3.1 Phillip Lim bags are something of a universal language. The brand’s modern styling, sharp editing and sweet-spot price positioning between the contemporary and premiere designer markets mean that basically everyone I know in the fashion industry either already has one in her closet (I have two) or is plotting the eventual acquisition of her first. Whether you’re a fan of the OG Pashli or looking forward to getting your hands on one of the new Soleil bags, you should probably take a look at 3.1 Phillip Lim Resort 2015.

A selection of the bags, shoes and clothes from the just-debuted collection are up for pre-order at Moda Operandi through June 18, and the bags offer a little bit of everything, no matter whether you want a soft, pale pink satchel or a hard-edged monochromatic shoulder bag in graphic stripes. What’s perhaps most notable is the price jump for the medium Pashli – it’s $975, while current-season Pashlis of the same size in solid colors go for $825. Whether that’s a price jump for the whole line or just in increase because of the particular leather or treatment used on this remains to be seen.

For now, take a look at some of our collection favorites below or shop the full run (plus shoes!) via Moda Operandi.

Bag: 3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli in Spotted Calf Hair

Price: $995 via Neiman Marcus

Why it’s the Bag of the Week: 3.1 Phillip Lim continues to make waves in the handbag world and the Pashli has quickly turned into a fan favorite. Black and white always makes an eye-catching combo and the spotted calf hair creates even more impact for your spring wardrobe.

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Sometimes fashion speaks to its customers on a metaphorical level, but for 3.1 Phillip Lim Fall 2014, the handbags literally have something to say. The handheld, paper bag-like purses are debossed with fashion-fave phrases like “totes” and “amaze,” as well as clutches that boast of the “cash” therein. (And let’s face it, “cash” is a favorite phrase among the luxury crowd as well, if maybe not a colloquialism.)

If you like your handbags a little less wordy, the collection also featured many a chain-handled, highly structured shoulder bag, very much in the vein of the Chanel Boy Bag, but slightly more minimal. Lim made his accessories name with the Pashli, a contemporary take on the incredibly popular Celine Luggage Tote shape, and with the Boy Bag’s ever-increasing favor among fashion’s tastemakers, it’s smart for the brand to provide a more attainably priced alternative that still has plenty of fashion cachet. Check out the full runway collection below.

[Images via Vogue.com]

Sometimes it’s hard to figure out what to feature for Man Bag Monday. Occasionally, I venture out to find an interesting bag and find nothing but tan leather weekenders and black messenger bags staring back at me, and what’s there left to say about any of those bags, unless they have a great (or astronomical) price point? Today was not one such day, because I found the 3.1 Phillip Lim Men’s Fanny Pack staring at me. Where do I begin?

Selling fanny packs to female customers is hard enough. Designers have tried to rebrand them as “belt bags” or “waist bags,” but we all know what we’re looking at, and we have all the negative associations from the 80s to go right along with it. Male accessory costumers are customarily even more tentative to go for a piece that might find them on the receiving end of ridicule or questions of their masculinity, and if one such piece exists, it is most certainly a floral fanny pack.

Not even East Dane, the site that’s selling this bag, can bear to style it as intended in the site’s modeling photo, choosing instead to have the male model clutch the bag by the top handle with the waist strap entirely obscured. While the site clearly isn’t trying to hide the bags essential fanny pack-ness, it does appear to be signaling to potential customers that, hey, you don’t have to wear it like that! You can wear it like a satchel! Wait, guys, come back!

The hardcore menswear crowd will likely wear a piece like this as a badge of honor, a demonstration for all of how dedicated they are to their weird #menswear looks. As of this writing, East Dane boasts only two of these bags left in stock, so it may be happening as we speak. Buy through East Dane for $675.

Designers like Fendi, The Row and Tom Ford all put great emphasis on fur during their Fall 2013 collections, both in ready-to-wear or accessories. For me, though, it was this 3.1 Phillip Lim Fur Front Leather Racer Bag that was not only a standout piece on the runway, but more importantly, redefined fur from the way I remember my great-grandmother’s mink fur coat. (Trust me, that thing was scary.) Even though I’ve been reading reviews and trend reports that fur is indeed on trend, I was hesitant until until my research turned into a shopping endeavor at Saks – that’s when I began to understand why everyone was lusting over the fur hype.

This 3.1 Phillip Lim bag is both a playful and sophisticated handbag, largely due to the size and construction. Because of the bag’s compact and functional size, the fur doesn’t look overwhelming, or to be blunt, like you are wearing a live animal dangling from your shoulder. This bag can be worn several ways, instantly transitioning this bag from day to night – it’s great as a cross-body, wristlet or simply a clutch. It’s the multi-colored rabbit fur color scheme that makes the bag distinctive among many other fur bags on the market. The price is hefty, but the payoff is worth it.

Try this 3.1 Phillip Lim bag through Matches for $700 and you may be surprised by what you think.

Fashion Week is fun and all, but it’s a different kind of fun to check out collections once they hit their first pre-orders at Moda Operandi, usually mere days or weeks after first debuting on the runway. It allows us to find out design names and prices of our favorite bags, like these from 3.1 Phillip Lim Spring 2014, a lot sooner than we normally would, plus it gives consumers a peek at the non-runway accessories that we can expect from the brands once full collections hit stores.

Lim’s accessory presale is the first to really give us pause this season. Not only is the brand new 3.1 Phillip Lim Wednesday Bag included in several different iterations, including the standout cracked leather version from the runway, but so are Ryder bags in new colors. The fan-favorite Pashli gets both a super-trendy holographic finish (for the mini version) and a super-trendy backpack shape, both of which sort of feel like Lim throwing a bone to the accessories fads of the moment. Check out the accessories from the sale below (it also includes shoes) or shop the full selection via Moda Operandi.

One of my favorite things to do with men’s bags is to examine how they differ from women’s bags by the same designer. Very often, a brand will base new men’s and women’s bags on the same idea, and even more often, a successful women’s bag will be translated for the male market after it has already reached prominence. In the case of these 3.1 Phillip Lim Backpacks, it looks like a case of the former. (more…)

When I say that a collection swings a little bit Prada, that’s generally a compliment, both in general (Prada is great by post estimations) and in particular when it comes from me (I am an unrepentant Miuccia fangirl). Phillip Lim is likely a fan himself, or at least his accessories designers are – 3.1 Phillip Lim’s Spring 2014 Handbags at times felt like an homage to the Italian powerhouse.

If you took all of the extra bits and pieces off the fronts of these bags (and seriously, why is there so much stuff hanging from them?), what you’re left with are largely simple shapes with flat, squared top handles that are only appropriate for hand-carrying, like the bag you see above. With its marbled finish (recalling both Prada Spring 2010 and last season’s Balenciaga), Saffiano Lux Tote shape and the aforementioned flat handles, which Prada uses periodically, if seen out of context, I’d be hard-pressed to guess it were anything but Prada.

I don’t necessarily mean any of that to sound like a criticism; in fact, the bags that were the most Miuccia-esque were the best of the collection, and the marbled version above is one of my favorite bags of the new season thus far. The small, boxy bags and miniature shoulder bags with straps too short for shoulder carry (why do designers keep trying to make those happen?) were interesting, but give me a wide, flat, printed version any day of the week. Lim has a knack for handbags, and those will be the big sellers when this collection hits stores, mark my words.

Check out the runway bags below or shop Lim’s current collection via Neiman Marcus.

[Images via Vogue.com]

We love a good high-low collab, and 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target is the best one to come along in eons. The Target-Phillip Lim lovefest officially commenced this week with a snazzy NYFW launch party. Here’s Jessica Alba, ready to party hard with a sharp-looking 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target Satchel – her sweater is from the line as well. All of these celeb-endorsed goodies hit Target stores nationwide September 15th!

The real litmus test for 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target will be of course, if we see a single celeb carrying one their freebie bags after September 15th. (You’ll definitely see me carrying one, FYI.) Jessica is by no means adverse to a reasonably priced bag, but she’s not opposed to an oversized $3,000 designer bag, either. “The Many Bags of Jessica Alba” proves both points. (And is pretty deserving of a Part 2, I think…)

Generally speaking, high-low designer collaborations have seen better days. They were all the rage for a while – Lanvin x H&M, anyone? – but at some point, they jumped the shark. I’m not sure whether that moment was the Missoni x Target online ordering fiasco or the Neiman Marcus x Target x Every Designer In America three-way flop, but it happened, and ever since then, our expectations have been low, if not nonexistent. 3.1 Phillip Lim x Target is here to restore some of our faith in high-low. (more…)

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