Affordable luxury: Raoul and Club Monaco

Is there such a thing as affordable luxury? You decide. Singapore brand Raoul has been on my radar for a while and I keep gravitating towards its bags. These minimalist, structured bags are made in Italy, beautifully finished and properly functional. They have adjustable straps, transform into clutches and don’t weight a ton. Prices are around the £300 mark which I think is pretty affordable for the quality. Aside from the bags, Raoul also does a great line in silk dresses, separates and tailoring.

L-R: Raoul caramel bag, £295; Raoul blue bag, £310; Raoul tan saddle bag, £213

Another bag to file under the affordable luxury banner is Tommy Ton’s intelligently designed day bags for Club Monaco. The toast of New York Fashion Week, the unisex backpack and utility satchel arrive at Harvey Nichols tomorrow, price £280 each.

[Last photo: Tommy Ton]