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The Women's March for gender equality and the Loewe elephant shoulder bag

Girls want to grow up too fast. So eager are they to skip to Chapter 23 of the book that they miss all the formative bits about the characters along the way. Follow the detritus of discarded Startrite sandals, My Little Pony toys, pink hair elastics and pinafores and there sat at the end of it, you will find her, iPhone clamped in clammy palm, the gunk of Kylie Jenner's latest make-up offering slathered across her defiant face.

This is why child-like designer bag offerings are such a joy. There appears to be a growing trend for them - animal-shaped ones in particular. And these aren't your disposable, find them in a thrift shop and discard them when the embarrassment sets in, kind of bags. They are bags made with all the loving care, attention to detail and rich fabrics of any other designer bag, with the price tag to boot.

The designer collaboration Hillier Bartley has come up with bunny-shaped bags in a myriad of colours and styles. Serious bag designer Loewe are giving us elephant bags in fabrics from denim and gingham to leather. Thom Browne has come up with the ultimate in animal clutches - the bright red textured leather sausage dog bag. It even has a name - Hector.

Whilst we can't let the week go by without discussing the Women's March for gender equality in London. Thousands took to the streets on Sunday to mark International Women's Day and the centenary anniversary of some women getting the vote.

Armed with banners reading "Let's finish what the Suffragettes started" and "Close the pay gap", marchers pounded the historic route taken by the Suffragettes a century ago in the now annual event organised by charity Care.

The ensuing rally in Trafalgar Square was hosted by the more than able Sue Perkins who paused from her one liners to defend all the alleged victims of sexual abuse who, she believed, had been made to feel shame by the tabloid press.

She said: "It is our abuser's shame to own, not ours. Ever...Sexual harassment must end. And this is the perfect spot to make that happen."

There were also speeches from Helen Pankhurst, Bianca Jagger and Sandi Toksvig, the broadcaster and co-founder of the Women's Equality party. But London mayor Sadiq Khan's speech was particularly poignant, calling on men to declare themselves feminists too.

Wearing a "deeds not words" sash, he declared he was a "proud feminist". He continued: "I think if you're in a position of power and influence and you think it's wrong that women get paid less than men, you think it's wrong there's discrimination against women still, you think it's wrong that simply by virtue of being born a boy you have more chances than a girl - you should be a feminist".

Do you remember when you were young, you had no idea that girls would have a greater challenge ahead of them when it came to making their mark on society? If anything, it was young girls who felt emboldened with the thought they had the upper hand. Then steadily drip, drip, drip, the reality dawned.

Let's make it so the next generation do not have to suffer that dawning realisation -  on the basis it will no longer be relevant. We should wear the likes of the Loewe elephant printed leather shoulder bag as a symbol of that commitment and not be so quick to cast it off this time.


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