For an experience that’s supposed to be so lovely and luxurious, shopping for fashion can be everything from frustrating to dehumanizing, and it can be those things all too often for some shoppers. Over the past week, Barneys’ New York flagship store has been hit by allegations that it surreptitiously called the cops on two paying customers for nothing other than having the temerity to be black while buying something expensive.
If its Fall 2013 collection is any indication, Coach would like you to reconsider your ideas of what kind of brand it is. That applies to everyone, both fans and skeptics, and Coach is prepared to back up that request with everything from brand new, totally chic handbags to lines of outerwear and leather apparel that are so sophisticated and luxurious-looking that they would be right at home on a front-row Fashion Week attendee.
I’ve never understood people who claim to hate surprises; there’s nothing better than being caught off guard by something exciting, and that’s exactly what happened this morning when we encountered the Kate Spade Surprise Sale. Markdowns reach up to 75% on an awesome selection of Spade’s handbags, accessories, jewelry and apparel, so suffice it to say that you won’t find prices better than these anywhere else. Shop quickly, though – the sale ends October 30, 2013.
Intellectually, I’m aware that all designer handbags are overpriced, but I have the hardest time grappling with the prices of small, sparkly bags. At least with a big leather or exotic tote, you can see your money in the physical size and materials of the thing.
Pretty Little Liars actress Ashley Benson was recently spotted leaving La Conversation Cafe in West Hollywood with an unidentified pooch companion. If her bag is giving you a little deja vu, you’re not alone – that’s the Saint Laurent Sac Du Jour Bag, and yes, it’s very much like a Saint Laurent Birkin.
For many of us, Halloween was probably our first occasion to go out into the world clutching a bag. It might have been a bag meant for candy instead of a purse for our daily necessities, but a relationship to accessories has to start somewhere, and it might as well be with a sack full of chocolate and sugar.
We’ve got some sad news for those of you who remember the mid-2000s It Bag heyday fondly: the Marc Jacobs Stam Bag, which has been produced continually since it first debuted in 2005, is going the way of the dodo bird.
Before I start, I should mention that MCM has a particular knack for convincing me to like things I normally hate. For instance, logo bags – I haven’t bought a logo bag since I was in college and have no plans to do so now, but MCM’s logo pieces have such unpretentious swagger to them that I’d totally go down that road for one of them.
Happy Friday-before-Halloween, PurseForum Roundup fans! This is our last Roundup of October, and despite our usual disbelief in the swiftness of time’s passage, we are thrilled to bring you another selection of PurseForum conversations, along with fantastic photographs!
Eva Mendes was spotted on her way to a taping of The View in NYC carrying a glossy green Marni Top Flap Triple Gusset Shoulder Bag. This Marni bag boasts an accordion-like interior with three separate compartments, and a shoulder strap which you can expand with a series of snaps.