How often do new brands pop up that are not only fun but also affordable? We all know the answer to that question: Not often. With most lower-priced brands, not only does quality suffer, but so does design. While I have not seen handbag newcomer R&Em in person yet, I can attest to the fact that the designs are eye-catching. And that is half the battle.

R&Em will be exclusively carried at Macy’s department stores and Macys.com starting February 23rd. The line is meant to capture your attention with its fun, flirty and friendly appeal. (more…)

With Social Media taking over most of our lives, there is no reason to think it would not also take over the fashion world. Many designers are using Twitter and Facebook to parlay their previous marketing and outreach strategies into the new age realm. Barneys NY has partnered with acclaimed designer Helmut Lang to launch his first ever handbag, the much anticipated Loki Bag. (more…)

Fashion is meant to be fun. Sometimes I notice others in the fashion world taking everything so seriously. That has never been my stance and I try to catch myself before I feel wound up over something that I have fallen in love with, mainly because of its playful nature. When it comes to accessories, my stance is even stronger.

Be daring, be bold, pick an accessory that is out of your comfort zone to give that perfect touch to your outfit. And this is where Thursday Friday comes in. The company was launched with the idea of bringing fashion to canvas bags. Their Together Bag is available in either a red, camel, or blue print of a Hermes Birkin on the canvas tote. Yes, A Hermes Birkin print. (more…)

Happy Thursday! I have a special treat for you all: a new handbag line that offers premium leathers, funky designs, and super affordable prices. Welcome Vintage Reign Handbags, a line created by cousins Stacy Studnik and Cory Papunen. When I first discovered this line, I knew the selling factor would be seeing these bags in person. The great news is Vintage Reign lives up to what it promises, high quality designs. (more…)

As I said, Juicy Couture is working their way into the contemporary handbag market quite nicely. Their bags remain fun and playful while having a more mature finish. The Holiday collection infuses large bows, ombre sequins, fake fur, and chiffon ruffles. My favorite (and many other bloggers agreed at the soiree) were the oversized bow bags. There were long shoulder straps paired with super-sized bows. It had the slightest hint of Valentino while staying true to the brands aesthetic and line.

Here is a peek at the Juicy Couture Holiday Handbags. If you are in NYC, make sure to stop by the Bags & Bubbly event I am hosting tomorrow. You can see the bags in person and receive 20% off all full-priced handbags. (more…)

Our winners are: Sierra T. and Adrienne Z.! Congrats and thanks to everyone who entered

We are always looking to bring you new handbag designers on PurseBlog. Today we have a new line that is not only from a designer we know and love but also in a great price range. Be&D Creative Director, Steve Dumain, is launching a new handbag brand called Roccatella tonight on QVC (7 PM EST).

The line will exclusively be featured and sold on QVC tonight, 9/30, at 7 PM EST. The assortment you will see will be a collection of nine pieces made with durable yet soft calfskin. Price range will be from $199 to $299. What you can expect to get from this line is luxury and style at a very attainable price. The aesthetic Steve brings to Be&D differs from Roccatella, but Roccatella remains trend-driven and statement-making.

We plan to tune in tonight to see the line in person (and see Steve!). You should tune in as well, not only because we think you will love the collection but also because we have a giveaway with Roccatella for you all.

Click below to find out how to enter to win TWO Roccatella bags of your choice! (more…)

If the name Reed Krakoff is familiar to you, there’s a very good reason why: as president of Coach Inc., Krakoff is often credited with turning the company around making it into the handbag behemoth that we know today. Whether you’re a fan of that brand or not, it’s hard not to admit that Krakoff has shown a keen understanding of the types of handbags American women want to buy.

If you perceive Coach as too logo-driven or mass-market for your tastes, though, take a look at Krakoff’s eponymous collection, which has just hit stores for Fall/Winter 2010. It’s been getting a lot of love from even the most high-profile of luxury fashion mags, and there’s a good reason why: the bags are beautiful. Architectural, classic, luxurious and with nary an external logo to be found, these designs are for a different customer entirely – one who wants a subtle, classic bag that falls somewhere in the design continuum between Proenza Schouler and Hermes.

Starting at around $600 for a leather clutch and reaching up to the high four figures for large exotic satchels, this brand has the potential to shake up the handbag world something fierce, just as I’m sure Reed Krakoff intended. Detailed pictures and prices, after the jump. (more…)

Tiffany & Co. may be synonymous with jewelry but that soon will change once you get to see their new leather collection. When I first learned that Lambertson Truex filed for bankruptcy, it was not only a shock but also left me feeling like a significant part of the handbag world vanished. My hope was restored soon after when I read that Tiffany acquired Lambertson Truex. Then I had to wait. Wait to see what would become of the former original US-American design house and how the partnership between Tiffany and the design duo, Richard Lambertson and John Truex, would translate in the designs.

        

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The Tiffany Leather Collection does not disappoint. In fact it quickly surpasses my expectations, and it does so with confidence and poise. The sleek and streamlined bags are reminiscent of past Lambertson Truex designs, allowing the elegance and grace of each piece to shine through. While the designs master the combination of modern elegance with a timeless appeal, the finishing touches infuse classic Tiffany touches. These finishes include custom-designed hardware, Tiffany Blue leather interiors, and Tiffany Blue enamel. (more…)

After five years of running PurseBlog, it is rare that I run into a brand new designer that I feel absolutely amazed, excited, and captivated by. That is precisely what I feel when I look at Peter Nitz Zurich designs. His designs captured my attention from the very first glance and have yet to let me go. Peter’s dream was to own an atelier where he would shape and stitch the finest available skins entirely by hand and accent them with beautiful jewelry to create unique and precious handbags. And this dream has come true in his namesake company. Most of the designs from the masterpieces collection are custom made to order. The prices vary depending on the combination of the type and size of the skins used along with which piece of jewelry is used.

On using brooches in his designs Peter told me,

“I am a collector and lover of all things vintage and antique. I was always drawn to these amazing antique brooches that just do not get the attention they deserve because brooches are not really that fashionable these days. Bags on the other hand are! So I thought it would be a great way to bring these incredible pieces of jewelry back to life again.”

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I found the Miu Miu store that I not only want to visit but also feel like I would live a perfectly happy life if I could move into it. Miu Miu opened up their Forte dei Marmi Store which is in a sea town that is part of northern Tuscany. Famous residents of the town include Andrea Bocelli and Giorgio Armani along with Paola Ruffo di Calabria, Queen of the Belgians who was born there. (more…)

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