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Roka Vegan Bags

Roka Vegan Bags

As you would expect we have seen many changes in the retail bag business over 30 plus years and by and large most trends in fashion come in cycles. One of the biggest changes in the bag business that has gathered momentum however is the demand for vegan bags🌱. We have listened to our customers, researched and delivered some really great brands and styles. We shall also be offering more choices in Vegan products for the Autumn / Winter season. ROKA bags have been an amazing ‘ find’ offering great bags in great colours for both sexes. Watch this space and continue to follow us on FB and instagram BAGHEAVEN_MONTON to see all the new styles as they arrive in the shop.
August 16, 2019 by Adele Hartley
Summertime colours

summertime 🌞💐

I love summertime and I love my garden. I’m not green fingered or particularly well informed and I just about know the difference between a hosta and a begonia, a perennial and a biennial 😀 Anyway back to summertime and the gorgeous colours we have in the shop YOSHI have surpassed themselves this year with some really amazing colours corals, raspberries and cobalt blue turquoises in great styles. We have, as you probably know had an amazing year with our new brand ROKA, we offer a massive range of colours in all the styles which you have told us loud and clear that you love - thank you. For me there is nothing I love more than wearing lovely linen trousers and cool T-shirt’s with a random POP of colour bag ......matching up sometimes is not the best look and can look a little lame . We have a great  leather YOUR BAG HEAVEN RANGE at £27 which we sell in 30 colours ....yeah that is not a mistake 30 colours so there is  always a colour for you. Sometimes you just have to treat yourself to a Summertime Bag
August 09, 2019 by Adele Hartley
Lets Be honest ..........

Lets Be honest ..........

Ok.....now lets be honest ...hands up if you wipe your window sills down? I do ...every Monday morning it takes 5 minutes AND I probably do it because my mum did it. It seems after doing a mini survey in the shop that I’m now in the very small minority.....in-fact cleaning outdoor window sills seems to be considered to be a bit naff or as one customer said ‘a bit sad’ .....!!! There must be other women out there who still do it. Surely its not just me 'that's a bit sad'  Don’t get me wrong I’m not out there with my head in a turban and a  pinnie tightly fastened around my ‘better clothes’ donkey stoning the steps......I’m simply giving them a wipe over. Yep!! You are right the streets are not full of windows overflowing with muck because her indoors hasn’t given them a quick Monday morning wipe over......think it’s down to doing what your mum did ...a bit like gravy, now don’t get me started on that one! You think Brexit is divisive ...think again. 

August 02, 2019 by Adele Hartley
Gladys Knight and The Shoes

Gladys Knight and The Shoes

Well we went to see Soul Diva and Legend Gladys Knight (fortunately she didn't get her pips out) the other Saturday evening (it was a Christmas gift from The Husband 😘 - when July felt very far off!!!) Gladys was AMAZING, incredible how this very short, tiny 75 year old lady was able to blast out a sound that gave you goosebumps......so too The Manchester Apollo an old battered around the edges building that can still blast out a tune’ anyway in my haste to look glamorous for Gladys and not thinking straight I decided to wear a pair of gold strappy evening shoes. Great for walking from the car to a restaraunt 2 minutes away. Not so great if you have a husband who will not pay for car parking and parks miles away and then you want to dance and singalong like a lunatic to Gladys for an hour and a half. We had a great night with Gladys on top form all was well until I realised I now had to walk back to the car in the said strappy gold evening shoes ARGHHHHHH!!!! the pain and agony we go through just to look good and I'm not sure anyone even looked. My matching gold Malissa J wrist bag looked great though even if I say so myself.

July 08, 2019 by Adele Hartley
What to wear ......buy a bag

What to wear ......buy a bag

My husband and I were invited to our friends joint surprise 50th birthday party last week. Unfortunately the week prior to the party had been very busy both at work and at home..So I hadn’t had time to work out what to wear. I didn’t have time to buy a new outfit and didn’t really want to anyway I’ve got loads of party clothes and don’t  go to that many parties....I know it’s sad isn’t it 😂. So I opened theTardis  that is my wardrobe, If Christopher Eccleston or David Tennant are in there I wish they would come out.....! Anyway I rifled  through and fell upon a black trouser suit which I love, feel comfy in and can “dress up”. Next step ....Bag Heaven. Monton ...I got myself a fun and frivolous turquoise feather bag ....with turquoise earrings it looked fab! It made me feel good too, I think when you are a certain age 🤔 a fun bag can quickly and effectively update an outfit without looking too much like a “try hard”. The whole outfit looked completely different to when I last wore it and I felt good. Have a look at the photo and remember an old outfit in your wardrobe can soon have a completely different spin if you add new,fun accessories. Enjoy the wedding/party/Ascot season. 🥂
June 07, 2019 by Adele Hartley
Losing the plot!!!!!!!

Losing the plot!!!!!!!

What happens to us? I’ve been selling bags for 30 years and at this time of year we are selling lots of prom, wedding and occasion bags and I am always shocked when customers who dress really well all year round, are smart, have great style and confidence loose the plot when choosing a bag for a special occasion! They stress so much about other people, what they might think, what they may wear,i f it suits the outfit and will it hold a pair of foldable shoes! Luckily I am used to it and we get the right bag for the right woman/outfit. NOT for the fashion police. We all have confidence issues at points in our lives for no apparent reason. I blame it on the media, they are pushing unrealistic images onto us (women of a certain age 😬) of body altered airbrushed actresses who lie throughout their back teeth when asked if they have had any “work done' the answer is always NO....REALLY you expect us to believe that. It’s too much pressure and wholly unnecessary we all look great and hand-on heart it’s something I have said for years “the right bag is always the finishing touch" Have a great bank holiday weekend Adele x
May 24, 2019 by Adele Hartley
ROKA bag and yoga

ROKA bag and yoga

I went to the annual yoga show on Sunday it was absolutely brilliant, the event was packed, lots of classes demonstrating different types of yoga, meditation and mindfulness. Also there was a Gong Bath workshop which I was interested to try ....OMG!!! it was the most amazing surreal experience, I loved it and I cannot for the life of me explain why? But why question it, If it works for you then accept that and enjoy it. Anyway I wore one of our ROKA cross body bags in corn, and as I was leaving the class I was asked where my bag was from ....guess what? I didn’t have any  business cards on me ....in business for 31 years and I didn’t have my business cards .....bloody useless 😩 anyway I found a pen and paper and was able to give out the website www.yourbagheaven.com that happened 3 times and all three women have been in touch and bought a ROKA bag. What a result.

You have to laugh 😂😂😂 🧘‍♂️. Next year I will be organized!!!!!

The whole day with classes and meditation with 2 lovely friends was a great success but I definitely need the Gong Bath again .....wonderful 🧘‍♂️👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

May 18, 2019 by Adele Hartley
Too cute ......elephants, puppy dogs and spotted sheep

Too cute ......elephants, puppy dogs and spotted sheep

Too cute.......the march of the decorated elephants, sparkly scotties and spotted sheep.....aren’t they lovely 💞The range makes everybody smile when they see them. The styles are purses, makeup and larger cosmetic bags. All make gorgeous gifts and as the most expensive is £15 #whatsnottolike?
May 04, 2019 by Adele Hartley
Tradition and community

Tradition and community

We have just returned from a trip to Valencia. We went to this beautiful city because they were celebrating Las Fallas - a traditional celebration of the carpenter. EVERY family and neighbourhood takes part with amazing enthusiasm and work ethic. They parade through the streets and squares wearing their very best beautifully made traditional costumes, men women and children. They walk with pride and musicians play as they walk beside them. It's amazing to be part of and to witness. There is a real sense of belonging. It got me thinking about the old Salford Whit Walks...remember them? What happened? We had that ...we had the kind of traditions we marvel about when we travel to European cities.....we had Whit Walks where it seemed every child had new shoes, socks, knickers and vests and party dresses......it was valued. It seems to me that perhaps the responsibility for the demise lands at the door of the town planning department. Did they realise what the people would lose with ‘ compulsory purchase’ of much loved homes, and building homes which they  themselves wouldn’t live in....? We will never know but it helped to destroy community and tradition. I shall always remember when Walkden Market Hall was demolished.......it had the protection of a Market’s Charter ........did you know that ? So when you go like me to other countries and admire their tradition, community and sense of belonging, admire their markets ....remember there was none better than Cross Lane Market Salford. 

I had to write this ......WHAT IS A CITY BUT IT’S  PEOPLE.

 

March 30, 2019 by Adele Hartley
Demand and supply

Demand and supply

Definition of veganism - ‘ Veganism is the practice of abstaining from the use of animal products. A lifestyle that avoids all animal derived products such as meat, dairy, eggs, honey and animal derived products and as far as possible, products tested on animals’ We admire those principles and the philosophy. We have listened to our customers and we have addressed the customer demand with a great range of affordable on trend vegan bag brands Red Cuckoo and ROKA to name a few. Your response has been amazing and sales have reflected that Thank You.

"You asked and we listened".

So too can be said of our other brands you asked for unusual independent brands and we supplied them Cecilia Plaza , Soruka, LUA,  Pig Shed, and many more. Thanks go to our customers for always keeping us ahead of the game ‘You Demand and we Supply’.

Before I go a lovely customer whom I have known for many years - 30+ years!!! was in the shop as I was finishing serving a woman with 2 vegan ROKA bags we chatted and the lady left.The older lady came across to me and asked what the lady had bought ,I explained that she bought 2 vegan bags as she was a vegan ....her reply “ well you wouldn’t have known it she looked just like us” ......😂😂😂😂😂😂😂🎀

 

 

March 15, 2019 by Adele Hartley