Vince-Handbag-Collection

We’re always excited to hear about a new handbag line, but especially when it’s coming from one of our very favorite apparel brands. When Vince launched a pitch-perfect selection of shoes a couple of seasons ago, we were hopeful that bags were the next thing on the agenda.

Chistian-Dior-Diorissimo-Flower-Tote

The designer accessories market is, in certain ways, like the stock market. At any given time, brands and bags are moving up and down the rungs of popularity and profitability, and the key to being stylish is figuring out what’s about to blow up what’s about to fall off a metaphorical cliff.

Most-Popular-PurseBlog-Posts-of-2014

This is it, this is the end–of 2014, at least. Now that we’re on the year’s 365th day, we can take an official look back at what transpired in the past 12 months in the PurseBlog world. We dug into our analytics to figure out which of our posts were your favorites in 2014, and the list includes everything from fashion week celebrity favorites to new collections from brands like Chanel and Céline.

Chanel-Graffiti-Backpack

We’re only days away from bidding 2014 a permanent farewell, so now seems like an opportune moment to look back at the year in handbags. Below, we’ve enumerated the most important pieces on the handbag market in 2014; they might not be the most beautiful or the most popular, but they all left their marks in one significant way or another.

Resort 2015 Handbags

It’s easy to let resort collections slip by. They arrive at a time when shoppers are already distracted by sale season and the need to procure holiday gifts, which is inopportune for even the most attention-grabbing of bags. Nothing slips by our crack team of Internet shoppers, though, so we searched our favorite shopping haunts for all the Resort 2015 bags that you need to see.

Th Row Bucket 10 Bag

It’s been clear from the jump that affordable bags were never going to be The Row’s stock-in-trade. Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen have built an upstart powerhouse by using the finest materials available to reinvent basics ranging from black blazers to cable-knit sweaters, and the duo’s $34,000 alligator backpack launched a trend almost single-handedly.

Armani Smooth Leather Top Handle

Nothing eats away at your sanity than not being able to figure out who made a particular handbag, and when it’s a bag we just keep seeing, that makes it even harder. We spotted one such bag on the arms of several fashion celebs in paparazzi shots outside the Spring 2015 shows, and now we’ve finally figured out what it is and where it can be bought.

Pursechat

What better way to get ready for Friday’s National Handbag Day than talking handbags with the experts? Chat with our founder, Megs, and Bloomingdale’s Fashion Director of Accessories and Beauty, Erica Russo, today at 2pm EST via Twitter. Be sure to follow us and Erica, and use the hashtag #pursechat to tweet all of your bags questions and opinions.

MATCHESFASHION petits joueurs bag

Fashion people are always looking for the next big thing, and that’s even more true when it comes to handbags because they’re such a visible part of a person’s daily ensemble. Popular bags and brands hit critical mass very quickly, and we’ve always got our eyes out for stores that are picking up buzz-worthy brands or established lines that can be a little bit hard to find.

Christie's New York Handbag Division

If you’re an American handbag aficionado with either a desire to add to your collection or a need to clean out your closet (or both), we’ve got some great news to share. Legendary auction house Christie’s has expanded its Handbags & Accessories Division to North America, with a headquarters in the company’s Rockefeller Center offices in New York City.