Other than PursBlog’s readers (and writers), perhaps the people who love handbags more than anyone else are rappers, and we’d like to think that somewhere (probably in Paris), Kanye West will be celebrating National Handbag Day along with us tomorrow. If you’ve listened to hip hop radio in the last 10 years, you know exactly what we’re talking about – songwriters seem to shop as much as we do, which is a lot, when you factor in that shopping is our job.

Andy Warhol wasn’t always the pop art icon that we know him as today. Before he hit the big time, Warhol worked as a fashion illustrator for companies like Barneys and Neiman Marcus, and he even did some window displays for Bonwit Teller. After he became famous, Warhol’s legacy became heavily linked with fashion because of the fabulous social circles he kept, even more so after he founded Interview magazine in 1969.

Everyone loves handbags (everyone here, at least) and everyone loves animals (unless you’re a sociopath, in which case, I’m a little creeped out), so it’s not particularly surprising that the animal sculptures that Louis Vuitton commissioned from British artist Billie Achilleos have taken on a life of their own. Achilleos’ work was first intended for display at the brand’s London maison, but since its debut, the collection has traveled among some of Vuitton’s fanciest boutiques.

Just when you thought that the one-of-a-kind, graffiti-clad Hermes Kelly Bag was the pièce de résistance of the Moda Operandi bunk boutique, the retailer has added a late contender to the game: this (also one-of-a-kind, also graffiti-clad) Hermes Birkin Bag, customized just for Moda by artist Travis W. Simon. When you see the finished product (after the jump), you won’t believe that the bag started out as a standard black Birkin from Heritage Auctions.

Coach’s artist collaborations have been pretty unbeatable since they began with Hugo Guinness last year. The stalwart American leather brand hooked up with James Nares next, and now Coach has come up with a collection of men’s (but they’re unisex, let’s be real) bags and small accessories with Brooklyn-based street artist Craig Costello, also know as KRINK. Coach x KRINK just dropped at Coach.com, and you’d be well advised to start stocking up if this particular variety of street-wise luxury tickles your fancy.

Are you in the market for a handmade, highly expensive piece of art that doubles as a clutch and allows onlookers a small peek into the condition of your psyche, or at the very least, into your opinion of yourself? Well, you’re in luck. We’ve mentioned Jimmy Choo’s recent collaboration with pop artist Rob Pruitt before, but somehow, we neglected to highlight the Jimmy Choo x Robb Pruitt Limited Edition Angel and Devil Crystal Minaudieres, which cost $15,000 apiece, until now.

Most brands are simply happy to produce a luxurious, cohesive handbag collection each season, but as we all know, Hermes isn’t most brands. The legendary French house consistently takes leather to the next level, and this time, they’ve taken it to the jungle. With a little help from Lucie Thomas and Thibault Zimmermann (the two halves of French art studio Zim & Zou), that is.

If you were scandalized by the price of The Row’s original Alligator Backpack when it launched, you may want to sit down for this news. As we all know, a great way to increase anything’s asking price is to get a very name-y artist involved, and that’s exactly what The Row has done – the brand tapped notorious contemporary artist Damien Hirst for a line of $55,000 custom backpacks, including the pharmaceutical-embellished alligator creation you see above.

This week has been a whirlwind. A week filled with emotions, stress, and a ton of time sitting in our apartment. If you follow me on Instagram, you will see that I love a good manicure and try new designs and styles on my tips often. I really love Halloween, and while everyone in the Northeast had their holiday affected by Superstorm Sandy, it did give me time to try out Halloween Nails.

Perhaps this is stating the obvious when speaking of anything wrought by Miuccia Prada, but Prada Spring 2013 was pretty weird. The clothes were a late 60s-Japense geisha mashup that often worked quite well, but hardly anyone who watched the livestream even noticed them, distracted instead by what appeared to be (and actually were, it was confirmed later) leather toe socks paired with almost every footwear look.

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