7 posts tagged with Convertible

It was always about this time during the fall semester that I would start getting irritated with my school bag. Class had been in for six weeks, the first round of tests and papers were done, and things inside my tote bag were looking a mess. I always just carried my laptop and whatever paperback books I needed for my lit classes, so when tests and papers were graded and returned, my bag turned into a nest of crumpled assignments with a stray, empty bottle of Diet Coke here and there, and I would start thinking that it was time for a new bag.

It wasn’t really time for a new bag, it was just time for me to start carrying a folder to put stuff in and throwing away my empty drink bottle at the end of class, but that never occurred to me until after I graduated. If I was still in school now, I’d have my eye on something like the IRO Boker Bag. (more…)

I’m not a big suede fan. It looks kind of dated and at times kind of cheap, and because of the texture, it gets dirty oh-so-quickly. I’ve never seriously considered buying a suede bag, and I doubt that I will any time soon. It’s not part of my personal style.

But someone’s got to be buying them, because people keep making them. And if you’re in the market for suede, the Furla Elisabeth Camoscio/Croco Hobo might just be a great bet. (more…)

Generally, we try to write about a bag only once, but we sometimes have to go back and reevaluate what we’ve said when new information becomes available. It’s our duty as handbag journalists!

And one of the most important things when looking at bags online is the number and quality of photos available. Since ShopBop redesigned their website a few months ago, their photos have gotten larger, more detailed and more numerous, and that only benefits all of us out here trying to decide on which bag to buy, sight unseen. And the new bags certainly do a lot of favors for the Jerome Dreyfuss Billy Bag. (more…)

Once upon a time, in the 1980s, MCM was, like, a thing. Or at least that’s what I gather – I was still wearing diapers for much of that time period. They seemed to be fond of making logo-covered fabric bags, which were so obviously recognizable that they became easily dated when they went out of style.

Well, MCM is back with a new look, and it has nothing to do with their 80s logo’d messes. They’re collaborating with new designers to update their image, and the MCM Giornio Tote, designed by Marc Jacobs alum and Gryson owner Joy Gryson, is a strong statement of modernity. (more…)

I’ll be the first to say that I can appreciate when a designer does something a little weird. If no one ever went off the beaten path, we’d never have any new trends to look for and fawn over, and it’d be much harder for me to find stuff to write about every day. So, on both an artistic and practical level, I like a little eccentricity in my day.

But often, the weirdness just doesn’t work. The handle structure of the Cynthia Vincent Fairfax Convertible Tote is really throwing me for a loop. (more…)

Versatility: a good thing! On the surface, at least.

At times, handbags striving to be useful in as many ways as possibly totally fail at being genuinely useful in any of them. You get quantity over quality, and design elements get muddled and altered in ways that aren’t entirely adherent to the idea that good design should have focus and purpose. Does the Olivia Harris Three-In-One Shoulder Bag succeed in any of the things that it intends to do, or does it miss the forest for the trees? You’re going to have to click to find out. (more…)

I’ve always been a big fan of black. When I was 5, I embarrassed my parents at my kindergarten entrance interview by telling the school counselor that my favorite color was black (apparently the counselor found that a little odd for a little girl). It still ranks pretty high on my list of favorites, and I’ve enjoyed seeing all the black bags that have been coming out for fall (it’s easily the season’s most prominent trend). But sometimes it’s nice to have a palate cleanser in between courses – the juxtaposition helps you appreciate what you’re getting. And what’s a better palate cleanser for somber black leather than glossy hot pink?

Dolce & Gabanna Miss Sicily Convertible Bag

Which is exactly what the Dolce & Gabanna Miss Sicily Convertible Bag is. The structure of the bag combined with the bright color reads a bit, uh, mature to me, but it’s hard to hate on a bag that’s so relentlessly cheerful in the face of trends that are so strongly the opposite. I don’t love it and probably wouldn’t buy it or wear it, but I can appreciate it for what it is and what it’s trying to do. Buy through Saks for $1695.

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