Celebrities Exotic Handbags

Friday is National Handbag Day (did we already mention that?), and that means that our week is even more dedicated to handbags than it usually is. We profile at least one bag collection of some sort per week, whether it’s based on an individual’s ample closet or the attendees at a particular event, but because of the looming spectre of NHD, we wanted to do something a little extra this week.

Nancy Gonzalez Resort 2013 (11)

Even though, in any particular season, Nancy Gonzalez’s bags range from clean and simple to incredibly intricate, one binding theme always remains: exotic skins, most notably crocodile, produced by the brand’s farms in Gonzalez’s native Colombia. The bags are also produced in Colombia, and the centralization of the brand’s operations allows Gonzalez to price her bags more reasonably than other brands tend to price similar materials.

Images via Moda Operandi

This time of year was made for Moda Operandi. In case you’re unfamiliar with the site about which we’ve posted several times recently, it’s an online trunk sale operation that posts pre-orders for stuff that’s just graced the runway.

What if I told you that on Saturday, all you have to do is show up at a Neiman Marcus store with your smartphone for a chance to walk out with a free crocodile clutch from the crocmaster herself, Nancy Gonzalez?

Nancy Gonzalez Metallic Crocodile Tote, $4000 via Net-a-Porter

As you guys are often quick to note, I’m usually the last person to say, “Hey, doesn’t this bag look like the design was lifted entirely from that bag?” Let’s face it, there are only so many shapes, sizes, leathers, handles and pocket configurations out there, and it’s boring to make de facto rules about who can and cannot use quilted leather and chain straps.

Nancy Gonzalez Croc & Fox Tote, $3950 via Neiman Marcus

Nancy Gonzalez usually wows the fashion crowd with her simple, wearable, exotic bags. But even the best fall down sometimes, and I’m afraid this is one of those times for the queen of exotics.

You know how much we love to play fill in the blank with you! I saw this Nancy Gonzalez bag and felt stumped. With a great shape and of course gorgeous exotic skin, it is hard for me to decide what I think about the translucent blue Caiman fuscus crocodile skin.

I would love to infuse color and an exotic skin into my collection with the Nancy Gonzalez Crocodile Chain-Strap Shoulder Bag.
Even with the similarities, I really like the Nancy Gonzalez Crocodile Bowling Bag. In fact, I probably like it because I like RM's Morning After Bag so much.

As if traveling wasn’t fun enough to begin with, fashion has gone and found a way to make it even better: Nancy Gonzalez luggage.

Launching yesterday exclusively at Bergdorf Goodman in New York City, Gonzalez now makes a line of suitcases and small travel accessories in her company’s signature crocodile skins.