Gucci Lady Lock Small Bamboo Top Handle

When I set my eyes on the Gucci Lady Lock Bags yesterday, I immediately thought of our recent discussion on carrying designer bags to the office. Although some of these bags (especially the ones with bamboo handles) are a bit recognizable, the overall look – subtle, refined, totally elegant – strikes me as one that could find itself at home in even a conservative work environment, especially in non-exotic leathers.

Gucci Natural Python Duffel Bag

One of my favorite things about fashion is that it gives people permission to be impractical. Sometimes you need a pair of six-inch heels that you can’t exactly walk in or a dress that fits correctly only when you’re standing up or a maxi skirt so voluminous that it gets caught under the wheels of your desk chair at work.

Gucci Emily Leather Hobo Bag

I remember the heyday of the hobo. Back when I first got into handbags, circa 2005, hobos were just as popular as crossbodies are today; they weren’t the flashiest It Bags on the scene, but they were the thing everyone had in their closets for when they needed to, you know, actually carry something functional.

Cameron Diaz and Leslie Mann carry a Gucci Guccissima Shoulder Bag and Stella McCartney Falabella Clutch-4

Here are Leslie Mann and Cameron Diaz flashing designer bags on the set of The Other Woman in NYC. Leslie’s carrying a Gucci Emily Guccissima Shoulder Bag, while Cameron’s holding a Stella McCartney Falabella Fold-Over Clutch. Leslie’s bag is availabe at Gucci for $1,390.

Gucci Interior Label

Luxury-industry insiders and moguls met for the Financial Times Business of Luxury Summit 2013 in Vienna, Austria, over the past few days, and lots of interesting tidbits of information came out of the event’s who’s-who list of speakers, which included luminaries like Alexis Babeau, Managing Director of Luxury at Kering, and Andrew Rosen, CEO of Theory and Helmut Lang (and a huge investor in Proenza Schouler, among others).

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There are a lot of things to admire about Gucci, but today, the thing that strikes me most is the brand’s commitment to interesting hardware. Horse bits, stirrups, bamboo – the Gucci has made a legacy of adorning its bags with interesting signature metal work.

Gucci Bags and Shoes for Fall 2013 (8)

For the past few seasons, Frida Giannini, Creative Director of Gucci, has brought the house back to the forefront of our minds. With a steely yet sexy combination, Gucci Fall 2013 focuses on constructed silhouettes with femme fatale touches on every accessory.

Gucci Raffia and Leather Holdall

I feel like I’ve delivered the “spring is coming” message a lot over the past six weeks, and although I’m sure I sound like a broken record, this winter weather has gone on so long that I feel as though I’m repeating as much to convince myself that it’s true as to talk about spring fashion.

Gucci Horsebit Shoulder Bags

Lately, my relationship with and love for Gucci has been growing. The brand has always been on my mind and has always been iconic, but there has been a recent resurgence that brought back the house classics with a current twist and I, for one, could not be happier.

Gucci Fall 2013 Handbags (1)

In the accessories world, Gucci has some of the best-known and most unique signature details. Horsebits, stirrups, the famous Flora print, the green-and-red webbed stripe – there are a lot of non-logo ways that you can immediately tell you’re looking at a Gucci bag.