7 posts tagged with Dior handbags

When I think of Christian Dior, all I see is Charlize Theron stripping down and all I hear is her voice softly and seductively saying “J’adore Dior”. The brand is known for its long history and timeless aesthetic. And with the re-opening of their store in Shanghai, Dior has decided to create an exclusive and limited edition selection of items.

Christian Dior’s boutique at Plaza 66 in Shanghai, China will re-open this May. With the reopening, Dior has decided to launch a limited edition selection of iconic pieces from the house in Dior blue. These pieces will be sold exclusively at their Shanghai store, which means many of us will never be able to buy them. This launch coincides with the World Expo and the Dior Cruise 2011 fashion show being held in Shanghai on May 15th. (more…)

I’ve never been an overwhelming fan of Dior handbags, and I’m not sure why. Maybe it’s because a lot of them are structured and I like slouch, maybe it’s just because I can’t afford them and therefore convince myself I don’t like them. Who knows? But I do know that Dior almost, ALMOST has me on board with the Dior Le Trente Drawstring Tote.

Dior Le Trente Drawstring Tote

It’s slouchy. It’s ruffly. It has chain handles. The leather looks super soft and touchable. But something is bothering me just a bit…too many ruffles? It might be the handles…do they seem a tad too close together to anyone else? I think that is the problem I’m having – when handles are set that close, it’s really hard swing a bag over your shoulder. Also, they don’t seem to coordinate with the proportion of the bag – it’s an east/west style, yet the handles are constructed like they’re for a north/south tote. If each side was just set an inch and a half closer to the outer edges of the bag, this one might be perfect. As it stands, it’s still pretty cool. Anyone seen us it in person that can comment? Buy through Saks for $1950.

Dior Diorita Contrast Twist Medium HoboI don’t particularly like the end-result look of the Dior Diorita Contrast Twist Medium Hobo, but I love the bag on principle. The more I look at handbags, the more clear it becomes that some designers are getting a little lazy with their products – a simple leather bag with a designers name on it does not a fabulous bag make. I’m not a huge Dior fan, but I can certainly appreciate the intricate work that went in to making this bag in particular. At first, at a distance, I thought the bag was made of woven straw, and I was ready to come here and declare my irritation at being charged upwards of two grand for a straw bag. But it’s not straw, and the way they worked the leather is pretty interesting to look at. I’m thinking that at least a good portion of that work had to be done by hand, and that’s no small feat for a mass-produced bag (which, let’s face it, this is). So thank you to the folks at Dior who are still paying attention to the details when charging us out the nose for their bags. At least I feel like I’m getting something in return. Buy through eLuxury for $2500.

Dior 61 Croc-Stamped ToteForever 21 Stone Quilt Tote

We here at Purse Blog encounter a lot of bags every day – expensive ones, cheap ones, pretty ones, ugly ones. And then, sometimes, we encounter those that look just like ones that we’ve already encountered elsewhere. And, to a certain extent, you have to let it go. There are only so many ways to design a strap or attach a buckle, and when designer bags set so many of the overall bag trends, you’re going to see similar bags all over the place, and that’s not necessarily the cheaper brands’ fault. They have to follow the trends that their customers want to buy, which leaves them with few choices. They CAN choose, however, to not copy a brand’s design detail for detail, which is apparently not the choice that Forever 21‘s “designers” made when they copied their Stone Quilted Tote inch for inch from the beautiful Dior 61 Croc-Stamped Tote. We normally ignore the copies, but I think this instance is a good reminder of why exactly it is we love designer bags – the Dior tote shows such an obvious precision and attention to detail, even in these small photos, when compared to the cheap copy that the craftsmanship is clear. No one would ever mistake one for the other, despite Forever 21’s best efforts.

Why? Seriously, that is all I keep thinking when I look at this bag. And, I’m not even talking about the price… yet. I’m just going to start off by saying, the Dior Samourai 1947 Woven Bag is a definite no-go for me. I am sure that hours of work go into putting this bag together, but, it’s just not working for me. The textural grained leather woven together like a basket looks way too busy. Now, add the leather handles with tie detailing and serpent ring attachments and you’ve got yourself a bag worthy of a headache. The other thing that bothers me about this bag is that the leather doesn’t even look soft. Beyond that the handles appear to be practically painful. I mean look at the handles, doesn’t it seem like if you were to go and grab the bag as you run out the door that there is a good chance you would scratch yourself? In the end, this bag is far too ornate for me. There are plenty of other Dior handbags I would consider buying before this one. And I hope you are ready for this, you would need to put down quite a few of your precious pennies in order to take this bag home with you. If you can pull of this bag, go for it, but it’s not for me. Buy through eLuxury for $3,900.

It is official. Today is the first day of Fall. As much as I love cooler weather, changing leaves and Fall activities, I am always sad to see Summer go. Ok, sure, I live in South Florida so it’s not like the seasonal change is very noticeable, but having lived up North for 8 years, I can relate. When I came across the Dior Circles Printed Tote I realized how much I hate saying goodbye to Summer. The tote reminds me of a weekend at the beach. Both are bright, fun and care-free. This is definitely the kind of tote I would throw sunblock, a bottle of water, sunglasses and a book into as I head to the beach. I really enjoy the geometrically inspired design of the tote which is then accented with Dior charms. Cotton lining ensures that even a little sand won’t completely ruin the bag. I know, this would be a pretty expensive beach bag, but sometimes a splurge is necessary. The other thing I like is that the color of the design is the kind of shade that could be worn in the Fall. And of course, for all of you out there who live in tropical climates, you can carry this bag year-round. What’s the verdict, is it a tote you would buy now as we enter Fall or has it’s season passed? Buy through Saks for $1,090.00.


Dior Small Babe Shopper

To wear white or to not wear white (after Labor Day), that is the question. I think we all remember growing up and hearing our mothers tell us that white should not be worn after Labor Day. With Labor Day weekend upon us, I figured, why not pose the question yet again. See, I have a super cute pair of white jeans I bought earlier this Summer and I would absolutely love to keep wearing them will a “Fall appropriate” top, but maybe I shouldn’t. And I am sure you’ve noticed all the white sunglasses around this year. Sidebar – I love white sunglasses and I hope they aren’t just a fad. So, when I came across this gorgeous white Dior Small Babe Shopper, I couldn’t help to wonder if I would be shunned if I bought it now and tried to sport it this Fall/Winter.

As you might notice, I am desperately trying to justify going against what my mom always told me and not only wear but also buy white items after Labor Day. I hear conflicting opinions all the time, but this handbag might just be enough to get me to break a (previous?) fashion rule. Dior completely hit a home run here. I love the white gently pleated Italian leather and metal hinged handles. And guess what else… there is a detachable clutch!!! That’s right, two handbags for the price one. Sure, the price is on the high side, but I feel it is definitely worth splurging for! So, *is* white a no-no after Labor Day? You can buy this fabulous bag through Saks for $2,290.

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