I've noticed that young girls seem to be getting quite "bag-conscious" these days...even my 8-year old has started fussing over what she uses to carry around her reading record and homework folder! Though from my own school days, I remember a craze for tote bags decorated with pictures of the Wombles! (Yes, I succombed.
) The trouble is that school bags are subject to a lot
of wear and tear so using a designer bag for this purpose is a bit of a waste, in my opinion. My older girls compromise with smart-looking "copycat" bags from TK Max or similar, still not suitable for carrying books but for me it was a case of choosing the battles... Perhaps you could offer to get the designer bag as a special occasion present for shopping, and something smart but robust for lugging around the school books. Or suggest DD uses another bag in the meantime but saves up her pocket money to buy the PB herself, by which time she will see the kind of punishment a bag gets at secondary school and won't want to use it for that purpose.
By the way, whatever happened to Kath Kidston?