Buying a Mansur Gavriel bag is difficult not just because they're highly sought-after, but also because the process is decentralized. It's hard to buy an Hermès Birkin, but there's no confusion or mystery around where you go and who you talk to if you want to give it a shot. Mansur Gavriel's bags, on the other hand, are available on a handful of websites, most of which order only a fraction of the brand's huge selection of shapes, sizes and color combinations.
The brand's website offers the best selection, but its infrequent stock-ups are gone in hours, if not minutes. Below, we've got the lowdown on what you can do right now to guarantee yourself one of these bags come fall.
Barneys has the best availability of pre-orders for one of the brand's new exterior colors for fall, Sand. It's a pale greige, which fills in the brand's neutral palette nicely. Barneys also has the new Lady Bag in stock; it's the only website we checked that had any availability of it. You'll also find a couple buckets, including black with gold interior, plus MG's new Crossbody flap bag.
Shop Mansur Gavriel Pre-Orders via Bergdorf Goodman
Bergdorf Goodman had a ton of availability that has now mostly sold out, but you can still pick up a Brandy bucket bag, a black Backpack or a couple colors of the new Crossbody bag. Also, it's worth watching this page in case someone gets cold feet on their pre-order; you never know when something might become available again.
Shop Mansur Gavriel Pre-Orders via Kirna Zabete
Kirna Zabete is a boutique instead of a department store, so its selection is limited, but its the only place currently offering a shot at the impossible-to-get Black/Flamma bucket bag. Also, if you join the sites mailing list, they'll email you as soon as they put new pre-orders up on the site (usually in the late afternoon or early evening).
Check Out the Upcoming Mansur Gavriel via Opening Ceremony
Opening Ceremony's pre-order system is unique and also a little bit convoluted. The site's MG product page will show you the pre-orders that are currently available, but when you click on them, it takes you to a password prompt. In order to have a shot at getting the password, you sign up for the site's mailing list, which then sends out the passwords on a first-come, first-serve basis when bags are available. Once you have a password, you can take your pick. If you wanted one of the shop's exclusive silver saffiano bags, now's the time to make your play; MG tells me that they'll be gone after this season.
Wait Patiently via Moda Operandi
Moda doesn't have any Mansur Gavriel bags available for purchase or pre-order right now, but the site seems to offer the opportunity more frequently than most. It's a good spot to keep in your bookmarks if you're on the hunt. (Like several of the retailers above, Moda also tends to mention new Mansur Gavriel shipments in its email newsletter.)
Shop Mansur Gavriel via MATCHESFASHION.COM
MATCHESFASHION.COM doesn't do pre-orders, so timing is everything. Right now, three canvas-and-leather totes are available for immediate purchase, and the site should be on your bookmark list when fall orders start arriving.