Paul Smith HandbagApologies for slacking yesterday. Megs moved into a new place and most of our day was spent Uhaul’ing loads of stuff back and forth. Thanks for the oversized closet, Megs. Don’t despair, we’re back in full force.

How ’bout this little number? I’ve been a Mini Copper fan ever since I can remember, and with their revival by BMW a few years ago, I’ve been hooked without hope. Sure, they are small and very limited in their application, but as a weekend car or for daily commuting to and from work, they’re perfect. Hmm, british racing green with the Union Jack on its roof, how much fun would that be? I’ve always wanted to let the Brit in me hang out. Perhaps that would help me get a sexy british accent, too. Paul Smith pays homage to a legend by creating the Paul Smith Mini Cooper Messenger Bag. The bag suits Johns and Janes alike, the fun striped Mini turns it into a distinct urban companion. The bag’s held mostly in canvas and features a leather trim around the edges as well as brass hardware and a foldover flap with a loop-and-tab closure. The English made number is available through eLuxury for a flat $400.00.

edit: Paul Smith indeed created a special series of Minis back in 1998. The price for a new one ran around 10k pounds. The paint is a creation of 83 different shades striped onto the chassis, pretty wild!

Marni Washed Leather Concertina Bag

Anyone looking for a school bag? I was doing my lazy early morning Sunday usual, laying in bed looking at expensive bags on my lap top when I ran into a perfect school bag. The Marni Washed Leather Concertina Bag is a brown washed leather bag with gold hardware. Many times I have gotten emails from people wondering what could be used as a good school bag that still was stylish, and I truly think this is a good answer. Although a school bag would probably get quite the beating (that is if you actually go to class), it would still be nice to carry a sturdy and stylish leather bag. This bag has a long fabric strap which attaches with a chunky clasp in case you would like to use it as a messenger bag. If not you could use the leather handle as a top carrier. This cute bag features buckle fastenings on the front and the body of the bag is divided into three sections for all your different goods. Lined in a beige canvas and including an internal zip pocket, there is not much more you could want or need in a school bag. The price may be a little undesirable, but if you are one of the stylish chicks yearning for that perfect stylish school bag, I would keep this bag in consideration. Available via Net-A-Porter for $1015.00.

Timbuk2 Build Your Own Messenger bag Screenshot

I’ve always been a friend of BYO. I’ve built my own computer from the very first PC I ever owned, I custom built my own mountain bikes… I live by “why buy it pre-made when it’s much more fun to do it yourself”. Along those same lines, isn’t it much more fun to build your own bag, one where you are much less likely to run into someone else on the street wearing the same bag as you are?

I like the idea behind B(uild)Y(our)O(wn)B(ag). I love Timbuk2‘s intuitive and easy online interface that helps you build your very own messenger bag creation, for which the company is famous and renowned for. Sizes range from SM ($70) to XL ($100), a multitude of upgrades and a plethora of colors are available, for both inside and outside, as well as two different materials (ballistic nylon or cordura). I’ll be ordering one next week, as I’ve grown old of carrying my Mac laptop in the backpack of mine – and since I do a lot of biking, this will come in very handy. Not to mention, it’ll perfectly match my ’04 Cannondale Jekyll fully… gotta bike in style, afterall.

[Timbuk2 Messenger Bag Builder]

Nanette Lepore Prussian PurseThink about whenever (if ever) you have been to an art gala, where you see this “art” that looks like a huge mumbled jumbled mess of different colors of paint all over a white canvas. I fully understand that it is indeed art, but I personally have never understood it. I just can’t read into it properly. For example, I went to the opening of a famous Russian artists gallery (ummm I forget the name, that is how much I did not understand it all) with Mr. Vlad last Christmas, and as we walked through looking at the art I tried desperately to understand and read into it. I wanted so badly to be a critical thinker. I saw other people stare at the paintings for long amounts of time, even up to 30 minutes at one painting. I, on the other hand, could have walked through the entire gallery in merely 15 minutes and that would have still been 10 minutes too long. I don’t want any of you to think I am bashing the world of art and artists, but I am saying that I don’t really get it all the time. Like at the opening we went to, there was a huge white canvas (about 20ft x 15ft) and at the very most bottom right hand corner there was a band aid box taped on the canvas. Under materials, the artists listed: canvas, tape, band-aid box. I saw a man and woman literally stare at it for at least 10 minutes. I walked by it and tried to think Shakespearian-like and decided that the artist hurt his right little toe and it needed to be fixed. My guess is, I was way off, but still, I surely did not understand what in the world was going on.

So the point of my entire ramble about my lack of understanding in the world of extreme art, is that I found a bag (and a clothing combination) that reminds me of just that. This Nanette Lepore Prussian Purse is just all wrong. Maybe from the start I could not clearly focus on the bag because the model they showed it with was wearing an outfit that clashed so badly I couldn’t focus properly. Or maybe, I just don’t like the bag. The bag is a messenger style bag made of velvet with multicolored embroidery, long velvet shoulder strap with topstitching, an inset zipper closure, and textile lining with a patch pocket. This mumbo-jumbo mess can be yours for $140 through eLuxury.

*Actually the bag isn’t half awful when you look at it without that model sporting it*

Urban Outfitters Messenger BagI believe I was my own parents worst nightmare. Following the footsteps of my very docile older sister, I made sure to take over all of my parents time, money, and energy for everything and anything in this world. My sister, on the other hand, was easily pleased and never really causing much trouble. Whoops. But I am sure many of you that read this site were also a bit high-maintenance, even if you were not getting everything you wanted, you were always whinning for it. So when I headed off to college however many years ago, my parents first mistake was to give me 3 pieces of plastic. As I walked down our main street on my way to buy books, I ran into Urban Outfitters, and whoosh- the plastics began to swipe all too much and too often. I loved the store, and hey, it was right on campus. How lovely. One of my first school bags was from Urban Outfitters because their messenger bags were so trendy and classy. I felt like a real college kid, kinda.

When I ran into this Urban Outfitters Patchwork Messenger Bag, the first thing I thought of was how perfect it would be for any of you girls out there looking for a cute fall bag for school. Patched from suede and leather in shades from brown to bronze and pops of pink, the messenger bag implements fall colors and material into a hip look. The bag features an interior zip pocket, an adjustable equestrienne-style buckle, and is fully lined on the inside. the dimensions are 11″ L, 13.5″ W. The bag is not overly huge but should be able to fit what you need to carry to and from class. For a not too bad $78 through Urban Outfitters, this bag would be a perfect new look for any of you out there.

Lacoste Messenger BagThat alligator crocodile makes me happy. Most people cringe at the sight of a real gator, but I grew up by them. They surround Florida. In fact, they are taking Florida over. I’m not sure who will take over the Sunshine State first, the alligator or yet another hurricane. But how can anyone who is even remotely scared of a gator croc look at the Lacoste logo and not smile? I love it. Such a cute little gator croc on my shirt that makes me smile. Me and Vlad are avid Lacoste fans. I can’t get enough of the Polo’s in every color. So why not accessorize with Lacoste bags too?

I love the simplicity and sturdiness of Lacoste. Soon I will be doing a lot of traveling and I would love a new and bigger messenger bag, the Prada one is just too small. This is why I love this Casual II Messenger Bag by Lacoste. The bag is made of red polyester with weather-resistant PU coating and measures 34 x 24 x 11.5 cm in size. Unfortunately I can’t find a price but my assumption would be that it is reasonable.

edit: You’re right ladies, my bad. It’s a croc, indeed. Doh!

Emilio Pucci Niger Corduroy Small MessengerIf you’re Pucci and you know it, clap your hands! Humm… a little more silence than expected. Somewhat like our blog over the weekend. I promise, at some point a girl has got to quit traveling, and I am possibly planning on it. Actually thats a lie. But I promise to make up for the slight lack in posts lately with some fun reads during this week. So I want to start off with the Emilio Pucci Niger Corduroy Small Messenger. Yes, I know the title is long, but I can not help it. Pucci bags usually are a bit far out with lotsa color and pattern to them, but now I am feeling this messenger bag is a bit over the edge. Emilio, Emilio, no, no, no. We are all well aware of what your signature print pattern looks like. You did not need to brand your name in huge print all over the bag. But you did. The only reason I can see this bag being a little more stylish with its name branding is because not the entire rest of the world knows about Pucci. Yay for that.

The bag is like many other Pucci print bags, but it does feature a flap closure with “PUCCI” cut out of leather trim. I wonder if they used an exacto knife for that. I loved those things. Back to the bag, it shows off Niger print corduroy with smooth chocolate leather trim and a long shoulder strap for cross-body wearing. A low point for me is the size. Being only 9.5″ x 11.5″ makes it look more like a tourist camera bag than anything else. The inside is lined with a purple-pink textile logo and contains a zipped pocket and a cell phone pocket. I don’t know if it is the heat or what, but this bag just isn’t doing it for me today, and especially not for
$495 {via eLuxury}

Louis Vuitton HandbagAs my mom remarked to me about my dad earlier today, “Your father is the least close to a metrosexual in the world”, I realized I needed to feature a man bag. And going with my mom’s comment on my dad, I realize this bag is not for you dad! Sorry. But I know there are men among you out there that are totally hip and always nicely dressed and this bag is for you. I love Louis Vuitton and their messenger bags. I actually have one that I adore and used to use for school (when I went of course). From all of my travels I have learned one thing; the working man today loves a trendy messenger bag. They all have it. All the business tycoons in NYC carry them. The Louis Vuitton Bastille messenger bag is the perfect working bag for any man out there (unless you are also not ‘metrosexual’ like my father).

Louis Vuitton has so many styles that can meet any man’s need, and this bag is made of the city men out there. Made from the Damier canvas with brown cowhide trim and polished brass hardware, this bag calls attention to its style but also is not too over the top with logos. Don’t get me wrong. Almost everybody knows the Damier print to belong to Louis Vuitton, but the LV logo pattern is much more obvious I think. The messenger style bag has a full flap that closes with a unique brass and hidden-elastic “button” providing easy access to the spacious interior. The inside is packed with goodies including two deep pockets, one full-width inside pocket, and terracotta canvas lining. Now terracotta reminds me of some sort of outdoor patio, but maybe I’m just crazy and way off. Along with all of the inner goodies the bag features a zipped outside back pocket and an adjustable textile strap that may be worn on the shoulder or across the body. Whichever way you chose to wear this bag, you will know you are stylin’! The bag is a plentiful 13″ ½ ” x 12″ ¼” x 4″ for all you work junkies who wondered if you could fit all your necessities in there and can be purchased at eLuxury for $1,000 even.

Diesel Unisex Nylon Messenger BagOn we go on the cheap path. The Diesel Unisex Nylon Messenger Bag promises to be your best friend for the daily turmoil, whether it’d be packing books for psych lecture, the IBM Business laptop for the next Powerpoint presentation or returning your galfriend’s stuff that you borrowed month ago but never really got around to return it. The messenger bag is made of robust 100% nylon, and features a removable 29 inch shoulder strap, a front outside zip pocket, as well as a back pocket with Velcro closure. The inside reveals one zip pocket, two pockets with Velcro closure, three pen-holder pockets, and five open pockets. Pleeeenty of space to keep things organized. For a bargain of $60 you can call this versatile messenger bag yours.

The Original Seatbelt Bags

Let me get straight to some interesting specifications:

  • Genuine flight satin, as used by the U.S. Airforce to produce flight jackets
  • Real-life seatbelt material, capable of withstanding strains of 5,000+ lbs of tension
  • YKK zippers, the smoothest on the market
  • Nylon 69 stitching, NASA-approved and meets government specs VT95
  • Italian chrome-plated feet
  • Powerful magnetic snap

What sounds like a handbook for either a level-3 kevlar vest that 50 Cent would wear, or some fancy high tech gadget that has top secret gov’ment clearance (cuz it’s just so damned fancy), is indeed nothing but a boring, ol’ handbag.

Actually, it’s anything but boring. It’s a brilliant symbiosis of materials and application, it’s the Seatbelt Bags from Harveys Industries Inc. The patented bags come in a vast variety of shapes, sizes and colors. With messenger bags, totes, baguette bags, overnighters, clutches, in mini, large, or XXL, and 10 different shades, you are facing thousands of different varieties. Fabulous! Prices for the cool bags start at $60 and go up to $150, available at Zappos.com.

Thanks to brian@TFS for discovering this!

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