A Tusting’s Travels

Tusting bag custom made for Shiny Thoughts in Bedfordshire!

Pink roses and Lavender on the lawn

Pink roses on a gold and black gate summer

 From my mind – Into my hands!

I must admit, I’m a very lucky girl. Not only did I get kindly taken to the Tusting British leather bag factory in the beautiful English countryside a few months ago, but I also got my own personalised bag made in that very factory too! It arrived just the other day from Bedford and I thought I had better show it around my local area, seeing as I’d seen where IT had come from!

I blooming love my new clutch! And so I should, considering that I pretty much designed it myself! After the factory tour, Mr Tusting took me and friends to an adorable country pub where he let us create our own version of the simple Tusting pouch. I got very excited and went for 3 stripes, all in the most clashing colours of course! It was fun to choose the colours and style of leather from the 15 or so hides that Mr Tusting had carried down to the pub on his shoulder. I fancied the middle bit squishy so went for suede whilst keeping the top and bottom more structured. I also chose the bulls head stamp to be nice and proud and big in the centre on both sides. I loved seeing what the other’s came up with. See how different Charlie’s is here!

Though my clutch is wonderfully colourful, practical, surprisingly roomy and has a gorgeous leather trimmed inside, what I love most is that I know exactly where this was made and how far it travelled. I now know how each bit was constructed or created and I probably even met one of the factory staff who made it! Now isn’t that wonderful?

Contents of my bag daisies grass simple moisturiser, ipod, pens, perfume Penhaligon's, lollypop

Inside my bag stuff pouring out ipod nail varnish perfume belongings

It’s brilliant to be supporting British factories and design (or generally local wherever you are.) I’m so thrilled to do so that I decided to pepper my clutch’s contents with some recognisably British products – can you spot them?

Perfume – Penhaligon’s / Sweets – Hope and Greenwood / Pencil and Notepad – Liberty

Inside Tusting bag leather crest stamped logo

Open Tusting pink and blue purse clutch Lavandula

Writing in notebook, tropical jeans river island

Bee in the lavender bush

Tusting clutch bag bright colours

See my trip to the Tusting factory here and find your favourite handbag on Tusting’s website here.

Thank you so much to Tusting for my beautiful bag and to Push PR for taking me there!



  • Lola July 2, 2012 at 8:13 PM

    I love that even the contents of your bag are shiny! Loverly bag, how exciting that you got to design it yourself!! PRETTY COOOL! X

  • Flora July 2, 2012 at 3:47 AM

    Is that little bottle Kenzo parfume? Ooh la la!

    Amour & petits gâteaux

    xox Flowerbomber xox

    • Lulu July 3, 2012 at 12:02 PM

      Nope sorry! It’s Penhaligon’s! 😉

  • Maren July 1, 2012 at 5:58 PM

    That bag is beautiful! I love the colors <3

  • Katie July 1, 2012 at 11:27 AM

    OMG !
    Girl! I’m obsessed with your blog right now! I can’t stop checking your posts and omg I can’t even describe how much jealous of you life I am !!!! Your pictures are so nice and your looks……….. just OH! <3<3<3<3 I'm totally in love with your blog. You're genius! Totally follow !!!!!

  • bluestockings June 30, 2012 at 10:10 PM

    Wonderful colours! I agree with supporting local factories and designs, you are indeed lucky!

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    made in the UK is having a moment!
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    albany cases x

  • Fern June 29, 2012 at 9:27 PM

    This bag is beautiful! The clashing colours work wonderfully together x

  • Miss Hope June 29, 2012 at 10:20 AM

    Lovely bag! Splendid sweets!

  • mat June 28, 2012 at 9:10 PM

    no way that’s such a nice thing to have done, you own small bag!

  • Maria June 28, 2012 at 5:30 PM

    That bag is truly gorgeous and totally you with those lovely bright colours!

    Maria xxx

  • Olga June 28, 2012 at 10:05 AM

    Very beatiful look!!! Wonderful handbag!!

  • Rachel June 28, 2012 at 7:27 AM

    Oh that is a beautiful pouch – I would totally be after one of these for myself if I was not waiting for a Vivianne Westwood one I have just ordered to arrive!

  • Kirsty June 27, 2012 at 10:50 PM

    I love this! It is really, really nice. It is so cool you got to design it and see the factory, I am very jealous about this!

  • Jenny June 27, 2012 at 10:05 PM

    I loooove the colours of the clutch! You are so lucky! xx

  • Becky Bedbug June 27, 2012 at 5:18 PM

    Ooh, that is so gorgeous! You’re a very lucky lady!


  • Petite Promises June 27, 2012 at 4:05 PM

    That bad is absolutely gorgeous!! The colours are so vibrant. 🙂