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There was a lot of debate when I named the Saint Laurent Sac Du Jour as the bag of the week back in March. While Amanda and I differ on how much we like the Sac Du Jour, we have been on the same page about our admiration for the Fendi 2Jours all along.

Both of these bags continue to garner attention in the accessory world, and both are on my wish list as bags I love. I’m majorly feeling the mini bag trend, and both of these bags come in a pint-sized version.

Today, I’m turning to you to see which of these bags wins in a bag battle, the Fendi Petit 2Jours or the Saint Laurent Micro Sac Du Jour.

Both bags are pretty in pink and both are similar in size, with long crossbody straps. Both designs are very recognizable by now, and the prices are similar, with each bag coming in under $2000. (The Saint Laurent bag is $240 more than the Fendi.) Both bags are celeb magnets, however lately the Sac Du Jour has been the bag of choice for Nicole Richie, Rosie Huntington Whitley, Jessica Simpson and Reese Witherspoon.

Vote in our poll and tell me which of the bags you prefer, plus leave a comment below! Buy the Fendi bag for $1,750 and the Saint Laurent Bag for $1,990, both via Nordstrom.

Saint Laurent Sac de Jour Micro Tote
$1,990 via Nordstrom

Saint Laurent Sac de Jour Micro Tote

Fendi Petit 2Jours Elite Leather Shopper
$1,750 via Nordstrom

Fendi Petit 2Jours Elite Leather Shopper Pink

In handbags, just like in soccer, there are certain superpowers who rarely face defeat. Just like Germany has steamrolled its way into Sunday’s final of the actual World Cup (our sincere condolences to Brazil), the Chanel Boy Bag, whose allegiance we had attributed to Germany because of Karl Lagerfeld’s birthplace, has risen to the top of the 2014 PurseBlog Handbag World Cup. If you recall, Chanel was also claimed victory in our 2014 March Madness bracket. Both were voted on only by you, our readers, so it’s quickly become apparent that there’s an ardent army of Chanel-lovers in our midst.

The actual World Cup ends this week, and so does the PurseBlog Handbag World Cup. You’ve helped us narrow the field from sixteen bags and their attendant countries down to just two, and now it’s time for you to weigh in just one last time. Will it be Louis Vuitton’s Soft Lockit on the French side, or will Germany’s Chanel Boy Bag win out? Only you can decide.

Vote now and check back on Friday to see who will be crowned the champion!

Vote in the PurseBlog Handbag World Cup Championship Round Now!

The US may have been eliminated from both our PurseBlog Handbag World Cup and the real one, but still we press on, undeterred. After all, a champion must be named. Today, you’ve shrunk our field to four remaining contestants, and now only you can choose which two will duke it out in the championship round.

Vote in the PurseBlog Handbag World Cup Semifinals Now!

You helped us winnow our field from 16 bags and countries to eight, and now it’s time to find out which four will advance to the semifinals. In order for us to do that, we need you to head over to our bracket and vote for which bag you like best in each of new matchups!

Vote in Round 2 of the PurseBlog Handbag World Cup Now!

We’ll never resist an opportunity to turn a non-fashion world news event into something about handbags, if at all possible. For the next two weeks, we intend to do just that with the 2014 PurseBlog Handbag World Cup.

Click below for full details and help decide who wins the first round!

Vote in the First Round of the PurseBlog Handbag World Cup Now!

Although the weather is a little damp and gloomy in NYC today, there’s one surefire thing that always manages to brighten up our Fridays: a fresh round of bag deals from our favorite shopping spots around the Internet. This week, we have some picks from deal-roundup favorites like Kate Spade and Rebecca Minkoff, mixed with a few harder-to-find pieces from the likes of Alexander McQueen and Oscar de la Renta. Check out our selections below, and for more information of sales and discounts around the web, check out our Deals page! (more…)

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When I first saw the Maiyet Sophie Shoulder Bag, I spent a couple hours turning it over in the back of my mind, trying to remember what exactly it reminded me of. There was something about the hardware, but I couldn’t exactly place why it seemed familiar. Finally, it hit me – it was like a curvier, more detailed version of the clean, modern Saint Laurent Lulu Shoulder Bag.

My feelings (and most of yours) about Saint Laurent’s venture into handbag design under new creative director Hedi Slimane have been mixed, but the Lulu is probably my favorite of the nascent range. It feels modern, it has a bit of signature hardware that matches that overall feeling, and the combined effect features just the right amount of restraint. It’s not too minimal, and it’s not too obviously inspired by something else. Even though these bags are quite similar, the curvy hardware and braided texture of the Maiyet option lends itself to a more bohemian aesthetic, while the Saint Laurent bag feels more fashion-forward. Because of that, the Saint Laurent bag wins my heart, but we want to know which bag you prefer in the comments.

Saint Laurent Lulu Shoulder Bag
$2,150 via Neiman Marcus

Saint Laurent Lulu Shoulder Bag

Maiyet Sophie Shoulder Bag
$1,895 via Net-a-Porter

Maiyet Sophie Shoulder Bag

Over the past couple of years, colorblocked neutrals have become a season-change staple. Because black, tan and grey leather, along with neutral exotics, don’t require a certain temperature or sunlight level in order to look appropriate, it only makes sense that they’re used to make pieces that consumers love, especially during the times of year when it might be 40 degrees one day and 70 the next. Mostly, though, it can be hard to find that kind of sophisticated look at an attainable price point, especially with exotics – until now.

Both the 3.1 Phillip Lim Mini Pashli and Loeffler Randall Rider Bag are designs with which you’re likely familiar (in fact, we just sung the praises of the Rider earlier this week), but we felt that these two particular versions not only deserved mention, but they deserved to be mentioned together. They both use a particularly alluring combination of neutral leather and real snakeskin, but both brands keep their bags below $1,000. In the case of Loeffler Randall, the price is far below four figures.

These bags are also both small crossbody options, although the Rider is appreciably larger than the Mini Pashli, which I sometimes find myself wishing weren’t quite so Mini. It measures nine inches across, but that’s at the flared top – the actual bag is more narrow. The Rider, on the other hand, is 11 inches wide, and the sleek design, combined with the ultra-reasonable price tag, wins this round of Bag Battles for me. Which do you prefer?

3.1 Phillip Lim Mini Pashli
$950 via ShopBop

Loeffler Randall Rider Bag
$550 via ShopBop

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