Sometimes I forget that we have neglected some cornerstones of the handbag market. Shame on us. Big shame on us for this one. Over the weekend while strolling through Bal Harbor, (which by the way is my favorite mall of all time that I miss more than anything in the world) I made my usual necessary stop into the Christian Dior store. Now, if any of you are from or know about South Florida, you know the wealth is never ending. The women/couples/moms/kids walking in one of many exorbitantly high end stores were dropping thousands. I wanted to join them, but had to hold back. So as I went into the Dior store I couldn’t help but be drawn to the Detective bags. The Dior Detective bags have been out for a while and immediately were drawn into the spot light. To me they were really different and eye catching but I did not appreciate their true beauty until I saw them in person. To sum them up, they are absolutely-stunningly-astonishing pieces of art. I am in love. In absolute total utter love. Luckily I have decided this sassy girl needs a treat, and have decided to indulge myself in purchasing one later this week. Yay for me, and boo for my wallet. Oh well, it will be more than worth it.
So letÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s get on to the bags. Recently Christian Dior released the Large Dior Detective Bag, which is very similar to the Medium Dior Detective Bag but of course a bit larger. From the eye the difference can be seen in the added base which unzips to show off an extra compartment for any gadget or piece of clothing you may which to stash inside. The Dior Detective Large Bag seemed to be more of a carry on bag to me than an everyday bag. The Large Detective features none other than the finest calfskin leather with decorative stitching in the iconic doctor’s bag shape that shows off a stream-lined frame. In case you worry about anyone being able to do a run by theft from the un-secure closure, never fear. This Dior bag uses a thin leather strap with magnetic snap which folds over the frame of the bag for extra added security. Of course the focal points of the bag are in the two snapped front pockets with dangling silver-and-leather “C” and “D” charms, which of course are eye candy to all on-lookers. Other features of the bag are polished silver metal hardware and CD rivets, satin lining, a zipped pocket in the upper compartment, rolled leather handles with a 4″ drop, and protective metal feet. Now beauty of the Dior Detective bag in the large size does not come cheap at all. Measuring in at 14.5″ x 10″ x 6.5″ this bag will cost you an exorbitant $2,790 at eLuxury.
So similar to the Large Detective is of course the other Dior “It” bag of the season, the Medium Dior Detective Bag. At the store I saw it offered in black, white (but almost more of an off-white cream color), and an absolutely stunning red. My vote, and the bag I will be splurging on, is the red. Simply divine. An online picture of this bag does not do it justice. Not at all. When I picked up the bag and toted it around the store, I was in love. So was the sales rep who so badly wanted to sell it to me right then and there. I am guessing he is paid to tell every customer how lavish and extravagant the person holding the bag looks, but for my ego I will pretend he just really meant it for me. The Detective is love at first sight. Why the bag is different than the rest is because of its elegantly curved frame “doctor bag” shape which opens to a tan-and-white logo flowered lining. Ahh I am still melting. The bag of course features only the best and smoothest leather and boasts the glory of two snapped front pockets with dangling “C” and “D” charms. Other features include a leather-trimmed zip pocket and a patch pocket on the inside, rolled leather handles, and protective metal feet. If you have questioned buying this bag, I would advise you to question no longer. Hands down the detective bag (along with this new limited edition Gucci hobo we saw :-) ) manifests a quality and aura like none other. This bag is available at any Christian Dior boutique or shop online at eLuxury and buy it for $1,650.