As much as I love and adore the quirky retro-modern aesthetic that designer Consuelo Castiglioni has created at Marni, I don’t always love the prices the brand charges for simple, non-leather totes in graphic prints. I always have a hard time reconciling designer price tags on those types of bags, though – there’s no such think as luxury cotton canvas, no matter how much anyone will try and convince me otherwise.
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There’s just something about warm weather that makes me positively frantic to stray outside of my sartorial comfort zone. Although I almost always dress in dark colors and have what I like to think is the world’s largest collection of black sundresses, summer does something to me that requires me to occasionally splurge on something that looks more than a little out of place with my usual array of blacks and greys.
You guys had a mixed reaction to the Kate Spade’s hashtag tote, and now the brand has rolled out the latest version of its populars quote tote. This time around, the Kate Spade Call To Action Small Coal Tote skipped the hashtag in favor of a sassy Dorothy Parker quote. This bag got me thinking – sometimes we all just need a little positivity and inspiration, and there’s nothing better then putting all that good stuff out into the universe.
We reported last week on the second, or maybe even third, wave of flared-gusset bags to hit the market in the wake of industry-wide Celine obsessiveness, and although most of those bags do have their charms, few combine the striking geometry of the originals with the kind of price tag that makes buying something other than Celine so appealing. The MICHAEL Michael Kors Selma Tote is one of those few winners, and so is this similarly proportioned Z Spoke Zac Posen Eartha East-West Tote.
Last week, we clued you in to the insanely well-edited selection of clutches and evening bags that Moda Operandi has squirreled away in its “boutique” section. Today, we’ve got one brand of handheld bags in particular that the site has just started carrying and that you’ll want to know: Serpui Marie. If you’ve got a garden party or outdoor wedding to attend this spring or summer, the brand can solve any clutch conundrums you might encounter without breaking the bank.
Finding a leather bag that’s affordable, American-made and not totally hideous can feel like a bit of a chore at times. Want quality craftsmanship? It’s gonna cost ya. Natural materials? It’s gonna cost ya even more. Once you’ve cleared those two hurdles, you have to find a bag you actually like from the small pool of contenders. If you’ve found yourself in that unenviable position before, we’d like to introduce you to Clare Vivier Handbags.
With most popular bags available in a zillion different version ranging in size from “micro” to “weekender,” the shopping process can sometimes make you feel like you’re starring in your own private version of Goldilocks and the Three Bags. I had this problem when shopping for a Celine Luggage Tote a few years ago, and based on the rapturous reaction I saw to the advent of the mid-sized 3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli Medium Tote on Twitter a few days ago from a few friends, it would seem as though this design has been giving people sizing fits as well.
Compared to fall, spring’s textures can be a bit…down-market. We love raffia and canvas as much as anyone else, but naturally, we love snakeskin and leather even more. So what’s the secret to incorporating successfully what might feel like a heavy material into your warm-weather wardrobe? Why, a mini crossbody bag, of course. (That’s the answer to a lot of spring and summer bag problems, trust me.) The only other problem with exotics in particular, of course, is that it’s a look that tends to cost an arm and a leg; fortunately, it doesn’t have to.
I lamented not long ago that we don’t see a lot of fun color in men’s bags; beyond the most traditional of neutrals, mainstream designers don’t give dudes a whole lot to work with, even if warm weather. Thankfully, the market is starting to diversify, and it’s happening just in time for beach season with a bag like the Jack Spade Ombré Coal Tote.
Spring might not quite have sprung outside (at least in New York – you may be luckier than we are), but it has definitely sprung inside Saks Fifth Avenue, circa the Diane von Furstenberg handbags. DVF’s spring bags have arrived in stores and online, and with materials ranging from raffia to lizard-embossed leather, they’re just the thing to get you through the seasonal transition and onto the right track for the weather ahead.