Hermes Birkin Skunk Stink

Smell is the sense most closely tied to memory, and it’s not uncommon to hear bag lovers gush about the lovely leather scent that emanates from a brand new luxury bag. Some brands, like Dior and Tom Ford, even work that scent into fine perfumes because of its close association with luxury and quality.

Best Runway Bags Spring 2015

Now that the Spring 2015 fashion show season has drawn to a close, it’s time to look back, evaluate and separate the notable pieces from the fluff. It seems like more brands stock their shows with handbags every season, and Spring 2015’s best bags include both handbag stalwarts and notable-but-lesser-known accessories brands.

Louis Vuitton Spring 2015 Handbags 6

There’s no doubt about it: Nicolas Ghesquiere knows exactly what he’s up to at Louis Vuitton. The designer sent his second major collection for the brand down his Paris runway yesterday morning, and the results felt like a strong continuation on what he’s built so far.

Karl Lagerfeld Barbie

In case you were wondering how deep fashion people’s capacity for purchasing branded novelties is, yesterday morning’s quick sell-through of a thousand Karl Lagerfeld-designed and -branded Barbies at Net-a-Porter should tell you all you need to know, thanks to a little digging by Tyler McCall at Fashionista.

Karl Lagerfeld Choupette Bags 2

If you’re not a cat lover, these are hard times for you. First Charlotte Olympia sold a pair of cat-embroidered flats to basically everyone in the fashion industry, then Taylor Swift started toting around her cat, Olivia Benson, on her arm.

Hermes-30cm-Matte-Himalayan-Nilo-Crocodile-Birkin-with-Diamond-Hardware

Not long ago, we brought you the tale of one very rare bag: the Hermès Himalayan Crocodile Birkin above, complete with pavé diamond hardware. The bag, arguably the most sought-after in the world, was about to be sold at Heritage Auctions in Beverly Hills, and some speculated that it might break price records.

Prada Spring 2015 Handbags 5

As of late, financial news for Prada hasn’t been great. According to Fashionista, the brand’s overall growth was just 1% in early 2014, which is well below what investors would generally hope for in a luxury sector that’s seen sustained expansion overall in recent seasons.

Chanel Medium Classic Flap Bag

Pricing data from the mid-2000s can be hard to come by for any handbag; it’s not the kind of information that brands or stores keep in public archives, and PurseBlog itself was only just getting its start cataloging those sorts of things back in the mid-aughts.

Handbag Trend Forecasting

Applying algorithmic logic to fashion is tricky at best; Google itself has failed publicly at predicting what stylish shoppers might like to buy, and a recent report from trendcasting duo Credit Suisse and NetBase makes me think they might not have quite figured it out either.

Coach Wild Things Animal Head Campaign

As we all know, Coach is in the middle of a rebranding effort to make itself palatable to a more discerning, higher-spending clientele, and it looks like that transition has now begun in earnest. Although Stuart Vevers’ first Coach collection has yet to start arriving in stores, the brand’s extremely slick ad campaign has already made the rounds, and now we have our first glimpse at the brand’s first in-store installation under its new creative director.