Domestic and financial abuse is an insidious and personal problem, and The Allstate Foundation’s long history of advocacy on the issue has informed its dual approach to raising awareness and assisting survivors. Purple Purse ambassador Kerry Washington and The PURSEonal Voices Network are working to spread the word on a national level, but so much of the day-to-day work of empowering survivors is done by local organizations across the country.


Several months ago, we brought you news of Fendi’s Resort 2016 strap line, and if you missed it, it’s more or less exactly what it sounds like: statement-making handbag straps, many embellished or finished with exotic leathers, that customers can add to their existing bags for around $1,000.


Some celebs seem to have a new handbag on their arms every time we turn around, but most of them are just like you and me: they play favorites, get into grooves with particular bags and sometimes just don’t feel like switching their stuff out for another option.


I’ve been dreading fall and winter since it was still 95 degrees outside for one very specific reason: my forehead. I’m originally from a warm, very humid climate, and since I moved to NYC in 2011, my forehead has been voicing its discontent with that choice by becoming impossible to effectively moisturize as soon as the first chill sets in.


We spend plenty of time around here talking about three categories of bags: classics, It Bags and trendy seasonal options. There’s a fourth category, though, that deserves an enormous amount of credit: the workhorses. They captivate customers and fill closets for seasons on end, mostly without the credit they deserve.


Shoppers, start your engines. We broke this news on National Handbag Day, and now it’s time to open Mansur Gavriel’s website in a browser tab at work and set an alarm for 10:55; the restock will be live at 11 a.m.


If you’ve made your way to PurseBlog on this day or any other, it’s safe to say that you have champagne tastes, no matter whether you have the budget to match. We know what it’s like not to be able to buy everything you want (we spend all day looking at designer handbags, remember), so today we have some bags that may help.


Even though a woman’s handbag selection isn’t necessarily dependent on temperature, the change of the seasons is still an optimal time to think about adding a new bag to your wardrobe. The shift toward fall-appropriate colors and textures fits particularly perfectly with the rich hues and luxury leathers of the bags Christie’s has carefully selected for its October Handbags & Accessories Auction, happening now.


Bag: Proenza Schouler PS1 Perforated Pouch

Price: $1,425 via Net-a-Porter

Why It’s the Bag of the Week: It may be just October, but spring is right around the corner, right? RIGHT?


We mentioned earlier this week that structured, long-strap flap bags are the hottest thing going in handbags right now, and Givenchy may have our favorite of the new crop. The first version of it to hit the Internet was immediately crowned our Bag of the Week, and now several more materials, colors and sizes have arrived.