Reed Krakoff

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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. And with such a glutted handbag market, doing that while simultaneously standing out in the crowd is difficult. There are plenty of mediocre bags out there to prove it.

The Reed Krakoff 510 Leather Tote, however, is one of the pieces that succeeds. That it pulls off a very Valextra look while maintaining a three-digit price tag is even more impressive; I can’t help but think this would be at least a $1300 from almost any other brand. (more…)

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 collection’s bags were mostly comprised of neutral leathers of various colors and textures, some of them colliding on the same bag by way of a tan satchel with caramel crocodile accents or or a dove grey handbag with a sandy croc flap. The entirely exotic bags, including a gorgeous black crocodile hobo and a glimmering python satchel, stole most of the show away from simpler offerings, but my personal favorite was the simple leather hobo in bright turquoise with a tonal lizard strap. Thankfully, it’ll also probably be the most wallet-friendly of the offerings as well. (more…)

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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. (Ahem, yours truly.) Somehow, the Reed Krakoff Inside Out Leather and Snakeskin Tote managed to not only make me take a second look, but it made me do so by being inventive in a way that’s not only quite unique, but still totally subtle and functional at the same time. When being different usually also means rendering a piece unwearable or unusable to most of the buying public, that’s quite a design feat indeed. (more…)

Right as Reed Krakoff bags hit the handbag market, we were obsessed. Krakoff’s name is now associated with both being the president of Coach Inc and also launching an independent line that has caught every fashion lover’s eye. Our attention was immediately drawn to the Reed Krakoff Boxer bag.

All of the versions sold out quickly once they hit sites like Net-A-Porter. Yet this version of the olive/black combo Boxer II is one of the only versions of this bag I have seen with a discounted price. It is not as if this version is the ugly step-sister, it was actually one of my original favorites. The price has been dropped from $2,250 to $1,350 on ReedKrakoff online now. Snatch up this great deal before it too sells out!

When we discussed Reed Krakoff’s Fall 2010 handbag line last week, many of you mentioned that your favorite was one we had omitted: the Reed Krakoff Alligator and Felt Boxer II Tote. The bag’s omission was intentional: I think it’s beautiful enough to deserve its own post.

When it first appeared on Net-a-Porter two weeks ago, it managed to sell out before I even woke up (which, admittedly, was later than a real adult should be waking up for work), but a second shipment has come in. So, you know, gather up that extra seven grand you have laying around, because this thing doesn’t come cheap. (more…)

If the name Reed Krakoff is familiar to you, there’s a very good reason why: as president of Coach Inc., Krakoff is often credited with turning the company around making it into the handbag behemoth that we know today. Whether you’re a fan of that brand or not, it’s hard not to admit that Krakoff has shown a keen understanding of the types of handbags American women want to buy.

If you perceive Coach as too logo-driven or mass-market for your tastes, though, take a look at Krakoff’s eponymous collection, which has just hit stores for Fall/Winter 2010. It’s been getting a lot of love from even the most high-profile of luxury fashion mags, and there’s a good reason why: the bags are beautiful. Architectural, classic, luxurious and with nary an external logo to be found, these designs are for a different customer entirely – one who wants a subtle, classic bag that falls somewhere in the design continuum between Proenza Schouler and Hermes.

Starting at around $600 for a leather clutch and reaching up to the high four figures for large exotic satchels, this brand has the potential to shake up the handbag world something fierce, just as I’m sure Reed Krakoff intended. Detailed pictures and prices, after the jump. (more…)

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