After seeing the full Gucci Spring 2014 Handbags collection, I instantly fell in love. However, like the our original review mentions, I also worried a bit about practicality. New York weather is not always in …
If you’ve had the chance to play with any Celine bags in person, you know just how drool-worthy (and just how expensive) they are. The brand does a particularly nice job with multicolored neutral bags, which is no small feat when you’re trying to create a unified aesthetic object that can function within a woman’s wardrobe. Usually, getting a look that sophisticated costs well into the four figures.
If you don’t want to pay that much for a bag that fits the clean, modern Celine look, check out the Furla Laila Belted Leather Shopper instead. Furla bags aren’t “cheap” by any stretch of the imagination, but at under $600, this option is far more palatable than the $1750 I just dropped on a Celine tote. (more…)
For the past couple of seasons, it has seemed as though Jimmy Choo has been a brand adrift. Caught somewhere between trying to appease its longtime customers and attempting to reach a new, younger audience with bags covered in patterns and studs and trims of various sorts, I’ve struggled at times to find something I like from Choo, a brand that has the resources and talent to be constantly churning out hits.
In that context, the Jimmy Choo Parker Shopper makes me feel strangely optimistic. This bag isn’t a continuation of a previously successful line (as so many of Choo’s simpler bags tend to be) and it’s not an unedited mishmash of visual elements intended to be “edgy.” Instead, it’s just functional and expensive-looking, which shouldn’t seem like such a massive revelation but sort of does anyway. (more…)
I don’t even like coral. Not the crusty sea structures – I’m sure those are perfectly lovely – but the color, most often associated with bad lipstick choices and tropically located retirees. Anything in the peach and orange family tends to make me run and hide because of my skin tone, but for the right accessory, I can deal with almost anything. Luckily, the Lanvin Pillow Shopper is exactly the right accessory.
A good bag or piece of clothing can make even an odd color choice seem brilliant, and the ubersoft lambskin for which Lanvin is so well known takes this bag to the next level. My only regret is that I can’t reach through the screen to touch it – I hope someone at Apple is working on that, Steve Jobs. Make sure to notify me when there’s an app for that. (more…)
The fact is that, while this is an adorable bag by my own standards (which tend towards all things that look like they could have been made by some country artisan) there’s a problem. The kitschy, corny respelling of the famous Brazilian beach town irks me, and I’m sure it does the same for fellow spelling enthusiasts.
The truth is that this Ipa-Nima Vivian Shopper should just take the name Ipanema and avoid any confusion. There’s no law against using city or state names as bag brands, is there? Rafe New York, anyone? (more…)
Kooba does particularly well by producing bags that are useful, functional, and chic in the most simple of ways. They always experiment with the lines on their handbags, whether they’re diagonal or vertical, thin, thick, or fluted. This Kooba Millie Vertical Shopper is probably the best example of that- the lines of the bag take center stage.
Rather than relying on studs or heavy hardware to make a spring statement, this shopper goes back to what classically makes a spring bag: the color. The vibrant turquoise is all you need to know that this bag is made for the days of beach balls and ice cream trucks. (more…)
Lest we all had forgetten after seeing one too many soft, wonderful Valentino bags, Dolce & Gabbana has a stark reminder for us: ruffles aren’t easy, man. Not when leather is involved.
The key to successful leather ruffles is to make them so light and airy that you forget that what you’re looking at is a thick, hardy material out of which they also make car interiors. The illusion is what’s important, and if the designer can’t take the materials and make something greater than the sum of its parts, then the whole design doesn’t work. Sadly, that’s the situation we find ourselves in with the Dolce & Gabbana Miss Heather Shopper. (more…)
Ever see a bag and know immediately that it’s one that you would use constantly and incorporate into your wardrobe effortlessly? Like its existence is just a little bit of handbag kismet that the Powers That Be most surely intended just for you? A match made in proverbial handbag heaven?
That’s exactly what the Be&D Woodstock Shopper Bag is for me. Surely they didn’t have me in mind when they designed it, but I’m going to satisfy my occasional delusions of grandeur and pretend that they did. And why not? They couldn’t have done any better if they had tried. (more…)
Sigh. Furla, why, oh why did you add that extra strap to this otherwise lovely bag? Honestly, there is no reason to attempt to make this bag a shoulder bag. It would look oh so much better as the nice shopper it was meant to be. The Furla Elisabeth Medium Shopper is one of those bags that was so close to hitting it out of the park until someone went and added a strap that really has no business being there. (more…)
If Monserat de Lucca continues producing handbags with such amazing, touchable and smooshy leather, I don’t know what I am going to do with myself. I covered the Monserat de Lucca Divina Clutch just a little bit ago and completely fell in love with it. Now, today I found yet another bag that I am completely adoring for many of the same reasons as the clutch. (more…)
Now this is something a bit different than what we would expect from Alexander Wang. I am not saying it is a complete surprise, but it is a bit different than what we’ve been accustom to lately. However what we are looking at here is nothing to shy away from – even if it is different than what we are used to. The Alexander Wang Jess Small Shopper is a bag that I would not only be happy to carry but would also absolutely love to carry. (more…)