There is quite a bit of confusion about the Radley Signature bags – Beach Hut and Beach Huts.
Let us try to clear this up a bit.
“Beach hut” signature bag or picture bag (S/S 2002) has 1 tote bag picturing 4 huts, 1 shoulder bag picturing 3 huts, 1 grab bag picturing 3 huts and 1 mini bag picturing 1 hut.
The only details on the bags in this design are the huts, the sky, the sand and Radley.
Radley is placed in the doorway of the smallest hut.
On the rear of these bags is a sandcastle with a small flag.
Radley signature Beach Hut Front:
Beach Huts (s/s 2003) has 1 Tote bag picturing 8 huts, and 1 grab bag picturing 7 huts and a mini bag with 1 hut. At the bottom of the tote and grab bags design is the sea, and there are seagulls in the sky. Radley is standing on the beach at the water’s edge, with footsteps leading back to the huts.
On the rear of these bags is the same small hut that Radley is in from the original 2002 release of Beach Hut.
Beach Huts Front:
The mini Bags for Beach Hut and Beach Huts are very similar and it is possible to get confused between them.
There are a few small differences to look out for.
In the below image of Beach hut (2002) the thread used at the top of the kennel is black, and as you can see from the inset image, the Beach huts (2003) kennel top used white thread.
The 2002 Beach hut Mini bag did not have a detachable strap. both ends are sewn on. The Beach huts strap is removable at one end.
The Beach hut Zip puller is metal, the 2003 Beach Huts puller is leather
The Beach Hut tag inside the mini bag has a picture of Radley along with the word. The Beach Huts Bag simply has the word Radley like the Armchair Mini Bag shown below.
Many times people selling second hand Taunton products list them as the “rare” pink or black beach hut bag or purse. However these are simply Radley’s Taunton line, not signature bags, not limited, and not rare. Yes, these are not available any more on the Radley website, and you may like the design and want to add these products to your collection, but please don’t mistake these for the 2002 or 2003 signature bags/range. Do not be fooled by sellers with a listing which read “Rare one off pink signature beach hut bag” (and yes, we have seen this happen), as it’s not the case and this is just the Taunton range.
Pink Taunton Purse:
Black Taunton Bag:
We hope this clears up any confusion for you.
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