In the world of designer fashion brands, it can be overwhelming to keep track of the latest it-bag of the moment. As Paris Haute Couture Week Spring 2017 is winding down, it means two things: fall 2017 shows are just around the bend, and a lot of notable people carried notable handbags in Paris over the past few days. We’ve tried to manage our spendy feelings – let’s call it damage control – and did our best to find an affordable alternative for one of the most wanted it-bags of the moment. Oh, and…with an equestrian twist.brown bag blauw black jacket leather pink pompomThe Louis Vuitton Pochette Metis (left) and the Saint Laurent College bag (right). Hard to get and even harder to afford, as the price has gone up since January 2017. Here’s a great alternative that won’t break the bank. Ralph Lauren never disappoints, so the brand launched a college bag for spring/summer 2017 which will give you the same posh feeling as if you’ve bought the luxury ones. red bag green plant Available in several colors for the price of 249€. The bag is in comparison to the Pochette Metis a bit smaller, but they both have a shoulder strap.red bag brown bag pochette metisBrown bag pochette red bag Ralph Lauren Raquel (249€) here

Pochette Metis LV (1290€) here

Saint Laurent College Bag (1690€ ) here

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Imagine…What if money wasn’t an issue? What would you buy to treat yourself at Christmas time? We’ve selected a range of affordable and luxury equestrian inspired products to give you some inspiration for the upcoming holidays.

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Always go for the extra mile in a warm pair of classy Dubarry boots. How stylish and luxurious is this tweed edition? (£299 available at Dubarry.com)

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This premium German brand “Uniqcorn Exceptionnel” stands for exquisites design and handcrafted riding breeches.

Dress to win the competition. (Breeches €455)

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The polo belt that thinks it’s a Christmas jumper. Want it. Need it. Available at Pampeano (£65).

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The best way to fill in your stocking? Indeed…socks, pick up a fancy pair by the new Italian brand Miasuki (€30).

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You can never go wrong with a stylish shirt. This linen one by Middy n’ Me will for sure be an eyecatcher during your Christmas diner party. ($325)

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Holland Cooper is a brand so synonymous with British luxury it’s recognised instantly in its use of the most superior Scottish woven tweeds and wools combined with the finest suede’s and leathers offering luxury tailoring for both men and women. The Prince of Wales jacket in soft pink is one of my favorites. (£449)

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Save the best for last, this bag is highly on the wishlist. An iconic classic bag in alligator material.

The Ricky bag by Ralph Lauren (€18 000)

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Let me know what’s on your wishlist!

Coming up next: Christmas wishlist for the horse.

 

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As equestrians, we are always looking for perfection. Whether it is in our fashionable outfit, in grooming our horse or in going for the extra mile in competition. Every detail is important, every dressage step must be 100% under controle and every second in the jump off makes the difference between the first place or…no place.Stella Artois Equestrian Lifestyle

Perfectionism. Could this be the reason Belgium beer Stella Artois is partnering with Carlos “Polito ” Ulloa and the Argentine Open Polo Tournament in Buenos Aires at the end of this year? Off course, Stella Artois had created a series of the World’s most prestigious events and brings behind the scenes stories of all types of perfectionists.Stella Artois Equestrian Lifestyle

World class polo trainer Carlos Ulloa is one of the best and people describe him as the man with a vision to spot champions when no one else sees them.. Let this qoute be the theme of the advertisement, the polo pony whom viewers see him breaking-in is initially invisible. The final moment when the horse becomes rideable, he also becomes visible. (click to see)Stella Artois Youtube Equestrian Lifestyle

As born in the home town of Stella Artois, but also as a horse lover and passionate marketing person, I must say this is a great advertisement. The story behind the video reflects the vision and development of the Belgian beer brand. But let me ad one critical comment on this advertisement: creating a sponsorship with an equestrian event in a country were horse slaughter is core business…#stophorseslaughter

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Where French chic meets American style.

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Ralph Lauren’s eponymous restaurant Ralph’s created a lot of buzz when it opened 4 years ago in one of the most beautiful streets in Paris: Saint-Germain-des-Prés.

The 17th-century townhouse now hosts a Ralph Lauren store and its restaurant behind.

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The cozy bar and the private room are very elegant and ideal for spending a few tranquil moments.

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The staff is very friendly and has that American touch, white shirts – blue striped pants.

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The perfect hotspot for an American inspired lunch or diner in an exclusive setting.

Even the toilets are in style 🙂

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