Spring has barely taken hold, but our favorite online haunts are already fully stocked with warm-weather goodies. Every year at about this time, we start planning our beach wardrobes, with include the typical items: swim suit, sunglasses, cover-up and the perfect summery bag. Straw bags gain popularity every summer, and it seems straw has taken center stage for this season’s batch of bags.

Bag: Gucci Swing Leather Tote

Price: $995 via Gucci

Why It’s the Bag of the Week: Gucci has quickly turned into one of my favorite brands over the past few seasons. The Swing Tote caught my attention for both the classic, clean design and functional, long double handles. Furthermore, this bag costs under $1,000, a rare feat in the premier designer handbag world.

One of my favorite aspects of PurseBlog is the comments readers leave for us. It doesn’t mean I always agree, but I love to hear what people have to say about handbags, and many of our commenters are quite thought-provoking. One subject that tends to come up on different posts, time and time again, is brands that people say they would never carry for a variety of reasons.

My penchant for Prada has taken a significant upturn, mainly thanks to Scandal’s Olivia Pope. Liv dresses so elegantly yet always looks comfortable, and this combination is ideal to me. Her accessory game is spot-on, always relying on classic beauties, and her preference for Prada has caught the eyes of many handbag lovers.

I wasn’t able to get behind the Prada face bags, but the Prada Saffiano Cuir Double Bag, provides a stunningly timeless design, all the way down to Prada’s signature saffiano leather and inverted triangle logo.

Over the years, there have been so many great bags that have gotten away, and many of them still haunt me to this day. On top of that, plenty of bags are hard to track down even under ideal circumstances, like seasonal one-offs from my favorite designers or basically anything from Hermes. Doing the legwork to find a bag you want can be tricky even if you end up being successful, and that’s why The RealReal has become one of my go-to shopping sites.

When you hear the name Hermes, you probably think of the famed Birkin and Kelly bags. There are many other bags the leather house creates beyond those two icons, and most are fairly recognizable. Sometimes a true rarity pops up, though, and this time I ran into a bag I’ve never seen at Heritage Auctions.

Behold, the Hermes Shiny Vert Emerald Alligator, Rouge Vif Ostrich, Violet Veau Doblis Suede & Black Calf Box Leather Sac Himalaya Bag.

Bag: 3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli in Spotted Calf Hair

Price: $995 via Neiman Marcus

Why it’s the Bag of the Week: 3.1 Phillip Lim continues to make waves in the handbag world and the Pashli has quickly turned into a fan favorite. Black and white always makes an eye-catching combo and the spotted calf hair creates even more impact for your spring wardrobe.

While Mother Nature keeps playing with our start to spring, the calendars alerted us that spring arrived a week ago, and with it came a new crop of handbags. One of the biggest trends for spring is fringe, which graced some of our favorite spring runways, and thankfully, those bags are finally hitting stores. Fringe on handbags tends to look very boho, but this season, the trend offers a variety of fringe, from extreme luxury to the perfect festival bag.

One of my first major designer handbag purchases was a Bottega Veneta bag on a trip to Venice, Italy. It was a dream in every way; it was my first trip to Italy, the weather was immaculate and the store was beautiful. I picked a classic Bottega Veneta tote, and from that moment on, I’ve been hooked on BV. The leather is still some of the softest and most luxurious on the market, and the designs are subdued yet elegant.

We cover Chanel often on PurseBlog and there are many reasons why, but two of the main ones are that you love the brand and so do we. When we covered the Chanel Fall 2014 show, which took place in a Chanel-made supermarket, you had a lot to say.

Karl Lagerfeld brings whimsy and spunk to this grocery-themed collection, with some of the seasonal pieces truly touching on the supermarket aspect, alongside plenty of classics for the everyday Chanel enthusiast as well.

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