My favorite thing about fashion is that people’s choices are so telling. When you understand the social language of fashion (and, by extension, of handbags), how people choose to adorn themselves is a little window into how they see themselves, just like their favorite books or college major.
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Although the contemporary bag market is full to bursting with companies vying for your handbag dollars, it’s still somewhat difficult to find a well-priced bag that feels luxurious. That’s why we’ve been huge Botkier fans for so long; since the early 2000s, Monica Botkier has been turning out beautiful leather bags at attainable prices, all designed in New York City.
In case you ever doubted the seemingly bottomless demand for Hermès Birkins, Neiman Marcus’ decision to sell the bags pre-owned on its website and the available bags’ quick disappearance from the site should tell you all you need to know. Even at a sometimes steep markup, the bags, which debuted on the site earlier this week, have already more than half sold out.
Although getting creative with lookbooks has become popular among contemporary clothing brands in recent years, handbag brands tend to stick to the traditional, head-on images of bags that we see all over online retailers. If you’re a little bored with those, we’d like to direct your toward Mansur Gavriel’s Spring 2015 handbag lookbook, which includes the brand’s signature minimalist bags alongside some animal friends.
We know that many of our readers reside outside of the US, and even if you don’t, you may very well have someone on your holiday shopping list that does. Because international shipping and duties can get expensive unless you know where to shop, we went ahead and picked out some great gifts from some of our favorite online retailers outside of the US.