It’s been clear from the jump that affordable bags were never going to be The Row’s stock-in-trade. Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen have built an upstart powerhouse by using the finest materials available to reinvent basics ranging from black blazers to cable-knit sweaters, and the duo’s $34,000 alligator backpack launched a trend almost single-handedly.
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When a newly revitalized Céline debuted the Luggage Tote in 2010 under the direction of industry heavyweight Phoebe Philo, it wasn’t immediately clear that the design would turn into the industry-altering heavyweight that it has. At first, the bag was relatively easily available on the stores of shelves that had carried the brand before its relaunch, and you could even buy it online.
Since we started doing daily celebrity coverage a couple of years ago, you guys have picked up on the same phenomenon I have: a star’s cultural clout is almost always inversely proportional to the quality of her handbag collection. There are exceptions here and there–most notably, Reese Witherspoon–but the reason that reality stars and tabloid fixtures love carrying designer bags is the same reason that many of us do, or at least why we did when we started.
Two days ago, Kim Kardashian did something that tends to garner her a lot of attention, both here and elsewhere: she carried an Hermès bag that was not in its original, fresh-from-the-boutique state. Kim’s a pageview boon all over the Internet, so fashion sites were quick to pick up on the debut of her new Hermès Birkin, painted by none other than baby North.
We know you all have closets full of great handbags, and it’s likely that there are one or two that you’d consider parting with in order to make room for more. If you’d like to recoup some of your hard-earned dollars in the process, we’d recommend selling your bag via Heritage Auctions, which offers cash advances when you consign your handbags to auction or sell them outright.
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.