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Israel Myers founded London Fog in 1923 in his native Maryland, not England. The company supplied the U.S. Navy with waterproof overcoats during World War II, and by 1950, the company was also selling women's raincoats. In the 1970s, it introduced lines of accessories that eventually included luggage and handbags. Fact met fiction for London Fog in 2010, when the company was named as a client of the ad agency Sterling Cooper in the TV show "Mad Men" and subsequently hired one of the show's smoking hot stars, Christina Hendricks, as its real-live spokeswoman. The best London Fog bag for you depends on the occasion, and the company has one for just about every time and place a girl might find herself in.
About London Fog Handbags
London Fog comes out with a new line of handbags for each season -- Fall, Spring and Holiday. The bags have fashion-forward designs to keep you looking hot, and the company has a reputation for making durable products. The handbags come in all sizes.
London Fog makes most bags with canvas, nylon or leather-look vinyl for easy cleaning and durability. The bags have standout details and eye-catching trim and other bling, but still keep a classic look going. Small bags range from the snakeskin-look Hampton clutch with wrist strap and medallion hardware to the compact yet roomy ostrich-look Knightsbridge and the Suffolk with a top-grain leather finish. Except for the clutch bags, the small London Fog handbags come with regular straps and removable shoulder straps for ultimate convenience.
London Fog has a wider range of large handbags, and many have small extra surprises inside, such as coin purses and key rings. The large bags come in several shapes and styles, and a bunch are reversible to give you even more chic choices when you head out on the town. The very roomy hobo-style Pryce has reversible color-block linen trimmed with snakeskin. The big Olsen tote has two gusseted zippers so you can expand it even more to carry larger items like laptops. You can also choose among several classic large satchel styles, including the Knightsbridge with a multitude of pockets and the luxurious large version of the Suffolk bag.
You may not think of handbags as luggage, but London Fog might change your thinking. Its 18-inch-wide Oxford dome bags combine the look of a classic handbag with the roominess of a carry-on bag for a happening hybrid. In these days of extra fees for air travel luggage check-in, stylish carry-ons come in especially handy for gals on the go. "Real Simple" magazine voted the 20-inch London Fog Rolling Club carry-on "Chic-est" among its Best Rolling Luggage, commenting, "It's bigger than it looks."