The grace with which the Olsen Twins walk the fashion-celebrity tightrope never ceases to amaze me. Not only is The Row one of perhaps only two celebrity-owned fashion lines to generate any true industry respect at all (the other, arguably, is Victoria Beckham’s), but Elizabeth and James, the sisters’ long-running contemporary label, churns out wearable, stylish, reasonably accessible clothes for chic young women, season after season.
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Sometimes, you lay eyes on a bag for the first time and it just makes you happy. The elements click into place and form a relatively harmonious whole, the leather choice works for the desired structure, the bag feels modern, but not like it’s trying too hard. That’s what happened for me when I saw the Botkier Honore Satchel at the brand’s headquarters last week – I just knew.
This year in New York City, it’s often seemed like we’ve gone straight from extended winter to early summer – one week it was in the 50s and spitting rain, and then literally the next week it was 90 degrees and sweltering. Now it’s June and I’m not sure what to think, except that I’m a tad excited that the weather map shows temperatures in the mid-70s for the next week and we might actually have a belated spring for a few days.
Last year the honor went to Reed Krakoff, and the year before that, Alexander Wang, so Phillip Lim should find himself and his brand in good company as the 2013 CFDA Accessories Designer of the Year. It’s a well-earned award; Lim’s Pashli and 31 Hour bags are enduring favorites among fashion industry insiders and regular consumers alike, and he was among the first to figure out that the Celine-style flared gussets would be an enduring, far-reaching trend.
We talk about this from time to time, but there is perhaps nothing more difficult in handbag design than creating an attainably priced bag that looks as conspicuously expensive as the ultra-premium bags that contemporary customers lust after. Someone willing to pay $500 for a purse is likely well aware of what a $1,500 bag looks and feels like, after all, which creates an extraordinary balancing act for designers who come in at a three-figure price point.
There’s a lot to love about Loeffler Randall handbags: they’re functionally designer, modern-looking, attainably priced. The brand uses real snakeskin and still keeps its bags under $700, even for the larger styles. For leather styles, the price point is even more tempting, and the brand’s Pre-Fall 2013 bags, which are now available for pre-order at Nordstrom, have our credit cards cowering in fear under our desks as we speak.
This summer, there’s only one thing that everyone on the PurseBlog team wants: handbags as bright as the July sunshine. Everything about summer is flush with color – the plants, the sky, the clothes – and this summer, your bag better follow suit or it’ll be left out of the fun (and you along with it). This weekend marks the official start of the season, and if you’re not prepared with a bevy of bright bags at your disposal (and even if you are, everyone always needs another bag), Gilt.com has an absolutely killer selection of kate spade new york bags that are just the pop of color you’ll need, all at below-retail prices that make stocking up the only option.
Depending on your age, odds are that you automatically associate Coach with one of two things: solid-color leather bags in basic shapes, or logo canvas bags with lots of luggage tags and other attendant doodads. While both of those things are still readily available from Coach for the brand’s huge, diverse customer base, many of you have likely noticed that there’s a big middle ground between those two extremes at which Coach has become quite skilled.
In my heart of hearts, I know that literally any type of bag can be executed well. Despite my own personal tastes and biases, there is a “best” version of everything, and more often than not, that version is objectively quite attractive and will look great when styled appropriately. Before today, I might have told you that the exception to those rules was belt bags, but now that I’ve seen the Rachel Zoe Belt Bag and B-Low The Belt Tassel Belt Bag, I’m feeling more open-minded.
If you haven’t thought about California contemporary brand Linea Pelle in a while, it might be time you seek out the brand’s bags once again. They’re casual, made of wonderful, soft leather, and best of all, they won’t absolutely empty your bank account – everything on the brand’s website currently retails for less than $400, all the way from mini crossbody bags to large, carry-everything tote bags.