The Search for the Holy Grail: Anya Hindmarch for Target!

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For some time I have wanted an Anya Hindmarch bag. I have gazed at them with envy in Harrod’s on each trip to London. However, I just was never able to bring myself to spend the equivalent of a mortgage payment for one of her bags 🙂 So I was delighted when my favorite big box retailer, Target, announced that they were bringing out a discount collection of Anya Hindmarch hangbags. As all readers of the Target blogs, Vogue and the Budget Fashionista know, the bags were supposed to be available at Targets on Sunday, Oct. 12. However, the search for the elusive bags became for me like a quest for the Holy Grail! I ended up going to 4 different Targets before finding mi amour, the above AH Chocolate Tote Bag. Ironically, this IS a Plastic BAG, the kind Anya spoofed a few years ago on her little cloth tote bag. However, for $49.99, this plastic looks rich! This is one time I have to say the Target item actually looks good, and not cheap as some of their other collections have. I purchased the tote and the Hobo Bag. Weary of searching Targets in the Los Angeles area, I ordered the Satchel bag online.
Based on what I saw of the collection , the PVC materials and the cute little gold plated AH bow on the front of the tote bag, I would rate this a winner.
I think these will sell out, as they did in the UK. So my recessionistas, grab a bargain while you can. Believe me , they won’t last! 🙂
UPDATE 10-24-08: Two of the AH Target Bags are already sold out:
Anya Hindmarch® for Target® Large Shoulder Bag – Navy/ Black

Since 2008, Mary Hall has been the author of The Recessionista Blog, which is read by thousands of regular readers in over 160 countries. An internationally recognized expert on the art of the living the good life for less, she has been a commentator on local, national, and international radio and TV shows. Her advice has been featured in over 2,000 media outlets, including The New York Times, Reuters, Life & Style magazine, ABC News, NBC News and now The Huffington Post, among many others.


  1. Anonymous

    October 17, 2008 at 12:10 am

    I read the blog. Great stuff and very entertaining. You’re like Jane Austin 2.0. I enjoy your cheeky perspectives.

  2. Anonymous

    October 21, 2008 at 1:40 am

    I saw the bags and loved them. I started to buy everything! So I made myself put them back until I can decide the one bag that I am going to get. Oh why did I go into target for some tilex! I am leaning toward the big black hobo. I love big bags. But then I saw the siegerson morrison shoes, as well. I will make up mind and maybe order online so I will not be tempted to overspend.

  3. MH

    October 21, 2008 at 4:40 am

    Ah Gentle Reader…I well understand the temptations. I have just returned from the local Target when I bought the Anya Black Satchel!!!

    Its amazing….I also bought a pair of the Siegerson Morrison black flats with the blue rhinestones. Oh well, these are the tempatations of Tar-jay..when its good, its good! Still remember, you can buy ALL the Target Anya bags and they would be less that 1 of the bags from her boutique AH label 🙂

  4. a.

    October 26, 2008 at 5:05 pm

    I bought 4 of the AH bags and love them – I had pre-ordered two and then went into my local Target where they had a full inventory of them and scored two more. Great deal!

  5. elo

    October 26, 2008 at 6:26 pm

    This is a cool idea for a blog. I’m wondering what you think of Target vs. Wal-Mart vs. Kmart….Dr. Tantillo, who has a marketing blog just did a post congratulating Target on its new advertising campaign, focus on low prices, and addition of perishables…but he doesn’t specifically address clothing and accessory options.

    Tantillo’s full post