Posted: January 04, 2019
Most often buy a bag because it is beautiful, practical or both. You carry this everywhere with you as it is your support when it comes to storing important items. But did you know these facts about bags?
1. Only since the nineteenth century does the handbag exist. In the days before, women wore boxes around their necks in the shape of a chain.
2. A feng shui saying goes like this: "A purse on the floor is money out the door."
3. The average woman in the Netherlands has about six bags in her possession. That does not necessarily mean that each of them is of an expensive brand. Often, they buy one or two bags for every occasion and a few extra bags that match well with her outfits. In fact, six bags per household is still relatively few compared to Italian women. With the average Italian woman, the number of bags can increase to twenty or sixty per person!
4. The handbag of the average Dutch woman weighs 2.4 kilos. A few years ago this was even more, because many women then carried heavier equipment with them. But with the arrival of the smartphone and light laptops, the weight has dropped.
5. A woman spends about 76 days of her life searching in her handbag. On average, there are 15 different articles in the bag.
6. The top five items in the handbag are: keys, wallet, telephone, handkerchiefs and pens.
7. The most expensive bag ever made is a heart-shaped copy of 18 carat gold and is covered with 4517 diamonds. It costs around 3 million euros and has the name Mouawad 1001 Nights Diamond Purse.
8. In films, women with a rich husband are always depicted with expensive jewelry and bags. Research has shown that women with expensive bags give the idea that they have a dedicated husband. In addition, it is a means to beat the competition of other women.
9. The bag of a woman initially says a lot more about her personality than you might think. At first sight it may seem like a bag with a nice pattern or a matching accessory to the outfit. But the bag offers the woman a lot of confidence and security. If you are allowed to look into another woman's bag, it means she knows you through and through and has no secrets for you.
Posted: December 11, 2018
These are the best bags to give for Christmas
It may seem far away now, but before you know it, it will be Christmas. And although it is mainly the thought that counts, finding the perfect gift can be quite a challenge. Do you still doubt what you are going to put under the Christmas tree these holidays, or are you still busy with drawing up your own wish list? At Maes & Hills Collection you will find the most beautiful and nicest bags to give as a present. Or to get, of course ;-) Handbags, laptop bags, briefcases, backpacks and travel bags ... There is a suitable bag for everyone. We selected the best bags for each Christmas tree.
A leather bag as a Christmas present for the business woman with style
That you do not have to compromise on style as a busy hard-working businesswoman, prove the practical fashionable handbags in our web shop. The bags from the brand Socha are perfect for the safe storage of documents, laptops and tablets. In addition, the Socha business bags look very stylish too. The bags are available in different colors and models, all designed with care for the professional business woman. Thanks to the light weight, Socha bags are perfectly suited to use every day.
A leather bag as a Christmas gift for a student
The average student carries a large weight of books, a laptop and other items every day. A good, strong bag is certainly not a luxury. In our web shop you will find a large number of backpacks. Consider, for example, the sturdy canvas school bags from Eastpak, such as the Eastpak Floid or Eastpak Back to Work. Does your son or daughter prefer to go to school with a shoulder bag? Then choose one of the tough leather bags from Cowboysbag, such as The Bag. Thanks to the wide shoulder strap, these bags are extremely comfortable to use, even when you carry a lot of kilos with you.
A leather bag as a Christmas present for party people
A right bag is the finishing tough for any party outfit. Especially for partiers and special occasions, we offer elegant small shoulder bags and clutches. From leather to suede, metallic to matt and from basic black to striking red. At our web shop you buy a matching bag for every party outfit from top brands such as Patrizia Pepe, Gianni Chiarini and Bridas. Tip: these bags are also perfect for your Christmas or New Year's party.
A leather bag as a Christmas present for your boyfriend or husband
Your love of your life also deserves the perfect bag. At Maes & Hills we offer different types of bags for men, made from high quality European leather, for example from the Italian brand The Bridge. Would you like to surprise your husband of boyfriend with a stylish The Bridge briefcase or a tough leather The Bridge backpack?
A leather bag as a Christmas present for the world traveller
Every traveller knows how important it is to travel with the right bag. in our web shop you will find the perfect travel bag for every trip, from city trip to backpack trip and from beach holidays to business trips. For example, choose a lightweight Eastpak Tranverz S trolley or a cool, stylish Cowboysbag Chicago Weekender. Also perfect to use for a short trip.
So take a look in our webshop and find your ultimate Christmas present!
Posted: September 21, 2018
For many people, a laptop for personal or business purposes is no longer a luxury good. The compactness and quality of a laptop make it one of the best investments you can make to get more out of your social life, work and other aspects of your life. It is very important that you have a good laptop bag for taking your laptop safely and without problems to work or home. In the end, a laptop is an expensive long term investment. What are the advantages of buying such a laptop bag at Maes & Hills, and what kind of different models are there? You will certainly find both questions answered in our overview below!
The advantages of a laptop bag from Maes & Hills
Maes & Hills is your webshop to buy high quality laptop bags. The benefits of such a bag go much further than most people think. An overview:
1. Safely store your laptop and take it with you
First and most important, such a bag naturally gives you the opportunity to take your laptop with you safely. Walking around the street with a laptop can be risky, but thanks to a suitable laptop bag or laptop backpack with extra protection on the inside, the risk of crash and impact damage is significantly reduced.
2. Sustainability is key
You can also be assured of quality and durability in the range of laptop bags from Maes & Hills. The use of reliable and sturdy materials in the production of the bags guarantees that they last a long time, so this will be a good investment.
3. A product offering for every style
More and more laptop bags are also part of a stylish outfit, and not just only a functional accessory. Whatever style you have, and which look you want to radiate, there are plenty of laptop bags that suit you. For example, Marta Ponti bags have a business-like but classic impression, while Piquadro models look bold and fit with a younger look.
4. Laptop bags: from 10” up to 17”
Finally, you can also expect a wide range of different bags in terms of dimensions. Not every laptop has the same size, and therefore it is important to find the right bag for your computer. At Maes & Hills, we offer you bags for 10 inches laptops up to 15 inches. So, a solution for every laptop!
5. A compact laptop bag
Finally, a laptop bag is a good investment because it requires little space. If you want to take your laptop easily with you without taking too much space, then such a bag is the solution you need. Nevertheless, the bag gives your laptop enough 'breathing space', which is important for the durability of the computer itself!
Maes & Hills: finding the best laptop bag that suits you
A functional laptop bag that looks great and offers exactly the comfort you expect, is without a doubt a valuable accessory. Discover the extensive range of Maes & Hills and find the perfect laptop bag for you!
Posted: August 14, 2018
The school holiday is coming to an end
Unlike school, holiday often passes fast. Before you realize, the summer holiday is over and you have to go back to school again. And of course school is very important, without a diploma you won’t get that far nowadays. When the school is going to start, you better have all the necessary school supplies in time.
What do you all need to have before school starts?
When school starts, all necessities must be bought like notebooks, a calculator, compass, a lot of pens, eraser and pencils. Of course you also buy a cool agenda and maybe even a handy little laptop to be able to take notes during the lesson, if allowed at your school of course. But the most crucial part of all school supplies is really a sturdy backpack. A backpack is the first thing that classmates see, and it should look cool. Besides the appearance of the backpack, high quality and comfort are important. A sturdy backpack that keeps your school books and things well. So a sturdy bag is a smart investment. After all, you don’t want to pay a large amount of money at the end of the school year because of damaged school books or other school necessities. Make sure you buy a backpack of excellent quality. The Eastpak brand is well known and an excellent choice. Backpacks of this brand are multifunctional and useful for school, but also to store your sport gear. You can even use your backpack just for holidays.
Backpacks from Eastpak
Those who buy a backpack from Eastpak know one thing for sure: design, high quality and lasts for years. Eastpak has plenty of school bags in the collection, you find always a school bag that suits you. The Eastpak backpacks are nice and big, so you can store all your belongings: your school books, documents, a laptop and your lunchbox, of course, fits in too. Eastpak offers a lot of choices in terms of models, design and colors. You may think of fine models like the Eastpak Evanz, the Eastpak Floid or the Eastpak Padded Pak'r. Each and every one of them affordable backpacks with a sleek design and of course a long life time. The unique design of the Eastpak Back to Work, the Out of Office model or the timeless Eastpak Provider Backpack is also very attractive. And so there are many more models of Eastpak that make an impression.
Take a look at the Eastpak backpacks from Maes & Hills
All common models of Eastpak backpacks can be purchased in the extensive webshop of Maes & Hills. We not only have a huge range of quality backpacks from Eastpak, but we also sell other top brands that can be used as a school bag. We have a large assortment of various school bags, various school bags are in sale! We have a large stock and ordered today is delivered tomorrow. View the affordable and wide range through our webshop now!
Posted: August 11, 2018
SOCHA BUSINESS BAGS: WELL THOUGHT OUT AND ELEGANT
One of the great brands that we offer as an official dealer in our webshop is the German brand Socha. Typical for the Socha brand is that their laptop and briefcases do not necessarily have a business look. The models that are mainly intended for business use, also look like a very elegant handbags. So you can take your Socha business bag to any occasion and fits perfectly with any outfit.
SOCHA BAGS INSIDE OUT
Socha is a German quality brand established in 1994. The founder Jürgen Socha has been focusing specifically on producing elegant laptop bags for women for a number of years. In addition to the stylish and fashionable appearance, the Socha bags are extremely functional and robust. We would like to take you along in the production process of one of the Socha models in our collection: the Straight Line.
CONSTRUCTION OF THE SOCHA MODEL "STRAIGHT LINE"
The Straight Line is equipped with an extra long zipper, making it easier to open and close the bag. At the same time, the bag is provided with extra reinforcement on the inside to prevent damage during opening and closing. The construction is reinforced in various places, so that the bag can handle the weight of a laptop and other (work) supplies. Moreover, this keeps the bag well in shape. Also the handles and connection points for the shoulder strap are reinforced and anchored in the construction of the bag. The shoulder strap is reinforced on the inside with sturdy synthetic rope for more comfort and durability.
PRACTICAL AND SAFE DEVELOPMENT OF YOUR BUSINESS BAG
The inside of this bag is not only about the firmness, but also about functionality. So in this model and other models of Socha you will find several handy pockets for all your personal and work related items. The compartment for your laptop or tablet is equipped with a 10mm thick padding, so that your valuable equipment remains perfectly in place and can be safely transported. All parts of the bag are attached to each other twice: first glued and later stitched.
LIGHT WEIGHT BUSINESS BAG BY USING SOLID SYNTHETIC MATERIAL
Socha bags are not only known for the striking design, full equipment and lovely finishing touch, but also for the material. Many business bags from Socha are made of Nivodur. Nivodur is a very light, water-repellent and sturdy material. As a result, bags from Socha are up to 30% lighter. Moreover, this material is almost maintenance-free. You can clean the bag with a damp cloth. Socha bags are an excellent alternative if you would rather not want a leather bag for whatever reason. Are you looking for an elegant work or school bag? The bags from Socha are attractively priced and offer a lot of quality and comfort for your money. As an official dealer of Socha you can visit our webshop for the above mentioned Straight Line and a large number of other stylish models of this beautiful brand. Which is your favorite?
Posted: January 30, 2018
Surprise your partner on Valentine's Day: 3 great gifts
Of course you show your partner that you love him or her ever day, but on Valentine's Day you can express your feelings extra clearly. You can surprise your partner with a nice dinner, a beautiful bouquet of flowers or a box of chocolates. But you can also find some marvellous Valentine's Day gifts in the Maes & Hills collection. We are happy to help you buy a beautiful gift for your partner. We do this by describing three gifts that you can give to your partner on 14 February in this article.
A stylish briefcase
It is important to go through life stylishly, especially if your partner has a serious job. If your partner has to take a laptop and/or a lot of documents to work then you can surprise him or her with a stylish Maes & Hills briefcase. You'll find briefcases for men as well as women in our collection. With your beautiful gift your sweet boyfriend or girlfriend can go to the office in style.
A practical wallet
Is your boyfriend's or girlfriend's wallet completely worn out? Surprise him or her with a new one this Valentine's Day. You can buy a practical wallet for men for your boyfriend, and a stylish wallet for women for your girlfriend. All Maes & Hills wallets are of excellent quality, so you know for sure that your partner will be able to enjoy your stylish gift for years to come.
A travel bag for the next holiday together
Finally, you can also give your partner a beautiful Maes & Hills travel bag on 14 February. Your boyfriend or girlfriend can use this travel bag when you go on your next holiday together. If you have a bit more to spend on your Valentine's Day gift, then give your partner a Maes & Hills travel bag and a short holiday. This way your boyfriend or girlfriend can really try out his/her new travel bag.
Posted: January 30, 2018
New bag trends 2018-2019
Each year, there are new fashion trends and this goes for the world of bags as well. Do you want to buy a new bag this year and do you want that item to be really trendy? Then it's good to know what the new trends in bags are in 2018-2019. We'll describe the five most important trends in this article.
Quality is becoming more and more important in the fashion world. A bag not only has to look beautiful, it also has to be made from high-quality materials. A bag made from high-quality materials does not only last longer than a bag made from low-quality materials, but it also looks more luxurious and stylish.
More and more people feel it's important to make sustainable purchases. Sustainability is also becoming more and more important in the world of bags. Buy a bag made from a sustainable type of material if you want a bag without damaging the environment. There are even bags that are made from apples! Of course you don't have to through life wearing an apple bag if you want to take the environment into account but it is sensible and trendy to buy a bag made from sustainable leather.
We like to wear bags in natural colours, especially in winter. Colours such as brown, beige (sand) and grey. Pastel colours are really hot right now as well. If you don't want to wear only brown, beige and grey bags you can buy a bag in a light pastel shade. This bag stands out just a bit more than the bags in natural colours but it's still subtle.
Practical bags with style
A lot of people think that practical bags can't be beautiful as well. Maes & Hills proves that even the most practical bags can have style. Each of the Maes & Hills bags has a practical layout, but they are also beautifully designed, made from the most magnificent materials and come in wonderful colours. This is how Maes & Hills participates in an important bag trend for 2018-2019: the combination of practical and stylish.
Leather and metal
The latest bag trend of 2018-2019, has everything to do with the materials of bags. Most trendy bags are made from leather, but do have a metal detail. This may be a metal clasp but also a metal chain to carry the bag over your shoulder. By combining leather with metal the bag will look a little bit cooler. This way a bag with a natural look net is given a bit more 'edge'.
Of course you choose how cool your new bag should be. By purchasing a bag with a small metal detail, the accessory will mainly look natural, subtle and muted. If you buy a bag with a large metal element, such as a shoulder chain, the bag will look a bit cooler. The bag will also stand out more.
Posted: January 30, 2018
Eight tips on taking care of your leather bag
By taking good care of your leather bag, the accessory will last much longer. In this article we give you eight practical tips to care for your bag in the right way. It's a guarantee that you will enjoy your Maes & Hills handbag, travel bag, backpack or briefcase for many years to come if you read all the tips in this article.
#1 Spray your leather bag well before use
Thoroughly spray your Maes & Hills leather bag with a moisture and dirt repellent spray before use. This spray provides a protective layer on the bag. With the moisture and dirt repellent spray you don't have to worry that the leather will be damaged when you're out in the rain with your bag.
Extra tip: spray your bag with the moisture and dirt repellent spray once a year. The protective layer that is formed by this spray will of course not last forever. You have to keep thoroughly spraying your bag to keep protecting it. If you do this once a year you will be certain that you are protecting your bag well and that your leather bag will last much longer.
#2 Regularly wipe down your bag with a damp cloth
Gently wipe down the leather with a slightly damp cloth if you want to take care of your bag on a daily basis. Please note: the cloth should be free from soap residue because soap residue might damage the leather.
You buff your bag with a damp cloth to remove dust from the leather. You can also use a damp cloth to clean your bag when there is a bit of sand on it. Please do not actually wet the leather with the cloth.
#3 Treat your bag with a protective care product
We recommend that you treat your bag with a protective leather care product two to three times a year. It depends on the type of leather that your bag is made from which care product you should use to treat your bag.
The label of the leather care product has all the information how to use this product. Read the manual carefully because only then will you use the leather care product in the right way.
#4 Keep your leather bag out of the sun
Leather is a natural product. What most people don't know is that leather can get damaged by long term exposure to the sun. Sun contains UV-light and this light is not good for leather. Keep your bag therefore out of the sun as much as possible.
Are you spending the day at an outdoor café and want to take you Maes & Hills leather bag with you? Put the bag under your table or under your chair. If your bag is in the shade then you don't have to worry that the leather will be damaged by the bright sunlight. When you go to the beach it's better to take a beach bag. Not only because the light can damage your leather bag but also because your bag may get dirty from the sand on the beach. The leather might get even more damaged if you get salt seawater on your bag. It's therefore best if you leave your bag at home when you go to the beach.
#5 Avoid the heater
Not only sunlight but also the heat of the heather can damage the leather of your bag. If you leave your bag against a heater for a longer time the leather will dry out. The leather will not only become less supple but it will also look less nice. Therefore never put your bag against the heater, especially not for a longer time.
Is your bag wet, because you have cycled in the rain for example? Just let it dry naturally. Under no circumstances put your bag against the heater to speed up the drying process.
#6 Removing stains from your leather bag
Even if you're very careful a stain can get on the leather of your bag. Stains on leather are best removed by first patting the stain dry with a tissue or a clean cotton cloth, such as a tea towel. Then you can wipe your bag down with a damp cloth. Please note: do not rub the stain in a violent way because you'll rub the stain into the leather. If this happens it's almost impossible to remove the stain.
#7 Removing stubborn stains
Do you have a stubborn stain on your leather bag? We recommend you don't remove this stain yourself. If you set to work with all sorts of cleaning products there is a big chance that you'll only make the stain worse. A stubborn stain is therefore best removed by an expert.
When you have rubbed the stain in the leather by accident, it's still better to bring your bag to an expert. The expert will see if s/he can remove the stain.
#8 Avoid chemical cleaning agents
We strongly discourage you to use chemical cleaning agents (such as acetone, turpentine and all-purpose cleaners) to clean your leather bag. Chemical cleaning agents might work on other surfaces but have a negative effect on the lifespan of leather. It is therefore better not to use these products if you want to clean your bag. Solvents should also be avoided when cleaning your bag, seeing that these products also damage the leather.