To see this familiar font above a shop space is a happy sight indeed.  To see it on a Rivington Street shop space is even better.  When leather goods designer Jas M.B. closed his Doors by Jas M.B. store on Ganton Street in Soho, it was another jab into the number of diminishing independent boutiques (boo to the likes of Machine-A and My Sugarland closing in the last few months…).  That smell from the leather-clad walls used to beckon me to pop in even though I already had a trusty Jas M.B. bag (or two…).     

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The newly rejuvenated 'Doors store on 20 Rivington opened last week before Easter, to a heaving guestlist, all welcoming Jas M.B. back onto the bricks and mortar circuit with wide open arms.  The two-storey space was so rammed that decent picture taking wasn't possible unless I intended to knock people's champagne glasses over with my DLSR…

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So in prettier daylight, I came back to see the store which is altered in concept from the last Doors by Jas M.B. store in Soho.  They're not stocking other designers as yet although the gallery space on the first floor could play host to artists, designers in the future (right now Jas M.B.'s own paintings are on display…).  The store has the current collection of bags available as well as offering a made-to-order pieces from the label's archive pieces combined with a selection of skins and finishes.  If you so wish, a tea selection is available if you have to ooh and aah over what skin to go for which sums up the relaxed and meandering shopping experience that is fitting of Rivington Street…

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I haven't written about Jas M.B. in a while so longtime readers will have to bear with me whilst I re-affirm and re-tread my devotion to these sturdy, well-made and all-rounder bags that designer Jas Sehmbi has been producing for the past decade.  These are the sort of bags that you use and use WELL and over the years Sehmbi has built up a loyal customer base in a similar vein to other Brit bag makers Ally Capellino and Bill Amberg.  With production all based in London, the control over the quality as well as the ability to do made-to-order commissions is also one handy advantage but the other is that Sehmbi knows leather and knows it well.  In fact, he's clad the walls in his new store with quilted leather as well as incorporating his love of car interiors into the shelving which are actually old Porsche doors lined with quilted leather. 

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This red rucksack very nearly became my latest Jas M.B. order but then I reasoned that I was in the regularly habit of stealing Steve's rucksacks…

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The current S/S 11 collection is ready to be enjoyed in the sun, filled with picnic goodies, taken on bike rides and generally requires a good deal of country air to fully compliment the relaxed nature of say a canvas or plaited leather rucksack.  Practicality is always the key sticking point with all Jas M.B. bags which actually makes picking one an even harder task for someone like me, who has always been a firm believer in useful and pragmatic bags rather than purely decorative ones.  My key questions for bag-buying normally begin with "Can I fit my iMac/magazines/books/packages from the post office in it?"

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The sweet little camera bag has been a recent Jas M.B. hit and though it's not quite the right size for my 'proper' camera, it's definitely a good vessel for the Canon S95 as well as a Blackberry.  Come to think of it, I might even consult with Jas about the possibility of a leather case for the DSLR that can accomodate different lenses too…

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What I really took to from the current collection was the abundance of leopard print.  My 180 degree turnaround from fear to love of leopard print is somethng that even I'm gobsmacked over and right now, I seem to be making up for a lifetime's worth of leopard print fearing…

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Therefore I opted for this compact bag which will be made up in the yellow lepoard print, a choice that is either garish or cute depending on who you're talking to… in about two weeks, it will join its larger, more practical bigger sister of a Jas M.B. cream tote and I'll do a great deal of inhaling…

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Just to prove that the Jas M.B. customer is indeed diverse, just as I was finishing up at the store, this lady here came in to pick up a custom-made bag made for her dog Lady Midnight.  Now, I'm not the biggest fan of dogs in bags, especially when they poke their heads out unexpectedly or look like they are dying to get out.  However, I'll make an exception for Lady Midnight who is actually a professional 'modelling' dog and actually needs to be carried around with care.  It also explains why she was so ready to do a bit of posing for me as it leapt into its new nylon home.  Suffice to say, it totally made my day that I ran into Lady Midnight…

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I'm glad Jas M.B. have started to shoot their bags on people for their lookbooks as this A/W 11-12 collection is looking all the more appealing when worn on insouciant girl and cute geek-glasses-clad boy.  What a chump I am for falling for such model trickery.  Seriously though I spy a rich mix of burgandy, purple and tan leathers, chunky knitted ruck sacks, roomy weekender sacs, and military green canvas in styles that could be unisex which can only mean more stealing/sharing with Steve. 

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Comments (21)

  1. steffi says:

    Those leopard print bags are awesome! And that super cute pup is <3

  2. must. have. leopard. clutch.

  3. Oh, I love the one on the last picture which is hold by the girl…I’m in desperat need of a big, black shoulder bag – I’m impressed how difficult it is for me to find one… :/

  4. olivia says:

    I love all the bags!! Especially the red backpack!!
    http://www.fashionanatomie.blogspot.com

  5. Angeles says:

    The leopard clutch is WOW! I need one. Love the collection and it’s so useful, specially the back pack…and the photo with the DOG is Hilarious!
    Love your Blog…
    Kisses
    http://www.angelesalmuna.com
    http://www.shopangelesalmuna.com

  6. Kit says:

    Oh shoot I didn’t know My Sugarland were closed down :S
    Must get backpack and the camera bag.

  7. I think you came and bought food from my place of work, sourced market, in st pancras this week….was it you?? if it was, i hope you enjoyed your munch!
    http://www.thefashionturd.com

  8. love the leopard envelope clutch
    theArtofbeingFashionable

  9. omg
    I like those striped backpacks!!
    this is my style

  10. arlene says:

    Sounded like such a nice visit to Jas M.B :) So happy to hear there’s now a whole store just dedicated just to Jas M.B!!! Always love your posts!

  11. Pvdh says:

    I love the slight retro feel to them. Great article Susie.
    PvdH
    http://www.thepvdhjournal.com

  12. Amy says:

    completely love this post!
    the handbags are GORGEOUS beyond belief…
    http://fashon-fixation.blogspot.com/

  13. kate says:

    Lovley post :) im in love with that leopard clutch
    kate xo

  14. Jessica WJ says:

    Gosh, I want the red backpack.

  15. cece says:

    love the small compact bag as-is, wished it’s available in US.

  16. The bag with puppy is really awesome all collections are unique and looks cute , thanks for sharing

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