Cleobella is the answer for boho recessionistas looking for a trendy-but-broken-in bag, one that’s of a certain quality. Their prices are generally low, as far as designer bags are concerned, and the leather is always what I like to call “Williamsburg-worn.” That is, the leather has that worn look favored by alternative hipsters one often runs into in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

However, with its studs and fringe, this Cleobella Zula Bag veers much more towards the trendy than the alternative. But is that such a bad thing? It’s definitely difficult to consolidate two trends at once, especially ones so different, like these two. This bag gets it right, though. (more…)

Just when we thought Tory Burch had all but put her famed logo on a shelf and closed the door on it, it comes back. But luckily for us, it’s not in the form of one giant logo placed smack dab in the centre of an equally giant tote. This time, Tory’s gone in the same vein as the Gucci Guccissima collection by embossing an entire tote with her logo.

The product is the Tory Burch Dafina Leather Tote, which looks soft and cushy and even has a big tassel to hark back to times past””or just strike a resemblance to window furnishings, who knows. But even though the tassel is pretty massive, it works. (more…)

We’ve covered this Bottega Veneta Woven Zip Wallet before, when Megs was considering getting it as a replacement for her LV Zip Around Wallet. As even a cursory glance and click around the blog will confirm that our love for Bottega Veneta has grown epically since Megs penned that post more than a year ago.

But even while the glamour of the brand surrounds us, with their ability to custom-make pieces and their head-turning exotics, it’s important to remember that they still make basics like the Bottega Veneta Woven Zip Wallet, that are, for lack of a better word, gorgeous. (more…)

The fact is that, while this is an adorable bag by my own standards (which tend towards all things that look like they could have been made by some country artisan) there’s a problem. The kitschy, corny respelling of the famous Brazilian beach town irks me, and I’m sure it does the same for fellow spelling enthusiasts.

The truth is that this Ipa-Nima Vivian Shopper should just take the name Ipanema and avoid any confusion. There’s no law against using city or state names as bag brands, is there? Rafe New York, anyone? (more…)

You see, the names that designers give their handbags are for a reason. They don’t just pick them out of a hat (well, maybe some do- but that’s a topic for another time). So this Rag & Bone Railroad Tote actually means something.

Look closely at the bag. Well, you actually don’t have to look quite so closely, because it’s fairly obvious that the two parallel bands of light leather trim could conceivable resemble railroad tracks. To take this resemblance even further, perhaps the grey of the bag is meant to resemble the light grey of Greyhound trains? We will never know. (more…)

If you haven’t yet seen the newest teeny tiny Foley + Corinna City bags, then make your way to your nearest Bloomingdale’s, Nordstrom, or Saks Fifth Avenue as soon as possible to take a peek”” within reason, of course. (more…)

At first glance, you think it’s all fun and bubbles, don’t you? But the fact is that the Nordstrom Ruffle Clutch is actually much cooler than it seems. Why? Because the ruffles aren’t made of a go-to girly material, like chiffon or even a light taffeta. They’re made of leather.

I love when this happens, when you see something that fits so perfectly into a certain category, like a motorcycle jacket, but then you realize that it’s much more because it’s made of sweatshirt material, or has tiny lace flowers on the buttons, or something of the sort. It’s those little unexpected details that make life interesting, fashion-wise. (more…)

Belstaff is one of those awesome English brands (well, it’s Italian-owned now), a younger and hipper brother of brands with the coveted coat of arms of a member of the Royal Family. Who doesn’t want to be a purveyor to the Queen, like Smythton or Launer? Well, Belstaff doesn’t have the coat of arms, but that doesn’t mean they’re icky. Let’s just say they’re not what the ever-proper Queen would tote.

I can’t imagine Her Majesty would carry this Belstaff Large New York Postman Bag, but it would be right at home on the shoulder of a young fashionista. The bag is a replica of those carried by New York postmen in the 1930s””the description reads, “They don’t make them like this anymore,” and that’s true. (more…)

I always talk about how a great zip wallet could function perfectly well as a clutch, but it’s rare that a clutch functions as a wallet. In the case of this See by Chloe Chantilly Leather Tassel Zip Wallet, I was completely mistaken and thought I was looking at a clutch before I read the name of the wallet.

Like most of the recent See by Chloe creations, the leather looks lusciously soft (and rather curiously padded, but let’s not dwell on that). The ivory color goes particularly nicely with the light gold accents, giving the clutch a luxurious feel. (more…)

I understand that I may be alone on this one, but it’s a risk I’m willing to take. Unlike, well, a lot of people, I love the strange mountainous bohemian style that JADEtribe propones. It just has so many things that I like very much, not to mention that it is eco-friendly. Allow me to remind you that there was an um, GIGANTIC oil spill recently, so we should care about our planet. (more…)

There are two things that this bag reminds me of. First, it reminds me of that giant metallic silver Louis Vuitton Alma that Kim Kardashian wore to the beach awhile back. Yes, really. That’s the first thing that came to mind. Don’t judge, we’re bag people here! The second thing that this resembles is an incredibly useful L.L.Bean wash bag that my dear old dad uses, without fail, for every vacation to pack his toiletry essentials. (more…)

If there’s something I’m a fan of, it’s oversized clutches. I don’t own one, but I still appreciate them, and this Rebecca Minkoff Eyelet Clutch certainly personifies the unique qualities that I’d look for in a big clutch.

Signature Rebecca Minkoff hardware? Check. Detachable chain strap? Check. And finally, it has cute little metal feet. I’m a sucker for those. The soft peach color provides a nice contrast to the silver hardware, making the combination the perfect marriage of girly and slightly rocker. Tea party toughness, if you will. (more…)

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