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Vlad and I were planning a trip to NYC this week, but after a freak accident last weekend (I tripped over uneven sidewalk while walking the dog and fractured my collarbone), we decided to stay in Florida while I get better.

Celebrities Exotic Handbags

[Editor’s Note: This week, our staff is on PurseBlog Summer Break, so we’re posting a reduced schedule of new features and updated favorites. Below, check out one of our favorite posts from 2014, updated with a bunch of new exotic bags.]

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.

Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic (1)

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.

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BV initials

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.

Chanel PurseBlog March Madness

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.

March Madness Championship Round

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.

March Madness Round Three

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.

PurseBlog March Madness Round 2

You guys weighed in, we did the math and the field has been winnowed from 16 to just 8. Which designers will live on to the Final Four? That’s up for you to decide in Round 2 of PurseBlog March Madness.

PurseBlog March Madness

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.

National Handbag Day

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?

Heritage Auction Preview (1)

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).

Editor’s note: This post got such an overwhelming response last week that we wanted to remind you guys that the auction is coming up soon!

We’ve been working closely with our friends at Heritage Auctions leading up to their much-anticipated Spring Luxury Auction. The entire PurseBlog team loves Heritage Auctions and we are very excited to be part of their amazing bi-annual major luxury auction.

Why am I using so many adjectives and superlatives, you ask? Because this event is going to be out-of-this-world good. From rare Hermes Birkin bags to a Chanel bicycle (yes, bicycle) to seriously chic travel gear, Heritage Luxury has rounded up the best of the best, the rarest of the rare, and brought them all together in one special place. This is a place I like to call Accessory Heaven, and it is where I want to spend all of my days and nights.

How do we get to this place? Delve right into the Heritage Spring Luxury Auction after the jump. (more…)

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