Even for VIP clients, rare bags from in-demand brands can be difficult to locate. We have entire sections dedicated to simplifying those most rarified shopping pursuits on our PurseForum, but today, we’ve got an even easier way to streamline the process. From now through June 12, the Christie’s Luxury Handbags and Accessories Auction gives handbag lovers rare access to hard-to-find bags from brands like Hermes, Chanel and Celine, including limited edition, special order and exotic pieces. (more…)

It seems like all of our favorite bags are getting major upgrades for fall. First the Fendi 2Jours went alligator, and now the Givenchy Antigona Bag has debuted in an ultra-expensive crocodile version, beating the price of the 2Jours by nearly $8,000. If you’re bargain-minded and also fabulously rich, I suppose Givenchy just made your purchase decision for you. (more…)

For the highest tier of luxury brands, there’s nowhere to go but up. The world’s super rich just keep getting richer, and because the Internet has opened up access to the world’s finest clothing and accessories to a wider range of consumers, the stakes of one-upmanship among the yacht set are forever rising. That leads to incredible (and incredibly expensive) stunners like the ombre alligator Fendi 2Jours that we discovered recently, and now it’s brought us the Tom Ford Natalia Alligator Doctor Bag, which rings up at a staggering $24,930. (more…)

If you have an iPhone, you’ve probably seen the emoji with the heart eyes. It comes in both human and cat form, and when used correctly, it communicates the kind of starry-eyed adoration that’s so difficult to describe in words. When I came across the Fendi 2Jours Alligator Shopping Tote, my face became that emoji. Sadly, my wallet did not also suddenly become full of $28,000, but, you know. Details. (more…)

This is a trunkshow that needs little introduction. We’re huge fans of both Moda Operandi and Heritage Auctions, and when they team up, they give online customers unprecedented access to the rarest, most luxurious bags in the world. From now until April 28, you can shop a lust-worthy selection of vintage and pre-owned Hermes bags in both exotics and standard leathers, plus a few leather accessories and silk scarves. We’ve collected the sale’s most jaw-dropping pieces below, but we suggest you check out the full selection via Moda Operandi now.

Intellectually, we all know that the world of Hermes (and, by extension, the world of Hermes customers) is not like ours. It’s easy to forget that, though, until something like the Hermes Plein Cuir Alligator Desk Set comes along, providing countless hours of workday luxury for a mere $91,600. If you have less desk space than the ability to purchase nearly $100,000 in Hermes exotics to adorn your office might imply, fret not – all of the pieces can be purchased individually, including a pencil cup that costs nearly $6,000. (more…)

Several years ago, The Row put backpacks back on our handbag radar with the buzzworthy $34,000 Alligator Backpack, and ever since, backpacks have been popping up all over the fashion industry. I didn’t go crazy for The Row’s backpack, or any backpack after that – as bags, they simply remind me of my awkward middle school wardrobe. As of right now, though, this Yliana Yepez’s Capri Python backpack is quickly making me rethink my previous stance.

The color of this bag is soft and subtle, but the bag itself is anything but. The blush python is perfect for spring and summer, and with a detachable top handle, you can easily find great uses for this backpack, even if you carry it as a shoulder bag. The interior is spacious enough for daily essentials, and it features an interior zip pocket and a suede lining. One of my favorite aspects of this bag is the two exterior side pockets, mostly because of their easy accessibility. I can see myself wearing this bag to the office or walking around the city doing some weekend shopping. Bags that are both show-stopping and functional are my favorite pieces to own, and while this bag is an investment, it’s definitely a worthy one.

Buy your Yliana Yepez Python backpack through Bloomingdale’s for $2,550.

In the luxury industry, there’s nowhere to go but up. As the fortune’s of the planet’s uber-wealthy continue to balloon, so too does their collective taste for the most outrageously expensive luxury goods; it’s keeping up with the Joneses on the grandest of scales. That means that more brands than ever are wading into the waters of the five-figure handbag, yielding ever-larger seasonal bumper crops of bags that cost as much as a mid-size sedan.

Below, we’ve rounded up the most mind-bendingly expensive bags of Spring 2014, as well as several that are notably expensive for their small size, mid-range material or production by a brand that has only dabbled in this price range in the past.

In the weeks since Proenza Schouler’s beautiful Fall 2014 handbag collection debuted on the runway, our enthusiasm for the bags hasn’t diminished – they were, and still are, the cream of the New York Fashion Week crop, by a long shot. For the next few days, you can shop Jack & Lazaro’s newfound adventures in crocodile, stingray and fur at Moda Operandi, but get ready to melt your credit card doing it.

Proenza is making a bid to become America’s reigning European-style luxury brand, and with that comes ultra-premium materials and their attendant price tags. These bags start right under $2,000 for a fur-faced clutch, and they top out at $28,000 for an all-croc satchel. All of these bags are part of a new line for the brand, which they’re calling the Proenza Schouler PS Elliot Bag. Unfortunately, that’s not a clever reference to TS Eliot, in all likelihood, because of the difference in spelling, but a girl can dream. Check out the bags below or shop the full collection, including the excellent runway clothes, via Moda Operandi through March 6.

When Matthew Rubinger launched the luxury accessories category at Heritage Auctions in 2010, the New York City resident was only just out of Vanderbilt University. During his tenure at Heritage as Director for Luxury Accessories, the pre-owned luxury handbag business has exploded both at live auctions and online, landing Rubinger on Forbes’ “30 Under 30″ list for 2014, as well as on CNN and The Wall Street Journal. Recently, he sat down with us to answer some questions about the luxury business, tracking down rare handbags and which dream piece he’s yet to track down. (more…)

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