Fashion is easiest to talk about when it’s fun. Bags that will be used in the evening or on weekends can be small, highly detailed, brightly colored–anything you want them to be! Most of us, though, spend a lot of times hauling around a bag that has to be large, functional and neutral, because that’s what our professional lives require.
It got really, genuinely warm in NYC for the first time this year over the weekend, and naturally, that got my yearning for a trip to a body of water. I grew up in the land of plentiful neighborhood pools, and now that I live somewhere they’re few and far between, I miss being able to throw a towel, a book and a bottle of sunscreen in a tote and get to one quickly.
I live in Brooklyn, work in midtown Manhattan and get motion sick if I read on the subway, so I have a lot of time to look around while I ride the train every day. As you might imagine, I tend to look at people’s bags, and in the year I’ve been doing my current commute, I’ve noticed that the Madewell Transport Tote has a surprisingly monopolistic presence on the arms of the borough’s population of young women.
Getting dressed for work is something that women’s fashion magazines and websites tackle regularly, and with varying results. (Who thinks that putting a blazer over a crop top is going to fly as a good day-to-night option in most workplaces?) Because we spend most of our time thinking about a particular part of the fashion industry, though, we’d like to think that we can scope out good workwear with slightly more accurate results.
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.
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.
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.