PurseBlog World Cup of Handbags

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!

Bag Deals May 9

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.

Victoria Beckham vs Miu Miu

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Saint Laurent and Maiyet Black Shoulder Bags

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.

31 Phillip Lim Loeffler Randall

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.

Miranda Kerr and Jessica Alba carry Prada

Odds are that you either loved or hated the handbags from Prada Fall 2012. It was a bold collection for sure, full of prints, appliquéd leather patterns and heavy jewel embellishments, and it takes a particular kind of personal style (not to mention lifestyle) to get optimal usage out of such a bold accessory.

Mulberry-Zigzag-Bags

Megs and I have had our eyes on the Mulberry Zigzag bag ever since it came down the runway in several sizes and colors back in February, and now that it’s available at retail, we have some deciding to do. Namely, which version is the best?

Within the accessories industry, runway bags have a very special spot. They’re the most directional of a season’s accessories; they tell us where our beloved handbags are headed in the months and years to come and set size, color and texture trends that often endure for seasons at a time.

If I had a nickel for every post I’ve written about mixing colors and textures over the past year…well, I guess I actually do have a nickel, since I get paid for this. The point is, I’d have a lot of nickels.

Marc by Marc Jacobs Snakes on a Frame Crossbody, $298. LeSportsac Divine Sunglasses Wristlet, $25. Both via ShopBop.

In my three years at PurseBlog, I’ve written a lot of posts that I never expected to write as part of my job here.

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