Few brands create a buying frenzy like Mansur Gavriel does these days. The young brand’s minimal, sophisticated bags retail at contemporary prices and sell out almost immediately upon delivery, and until now, it’s been impossible to place a simple online pre-order for them like you can with bigger brands that retail at places like Neiman Marcus or Saks. Today, that’s changes – Mansur Gavriel Fall 2014 handbags are available for pre-order at Moda Operandi, which may very well be the only way to ensure you get one. (more…)

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It’s nearly impossible to buy a $700+ Fendi Bag Bug and has been for months, so it was only a matter of time before other designers looking to get a piece of the irreverent-bag-charm pie. Up first is Brit Sophie Hulme, whose attainably priced, cleanly designed leather bags we already adore. Now we have the Sophie Hulme Fuzzy Pink Bag Charms, which are somewhat more restrained (and considerably less expensive) than their super-popular Fendi counterparts.

The most obvious difference between these bag monsters and the originals, of course, is that these are much, much smaller. Fendi’s fuzzy charms are so large that it’d be difficult to use one as a keychain; they’re very much meant to live on the outside of a bag at all times. These little buggies, on the other hand, are proportional to what you’d expect for a keychain, and they feature a chain long enough that your new friend will dangle below your house keys, in full view. If you like Fendi’s idea but want to spend a lot less money or would prefer a keychain, these are the way to go.


Sophie Hulme Fuzzy Mink Bag Charm
$130 via MATCHESFASHION

Sophie Hulme Fuzzy Mink Bag Charm Pink

Sophie Hulme Fuzzy Mink Bag Charm
$130 via MATCHESFASHION

Sophie Hulme Fuzzy Mink Bag Charm Blue

In the luxury industry, sales don’t usually launch in February; that’s when all the new spring stuff is just arriving! That’s why today’s one-day-only sale on Contemporary/CUSP at Neiman Marcus is so exciting. Contemporary clothes already have a great price point, and with the 40% off selection that Neiman Marcus has right now, a great look is even closer within reach. If you see something, though, you better grab it – prices will be back to normal on Friday!

Shop the Neiman Marcus CUSP Sale Now!

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If you haven’t been able to get your paws on a Mansur Gavriel Bucket Bag (or tote, or clutch), you’re not alone. Demand has far outpaced supply for the young New York-based brand, but with a new season nigh, new shipments are expected at retailers in late February. Those shipments will include the bags that are already sought-after, like the red-lined Bucket Bag, but the duo behind Mansur Gavriel also has some new interior tricks up their sleeves for spring.

True to the brand’s minimalist, neutral debut, Bucket Bags and Totes still come in three exterior colors: black, cammello (light tan) and brandy (dark tan). Inside is where things get interesting: spring boasts several new interior colors, including several gorgeous blues, and metallics. Fashionista has an incredibly comprehensive guide on which stores will be getting which colors and how you can pre-order or get your name on a waiting list, and for more close-up photos and a color guide to the new season, check out the gallery below.

I love buffalo plaid. It’s almost always red and black, which is my favorite color combination, and I’m already a pretty big appreciator of plaid, both on my person and on the persons of male-type people. Considering that, my affection for the Jack Spade Dipped Buffalo Check Utility Tote isn’t exactly shocking. If you or your man is sick of staid, neutral man bags but still want a classic look, this tote is a perfect option.

Plaid enjoys periods of particular favor (like the one we’re having right now), but it never falls all the way out of style, even in down years. It’s sort of like leopard print, in that way; a thing that is so familiar, so endemic to the fabric of fashion and style, that it almost becomes a color unto itself. It’s also a cold-weather staple, so even though spring styles are starting to arrive in stores, you’ll still have plenty of actual time left in winter to carry this well-priced tote. Buy through East Dane for $275.

In case you thought that perhaps the MICHAEL Michael Kors Selma Tote juggernaut could be stopped, we are here this morning to prove you wrong. The bag, which continues to fly off the shelf in its most sought-after colors, is making a reappearance for the impending warm weather in a host of half-canvas, half-leather iterations that lighten up the bag’s weight as well as its already reasonable price tag. If you’re preppy, on a budget and looking for a new spring bag, you’re going to want to check this out.

The bag, trimmed in white leather, will come in the medium, large and crossbody sizes that Selma lovers are already familiar with. Inset within the leather trim is contrasting canvas, which is currently available in black, turquoise or bright pink. The canvas puts all these bags in the sub-$300 price range, but the bag retains its fresh feel, even if it sacrifices a bit of the original’s minimalism.


MICHAEL Michael Kors Large Selma Tote
$298 via Nordstrom

MICHAEL Michael Kors Large Selma Tote

MICHAEL Michael Kors Selma Crossbody Bag
$198 via Nordstrom

MICHAEL Michael Kors Selma Crossbody Bag

MICHAEL Michael Kors Selma Medium Tote
$258 via Nordstrom

MICHAEL Michael Kors Medium Selma Tote

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[In our new 5 Under $500 series, we'll be giving you a quick guide to picking up the season's best looks in a price range that won't make you miss rent. First up, pink bags, from bold neon to the palest blush.] (more…)

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