It’s become trendy for designer brands to emphasize their histories and heritages in an attempt to add value to their products and convince consumers that their prices are worth it, but when you look back at fashion history, there are a few modern handbags that stand out for the ways that their existences have shaped the accessories industry and how women (and men!) perceive, carry and shop for bags.
[Editor’s Note: This week, the PurseBlog staff is out of the office to enjoy the last little bit of summer. We’ll return after Labor Day, but in the meantime, we’ll be running both new posts and a few of our favorites from the past few months to get you ready for fall.]
Sticker shock from friends and family members has probably happened to anyone with an interest in fashion or high-end handbags.
For many fashion lovers, and especially bag lovers, our obsessions are learned in one very specific place: from our mothers. Not only did we catch the bag bug from them, but most of us learned a lot of subtle (or, depending on your mom, not-so-subtle) things about how to choose bags, what makes them beautiful and what our choices signal to others by watching our mothers go shopping and get dressed.
We’ve already covered why you need to own a Balenciaga motorcycle bag and a Chanel flap bag, but those obviously aren’t the only iconic bags that a woman needs in her wardrobe. Your bag collection shouldn’t be missing a Louis Vuitton Speedy, but if it is, we’ve got a few things you might want to consider.
When I sat down to plan what I was going to write about for this week, I could help but feel a little…flat. I love shopping as much as ever, of course, and actually hit up the Net-a-Porter sale for one last shot of sweet sale-season goodness a couple days ago, but the Christmas shopping season left me feeling a little bit drained.
As much as gift guides can be helpful when it comes to figuring out what to bestow on your family and favorites, we’re guessing that you’ve already decided what you’re hoping to see under the tree in two weeks’ time. After all, if you weren’t skilled in the art of picking out expensive things for yourself, you probably wouldn’t have made it over to our lil’ Internet home.
If you’re reading this, that means that you’ve survived Black Friday. We did too! Yay for all of us. (Also, we hope you had a great Thanksgiving, but that’s not really what we’re here to talk about.) To commemorate what we all just lived through, we’d like to do to it what the Internet does best: give it the GIF treatment.