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Last night marked the 2012 Council of Fashion Designers of America Awards. To be invited to join the CFDA is an honor, but to be chosen as a nominee and then win is a major feat. That’s why we’d like to send huge congratulations to Reed Krakoff for winning Accessory Designer of the Year at last night’s ceremony. The CFDA awarded him with this honor because they felt he has made the most outstanding contribution to the market and has influenced the direction of accessory design with his Spring and Fall 2012 Collections.

Anyone who’s stepped foot inside the accessories section of a department store in the past few months has probably realized that bright colors are a certifiable Thing (with a capital “T”) for Summer 2012, and I have to say, ladies and gents, I’m not mad at it. We talked about yellow bags quite a bit yesterday, and while I still find myself on that bold, sunshine-y bandwagon a full 24 hours later, I felt as though a bright bag in a different shade deserved a spotlight all its own: the Reed Krakoff Gym Bag in a hue that the company calls “zephyr green.” It sure feels like a breath of fresh air to me.

Despite Reed Krakoff‘s long tenure in the accessories industry, his eponymous brand is still a relative newcomer to the handbag game. The Coach president knows exactly what he’s doing, though; it took no time at all for Krakoff’s bags, which are mostly priced very well, to find their way onto the arms of high-ranking fashion folks and celebrities alike. The brand has the capital to do things correctly, and luckily for us all, it’s chosen to use that capital to create great bags, most of which can be worn in both professional or casual environments.

If you’re a regular reader, you know how we feel about Reed Krakoff around here – we’re fans, to say the least. Not only are the bags the perfect mixture of trends and traditionalism, but the line’s price point makes many of Krakoff’s options accessible where a similar bag from an equivalent brand might cost hundreds more. That’s not to say that the brand does turn out the occasional fantasy piece, but largely, Krakoff’s bags are a fantastic option for a chic woman who wants to look both professional and stylish.

Remember how last week, I posted pictures of the Reed Krakoff Atlantique and whined about how badly I wanted one to carry for Fashion Week? Well, never mind that post. Disregard it! Pretend it didn’t happen! I still want one of the bags, of course, but my object of desire has changed a bit. Right now, the Reed Krakoff Extra Large Solar Print Atlantique is on my mind first and foremost.

Judging by the date on the calendar and the state of my email inbox, New York Fashion Week is upon us. Like everyone else in the industry, this is about the time when I look at my wardrobe and whine pathetically about how you guys, I just don’t have anything to wear. While my lack of sartorial options is objectively not true, not even a little bit, it sure does feel that way when you’re staring down the barrel of a week of nonstop industry events.

Hey, handbag designers! We need to talk. Huddle up, it’s time for a chit chat.

I know that relatively inexpensive canvas totes probably sell well for you guys. They’re extremely low-margin compared to leather bags (which are already pretty low-margin compared to lots of consumer products), and having a strong brand name means you get to mark them up like crazy.

Reed Krakoff Boxer Satchel, $990 or Reed Krakoff Standard Mini Shoulder Bag, $525. Both via Net-a-Porter.

Although I’m something of a switch-hitter and can change back and forth between large and small day bags with relatively little thought (mostly because I work from home), it seems clear that most women either prefer something large and spacious or something smaller and easy to carry.

Reed Krakoff Soft Boxer Tote in coral or black, $1295 via Neiman Marcus

With my first six months in New York coming to a close, I’ve done lots of thinking about how clothes, shoes and accessories play into the very unique New York City lifestyle. For as long as I can remember, a handbag’s structure didn’t really matter to me; I could carry almost anything from a day clutch to a huge hobo rather happily because I always, without fail, had a car with me.

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