Last week, Bloomberg published an interesting look at the enduring popularity of the Hermès Birkin, highlighting the bag’s somewhat unlikely endurance in a fashion landscape besotted with novelty. Over a decade after Sex and the City centered an entire episode around a character’s quest for a Birkin, women are still questing for it all over the globe.
A few weeks ago, we went to the Racked NY offices to photograph the team to show you The Many Bags of Racked. The team at Racked approached me afterward to include me in their Ladies Who Launch series, which features women and the businesses they start.
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.
We’ve been writing a lot about sales recently (they only come around twice a year, after all), but buying something that’s been marked down isn’t the only way to get a good value. If you shop carefully and know what to look for, you can find lots of bags at full price that look like they cost far more than they do.
There are a handful of sites I check on a daily basis, and POPSUGAR has been on that list for a long time. Founded in 2006 by Lisa and Brian Sugar, POPSUGAR collections every bit of lifestyle news and celebrity gossip you need (and then some) on its massive site.
Over the past few seasons, Anya Hindmarch has exploded her following by thinking outside the box (or outside the bag). For Spring 2015, her collection was full of simple shoppers and shoulder bags, embellished with whimsical leather embroidery and stickers that imparted tons of personality.
Bag: Valentino B-Rockstud Shoulder Bag
Price: $3,375 via mytheresa.com
Why It’s the Bag of the Week: Valentino’s ability to find new ways to put studs on traditional, ladylike bag shapes never ceases to impress me. This one doesn’t scream the designer’s name immediately, which is great for anyone weary of Rockstuds.
Your dad or husband might not exactly be a clothes horse, but in my experience, few men are immune to the charms of something nice once they have it. That makes Father’s Day (this Sunday–don’t forget!) the perfect opportunity to shine up someone’s wardrobe a little bit, and because the menswear market has expanded so much over the past few years, there are plenty of ways to do it, from simple and subtle to expensive and grand.