Summer is the season of travel and it looks like luxury house Salvatore Ferragamo knows how to design for its elite clientele. Ferragamo Creative Director Massimiliano Giornetti designed a variety of exotic cases for Pre-Fall 2012 with the fashionable jet setter in mind. He said his inspiration came from Italian royals traveling throughout Europe. If you always dreamed of being a real-life princess and it never happened (join the club), you can still feel like one by carrying the Salvatore Ferragamo Exotic Beauty Case which are fit for royalty. (more…)

Even though, in any particular season, Nancy Gonzalez’s bags range from clean and simple to incredibly intricate, one binding theme always remains: exotic skins, most notably crocodile, produced by the brand’s farms in Gonzalez’s native Colombia. The bags are also produced in Colombia, and the centralization of the brand’s operations allows Gonzalez to price her bags more reasonably than other brands tend to price similar materials. (If a $3000 handbag can ever be referred to as “reasonable,” that is, which is a debate unto itself. It’s relative, ok?)

In that tradition, Nancy Gonzalez Resort 2013 goes for a little bit of everything at once, including kitschy fruit charms, candy-colored ostrich, polka dots and austere black-and-white. The bags are all finished in Gonzalez’s signature exotics, of course, and the collection can be pre-ordered via Moda Operandi through tomorrow, July 25. Check out the collection after the jump! (more…)

I’m going to level with you guys: it’s a slow news day. We’ve reached that mid point of July, which means that it feels as though we’re as far into summer as humanly possible, but still with no light at the end of the heat-and-humidity tunnel. As much as I love the season, my sandals and maxi dresses are starting to feel a bit boring. Fall collections are starting to trickle in to stores, but as far as new things on the horizon, the September start of New York Fashion Week seems years away. It’ll get here before we know it, of course, but until then…I’m not sure what. The fashion Internet is a vast wasteland.

During these periods, what do I go looking for? Eye candy, specifically of the exotic, wildly expensive variety. Proenza Schouler isn’t the first brand that I think of when looking for those kinds of things, but I noticed recently that the brand has stepped up its exotic game something fierce in the past year. Proenza also opened its Madison Avenue boutique on Friday, the brand’s first stand-alone store, so an exploration of the brand’s most distinctive bags seems appropriate, right? Check out our favorites after the jump or shop the brand’s full selection via ProenzaSchouler.com. (more…)

We first told you about The Row’s crazy patchwork fur backpack way back in December, but now we have a price to put to the bag: $16,900. Rachel Zoe’s email newsletter The Zoe Report recently sent out an endorsement of this bag, revealing the exorbitant price, and frankly I’m surprised it’s not a little bit higher. (more…)

For some reason, the last day of the work week is always the hardest for me. The things that I’m tasked with completing seem larger, take longer and don’t go as smoothly as they would on, say, a Tuesday. The looming specter of the weekend and freedom makes everything more complicated and time-consuming. And that’s coming from someone who loves her job; I can’t imagine how long Fridays must seem to people who don’t enjoy their occupations as much as I do.

If you’re one of those people who anticipates having a rough trip from here to the weekend, the best I can offer you this morning is a bit of eye candy by way of Barneys: The Lanvin JL Small Python Bowling Bag. I don’t like brown bags or most bags made out of python, and still, I’m utterly smitten. If you’re more inclined to one or both of those looks, I bet you’re positively drooling. (more…)

Last week, we took a look at some of the best casual messenger bags at accessible price points – the kind of options that most of the men we know and love might not only consider carrying, but would also consider plunking down a couple hundred bucks to own, even if they don’t generally consider themselves to be someone who’s fashion-conscious or concerned with how they dress on a daily basis. Indeed, we only scratched the surface; there are dozens upon dozens of brands out there making bags for those dudes, and many of them do it quite well.

What about the men on the other end of the spectrum, though? The men who wear $4000 Zegna wool crepe suits and fly on private jets and generally consider themselves Masters of the Universe? That group might have fewer members, but their collective spending power means that just as many menswear designers are catering to them in exceedingly luxurious fashion. If one of those men was in the mood to buy himself a bag online, what might he choose? I’ve got six of the most jaw-droppingly expensive options after the jump. (more…)

As I’ve said often, VBH is my absolute favorite source for a category of bags that I like to call Birkin Alternatives. When you want a bag that screams luxury and good taste from a mile away but you don’t want everyone to encounter to know exactly what it is or exactly how much you paid for it, you skip the Birkin and go VBH. The brand offers many different bags in a similar east-west satchel shape and a somewhat similar (although noticeably lower, thankfully) price range, but the details of the designs are altogether more modern and a bit more subtle.

Take the utterly gorgeous VBH Milano Sunbeam Snake Bag, for instance. Instead of the cumbersome and traditional strap and lock closures that are a staple on Hermes’ most famous bags, this bag has an utterly modern zipper that serves as both semi-industrial design detail and totally functional handbag closure. Because of the modern nature of that element, I could see this bag being carried by anyone from an Upper East Side doyenne to someone with a wardrobe full of Alexander Wang. (more…)

Python, brights, neon, trends, Spring 2012, etc. You guys know the drill. I’ve typed variations on that sentence a million times already and it’s only February, and based on my own personal contemplation of the purchase of an orange lace dress yesterday, I don’t think it’s going to abate anytime soon. That’s fine by me; summer is a time to enjoy a particular sort of fashion extreme, and that opportunity should be seized while it’s still available.

Emilio Pucci, it would seem, is all about seizing the opportunity. Or at least seizing the python – the new batch of Emilio Pucci Python Accessories that just hit Net-a-Porter will envelope everything from passports to iPad in bold snakeskin goodness. The stuff inside your bag wants to get in on the trend too, naturally. Lucky for all of us, these pieces come in multiple colors. (more…)

Ok, so we’ve spent plenty of time lately talking about brights, neons and other assorted eye-assaulting colors that you might want to wear for spring. While Megs and I love and adore those kinds of bags, we realize that they may not be for every, either in a practical or an aesthetic sense. If you’d like something a tad more neutral but you still want to update your bag wardrobe for spring, you’re in luck – snakeskin is still the texture that everyone wants to have.

We’ve covered the all-snake look in the past, but for many women, a bag that mixes snakeskin and regular leather is a more demure option that allows a bag to be acceptable in a work environment where it might have otherwise been a bit too showy. Plus, mixing textures is also a big trend, so you’re getting a little bang for your buck here. (Your metaphorical buck, at least. Stuff’s still expensive.) And yes, we included one bright option. It’s almost spring, I couldn’t help it. (more…)

December 15th: It’s 10 days until Christmas and we’re in the thick of the holiday party season, where everyone’s wearing great winter textures like cashmere and fur and wool and leather and heavy beading. This is the greatest time of the year for someone who truly adores clothing and accessories, and yet, I feel as though I’m stuck in a spring state of mind. The brights just won’t let me go!

With bags like the Emilio Pucci Python Box Clutch and Emilio Pucci Python Shoulder Bag starting to pop up for resort and spring, it’s tough to get excited about charcoal and navy. I appreciate subtlety, but I really appreciate candy-neon snakeskin. (more…)

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