If you followed along with our coverage of the Spring 2013 handbag collections, you might have noticed that a lot of designers showed bags that were either partially or totally clear. Mesh, vinyl, whatever the method, what’s on the inside is now on the outside, for all intents and purposes.
I’m often first in line to make gentle fun of things like $700 Hermes wine-raters, but what the company does with some of its products is truly inspirational to those of us who love accessories and the craft that goes into making them. For every leather-covered non-mechanical pencil, there’s something like the Hermes Le Pegase Lumiere Shawl, a hand-adorned piece that mixes traditional artisanship with modern aesthetics so flawlessly that I almost don’t care what other silly things might lurk in some of the more overpriced corners of an Hermes boutique. It really must be seen closer to be believed, so follow us after the jump… (more…)
It’s rare that a designer with as big of a name and as much of a reputation for trend-setting as Proenza Schouler makes anything that is both functional and reasonably affordable, which is why Megs and I have been fans of the Proenza Schouler PS1 Wallet since the very beginning. It was originally planned as a limited edition piece to celebrate the launch of Proenza’s web store, but they were so popular that the brand has been producing the wallets ever since, most of them at the very reasonable price of $165. (more…)