We’re still in the thick of New York Fashion Week, which, as you well know by now, is often more interesting outside the shows than inside them. Vlad is documenting the best handbag looks he sees on show attendees every day, but handbags find themselves front-and-center in lots of general street style photos, too.


Bag: MCM Diamond Disco Bag

Price: $1,210 via Bloomingdale’s

Why It’s the Bag of the Week: This shoulder bag is a little bit glam, a little bit rock-n-roll and big enough to add a lot of personality to your daytime look.


Alexander Wang has always been a designer who played up his industrial aesthetic leanings, and after a few seasons of flirtation with tech-influenced streetwear, Spring 2016 has brought the designer back to his roots for his eponymous brand’s tenth anniversary collection.


At the end of July, actress Jane Birkin announced that she wanted the iconic Hermès bag she inspired renamed until the brand improved its treatment of crocodiles. Hermès was quick to address her concerns, and now the brand has announced that she’s withdrawn her request.


Jessica Simpson loves handbags. We’ve all known that since she made her white Louis Vuitton Multicolore Speedy famous on The Newlyweds while I was still in high school, and although she’s transitioned from singer/reality star to businesswoman in the intervening years, her accessories obsession as not budged.


Comparing an Hermès bag to that of almost any other brand isn’t fair under normal circumstances; when you do it with a contemporary design that costs less than $500, it’s the sartorial equivalent of bringing a gun to a knife fight.


Celebrities play an important role in any luxury brand’s ecosystem. Advertising can only go so far; shoppers often look to celebrities for style inspiration (whether we like to admit it or not), so it’s always interesting to watch how stars react to an important new design.


We’ve reached another Friday, and even though New York Fashion Week has begun, that doesn’t mean we’ve abandoned shopping in favor of the runway. On the contrary; today, we’re starting your weekend a bit early with over a dozen beautiful discounted bags for your shopping pleasure.


When I think of fashion brands that embrace technology, Hermès isn’t the first name to come to mind, but the company seems to be looking to change that, at least in a small way. Yesterday, Apple announced that Hermès will make three special leather bands for a new series of its Apple Watch that will also have a unique, Hermès-branded interface.


Labor Day gives a sense of finality to summer that is mostly kind of a bummer, but since it coincides with a ton of great bags finally making their way into stores, the season change isn’t too terrible for handbag lovers.