- HI, I am looking for a bag for work for winter. I really want it to be Grey leather (not light though). Originally I wanted the Coach Hamptons Vintage Hobo but they are sold out world wide, so am now looking for an alternative, any ideas? Budget £400. Something smart but funky, my office is not too official! - Jo

Hi Jo. I am guessing you had your heart set on the grey Coach Hamptons Vintage hobo and therefore couldn't be persuaded to go with another style from the same range? The Lindsay Vintage shopper also by Coach (6) appears to be still available in the grey, and while less slouchy and more structured, it is a great classic you would be able to use for a few years yet. Other alternatives I have found which match your colour requirement range from Badgley Mischka (2) to See by Chloe (1 and 5) to Kenneth Cole (4) and I have my fingers crossed you might be able to find something within these you like. Grey is a very versatile colour for office wear and can be paired with pretty much everything in your work wardrobe. And you can always tie a bright, patterned scarf on to the handles if you're taking it out in the evening or on the weekend to inject a bit of colour. Price-wise I've tried to keep as close as possible to your budget - something I find quite hard to do when it comes to lush bags! If you can tear yourself away from the grey and would like to keep to a similar slouchy style with pockets, I'd suggest going with a Mulberry or Marc Jacobs in a deep plum shade (in fact, this CC Skye one is pretty gorgeous too!) Good luck and hope you find your new bag soon x

Product details and prices after the jump.

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1. See by Chloe Small Grey Day Tripper, £340 from my-wardrobe
2. Badgley Mischka Helena large leather dome bag, £269 from House of Fraser
3. Luana Takli - Gray Patent Leather Tote Bag, $532 from Forzieri
4. Kenneth Cole Motoway large leather shoulder bag, £259 from House of Fraser
5. See by Chloe Charlie Round Day Bag, $550 from Shopbop
6. Coach Lindsay Vintage leather shopper, $798 from Coach