This bag was probably intended as an evening bag, but I bought it to use as a purse. After a time, though, the decorations started catching in things around them and getting damaged, so now I just keep it because I like the design.
I've shown two bags already. This third one is very unusual. I found it in a charity shop — possibly Age Concern — in Greenwich, in 2007 or so.
The bag is lettered in Russian, "CIGARETTES / ASTRA": "СИГАРЕТЫ / АСТРА". At the bottom in smaller letters is the equivalent of our health warning, but from the USSR Ministry of Health: "МИНЗДРАВ СССР ПРЕДУПРЕЖДАЕТ КУРЕНИЕ ОПАСНО ДЛЯ ВАШЕГО ЗДОРОВЬЯ".
Some Googling taught me that Astras are made by a Moldovan company, Tutun-CTC. Indeed, their products page shows a pack. An image search for Astra turns up bags captioned in several languages, including Moldovan, Lithuanian, and Uzbek.
I don't carry this bag around as much as the other two I've shown, but I do use it regularly. It's just the right size to hold the Derwent Coloursoft pencils that I do most of my coloured drawings with. You can just see two trays sticking out of the top.
Here's another bag. I use this instead of the
satchel if I have more to carry.
I just realised that I've left most of the strap out of view, but a small section is visible on the right.
This is a bag which I use almost every day, bought from
Fez. It looks like an old-style school satchel, but in fact it closes by magnetic snaps. One can be seen behind the left buckle in the final photo.
I was carrying the bag on the bus one day, and another passenger said to me, "That looks like a Daisy Did bag!". A quick search led me to What Daisy DidWayback, a page on the EthicalShop site advertising leather bags made from recycled materials by Daisy and Ozric, founders and partners of What Daisy Did. There are pictures of some colourful Daisy Did satchels in a 24th March 2016 post on Erica Louise's Recycled Fashion blog, "What Daisy Did: Ethically Made Satchels and Fashion Accessories"Wayback.