River Island sometimes get a bit of a bum rap from people, who normally criticise them for being filled to the brim with tacky, "sparkly" clothes. I don’t really get this criticism. Sure, they have been known to cause the odd "what the hell is that?!" moment, but they make good quality basics, the best jeans in town (I would have been lost this summer without my River Island black skinnies), some fabulous shoes , and high quality leather handbags at reasonably affordable prices. What’s not to like?
A case in point is this tan leather shoulder bag which they’re currently selling for £59.99. OK, it’s taken a bit of a beating with the "designer inspired" stick, but not so much that people will point and laugh, and it’s the kind of handbag that will go with everything and be part of your life for years to come. I wonder why they haven’t stuck one of their little "Love this!" badges on it?