I feel like a hypocrite, because when anyone asks me about carrying something fragile or light-colored, I always tell them that bags are meant to be worn – and they are. But I have to be honest, when it comes to some of my favorite luxury bags, I’m afraid to carry them. It’s not every bag in my collection, but there are a few special ones that I tend to hold off on carrying for what I deem “special occasions.” They’re bags I’d never take on a plane or to run errands or for any form of everyday use.
Here’s actress Julianne Moore, strolling around in NYC’s West Village (her home turf), carrying a black and white leather Reed Krakoff Track Tote that truly pops with her black and white polka-dotted shirt (and her general “low-key weekend New Yorker” vibe). You can score Julianne’s exact top-handled tote for $1,390 at Net-A-Porter. This brand is particularly adept at creating functional, oversized handbags; case in point: this giant Reed Krakoff Kit XL Clutch we saw Kerry Washington carrying last year.
Fashion is an industry of rarity, but the news late last week from Mulberry may be the rarest thing we’ve seen in recent memory. On the heels of former CEO Bruno Guillon’s exit, the company has announced it will return to a price structure similar to the one it used before he took the helm of the brand two years ago. In real-world terms, that means one very important thing to bag lovers: Mulberry’s bags are about to become significantly less expensive. Read More…
For brands that rely heavily on their accessories collections for revenue, the standard four seasonal collections just won’t cut it; not only do their customers demand more variety, but so do their bottom lines. Because of those parallel motivations, Louis Vuitton releases a limited, usually travel-themed summer collection every year, and the Louis Vuitton Summer 2014 Bags and Accessories have landed.
At a certain point, once you’ve been rich and famous for a few years, shopping for yourself has to lose some of its fun. Especially if you’re a star like Katy Perry, who’s known for her style and, as a result, regularly receives freebies and loaned stunners from basically every brand she could desire. What’s a pop star to do then? If Perry’s weekend Instagram is any indication, she’s chosen to scratch the shopping itch by buying a Chanel Mini Flap Bag for her infant niece. Read More…
Here’s Kesha (Yes, she dropped the “$.” Now how will she ever distinguish herself from all the other Keshas?) about to board a flight to Tahiti at LAX, carrying a pale, non-leather Stella McCartney Falabella Bag. You can find a woven cotton version of the Falabella in “bisque” that’s absolutely perfect for spring and summer (and impromptu trips to Tahiti) for $1,780 at Bergdorf Goodman.
Two years ago, Bottega Veneta introduced a personalization service, aptly named Bottega Veneta Initials. Vlad and I were part of the launch of this event in Italy and were able to see how the artisans from the Bottega Veneta atelier carefully added the letters to BV’s signature Intrecciato bags. Now Bottega Veneta is inviting you to be part of this amazing opportunity as well.
For those of you who wanted one, it’s probably time to come to terms with the fact that you’re not going to get a Mansur Gavriel Bucket Bag for spring. (Add it to your wishlist at Net-a-Porter, though – a friend who did so fairly recently saw it show up in her shopping bag last week.) That’s a bummer, but the good news is that Mansur Gavriel was on the front end of a trend that has since become huge – bucket bags are spring’s biggest handbag shape trend, and the brands entering into the fray include everyone from Opening Ceremony to Hermes.