4 posts tagged with shop bop

Antik Batik Kassi Cross Body BagShopbop describes Antik Batik as having a “nomad luxe” style. Looking at the Antik Batik Cassi Cross Body Bag, that description totally rings true. Fringes, after all, were used in the costumes of many Native American nomads. Normally fringes bags have a bohemian look to them, a bit of a careless, unfinished fashion. But this bag is much different.

The smoothness of the black leather is such that it resembles satin, and rather than looking rough, the long braided strap is delicately fragile. The jumble of beads and sequins on the front flap is the best part. It fancies up the bag, bringing it from just a black fringed bag to a black fringed bag suitable for evening. Plus, it adds more than a smidgen of cool to any outfit; especially if you are planning on rocking light wash denim or open-toed booties. Not to mention it would look oh-so-effortless dangling off the shoulder, paired with a 20’s style straight-lined dress. It’s a bag that crosses the times, don’t you think? Buy through Shopbop for $325.

Mad Imports Tusk Nairobi BagWe’ve featured a few bags by Mad Imports, and they have done it again with this awesome Mad Imports Tusk Nairobi Handbag. Mad Imports is a one-of-a-kind handbag brand; they collaborate with artisans in Madagascar and Kenya, making handbags from only renewable materials. Furthermore, founder Laurel Brandstetter helps promote economic independence in poverty-stricken families by doing so.

This bag is so unique. It’s not like many organic items, which are carefully branded in order to emulate “the real thing,” or the un-organic product. No, this bag has a rough edge, but that roughness makes it interesting and noticeable. The bag is made of wool and sisal, an agave that yields a fibrous yarn, which meshes nicely with the white bone beads on the suede strap. The whole effect is utterly special, informal and chic at once. I’m personally really into organic things, but I’ve never brought that interest into clothing and handbags: maybe it’s about time I did. Buy through Shopbop for $100.

Jerome Dreyfuss Didier Convertible Backpack Tote I immediately thought of Indiana Jones (Jane?) when I saw this convertible tote. Not him, really, but his rugged style- he always looks as though he’s ready to jump off a green army truck into some desert to fight some bad guys. Anyways, that is what I thought of while looking at this Jerome Dreyfuss Didier Convertible Backpack/Tote. There are both good and bad aspects to this bag.

I switched from carrying a backpack to using a tote for books when I went to college (late, I know) and I still remember how much lighter my load seemed in a backpack. This bag provides that functionality. Not carrying much? Use it at a tote. Suddenly you have to bring your computer and a bunch of books and papers across town? Simple, use it as a backpack. But on the down side, it’s Indiana Jones-y (not in a cute rugged kind of way, but in a real rugged kind of way). And unless you’re rockin’ that kind of safari attire, I think this looks a little rough to wear with summer wedges. Study abroad in Egypt, perhaps? Was $1095, but get it now through ShopBop for $766.50.

I’m not going to lie, I could look at ShopBop all day. They have endless amounts of absolutely gorgeous…stuff. They have both super-recognizable (Marc by Marc Jacobs) and indie (Vena Cava) designers, and items that are both wardrobe staples and extremely special pieces. And honey, when they have a sale, they HAVE A SALE.

As many on the forum have noted, they’ve recently taken lots of new markdowns, and for someone that doesn’t spend such copious amounts of time on their site as I do, wading through the enormous number of offerings must be kind of overwhelming. Fear not, fair shopper – Amanda is here to break down their best offerings, both handbags and (gasp) other fashionable items.

Marc by Marc Jacobs Cotton Pique Jacket
Marc by Marc Jacobs Cotton Pique Jacket | was $498 now $348
This black cotton jacket is in a classic, wearable shape with absolutely adorable white piping around the collar, pockets, and seams. A great fall jacket (or, for those of us that live in a world with no real winter, a great jacket for the 3 months of the year that you can’t wear flip flops). (more…)