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Dolce & Gabbana’s Latest Crop of Clutches are Ultra-Embellished Beauties

Dolce & Gabbana’s Latest Crop of Clutches are Ultra-Embellished Beauties

Traditionally, Dolce & Gabbana is not a go-to source of ultra-formal, ultra-expensive clutches; the brand has generally focused on day bags in the past, with a few evening options here and there. The Dolce woman is one with a lot of events to attend, though, and now the brand is turning out party bags to go along with its party clothes.

The line, centered on the frame-top Vanda Clutch, is ultra-embellished, incredibly detailed and just as expensive as those descriptors often indicate. Right now, prices top out at seven grand for a lattice version covered in enamel flowers, and the piece actually feels special enough to command that price tag. That’s no easy feat, but if you don’t believe me, check out the evidence below.

The Many Bags of The Mr. Bones Halloween Pumpkin Patch, 2014 Edition

The Many Bags of The Mr. Bones Halloween Pumpkin Patch, 2014 Edition

Perhaps no holiday affords us better handbag watching than Halloween. Every year, for the entirety of October, celebrities descend on the Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch in Los Angeles to partake in the fall festivities and pick up some decorations for their homes. Many even come without kids–it’s become an excellent place to see and be seen, and there are plenty of paparazzi outside. Below, check out who bought pumpkins this year and what they carried their wallets in.

Givenchy Introduces Magnolia-Print Floral Bags for Resort 2015

Givenchy Introduces Magnolia-Print Floral Bags for Resort 2015

I mentioned last week that a set of new Givenchy floral bags had been added to and then promptly removed from Bergdorf Goodman’s website, but now they’re back, ostensibly for good. The print, new for Resort 2015 and hot on the heels of Givenchy’s super-popular camofloral, is dotted with magnolia blossoms and butterflies.

For now, the print is available on a standard leather Pandora, an Antigona tote and a nylon backpack, but based on the runaway success of the Givenchy’s recent prints, these are probably just the beginning.

Want It Wednesday: Warm Fall Sweaters and Sweatshirts

Want It Wednesday: Warm Fall Sweaters and Sweatshirts

We’re still getting a warm afternoon here and there in NYC, but pretty soon those are going to be gone. As it is, sweater weather has arguably already arrived, as it certainly has for many of you, and nubby knits and comfy sweats are primary on our shopping lists. They’re also front-and-center in this week’s edition of Want It Wednesday.

A Closer Look at Coach’s Spring 2015 Bags and Accessories

A Closer Look at Coach’s Spring 2015 Bags and Accessories

We’re always interested in what’s going on at Coach. The brand occupies an important spot in the American accessories market, and its visibility to consumers across demographics means that Coach is often a consumer’s first introduction to the concept of luxury bags, and the moves that the brand makes can color many aspirational consumers’ perceptions of the industry as a whole. We brought you a first look at Coach’s Spring 2015 bags as soon as they debuted on the runway, and now we’ve got even more to show you.

The handbags look even stronger when isolated than they did styled on the runway as part of Stuart Vevers’ second collection for the brand. On their own, it’s easy to imagine these bags fulfilling a variety of wardrobe requirements for stylish women at a lot of different stages in life. The collection’s marquee new shape, the aptly named Swagger Satchel, should be particularly versatile in everything from mini-sized metallics to subtle, slouchy pastel leather.

Take a look at our exclusive photos from inside the Coach showroom below. Are you excited for this collection?

YOOX Coupon Code October 2014

YOOX Coupon Code October 2014Another day, another exciting coupon code to fill you in on. Now through November 2, you can take 25% a selection of skirts and pants, 20% off a selection of tops, shirts and sweaters and 15% off a selection of shoes, handbags and accessories. All you have to do is enter code YOOXREMIX at checkout! On top of YOOX’s existing discounts, that’s a pretty sweet deal.

Shop Up to 25% Off at YOOX Now!

Boostcase Has Finally Made an iPhone Charging Case That’s Not Ugly

Boostcase Has Finally Made an iPhone Charging Case That’s Not Ugly

A perpetually near-death iPhone battery is one of those mundane problems of modern life for which we haven’t quite invented the perfect solution. Desire for thin, light and powerful phones has outpaced battery technology, and the best way to combat it if you use your phone frequently is to use a charger case, but the bulk means most of them are ugly. The soon-to-debut Boostcase Hybrid Exotic iPhone Charging Cases are easily the most aesthetically pleasing options you’ll find.

I’ve used both Boostcases and Mophies (its largest competitor) extensively in recent years, and they both work well. If you’re unfamiliar, both setups provide a battery pack that charges independently of your phone, which you can then switch on when your primary battery starts to get low; the secondary battery doubles your overall usage time.

The biggest advantage of the Boostcase is that it’s actually a two-in-one deal; you got a slim protective case that your phone can wear all the time, and when you need it, the bulky battery pack slips onto it; with a Mophie, it’s all or nothing, and there are also no exotic leather options.

All of the cases below are compatible with iPhone 5 or 5S, which may be the company’s only miscalculation. With price points of $350 to $450, depending on material, these exotics are likely aimed at the kind of cash-flush power users who have already upgraded to an iPhone 6. Waiting for these to go on sale is probably a good bet, but if your phone is perpetually dead, you’ll want to keep an eye on them.

National Handbag Day Contest Winner Announcement

NHD-Giveaway-1One of our favorite parts of our National Handbag Day celebration was picking a beautiful bag to give away to one lucky reader, and now we have the results of our Petite 3Jours giveaway! Lucky Shaundra L. from Cincinatti, Ohio won the brand new bag, so her closet is about to get a little bit fuller. Thank you to everyone who entered the giveaway and celebrated NHD with us!

12 Bags to Finish Your Halloween Costume Perfectly

12 Bags to Finish Your Halloween Costume Perfectly

We can turn almost any occasion into an excuse to shop for handbags, and Halloween isn’t even a particular challenge. We already found more than a dozen bags that are just straight-up creepy no matter the context, and today we’re back with another 12 that fit particularly well with particular costumes. Is it an objectively smart idea to spend a couple thousand bucks on a bag for your costume? No, but personally, I’ve rarely let that stop me from doing anything I wanted to do, for better or for worse.

Rauwolf’s Spring 2015 Clutches are Red Carpet-Ready

Rauwolf’s Spring 2015 Clutches are Red Carpet-Ready

When Kristine Johannes debuted her clutch line, Rauwolf, in 2011, no one had any idea that it would become a mainstay on the world’s most prestigious red carpets in only a few short seasons. In that time, though, we’ve seen the line of ultra-modern plexi evening bags come to dominate events like the Emmys and Academy Awards, and when you look at our photos of Rauwolf’s upcoming Spring 2015 bags, the brand’s meteoric rise isn’t exactly a mystery.

For decades, the clutch market was overrun with traditional, often slightly stuffy takes on the same box clutches and minaudieres we’ve all seen a million times, but in the past few years, independent upstarts like Rauwolf and Edie Parker have upended the market. The two lines, both owned by New York-based female designers, use materials like acrylic and plexiglass, which feel innovative in the handbag market and allow for a huge array of colors, finishes, textures and patterns, all in a slick, evening-appropriate package.

We recently visited Rauwolf’s showroom to see the brand’s upcoming bags, and you can bet you’ll be seeing them again in the hands of movie stars. Check out our photos below or shop Rauwolf’s current offerings via Barneys.

PurseBlog Asks: Would You Go Full Glitter for Daytime?

PurseBlog Asks: Would You Go Full Glitter for Daytime?

Glitter, in any form, presents some logistical challenges. First, it gets on everything. Second, it won’t come off. It’s the herpes of the craft world; once you’ve got glitter, it’s yours forever. Third, it is, in the immortal words of one Tim Gunn, a lot of look. All of that forms the context in which we must consider the Saint Laurent Lulu Bunny Glitter Finish Bag, which, based on its quick sell-out at Net-a-Porter, clearly has some fans.

Daytime glitter isn’t a look that most people attempt in great swaths, let alone in a statement-making piece like a bag. This design is a shape and size generally used during the waking hours, though, and its base is leather. Either Saint Laurent is trying to glam up your weekend shopping look or deconstruct some of the formality around evening dressing; I’m not sure which, and I’m not sure if this bag really works for either. Or maybe it works for both. I’ve been thinking about this bag for several days, and my answer seems to vacillate wildly with my mood.

Would you feel comfortable carrying this bag during the day, or would you save it for cocktail hour? Or, perhaps, neither? If you can imagine the perfect context in which to carry this bag, let us know what it is in the comments.

As mentioned, this sparkly little thing sold out quickly at Net-a-Porter, but you can still pick it up via MyTheresa for $1,390.

Bag of the Week: The Balenciaga Cabas Nylon and Leather Tote

Bag of the Week: The Balenciaga Cabas Nylon and Leather Tote

Bag: Balenciaga Cabas Nylon and Leather Tote

Price: $1,175 via MATCHESFASHION.COM

Why It’s the Bag of the Week: Holiday travel season will be on us before you know it, and whether you need the perfect carry-on for an international flight or just a bag big enough for an overnight trip to your parents’ house, this lightweight, roomy Balenciaga tote fits the bill.

ELLE Magazine Posed Fall’s Best Accessories with an Adorable Piglet

ELLE Magazine Posed Fall’s Best Accessories with an Adorable Piglet

We found out a couple of weeks ago just how fond you guys are of combining your loves of pets and bags, and as it turns out, the staff at ELLE is right there with you. Recently, the magazine styled an otherwise straightforward array of Fall 2014′s most compelling accessories with two utterly adorable piglets. Somehow, the little critters make their photo costars seem even more glam than a human model would.

We’ve picked out a couple of our favorites below, but you can see the rest of the Danielle Prescod-styled, Katie Friedman-lensed photos at Elle.com.

Color Story: 15 Bags in Lovely Winter White

Color Story: 15 Bags in Lovely Winter White

By now, everyone knows it’s totally acceptable to wear white any time of year, no matter the date’s position relative to Labor Day. Today, I’m here to tell you why you should and offer some handbags in support of my point of view.

A woman with a white bag looks innately luxurious in the same way that a woman carrying a clutch looks luxurious; because it’s a less practical choice than some of the other available options, that woman’s life must have an ease to it that’s not available to everyone. That impression isn’t always in sync with reality, of course, but it’s an undeniably elegant look to those who put in a little extra effort to pull it off.

Below, we’ve picked more than a dozen of our favorites, from functional totes to fuzzy fur clutches. They’re worth the slight inconvenience, especially in the doldrums of winter greys and navys. Remember, though–never rub your white bag against blue denim.

Man Bag Monday: Louis Vuitton Taurillon Backpack

Man Bag Monday: Louis Vuitton Taurillon Backpack

Historically, “discreet” hasn’t often been a word used to describe Louis Vuitton bags, but times are a-changing at the French leather goods powerhouse. Several seasons before Nicolas Ghesquiere was brought in to helm the women’s side of the company, Kim Jones was hired to oversee the men’s side of things; his contribution to the brand’s legacy has already been tremendous.

The Louis Vuitton Taurillon Backpack (named for the type of leather it uses) is a small piece of the masculine-luxury look that Jones has built, but it’s a good representative for the vibe that permeates much of the brand’s men’s bags. It’s luxurious and simple; minimal, but not in an architecturally aggressive way. It has a traditionalism to it, and the design is well-edited enough that it doesn’t make men who don’t want to carry a purse feel like that’s what they’re doing.

Something this good and this simple usually doesn’t come cheap, though. You can pick one up for $5,000 via Louis Vuitton.

Forzieri 25% Off Coupon Code October 2014

Forzieri Coupon Code October 2014If you need something to get you through the last little bit of the work week and into Friday night, we’ve got exactly what you’re looking for. Now through October 28, you can get 25% off almost any Fall 2014 handbag or shoe purchase over $250 at accessories emporium Forzieri. All you have to do is enter code FRIENDS25 at checkout!

Shop 25% off at Forzieri Now!

$433,320 Will Buy You All the Exotic Bags and Accessories in Moda Operandi’s Holiday Collection

$433,320 Will Buy You All the Exotic Bags and Accessories in Moda Operandi’s Holiday Collection

“What do you get the girl who has everything?” is an eye-rollingly cliché question, but if it’s one for which you need a serious answer this holiday season (which is hurtling straight at us), then you should probably refer to the recently launched Moda Operandi Holiday Collection. It includes everything from diamond-encrusted clutches to an elusive Hermès Himalayan Birkin, all deliverable in time for the holidays. The exotic accessories alone add up to nearly half a million bucks.

Extravagant gift selections have a history in fashion, starting with the much-anticipated annual Neiman Marcus Christmas Book. That tome generally includes things that people might actually buy as gifts plus a selection of out-of-this-world options like special edition cars, which is more or less what’s happening here–overall prices start at $80. Check out the full selection via Moda Operandi or scope out the jaw-dropping exotic accessories below.

The Best Bag Deals for the Weekend of October 24

The Best Bag Deals for the Weekend of October 24

It’s Friday again, and like clockwork, we have our week-ending list of the best bag deals we’ve found at our favorite shopping destinations online. We’ve got a little something at nearly every price point below, so if you’re looking to update your closet, look no further. If you want to look further, though, our Deals Page has an ever-updated, always-expanding list of possibilities.

Bergdorf Goodman’s Holiday Catalog Gives Us a Sneak Peek at Givenchy Resort 2015

Bergdorf Goodman’s Holiday Catalog Gives Us a Sneak Peek at Givenchy Resort 2015

Last week, several of Givenchy’s Resort 2015 bags appeared on Bergdorf Goodman’s website as available for pre-order. They were removed shortly thereafter, and although I don’t know why, I know that I’d like them to come back so that I can share them with you–they were great, and there’s a new floral for everyone to obsess over. In the meantime, we’re left with only the Givenchy Croc Paneled Nightingale Bag to carry us through, and it’s a pretty neat bag in its own right.

The Nightingale has been around for years, long before Givenchy’s current uber-popularity, and this is maybe my favorite version of it that I’ve seen thus far. The greyed-out, off-white color is a huge shade in fashion right now, and the stark difference between the usual leather and the variation of the embossed-croc lower portion of the bag is great. It’s got a certain amount of minimalism to it without being unusably minimal.

This bag’s pre-order page lives on now in Bergdorf Goodman’s holiday section (even though there’s no guarantee it’ll arrive by then), and when the rest of the Resort 2015 bags return, we’ll be sure to bring them to you. You can order this one for $2,630 via Bergdorf Goodman.

The Many Bags of Jaime King

The Many Bags of Jaime King

We recently spotted Jaime King carrying a Dior bag that we think is about to become quite popular, and that sparked our curiosity: what else does the model-turned-actress have in her handbag stash? As it turns out, the answer to that question is quite varied. Check out Jaime’s bags below and help us name a few pieces we couldn’t identify!

Take an Extremely Luxurious Trip with This $56,000 Crocodile Weekender

Take an Extremely Luxurious Trip with This $56,000 Crocodile Weekender

We’re always on the lookout for bags that push the normal bounds of what consumers are generally expected to pay for a handbag on the Internet, and now we’ve got a promising entrant into that arms race. The Maison Ullens Crocodile Tote, which is billed as an ultra-luxe weekender for very fancy travel needs, will set you back a whopping $56,100. (If that’s too fancy for you, the black version is $60,085.)

If you’ve never heard of Maison Ullens, we’ll forgive you–I hadn’t until this bag and some other beautifully French travel options (most at regular fancy-bag prices) popped up for pre-order at Moda Operandi. The brand is French, but that’s more or less all I can tell from its relatively sparse website, which doesn’t offer much in the way of a brand history or heritage pitch on why you should pay this much for its bags, as most of the designers who want to sell at this price level do.

Thinking about spending this much money on a bag, let alone one from an relatively unknown brand, frankly makes me feel a bit nauseous. Moda Operandi tends to pick its brands very, very carefully, though, so if you’ve got stacks of cash sitting around your house instead of furniture and you’re bored, then sure, why not? Since it’s a pre-order, you’ll only have to cough up $28,000 and change beforehand.

It’s worth noting that the sale includes the same bag in leather, plus several other lovely pieces, in the $2,000-$3,000 price range we’re all used to.

Shop this bag and others from Maison Ullens via Moda Operandi.

Want It Wednesday: Fun Little Details

Want It Wednesday: Fun Little Details

As most of you know, the interests of the PurseBlog staff extend well beyond handbags, even when we’re still talking about the accessories realm. In this week’s edition of Want It Wednesday, we’re looking at all the bits, bobs, wallets and leather goodies we’d love to load into our handbags (and onto ourselves) now that fall has arrived.

Fendi’s Monster Peekaboo is Back for Another Season of Staring

Fendi’s Monster Peekaboo is Back for Another Season of Staring

When the first version of the Fendi Buggie Peekaboo made its debut last season, it sold out in a matter of hours and wasn’t replenished after it was gone. If you’ve been irritated with yourself for not snagging one ever since, you’re in luck: a Fall 2014 version of the bag is now available!

For the low, low, value price of $5,300, you can now intimidate men at your office and random passersby with a bag that looks like it contains a bird waiting to peck their eyes out, which is as hearty an endorsement of a bag as I can imagine myself ever giving. Peekaboos can be wildly expensive, but not all of them makes people think twice before bothering you. This one provides that extra bang for your buck.

Pick up your own aggressive handbag for $5,300 via Net-a-Porter.

15 Creepy Handbags for Halloween and Beyond

15 Creepy Handbags for Halloween and Beyond

Kitsch, quirk and extreme literalness are accessories trends that have survived through multiple seasons and only seem to be gaining steam among both designers and consumers. Mostly these ideas manifest themselves in things that are charming or nostalgic, but it’s a very fine line to cross between a cute and cartoonish Fendi Bag Bug and, well, the bags below. They all feel at least a little odd to me in some way, from disembodied, reaching hands to a stuffed bear bag that looks like it would sneak into bed with you in the middle of the night. They’re all sure to turn heads, but the attention you get may not be exactly the kind you were looking for.

Mulberry Might Be Trying to Hire Céline’s Accessories Design Director

Mulberry Might Be Trying to Hire Céline’s Accessories Design Director

Word on the street is that there might finally be some good news in the pipeline for Mulberry. The struggling British brand, which has been without a creative director since fan-favorite Emma Hill left over conflicts with former CEO Bruno Guillon, is reportedly eying Johnny Coca, head of accessories design at handbag wunderkind Céline.

Coca’s been at Céline since 2009, and in that time, he’s overseen the design of handbags and shoes that have launched countless trends, from flared gussets to slip-on skate sneakers. He’s done it in the shadow of Phoebe Philo, though, and a mid-range, handbag-reliant brand like Mulberry would be a great spot for someone in Coca’s position to take the spotlight. Anouck Duranteau-Loeper, his colleague at Céline, left for Paco Robanne late last year.

No matter what the bags ended up looking like, such a move would certainly reinvigorate Mulberry; not only would it be a bright spot on which to build PR momentum, but it would ignite consumer interest in a way that few other hires might. Céline’s bags fly off shelves, even though it’s been a couple seasons since the brand introduced a bonafide hit, and Mulberry has plenty of fans remaining who would be thrilled to see the brand return to form.

According to Vogue UK, Blue Farrier, who recently left her post at Issa, and Hannah MacGibbon, who helmed Chloé prior to current creative director Clare Waight Keller, are also on the short list of potential contendors behind Coca. It’s unclear if Farrier has the accessories acumen that would be necessary at a brand like Mulberry, although MacGibbon’s tenure at Chloé did include several popular and profitable bags, like the Paraty and Marcy.

Who would you like to see at Mulberry’s helm?

Mulberry Might Be Trying to Hire Céline’s Accessories Design Director

Mulberry Might Be Trying to Hire Céline’s Accessories Design Director

Word on the street is that there might finally be some good news in the pipeline for Mulberry. The struggling British brand, which has been without a creative director since fan-favorite Emma Hill left over conflicts with former CEO Bruno Guillon, is reportedly eying Johnny Coca, head of accessories design at handbag wunderkind Céline.

Coca’s been at Céline since 2009, and in that time, he’s overseen the design of handbags and shoes that have launched countless trends, from flared gussets to slip-on skate sneakers. He’s done it in the shadow of Phoebe Philo, though, and a mid-range, handbag-reliant brand like Mulberry would be a great spot for someone in Coca’s position to take the spotlight. Anouck Duranteau-Loeper, his colleague at Céline, left for Paco Robanne late last year.

No matter what the bags ended up looking like, such a move would certainly reinvigorate Mulberry; not only would it be a bright spot on which to build PR momentum, but it would ignite consumer interest in a way that few other hires might. Céline’s bags fly off shelves, even though it’s been a couple seasons since the brand introduced a bonafide hit, and Mulberry has plenty of fans remaining who would be thrilled to see the brand return to form.

According to Vogue UK, Blue Farrier, who recently left her post at Issa, and Hannah MacGibbon, who helmed Chloé prior to current creative director Clare Waight Keller, are also on the short list of potential contendors behind Coca. It’s unclear if Farrier has the accessories acumen that would be necessary at a brand like Mulberry, although MacGibbon’s tenure at Chloé did include several popular and profitable bags, like the Paraty and Marcy.

Who would you like to see at Mulberry’s helm?

We Finally ID’d the Bag So Many People Carried at Fashion Week

We Finally ID’d the Bag So Many People Carried at Fashion Week

Nothing eats away at your sanity than not being able to figure out who made a particular handbag, and when it’s a bag we just keep seeing, that makes it even harder. We spotted one such bag on the arms of several fashion celebs in paparazzi shots outside the Spring 2015 shows, and now we’ve finally figured out what it is and where it can be bought.

The slick, retro-futuristic bag you see above is the Giorgio Armani Smooth Leather Top Handle, and it’s currently available to shop from LUISAVIAROMA for $2,195. In retrospect, it makes sense that the bag isn’t from a brand that’s considered a traditional accessories power; otherwise, it wouldn’t have flown under the radar long enough to make it to market without much Internet attention.

While trying to identify it last month, we looked all over the place, even prowling the Instagram accounts of the people spotted carrying it, to no avail. If you also came across it and were curious, here you go.

Buy through LUISAVIAROMA for $2,195.

Bag of the Week: Valentino Bird-Embroidered Suede Shoulder Bag

Bag of the Week: Valentino Bird-Embroidered Suede Shoulder Bag

Bag: Valentino Bird-Embroidered Suede Shoulder Bag

Price: $3,775 via Neiman Marcus

Why It’s the Bag of the Week: Valentino generally reserves this level of embellishment and detail for its exquisite evening gowns, but this graceful, elegant bag pulls off the look with aplomb. If you want to carry a piece of art, look no further.

PurseBlog Asks: Is Saint Laurent’s Gun Clutch Over the Line?

PurseBlog Asks: Is Saint Laurent’s Gun Clutch Over the Line?

Fashion is like any other form of creative expression: an opportunity to be publicly clever or publicly inane, depending on your natural predilection. Saint Laurent’s Hedi Slimane generally chooses the latter, even if he makes some damn fine Chelsea boots, and he’s at it again with the Saint Laurent Metallic Gun Clutch.

I imagine that reactions to this clutch will vary widely from person to person, dependent upon an individual’s views on both Hedi Slimane and firearm culture in general. My initial reaction was an eye-roll; Hedi being Hedi, crash-landing into a contentious topic in a decidedly un-artful way.

Slimane likely meant the clutch to coordinate with some western-themed items in his fall collection, including stiletto cowboy boots, but fashion items aren’t sold as part of a dress-up costume with built-in context. Further, Slimane lives in LA and is undoubtedly aware of the raised hackles on both sides of the debate over guns in the US.

Designers are free to make whatever kind of political (or apolitical, as I suspect this is) statements that they wish, of course, but I wish this Saint Laurent piece was simply more attractive, either way.

If you think this clutch is just fine how it is, pick one up for yourself via MATCHESFASHION.COM for $1,098.

The 12 Best New Bags of Fall 2014

The 12 Best New Bags of Fall 2014

A new season always brings with it lots of new choices, but Fall 2014 feels particularly full of brand-spanking-new handbag options from some of the biggest accessories labels in the world. Now that all the dust has settled and these designs have arrived in stores, we combed through the collections to find those that are most worthy of your new handbag dollars.

This list only includes designs that were (as far as we could tell) produced for the first time for the Fall 2014 collections. That eliminated a couple of great bags, like the Céline Belt Bag, that hit the market in distinct pre-fall collections.

Let us know which new bag is your must-buy of the season in the comments!

Man Bag Monday: The Vianel Lizard V4 Card Case

Man Bag Monday: The Vianel Lizard V4 Card Case

Not everyone’s a wallet person. I’m certainly not a wallet person, despite the fact that New York’s often-cash-only ways have goaded me into carrying one in my three-plus years here. It’s bulky and heavy, and I don’t like it, but there it is anyway, weighing down the bottom of my bag. I’d much rather be carrying a chic, minimal alternative like the Vianel Lizard V4 Card Case.

This little case is a great alternative for wallet-averse men and women alike. It’ll fit a couple of cards and a folded up $20 just fine, avoiding the heft and clutter of a regular wallet for both everyday use or a night out, when something slimmer is necessary to stuff in a tiny clutch or the pocket of a well-fitted suit.

Pick one up via Barneys for $370 in lizard.

Pre-Order Valentino’s Resort 2015 Rainbow Bags Now

Pre-Order Valentino’s Resort 2015 Rainbow Bags Now

Valentino’s uber-popular Rockstud bags have enjoyed a longer tenure toward the top of consumers’ wish lists than most brands can ever dream of, and there’s little indication that buyers’ love for the bags will wane any time soon. The brand’s seasonal takes on the bag often disappear from shelves especially quickly, so now that pre-orders for the brand’s rainbow-colored 1973 (that’s the stripes) and Psychedelic Camo (you can figure this one out) lines are available at Bergdorf Goodman, you might want to jump on them.

Below, we’ve listed the most notable bags from the special collections, which also include solid-colored bags in some of the prints’ best brights. You can shop the full pre-order selection via Bergdorf Goodman.

To check out what else is to come from the collection, take a look at our preview, complete with exclusive photos.

Kate Spade Friends & Family Sale October 2014

Kate Spade Friends and Family Sale October 2014Friends & Family sale season is in full swing, and we’ve got another exciting edition to the coupon code roster to add to the list. Now through Sunday, October 19, you can get 30% off your purchase at Kate Spade using code F14FFUS at checkout. If you need to add a smart little bag or some fun jewelry to your fall wardrobe, look no further.

Shop 30% Off at Kate Spade Now!

The Best Bag Deals for the Weekend of October 17

The Best Bag Deals for the Weekend of October 17

I usually don’t pick a color theme for our weekly roundup of the Internet’s best bag deals, but sometimes, a color theme just happens. This week, all the most attractive bags were in muted neutrals and pastels, with a couple of black bags thrown in for balance. Luckily, these shades come in a variety of sizes and price points, so there’s likely a little something for everyone below.

If you don’t see something that tickles your fancy or you’d rather do a more extensive sale-shopping excursion, check out our Deals Page for a continuously updated stream of the best sales and deal from around the web.

This Will Shock You, but There Were a Lot of Great Chanel Bags at a Recent Chanel Party

This Will Shock You, but There Were a Lot of Great Chanel Bags at a Recent Chanel Party

Karl Lagerfeld is pitching a lifetime publicity perfect game, and when that comes to his position atop Chanel, that means periodically wrangling fashion celebs, chic indie actresses and some miscellaneous French girls to show up at parties decked in the brand’s wares. On Monday night in New York City, one such occasion came to pass; there were, of course, a bunch of handbags.

Ostensibly, the focus of this party was Baz Luhrmann’s new short film for the brand, starring (noted actress?) Gisele Bundchen. The actual purpose of any Chanel party, though, is to remind everyone how fabulous it must be to attend a Chanel party, so mission: accomplished. Check out who attended (and with which bags) below.

There’s one very interesting bag from the party that our photo agency didn’t snag a picture of, though: an everything bagel with cream cheese, in handbag form, on the arm of actress India Menuez. We’ve never seen anything like it at previews or Chanel shows, and if you want to check it out, Racked has the photos.

Shop Luxury Bags in Fall Colors at Christie’s First New York Accessories Auction

Shop Luxury Bags in Fall Colors at Christie’s First New York Accessories Auction

Now that the chill is in the air to stay, it’s time to start thinking about fall in earnest: fall fashion, fall colors and definitely fall bags. If you’ve been looking to add something very special to your collection for the new season, you’re in luck. The online-only Chistie’s Handbag & Accessories Auction has just launched, and it has everything from timeless leather bags to dazzling exotics from hard-to-find brands like Hermès, Chanel and Goyard.

This auction, which runs through October 28 on the Christie’s website, is also the storied auction house’s first New York-based auction since expanding the Handbags & Accessories category stateside. The auction’s selection is specially curated to celebrate the lush, vibrant, rich shades that mark fall dressing, all on classic, luxurious bags that you’ll be proud to carry for years to come. Check out some of our favorite pieces from the auction below or browse the entire selection via Christie’s.

Chanel Limited Edition Black Lucite Lambskin Leather Frame Bag
Bidding Starts at $6,000 via Christie’s

Chanel Limited Edition Black Lucite & Lambskin Leather Frame Bag

Hermès 25cm Gold Togo Leather Birkin Bag
Bidding Starts at $10,000 via Christie’s

Hermes Gold Togo Birkin

Hermès Indigo Courcheval Leather Sac Tambour Bag
Bidding Starts at $2,000 via Christie’s

Hermès Indigo Courchevel Leather Sac Tambour Bag

Hermès 40cm Limited Edition Leather and Canvas HAC Birkin Bag
Bidding Starts at $15,000 via Christie’s

Hermes Limited Edition Leather and Canvas HAC Birkin Bag

Hermès 28cm Marron Fonce Ostrich Kelly Bag
Bidding Starts at $15,000 via Christie’s

Hermes Marron Fonce Ostrich Kelly Bag

Hermès 23cm Amethyst Nilo Crocodile Constance Bag
Bidding Starts at $10,000 via Christie’s

Hermes Nilo Crocodile Constance Bag

Hermès 35cm Potiron Clemence Retourne Kelly Bag
Bidding Starts at $8,000 via Christie’s

Hermes Potiron Clemence Retourne Kelly Bag

Goyard Goyardine Canvas Saigon Top Handle Bag
Bidding Starts at $750 via Christie’s

Goyard Goyardine Canvas Saigon Top Handle Bag

Hermès 30cm Special Order Potiron and Blue Jean Togo Birkin Bag
Bidding Starts at $7,500 via Christie’s

Hermes Special Order Potiron and Blue Jean Birkin Bag

Hermès 30cm Violine Ostrich Birkin Bag
Bidding Starts at $20,000 via Christie’s

Hermes Violine Ostrich Birkin

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Mulberry’s Business Woes Persist Despite Cheaper Bags, Cara Delevingne

Mulberry’s Business Woes Persist Despite Cheaper Bags, Cara Delevingne

Despite debuting a line of more accessible bags to win back old customers and signing on Cara Delevingne to do a high-profile capsule collection and campaign, Mulberry’s fortunes still haven’t turned around. Earlier this week, the company issued a profit warning to shareholders after a 17% decline in sales in the first half of 2014, according to Women’s Wear Daily. Be careful of anyone who wants to attribute that to global strife or changing travel patterns, though; Mulberry’s only got itself to blame.

In yesterday’s New York Times, Vanessa Friedman enumerated the issues at Mulberry that we’ve been talking about here for a while. Despite the departure of disastrous CEO Bruno Guillon, who came to the brand from Hermès and, in his short tenure, jacked up all its prices and alienated popular creative director Emma Hill to the point of resignation, not much has changed. The company has yet to name a new permanent CEO or creative director, although they do have Cara Delevingne on their payroll.

The problem with having Delevingne, though, is that so does everyone else, from DKNY to Burberry to Chanel. Although her line and campaign with the brand have received a moderate amount of press attention, reporters on the Delevingne beat are spread pretty thin; without ponying up money for an exclusive, her mere presence has limited value to a brand that’s trying to distinguish itself. Mulberry has a history of betting on the wrong celebrities in the wrong ways, though; remember Lana Del Rey’s bag?

There’s no short of beautiful, rich, young, British it girls-in-the-making for Mulberry to choose, but without a permanent CEO and a new creative director to guide the brand in a purposeful direction, expect to see Mulberry spinning its wheels for some time, no matter the state of the global luxury market.

Want It Wednesday: All About Fall Beauty

Want It Wednesday: All About Fall Beauty

We’ve been thinking about, talking about and obsessing over bags even more than usual lately, so for this week’s edition of Want It Wednesday, we thought it’d be nice to go in a slightly different direction: beauty. Fall beauty, to be exact, which is full of moisturizer, vampy eye makeup and richly colored lipstick. Oh, and a $70 mascara that might actually be worth the money, based on the sample we tested.

There Has Never Been a Better Time to be Reselling Your Designer Bags

There Has Never Been a Better Time to be Reselling Your Designer Bags

If you’re regular reader of the blog, you’ve probably noticed that there’s a pretty hot secondary market for handbags right now, especially when it comes to brands with tightly controlled product supplies like Hermès, Chanel and Louis Vuitton, which don’t sell their wares through third-party retailers. Businessweek recently looked into the secondary market for luxury goods and confirmed what people in the market already knew, anecdotally–there’s money to be made.

Not only have auction houses like Heritage and Christie’s gotten into the high-end handbag game in a huge way over the past couple of years, but new businesses like The Real Real and Vestiaire Collective have found huge success while largely forgoing the collectible watches and fine jewelry that make up the lion’s share of the $19 billion global luxury resale market. Businessweek reports that leather goods and clothes makes up around $4 billion of that market, and there’s no clear leader in the space just yet.

What’s clear, though, is that you might have a gold mine stuffed in the back of your closet, unused and forgotten. If you have a bag from a major brand that was made in the past 10 years, you can probably get at least several hundred dollars out of it, even if it’s a bit dated. If you have a classic bag from Hermès or Chanel in good condition, you might be able to recoup your entire purchase cost, plus a little extra.

Do you resell your bags when you’re done or hold on to them?

Check Out the Photo Booth from Our National Handbag Party at Bloomingdale’s!

Check Out the Photo Booth from Our National Handbag Party at Bloomingdale’s!

We’d like to thank you all for celebrating the second annual National Handbag Day with us on Friday; we had a great time celebrating in the office, as well as at our National Handbag Day party at Bloomingdale’s Soho the night before. For those outside of NYC, Bloomingdale’s also hosted parties at its locations in Short Hills, NJ; Stanford, CA (on the store’s opening day!); Century City, CA; and South Coast Plaza, CA, and you guys came out in force to celebrate handbags and enjoy snacks, champagne and a sessions or two in the photo booth.

Below, check out some snaps from parties around the country, including a couple of the PurseBlog team and Bloomingdale’s accessories team members Marissa Galante and Erica Russo, Bloomingdale’s Fashion Director for Accessories.

Hermès Bags are Being Returned Because They Smell Like Skunk

Hermès Bags are Being Returned Because They Smell Like Skunk

Smell is the sense most closely tied to memory, and it’s not uncommon to hear bag lovers gush about the lovely leather scent that emanates from a brand new luxury bag. Some brands, like Dior and Tom Ford, even work that scent into fine perfumes because of its close association with luxury and quality. Unfortunately for some customers, Hermès’ bags have recently acquired a new smell–skunk. (Or weed, depending on who you ask.)

This story start over at our PurseForum, where members in the Hermès section have reported skunky-smelling leather bags dating back to December 2013. From the information they’ve pooled in over 150 pages of comments, the problem becomes apparent when a bag is left in sunlight even for a few minutes; the heat and light bring out the stink, which is bad enough that the bag owners then have to open windows to air out their homes and cars. It’s not a subtle, close-range smell, apparently.

A New York Post writer (who I’m guessing is also a Forum member) noticed the complaints and went to Hermès to get some answers, but the notoriously tight-lipped French brand didn’t return her inquiries. Based on the feedback from shoppers on our Forum, the problem seems to be most common among bags made of the brand’s popular Togo leather, although Epsom and Clemence leathers have also been identified as skunky. As the Post points out, Hermès makes many different models in the affected leathers and ships them worldwide, so the issue is not limited to a particular boutique or region.

If you have a recently purchased bag that you’d like to test, our members suggest sitting it in direct sunlight and allowing it to warm up for a few minutes. If you notice the smell, Hermès boutiques should all be aware of the problem by now, and it seems as though the only solution is to send the bags off to France to be rebuilt in different leather over a period of months. That suggests that the issue was created somewhere in the leather production process, and based on our members’ feedback, it’s not something that will fade with time.

If you’ve experienced this issue, let us know which of your bags it affects how Hermès handled it in the comments.

Fendi’s Delightful, Bird-Themes Resort 2015 Bags Now Available for Pre-Order

Fendi’s Delightful, Bird-Themes Resort 2015 Bags Now Available for Pre-Order

It’d be difficult to argue that Fendi isn’t absolutely hitting it out of the park right now when it comes to handbags, and now that the brand’s Resort 2015 offerings are starting to trickle into stores, it looks like the brand’s streak shall continue. (It’s already got Spring 2015 locked up, too.) Pre-orders for Fendi’s next round of bags are up at Saks, and the collection includes a bunch of the brand’s most popular shapes in the colorblocked, multi-textured embellished with bird motifs.

Birds, like monsters, make an easy target for Fendi’s particular brand of literal luxury, and in these bags, embroidery, jewels and fur, in addition to multiple textures of leather, create the animals, both on the bags themselves and beyond their traditional bounds.

The Peekaboos are far and away the most expensive of these bags, with Demi-Jours and Petite 2Jours coming in at slightly less painful price point. All are slated for delivery sometime in December. Check out our favorites below or head to Saks to shop the site’s full edit.

ShopBop Friends and Family Sale October 2014

ShopBop Friends and Family Sale October 2014It’s officially F&F season, and we’ve got a big one to bookmark for a little lunchtime shopping. ShopBop’s Friends & Family Sale 2014 has begun, and it’ll get you 25% off of almost everything the site carries through October 16. The list of brand exclusions is relatively short, compared to many F&F sales, so odds are that you’ll be able to pick up what you want for 25% off with code FAMILY25 at checkout.

Shop the ShopBop Friends & Family Sale Now!

Shop the 2014 Saks Friends & Family Sale Now!

Shop the 2014 Saks Friends & Family Sale Now!

Our favorite sales are the ones where we get to pick where the discounts go, and the Saks Friends & Family Sale is just that. Now through October 19 online, you can get 25% off a huge selection of designer apparel, shoes and accessories (and 20% off jewelry!) when you enter code FRNFAM at checkout. Some brand exclusions do apply, so make sure you check those out before you make your final decisions.

Shop the Saks Friends & Family Now!

The International Edit: LUISAVIAROMA

The International Edit: LUISAVIAROMA

Every online retailer has its own personality; even if most luxury sites carry many of the same brands, the choices of products and the new designers that a store decides to add into the mix gives each one its own point of view. If you’re looking for something fantastical, for the most interesting version of a must-have bag or the best selection of pieces from a buzzy European upstart, you go to LUISAVIAROMA, subject of our latest edition of The International Edit.

LVR is based in Florence, Italy, but through its carefully edited online stock, the store has become a global source for the kinds of intricate, exuberant pieces that characterize European fashion, especially Italian. Below, check out the best of the best from LUISAVIAROMA’s new arrivals.

Bag of the Week: Chloé Emma Drawstring Shoulder Bag

Bag of the Week: Chloé Emma Drawstring Shoulder Bag

Bag: Chloé Emma Drawstring Shoulder Bag

Price: $1,890 via Neiman Marcus

Why It’s the Bag of the Week: Bucket bags have been hugely popular for the past few seasons, and for anyone who thought that the casual style couldn’t be dressed up and made elegant, this brand new Chloé bag is here to change your mind.

Bag of the Week: Chloé Emma Drawstring Shoulder Bag

Bag of the Week: Chloé Emma Drawstring Shoulder Bag

Bag: Chloé Emma Drawstring Shoulder Bag

Price: $1,890 via Neiman Marcus

Why It’s the Bag of the Week: Bucket bags have been hugely popular for the past few seasons, and for anyone who thought that the casual style couldn’t be dressed up and made elegant, this brand new Chloé bag is here to change your mind.

10 Reasons Your Obsession with Designer Bags is Totally Fine and Normal

10 Reasons Your Obsession with Designer Bags is Totally Fine and Normal

What we do here is…specific. While it may seem odd to some that we love handbags enough to found a holiday in their honor, we know that you guys are right there with us. When someone dares to ask you why you’ve got your party hat on for National Handbag Day today, we’ve put together a handy guide for explaining that not only is your obsession justified, but you’re far from alone.

National Handbag Day Spotlight: Tory Burch Robinson Micro Double Zip Tote

National Handbag Day Spotlight: Tory Burch Robinson Micro Double Zip Tote

National Handbag Day is finally here, and we’ve got the fifth and final bag from our special series with Bloomingdale’s to celebrate the occasion. The Tory Burch Robinson Micro Double Zip Tote is everything that a New York City girl could want in a bag, all at a sub-$450 price point. It’s hard to do any better than that.

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This version of Burch’s popular Robinson line is the absolute perfect size. It’s small enough that not only does this little tote avoid feeling bulky or burdensome, but it’s downright cute. At the same time, though, it’s just big enough so that you don’t have to edit down your possessions in a restrictive way in order to carry it comfortably. It’s the Goldilocks of handbags–just right.

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And then, of course, we have to talk about this color. Few shades are both vibrant and perfect for year-round use, but the perfect cobalt blue can do it all. That’s exactly what you’ll find with this bag, and the combination of size and color is pretty unbeatable. If you’re worried about durability, don’t; the bag is made of sturdy, subtly textured saffiano leather that resists wear and scratches.

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The Robinson Micro, just like the rest of the bags we’ve revealed this week, is available now at our Bloomingdale’s National Handbag Day Pop-Up Shop. You can make it your own for $435.

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Get All Your Columbus Day 2014 Sale Listings Right Here

Get All Your Columbus Day 2014 Sale Listings Right Here

Columbus Day Weekend is always a big sale opportunity that sneaks up on me; when the emails about deals, markdowns and sale codes start coming in, I’m always surprised. I’ve recovered from my shock to combine them into an easy list for your shopping pleasure, which you can find below. What better way to celebrate National Handbag Day than with a new purchase, after ll.

For an always-available, regularly updated list of the Internet’s best sales, you can also check out the PurseBlog Deals Page.

Barneys Warehouse
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Up to an additional 40% off select styles through October 14, no code necessary.

Intermix
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An extra 30% off sale items, no code required.

Lord & Taylor
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Extra 15% off both regular and sale purchases with code CDAY
Extra 20% off both regular and sale purchases for Lord & Taylor cardholders
Extra 30% off a purchase of two pairs of women’s boots

Ralph Lauren
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25% off select styles through October 13 with code COLUMBUS25

BCBG
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30% off fall style, plus free shipping, through October 13. No code required.

Diane von Furstenberg
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25% off sale items with code EXTRA25 through October 13.

Rebecca Minkoff
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Spend more, save more: 20% off a $200 purchase, 25% off a $350 purchase and 30% off a $450 purchase, no code required.

Madewell
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30% off fall styles through October 13 with code OHFALL.

J.Crew
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30% off full price styles and an extra 40% off final sale styles through October 13 with code WEEKENDPLANS.

LUISAVIAROMA
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20% off already discounted designer handbags through October 12 with code FRPURSE20.

Michael Kors
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Additional 25% off sale styles through October 14, no code required.

Forzieri
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25% off when you spend more than $250 or 25% off new fall/winter collections through October 21 with code OCTOBER25.

Theory
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25% off at the Theory Friends & Family Event through October 13 with code THEORYFF2014.

Helmut Lang
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25% off at the Helmut Lang Friends & Family Even through October 13 with code HL25FW14.

Aldo
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50% off shoes and handbags, no code needed, through October 19.