One of the trickiest winter beauty problems I’ve ever encountered is how to keep my lips from turning dry and chapped in the harsh Northeastern weather. It’s a problem I never had when I lived in more humid climates, and over the past four winters, I’ve gone through a lot of trial and error in how to fix it.


Waltzing into a boutique or pulling up your favorite retailer’s website and buying a new bag at full price is great (trust us, we love it), but it’s not the only way. For the huge number of consumers who want to find a good deal, search down a bag they missed in seasons past or find a way to access designs that may not otherwise be readily available to them in their hometowns or online, a new cottage industry has sprung up: designer bag resale sites.


You can’t really blame us for concentrating almost entirely on women’s bags; they have, for PurseBlog’s entire existence, been much more aesthetically interesting than those made for men. The male-focused accessories market is starting to expand a bit, though, and it’s a great time to be a man in the market for a new bag.


We brought you an in-depth look at Chanel’s Cruise 2016 handbag lookbook last week, but when we got to poking around the brand’s website, we realized that wasn’t the full story. The number of small leather goods, including the popular Wallet on Chain (WOC) bags, the brand includes in the seasonal spotlight fluctuates with each collection, and this time, there were quite a few pieces well worth some attention.


Bag: Clare V Lou Leather and Suede Shoulder Bag

Price: $400 via Net-a-Porter

Why It’s the Bag of the Week: The rich suede and metallic gold detail gives this simple, affordable shoulder bag a luxurious feel.


When you think of Saint Laurent’s aesthetic under the direction of Hedi Slimane, studs and leopard probably come to mind before sweet little mini florals, but that’s exactly what the brand has in store for some of its Resort 2016 bags.


When I think of trends in fashion or accessories, I always visualize them as a swinging pendulum. As soon as something reaches the nadir of cool, it immediately starts its journey back to the other end of the spectrum; some things take longer than others to complete that swing, but in a market that feeds on aesthetic nostalgia, anything that was very cool at one time will almost certainly regain the title eventually, in some form.


Everyone has different patterns when it comes to shopping for and carrying bags; some people are brand-loyal, while others tend toward trendy pieces or only let themselves splurge on classics. Actress Naomi Watts, on the other hand, fits into a very specific type of bag pattern: she buys and wears what is essentially the same bag over and over again.


There are lots of reasons that handbags are one of the most important product categories in the entire fashion industry, but one of the most important ones is that a woman’s bag is almost always one of the most noticeable aspects of her day-to-day wardrobe.

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