Christian Dior

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At the moment, Dior is in a holding pattern. Spring 2016 was Raf Simons’s last season as the brand’s creative director and parent company LVMH has yet to name his replacement; there was a similar gap between Simons’s appointment and the ouster of predecessor John Galliano.

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If you’re not done mourning Raf Simson’ decision to leave Dior (I’m not, still, and I might never be), take heart: there’s still a little opportunity to nab one of the handbags created during the designer’s reign.

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While some brands rely on churning out what seems like hundreds of different designs each season, Dior sticks to quality over quantity. Over the past seveal years, Dior has slowly but surely created some of its most sought-after bags, including the Diorama Bag, Be Dior Bag and Dune Bag.

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Interim studio design teams, like the one leading Dior until the brand decides on a replacement following Raf Simons’ departure, are in a precarious position. They’re charged with keeping the house running and keeping customers interested, but they can’t do anything too audacious or interesting, lest costumers get irritated when a new creative director arrives and the slate is wiped clean.

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As we reported back in October, Raf Simons has left Dior; his Spring 2016 collection was the last as the brand’s short-lived but wildly successful creative director. Dior hasn’t named a replacement yet, and until the brand does, collections will keep coming, but they’ll be designed by the company’s in-house team.

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If you’re trying to get a piece of Raf Simons’s Dior before the celebrated designer’s successor takes the reigns at the stores French house, your second-to-last opportunity has arrived. Dior Cruise 2016 (which we first gave you a peek at several months ago) is arriving in boutiques now, and we have photos of more than 30 of the collection’s bags.

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First Chanel moved into online sales with its sunglasses, and following in its footsteps is Dior, one of the last premier-luxury brands to hold out on e-commerce. In a world where shopping online has become many consumers’ preferred method, it was only a matter of time before Dior took the plunge.

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By now, you’ve likely all heard that Raf Simons has chosen to step down from his creative director spot at Dior, and while LVMH will undoubtedly find a talented and worthy replacement, I’ve been thinking a lot over the past week about how much I’ll miss the brand of cutting-edge femininity he brought to Dior’s hallowed iconography, and to the bags in particular.

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If you’ve been as fond of Dior‘s handbags as we’ve been lately, we have some unfortunate news to share this morning. Raf Simons, Dior’s much-lauded creative director of 3.5 years, has decided not to renew his contract with LVMH, the brand’s parent company, according to an announcement made yesterday in Paris.

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Let’s get this out of the way up top: the bag that made the biggest debut on the Dior Spring 2016 runway is going to remind you of the Saint Laurent Sac de Jour in certain ways, which, in turn, already reminds many of you (and me) of the Hermès Birkin.

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Of all the major European luxury houses, Christian Dior‘s status in the handbag world has arguably risen the most over the past few seasons, and that means we (and many of you) look forward to a new line from the brand more than we ever have before.

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Back when we first got a glimpse at Christian Dior’s Fall 2015 runway bags, many of you noticed a new flap bag in the hands of a few models. The new design is the Christian Dior Dune Bag, and now that the collection has started trickling into stores, we have the pleasure of formally introducing the Dune.

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