Even though I spend the vast majority of my time writing and thinking about handbags, the accessory I actually interact with the most is my iPhone case. I have a 6 Plus, and the size and beauty of the thing only encourages me to interact with it even more.


It should be obvious to all comers that we think designer bags are great in almost any situation, but they’re not always the thing you want to have on your arm. If you’ve got a surfeit of cash and want to send yourself or your teenager to school with her bags in an Hermès Birkin, far be it from me to tell you not to.


Celebs always bust out the great bags for press events and TV appearances, even though handbags unfortunately receive no screen time during interviews (a tragic injustice which must be rectified). This week, stars like Salma Hayek, Bella Thorne and Taraji P.


Bag: Marc by Marc Jacos Lip Lock XBody Bag

Price: $440 via

Why It’s the Bag of the Week: Marc by Marc Jacobs might not be long for this world, but the brand is still releasing some solid new bags while it’s still around.


Good bags don’t come cheap, and with all the price increases that we’ve been cataloging recently, they’re not going to be getting any less expensive any time soon. We know that not all of you (and, quite frankly, all of us) have the budget for a four-figure bag purchase every season, though, so we’ve done some digging into what can be had for less.


It’s not your imagination–this is the second straight Friday the 13th we’ve had in a row this year. We’re celebrating this one just like we do every Friday, 13th or not: with a roundup of the best bag deals to be found on the Internet.


A few weeks ago, I started to notice bags with hearts on them popping up here and there. At first, I assumed it was something of a timely gimmick; after all, Valentine’s Day is Saturday and some designers just can’t resist a theme, especially if it’s based on a holiday in which gifts are often given.


As you may have noticed, online sales are shutting down left and right. Net-a-Porter’s semi-annual sale ended earlier this week, SSENSE’s ended not long ago and the Barney’s sale is in its last days. That means it’s more important than ever to search hard when looking for the best bag deals for our weekly roundup, but, as we do every Friday, we rose to the occasion.


If you love accessories and fashion but don’t love buying or wearing animal products, you have my sympathies. Several of you have asked me to do a leather-free bag roundup over the past couple of months, and when I set out to do just that, the irritation and frustration of trying to find a designer bag that fits that description became clear.