Novelty Bags

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The very wealthy are both just like us mortals and not like us at all. They’re like us in that they want to have cute stuff to take to the pool with their friends or on their next beach vacation, but they are not like us in that their next terrycloth beach set might be from Chanel.

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Thom Browne is a small American brand that’s highly influential in the worlds of menswear and suiting, which means Browne’s is probably not the first name anyone thinks of when it comes to handbags. The brand has made a small selection of totally gorgeous, impeccably made doctor bags for years, though, and they were a largely under-the-radar pick of people in the know.

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I may be beyond sick of novelty bags and their often-limited cleverness, but I’ll never tire of a bag design that genuinely catches me off guard. That’s exactly what bags from Taiwanese designer JumpFromPaper are designed to do, and the simple shapes accomplish their goals with an almost startling efficiency.

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I am, in general, in favor of fun. Pro-fun, if you will. I like ice cream and puppies and most things that are generally considered fun. I do well at parties. What I’m getting bored with, though, is fun fashion.

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Naturally, the PurseBlog team spends a lot of its time cruising shopping sites and poking around to find stuff that’s new and interesting, and usually, that yields great bags and an interesting iPhone case or wallet here and there.

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After the long weekend, we're feeling a little playful, and this cutie pie clutch doesn't sacrifice luxury for fun. Kara Ross Panda Clutch $1,495 3 Comments Read More
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Anya Hindmarch was one of the first big designers to make novelty handbags a sought-after accessory, and if you’re looking to get your hands on one of her fast-selling designs (or her leather stickers for personalizing your own bags), you’re in luck.

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If there’s something Dolce & Gabbana loves reliably, it’s a literal fashion homage to something overtly Italian, and for Fall 2015, the duo’s chosen target is the traditional Italian mother. Not only did they have pregnant models walk the runway in several looks, but they’ve emblazoned a series of bags with mom cartoons, some of them rendered in sequins and embroidery.

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If every there were a bag destined for street style infamy on the bodies of Chiara Ferragni and Anna Dello Russo, it’s this one. For Resort 2015, Fendi is turning at least one of its perpetually sold-out micro bags into a hands-free belt, according to Women’s Wear Daily.

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Most fashion lovers have some sort of internal list of what constitutes a luxury material and what doesn’t, and we all use our personal lists to (at least in part) decide what’s worth the industry markup and what’s not.

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By now, we’re all well-acquainted with Jeremy Scott’s Moschino. Clothes and their construction are often inspiration for his collections, with things like overalls and moto jackets transmogrified into handbags. For Resort 2016, Scott has set his sights on shopping itself for aesthetic cues, and the results are in line with what we’ve come to expect from the revamped brand: cheeky, literal and not particularly expensive-looking.