During my most recent perusal of Louis Vuitton’s new arrivals on the brand’s website, I came across something that shocked even me: a crocodile version of the beautiful new Louis Vuitton City Steamer Bag, retailing for a mind-boggling $55,500.


Naturally, the PurseBlog team spends a lot of its time cruising shopping sites and poking around to find stuff that’s new and interesting, and usually, that yields great bags and an interesting iPhone case or wallet here and there.


It seems like every season, more and more exotics are available, many of them at the extreme end of the price continuum. For Fall 2015, two of our favorite bags are going to be available in very similar shades of blue alligator: the Givenchy Antigona Bag and Fendi Petite 3Jours Tote.


It’s an interesting time to be in the ultra-luxury business because no one really knows where the top of the market is. In a climate when a pre-owned Birkin can break records by selling at auction for well into the six figures, there’s a seemingly insatiable thirst for novelty and rarity among the world’s super rich.


Sometimes, it seems like there’s no price ceiling for luxury handbags. Designers just keep turning out consumer favorites in alligator and crocodile, and wealthy shoppers looking to having the newest and most exclusive pieces just keep snapping them up.


Exotic bags might not be in everyone’s bag budgets, but they sure are fun to look at, especially in the bright, saturated colors that come along with spring collections. That’s why this week’s edition of Want It Wednesday centers all around them–go ahead, we don’t blame you if you get a little bit distracted.


Every now and then, our friends at Moda Operandi and Heritage Auctions get together to make some rare, pre-owned Hermès bags and accessories available at a few clicks of a mouse, and now is one of those times.

Hermes Himalayan Crocodile Birkin

“What do you get the girl who has everything?” is an eye-rollingly cliché question, but if it’s one for which you need a serious answer this holiday season (which is hurtling straight at us), then you should probably refer to the recently launched Moda Operandi Holiday Collection.

Maison Ullens Crocodile Tote

We’re always on the lookout for bags that push the normal bounds of what consumers are generally expected to pay for a handbag on the Internet, and now we’ve got a promising entrant into that arms race.

Christies Handbag and Accessories Auction September 2014

There are few things I enjoy more than poring over the lots in a new auction. When you’re already well-acquainted with what’s available in stores, a well-curated group of rare bags and accessories, culled from the world’s best-stocked closets, is the best way to get the thrill of the new.

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