Mark Cross Grace Small Trunk Bag

With so much flash in the luxury accessories industry, it’s nice to come across a brand that goes in entirely the opposite direction. There’s something to be said for a simple, perfectly made leather bag that embraces subtlety, and that’s exactly what you’ll find from Mark Cross.

BODHI Safety Clutch

There are times when the fashion world faces a lull in new product. We are between seasons right now, which means that most of Spring 2012′s products have arrived in stores but Fall 2012 still won’t ship for several months. Every year, this is the time when I scour the Internet for something different.

New designs that are affordable and fun all at the same time are hard to find. But with the internet, a few clicks can lead you to a great hidden treasure and that is precisely what I have come up with when I stumbled upon the Diana Eng Fortune Cookie Coin Purses.

When I started PurseBlog in 2005, I owned 2 bags. My love of handbags has been with me from a very young age, but my collection didn’t start to expand rapidly until after this site was already up and running. As a biproduct of having carried so many different bags in that time, I’ve learned not only about the intricacies of the purses in my collection, but also what I think makes for a good bag overall.

Images via WWD

If you’ve done any shopping in the contemporary department of your local high-end department store in the past few years, then you’re probably well familiar with the slightly retro, very It Girl look of Vena Cava. The brand works brilliantly with off-kilter prints and vintage inspiration to create memorable clothes at a somewhat attainable price point, and according to Women’s Wear Daily, we’ll also be seeing handbags from the insider-favorite line in the near future.

L’Wren Scott Lulu Python Satchel, $4307 via Matches

Admittedly, it’s two bags for the price of one still-quite-expensive handbag, but just look at ‘em! It’s kind of hard to find fault with structured dark grey snakeskin, in my very humble (ok, not-so-humble) opinion.

Growing up, I had my lunch made for me every morning by my mom. In a brown paper bag, she meticulously packed healthy foods that no one wanted to trade for at lunch (thanks mom, you were ahead of the curve!).

Well that was quick! We told you just last night about the newly announced capsule bag line that Current/Elliott founders Emily Current and Meritt Elliott would be doing for Kate Spade, and now we have images of all seven bags for you to peruse.

Photo via Marie Claire

The Row has two interesting and and seemingly incongruous distinctions: It’s a clothing line owned by former child stars Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen and it’s one of the most expensive ready-to-wear lines in the entire industry. By all accounts, the prices of The Row’s garments come as a result of the Olsens’ desire to make clothing in as exacting and precise a way as possible instead of just having Another Celebrity Clothing Line, and even if the prices are out of your budget, their desire for quality instead of another quick buck is to be commended.

If there’s one thing on which we can all agree around here, it’s that fake bags are the opposite of awesome. Both eBay and the Council of Fashion Designers of America are on board that ship as well, and they’ve gotten together to start the “You Can’t Fake Fashion” tote bag campaign, which launches at 11 a.m.