Cast your vote to find PurseBlog's 2014 World Cup Champion!

Coach is the quintessential American accessories brand. Founded in New York City in 1941, the brand recently brought on powerhouse accessories designer Stuart Vevers to revamp its look, with fantastic, modern results.

Coach vs. Burberry: Which brand's handbags do you prefer?

  • Coach (441 Votes)
  • Burberry (84 Votes)

Total Voters: 525

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Burberry Group plc is a British luxury fashion house, distributing clothing, fashion accessories, fragrances, sunglasses, and cosmetics. Burberry is most famous for its trench coat, which was designed by founder Thomas Burberry.

Coach vs. Burberry: Which brand's handbags do you prefer?

  • Burberry (513 Votes)
  • Coach (51 Votes)

Total Voters: 564

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In the fall of 2005, Phillip co-founded 3.1 Phillip Lim with friend and business partner Wen Zhou, becoming the company's creative director. Lim has garnered both critical and commercial success with his eponymous line.

3.1 Phillip Lim vs. Dior: Which brand's handbags do you prefer?

  • 3.1 Phillip Lim (363 Votes)
  • Dior (118 Votes)

Total Voters: 481

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A creator of recognized haute-couture, Dior is currently chaired by businessman Bernard Arnault.

3.1 Phillip Lim vs. Dior: Which brand's handbags do you prefer?

  • Dior (483 Votes)
  • 3.1 Phillip Lim (41 Votes)

Total Voters: 524

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As the biggest handbag brand in the world (by far), it's always big when Louis Vuitton makes a move. This year, adding fashion genius Nicolas Ghesquiere as the brand's creative director indicates that the French stalwart is headed forward with a refreshed strategy and ever-evolving look. Don't expect the famous monogram logo to go anywhere, though.

Louis Vuitton vs. Nancy Gonzalez: Which brand's handbags do you prefer?

  • Louis Vuitton (847 Votes)
  • Nancy Gonzalez (23 Votes)

Total Voters: 870

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As a mother of two, Nancy Gonzalez made a courageous choice to go into business for herself. Drawing from what she knew best, the inspiration of her native country, she creats handbags that celebrated the natural beauty and rich culture of Colombia.

Louis Vuitton vs. Nancy Gonzalez: Which brand's handbags do you prefer?

  • Nancy Gonzalez (86 Votes)
  • Louis Vuitton (61 Votes)

Total Voters: 147

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With new creative director and accessories wunderkind Alexander Wang firmly ensconced atop the brand, Balenciaga has moved in a modern, slightly minimal direction that's well characterized by the recent debut of the company's new signature bag, the Balenciage Le Dix.

Balenciaga vs. Issey Miyake: Which brand's handbags do you prefer?

  • Balenciaga (832 Votes)
  • Issey Miyake (28 Votes)

Total Voters: 860

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Issey Miyake, Inc. founded my the Japanese fashion designer of the same name, is known for is known for its technology-driven clothing designs, exhibitions and fragrances.

Balenciaga vs. Issey Miyake: Which brand's handbags do you prefer?

  • Issey Miyake (85 Votes)
  • Balenciaga (59 Votes)

Total Voters: 144

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Gucci bags have been carried by everyone from Jackie Kennedy to Beyonce, and with signature touches like bamboo trim, horse bit details and beautiful flora prints, few brands have more iconic bags.

Gucci vs. Jason Wu: Which brand's handbags do you prefer?

  • Gucci (668 Votes)
  • Jason Wu (53 Votes)

Total Voters: 721

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Founded by Taiwanese-Canadian designer Jason Wu, the Jason Wu brand, among other things, is famous for designing the dresses of Michelle Obama on several occasions, including during first and second inauguration of American President Barack Obama.

Gucci vs. Jason Wu: Which brand's handbags do you prefer?

  • Jason Wu (143 Votes)
  • Gucci (52 Votes)

Total Voters: 195

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Loewe, S.A., is a Spanish luxury fashion house based in Madrid and is owned by the LVMH Group. The Loewe Amazona is the most representative series handbags.

Loewe vs. Carlos Falchi: Which brand's handbags do you prefer?

  • Loewe (623 Votes)
  • Carlos Falchi (31 Votes)

Total Voters: 654

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Carlos Falchi is a Brazilian-born handbag and accessories designer known for his patchwork designs. Falchi's bags often use skins such as python, alligator and ostrich and are soft and unstructured.

Loewe vs. Carlos Falchi: Which brand's handbags do you prefer?

  • Carlos Falchi (115 Votes)
  • Loewe (56 Votes)

Total Voters: 171

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Coco Chanel revolutionized the accessories industry with the 1955 introduction of the world's first shoulder bag, and Chanel has been making iconic, ultra-covetable bags ever since, now under the creative genius of Karl Lagerfeld.

Chanel vs. Alaia: Which brand's handbags do you prefer?

  • Chanel (848 Votes)
  • Alaia (21 Votes)

Total Voters: 869

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While Alaia shuns marketing, it has made a name in the fashion world, with fans ranging from Victoria Beckham, to Lady Gaga, and the French First Lady Caria Bruni.

Chanel vs. Alaia: Which brand's handbags do you prefer?

  • Chanel (57 Votes)
  • Alaia (43 Votes)

Total Voters: 100

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MCM is helmed by president and chief executive officer Ralph J. Polese, former president of Gucci Korea. A recent company, MCM was founded in 1975.

MCM vs. Rafe: Which brand's handbags do you prefer?

  • MCM (433 Votes)
  • Rafe (75 Votes)

Total Voters: 508

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Rafe has received numerous awards for their handbags, shoes, and small leather accessories.

MCM vs. Rafe: Which brand's handbags do you prefer?

  • Rafe (255 Votes)
  • MCM (46 Votes)

Total Voters: 301

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Burberry Group plc is a British luxury fashion house, distributing clothing, fashion accessories, fragrances, sunglasses, and cosmetics. Burberry is most famous for its trench coat, which was designed by founder Thomas Burberry.

Burberry vs. Dior: Which brand's handbags do you prefer?

  • Burberry (119 Votes)
  • Dior (64 Votes)

Total Voters: 183

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A creator of recognized haute-couture, Dior is currently chaired by businessman Bernard Arnault.

Burberry vs. Dior: Which brand's handbags do you prefer?

  • Dior (318 Votes)
  • Burberry (23 Votes)

Total Voters: 341

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As the biggest handbag brand in the world (by far), it's always big when Louis Vuitton makes a move. This year, adding fashion genius Nicolas Ghesquiere as the brand's creative director indicates that the French stalwart is headed forward with a refreshed strategy and ever-evolving look. Don't expect the famous monogram logo to go anywhere, though.

Louis Vuitton vs. Balenciaga: Which brand's handbags do you prefer?

  • Louis Vuitton (294 Votes)
  • Balenciaga (45 Votes)

Total Voters: 339

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With new creative director and accessories wunderkind Alexander Wang firmly ensconced atop the brand, Balenciaga has moved in a modern, slightly minimal direction that's well characterized by the recent debut of the company's new signature bag, the Balenciage Le Dix.

Louis Vuitton vs. Balenciaga: Which brand's handbags do you prefer?

  • Balenciaga (187 Votes)
  • Louis Vuitton (45 Votes)

Total Voters: 232

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Gucci bags have been carried by everyone from Jackie Kennedy to Beyonce, and with signature touches like bamboo trim, horse bit details and beautiful flora prints, few brands have more iconic bags.

Gucci vs. Loewe: Which brand's handbags do you prefer?

  • Gucci (332 Votes)
  • Loewe (34 Votes)

Total Voters: 366

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Loewe, S.A., is a Spanish luxury fashion house based in Madrid and is owned by the LVMH Group. The Loewe Amazona is the most representative series handbags.

Gucci vs. Loewe: Which brand's handbags do you prefer?

  • Loewe (117 Votes)
  • Gucci (43 Votes)

Total Voters: 160

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Coco Chanel revolutionized the accessories industry with the 1955 introduction of the world's first shoulder bag, and Chanel has been making iconic, ultra-covetable bags ever since, now under the creative genius of Karl Lagerfeld.

Chanel vs. MCM: Which brand's handbags do you prefer?

  • Chanel (468 Votes)
  • MCM (9 Votes)

Total Voters: 477

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MCM is helmed by president and chief executive officer Ralph J. Polese, former president of Gucci Korea. A recent company, MCM was founded in 1975.

Chanel vs. MCM: Which brand's handbags do you prefer?

  • Chanel (51 Votes)
  • MCM (21 Votes)

Total Voters: 72

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A creator of recognized haute-couture, Dior is currently chaired by businessman Bernard Arnault.

Dior vs. Louis Vuitton: Which brand's handbags do you prefer?

  • Dior (125 Votes)
  • Louis Vuitton (60 Votes)

Total Voters: 185

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As the biggest handbag brand in the world (by far), it's always big when Louis Vuitton makes a move. This year, adding fashion genius Nicolas Ghesquiere as the brand's creative director indicates that the French stalwart is headed forward with a refreshed strategy and ever-evolving look. Don't expect the famous monogram logo to go anywhere, though.

Dior vs. Louis Vuitton: Which brand's handbags do you prefer?

  • Louis Vuitton (254 Votes)
  • Dior (29 Votes)

Total Voters: 283

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Gucci bags have been carried by everyone from Jackie Kennedy to Beyonce, and with signature touches like bamboo trim, horse bit details and beautiful flora prints, few brands have more iconic bags.

Gucci vs. Chanel: Which brand's handbags do you prefer?

  • Gucci (68 Votes)
  • Chanel (55 Votes)

Total Voters: 123

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Coco Chanel revolutionized the accessories industry with the 1955 introduction of the world's first shoulder bag, and Chanel has been making iconic, ultra-covetable bags ever since, now under the creative genius of Karl Lagerfeld.

Gucci vs. Chanel: Which brand's handbags do you prefer?

  • Chanel (324 Votes)
  • Gucci (20 Votes)

Total Voters: 344

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As the biggest handbag brand in the world (by far), it's always big when Louis Vuitton makes a move. This year, adding fashion genius Nicolas Ghesquiere as the brand's creative director indicates that the French stalwart is headed forward with a refreshed strategy and ever-evolving look. Don't expect the famous monogram logo to go anywhere, though.

Chanel vs. Louis Vuitton: Which brand's handbags do you prefer?

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Coco Chanel revolutionized the accessories industry with the 1955 introduction of the world's first shoulder bag, and Chanel has been making iconic, ultra-covetable bags ever since, now under the creative genius of Karl Lagerfeld.

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It wouldn’t be inaccurate to call us handbag narcissists; if we can take some sort of pop cultural event and twist it just a little bit in order to find a new way to talk about bags, we’re all for it. We had a ton of fun with Purse Madness while college basketball’s March Madness was happening earlier this year, and now that the 2014 World Cup is well underway, we’re jumping into the fray with the PurseBlog Handbag World Cup.

Just as the rules differ between actual March Madness and actual World Cup, this is going to be a little different than what we did before. Instead of voting for a brand in general, we’d like you to pick the specific bag that you prefer in each of our head-to-head match-ups.

We’ve also assigned each brand’s bag a country, because it seemed more fun that way, not to mention more in line with the international spirit of the actual World Cup. After all, fashion is an international community, just like soccer.

Because almost all handbag brands come from one of four places, though, we’ve gotten a little creative and tried to include as many countries from around the world as we can. Chanel, for example, is representing Germany because Karl Lagerfeld is German, even though the brand itself is clearly French.

For all of our country match-ups and the reasoning behind them, check out our list below and then go vote on your favorites!


Germany: Chanel

Creative director Karl Lagerfeld is German.

Germany-Chanel

Belgium: Dior

Creative director Raf Simons is Belgian.

Belgium-Dior

France: Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton is incredibly French, of course, and creative director Nicolas Ghesquiere is also a native of the country.

France-Louis Vuitton

Spain: Loewe

Although owned by French conglomerate LVMH, Loewe was founded in Spain and is still headquartered there.

Spain-Loewe

Italy: Gucci

Gucci was founded in Italy and is still headquartered there, and creative director Frida Giannini is also a native Italian.

Italy-Gucci

Colombia: Nancy Gonzalez

Gonzalez’s brand is headquartered in the US, but she’s a native Colombian and sources her crocodile skins from the country.

Colombia-Nancy Gonzalez

Taiwan: Jason Wu

Wu was born in Taipei, Taiwan, before moving to Canada and eventually to New York City.

Taiwan- Jason Wu

United States: Coach

Dating back to its midcentury roots in New York City, Coach is arguably the American brand most closely associated with the country.

USA- Coach

England: Burberry

As far as fashion goes, it just doesn’t get any more classically British than Burberry, which used to outfit the country’s armed forces.

England-Burberry

Japan: Issey Miyake

No designer is more closely associated with the super-modern Japanese aesthetic than Miyake.

Japan Issey Miyake

Brazil: Carlos Falchi

The New York-based designer, best known for his use of snakeskin, was born in Brazil.

Brazil- Carlos Falchi

South Korea: MCM

Although MCM was first founded in Germany in 1975, the modern revival of the brand by a South Korean company moved its headquarters to Seoul.

South Korea-MCM

Thailand: 3.1 Phillip Lim

Although Lim is Chinese-American, he was born in Thailand.

Thailand- 3.1 Phillip Lim

China: Balenciaga

Creative director Alexander Wang is Chinese-American, with strong ties to Chinese manufacturing.

China- Balenciaga

Philippines: Rafé

Contemporary designer Rafé Totengco was born in Bacolod City, Philippines.

Philippines- Rafe

Tunisia: Alaia

The Paris-based couturier and fashion legend was born in Tunis, Tunisia.

Tunisia-Alaia
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  • ash

    Awesome game! Long live LV!

    • http://www.purseblog.com/ Megs Mahoney Dusil

      Glad you enjoy it! We knew how much everyone loved the PurseBlog March Madness so it only seemed right to bring back some fun for the World Cup!

  • Chase Dean Meacham

    Is Hermes not included because it won last time? Lol

  • Hina khan

    Chanel

  • Chris

    Chanel. Always and forever.

  • Rashmi

    Wow this was really fun to partake in you guys! Very creative! Kudos? Which team are YOU (each Purseblog team member) rooting for besides the USA? Let’s call it your No. 2 pick

    • http://www.purseblog.com/ Megs Mahoney Dusil

      I’m rooting for the USA and Germany! Vlad great up in Germany and is rooting for them, plus they are associated with Chanel on our bracket so it’s a win win for me :)

  • Ebun

    So just to be clear: we’re supposed to vote for the specific handbag and NOT the brand or the brand’s handbags as a whole?

    I feel like the voting pop-up prompt is slightly confusing/different from the description in the main text. Perhaps you could bold/highlight the rules in the text because I find it to be lost in the background description. Thanks!

  • Gianna

    France….most stylish and classic bags, best parfum, best healthcare internationally!

  • Nasha

    COACH!

  • Jadesmusings

    What happened to Celine, Hermes, Prada, Bottega, Goyard, Chloe, Givenchy, Ferragamo, Valentino…? Or even mulberry! Coach hardly fits in with that lineup no.?

    • heyyeh22

      It’s based off countries of the designer or brand which is a reference to the World Cup. There’s only 1 team per country.

  • Nívia

    I love Chanel but I distile very much this called Boy bag….should I apologize?

  • Nívia

    DISLIKE

  • Elisa

    Great game girls! I enjoyed playing, I loved seeing how often I was in agreement with the other purse addicts out there :)

  • Getty

    My bet would be that CHANEL would win this game.. It’s like a ladder.. HERMES,CHANEL then L.V. the forth runner up would be anyone’s choice.

  • http://mmck.us Jery McKinney

    Coach for US breaks my heart.

    • Melissa

      Agree.

  • Lara

    Being German – Germany of course, so Chanel all the way. Plus, yes, it is a win – win situation :). sorry that lots of the ‘big’ teams are already out…

  • Grecian Queen

    Belgium , Dior

  • Zezza

    LV all the way

  • http://leon-mcgann.com Leon Mcgann

    It was ALWAYS going to be between Chanel and LV :/

  • Gario

    Coach is perfect! I like! I bought from here with very cheap price, just takes a few Dollars.

    http://www.lemonfans.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=151_152

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