Restyle are a brand that have a range of affordable bags that offer something different than the High Street brands, so we asked Kates Clothing to tell us more about their latest collection.
Are Restyle the must-have Gothic accessory brand?
We think Restyle are a must-have Gothic accessory brand for 2 main reasons. The first is because there is a great resurgence of traditional Gothic style occurring at the moment, alternative people seem to have had enough of loud prints and clashing colours and are really leaning back to black!
I think real alternative people out their are looking for someways to separate their look and style choices from the hordes of tattooed TOWIE-ites or mainstream types that are wearing tats and vests like they are rockers but couldn’t be further from actually alternative. Goths and metallers are ‘darkening’ their dress sense and returning to some more traditional imagery and themes in their style choices possibly to illustrate to the world their cultural references and Restyle have come to light at the perfect time for this. Their designs do precisely that as they feature classical Gothic reference such a Poe, Lewis Carroll, Bram Stoker and are often covered in bones, spiders, ravens, rams and roses. Restyle offer out accessories that appeal to truly Gothic tastes!
The second reason they are a must-have Gothic brand is because of the prices! They provide excellent design at great value. Unfortunately, no matter who you are, you are going to be feeling a bit of a pinch in this double/triple dip recession but brands like Restyle will not break you bank. You can still look a million (Gothic) dollars and buy all the cool accessories and trinkets you like and it doesn’t have to cost you the earth! We are all about great products and sensible prices at Kates Clothing and Restyle really fall into this bracket for us!
Which are the stand-out bags?
There are a few stand out bags from the new collection. First up is the new Alice in wonderland book bag. Restyle are well known for their book shaped shoulder bags and as part of the new collection they released 4 more variation on this, Alice is the stand out option because unlike the others it is off white/grey in colour. This is an unusual choice for a Gothic bag but it really works and could really break up a solidly black outfit. To be honest it is just nice to see some alternative wear that is not black!
The next stand out piece (which we have already run out of at HQ but are expecting more in in a week or so) is the Restyle Pocket belt. I took one of these as soon as they arrive into the warehouse as not only do they look amazing on but they are super practical! You can forget needing a handbag, this faux leather belt has 4 fair sized pockets, big enough to hold all your night out essential and is totally stylish. People will ask you all night where you got this belt from, it is just one of those accessories!
Finally Restyle have created a few more of their traditional style gothic handbags, earlier models in this style include the Skeleton rib bag and the red rose bag. The new collection includes 3 of this ‘old style’ handbags but they one that stands out for me is the Vampire bat bag. The scene depicted on this handbags front panel is so dramatically Gothic it make the bag a total must have! Plus like the other bags in this series you can get a matching waist cinching belt, which was think is a great idea!
If you just had to pick one bag which would it be?
The pocket belt to one side (as that is by far my favorite) my other choice of Restyle bag would be either The Satanic Satchel or Dark Messenger Satchel bag… This is mainly because I am a sucker for a Satchel bag! I love the structure and shape of them, I think they always look smart and they are great for carrying your laptop, table or kindle around in which is more relevant to shoppers of today. Plus satchel bags are a little more unusual that your standard handbag or shoulder bag. The only problem is that they don’t lend themselves to carrying a spare pair of shoes in them, so maybe better for everyday use than weekend/ nights out!
Kates Clothing have been kind enough to give us a discount code you you can save even more money!
Check out the full range of bags by Restyle now at Kates Clothing.