As any fan knows, Coach is in a state of flux right now. Gone is longtime creative force Reed Krakoff, and in his place, accessories guru Stuart Vevers, late of Loewe and Mulberry, has arrived to take the stalwart American accessories brand in a more fashion-forward direction. We brought you exclusive photos of Coach Fall 2014 back when the brand staged its first-ever runway show at New York Fashion Week in February, and last week, we had an opportunity to get up-close-and-personal with the bags, as well as the collection’s excellent outwear, knits and shoes.

Because of Coach’s deep American roots, Vevers chose to use workwear and the American West as his chief inspirations for fall. How aggressively those inspirations show themselves depends heavily on the bag – some have beautiful, subtle studding over pebbled leather, others are covered top to bottom in oversized turnlock elements that feel like they’re working too hard to set a tone. The good news for bag lovers, though, is that the much-loved Borough is back in versions both printed and embellished, and there’s a new line of ultra-light shoulder bags, inset with chain detailing and finished with trendy fringe, among others. Check out our photos of the Fall 2014 collection below.

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Over the past few years, a new handbag market has emerged. It’s not exactly contemporary, but it’s more attainable and casual than premiere designer, and it’s probably most accurately referred to as “premium contemporary.” It offers the same sophisticated finish that comes with much pricier bags, and pioneering premium contemporary brands like Alexander Wang and 3.1 Phillip Lim have found a market flush with consumers looking for a particular mix of style and ubstance. With its newly launched handbags, New York-based A.L.C. is looking to compete for the attention of those discerning shoppers. (more…)

Bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs Circle in Square Quilted Satchel

Price:$628 via Bloomingdale’s

Why it’s the Bag of the Week: Marc by Marc Jacobs is in the midst of a total revamp, but this bag reminds us of exactly what we love about the brand. With a functional shape and subtle quilted details, this carry-anywhere tote looks much more expensive than it is.

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With each passing season, finding a beautiful, reasonably priced bag becomes more and more difficult. Handbag prices are ever on the rise, and although we do our best to bring you a weekly dose of bags that won’t break the bank, the prospect of finding the perfect contemporary bag can still feel daunting. Today, we’re here to demystify the season’s bag selection and offer up 20 potentially perfect bags to get your season started. (more…)

If you felt a bit of warmth in the air this weekend, you know it’s coming. No, not just spring (although yay, spring!), but wedding season. If you’re in your 20s or 30s (and, to a lesser but still significant extent, living and breathing at all), you’ve probably received a Save the Date or six in the mail so far. Alternately, maybe you’re the bride yourself, or serving as an attendant at a friend’s wedding. If any of those situations apply to you, or if you’re just in the market for a great deal on a new spring bag, you’ll want to check out the Kate Spade Surprise Sale: The Wedding Edition. (more…)

If you’re a fan of the Coach Borough Bag, spring is going to be super exciting for you. Coach’s lookbook showed up in our inbox last week, and not only is it full of striped and patchwork takes on the bag, but the Borough now comes in sizes ranging from weekender to micro-mini. The bag’s handles also get translated to a slightly simpler bag, the Coach Town Tote, for those who found the Borough’s many compartments a bit daunting.

The collection’s color palette is couched heavily in white, navy and tan, which will give anything a bit of a nautical feel, including these bags. It’s nautical in a modern, somewhat streamlined way, though, so the finished product isn’t nearly as kitschy as it could be. Check out the lookbook below; not all of the new bags are available yet, but we’ve included price and purchase information where applicable. Alternatively, you can peruse the full set of new spring arrivals via Coach.

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Now that the frenzy of New York Fashion Week has been gone for a while, we’ve had an opportunity to look back at the collections we saw and handbags we’ve drooled over, and we’ve found another one that we think you need to see: Kate Spade’s Fall 2014 Handbags. The brand’s bags always manage to straddle the divide between affordable and editorial with aplomb, and for fall, it’s taken on everything from faux fur to faux Chinese food takeout boxes. Check out our photos of the collection below.

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