Tracking down and buying Loewe bags in the US is hard and because of this, I rarely think of the Spanish brand that makes such covetable bags. But the other day I was thinking of what brands we can feature that are different from the usual designers we’ve come to associate with designer handbags, and Loewe popped into my mind.

The Madrid-based brand is known by much of Europe for its beautiful leather goods, but most people in the US are not as familiar with Loewe. Though there are a handful of American stores that carry a few Loewe bags, it simply is not enough and this brand deserves so much more attention from us and the rest of the accessory loving world. (more…)

Oh, Tom Ford. The irrepressible, perfectly stubbled, always-tuxedo’d fashion icon debuted his eponymous line several seasons ago to much fanfare and even greater secrecy, and slowly, ever so slowly, the collection has started to leak out to more and more traditional retail channels. What we care about, of course, are the bags, and they’ve finally found their way to an online retailer for both our critical scrutiny and convenient shopping pleasure. There are few better ways to start a Friday morning.

It would be a little bit better if the designs themselves were more exciting, though. From someone like Tom Ford, I expected incredibly chic, anything-but-basic basics with exquisite details that would really set the collection apart. The bags are basic alright, but they don’t feel particularly distinctive; the company is missing an opportunity to make a very important branding statement that it has executed more effectively in its beauty and fragrance lines. As expected, the prices are high – think Bottega Veneta, if not a bit higher. Check out the high points of the collection after the jump or shop the full assortment via NeimanMarcus.com. (more…)

When we told you about the CFDA’s and eBay Fashion Vault’s inaugural You Can’t Fake Fashion event to combat counterfeit handbags, the response was overwhelming. eBay’s litany of designer-customized totes sold out in minutes, which raised lots of money for the CFDA Foundation. The fundraiser is now back for its second time around the block, this time with one-of-a-kind totes from more than 75 American designers, in addition to the canvas tote on which totes on which those designs are based.

If you missed out last time, today’s your luck day – the limited edition bags launch on eBay at 11 a.m. on the East Coast, 8 a.m. on the west, and they feature looks from designers like Tory Burch, Ralph Lauren and CFDA president Diane von Furstenberg. The designer totes will cost $200 and will likely sell out quickly, but if you miss out, don’t fret – plain totes in several shapes with the event’s logo will be available for $45 while supplies last. Check out some of the designer totes after the jump, or head straight to eBay to snag your favorite at 11! (more…)

I’ve become a bigtime convert to the ways of Spanish leather good brand Loewe, mostly thanks to the genius addition of Stuart Vevers as creative director several years ago. Since then, Loewe’s handbags have become more modern and increasingly relevant to a fashion audience. It can be difficult to find these bags in a store to look at, but I’ve had the pleasure of trying on a few Loewe bags and I’ve been nothing less than impressed. The leather is wonderful, without exception.

Until February 3, US customers have an exclusive chance to preorder Loewe Pre-Fall 2012 via Moda Operandi, and although some of the color combinations aren’t new (particularly on the lovely Loewe Flamenco Bag), if you’ve been thinking about getting something from the brand, a pre-order is probably wise. Loewe’s bags tend to disappear from the Internet very quickly, particularly in much sought-after bright colors. We have all of the pictures after the jump, including several lust-inducing (and wallet-emptying) exotics. The multicolor ostrich Amazona rings in at a steep $14950, with the monotone croc going for $20,000 and the multicolor croc topping things out at a staggering $35,500. All leather, on the other hand, will run you a more modest $2150 or $2400, depending on whether the color is solid or varied. Flamencos? They’re also $2150. Pre-order through Moda Operandi. (more…)

No matter where I go in New York or who I talk to, once people find out what I do for a living, almost all of them ask me if I know where they can get a Celine bag, what I think of the Celine bag they want to buy and if I have a Celine bag myself. As we’ve noted over on BagThatStyle, it seems like a new celebrity pops up carrying one every day, and judging by the long pre-order lists in stores, none of the Celine hysteria is going to abate anytime soon.

Even stock photos of Celine bags can be difficult to round up in one place; stores don’t sell the brand on their websites, so product names and prices are often rumors at best. What we have here, though, is the best collection of Celine Spring and Summer 2012 (Celine splits the season into two separate groups of products) bags that we could find. If you have more to add, please let us know. If not, please enjoy the nearly 60 photos of Phoebe Philo loveliness after the jump. (more…)

Bright bags are big statement pieces and for this season, neon is all the rage. I’ve attempted to wear neon clothing items but I have never found the colors to be very flattering on me, and that is of course why I turn to accessories to take part of the trend in a way that works for me.

I scoured the interwebs to find the 9 best neon bags and I am certain I have a great selection. Including a taste of every color of the rainbow, our favorite designers are splashing their accessories with hues that are sure to be attention-grabbing bags for this season. Click to see the 9 best Neon Bags!

Chanel’s 2012 Spring-Summer Ad Campaign combines a mixture of entirely majestic with a touch of athletic to showcase the upcoming collection. Shot by Karl Lagerfeld, the campaign focuses on the clothing and accessories being portrayed in a very elegant manner, as the models pose on different athletic (mostly gymnastic) apparatuses.

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Images via Moda Operandi

Very few people will ever own a one-of-a-kind bag from their favorite designer. Under normal circumstances, you’d have to be a longtime client of the company with a history of lavish purchases to even have the chance of being given such an opportunity, and even then, one-off creations are usually rare and reserved for the Daphne Guinnesses of the world.

What if all of the proceeds from that bag were then to go to charity? Almost unheard of. But that’s exactly the opportunity that Moda Operandi’s Lauren Santo Domingo and the BeLive Wayuu Mochila Project have teamed up to do – Santo Domingo tapped eleven designers from Valentino to Maison Martin Margiela to design traditional woven mochila bags to benefit over 30 Colombian charity organizations. (more…)

A Roger Vivier Spring 2008 archival bag via Vogue.com

Roger Vivier is a company that never does quite what’s expected when it comes to handbag an shoe design, and for the launch of its online store, Vivier has chosen to go a bit left-of-center from your standard online shopping outpost. Instead of vending current-season pieces like every other brand on the planet, starting in September, RogerVivier.com will allow fans of the brand to shop must-haves from seasons past that are still available in the Vivier archive.

According to Vogue, all the pieces will be new and unworn limited-production items from seasons past, so if you’ve been kicking yourself for half a decade about a beautiful brocade evening bag that you should have bought in 2006, this might be your second chance for fashion redemption. But the better question is, why don’t more brands do this? (more…)

When I posted excitedly about the Loewe Flamenco Bag’s introduction last week, most of you felt as enthusiastic about the new addition as I did. Apparently Loewe saw our love for the design coming from a mile away, because the brand’s Fall 2011 ad campaign features the bag posed strategically over the gorgeous Mariacarla Boscono’s, err, intimate parts. Shot by Mert & Marcus and styled by Katie Grand of the Love magazine, the shoot took place at the famous Ritz hotel in Spain, as a nod to the brand’s Spanish roots. Add this campaign to the list of those that I’m digging for Fall 2011, without a doubt. More photos after the jump. (more…)

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