For the past six months, I have barely been able to go to any gathering of women in New York City without being asked for tips, tricks and hook-ups on how to get a Mansur Gavriel bag. I also regularly field these inquires via GChat, email, text message – you name it. So if you’re one of the people who has asked me how to get his or her hands on one of these bags, or you’re a person who would have asked me, had you access to my contact information, this is for you: Barneys now has online pre-orders for eight styles, including the popular black-and-red Bucket Bag, as well as the new Mini Buckets and Backpacks. (more…)

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Buying an expensive bag is one thing; buying a bag that looks expensive is quite another. Spending big bucks on a handbag usually helps ensure that it looks luxurious, but not only are those kinds of budgets just not feasible for many women, but they’re also not always necessary. Below, we’ve scoured the Internet for a baker’s dozen of bags that look far more spendy than their price tags, starting at only $78. (more…)

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It takes a truly special cause to get brands as exclusive as Celine and Prada to abandon their normally sky-high pricing structures, but with Born Free, they’ve done just that. Born Free is a charity fashion initiative that combines the powers of Vogue and ShopBop to bring together 22 top designers in an effort to end fetal AIDS transmission worldwide by December 31, 2015. A big part of that effort will be a limited edition run of special pieces designed by some of the biggest names in fashion. (more…)

Bag: Tory Burch Robinson Printed Triangle Tote

Price: $375 via Bloomingdale’s

Why It’s the Bag of the Week: This Tory Burch purse is spring in bag form, and the combination of a sophisticated floral and a reasonable price means that you won’t feel guilty for buying something so seasonal.

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