If you’ve been contemplating a handbag purchase that rivals the price of a ranch home in many parts of suburban America, then we have some timely news to share with you: Heritage Auctions has once again teamed up with Moda Operandi to offer a curated selection of rare, pre-owned Hermès handbags for sale, and this time around, one of them is a Himalayan crocodile Birkin.
It’s hard to believe that Alessandro Michele has only been the creative director at Gucci for about a year and a half. Almost immediately, Michele transformed the brand into one of the buzziest companies in fashion; his first full collection was so successful that Gucci didn’t even need to have a sale at the end of the season.
If you’re one of our readers who has marveled incredulously at the meteoric rise of Mansur Gavriel‘s simple, traditional bags, some new research may help explain the phenomenon a little more clearly. According to a study performed by NPD Group and e-commerce firm Stylitics, younger consumers are much less interested in big, traditional luxury brands than their older bag-shopping counterparts.
Last week, right after the Met Gala, Chanel debuted its Cruise 2016/17 collection in Havana, Cuba. The controversial location was announced months ago and many awaited what Karl Lagerfeld had in store for one of the first big, public events to be held in the country since travel restrictions have loosened.
Last week, Mulberry released to shoppers Johnny Coca’s first handbag designs as creative director of the British label, and this week, the brand has debuted something that may prove even more interesting to longtime fans: the brand new Mulberry Bayswater, which is Coca’s take on Mulberry’s most popular style.
Handbag names are usually pretty boring. Designers routinely choose supermodels’ first names, names of famous Manhattan streets (uptown or downtown, depending on the brand’s market positioning), nonsense words meant to sound expensive or exotic and are distinctive enough return helpful Google results for online shoppers–mundane stuff.
It was just last June that we reported to you about a new high in handbag resale prices: Christie’s Hong Kong had just sold a pink crocodile Hermès Birkin for a record high of $221,000. That record didn’t even make its first anniversary; earlier this week, Privé Porter announced it had broken that record with a $298,000 Birkin of its own, and it’s one that will look familiar to PurseBlog readers.
You may have heard about Kendall and Kylie Jenners’ recently launched shoe line, aptly named Kendall + Kylie; the youth-focused (but not cheap) collection landed in some huge retailers, including Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus. Handbags were conspicuously absent from the mix, especially for two sisters who love them so much, but that won’t be true much longer: Women’s Wear Daily reports that for fall, the sisters’ handbags will debut in stores like Neiman Marcus and Saks.