Inside Her Handbag: Rebecca Gilmore


Rebecca Gilmore, Travel and International Litigation Solicitor at Slater & Gordon Lawyers (UK) LLP.

          1.     What do you do?

I am a solicitor based in London, and I deal with cases involving claimants who have been injured while on their holidays. Our offices are based on Chancery Lane, at the heart of the legal district.

2.     What is your daily routine?

I am a working mum of two, a one year old and a two year old, so life is pretty busy.  I work in the office part time. On my days in the office, it is an early start at 5.20 am. I am out of the door by 6.05 am and commute to Waterloo Station in London. I like a walk in the morning, so I walk across Waterloo bridge and on to the office. Once the working day is over, I do it all in reverse, pick up the kids from nursery and enjoy a little bit of time with them at home.  I do not see my husband until around 7.30pm, by which time he will usually cook a lovely meal and we will both chill out with a glass of wine.

3.     What are your handbag essentials:

Phone, keys, bank card, cash, lipstick, a little makeup bag, a fruit (usually an apple), a can of diet coke (need the caffeine), a health and fitness magazine, my office security pass, my train ticket, anti-perspirant. If I am on mother duties, I will carry all of the above, plus nappies and wet wipes and drinks and snacks for the children and a couple of muslin cloths.

4.     What do you look for in a handbag?

If it is my every day handbag it needs to be big and strong enough, but stylish. So, I would say, for a day-to-day bag, I look at size and durability.

If I am just going out for a drink, I like to carry as little as possible. In fact, I don’t even like to carry a purse inside my bag, so I will look for a small handbag with a shoulder strap which has pockets inside where I can put my cards, money and lipstick.  I will also look for something smart and a bit more colourful than I would have in the day.

5.     What does luxury mean in a handbag?

Quality. A bag is luxurious when it is made of beautiful materials, good brand and the price tag reflects it. It is a bag that you would treat with a little more respect than your everyday bag. It also needs to reflect its quality throughout, including in its hardware and inside.

6.     Handbags or shoes?

Handbags. Now, with the children, I find I wear less heels, so for me it is handbags.  

7.     You’ve had a sneaky preview of the Kalamarie Holiday collection. Which one is your favourite?

The satchel.

8.     What advice do you have to offer for young female entrepreneurs in very few words?

Work hard, go for it, if you have former careers make sure you transfer your acquired experience and skills to your own business.