I’m always so thrilled when a young designer whose clothes I love finally dips his or her toe into the accessories waters. Because of the profitability of bags, shoes and small leather goods, adding those lines to a brand often helps smaller designers grow their businesses and expand their capabilities, which is great for fashion lovers on two fronts. Not only does the influx of cash nurture young talent, but it gives us great new bags like these Mary Katrantzou Printed Leather Pouches.

If you’re not yet familiar with Katrantzou, she’s a London-based Greek designer known for her inventive textiles and highly conceptual collections. Her cocktail dresses will run you well into the four figures, but if you want to add just a bit of print to an ensemble, these leather clutches are a beautiful option. With their oversized, simple shape and bright patterns, they’re the stuff street style dreams are made of.

Mary Katrantzou Sorbonne Printed Leather Pouch
$925 via Net-a-Porter

Mary Katrantzou Sorbonne Printed Leather Pouch

Mary Katrantzou Kathmandu Printed Leather Pouch
$925 via Net-a-Porter

Mary Katrantzou Kathmandu Printed Leather Pouch

Mary Katrantzou Pound Printed Leather Pouch
$925 via Net-a-Porter

Mary Katrantzou Pound Printed Leather Pouch

Finding a leather bag that’s affordable, American-made and not totally hideous can feel like a bit of a chore at times. Want quality craftsmanship? It’s gonna cost ya. Natural materials? It’s gonna cost ya even more. Once you’ve cleared those two hurdles, you have to find a bag you actually like from the small pool of contenders. If you’ve found yourself in that unenviable position before, we’d like to introduce you to Clare Vivier Handbags.

The LA-based designer (all of the bags are made in LA, too) has won a cult following by assembling a line of leather totes, satchels and clutches with simple, functional shapes that don’t feel fussy or make you look like you’re desperately chasing a trend. The line is particularly good for people who enjoy a good neutral, but if you’re more of a brights girl, the spring collection offers plenty of less subtle options. I’m a particular fan of Vivier’s (no relation to Roger) flat, striped clutches, which are so reasonably priced that it’s hard to restrain myself from collecting them all. Check out some of the best pieces from the Internet’s current Clare Vivier offerings below or shop the line via ShopBop or Neiman Marcus.

I know when you hear Tiffany & Co. the first thing that comes to mind is jewelry, not leather goods. But the brand known for the little blue boxes is fast on its way to become known for its big blue boxes as well. After Tiffany tapped established handbag designers Richard Lambertson and John Truex, it became apparent that the brand was ready to make a major splash in the handbag market. The designers have helped to revamp the entire leather goods line for the house, leaving us with a fresh palette of colors and designs that delight.

I can understand why others would be skeptical, but once you see the pieces in person, any handbag lover will begin to think of Tiffany & Co. when they look to purchase a new bag. The quality of the materials is super luxe, and the prices are surprisingly reasonable compared to others in the market. The aesthetic is all about clean lines, elegant shapes, and for Spring, don’t forget the pop of color. From colorblocking, to reversible totes (which might be my favorite), to classic clutches, the line is ready to be carried for months to come.

After Vlad and I played in the showroom, I felt overwhelmed with excitement for the entire line. Tiffany is able to not only sell the bags, but also sell the experience itself. When you walk in the door, a feeling of happiness overcomes you as you are taken to the dream world of Tiffany jewelry. But once you take your way up the elevator and come to the leather goods section, another experience awaits. I love the presentation, which helps show off the bags’ beauty immaculately, and of course the idea of having a big blue box to take home with you makes something about the purchase magical. From keychains, to wallets, to bags, to a picnic basket that I can’t stop dreaming about, it’s time to add Tiffany & Co. to our handbag list as a brand to watch. For now, sit back and enjoy our gallery of the Spring 2013 leather goods collection.

When I first heard Alice and Olivia would be debuting bags, I jumped for joy a little bit. As a long time fan of the brand and a long time fan of Stacey Bendet on Instagram (follow her, she loves rainbows and yoga and is hilarious!), I knew this foray into the handbag world would be a fun one. When peeks of what was to come were leaked on Stacey’s Instagram account, it became clear that we would be seeing everyday bags in an interesting way, with rainbow-embossed snakeskin and black-and-white leather playing a key role.

Seeing the bags in person is always the best option, so Vlad and I took a trip to the magical wonderland of the Alice + Olivia store; there, we were transported into a world of rainbows, butterflies, tea parties, staircases to nowhere and a wall of chic new handbags. The most notable bag of the bunch is the Olivia Bag, which is a classic shoulder tote with double top handles and an optional shoulder strap. The Olivia is given every bit of spunk possible with a multitude of finishes and colors, which help the bag stand out from others of a similar shape. A cute everyday crossbody, the Clee, joins a few clutches (my favorite being the multi-color sequin Me Clutch) and a couple totes.

Alice + Olivia is just getting started with handbags, and the best way to do that is to make a good bag that you can become known for and go from there. With all the buzz Alice + Olivia receives and the playful nature of these bags, I truly look forward of what’s to come in the future. Shop Alice + Olivia bags now.

We’ve long been fans of British designer Matthew Williamson’s highly detailed haute-boho clutches and evening bags, so we couldn’t be happier to hear Vogue UK’s report that Williamson plans to expand into a full-fledged handbag line. That Williamson is ready and rarin’ to go with ten promo shots of the line’s five different designs only makes the whole proposition sweeter. Launching a line into a crowded accessories market can be a minefield, but what we have here is a promising start.

The bags will retail from £395 to £1,300, according to Vogue UK, which means they’ll set American consumers back between $596 and $1,963 at today’s exchange rates, although the prices will likely be slightly altered for the American market. The bags appear to run the gamut from small, textured crossbodies to larger everyday totes, with Williamson’s signature prints coming into play on casual bucket bags. If you’ve got a little bit of boho in you, go ahead and start your fall wishlist with the bags below, which will be available in September.

Each season, we become part of the New York Fashion Week scene and have the opportunity to attend shows and pop backstage for some of our favorite designers. We love to share our Fashion Week coverage, and this season we are bringing you an even more intimate look with PurseBlog Video. We selected five shows to feature, but while you wait for those videos, take a look at our trailer of what’s to come! We hope you enjoy it.

I’ve been a longtime Valentino fan, and since the brand hit handbag paydirt with its Rockstud collection, it’s been fun to watch how the accessories continue to evolve. When I first heard the news that the brand would release a camouflage collection, I immediately felt excitement. The first release of the Valentino Camouflage is a men’s collection, with women’s to follow.

Tons of designers are sending camo down the runway for their Fall 2013 collections (like Michael Kors, for example) and it seems Valentino is ahead of the curve. True to the exquisite designs the house is known for, Valentino utilizes a famouglage technique that’s obtained from laser-cut leather, which is then heat sealed and printed for an army effect. The final products are edgy and energizing, with a color palette ranging from green, camel, blue, black, grey and ivory with splashes of rust, red and acid green.

From small accessories to messenger-style bags to clothing, the array of items in the line offers something for the man in your life. I love a good camo piece, and seeing a brand known for refined, elegant styles adding a little spunk to its repertoire is always exciting. The big news is if you are in NYC, you need to head to Jeffrey RIGHT now – the Camouflage Collaboration is exclusively available at Jeffrey. That ends after today, February 20th. If you miss it, don’t worry, there is plenty to follow!

It seems so hard to pop into the handbag world out of nowhere and grab hold of enough attention to get things going, but sometimes designers manage to make that happen; at the moment, Belstaff is on a roll. Don’t be confused, Belstaff has been making men’s and women’s bags and shoes since 1924, but in the past few months the revival has been amazing. Hollywood’s biggest starlets have been toting Belstaff bags, and the more bags I see, the more and more I fall in love.

Today’s focus is on the red Belstaff Wimbourne Clutch, a standout design. Don’t believe me when I say that it’s a stunner? Just check out the leading lady of the moment, Jessica Chastain, carrying it.

I’ve always loved a good clutch, and this Belstaff bag is no different – roomy but not overly large, a beautiful design, and an optional shoulder strap. The color is a deep red hue that works so well with a winter wardrobe, and I’m finding myself drawn to this bag. Furthermore, Jessica sells the look, doesn’t she? Price is $1,695 via Belstaff.

BCBG Max Azria is a name we all know, but I’m not sure I’ve ever really looked to the brand for its accessories. That’s all going to change now, though, because after playing with some BCBG bags last week, I’m hooked. Not only are the styles really chic, but the prices are also so fair that each item seems like a smart choice. One of the great things about the brand is that the price doesn’t mean the quality of the bags is questionable; in fact, the quality is far better than I expected, and the experience has left me loving BCBG Max Azria.

The designs are young and wearable, which is precisely who the BCBG girl is – she knows her style, she opts for functional accessories and she always wants to make a statement. The bags that I loved the most ranged from an extremely oversized asymmetrical clutch, to an everyday messenger bag ,to a classic clutch in an alluring color. Either way, I am now a BCBG girl.

Now that the first of the year has come and gone, almost all the Fall 2012 stock has gone on sale and Resort 2013 is firmly ensconced as the in-store season of the moment. You know what that means, right? Time to start the Spring 2013 lookout, especially for new bag shapes and styles from our favorite brands. We’re officially kicking off the season with the Givenchy Lucrezia Satchel, a bag that will likely appeal to the many fans of bags like the Louis Vuitton Sofia Coppola Duffels and the Chloe Madeline Satchel.

From what’s already arrived in stores, we can tell you that the single-color medium leather version will retail for $2,140, as the black version at the top of the page does at Barneys. (The store also has the beige in stock.) Both the black-and-tan and blue-and-taupe medium bicolor leather versions directly above retail for $2,810 via Bergdorf Goodman. Want to see some of the specialty versions that haven’t hit stores yet, including tapestry and crocodile? Check out the slideshow down below for some images from French Vogue.

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