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Shoulder bag, pounds 195
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The Independent Culture
If the name Bally means nothing more to you than the curled-up label inside your mum's work shoes, then think again. Their new Gallery line is miles away from the somewhat frumpy image of the past. It is now a bright range of sharp, chic, contemporary accessories, from sleek black leather clutch bags with simple silver zip and signature B-tag to acid- bright calfskin shoulder bags. There are also executive washbags, palladium- finish chain key rings and a small wallet with coin purse and room for credit cards. Colours include turquoise, lime green, orange and yellow. Prices from pounds 95 for a wallet to pounds 195 for shoulder bag may seem high but they are classic and set to stand the test of time.

Available from Bally, 116 New Bond St, London W1; and selected stores nationwide - enquiries 0800 834 865.

Holly Davies