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Style & Stuff Editorial

maryquant19.jpg Bags that one!

I’ve always loved a nice bit of Mary Quant and the British designer is currently getting a thoroughly smashing retrospective at the V&A.

I love going to art galleries me because I enjoy striding purposively around, pointing at things, and exclaiming loudly: ‘Well, that’s horseshit.’ My record for the least amount of time spent in a gallery is around quarter of an hour but I’m hoping to shave minutes off my personal best when I visit the Van Gogh Museum later this year. The reason for my rush is that I’m desperate to get to the best bit: the gallery shop. This is where you’ll find the really good stuff. Case in point is the, admittedly, very good Mary Quant exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum. The show documents how Quant revolutionised women’s gear in the 1960s – mini skirts, colourful tights, hot pants, etc – but the shop is where it’s really at. This is where you can get hold of items such as this delectable tote bag, which exudes her trademark breezy style. I fear that her hot pants might be ever so slightly beyond me these days but I can still rock a modish bag with the best of them, and they don’t get much better than this.

Mary Quant yellow pocket tote bag, £25, available from: vam.ac.uk/shop