The countdown to Christmas wouldn’t be complete without a new collectible picture bag. The epitome of creativity and craftsmanship at Radley London – unveiling the festive design each year is always one of our highlights of the season.

Adorning the limited-edition picture bag for Christmas 2020? Introducing Little Drummer Dog, an intricate appliqué scene inspired by the famous ballet The Nutcracker. Radley takes centre stage as our very own Toy Soldier, proudly overseeing the Christmas preparations alongside our favourite seasonal characters, the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Mouse King.

Where do you draw inspiration from

This year, our picture bag takes inspiration from the classic Christmas story The Nutcracker. Dreams, friends and seasonal excitement all come together in our Christmas party scene, recreating the celebration, fun and imagination of the enchanting tale.

How do you approach storytelling? 

Telling a story through a picture bag is about bringing the scene to life. In this design, the actions and emotions of the characters build the story – each personality contributes to the overall scene of the Christmas party. Of course, Radley’s at the forefront, ready to steal the show. Although his eagerness to help with the decorations has left him in a sticky situation…

What makes each picture bag special? 

Picture bags highlight the expert level of our craftsmanship. Their beautifully detailed designs take much longer to craft, with every element cut and applied by hand. Before all of this, the Design team thoughtfully consider every scene – no matter how small or intricate – to ensure that each one is creative, playful and unique.

How is the decoration applied?

As our picture bag designs are so detailed and complex, we use both screen printing and appliqué techniques for decoration. While screen printing enables us to apply precise layers of paint, appliqué is used to create dimension and texture within each scene. The art of appliqué involves cutting various shapes out of beautifully coloured leathers and stitching them onto larger leather pieces – a design skill synonymous with Radley London.

Who is the picture bag perfect for?

Anyone who appreciates Radley’s cheeky sense of fun and our highest level of detailing! It’s the perfect present for yourself or a loved one, to be treasured long after the festive season is over. Plus, it looks brilliant with the matching matinee purse, which is adorned with the same fun, festive scene in miniature.

For further Christmas gift inspiration, keep an eye on The Blog – you’ll find plenty of ideas, even for the tricky to buy for! Lots of new accessories have just launched too; make sure to check out our New In page for the latest styles worthy of your wardrobe.