Gucci Soft Stirrup Crocodile Shoulder Bag

I spent last week in Florida for what was supposed to be a last hurrah of summer; the only problems with that plan were Tropical Storm Isaac and a wicked cold I brought from New York. What was supposed to be a week of fun in the sun ended up being a week of rest inside, but that meant more time with my family and more time to shop online.

Gucci Icons Bags

Gucci is one of the most recognizable brands in the world. The classic GG monogram is easy to spot no matter what piece it graces, but there is much more to the history of Gucci than just the logo. In 1921, Guccio Gucci started a leather goods company in Florence and within a few years, sophisticated shoppers were turning to the house of Gucci for their luxury goods.

Gucci GG Flag Collection

Everyone I know has been enjoying watching the Olympic Games. My twitter feed, which is typically filled with fashion world updates, has been non-stop overflowing with tweets about the different countries and their respective Olympians and I’m so happy to see it.

Gucci Fall 2012 Bags

The spectre of Tom Ford still hangs heavily over Gucci, all these years after he left the label and well into the era of Frida Giannini’s success at the Italian house’s helm. Giannini’s brought with her a quieter, for feminine version of Gucci sex appeal, but my louche expectations are still largely intact, even when it comes to something as sexually neutral as handbags.

Gucci 1921 Collection Cherry Crocodile Shouler Bag

Sometimes I forget about my love of Gucci. I get a little set in my ways and comfortable, much like a long relationship. But then something catches my eye and I every feeling of love I have for a brand comes back ten-fold.

Gucci-Man-Bags

When we pick men’s bags to write about, we usually try to find things that will appeal to a wide audience. Men in general are newer to this whole bag thing than women are, and although some of you guys are incredibly advanced and toting travel Birkins like it’s your job, we think you’ll agree that it’s your slightly more stylistically challenged brethren who need our man bag guidance the most.

For a handbag collector, having a one-of-a-kind bag from your favorite brand is something you always hope to be able to do. Getting the opportunity, though, can be costly. Most major firms will make certain bespoke items for their VIP clients, but attaining that status requires a long history of major purchases before the privilege of buying such a bag is even granted, not to mention that the bags themselves usually cost well above the brand’s other pieces because of the costly process of producing a one-off design.

It’s been a while since a new bag design has moved me enough to believe it will be the new must have bag. Celine is the brand that truly got everyone’s attention and now that the Luggage Tote hype has dwindled a bit, there is room for a new bag to take center stage.

Images via Vogue.com

For a dedicated lover of black (on black on black) like me, a collection like Gucci Fall 2012 is incredibly difficult to resist. Even though I tend to buy colorful bags to pair with my dark wardrobe, black will always be my first and only true love, and a good black accessory deserves its own place in the wardrobe of every woman.

Gucci Soho Medium Boston Bag, $1395 via Neiman Marcus

Perhaps it’s merely the inevitable grind onward of the fashion industry that’s causing me to feel this way at the moment, but I’m really sick of winter clothing. We’ve all been looking at the bags, shoes and clothes that are currently on the sale circuit since they debuted at the various global Fashion Weeks nearly 10 months ago, and although resort is starting to slip into stores, it’s stil winter outside and in our closets.