Today marks the beginning of what we call PurseBlog Summer Break, in which the team takes a few days to relax before fall kicks into high gear and we all run around like crazy people at New York Fashion Week. That means you won't see quite as many new posts per day as you normally do, but we've got some fun stuff in store for you nonetheless.
First up: now seems like as good a time as any to do a heat check on what's happening with the handbag market. As you're gearing up for fall and planning your purchases, keep the ten bags below in mind if you're looking for something very of-the-moment. Which bag is at the top of your list?
Chloé Drew Bag
$1,650 via Net-a-Porter
Right now, the Chloé Drew has the most momentum of any bag on the premier designer market. Whether Chloé can sustain that for the immediate future with new colors and embellishments will be the real test.
Chanel Boy Bag
The Boy Bag has been hot for a few years now and shows no signs of cooling off any time soon.
Fendi Peekaboo Bag
$1,550 via Nordstrom
Love it or hate it, the tiny version of the Peekaboo launched an entire genre of bags and sells briskly in a rainbow of colors.
Christian Dior Diorama Bag
The Diorama was exactly the kind of bag Dior needed in order to woo a more casual, less ladylike (and therefore broader) audience, and so far, it's been wildly successful.
Mansur Gavriel Lady Bag
$1,195 via Barneys
Many industry watchers were curious to see whether or not Mansur Gavriel would hit a sophomore slump with their follow-up to the enormously popular Bucket Bag, but the new Lady Bag is shaping up to be just as popular (and just as impossible to find).
Gucci Dionysus Bag
$2,100 via Gucci
This is the first big release from Gucci's new creative director Alessandro Michele, and we're pretty curious to see all the different materials and versions it will come in. It harkens back to the brand's Tom Ford heyday, don't you think?
Louis Vuitton Twist Bag
$3,550 via Louis Vuitton
Louis Vuitton is arguably the most important handbag brand in the world. (It's certainly the biggest.) Any notable big bag push from the brand could qualify for this list, and the Twist is starting to pick up momentum among the cool girls that Vuitton wants to court.
Saint Laurent Sac de Jour Bag
$2,990 via Nordstrom
It seems like every famous person on Earth owns and carries this bag, and that much time in front of paparazzi cameras certainly generates a bag with a lot of buzz.
Givenchy Nightingale Bag
$2,190 via Neiman Marcus
The Nightingale has been around for a long time, but instead of phasing it out and introducing a new bag, like most brands likely would have, Givenchy gave the design a makeover. The simplified lines and more modern feel of the new version will likely grace a lot of celebrity arms come fall. (Kim Kardashian was the first person seen with it, natch.)
Prada Inside Bag
$3,050 via Bergdorf Goodman
Few bags get a debut writeup in the Wall Street Journal, but this isn't just any bag. Prada is betting a lot on the Inside, and now that it's available in stores, we're waiting not-so-patiently to see what will happen.