Meghan Markle’s Edinburgh-designed handbag sells out

Prince Harry and his fiancee, US actress Meghan Markle sported the bag designed in Edinburgh.
Prince Harry and his fiancee, US actress Meghan Markle sported the bag designed in Edinburgh.
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A handbag made by a small Edinburgh business has sold out after Meghan Markle chose to carry the fashion item on her first royal engagement with Prince Harry.

The stunning burgundy leather bag - complete with contrast navy blue and white elements and a funky long metal bar clasp - is designed by Strathberry.

Prince Harry’s future wife carried a £455 Strathberry tri-colour leather midi tote with dual top handles during the couple’s visit to Nottingham.

The brand was founded in 2013 by designers Guy and Leanne Hundleby and they work out of their premises on the Capital’s Walker Street.

The pair set up the business after noticing a gap in bags between High Street and designer ranges. Their now famous Strathberry bag - which was worn by the US actress - comes in a range of colours - with funky names such as Blossom Yellow and Rainbow Blue.

After the Suits star was seen holding the bag, it sold out within minutes on the company’s website.

Meghan Markle's Edinburgh-made bag is among big-ticket items that consumers are being warned to check are not fake

Meghan Markle's Edinburgh-made bag is among big-ticket items that consumers are being warned to check are not fake

A Strathberry spokeswoman said: “We are thrilled and honoured to see Meghan Markle carrying our Strathberry midi tote in tri-colour burgundy/navy/vanilla.

“We are delighted at the news of her and Prince Harry’s engagement, and wish them all the best for this exciting period.

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“It was a fantastic surprise to see that Meghan selected one of our core Strathberry styles to carry on her first royal engagement.

Meghan with the bag designed in Edinburgh? Contributed

Meghan with the bag designed in Edinburgh? Contributed

“The Strathberry midi tote tri-colour is now sold out and will be restocking soon. People can sign up for notifications on our website.”

Other celebs to have been seen out and about with the couples’ creations are singers Lily Allen, Shirley Manson of Garbage and supermodel Helen Christensen.

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Strathberry work with a craftsmanship team in Spain who produce their leather goods - which have the chic look of brands such as Chloe and Chanel without the hefty price

Other bags that have been worn by Meghan Markle have been quick to sell out with Dahan revealing that their line sold out on the same day as she was seen wearing their bag.

It comes after the so-called Meghan effect provided a boost for another British accessories company.

London based Finlay & Co, founded by David Lochhead from Aberdeen and Dane Butler from Hampshire, sold out of their Percy sunglasses after Ms Markle wore a pair at the Invictus games in September and has seen a 1,000 per cent increase in website sales.

On the Nottingham visit, Ms Markle wrapped up against the cold in the double-breasted, cashmere wool blend Elodie coat, with classic epaulettes and buttoned cuff.

The American actress-turned royal fiancee has long been a fan of Mackage - whose outerwear has also been worn by the pop star Madonna.

Mackage’s signature tailored coats have also been spotted on the likes of Gwyneth Paltrow, Halle Berry, Eva Mendes and Blake Lively.