Whether you think of them as scourge or savior, bucket bags are back for another season of dominance in the accessories market. More brands than every are throwing their hat in the ring for this popular style, so if you can’t get your hands on the Mansur Gavriel version, don’t fret–there are lots of options at every price point imaginable.


If you’ve been among the bag lovers bemoaning the trend for tiny, nearly non-functional micro bags, I have some bad news for you: we are nowhere near the end of this trend, and probably won’t be for another year.


Now that we’re past the midpoint in summer and pre-fall pre-orders are starting to give way to fall, it’s time to do an early stock-taking of what’s available, what’s new and what’s, most importantly, worth your attention and dollars.


As we noted during our look at all the saddle bags suddenly on the market for Fall 2015, the 70s trend that popped up all over the runways has indeed translated to retail. That has implications beyond just bag shape, though; it also means that the color palette for the season skews decidedly retro, most notably in the resurgence of tan leather and suede bags.


Good bags don’t come cheap, and for most consumers, it’s important that a potential purchase is practical and usable for more than just a couple months a year. True, year-round versatility is hard to ask from any particular color, but if you don’t want to carry something dark when it’s warm outside or something inappropriately bright when it’s cold, there’s one way to make sure you don’t go wrong: get a metallic.


The fashion industry has decided the 70s are A Thing again whether we like it or not, and although tan suede and flared jeans are not my particular cup of tea, the era’s aesthetic resurgence has brought about at least one good thing: the return of the saddle bag.


Stop me if you’ve heard this before: the bucket bag is a bonafide thing, and it’s not going anywhere soon. Although the simple, casual bags have their detractors, Mansur Gavriel’s ultra-minimal, perpetually sold-out spin on the shape helped usher them back to popularity among fashion people.


No one would describe me as a maximalist. I carry a Mansur Gavriel bucket bag almost every day, which is almost the same as wearing a sandwich board instructing people to ask me about my love for minimalism.

Fringe Bags Spring 2015

I’m constantly checking new arrivals on my favorite shopping sites and recently noticed a big influx of fringe fashion pieces, handbags and beyond. Fringe is making a big statement for Spring 2015, but something about it feels so familiar.


Friday was the first day of spring, and even though it snowed all day in New York City, we pressed on through the weekend anyway, mostly because we didn’t have a choice. That’s all over now, though, and we are determined to start the first full week of the new season on a nice note: with over two dozen bags that positively scream “SPRING!!”