotted her designs in one of the most fabulous hat shops I have seen in The Netherlands: Cappello in Nijmegen. I spent a long time trying on many fabulous hats, but in the end could not find one that was perfect.

3 pockets handbag

So I moved on to their large bag collection. Initially I was very tempted by a bag from another brand, but then I spotted this versatile little bag. It grabbed my attention as I had just bought some black and bright green shoes and this bag featured the same colour. What is so great about this bag, is that you can just use one colour or 2 or 3. Each of the ‘pockets’ are buttoned on, so you can either take them (if you have a lot of stuff) or leave them (if you just want to have a small bag). The examples above look very different from the version I have, but the great part is that you can always go back and buy new pockets.

 

blue bags

I’m sure you are curious about my bag and how this works exactly but I will leave you curious for a few more days, since today I want to highlight some more designs from her fabulous collection.

wallets

It was no coincidence that I stumbled upon Heleen’s designs in a hat shop. She started her career designing hats, but quickly found that there was not really a big market for hats in The Netherlands, so she switched to bags instead. All bags are created out of leather and are usually characterised by their ingenious design and use of colour.

weekend bags

The beauty of bags for women over 40, just like other accessories, is that they can elevate your outfit from boring to special. These bags will make it easy to add some colour to an otherwise basic outfit and will give you an instant young and hip look. Bags are ageless and can just add that little spunk to your outfit that will make it fun!

big bags heleen van der meer

How fun are these for example!

 

big shoulder bags

I will try and create a nice outfit with the bag I bought for you to show soon. For now, enjoy Heleen van der Meer’s collection on her website and let me know what you think! Which is your favorite bag?

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Suzanne

Wow! These are great! I like the shapes and the colors. I am intrigued by the “pocket” that is removable. That would be a good bag to travel with as it could look like two bags but would take up the space of only one. My favorite shape is the flap bag in the second row. And the best color is the last bag in the last row – the brown, yellow, navy, and teal. What a pretty combination!
I had my heart set on one of the colorful new Coach Legacy bags for Fall but my hubby totally surprised me with a Dooney & Bourke purse. He has never, ever picked out a bag for me and I have no clue where he got the idea. It is black and white zebra stripes with lots of tan leather trim and tassels – which I love. So that will be my go-to bag for the next few months. I can’t wait to see your bag styled with an outfit!

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Sylvia

What a lovely husband you have Suzanne! Sounds like a wonderful present. Will show you my versatile bag soon…

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Greetje Kamminga

Yes, the bags are lovely, but not my style. I prefer straighter lines. I hardly ever buy a bag in more than one colour as usually there is enough going on in my outfit.
You showed us bags before and, like Suzanne, I totally fell for the tote bag from Coach. In a nice bright colour like yellow. Might want that one.
I had one by Helen van Eeghen that was blue with 3 little blocks of colour. My green bag has brown straps. And that is it for me.
Iwas tempted once to buy a big zebra bag with red straps. I left it but that still feels like a wrong decision.

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Suzanne

Greetje – I do not know what happened to our earlier posts but I did look at those dresses you linked to and they are lovely. I thought the shapes and colors were very flattering. Thank you for sharing! I also saw your yellow shoes and I am so jealous! So now I want your white boots and your yellow shoes! LOL!

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Sylvia

Sorry Suzanne, but since 40PlusStyle is getting increasingly popular (which is a good thing of course) my site was crashing the server it was on. I have now moved the site to a new server, which will hopefully solve all issues and I can also get back to my regular posting schedule. Some of the last comments got lost during the moving process, sorry about that!

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Greetje Kamminga

Hi Suzanne, hope you will receive this reply.
Since you have been away from this site, you probably have missed the article about me which Sylvia published. I was very taken by that. If you have a look, you might find even more items you want. LOL
http://40plusstyle.com/how-to-have-fun-with-fashion-style-lessons-from-greetje/

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Greetje Kamminga

By the way, do you know I am going cold turkey since the Style Forum is temporarely closed?

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Sylvia

Very sorry Greetje. Hang in there! Believe me I’m working hard to get the site moved to a new server and get it all setup, but my hosting company keeps me waiting. I hope to get it back as soon as possible and have the whole site running smoothly again pretty soon.

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Seeker

Yes, nice bags. The colours and styles are very cool, thanks for sharing with us.
I love bags and I have a few, but I tend to wear always the same for a long time because I have no time or patience to take every thing out of one and put in an other every morning.
I have a black bag with the front all in zebra, a souvenir from my Mom, that I only wore once:(

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Sylvia

As Marianne has said a VIP bag may be a good solution. Your zebra bag sounds nice though. Perhaps you should take it out!

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Marianne

The solution to your problem Seeker is a present for my birtday I got from Greetje. It is called a VIP [Very Intelligente Pocket] bag by Tintamar. it is a bag with a lot of pockets and spaces with zippers, you put all your belongings in there and when you want to change bags you take the VIP out and put it in another bag. Ready to go. My favorite is the first bag in the fifth row, with the stripes and the different colours.

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Sylvia

Great reminder Marianne. I still need to get something like that for myself!

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Seeker

Thank you so much Marianne for the information!! That VIP seems really cool and practical. Indeed what I need.
And you have a keen eye…. the bag you chose is my fav too.

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Christina Gregoire

These bags are great. I want one for travel. And… I always wear travel clothes at home (and travel accessories), but I travel with several hats. So, my definition of travel clothing may be more complicated than yours. (Someday, I may figure out how to transport good hats without filling up my suitcase with hat boxes.) I love this site.

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Sylvia

Love seeing more of your hats Christina. I still find it a challenge to find good ones for myself, which are wearable and not too hot for Singapore!

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Greetje Kamminga

Inspired by your article form before about the fall/winter handbags I decided I wanted a Coach bag in yellow. Not the tote but the satchel. Only to find out they don’t ship to The Netherlands. Rats! UK is the closest.
I sent them a mail hoping they can find a solution.

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Sylvia

Too bad Greetje. I hope you find one. Don’t they sell them in Holland?

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Greetje

Hah, VICTORY. It took me quite some time and searching, but I just got off the phone with America and if things go as promised, I will be the lucky owner of a sunflower yellow Coach bag within a fortnight.
Copy the link in your browser and you can see it:
http://www.coach.com/online/handbags/-handbags_silhouettes_satchels-10551-10051-5000000000000015033-en?t1Id=62&t2Id=5000000000000015033&tier=2&LOC=LN#114597

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Suzanne

I am so jealous! It is beautiful! Now you must put your white boots, your yellow shoes, and the Coach bag under lock and key as I am coming to — er, “borrow” them! :)

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Greetje

Ha ha, I am convinced there are quite a few items in your closet that could serve as trading material.

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Greetje

I forgot to give you a link to the Forum where you can see my yellow shoes from up close. The matching necklace is not too bad but a bit much in combination with the top. But it is about the shoes…. You can wear them either with or without a flap. Totally different shoe.
http://40plusstyle.com/forum/?mingleforumaction=viewtopic&t=87

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Suzanne

Those shoes are amazing! They really do look like two different pairs depending on how you wear them.

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Sylvia

Very nice!

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Greetje

Oh rats….. …..Not only did I pay $ 52 for shipment….. I also have to pay duty of $ 100,- becaus I import it. So now the bag is officially far too expensive.
It has arrived and I will pick it up from the DHL depot tomorrow morning. It better be really very nice!,

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Suzanne

BIG hugs Greetje! I know this must be very upsetting to you. It is a lot of extra money. The only thing I can tell you is that Coach bags are known for their quality and this style is one that will not date. It is a classic (they have brought it back from past years because it is modern enough for today). Also, the yellow is a special color and that makes it unique. Try to not let the bill ruin your love for this bag as I do think in 5 years you will look back and know that it was worth every penny. But – if it causes you too much pain to even look at it – I will do you a favor and you can send it to me. :) Hahaha!

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Greetje

No worry. I am sure I will be like a baby who gets her dummy (pacifier?) when I actually have the bag….. I drove passed the exit… Can you believe it? I will try again on Tuesday.

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Greetje

Got it. Hmmmmmmmmmm so nice! It is everything I hoped for. The only thing I would have left off, is the brand name on the outside of the bag in golden letters. I don’t like to show brand names. If a brand wants me to advertise, they should pay me for it. Otherwise, put your name on the inside.
And it is exactly on the side where the nice tassel is. Of course.
I tried to untie the tassel and move it to the other side. Failed. So I have to live with that. Otherwise… Perfect. One happy baby.

Greetje Kamminga

Maybe they sell Coach bags in Hollaand, but that particular one? A yellow one? I will keep on searching, but I doubt it.

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Greetje

Suzanne (and others) … Check out Me and My Bag…… On the Forum:
http://40plusstyle.com/forum/?mingleforumaction=viewtopic&t=129.0#postid-839

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