17 posts tagged with Drawstring

Once you’ve formed an opinion about a brand or designer, it can be incredibly hard to shake. To me, Dooney & Bourke will always bring about mental images of sickeningly sweet pink bags that some of my high school classmates carried; that was my first impression, and first impressions have a reputation of importance for a reason.

As a result, every time I see something like the Dooney & Bourke Grommet Drawstring Shopper, I’m a bit taken aback. Not only is this bag attractive and functional, but it’s reasonably priced and totally appropriate for a grown woman. And the leather? The leather looks amazing. Why can’t brands that make more expensive bags use leather that looks this nice? (more…)

Beyond the aesthetic issues I have with so-called “ethnic” or “tribal” fashion, I also have ethical problems with the trend. Fashion tends to take visual cues from a whole spectrum of influences without always stopping to think what kind of attitudes or problems it may be tacitly endorsing by glorifying a particular look, and ripping off indigenously sourced materials and patterns without providing any kind of benefit to the people who created them or the culture from which they come is among the least attractive practices in modern fashion.

Fetishizing and caricaturizing cultures that have been blighted by Western influences is offensive; instead, indigenous societies deserve respect and understanding. Luckily, people like the Wayuu Taya Foundation are working to bring the trends and the cultures that produced them together in order to sate fashionable desires as well as enrich the groups whose lives have inspired the trends. (more…)

If you’ll think back with me to the mid-2000s, to a time when Chloé was releasing Paddingtons with giant bedazzled locks and people were snapping them up left and right, it might seem odd that Chloé Fall 2010 is so…minimalist. Spare, even. But in the past five years, as economic and social conditions have changed across the globe, so have tastes. Many critics are hailing this collection and those like it as the antidote to “It Bag” fatigue.

But if these bags become widely popular, are they not still It Bags, just repackaged to fit current trends? That’s probably a question that fashion marketing pros hope you won’t ask, but either way, a return to classic shapes and colors will likely be welcomed by many. Me? I’m a little bored. We have bigger photos after the jump – let us know what you think. (more…)

If you think that drawstring bags are too trendy and youth-focused to be relevant to your day-to-day style, the Donna Karan Metro Bags is here to prove you wrong. It’s current and stylish without being too obviously trend-driven, which is the perfect combination for an everyday bag. (more…)


Some of you know that I’ve been searching high and low for the right minibag for what seems like months now, and it always seems like there’s something wrong with all the ones that I find – they’re too little or too big, they cost too much or way too much, they’re too traditional or too bohemian. I review handbags for a living, so I’m good at finding fault and not quite as good at finding something that I totally love, without reservation.

Well, I found it: I’m head over heels for the Olivia Harris Baby Ball Bag, and I very much intend to order one. (more…)

Get ready for a surprise, y’all – I actually quite like the Juicy Couture Lady Lock Lolita bag. It’s functional. It’s not over-designed. There aren’t a bunch of extra flaps and pockets and locks and tassels stuck on the front. It’s reasonably attractive, and also, reasonably priced! It has a wealth of charms, really, and it’s not often that I say such things about a Juicy Couture bag.

Despite all of that, there is one element of this bag that’s making me really angry – it seems to be the goal of Juicy’s accessories designers to make that vein in my head pop out as often as possible. Go ahead, try to guess what it is. I’ll wait. If you guessed “the superfluous drawstring closure,” then you were correct! Give yourself a pat on the back. (more…)

We’re all told from a young age that we shouldn’t judge books by their covers, but how many of us manage to make a good-faith effort to follow that advice? I know that I’m guilty of it, even as a writer myself – we all like a pretty picture. The problem with pictures, however, is that they don’t give you the whole story. I know for a fact that most of the ones that I’ve seen of the Alexander Wang Diego Bucket bag didn’t paint an accurate picture of how I would feel about the bag in person.

In photos, I hated it. In fact, I kind of hate it in the photo we’ve got here – it looks shapeless and busy, like you’d have an impossible time trying to figure out how to get in and out of it. I thought it lacked the simple elegance that Wang’s Rocco duffel has, and that it was surely a rare miscue for the young designer. And then I saw it in person. (more…)

We all know that drawstring bucket bags are a huge trend for spring and summer, so we thought we would examine the bag that created the genre: the Louis Vuitton Noe Bag. More specifically, let’s talk about the style and function of the Louis Vuitton Epi Petite Noe.

As with many other iconic bags, the Noe was created with a specific purpose in mind: carrying a bottle of champagne. The design debuted in 1932, and it eventually expanded beyond its original purpose to become the popular shoulder bag that we know today. Drawstring bags had their first burst of mainstream popularity in the 80s, and just like everything else from that decade, they’ve become popular once again. (more…)

The more I look at Botkier‘s spring line, the more I love it. Every time I think I’ve decided what my favorite bag from the collection is, something else comes along and tickles my fancy, and I have to start planning new outfits in my head around it. Today, the bag getting the imaginary stylist treatment is the Botkier Rivington Shoulder Bag.

I like this bag for a few reasons. First, just look at how soft the leather is. I don’t think I should need to explain myself any further. Second, it fits the new drawstring trend perfectly without being a full-on 80s throwback that you won’t be able to wear once the style becomes passé again. Third, it’s black, and we all know how much I love black. (more…)

Holy studding batman! Leave it to Marc Jacobs to take a trend and push it to the complete extreme. He and his design team have an idea and completely commit to it. And the thing is, this commitment usually results in a bag that really has a purpose. This bag is exactly what I am talking about. The Marc by Marc Jacobs Party Girl Pixie is a lot to take in, but once you do, there is a good chance you might find yourself liking it! (more…)

It seems that See By Chloé is continuing to tread in elegance, as evidenced by this See by Chloé Slouchy Drawstring Crossbody Bag. The cincher for me. though, wasn’t the shape or the thick, fun tassel, but the color. It’s ink- a blue made for the depths of the ocean. It’s subtle, sophisticated, and off the beaten track of black bags- though you can purchase the bag in black as well.

The shape is also pretty genius, emulating the slouchy silhouette and polished gold accents of the See By Chloé Grasshopper Crossbody Bag. And the flap- oh, I adore this strong, interestingly shaped flap. Rather than a traditional flap, it tapers from round to square, and the thick seam around the edge magnifies the shape. The triangular zippers offset the flap perfectly. (more…)

Well hidee ho, look at this precious little bag. I had to give Marc Jacobs a virtual high five as soon as I laid eyes on this beauty. Let me start off by saying, I am not really one to be drawn to drawstring bags like this. Typically, these bags remind me of something a magician would use. You know, those kinds of bags that are filled with goodies, poker-esque chips or even, a rabbit? Well not this one. (more…)

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