Baggies ("Hambag").

Finding the right handbag is like solving a Rubik's cube (darn you, Ernö Rubiks!) - there are so many features and specificities that we're each looking for, and more often than not, you stumble across bags that only tick 2/3 boxes, or 38/2391 boxes. It always leaves you wondering, 'Where the heck is the 74919/74919 bag!?' Well, to help you start your hunt (because be honest, we're always on the hunt), here are three brands that are doing all the right things.

P.S. Have you ever noticed how people don't say "hand-bag"? Instead, they often say "hambag". I don't know about you, but I don't like bags made out of ham - not even the nicest ham. I prefer the ones below - peruse at will.

A-ESQUE

These babies are designed AND made in Melbourne. Often you get lots of brands that are 'designed in Melbourne', but still made overseas. A-ESQUE keeps their workshop local, creating beautiful bags featuring a modern aesthetic, a slight twist on classic shapes, incredible quality, choice leathers, and the perfect amount of detailing - never overdoing it, but always providing the right amount of everything. You can check out their process here, which is so, so, so, so, so cool. 

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Deadly Ponies

New Zealand brand, Deadly Ponies, offers up a collection that tugs on the heartstrings of any human with a beating ticker. Using ethically sourced leather, small-scale production, and a team of local Kiwi craftspeople, Deadly Ponies creates an exclusive product that you're sure to love forever, and then hand on to your extremely fortunate offspring.

Mr Pom Pom Mr Molten Clutch Mr Cub Molten Mr Bamboo Fur

Status Anxiety

Hailing from Sydney, Status Anxiety brings us goodies made with ethically-sourced leather from France, Italy and New Zealand. With a quirky, yet simple aesthetic and high functionality, you can't really go wrong. In addition to that, Status Anxiety has put their foot down on the fast fashion fad and focuses on quality, details, and eyeball-pleasing design. *Applause*

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WISHLIST: OK OK.

image image(4) image(2)image(3)  image(5)image(7)  image(1)I love socks. So much. Many loves for all the socks. It is socks that I love. Strong sock game is good game. I love socks. One of my very favourite pairs (lilac lurex, dontchakno) comes from this wicked Melbourne label, OK OK. And today, they've launched their brand new site, as well as a new label, KO, plus they've also added a million gajillion new styles that I must have on my feet this instant!

Make sure you go have a look and shop at OK OK's website. Become a #strongsockgame advocate with me!

WISHLIST: White Suede - A/W 14.

WHITE SUEDE IS ETHICAL CLOTHING AUSTRALIA ACCREDITED! And because of that, I will make a wishlist and post it in the hope that one of you lovely readers will go to the shops and buy one (or two) of everything and send it to my house. White Suede always finds a way to combine quirky prints and textures with conservative yet modern cuts. That is basically my dream - looking like a really classy weirdo. The great thing though is that White Suede pieces are great staples as well. Easy to dress up or dress down, you've basically got a double wardrobe in one piece. WHAT GREAT VALUE.

Do some sneaky ethical shopping here. Go on. Do it. But don't blame me when you spend all your money. That's just a given.