Winter is the perfect time to advance your jewelry game. Not only do metals create wonderful textural contrast with cold weather’s knits, leathers and denims, but if your skin is sensitive, wearing jewelry in the winter is less risk–you don’t sweat as much.
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The central paradox of luxury handbags has always been that brands need to sell as many as humanly possible while still convincing every customer that he or she is getting something exclusive and sought-after. Until now, a cheap-and-easy way to do that was to eschew online sales in favor of forcing customers into brick-and-mortar boutiques, but according to Businessweek, the effectiveness of that strategy might have come to an end.
As soon as Halloween passed, we started getting emails from brands and retailers about their newly unveiled gift selections. It seemed early, but a quick look at the calendar explained why: Thanksgiving is late this year, so if shoppers wait as long to shop as they might normally, things are going to be a bit tight for all involved.
You can’t talk about contemporary handbags without talking about Botkier. In 2003, Monica Botkier introduced the Trigger Bag, which became incredibly popular on both the strength of its rock-n-roll-luxury design and its accessible, mid-three-figures price tag. Over the next decade, the contemporary market exploded, and Botkier’s bags were carried by everyone from Rihanna to Angelina Jolie.
The Hermès Birkin has been an iconic art object for fashion lovers for decades, but now uberartist Jeff Koons is intent on turning the sought-after bags into actual art. Koons has sourced bags from the likes of Sofia Coppola and Diane von Furstenberg and incorporated them into sculpture to benefit Project Perpetual, an arm of the United Nations Foundations that helps at-risk youth the world over with the help of powerful artists.
Bag: Saint Laurent Small Velvet Monogramme Crossbody Bag
Price: $1,850 via Barneys
Why It’s the Bag of the Week: Hedi Slimane has remade Saint Laurent as a clothier for rockstars and those who want to dress like them, and this little bag, with its lush velvet finish and equally luxe gold logo and tassel, feels like the first of Slimane’s bags to fully capture that feeling.
The fashion industry has hosted a logo renaissance over the past few season, with brands like Alexander Wang and DKNY plastering their logos all over clothes, much to the pleasure of streetwear-obsessed fashion customers. When it comes to accessories, though, the trend has been a bit different.
Veterans’ Day may not be until Tuesday, but that hasn’t stopped retailers from going ahead and rolling out their discounts and sales for this strong pre-Thanksgiving markdown period. Not all of the brands and retailers below are calling these sales Veterans’ Day-themed (there are some seasonal sales and Friends & Family codes in the mix), but they’re all going on right now, so we’ve included all of the info below.