Fashion is a industry where things are often taken to their logical extremes. While some women are likely still paying off their orthopedic bills from the enormous bag trend of the late 2000s, things have now swung back firmly in the other direction; brands of all types are now making bags that are small enough to be considered decorative accessories for other bags.
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Chanel’s Spring 2015 runway was the first one in a while that we weren’t huge fans of. For the first time in several season’s, the brand’s mixture of luxury and kitsch felt a little bit off; where the Chanel Graffiti Backpacks had been a deft mix of high and low, the grunge-y spring messenger bags that seemed intended as their successors reached just a little too far.
Dior has an advantage that only a tiny handful of other fashion houses enjoy. Because the brand resides at the very top tier of fashion houses and because it has a history so rich and storied that it’d make a marketer weep, Dior can not only make handbags out of the world’s rarest, finest exotics and expect to sell all of them, but the brand can make interesting, challenging bags that retail for $30,000 and expect to sell those, too.
Today is International Women’s Day, and if you’re not familiar with it, plenty of fashion brands and companies are interested in broadening your awareness. The day, which was originally founded in the early 1900s is intended raise awareness for gender inequality and celebrate female accomplishment the world over.
We’re in a bit of an off period for sales, but sometimes, that’s when the best bag deals can be found. Sometimes post-holiday inventory management reveals a couple extra pieces of something that had long ago sold out, or maybe stores finally got around to re-stocking returned Christmas gifts; either way, we’re here to help you reap the benefits.
There’s an old saying about the only sure things in life being death and taxes, but if you’re a handbag buyer, there’s another inevitability: price increases. With brands like Chanel, Hermès and Louis Vuitton, they’re fairly easy to track; because the bags are only available from the company’s boutiques, all the new product arrives at once and sales associates warn their loyal customers in advance.
Even as an American customer, British stores are some of my favorite online shopping destinations, both for inspiration and acquisition, and the MATCHESFASHION.COM Shoe and Bag Guide is here to do both. British style has such a sense of boldness and fun to it, which leads to different stock choices, even when it comes to the sites’ buyers making selections from US brands.