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. With MATCHESFASHION.COM’s recent accessories expansion, the UK-based site has done a bit of both. (more…)

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. Previously, all accessories business was centered in Christie’s London offices, so this expansion provides unprecedented access for American clients. (more…)

By now, you know the drill: Mansur Gavriel bags are cult favorites, they’re permanently sold out and it’s virtually impossible to get your hands on one without a months-in-advance pre-order. The good news, however, is that an opportunity for one such pre-order just arose at Moda Operandi, and it includes canvas and soft leather bags that are brand new for Spring 2015. (more…)

Hermès is a brand with much of its appeal based on its heritage. No one expects it to innovate; instead, dedicated customers want Hermès to keep doing the things its always done in exactly the ways that the brand has always done them. Although the brand sometimes rereleases bags from the archives, it’s somewhat rare that a new Hermès bag makes landfall, which is why we took particular note when we found the Hermès Halzan Bag, which is brand new for Fall 2014 and in stores now. (more…)

At times, it feels like the handbag and jewelry markets are slowly converging into one. Customers who like one type of high-dollar designer accessory are likely to be interested in others, and costume jewelry designers like Dannijo, Mawi and Shourouk have taken that opportunity to expand their reach into the handbag market with lines of metal-and-rhinestone-accented clutches and bags that combine the best decorative aspects of their jewels, with generally well-received results.

The jewelry-designing sisters behind Anndra Neen dipped its toes in the clutch waters not long ago, and the results were more than well-received; the little cage clutch that was the crowning achievement of the small bag line sold out so quickly when it became available at retailers that I felt like I was chasing it around the Internet in order to write a post about it. As Style.com reports, CR Fashion Book editor Carine Roitfeld was so smitten with the clutch that she had the designers make it in 18-karat gold for the LoveGold amfAR gala at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.

The clutch stayed with the sisters after the gala, and now they’ve turned it over to Sotheby’s for auction during the house’s Important Jewels auction on September 23 in New York. Right now, the estimated final price of the clutch, which required 20 hours of painstaking hand work, is in excess of $20,000. That’s less than plenty of Birkins, which is not bad when you consider that it’s a one-of-a-kind, handmade piece rendered in solid gold at a fashion legend’s request.

[Photos via Anndra Neen]

If you’ve ever seen the Sex and the City movie, which opens on Carrie’s and Big’s rehearsal dinner, then you’re already familiar with our most recent destination for PurseBlog Eats: Buddakan. With 275 seats for dining, a huge 34-person banquet table located in the middle of the restaurant and 50 more seats for drinking, it’s hard to imagine this nightclub looking hot-spot was once a Nabisco factory in the heart of Chelsea.

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While massive restaurants have a tendency to have a bad rap among many New York locals, Buddakan’s food certainly doesn’t disappoint. The menu of modern Asian cuisine is stacked with dim sum, noodles, fried rice, and an array of entrees which was nearly impossible to pick from because every single one sounded better than the next.

Apart from Buddakan’s delicious food, you can expect to find yourself rubbing elbows with celebrities, socialites and some of New York’s most well-known faces. Take a look below for a detailed overview of our dining experience at Buddakan.

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Reservations: Accepted via OpenTable for parties smaller than 15.

Price Point: Appetizers, noodle and rice dishes, $9 to $14. Entrees $17 to $47. Desserts $10.

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Where: 75 Ninth Avenue (16th Street) – Chelsea

Ambiance: Swanky crowds and a dramatic, multi-level dining room, with giant candlelabras, oversized artwork and plush furniture.

Great for: Big groups, private events and impressing out-of-towners.

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What We Ordered: General Tso’s Dumplings, Pork Belly Buns, Beef Lettuce Cups, Scallion Pancakes, Vegetable Fried Rice, Cauliflower Stir-Fry, Black Pepper Beef, Sizzling Short Rib, Filet of Beef, Salt & Pepper Black Sea Bass, Crying Chocolate and Spiced Carrot Cake.

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The Must Try: General Tso’s Dumplings, Pork Belly Pork Buns, Black Pepper Beef and the Cauliflower

Bonus: The cocktails are absolutely delicious.

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Even several years after opening, Buddakan continues to be an impressive dining experience for locals and out-of-towners alike.

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The luxury accessories market is crowded with both heritage brands and upstarts vying for a piece of the pie, but in the past few seasons, a definitely trend has emerged: the best way to get into the game is one of the smallest. Greek designer Urania Gazelli is the latest in a string of women to make her debut with distinctive clutches, available for pre-order via Moda Operandi.

Gazelli has taken a page from the books of both Edie Parker’s Brett Heyman and Charlotte Olympia’s Charlotte Dellal with this line of handmade plexiglass clutches, a craft which she learned from her father in her native Greece, where all of her clutches are now made. This line features both astrological signs and playing cards, themes that have proved popular with creative, eccentric fashion people in the past. To grow, though, Gazelli will have to find a theme she can make her own.

Through August 5, you can order one of theses clutches for $1,175 to $1,565 via Moda Operandi.

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As an accessories brand, Tom Ford is still trying to get its sea legs. The line of bags and shoes is successful, but Ford has yet to have the kind of breakthrough, blockbuster hit that would send the business into the stratosphere. Handbag design is notoriously difficult to master for brands that have always been known, first and foremost, for other things (just ask Christian Louboutin), and now Ford appears to be looking for his signature, both literally and figuratively. (more…)

For the past six months, I have barely been able to go to any gathering of women in New York City without being asked for tips, tricks and hook-ups on how to get a Mansur Gavriel bag. I also regularly field these inquires via GChat, email, text message – you name it. So if you’re one of the people who has asked me how to get his or her hands on one of these bags, or you’re a person who would have asked me, had you access to my contact information, this is for you: Barneys now has online pre-orders for eight styles, including the popular black-and-red Bucket Bag, as well as the new Mini Buckets and Backpacks. (more…)

Mark Cross has an interesting thing going for it. The brand has a preppy, heritage feel, with its structured bags and traditional finishes, but the brand is also willing to use elements like studs and colorblocking to bring its bags a more modern feel. The updates are never overdone, though, and for Fall 2014, the results of those combinations are the bags that just landed for pre-order at Moda Operandi.

Two of Mark Cross’ most popular styles, the top-flap Scottie Satchel and mini-trunk Grace, have received bicolor updates that are exclusive to this presale. The vibrant, saturated shades are sometimes contrasted with each other and other times with white or tan, all of which feels consistent with the brand’s classic aesthetic. The pre-sale also includes a couple of solid bags in the same brights, which are not exclusive but still totally worth checking out.

Shop the pre-sale now through May 28 at Moda Operandi or check out our favorites from the collection below!

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