I’m always thrilled when a brand has stepped up its handbag game, and that’s why I’ve been keeping an eye on Bally since I saw the brand’s Fall 2015 lookbook months ago. The Swiss leather goods company has been around since 1851, and the addition of Pablo Coppola as design director in 2014 has made the line’s bags feel incredibly fresh.
We’re well into spring/summer sale season, but pre-fall bags are not quite in stores yet, which makes this kind of a weird time for shopping. Lucky for us, it also makes it a great opportunity to be proactive; several major online retailers let you pre-order lots of the upcoming season’s bags, and there are some gems to be found right now, even if they won’t arrive at your doorstep for a few weeks.
Saint Laurent doesn’t do the splashy bag launches and re-launches every season that some brands do. Hedi Slimane has built his company’s popularity on trying to make the best versions of the things every woman already wants in her closet, whether that’s the perfect little going-out bag or the perfect pair of Chelsea boots to wear six months out of the year.
Now that fashion shows are marketing events as much as they are functional opportunities for industry professionals to plan buying and editorial for the season ahead, fashion has a scheduling problem. Consumers see the clothes when everyone else does, and more and more, they want access to it immediately.
Not long ago, I wrote about how obsessed I am with the Mark Cross Grace Box Bag, so you can imagine how delighted I am to bring you this sneak peek of the brand’s Grace bags and beyond from Fall 2015.
I don’t fixate much. As you’d imagine, working at PurseBlog involves looking at gorgeous stuff all day long, most of which is for sale, and that’s tougher for some of the team members than others. It’s generally not for me; I have a very specific personal style, and most things simply don’t fit into it, even if I think they’d be beautiful for other people.
Being a handbag lover requires a healthy bit of online shopping, and that means we’re just as interested in goings-on at our favorite retailers as we are our favorite brands. We considered it exceptionally good news, then, when we saw the brand new online face of Barneys New York, which launched just a few days ago.
Something about the light outside has changed. Even though it’s still cold in New York City, I wake up every morning and, somehow, my body just knows that we’re one day closer to spring. I’m ready for my closet to know, too; new collections are popping up all over the Internet, but I’d suggest starting with a little inspiration from the Bloomingdale’s Luxury Shoe and Handbag Lookbook.