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This autumn, consider constructing your look with a leather box bag

a design, which has stood the test of fashion decades.

American leather goods company, Mark Cross,

designed the case used by the actress Grace Kelly

in the film Rear View (1954).

A compact shape,  spacious interior and abundantly stylish –

the Grace Box Bag become a fashion success,

and has achieved iconic status.

(image from lookonline):

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the actress Grace Kelly and the box bag by Mark Cross

both appearing in the movie, Rear Window


(from elle.com):

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the iconic Grace Box Bag from Mark Cross

The original Mark Cross box bag has fueled fashion inspiration

of varying design interpretations.  Emphasis is on a neat framework with

abundant interior space.  A case of a ‘great thing in a little package’.

The fashion word

Out:   slouchy, formless, sag-bags

In:   structured, geometric box bags

(photos by meappropriatestyle)


leather box bags in treacle brown


design inspiration:  a doctor’s medical bag


square with soft, rounded edges

box bag by Ralph Lauren



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leather trunk by Aspinal of London

(image from the baghagdiaries):

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texture and colour options

box bags from Mark Cross

(image from barneys.com):

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a bit of rock & roll

studded Grace Box Bag from Mark Cross

(images from fashionising):

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On the runway

Marc by Marc Jacobs,  a/w 2013

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soft shade of blue

box bag clutch from Mark Cross

(image from fashionising):

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in ivory:  humming bird and floral details

(photo by YoungJun Koo)

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raspberry pink/black with hardware