If you’ve found your way here, you’ve probably spent quite a bit of money on designer handbags in your life, and I’d venture a guess that not all of those bags are in your current rotation. It’s a problem I’ve had before – I buy something, I carry it and then it makes its way into retirement in the back of my closet when something else takes its place.
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Sure, it’s fun to buy cute seasonal stuff to get yourself in the mood for a coming change in the weather. Raffia bags in summer, fur bags in winter – those things have their place. When building a covetable wardrobe of designer handbags, fine watches and jewelry, though, the seasonal stuff isn’t always what makes the world go ’round. If you’re serious about building a collection, or even about acquiring your very first piece to start one, you need to start with the classics.
One of my favorite shows from New York Fashion Week was Belstaff. I know many of you don’t think of the brand when you think of designers that show in New York, but with the resurgence of the brand, be prepared to have the Belstaff name in your repertoire.
The brand will have an exciting lineup of handbags for Fall 2013, but before those pieces hit stores, I found a bag that is available immediately and quite lovely.
The web is vast, and with its vastness comes so many sites that would like to sell us designer bags that it can be hard to decide which sites we love and trust most. When online shopping is your job, you become highly aware of the best. I’ve been a longtime lover of Portero.com, and after having the opportunity to talk to the CEO, my love for the company has grown.
Every day at 12 pm EST, I click my way over to MYHABIT to see exactly what they have in store for the day so I can shop amazing items at even better prices. The shipping is so fast (similar to MYHABIT’s parent company, Amazon), and the product selection continues to grow. We already contribute to their blog, the Fix, and this month, we’ve partnered with them to bring you a one-stop holiday bag shop.
If you’ve never seen a Loewe bag in person, you really should. They’re hard to find in most American cities, but they’re becoming a bit more common, and holding one in your hands is wildly different than seeing it on a computer screen. When the Spanish brand first re-emerged with handbag genius Stuart Vevers at its helm, I was a little bit ambivalent about its bags, but as I’ve mentioned before, handling them in person changed that for me.
I know, I know. It’s hard to separate the old image of Victoria Beckham, the Spice Girl and soccer WAG who used to permanently occupy the worst dressed list, from the New, Improved Victoria Beckham of the past several years, who always looks impeccably put together and who runs one of the only legitimate celebrity-backed fashion lines in the business.
I’m betting that you all remember the agony and the ecstasy that resulted from The Row releasing a $33,000 alligator backpack as part of its Spring 2012 collection. Some people gushed over it and media outlets reported that the piece sold out, but most of the accessories community gave the bag’s astronomical price tag a heavy eye-roll; it takes a good bit of nerve for a brand as new as The Row to go around demanding those kinds of prices, even if you think the bags are beautiful.
It’s not hard to see why Jason Wu is one of our favorites; not only is Wu one of America’s greatest young designers, but he manages to do ladylike and feminine without making the entire enterprise feel stodgy and old fashioned. He walks a very fine aesthetic line and he walks it very well and to great effect. I’m sure you’ve noticed the excitement over Wu’s impending Target collection, and that anticipation didn’t come out of nowhere.
Images via Style.com
If you follow me on Twitter (and you totally should, I’m only annoying about 40% of the time, which is not the majority), you might have seen me get a little squeal-y and excited over 3.1 Phillip Lim’s Spring 2012 handbags. There’s good reason for that: this minimal, modern, not-astronomically priced collection is easily my favorite of the upcoming season so far.