In Focus: The Holly
A huge favourite in the Tusting portfolio and one that never gets tired, the Holly is inspired by the 1950s top-handled styles made famous by icons like Grace Kelly and Jackie Onassis – this is the ultimate piece of arm candy.
Curvy, pretty and unashamedly feminine, the Holly leather handbag is handcrafted from premium, full-grain leathers and comes in a rainbow of colours perfect for every occasion. We have made this bag for several years now, introducing new shades to the collection every season.
With the exception of our tan Holly, which comes in smooth Atlantic leather, the bags are made in Pebblestone leather. Pebblestone creates a tumbled effect that offers up flexibility and strength, whilst also lending the bags an extra hint of vintage charm.
What Holly owners say
“I love that my Holly changes the look of what I am wearing, to something with a little character and cheekiness. It’s small enough for a girly profile (can I say feminine?) but deceptively large that I’m not struggling to squeeze in essentials and making it bulky.”
“Carrying the Holly makes me feel a little bit like Audrey Hepburn! Its petit, chic, modern and classic. The magical part is that it’s so neat and seemingly small but yet can take so much stuff… a big purse, phone, lippy and still room for keys tickets etc! Genius. I’d actually like a few more in different colours…”
Our Hollys have the curves and glamour of a 1950s starlet, the top-handle bringing some old school glam. If it feels too dainty, you can sporty things up a little with the detachable cross-body shoulder strap. The turn-lock fastening is discreet and simple and reassuringly secure. With their flap top and curved shape, the bags are surprisingly spacious with enough room for your keys, wallet, phone, notepad/diary (some of us still carry them, right?), lippy and mascara, but should you need a touch of extra room, you can release a little extra space by undoing the side poppers.
Holly recently had a revamp on the inside, with the super smooth Alcantara micro–suede lining bringing a tactile sense of lux when rummaging inside. Having said that, the design and details are neat and the size of both our mini and regular versions is such that you can keep things tidy. The internal slip and zip pockets mean that you can keep essential bits like your bank card or driver’s license nice and secure, a real bonus if you prefer to head out wallet-free, and a detachable key fob spares you frustration if the larger size still manages to hide your keys.
Without actually holding a Holly in your hand, it can be tricky to fully appreciate her curves, construction and the satisfying curves of the leather in your hand. Worry not though, Gillian Tusting gives a little video-tour of the Holly in the video below.
A huge favourite in the Tusting portfolio and one that never gets tired the Holly is inspired by the 1950s top-handled styles made famous by icons like Grace Kelly and Jackie Onassis – this is the ultimate piece of arm candy.