If you thought that holographic and other color-shifting leather treatments would be an early-2013 flash in the pan, think again. The trend, which got going in earnest for Resort 2013 (so, in mid-2012, when those …
I was talking to my friend Tanya the other day about her next handbag purchase, and the subject of patent vs. regular leather came up. Patent’s having a huge moment right now, with everyone from 3.1 Phillip Lim to Chloe remaking some of their most successful designs in the stiff, glossy material, but the look isn’t for everyone or every design, no matter how hard brands try to make us think it is. The perfect example: The Chloe Madeline Satchel. (more…)
For some reason, Louis Vuitton hits it out of the park for Valentine’s Day better than any other brand this side of Cartier. (Not that Cartier does anything in particular for the holiday, but, you …
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Marc Jacobs Cosmic Croc Embossed Leather Tote, $1995 via Net-a-Porter
I’ve been visiting my family in Atlanta for the last week, and because of the relatively temperate weather we’ve been having the South, I’m having a hard time remembering that the intense part of winter has yet to come. I haven’t worn a coat of any kind for seven full days. It’s sunny and shiny and happy outside. Snow? What’s snow? I’ve never heard of snow.
That being said, that’s probably why I looked at the Marc Jacobs Cosmic Croc Embossed Leather Tote and thought, “Oh, how perfect to take on a swanky resort vacation or pair with a sundress or, you know, whatever as long as the weather’s warm!” Except that the weather isn’t going to be warm for, like, four or five months. Sigh. (more…)
Alexander Wang Devere Shoulder Bag, $855 via Net-a-Porter
Obviously, we believe in the power of pictures. Our entire business model is based on them, and the right photo actually is worth a thousand words – or, in the case of a high-end handbag, a thousand dollars. Sometimes, though, with some bags, a picture doesn’t tell the entire story. When I finally saw the Alexander Wang Devere Shoulder Bag in person, I realized that perhaps I had judged it too harshly. When looking at it face-to-face, it turns out that I totally love it. (more…)
I don’t mention it much in these parts, but I’m a big, enormous vintage fan. At a certain point, I think I hit a wall with regular shopping – I felt like I had seen everything before it hit stores, so once it was there, I was often underwhelmed and ready for something different. The curse of working in the fashion industry, eh? Which is why so many fashion girls are unrepentant vintage hounds; it’s the final frontier of clothing consumerism, where only those with the best eye will survive.
Vintage handbags still don’t have much of a draw for me because utilitarian leather items tend to degrade a great deal over time, which is where items with a heavy retro influence like the Valentino Laser Cut Patent Evening Bag come in. It’s the kind of thing I’d find in a second-hand shop and dearly love, except his one is brand new and totally pristine. (more…)
Easily the best part of my job is that we often get a chance to go visit showrooms and see lots and lots of lovely bags that haven’t quite made it to store shelves yet. Last week we were lucky enough to meet the couple behind Meredith Wendell, and while getting acquainted with several of the brand’s upcoming collections, the Meredith Wendell Fishbowl Shoulder Bags jumped out at me immediately. I couldn’t be happier that they popped up on Net-a-Porter over the weekend. (more…)
There are plenty of brands known for bags that make disappointing shoes (and vice versa, certainly), so it’s no small feat when a company takes its footwear and successfully uses it as an inspiration for handbags. And yet, that’s just what Tod’s has done with the Tod’s Signature Collection. The bags’ embossed pattern is an ode to the texture that forms the bottom of the company’s famous driving shoes, and it gives the brand what it’s been lacking: A logo bag of sorts. (more…)
We all know that Christian Louboutin has the footwear world on lock, but the stiletto master’s results in the handbag world sometimes don’t have the aesthetic consistency of his shoes. Translating success in one design realm to success in another can be difficult, so creating a clutch that appeals directly to the hearts of those who already love Louboutin’s shoes is a great way to turn footwear customers into potential handbag customers. But this design goes even a bit further than that; the Christian Louboutin Pigalle Clutch takes what should be a novelty and elevates the sophistication level to make this clutch something truly impressive. (more…)
We all know that I tend to be a little tough on Versace, but it comes from a place of love. (Usually.) The brand has a great and utterly glamourous history, and with the right people in place, it could be a source of lovely bags and shoes that would make us all sublimely happy. The company has struggled in recent years, but lately I’ve noticed a significant uptick in the look of its accessories. For example, the Versace Patent Flap Shoulder Bag is a functional piece that doesn’t take itself too seriously.
The squiggly red lines reminded me of the work of 80s pop artist and social activist Keith Haring on first glance, and although I don’t know for a fact that Haring’s work has anything to do with this particular bag, it would be particularly fitting if there were some connection. Haring’s 80s heyday was marked by an artistic output featuring bold shapes and bright colors, and much the same could be said for Versace as a brand. (more…)
I often wish that more of my favorite contemporary labels would launch handbag lines, particularly those like Milly that have a very strong stylistic point of view. Luckily, Milly has done just that for Spring 2011 with a collection of reasonably priced bags that reflect its refined-but-beachy look for spring.
Among my favorites so far is the Milly Perforated Patent Satchel, which fit’s the brand’s image to a tee. Milly tends to skew less urban than other contemporary labels, and this structured but still fun bag strikes the right note for the brand. When launching a new handbag line, getting the tone right is often the most difficult part, and I think that the company has done well getting the bags in line with its aesthetic. (more…)
Style.com just posted this exclusive Proenza Schouler promotional video to mark the launch of the much-anticipated patent leather version of the brand’s must-have PS1 satchel, and although it’s shot through a grainy vintage camcorder and perhaps slightly Dadaist in its copious oddity, we recommend you take a look and cringe together with us when they cut to the shot of a beautiful, lonely PS1 partly submerged in water.