For a new brand (not to mention a brand owned by celebrities), The Row’s price point can feel a bit shocking. I was definitely shocked by it when the brand started producing bags, but the more opportunities I have to see, feel and smell (you know you smell the leather, don’t pretend like you don’t know what I’m talking about) The Row’s bags, the more of a believer I am.
It’s happened. Summer has ended. I have no idea how this came upon us so quickly, but it did. Memorial Day always signifies the kick-off to summer while Labor Day represents the end, and with the passage of Labor Day not only does it mean summer is over, but also that we have to consider the old rule of no more wearing white.
Last week, I kicked off one of my mornings in an ultimate dream by having an intimate breakfast in the Bloomingdale’s Lexington Avenue flagship before the store opened. This breakfast was hosted by DKNY and Lauren Bush Lauren of FEED, whose mission is to create good products that help FEED the world, literally.
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.
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…)