Bag: Anya Hindmarch Albion Bag

Price:$2,250 via Net-a-Porter

Why it’s the Bag of the Week: Rarely do we find a bag like the Albion that’s not already hanging from the arms of every in-the-know fashion person on Earth. It’s a modern, exquisitely edited day bag that’s perfectly suited to the season’s trend for minimalism and pastels, but without looking trendy.

You might have heard a whisper here and there about some sort of basketball tournament that’s starting this week. Most members of the PurseBlog team went to football schools, so while this may not be our time of year in a sporting sense, we believe in substituting handbags for literally anything in which we are not naturally interested. With that in mind, we’re proud to announce PurseBlog March Madness!

I still haven’t caught up with last week’s season finale of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills after my trip to Texas, it didn’t really matter one way or the other when it came time to figure out last night’s reunion. That’s because the Housewives only talked about the same things they’ve been discussing all season, and they said more or less the same stuff they’ve been saying the entire time.

If you felt a bit of warmth in the air this weekend, you know it’s coming. No, not just spring (although yay, spring!), but wedding season. If you’re in your 20s or 30s (and, to a lesser but still significant extent, living and breathing at all), you’ve probably received a Save the Date or six in the mail so far.

Now that we’re back from Texas and fully re-adapted to frigid northeastern life, it’s time to get back into our normal routine. That means that I’ve recently spent some time poring over a couple of our favorite non-American retail sites for this week’s edition of The International Edit, and spring has definitely sprung overseas. Below, you’ll find the latest bags, shoes, accessories and clothes from two European retailers, The Corner and My-Wardrobe, which include several European brands that can be a little trickier to come by in the States.

It seems like only yesterday that Chanel’s art school-inspired Spring 2014 collection debuted in Paris, including quilted leather portfolio’s and grungy stenciled backpacks, but now those bags have made their way to Chanel boutiques worldwide. We’ve compiled the collection below, complete with pricing information where available; even if those backpacks aren’t your thing, there’s probably something in the line that will absolutely take your breath away.

We’ve already taken several looks at Proenza Schouler’s impressive Fall 2014 runway bags, but the bags that you see in fashion shows are never the full story of what a brand will offer in any given season. Thanks to Neiman Marcus’ Fall 2014 New York designer pre-orders, we’ve gotten a glimpse at what else the Proenza boys will have on offer come September, and they’re embracing a number of big bag trends.

I don’t get fooled often. Not only is a sense for leather a biproduct of my job, but most brands that use embossed faux-exotics for their bags just don’t use very good ones. The differences between real and fake are most apparent when it comes to python, but usually crocodile and alligator are pretty easy to spot as well, even when the bag is very expensive.

As we inch ever closer to spring (one week left!), our weekly round of bag deals gets brighter and brighter, as warm-weather shades flood sites and, eventually, sale sections. This week, we’ve put together a roundup of beautiful bags that you can wear both now and well into spring and summer, all for less than their original retail price.

For all the writing I do about style, color and accessorizing, I’m not particularly good at adding anything to my personal wardrobe but black, grey and silver. One notable exception to that rule, though, is lipstick; I rarely buy any lip color that wouldn’t be accurately described as “aggressive,” and I’m a big advocate for pushing outside of one’s makeup comfort zone.

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