Bag: Rebecca Minkoff Jules Crossbody

Price: $245 via ShopBop

Why It’s the Bag of the Week: The combination of graphic white trim, stylized faux-snake leather and black hardware results in a modern, slick shoulder bag that can look both sharp or casual, depending on how you style it. For less than $300, you can’t beat it.

Here’s one of Girls leading ladies, Allison Williams, filming on location for the hit HBO series in NYC. She’s carrying a white Rebecca Minkoff Elle Studded Satchel (or her character Marnie Michaels is carrying one, I suppose). Either way, a bright white Elle is a great bag for summer. (Interesting Allison Williams factoid: She’s the daughter of NBC News anchor Brian Williams. True story.) You can currently find a black Mini Elle for $395 at Nordstrom.

A few months ago, designer Rebecca Minkoff allowed us to take a peek inside her purse during NYFW for one of our What’s In Her Bag features. She was carrying a Rebecca Minkoff Perry Satchel, naturally. You can examine her Fashion Week arsenal in “What’s In Her Bag: Rebecca Minkoff.” You can also take a gander at her Spring 2014 handbag collection here.

The always-adorable Emmy Rossum was recently spotted running errands around Beverly Hills with a minty blue Rebecca Minkoff Blake Bag. This colorful top handle bag really pops with her lacy top, heather jersey skirt and color-matching ballet flats. The Blake is a style from last spring that’s sadly not currently available online, but you can find oodles of Rebecca Minkoff bags, shoes and apparel at ShopBop. Emmy’s edition of “The Many Bags of…” is chock full of affordable, American designer bags and well worth a gander.

Emmy Rossum isn’t exactly a household name yet – more people would probably recognize her from her turn in the 2004 Phantom of the Opera movie adaptation than from her extremely well regarded Showtime series Shameless. But she should absolutely be on a celeb fashion lovers’ radar, because she’s a fantastic dresser. She never leaves the house without looking extra polished, and we have yet to see her running around town in gym clothes, unlike 95% of LA’s celeb population.

Spring 2014 deliveries will be in stores before you know it (seriously, they’ll be starting by the end of the holidays, which means we have only weeks to wait), and that means it’s time to start planning how our seasonal purchases are going to go once the sale-season craziness ends. We’re lucky enough to be able to check in on the upcoming collections from our favorite designers in person, and today we’re excited to bring you an exclusive preview of all the bags you can expect to see from Rebecca Minkoff Spring 2014. (more…)

When I wrote about the Rebecca Minkoff Iridescent Elle, I knew it would sell out quickly, and it did. I can’t find this bag anywhere online right now, but for all of you who wanted a closer look, I can give you that. (more…)

When this bag went down the runway, it was my absolute favorite bag and I knew I would have to have it. So I sat around waiting for this bag to hit the virtual shelves and the Rebecca Minkoff Iridescent Elle finally has.

The Elle is a bag many of you Minkettes may know about, it was named after fashion blogger BryanBoy’s grandmother, but the design is all Rebecca Minkoff.

The Rebecca Minkoff Elle Bag will make a woman look both strong and polished when she carries it. There are a variety of finishes, from simple leather, to studs, to this iridescent futuristic lizard-embossed version. I love the streamlined silhouette and adjustable crossbody strap. If you were waiting for this bag to hit the shelves, then you better buy it fast, because this bag is going to sell out. Price is $495 via Saks and this bag is friends and family eligible RIGHT NOW.

While I’m fully aware that Rebecca Minkoff makes a full line of handbags that ranges from clutches to weekenders, when I think of the brand, I think of crossbody bags. Perhaps its because my single RM bag is a MAC, or maybe it’s because Minkoff’s crossbodies are ubiquitous among the 20-something denizens of New York City, or maybe it’s just because Minkoff herself understands better than many contemporary designers that these are the types of bags that young women really want to buy. For whatever reason, when I look to judge an RM collection, it’s almost always by its crossbody bags, and that means that the brand appears to be in good shape for Fall 2013.

RM’s fall crossbodies, at least those that have shown up online in the past few days, are a little bit meatier than their previous counterparts, boasting flap tops, front pockets and, in the cast of the Hudson Moto bag, a substantial size increase and a luxurious quilted finish. These three bags all look pretty refined for their price points, and they’ll look at home alongside the richer textures and colors of fall. My favorite, of course, is the all-black Hudson Moto.

Rebecca Minkoff Hudson Moto Mini Bag
$265 via Bloomingdale’s

Rebecca Minkoff Hudson Moto Mini Bag

Rebecca Minkoff Hudson Moto Crossbody Bag
$385 via Neiman Marcus

Rebecca Minkoff Hudson Moto Crossbody Bag

Rebecca Minkoff Perry Moto Bag
$345 via ShopBop

Rebecca Minkoff Perry Moto Bag

The contemporary market is full of cute little crossbody bags, and for good reason – not only are they functional weekend pieces for the market’s young customers, but because of their diminutive sizes, they’re at the lower end of the brand’s price range, which helps entice new customers to check out the brand’s wares. The problem, though, is that not all designers are particularly creative when it comes to these pieces – there are a lot of zipper-topped rectangles out there right now. If you need a palate cleanser, check out the Rebecca Minkoff Craig Camera Bag.

This adorable little bag provides the same advantages of its more obvious counterparts – easy-to-carry size, room for your essentials, fun colors, affordable price point – without looking like everything else available right now, which is the biggest win of all. Another perk: that front pocket looks like it might be just the right size for a smart phone.

Rebecca Minkoff Craig Camera Bag, Pink
$195 via ShopBop

Rebecca Minkoff Craig Camera Bag Pink

Rebecca Minkoff Craig Camera Bag, Purple
$195 via ShopBop

Rebecca Minkoff Craig Camera Bag Purple

I always look forward to Rebecca Minkoff’s runway show. Since Minkoff first took to Fashion Week, the buzz around her has grown, and her show and namesake brand have exploded as well. Rebecca’s downtown girl took a voyage into the future this season, when a trip to the moon combined with a sophisticated grunge attitude. Even though Rebecca Minkoff is known for her bags, her outerwear is a force to be reckoned with and comes in a close second as my favorite category from the designer.

While I’d be thrilled to wear anything from Rebecca Minkoff Fall 2013, there was one coat and bag that caught my eye and I’d love to have now and forever. The Venus Jacket in black and white tech tweed with a fur collar and the super futuristic green and blue holographic Rebecca Minkoff Elle bag must be mine. With tons of leather accents, a tomboy-like appeal and a modern touch, both of these items would fit into my wardrobe and be worn often. Rebecca is always in tune with her fans, the Minkettes, and to help tide us over until the entire Fall 2013 collection hits stores, Rebecca has hand selected a few items straight from the runway that you can buy now via Rebecca Minkoff online.

The buildup to the release of the much-anticipated and highly collaborative Rebecca Minkoff x PurseForum bag has finally reached its peak. After months in the making, with input from Rebecca and thousands of PurseForum members, I am happy to tell you that not only has the bag been created, but it’s also being carried exclusively at Nordstrom.

If you weren’t part of the design process, let me give you a little background info about how this bag came to be. Rebecca Minkoff has always been a fan of PurseForum and stays involved with her loyal Minkette fan base there. We decided that a great way to show the mutual love and admiration between her and her fans would be by having PurseForum members vote to help create a brand new, never-before-seen Rebecca Minkoff bag. The design process took a few rounds of tweaking to get it right, but with the members’ votes and Rebecca’s sharp eye, the final product has arrived and we are so thrilled with the end result. Naturally, at that point, the bag needed a name. We turned again to our PurseForum members to pick their favorite, and the bag was christened “Darcy.”

The Rebecca Minkoff x PurseForum Darcy Bag shows a confluence of social media and design in a way that’s never been seen before. Our friends at Nordstrom caught wind of this collaboration and decided they couldn’t miss out on the unique opportunity – they’ll be the project’s exclusive retailer, both in stores and online. After all, what better way to cater to your customers than by carrying a bag designed by them, for them?

Now, a bit more about the lovely Darcy bag, shall we? The PurseForum voters wanted this bag to be a great everyday option that was easy to carry, hence the double top handles, plus a long, adjustable shoulder strap. There are also outside zip and flap pockets, and the inside is tech-friendly, which will making carrying your necessities a breeze. In particular, I adore the more structured shape, which will give the Darcy an elegant vibe without losing the hip and cool Rebecca Minkoff touches. One of the other best parts is that the bag is made in New York City, which was the result of a big push from the PurseForum Minkettes. This bag has been created over many months with tons of love for the brand, and it can now be yours via Nordstrom. Oh, did I mention how great the price is: pre-order for $395 via Nordstrom.

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