Alright, help me out folks, it is time to weigh in on a bag that I just can’t seem to wrap my head around. I found myself totally and utterly confused when I came across the Bulga Hamilton Studded Leather Flap Tote. There are aspects I can appreciate and then others that I think totally miss the mark. (more…)
I love purple, I love studs, I love soft leather, and I love handbags that cost less than $500. All of those things are great things in and of themselves, and you would think that when you combine them all together, they would be even better.
But I’m not so sure. The Bulga Blesk Stud Tote has left me a bit undecided, and I need to talk this one out. (more…)
As we’ve noted before, we’ve all watched Bulga go through some design fits and starts since they launched their uber-successful line several years ago, and now, every time one of their new bags comes out, I hope that it will be the bag to set them back on the right track. I’m not sure if the Bulga Brera Tote is it, but if not, it’s certainly quite close.
Something that Bulga has never lost sight of is that consumers love soft, supple leather – that’s something that this bag has in spades. Its thick, matte, and looks like it would be so lovely that I want to run my hands over it. The design is also not bad – a simple satchel with extended top handles and a front pocket for immediate-need items are the only things that adorn this bag, and they’re just enough to look at without being too complicated. I don’t necessarily hate the color, but if they had made it in a medium grey with some blue undertones, they’d have me slobbering right now. As it is, it’s a cute bag with great leather and a reasonable price. Buy through ShopBop for $465.
Ok, I know. Two handbags in a row sporting a similar color. I usually try to switch it up (with the exception of black bags, since there are oh so many to choose from), but when I saw this bag, I couldn’t help myself. The Bulga Butterfly Bag is a knockout. That’s right folks, I said it, a knockout! We all have become more than familiar with fringe bags and I was instantly pleased with the splash of fringe added to this bag. The studding is stellar and the color is perfect for spring.
While the color is listed as green, I think it looks more like sea green, you know, a softer hue. I’m also loving the shoulder strap. From time to time, I find a bag where the strap looks so comfortable that I want nothing more than to try it on. More than anything I think I am drawn to this bag due to the great color and accent combination. While the color is soft, the fringe and studs add a hint of punk to the bag. Yet, if the color is not for you, fear not, you can pick up the same look in pink or brown. Buy through Luna Boston for $420.
I have all sorts of feelings about the Bulga Panache Convertible Bag, so stick with me here for a second. My first feeling is that the leather flaps are too long and make it look sloppy. I can imagine them just flopping all over the place and making noise and getting annoying. This bag may have been more successful, were it shorter. My next thought is that maybe it’s just fine how it is. I love that it’s entirely thick, black leather – there’s me and the love of industrial things again – and that it’s a little messy and unfinished. Ok, so it’s a lot messy.
But I could see an Olsen Twin carrying it. Or at least Vanessa Hudgens. With the right sort of hipster-y, slouchy, edgy outfit, this could be the perfect bag. And then part of me thinks “Hmmm, where have I seen this, or something like this, before?” And the answer to that question is the YSL St. Tropez Tote. And it’s YSL (and not only YSL, but Tom Ford-era YSL!), so of course it was executed flawlessly. It’s a pretty decent poor-man’s alternative, though, if it’s your style. Buy through ShopBop for $795.
Ever since the Butterfly Tote came out (2005, was it? Maybe 2006), it seems like Bulga has been having a bit of a hard time finding their way. We’ve seen some missteps from them – tie-dyed bags, badly proportioned bags…I’m sure you guys know the purses to which I’m referring. I think they made a good decision this year by getting back to their roots and re-releasing the Butterfly Tote, and now I think they’ve made another good decision – the Bulga Mini Marquis Tote. I’m not saying I love the bag – I don’t.
Something about the handles is vaguely wrong to me, and I wish it was less domed at the top. Also, I don’t understand why it’s called “mini” when it’s 18 inches wide – I’d hate to see the non-mini one. But overall, this is a NICE bag. It’s a nice color, and it looks pretty functional, and there’s nothing on it that makes me think of the male anatomy, as one Bulga bag did not too long ago. As a brand, they generally use really nice leather and I like to see them going forward in their design evolution. Hopefully things continue to improve in the future. Buy through ShopBop for $775.
Oh dear. This will never do. I cannot support this at all. The folks at Bulga somehow managed to tie-dye their De Beber Tote. I’m not sure how someone would do that to leather…or why they’d do it, really. I remember tie-dying t-shirts at summer camp when I was a kid, and it involved lots of little rubber bands, buckets of dye, and some serious abuse of those old undershirts that we were dying. I don’t know how you do that to a leather handbag, but based on the results, I don’t recommend that you try.
The Bulga De Beber Tote suffers from a serious bout of over-complication – not only does the bag have a lot going on by itself (front pockets, top handles, zippers, hardware, adornments), but the addition of the dye pattern makes it kind of hard to look at. To make the design, the leather is in all kinds of different pieces, completely breaking up any pattern the dye may have had at the beginning, and kind of missing the point of tie-dye to begin with. If the bag had been a simple, uncomplicated tote with no front pockets or zippers, they very well may have gotten away with it, in kind of a hippie chic way. As it is? Not so much. This bag, sadly, is a victim of overdesign. However, if you disagree, you can buy through Shop Bop for $720.
If you are anything like me, you believe you can never have enough pairs of jeans or enough functional yet fabulous handbags. I am really liking the Bulga Sako Tote right now. I know that there isn’t anything flashy or overly eye catching about the bag, but I love the idea that it is functional and has a little bit of flare. The goldtone hardware on top of the black pebbled leather works really well together. There are plenty of pockets and compartments to choose from. And, more than anything else, I am a fan of the fringed tasseled pulls. It is the little things that make me happy and these tassels definitely make me smile. I haven’t had a chance to see this bag in person, but another thing I like is that it doesn’t look too heavy. I hate heavy handbags. I don’t want to feel like I am getting a workout just because I have to lug around a heavy purse. I’ll leave my working out to when it is really time. You know, come to think of it, Bulga has been impressing me lately. I wrote about how pleased I was with the Bulga Tasia not too long ago and now this one. I think I am going to keep Bulga handbags on my radar. What about you? Buy through Bluefly for $443.
Don’t you just love it when one of your favorite colors is one of THE colors of a season? Since blue handbags and clothing have been seen everywhere, I’ve truly been a happy camper. Blue is definitely one of my favorite colors and I have been thrilled to see a variety of fashionable blue handbags. I was a little wary at first because it seems like you would really need the right hue so that the bag didn’t seem like a mess. I came across the Bulga Tasia and I was thrilled to see another blue bag success! The blue leather is simply a fabulous shade. However, I think the goldtoned hardware makes the bag look both distinguished and chic. The shoulder straps are rather wide which is a nice change and actually adds personality. All of the Bulga bags I’ve written about so far have all had studding in some way shape or form. And as much as I like studding, it is great to see a Bulga bag without it. The only thing I am not a total fan of is the price. I kind of think it is a little pricey for what you get, but you can buy through Zappos for $767.
There are some colors that I think can be used throughout the entire year. Sure, the color might really pop during one season more than another, but none-the-less, the color works year round. Add that fabulous color to a tote-worthy bag and I am a happy camper. The Bulga Janet Studded Bag fits into this category. The coral leather is gorgeous. But, I definitely think it was a combination of how soft the leather looks and the color of the bag that really caught my eye. The gold plated hardware and studding spice up the bag nicely. Maybe it is because I live in a tropical climate, but I don’t see a problem sporting this bag now or even during the winter. This color could brighten up even the gloomiest winter day. I almost forgot to mention it, but the zipper tab is adorned with the ever so popular fringe! Whether you are about to jump onto a motorcycle or head out for cocktails, this bag could totally work. Buy through Bluefly for $263.50.
I’ve always liked Bulga bags. It is probably due to a combination of the colors used, the inspiration behind the bags as well as the overall look and feel of each bag. I am sure there are a few out there I am not totally fond of, but the Bulga Large Studded Hobo Handbag isn’t one of them. I definitely like this bag. At first glance, the bag has a whimsical feel to it. This is probably due to the soft color of the bag, the bit of fringe and the gold hardware detailing. The bag certainly aligns with a bohemian look. And actually, this is the first Bulga bag I have seen that leans towards the bohemian side of things. But again, the smooth satin-blue leather is seamed and studded which clearly demonstrates the bohemian flare. Inside, the bag has colorful lining and a large zip pocket. I can see it now, a pair of jeans, a t-shirt, my hair worn down and a little sloppy, plus this bag… perfect! More than anything, doesn’t this bag just scream casual cool? I certainly think so. Sign me up! If you happen to agree, you can get your hands on this bag through Bag Borrow or Steal.