The vast majority of the bags that we feature during our weekly man bag sojourns are, to put it bluntly, a bit drap. Most men like it that way; colors, especially brights, are generally reserved to ladies and the more flamboyant gays. I’m not sure who decided that wearing color was un-masculine, but I’d like to disagree. Men look great in color at the same rate women do, and judging by the Salvatore Ferragamo Revival Duffel Bag, some Italian gents agree with me.

It’s a startling thing to encounter a cerulean duffel bag on a page full of brown, black and grey men’s options, but Ferragamo has gone all-in on this color for spring. You can get a messenger bag and several types of shoulder bags (which look more like actual purses than many of the dudes I know might be comfortable with) in the same shade, but I, as always, am partial to the duffel. Not only does this shape lend itself to the widest variety of uses (everything from work bag to carry-on), but it’s the one that I’d most like to steal for myself. Humans are, after all, fundamentally self-interested creatures.

The combination of shape and color gives this duffel an almost Mad Men-era feel to it, like a Pan-Am pilot might use it to stow his extra uniform on a long-haul flight. That period of time has become almost synonymous with a dapper menswear look, but the textured leather of this bag means that it’ll stay looking fresh until we all have flying cars. (Just kidding. We’re never getting flying cars. The Jetsons was a lie. Buy through Nordstrom for $2,150.

Tomorrow kicks off New York Fashion Week, and we are excited and a wee bit stressed to get started. However, I feel so lucky to be part of the events, and I look forward to sharing the things that I see with you all. One of the best ways to do that is via social media, and of course we are on every platform and plan to give you a behind-the-scenes look of how we experience fashion week. Make sure you follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Google +, Viddy, and Vine (my new favorite), for an insider look at the shows and events.

You will be able to see photos of the bags I carry, like my newest obsession this Salvatore Ferragamo Studded Sofia in ash python that I shared on Instagram and made a slick stop-motion video of on Vine (patting myself on the back for this one). My obsession is and will always be bags, so I will not only cover the bags I am wearing, but also the bags I see during and around fashion week. I look forward to sharing with you and fashion gods have mercy on all of our souls so we don’t come back with the fashion flu.

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Colorblocking may feel like its reached its peak as a trend, but don’t be fooled, it’s not going anywhere. I’ve been a longtime fan of the Salvatore Ferragamo Sofia Satchel, and this season the brand spiced up the classic by adding vibrant colors to different panels. I adore the color combination Ferragamo chose, with the front showing a creamy rouge hue and orange and the sides featuring a creamy neutral hue.

I own a version of this Ferragamo, bag and it is just the right size while also being highly functional. There is a very subtle beauty to every aspect of the bag, from the golden hardware at just the right spots to the flap top. The only thing I’d love to see different is suede lining in place of nylon jacquard that’s currently used. Otherwise, this bag is perfect in my books, and I can’t help but love the way this colorblocked version brings the classic to life a bit more. Shop via Neiman Marcus for $2,500.

While some stores are offering discounts today for Cyber Monday, others are revamping their look and releasing new products online. Our friends at Salvatore Ferragamo took the kickoff of holiday shopping season to completely redesign their e-commerce site, which is much more user friendly and sleek.

Not only is the site completely made over, but it also features the brand new hobo style designed by Massimiliano Giornetti from the Resort 2013 collection. This colorway and style is exclusive to the relaunched Ferragamo.com, and we are here to share the news with you!

Let’s discuss the bag, shall we? Ferragamo exudes luxury and meticulous attention to detail. With ladylike designs and clean lines, it’s rare I run into a Ferragamo bag I don’t love. Hobos are one of the most sought-after handbag shapes for their ease of use and comfort, but many women don’t want to carry them because some tend to look sloppy.

The Salvatore Ferragamo Hobo is no where near sloppy – it exudes beauty in every single way. The shoulder strap is wide, which will slide onto your shoulder with ease and also remain comfortable. The body of the bag lured me in immediately, as its spacious and beautiful without being oversized and clunky. The interior features a zip pocket and cell phone holders, as well as suede lining. For this beautiful bag, the price is much less than one would expect – but don’t expect the design to suffer; Ferragamo’s known for their attention to detail. Visit the new e-commerce site and shop this bag for $995.

Remember back when colorblocking sounded new and interesting? It’s been a little while, but the trend is still going strong through Fall 2012 and well into Resort 2013. When done carefully, and often with the help of a little added texture, the look can still feel fresh and modern, but it’s not the sure-win gimmick that it was a year ago. In a way, that’s good – it means that the cream rises to the top, so to speak, and the truly skilled implementations of colorblocking are easy to pick over the less elegant ones. The Salvatore Ferragamo Arianna Snake Side Tote is definitely part of the cream.

There’s also the issue of the all-white Ferragamo Arianna Tote, which is also totally chic, but in a slightly different way. This is the version I could see an impeccably stylish Milanese woman carrying while on an early spring jaunt to some kind of European resort that probably only exists in my mind. Of course, in my dreams is the only place I’d ever be able to carry an all-white bag; I’m simply not that careful, no matter how much I try.

The colorblocked version, however, seems slightly more practical, despite being significantly more expensive and partially exotic. Much of the bag’s body is still quite light, but the butter-yellow bottom and natural snake gussets break up the visual enough that a pen mark or a bit of color transfer wouldn’t be so painfully obvious. If I were splurging on one of these bags, it’d definitely be the multicolor one – which would you pick?

Salvatore Ferragamo Arianna Snake Side Tote

$2600 via Neiman Marcus

Salvatore Ferragamo Arianna Tote

$1550 via Neiman Marcus

Some designers just do a really good job, and I consider Ferragamo to be part of that group. The brand is always creating pieces for the everyday elegant woman, and I constantly think of Salvatore Ferragamo when it comes to investment pieces. I own a few of their handbags, but I am always looking to add a new piece, and what better than this stunning version of the iconic Sofia in Astrakan.

Creative Director Massimiliano Giornetti reimagined the Salvatore Ferragamo Sofia Satchel for the Fall 2012 runway collection by finishing it in a distinctive Astrakan fur, which has a tightly textured appearance. (Not to mention that it’s a huge trend for the season.) (more…)

I’m fairly certain that by now, you’ve probably noticed that we don’t plan to cover or attend Fashion’s Night Out. In fact, whenever I see the acronym FNO, all I can think about is spending a fashionable night in. Don’t be mistaken, there are awesome collaborations and celebs galore for all the different events, but with a crazy work week to follow, the idea of being stuck in massive crowds of people is simply not my thing.

The only aspect that ever catches my attention is the stores that release limited edition or new items in conjunction with Fashion’s Night Out. I leave out the FNO part and just see it as an unveiling of great fashion, and who can find fault with that?! Our friends at Salvatore Ferragamo will debut a new bag at their FNO event that coincides with their Russian inspired Fall Winter 2012 collection. The bag fits well with the theme and right when I saw it I found myself oddly intrigued to the Salvatore Ferragamo Black Embroidered Egg Clutch. (more…)

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…)

Earlier this week, Massimiliano Giornetti presented the Salvatore Ferragamo Resort 2013 collection at The Louvre in Paris, France. This is the first fashion show in history to be held in the museum’s famed halls, and it was quite the star-studded event befitting such a beautiful locale. As much as I love the celebrity angle, the Salvatore Ferragamo Resort 2013 collection was about much more than who was there. It was about the venue and, most importantly, the clothing.

Under the arcades of the Denon wing, Ferragamo’s collection waltzed down the museum halls with subtle neutrals and gorgeous exotics that possessed an ethereal beauty. The palette stuck to offshoots of tan and cream that showcased the craftsmanship and richness of the precious materials used. From wovens to laced-up details, to perforation, to crochet, to lattice leather, there was no shortage of beauty. As for the bags, I am drawn to the crisp white hobos and shoulder bags made of luscious crocodile skin adorned by tassel detailing. (more…)

There’s just something so classy about Salvatore Ferragamo Pre-Spring 2013, and about Ferragamo in general. These bags take on some of the industry’s biggest trends – colorblocking, texture-mixing, brights, mint green – in a way that feels fresh and light, even when most bags with such elements are starting to feel a bit heavy-handed and obvious. That’s no small feat, which is why we thought we’d let you know that the collection can be pre-ordered through June 13 on Moda Operandi. (There are shoes, too, and they’re also pretty great.)

If you’d rather just browse, though, we’ve got the pictures after the jump. (As we are wont to do.) Be forewarned, though – I’d be surprised if you didn’t find at least one piece that will tempt your budget. Not only are there several gorgeous Sophia satchels (including a tiny evening bag version!), but the Arianna tote (colorblocked ivory and yellow leather with snakeskin gussets – swoon) has received Nina Garcia’s personal stamp of approval. (more…)

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