So, tell me something, do you own as many wallets as you do handbags? Well, perhaps you won’t own just as many, but are you someone who switches up your wallets just as much as you switch up your handbags? Sadly, I am not. I tend to have one or two wallets that I work with and rotate in and out of my favorite bags. However, I do find myself coming across more and more wallets that make me want to change my previous practice. (more…)
I’m a big fan and supporter of The Cheap Clutch. It has an important role in my life and takes up a sizable portion of my bag collection. The Cheap Clutches are the go-to bags when you may or may not be heading to a bar or club of somewhat ill repute, which is to say, someplace where the bartenders aren’t fastidious about wiping up the spilled vodka and cranberry before you put down your bag.
In those situations (and in those establishments), only The Cheap Clutch will do. I could never stomach the thought of taking a bag that cost more than $200 out at night when I knew I was going to a bar or club, because I’m simply not willing to put myself in the position to ruin something that I spent that much money on. That’s where something like the TopShop Zip Detail Clutch comes in. (more…)
I have become increasingly pleased with Jack Rabbit handbags. This past year has really turned my head a bit. At first, I thought some of the designs were flawed and stopped short of a finished product. Yet, as soon as I started thinking that way, this designer made me think again. I completely embraced the Jack Rabbit Collection Twilight Messenger Bag and now I think I’ve found another bag I really enjoy. (more…)
You know, I’ve become spoiled. Vlad takes such amazing pictures when he works on Shutterbags that I’ve turned into an image snob. Well, I don’t want to say I am too snobby, but sometimes I look at these stock images that huge retail stores offer and I feel a bit sad. Some of these images just don’t do the bag the justice that it deserves. Case in point, this Matt & Nat Hendrix Zipper Crossbody Bag.
I actually had the chance to see this bag in person when I stopped into a Bloomie’s the other day and it looks so much better in person than in these pictures. So, if you are ready to dismiss it, I’d say, don’t do that… not quite yet. (more…)
Bally isn’t a brand that we often mention here. Sure, they make nice handbags. But so do a lot of people, and in the past, I’ve had a hard time finding Bally handbags that I have something to say about either way. Sometimes ugliness isn’t the worst sin; sometimes, it’s worse to be utterly unremarkable.
What isn’t ugly or unremarkable, though, is the Bally Multi Zip Hobo. In fact, this bag is quite well-done and executed nicely. We’ve seen plenty of bags over the past few months that use zippers as a decorative feature instead of just a functional attribute of necessity. The idea is particularly brilliant – not only is it visually stimulating, but it’s a fun play on the expected structure and construction of a handbag and the role that all the parts play. This Bally hobo pulls it off in a particularly sophisticated way – smooth, rich-looking strips of black leather separated by industrial silver zippers. Perfect. Buy through Luisa Via Roma for $1774.