Friday is National Handbag Day (did we already mention that?), and that means that our week is even more dedicated to handbags than it usually is. We profile at least one bag collection of some sort per week, whether it’s based on an individual’s ample closet or the attendees at a particular event, but because of the looming spectre of NHD, we wanted to do something a little extra this week.
On Saturday, famed French champagne house Veuve Clicquot hosted the 7th annual Veueve Clicquot Polo Classic at Liberty State Park, overlooking the Manhattan skyline. The Classic has become synonymous with impeccable style, and Vlad and I were fortunate to attend the event and scope out the best bags and style of the attendees.
Two years ago, Bottega Veneta introduced a personalization service, aptly named Bottega Veneta Initials. Vlad and I were part of the launch of this event in Italy and were able to see how the artisans from the Bottega Veneta atelier carefully added the letters to BV’s signature Intrecciato bags.
There could only be one. We assembled the bracket, you voted through four rounds, and finally, Chanel is the winner of 2014 PurseBlog March Madness, beating out Celine in the final round, plus all its previous competitors. With a bag lineup that ranges from true classics like the Classic Flap to the avant-garde beef bags of the Chanel Supermarche Spring 2014, Chanel’s audience is wide and its prestige and heritage are huge.
This is it, the moment we’ve been waiting for. You guys have winnowed down our PurseBlog March Madness field to your two favorite bag designers, and now we’ve locked Chanel and Celine into a winner-take-all cage match (or maybe a West Side Story-style knife fight; the mental image is up to you), and only one winner can emerge.
You voted (and voted some more), and now we’ve narrowed our PurseBlog March Madness field down to your four favorite designers – Hermes, Chanel, Celine and Louis Vuitton. Just like in the real Final Four, these two matchups of handbag heavyweights are sure to be particularly contentious, so every vote counts.
You might have heard a whisper here and there about some sort of basketball tournament that’s starting this week. Most members of the PurseBlog team went to football schools, so while this may not be our time of year in a sporting sense, we believe in substituting handbags for literally anything in which we are not naturally interested.
Join us to celebrate National Handbag Day 2014!
Six months ago, it occurred to us that there should be an official day for handbag lovers to celebrate their obsession. After all, if there’s National Grilled Cheese Day, why not a day for bags?
Last Thursday on a rainy New York City evening, we hopped in a car and headed to the beyond gorgeous Fletcher-Sinclair Mansion for the Heritage Auctions Spring Luxury Preview event. The mansion is situated right on 5th Avenue and 79th Street, and it’s one of the most iconic locations in NYC (where parts of Cruel Intentions was filmed and where this year’s official Met Ball after party will be held).