14 Jul 2015

Introducing TIBA + MARL

My changing bag is my ultimate Mummy essential. It holds everything I need to carry around for my little kiddos, and I use it day in, day out. For me, my changing bag has to be both functional but also fashionable – after all, it often replaces my actual handbag, so I do like it to look quite nice, too.

I’ve had the same changing bag for over four years now, the Amanda holdall by Babymel. I bought it a couple of months after I had Becky, after I went through two or three other - some significantly higher priced - bags first, which were either too heavy and bulky, or too functional and not stylish enough, or just stylish, but not functional at all.

I eventually bought the Amanda, and I have to say, I have loved it ever since. I bought the plain black, pleated edition, and it’s been my trusted companion for the last four years. It’s been with me on all sorts of air, train and car journeys and adventures, and survived a number of leaks and spills and unidentifiable things which have been accumulating in its bottom.

But lately, I have been noticing a bit of wear and tear, and I have been toying with the idea of buying a new one. Possibly another Amanda, because, to be truthful, I haven’t come across any other brand or bag that I have loved as much and that has ticked all my boxes.

Until that is, I came across new UK label TIBA + MARL. It’s a new launch and the brainchild of former Topshop bag buyer Anna Tizard and previous Kurt Geiger shoe designer Lydia Barron, who are launching their range of fashion inspired changing bags in September.

The pair are both obsessed with detail, and having each amassed years of experience in the industry, their designs are certainly bang on the money. The contemporary collection of changing bags combines modern graphic prints, premium and high-tech materials with stylish and practical design. Each bag comes with a co-ordinating clutch which is water-resistant and a cross-body strap, which can be used for storing wet items or as a separate little bag. 

It’s a collection that is spot on for carrying all the baby essentials around, but also has a life beyond as it holds its own as a stylish accessory for child-free days, too.

The debut collection features sporty backpacks, stylish tote bags, modern satchels, chic holdalls as well as the signature nappy changing clutch. All TIBA + MARL bags come with features such as luxury padded changing mat, insulated bottle holder, smart phone pocket, iPad pocket, key fob, removable wet clutch or cross body bag, wipe clean lining, internal zip pocket, four extra pockets, a cross body strap, clips to attach the bag to buggy, elasticated bottle / toddler cup holder, double zip pulls for easy access and metal feet on base as standard. Phew. Looks like Tizard and Barron really have everything covered there.

Prices start from £35 for the changing mat clutch to £115 to £120 for nylon and faux leather styles, and £220 for premium leather bags. The collection will be available on the brand’s website, www.tibaandmarl.com in September. If you’re super keen, you can already put your name down on the waiting list, which is live on the site.

I might just have to have me one of these. After all, it’s a Mummy essential, right?  


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