Even though I spend the vast majority of my time writing and thinking about handbags, the accessory I actually interact with the most is my iPhone case. I have a 6 Plus, and the size and beauty of the thing only encourages me to interact with it even more.
Typically when we talk about luxury accessories, it involves wallets, bag charms, and fobs. Some brands know how to expand their luxury accessory offerings even further and Bottega Veneta does just that. Bottega Veneta offer a full home line that includes some of the most decadent items, like a buttery soft and purely luxurious leather bed frame along with intrecciato tissue boxes to name a couple.
I’ve been aware of the existence of handbag organizers basically as long as I’ve been aware of handbags. These in-bag accessories are often the province of upstart businesses looking to tap into an existing need with a product that doesn’t need to be branded and marketed in the same lush (read: expensive) ways that handbags themselves are.
In a certain way, the rise and continued popularity of bag charms makes a lot of sense. Handbag are incredibly expensive, and although most bag charms aren’t exactly cheap, buying one to put on a more classic bag in your arsenal is a lot more cost-effective than buying a whole novelty bag that you may only use sporadically or for a single season.
Tiny bags may be a huge (and persistent) trend, but not all little purses are created equally. While some are simply a small receptacle for whatever you can wedge into them, others provide a level of organization that makes it easier to leave the house without one of the biggest, most important things in any woman’s purse: a wallet.
The first run of the Fendi Karlito Bag Charm was so successful that I never actually saw one for sale anywhere, either online or in stores. The wait lists were long, and although Megs was able to get on one and get a Karlito of her own, plenty of people who wanted to carry the tiny, furry visage of Karl Lagerfeld were out of luck.
Despite our obvious fondness for leather accessories, we don’t talk much about wallets. We never have. It’s not because we lack appreciation for a good wallet, but more that they’re hidden and utilitarian, when compared to pretty much everything else we spend our time obsessing about over here.
Over the past few seasons, Anya Hindmarch has exploded her following by thinking outside the box (or outside the bag). For Spring 2015, her collection was full of simple shoppers and shoulder bags, embellished with whimsical leather embroidery and stickers that imparted tons of personality.