Ralph Lauren has been making top-flight handbags for years, but the designer has always held them a bit close to his vest. You could see the Ricky and others in Lauren’s flagship boutiques and buy them online at the company’s site, but beyond that, the retail opportunities were scarce. If you’ve been looking to get your hands on one, though, you now have one more option: Neiman Marcus now carries a small (but hopefully growing) selection of the Ralph Lauren Ricky Bag online.

Let’s face it, our bags are usually jam packed. We never planned on them getting that full, but somewhere along the line we lost control and are now toting around twenty different shades of red lipstick, a pair of flats for our commute home, an overstuffed wallet with one too many Barneys receipts and all of our electronic gadgets and their attendant chargers.

Home decor impresario Jonathan Adler is know for his modern, unconventional and quirky interior aesthetic. Can he do the same with handbags? His Fall 2013 collection marks Adler’s strongest foray into accessories yet, and his aesthetic is evident, especially with this Jonathan Adler Medium Hex Handle Tote. When a designer from another area turns to handbags, his or her aesthetic is going to be different from those who are practiced in the art of the bag.

Belstaff, a British brand founded in the 1920s that recently expanded on its tried-and-true collection of outwear to include women’s ready-to-wear, handbags and shoes, stumbled a bit out of the gates when it launched bags last season. The branding was too obvious, the details didn’t feel as luxurious as they should have and the prices were, to put it blunty, high.

Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start to summer, and this year I was lucky to spend mine in warm and sunny Las Vegas. It was Vlad’s and my first time to Vegas, so while we enjoyed resort-hopping and shopping, we also took in the sights outside of Vegas. I knew it was going to be warm and wanted a new summer tote to carry with me that would transition from pool to the next adventure easily, and my new Juicy Couture Perforated Shopper Tote did the job beautifully.

When it comes down to it, we’ve all got a lot to schlep on occasion (or sometimes more like every day). Schlepping, by its very nature, is not a particularly glamourous activity, but there are things that can be done to make it a little less dreary. Lately, we’ve found a bumper crop of simple, functional tote bags in stores, and the best thing about a big selection is being able to get something that not everyone else has.

Very few things in fashion are genuinely underrated. We’re an industry that’s constantly chattering, and distinctive handbags get an inordinate amount of the praise because of their ability to telegraph luxury and expensiveness; there’s a reason that we talk about It Bags and not, say, It Scarves. Upon seeing my friend Danny’s new all-black Ralph Lauren Ricky Bag, though, it occurred to me that perhaps the Ricky is exactly that rare bird – the underrated, slept-on, yet totally gorgeous designer bag.

I’ve been anticipating the arrival of the Victoria Beckham Soft Victoria Leather and Watersnake Tote for almost five full months now. The bag first caught my eye when Beckham released the Fall 2012 lookbook way back in the spring, and it struck me then that perhaps the brand had found its handbag stride. It still feels that way.

The object of my affection is now available for further inspection, and I’m excited to say that I love it just as much now as I did then.

I know, I know. From the title of this post, I know what you must be thinking. Oh joy, another Kardashian-inspired post! (Apply either a sarcastic or gleeful tone, whichever you feel is correct.) The Kardashian sisters are in Miami filming yet another season of Kourtney and Kim Take Miami, and earlier in this week, Kim and Kourtney Kardashian spent a glamorous day at the beach.

I hate it when designers do this to me. I rant and rave all the time about what a raw deal it is for luxury consumers when brands try to use the power of their name to sell us things like the Marni Printed Vinyl Totes. Vinyl is not a luxury material, no matter whose hands have touched it, and these totes’ leather handles don’t let them off the hook.

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