I've Longed for This Affordable It Bag for 10 Years Now

I remember the London Fashion Week season when suddenly, almost out of nowhere, editors starting putting down their all-bells-and-whistles designer bags in favour of something far simpler and far more affordable. Sophie Hulme's big leather Albion totes practically demanded their own spots on the front row, they were that jumbo and that noticeable—and, as a result, that desirable.

This was around 2012, and at the time, London-based Sophie was a relative unknown with a small but perfectly formed collection of quality, midpriced leather goods to offer an eager set of insiders. Getting one of the tan totes with the metal hardware (and the matching, fun tchotchkes) was like striking gold, and the carefully crafted stock was in understandably short supply (from what I recall).