My Storksak Elizabeth by Zoe
Choosing a changing bag was one of the things was most excited about when I got pregnant with my first child. Being a bit of a bag nut, I spent hours browsing websites , marvelling at the vast range on the market. I knew I didn’t want something that would scream ‘mummy!’ but rather a more stylish affair that I could perhaps repurpose as a work bag once my maternity leave was over.
The bag I chose was the Storksak Elizabeth in tan – and my lovely mum gave it to me for my birthday. Crafted from buttery soft leather with a canvas cross-body strap to add urban chic, it has a practical wipe-clean lining and lots of handy interior pockets and compartments to keep even the most frazzled and sleep-deprived new mum super-organised. A foldable changing mat, bottle insulator and attachable zip-up pouch come as part of the package.
The Elizabeth is big enough to fit all the essentials you need for a day out with your little one – spare clothes and muslins plus plenty of nappies and wipes – without feeling oversized. It also has two exterior pockets for phone and purse. The tan leather is classic, will go with everything and will never date – and, having had this bag for 3 years and now using it for baby number 2 who arrived in May, I can vouch for the fact it just gets better and better with age.
And the repurposing? Well, my Elizabeth has accompanied me on countless work trips and can easily fit a laptop, iPad and A4 folder or notebook – and those brilliant interior pockets are just as good for organizing my own bits and pieces. (And occasionally I’ve fished out an Ella’s Kitchen fruity snack or a teething toy whilst in a meeting…) I’ve also used it as a carry-on bag for long haul flights. I’ve had lots of compliments and I’m always met with astonishment when I tell people it’s a baby changing bag! And when you consider that you’d pay £800 or more for a bag this size from Mulberry or Marc Jacobs, £250 is a great price.
The Elizabeth bag also comes in black, chalk, dove grey and black quilted plus seasonal limited edition shades.