Inside Sarah Haran
Sarah Haran isn't just about bags. It is our mission to empower, inspire and support women on their journey to finding confidence within themselves. We take time to speak to women who our customers can relate to, from business professionals to key players in the fashion industry, to name but a few. Our editorial aims to give our you valuable information to help shape your daily life in a more positive way, getting you organised and motivating you to be the best version of you!
In celebration of female confidence...
Meet Rachel McTavish
Rachel McTavish (pictured here with her Michelle Tote), is one of the UK’s most experienced broadcast journalists, having presented the news for the likes of ITV, BBC and GMTV for over 2 decades, as well as being on air and leading ITV News channel’s coverage of the Twin Tower attacks. Read our interview with her here all about her career, how her style has evolved and her top tips to feel confident.
Sarah Haran’s Fail-Safe Tips for Your Best Work Style
What we wear to work and in our personal life can be such a dilemma. With people judging us within seconds of first meeting, how we look has a big impact on the way we’re viewed. Our founder, Sarah Haran was COO of a publicly listed technology company before starting out on her own. Joining the technology business as a start-up – with a relaxed dress code – and seeing it evolve into a more corporate company over the years, meant transitioning her wardrobe to match.
BUSINESS WEAR BRANDS THAT WOW
Our Workwear Style Guide
Sarah Haran founded her luxury handbag company while working in a successful career in IT. Now, she has a whole range of designs that support other women to feel a million dollars, organised and confident. With this insider info, Sarah’s selected her pick of brands from women who’ve left successful first careers in business to launch their own fashion labels. Not only beautiful, these practical designs will help you build an easy-to-wear work and weekend wardrobe with wow factor.
In celebration of female confidence....
Meet Jean Johansson
We talked to the stunning TV presenter, Jean Johansson, about female confidence, getting ahead in her career, and how she dresses with style for the workplace….
Who are your icons of female confidence?
Introducing our favourites.
Here, our icons of female confidence feature alongside the best books and documentaries to read and watch if you want to find out more. We hope you’re inspired…
BAGS BUILt TO LAST
Why Ours Stand Out
Because our bags are built to last, with a lifetime guarantee, the very best quality goes into every aspect of their creation. Here’s a sneak peek into what makes Sarah Haran women's bags stand out from the rest.
dare to care
How To Look After Your Bag
Caring for your bag is the easiest way to maintain its original beauty and keep it in top condition through its lifetime guarantee. We’re fans of responsible fashion, which means buying fewer, better quality things, and doing our part by caring for what we do buy so it lasts
body talk with anna berkeley
The Key To Looking Great
Many years of working as a buyer for Prada, Reiss and Selfridges have shown Anna Berkeley exactly what it takes to create a wardrobe that really works. We spoke to Anna about why she loves building her own business and asked if she’d be generous enough to share a few of her personal styling secrets too.
MEET GILLIAN CRAWFORD
Creating the Heirlooms of Tomorrow
It’s often said that women are excellent multitaskers, so it comes as no surprise to learn that Gillian Crawford has managed to successfully combine three entirely different careers and excel in each simultaneously. As the founder and creative director of Lily Blanche jewellery, a trained archaeologist and features writer for The Times, she certainly debunks the myth that you can’t ‘have it all’.
IT'S PARTY TIME
Bags to make you twinkle
When you start to see twinkling lights in every window, and tinsel taped to the bulletin board at work, then you know it’s time to throw on the spangles for a month of after-work events and weekend get-togethers.
the hepburn index
Audrey or Katherine?
Hepburn. Surely one of the world’s most stylish surnames. Do those two syllables conjure the perfect LBD or a pair of sharply cut wide leg trousers? Breakfast at Tiffany’s or a brisk walk and game of tennis? Audrey and Katherine Hepburn have left not only a celluloid legacy of Hollywood’s most golden films, but a flat shoed footprint on how we define style. Trends may come and go, but the Hepburns are forever.
change it up
Join the Chain Gang
It wasn’t necessarily considered chic to go out to work after the war effort, but with one swift yank of the chain, Coco Chanel flushed those dated notions away, freeing up our hands for cocktail hour (all the better for mainlining canapes with our fellow emancipated party guests!).
adding life to days
Meet Rhona Baillie
Rhona Baillie is the Chief Executive of the recently opened £21million Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice in Glasgow. It’s the first centre for palliative in the UK that has been designed using the Sengetun model – an innovative Scandinavian ward layout that puts the needs of patients and family first and offers privacy, dignity and compassionate care for people of all ages.
Mustard, Merlot & Autumn Leaves
Beige addicts can breathe a sigh of relief because the bonkers colour clashing we’ve seen so much of recently is calming down to a more flattering palate of tonal neutrals. Just like a box of your favourite biscuits, it’s all about nutty, caramel shades of brown. Camel, taupe, tan, amber, bronze and blush all work in autumnal harmony.
strength in numbers
Meet Lynne Kennedy MBE
After graduating as an interior designer, Lynne Kennedy M.B.E went on to create set designs for the BBC and STV before moving into a highly successful career in the publishing and events industry. After running her own company for 15 years she launched Business Women Scotland (BWS) to celebrate female entrepreneurship and support women in the world of business and commerce.
going for gold
The Glamour That Captivates Us
The glamour of gold has captivated us since ancient times. Its symbol on the periodic table is Au, from the Latin ‘aurum’ which translates to 'shining dawn.' Civilizations have been mining it for centuries – the ancient Egyptians were using gold as part of their jewellery making from around 5000 BC.
Making Herself Up
Long before it was fashionable to take a selfie, before Annie Hall wore rumpled menswear and before Madonna made bushy eyebrows du jour…there was Frida. Frida Kahlo was an artistic, feminist fashion pioneer and the V&A’s current exhibition ‘Making Her Self Up’ explores how Frida used clothing, cosmetics and jewellery to create her iconic self-image.
Making It British
Meet Kate Hills
Kate Hills has a mission. Just like Sarah Haran, she believes in high-quality fashion manufactured in the UK. Frustrated by the closure of so many excellent home-grown factories, she launched Make it British. We spoke to Kate about the importance of investing in quality clothing, lessons learned from fashion disasters and her essentials for a working wardrobe.
A Blast From the past
The Grown Up Pin Badge
It doesn’t really matter what decade you were there, so many of us are united in the unshakable memories of our school days. Years of jam roly-poly for pudding, battling the pimples and contraband uniform customization. Did you roll your skirt up at the waist to flash more knee? Shorten your tie? Or cover every inch of your satchel and the inside of your blazer with pin badges: perfect little proclamations of your adoration for Marc Bolan, Simon Le Bon, Bono or Bros?
queen of interiors
Meet Gwendoline Alderton
Gwendoline Alderton left a high-profile career in the IT industry to launch GA Interiors in 2007. Her unique interior design philosophy puts happiness and mindfulness at the core of every project to bring positive energy, warmth, and imagination to homes across the UK. BIID registered, she also works as a radio correspondent, conference speaker and ‘House Doctor’ for numerous publications. We grilled Gwendoline for tips on how we can all inhabit happier, tidier homes with minimal effort.
Note to self
Making Old-School Organisation Chic
In a touchscreen world of typing and swiping, there is something undeniably elegant about using a beautiful notebook. As our lives become more dependent on digital keyboards and pin-pad devices, we’re yearning to reconnect with the physical world that we once took for granted.
the golden notebook
What Your Handbags Say About You
The wardrobe staple, the necessary fashion accessory and the piece that has the potential to say a lot about a woman … the handbag. It is our most reliable fashion accessory, the one that we can never walk out of our homes without! Sarah met with personal and lifestyle brand experts, The Golden Notebook, to talk about personal branding and what your choice of handbag says about you.
The style aficianado
Meet Antonia O'Brien
Since launching her media career in the mid 2000s, Antonia O’Brien’s name has become synonymous with a seemingly endless portfolio of sartorial knowledge. As an acclaimed fashion journalist, stylist and television presenter, she certainly understands the significance of dressing stylishly. A self-confessed Sarah Haran devotee, we spoke to Antonia about the importance of investing in long-lasting, high quality pieces that work regardless of age or lifestyle.
Small But Mighty
Bags come in different shape and sizes. Small doesn’t mean impractical. Rather the opposite. I prefer crossbody bags that are secure (always with a top zip) and sturdy. I also always insist on an inside zip-up pocket to keep my most treasured items in a safe place together. But don’t be misled by its size. You’ll be surprised how much a small crossbody bag can carry.
Hear Me Roar!
Leopard print catwalks the fine line between fabulous and tarty, and for the novice it can feel as perilous as clattering down cobbles in a pair of Bet Lynch’s slingbacks. It might sound a little bonkers but when styling think of leopard as a nude or a neutral. There isn’t much enhance, but it’s more about pairing it nice quality fabrics and avoiding anything too tight, too short or too shiny.
proud to support
Sarah Haran is proud to support Smart Works, the UK charity that provides high-quality interview clothes, styling advice and interview training to women in need. Smart Works gives women the confidence, the self-belief and the practical tools they require to succeed at interview and start a new chapter of their life.
showing we care
Slow Fashion Values
Most of us are familiar with the term ‘fast fashion’ and the movement behind it to turn around the collections in high street stores at lightening pace. While it can be fun to shop new ranges each time you visit your favourite stores on the high street or online, there is no doubt that we compromise on the quality of the items we wear when we choose to buy from fast fashion brands.
Don't add stress
Handbags That Keep You Organised
We all have different lifestyles, jobs, family life and schedules that can make our day-to-day lives busy and hectic. As a result it is important to stay organised to ensure we make the most of everyday, without any added stress. Our handbags are designed to help the modern busy woman stay organised. Here is how a Sarah Haran luxury handbag will help keep you and your life organised.
Ask our founder
An Interview by Angela Buttolph
Today we met Angela Buttolph to talk to her about our brand. Angela has worked as a fashion writer for over twenty years, contributing to every major magazine from Vogue to Elle, presenting a number of fashion shows for major TV channels and regularly contributes to The Sunday Telegraph. Angela is also author of Kate Moss: Style, a 'style biography' about the fashion icon of a generation. Here is what we chatted about...
our bestselling treasure
Designing The Dahlia
Designing the Dahlia handbag was driven by my own personal requirement to have a versatile and stylish handbag that would take me from day to night easily. As Chief Operations Officer at iomart, a technology and cloud computing company, I was travelling all the time and taking lots of luggage on the plane was a problem. I couldn’t find a multi-functional handbag that would do the job and as I had recently taking up handbag making as a hobby I decided I would design a handbag that would solve the problem. This initial design, a two-in-one handbag design,later became the Dahlia Tote.
our favourite mini bag
Designing The Lily
There are days when a smaller handbag is just what you need, when you want to downsize the amount of stuff you are carrying. This is where our mini cross body handbag comes to the rescue. Designed because I had received requests for a smaller pouch handbag that could be used as an insertion in our Dahlia handbag or separately as small bag for evenings or casual moments when you simply do not need a large handbag.
Designing The Daisy
I decided to design a larger tote handbag as I wanted a larger more casual approach for my new career. Rather than carrying files and contracts I am now carrying leather and fabric samples, my computer of course and also a range of handbag hardware samples. My aim was to create a handbag that not only held the stuff I needed but was durable and above all light weight and hard wearing.
update your dahlia
Designing The Ivy
Once I designed the Dahlia handbag it was clear that the front pocket would actually be a great handbag on it's own. All it needed was a strap and it's own tassel to create its own personality and my customers could purchase a smaller handbag that was just as versatile and smaller for those moments when a bigger handbag was not needed. It became a simple decision to split the front pocket away from the handbag and so I set off creating a new pattern.
our journey so far
Estila Magazine Interview
STILA, the Luxury Lifestyle Magazine run by Karolina Barnes recently interviewed our founder - Sarah Haran to discuss her journey so far. Read the interview here.