31 posts tagged with Woven

Gucci Hand-Painted Woven Leather Tote, $5900 via Net-a-Porter.

I bet you thought it was, didn’t you? I did. But as the name would indicate, the Gucci Hand-Painted Woven Leather Tote is made entirely of intricately laced and painstakingly painted leather to give the bag the summery look and subtle variation of your favorite well-worn leather tote. This bag follows in the estimable footsteps of Bottega Veneta, who first fooled us with its leather-as-straw bags last year. Unfortunately for those of you who might be looking for a deal, the Gucci version is also in the exact same mid-four-figures price range. (more…)

By now, everyone is well aware that Spring 2011 is all about mixing patterns and colors in order to come up with cheeful, slightly deranged ensembles, and for maximum insanity, you really should include your handbag in the fun. That could be accomplished by simply buying something bright and mixing it with lots of other bright pieces, of course, but picking up something like the Miu Miu Woven Leather Shoulder Bag, which uses lots of colors in and of itself, is a much more adventurous choice. And who doesn’t need a little adventure in their lives on a boring Tuesday? (more…)

I have a chartreuse leather Proenza Schouler wallet that I use daily and find absolutely indispensable, so if you’re looking for a relatively inexpensive (under $200, seriously) gift for yourself or your lucky, lucky friends this holiday season, I really cannot recommend the Proenza Schouler Mochila Wallet strongly enough. Introduce one of these little guys into your life. You’ll thank me. (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…)

When we discussed Badgley Mischka woven watersnake yesterday, I mentioned that Beirn makes a similar bag with a similar materiel. Lo and behold, what do I find on the OutNet today but three of the Beirn Jenna Woven Watersnake Totes in a cadre of primary colors. Normally these bags go for almost exactly the same price as yesterday’s tote, but because OutNet is a clearance site, you can bag all of them for around $200 each. For a big snakeskin tote, you’ll never be able to find a better price.

Buy through the OutNet for $203.

You may or may not have liked Fendi’s Spring 2011 handbag collection, but you can’t argue that it was what fashion industry people call “directional.” Instead of merely designing safe, pretty accessories, Fendi’s handbags gave us a new way to think about combining color, structure and texture.

Vogue.com chose this Fendi Multicolor Woven Clutch to illustrate spring’s colorblocking trend in its Accessories Blackbook, but upon close examination, the design is interesting for more than just its use of color. (more…)

Looking at the Bottega Veneta Snakeskin and Papier Elongated Knot Clutch makes it exceptionally clear to me why I’m a writer instead of a designer. Not only would I have never thought to combine purple-navy snakeskin and metallic green foil on a single clutch, but if someone had suggested it to me, I probably would have told them to think harder and come up with a better idea. As it turns out, the combination already looks pretty great. (more…)

We talked last week about the success of Poppy, Coach‘s super-girly line aimed at younger women whose tastes are slightly more, uh, boisterous than those of their traditional customers. It’s been a big success for the brand, which often is a gateway for teens into the world of designer accessories.

That doesn’t mean that Coach has forgotten its core customers, however. Bags like the Coach Kristen Woven Leather Clutch remind us all that just because a brand makes bags for teenagers or the logo-obsessed doesn’t also mean that they are incapable of making bags for sophisticated, stylish women – that’s exactly what this clutch is. (more…)

I wish with every fiber of my being that more online stores stocked vintage luxury bags. There’s something that I find so alluring about vintage – much of it, particularly those items made by luxury houses, has the feel of true exclusivity that even most high-end bags are missing these days.

Most of us know that almost everything we buy is made in factories, not by a talented artisan that cares about his work, and that makes luxury goods a bit less fun. With vintage, at least we can pretend that it was made by a guy named Francois in a picturesque workshop, diligently sewing bags while wearing a beret and smoking a hand-rolled cigarette. Or at least that’s what happens in my head. Perhaps Francois had a hand in the lovely Chanel Vintage Speedy Bag? I bet no one can prove to me that he didn’t – it’s vintage, after all. (more…)

I’ve been carrying my same purple Kooba bag for the past few weeks now. While usually I try and switch it up from time to time, I’ve been fixated on this color purple and haven’t been able to let it go. So, when this happens, I catch myself gravitating more and more towards other purple bags just like this Elliot Lucca Angeline Tote. The bag doesn’t scream “notice me” nor does it go without notice. (more…)

I can think of no better bag to talk about on a sunny, warm late April morning (side note – how did we already manage to get to late April??) that a cute straw clutch. Come to think of it, it’s also Friday – the first night of the weekend, and therefore the first night of the week that you’re likely to need a clutch by your side.

All that considered, the timing of the Anya Hindmarch Ipanema Straw Clutch couldn’t be better. It’s look may be just a hair too serious-summer to be worn yet in cooler climates, but down south where I am, we’ve had pool weather for at least the last month – you’d think it was already July. The more sunshine I see, the more I want something like this to carry around. (more…)

We all know how lovely the Bottega Veneta intrecciato woven bags are, but a lot of people feel like the brand’s simple good looks don’t fit their personal style. I can’t blame anyone for wanting something more, and while Bottega has been doing a fine job of mixing up their aesthetic recently, I’ve got a woven alternative for people that like something a little funkier.

The Vanessa Bruno Fringe Sack is full of bohemian texture and visual interest in a way that might be a little much for people that prefer Bottega’s more traditional bags, but it might be perfect for people that like to make a statement. I think that we all know, at this point, that a statement is what I prefer. (more…)

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