I’m always on the lookout for bags that look more expensive than they are. That can be a hard thing to pull off, with ever-rising leather prices and executive boards that expect high margin percentages, so when it happens, it makes my day.
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In general, men’s bags cost less than women’s do, even when the men’s version is based on a popular women’s design (and is larger than that design). The only place where that seems to be particularly untrue is when it comes to backpacks; perhaps designers assume that a man buying a luxury backpack is likely to be more accustomed to to exorbitant fashion pricing than one just trying to pick up a nice briefcase.
Even though it’s been a solid decade since I went off to college, this time of year makes me nostalgic for back-to-school shopping, no matter how many grey hairs I’ve recently started producing. (Spoiler alert: a significant number of grey hairs.) As you might expect, I have some thoughts on how to pick exactly the right bag for all your college needs, as well as some suggestions of what’s out there right now that fits the bill.
Bag: IIIBeCa by Joy Gryson Church Street Crossbody Bag
Price: $128 via ShopBop
Why It’s the Bag of the Week: Not only is this little bag affordable, cute and functional, but proceeds from the sale of every IIIBeCa bag benefit a handful of New York City charities.
If it felt to you as though Marc by Marc Jacobs handbags had become a bit stale over the past few years, you weren’t alone; Marc Jacobs felt the same way. In advance of his company’s much-rumored future IPO, Jacobs brought in Katie Hillier and Luella Bartley to breathe new life into the once-powerful contemporary brand, and we now know more about the duo’s first line of bags for the brand.
Whenever a bag from the handbag market’s highest price tier hits a certain point of critical mass, it comes time for designers at lower price points to adapt the look for their own purposes. Céline and Givenchy have been the most popular sources of this kind of “inspiration” over the past few seasons, and now the Rebecca Minkoff Love Bags have the Chanel Boy Bag in their sights.
Over the past few months, tons of people have asked me about the size difference between the uber-popular Mansur Gavriel Bucket Bag and the design’s mini version, which is brand new for Fall 2014. Although I had seen the regular and mini sizes side-by-side in the brand’s showroom, I could only be so helpful; words, after all, are a bit abstract in these sorts of situations.
Minimal accessories are having a moment. From Celine Trios to Mansur Gavriel Buckets, a whole host of fashion consumers have decided that they’re largely sick of bags that are overdone and overwrought, and with that decision has come a wave of tightly edited, pared-down pieces that are easy, functional and understated.
Let’s be real here. We all know what the Alice.D Leather Totes are: they’re cheaper Céline Vertical Cabas Totes, and if you aren’t a fan of the whole look-for-less concept, they’re not going to be your thing. If you don’t want to pay four figures for an extremely simple leather tote, though, Alice.D will get the job done for you in exactly the same aesthetically pleasing way as Celine would for around $500.