Savvy Bags on a Budget(Page 5)
Karl Lagerfeld is, to put it lightly, an interesting dude. Not only does the Kaiser have a knack for the utterly luxurious (as seen at Chanel, Fendi and beyond), but he seems to have a parallel appreciation for low culture as well; his designs often feature inventive spins on the kinds of objects that regular people interact with everyday, recast as fashion pieces that are purposefully fantastical and ripe for discussion in the fashion press.
We get a lot of reader email asking for advice and recommendations, but the one questions we’ve received most consistently over the years are queries about what a young woman should choose for her first designer bag. Those questions are very near and dear to our hearts – Megs and I can both recount the acquisition of our first bags in vivid detail – and today, we’re here to provide answers both general and specific.
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.
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 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.
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.