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.

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I keep waiting for Reed Krakoff to hit the sophomore slump with his eponymous line, but he just keeps hitting things out of the park. How well Krakoff, the president of Coach, has done launching the brand gives me very, very little sympathy for other large companies that don’t do as well with their bag lines.

Reed Krakoff Alligator Hobo, $30,000 via Net-a-Porter

A $30,000 price tag always sticks out to me, probably because when I was growing up, that’s how much I thought a car cost. Naturally, I’ve since learned that sometimes cars cost less, and even more bizarrely, sometimes handbags cost more.

Reed Krakoff Kit Bag, $1390. Reed Krakoff RDK Hobo, $1290. Reed Krakoff Boxer Tote, $990. All via Saks.

Sometimes I feel the need to reiterate this point when I sit down to write yet another post about a brand that I love: Reed Krakoff has never given me a free bag, a discount on a bag or any kind of perk whatsoever in exchange for a post.

Reed Krakoff Leather and Wool Boxer Tote, $990 via Net-a-Porter.

I’ve heaped a lot of praise on Reed Krakoff recently, and all of it is genuine; every time I see one of the man’s bags (and increasingly, his shoes as well), my credit card runs and hides.

Just when I was beginning to wonder if Coach president Reed Krakoff could continue to replicate the smashing success that he’s had in the very short life of his eponymous label, Reed Krakoff Resort 2012 comes around to prove it to me.

Not only do we continue to love Reed Krakoff designs but also our readers seem to as well. If the larger bags have not met your wants, Reed Krakoff fills out his collection with a new addition. The addition is its mini shoulder bag, a shape with which I am currently having a deep obsession.

As I say often (and in fact, as I said yesterday), basic bags are a design challenge that we often ignore, but we shouldn’t. The problem is that even women who want a more traditional bag don’t want to think of their choices as “basic,” so taking a simple shape and elevating it to the next level becomes something that almost any designer has to be able to do in order to satisfy his or her customers.

Coach president Reed Krakoff’s eponymous line has only been around for a few short season, but already I couldn’t wait to see what handbags Reed Krakoff Fall 2011 had in store. The brand’s New York runway show didn’t reveal the entire line, but it revealed enough to assure Krakoff’s nascent fan base that aesthetically, he doesn’t intend to fix what isn’t broken.

The luxury accessories market is crowded with seasoned competitors all vying for consumer attention (and consumer dollars), which can often make it well nigh impossible for a new handbag line to turn heads, particularly the heads of people whose job it is to look at handbags all day.