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.
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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.
Another Friday has come to pass, and that means it’s time for a new crop of fresh bag deals. This is a big weekend for discounts, so we’ll have more information about all the different sale opportunities later in the day.
As we all know, Chanel handbags can’t be bought online. The brand itself doesn’t sell anything on its website except cosmetics, and it also doesn’t wholesale its handbags to any third-party retailers, period. That means that everyone from storied auction houses to contemporary retailers has to get creative about how they find ways to sell the profitable, sought-after bags, and for ShopBop, that means partnering up with vintage juggernaut What Goes Around Comes Around to sell the company’s Chanel bags (and more) on its website.
During New York Fashion Week, we were lucky enough to get an up-close-and-personal look at the Kate Spade 2015 collection, especially the handbags and shoes. Today, we’re passing that sneak peek to you; the adorable, garden party-perfect bags and shoes below will be available for purchase before you know it.
If you’re trying to make a decision about a future Céline bag purchase without the benefit of having one of the brand’s few boutiques nearby, I have a bit of good news for you. Céline’s website recently underwent a renovation, and although the brand still refuses to offer e-commerce, it has started listing expanded details for its new bags, including exact retail prices.