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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.

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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.

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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.

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The Coach Rhyder Bag Arrived Just in Time for National Handbag Day

The Coach Rhyder Bag Arrived Just in Time for National Handbag Day

Coach is the most quintessentially American of handbag brands and it always has been, even before Stuart Vevers arrived to explore traditional workwear and the American West with his first collection as Coach’s creative director. At the center of that collection is the brand’s newest marquee design, the Coach Rhyder Bag.

Coach Rhyder Satchel, $495 via Coach

Coach Rhyder Satchel, $495 via Coach

Coach Rhyder Shearling Messenger, $1,300 via Coach

Coach Rhyder Shearling Messenger, $1,300 via Coach

The Rhyder line is all about a mixture of familiar details; longtime Coach lovers will recognize the brand’s signature turnlock and hangtags, while anyone interested in fashion will pick up on the rugged details that balance the luxurious finish of this bag. They’re adornments that usually signal the weight and heft of a product, but the Rhyder is unexpectedly light and easy to wear.

Coach Rhyder 24 Satchel, $350 via Coach

Coach Rhyder 24 Satchel, $350 via Coach

For its debut season, the line contains a satchel in three sizes and both north-south and east-west proportions, a messenger in rich textures like shearling and python-embossed leather, and color options ranging from bright red nubuck to staid black leather.

The Rhyder is the essence of modernized Americana, which seems just right for this week. National Handbag Day is an American holiday, after all.

You can shop the Rhyder via Coach, starting at $350 for a small leather satchel and topping out at $1,300 for the shearling messenger.

Coach Rhyder Satchel, $495 via Coach

Coach Rhyder Satchel, $495 via Coach

Coach Rhyder 33 Satchel, $650 via Coach

Coach Rhyder 33 Satchel, $650 via Coach

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PurseBlog Asks: What are the New It Bags?

PurseBlog Asks: What are the New It Bags?

Creating an It Bag requires a little bit of alchemy. Designers can follow all of the correct design steps, put all their marketing dollars behind a design, cast the perfect It Girl for the campaign and still fall well short of handbag hysteria. With that in mind, who are all those variables coming together for right now?

Céline’s Luggage Tote was the last industry-shifting It Bag; the kind of phenomenon that doesn’t come around every season or even every year. Céline’s Trapeze was a strong follow-up, but like all the pretty, popular Chloé bags that came after the Paddington, it never inspired quite the devotion of the original. It’ll probably be a while before the industry manages to produce the perfect bag at the perfect time again, but in the meantime, here are three bags that are competing for the title.

By your definition, what’s the biggest It Bag in the industry right now?

National Handbag Day Spotlight: The Diane von Furstenberg Large Sutra Ready to Go Fringe Tote

National Handbag Day Spotlight: The Diane von Furstenberg Large Sutra Ready to Go Fringe Tote

Every member of the PurseBlog staff has counted themselves as residents of New York City at one point or another, and that means that we all appreciate a tote bag that’s both stylish and functional. For our fourth National Handbag Day handbag reveal, we’re proud to present a bag that’s just that: the Diane von Furstenberg Large Sutra Ready to Go Fringe Tote.

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The tote, which is part of our special series with Bloomingdale’s in celebration of National Handbag Day, is everything we look for to liven up our dark city wardrobes. Not only is the vibrant red color totally gorgeous (and, not to mention, difficult to achieve in leather), but the fringe adds a bit of texture without adversely affecting functionality.

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The cherry on top, of course, is the contrasting pop of fuchsia that peeks out from inside the bag. When combined with its large size and lightweight construction, this bag is a perfect option for showing off a bit of your personality at work or toting your kid’s essentials on the weekend. That the bag can work for such a range of needs is one of our favorite things about it.

Pick up one of your own for $498 via Bloomingdale’s.

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The Best Bag Deals We’ve Ever Scored

The Best Bag Deals We’ve Ever Scored

Every week, I scour the web to find the best bag deals so that one of you might snag something great at significantly below retail, and the amount of time that I (and my coworkers) spend shopping, online and elsewhere, means that we’ve also got some pretty great deals tucked away in our closets. Below, check out our best handbag finds and share your own in the comments..

Want It Wednesday: The Bags We’ve Loved and the Bags We’d Love to Have

Want It Wednesday: The Bags We’ve Loved and the Bags We’d Love to Have

Normally we’d be using this spot to explore items of all kinds that are on our shopping lists, but because National Handbag Day is quickly approaching, we thought we’d do something a little different for Want It Wednesday. Every member of the PurseBlog team has his or her own personal style, and our real-life closets are a testament to what it takes for a bag to make it off of our perpetual wish lists. Below, check out the stories of some of our favorite bag purchases, in addition to the bags that are most likely to join each of our collections in the near future.

The 10 Most Important Bags in Modern Handbag History

The 10 Most Important Bags in Modern Handbag History

It’s become trendy for designer brands to emphasize their histories and heritages in an attempt to add value to their products and convince consumers that their prices are worth it, but when you look back at fashion history, there are a few modern handbags that stand out for the ways that their existences have shaped the accessories industry and how women (and men!) perceive, carry and shop for bags. As part of our continuing countdown to National Handbag Day, we’ve made a case for the best and brightest below.

National Handbag Day Spotlight: MICHAEL Michael Kors Susannah Quilted Bucket Bag

National Handbag Day Spotlight: MICHAEL Michael Kors Susannah Quilted Bucket Bag

MICHAEL Michael Kors is among the most classic of American handbag brands; its simple, sporty, luxurious silhouettes are beloved by fashion lovers all over the country. Today, as we count down to National Handbag Day, we’re proud to showcase the MICHAEL Michael Kors Susannah Quilted Bucket Bag, available through our NHD partner, Bloomingdale’s.

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The Susannah is the third in our series of five special handbags and it’s a perfect piece to get anyone through a midweek slump. The neutral color and carry-anything shape make this bag an ideal piece to take to work, but the soft construction means that it’s also casual enough to be a polished weekend option.

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The quilting gives the Susannah a touch of texture, while the gold hardware ups the glamour quotient just enough to turn a few heads. Michael Kors has done as much as any other American designer to define the country’s accessories aesthetic, and this bag is a perfect example of the casual glamour that the brand has come to represent.

You can buy this bag, through our Bloomingdale’s pop-up shop for $378.

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63 Jaw-Dropping Exotic Handbags and the Celebrities Who Carried Them

63 Jaw-Dropping Exotic Handbags and the Celebrities Who Carried Them

Friday is National Handbag Day (did we already mention that?), and that means that our week is even more dedicated to handbags than it usually is. We profile at least one bag collection of some sort per week, whether it’s based on an individual’s ample closet or the attendees at a particular event, but because of the looming spectre of NHD, we wanted to do something a little extra this week. Exotic handbags, especially those made of alligator or crocodile, are designer bags taken to their logical extremes, so they seemed to fit the bill.

Celebrities are some of the only people in the world actually capable of purchasing one of these bags, which often soar well into the mid-five figures (and, in one case, the sixes), and that’s good, because these aren’t the kinds of bags that brands give out for free. Of the hundreds of thousands of dollars of bags you see below, you can bet that almost all of them were purchased instead of gifted.

When we know if a particular brand is alligator or crocodile because of the particular collection or the designer’s known preference, we’ve included that information. For all others, we’ve assumed crocodile–it’s the most common material for ultra-exotics. Enjoy the photos below.

National Handbag Day Spotlight: See by Chloé Lizzie Convertible Backpack

National Handbag Day Spotlight: See by Chloé Lizzie Convertible Backpack

We’re one day closer to National Handbag Day, and with the See by Chloé Lizzie Convertible Backpack, we’re also one handbag closer. All week, we’re revealing a special handbag each day, all of which can only be bought through our NHD partner, Bloomingdale’s. As you can see, this one’s charms are apparent.

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See by Chloé flies a bit under the radar when compared to its big-sister line, Chloé, but over the past several seasons, the contemporary brand’s handbags have consistently surprised us in the best possible way. This bag hits a couple of big Fall 2014 trends–backpacks and pastels–without feeling overly trendy or seasonal at all, which is an impressive feat unto itself.

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This is the kind of bag that everyone on the PurseBlog team adores; it feels current, luxurious, modern, subtle and functional, all at a price point far less prohibitive than many of the brands that we regularly cover here. And for now, you can only buy it at Bloomingdale’s.

Pick up this bag in the Bloomingdale’s National Handbag Day pop-up shop for $495

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These 33 Pets and Designer Bags are a Match Made in Heaven

These 33 Pets and Designer Bags are a Match Made in Heaven

Members on our PurseForum clearly also share the love that the PurseBlog team has for both our bags and our pets; our Animalicious subform is among tPF’s most popular, and members all over the forum share photos of their pets, their bags and, sometimes, their pets and their bags together.

Because we feel that the run-up to National Handbag Day is all about celebrating the way that our favorite accessories fit into our lives, we’ve assembled those photos, plus some from our Twitter friends, below. We’d love to see your pets in your bags in the comments!

What Your Handbag Says About You, Part Two

What Your Handbag Says About You, Part Two

Last year for National Handbag Day, I went about reading my handbag tea leaves to figure out what your handbag choices say about you. This year, in celebration of the holiday’s second coming on Friday, I’ve returned with a new set of highly covetable bags to do the same. Check out the results below.

National Handbag Day Spotlight: Rebecca Minkoff Waverly Eyelet Studs Crossbody

National Handbag Day Spotlight: Rebecca Minkoff Waverly Eyelet Studs Crossbody

In preparation for National Handbag Day this Friday, October 10, we’ll be announcing a special bag every day. Each bag is from one of our very favorite designers, and they’re all available at Bloomingdale’s, our National Handbag Day partner. To kick things off, we have the Rebecca Minkoff Waverely Eyelet Studs Crossbody.

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Minkoff is a designer that has a special place in the hearts of the whole PurseBlog team; we’ve gotten to watch Rebecca’s company grow alongside us on our PurseForum, almost from the day that both were founded. Our members were the first “Minkettes,” which is now a term that refers to all of the brand’s ardent fans, and they (and we) are always excited to see what Rebecca has coming up next. We’re even more proud that this time, it’s something to celebrate National Handbag Day.

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This particular bag is close to our hearts because it’s such a great example of what Rebecca Minkoff does so well–bridging day and evening with a bag that feels simultaneously casual and fancy. We couldn’t think of a better way to kick off our countdown to National Handbag Day with Bloomingdale’s.

You can pick up the bag in Bloomingdale’s National Handbag Day pop-up shop for $395.

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The 30 Best Bags of the Spring 2015 Runways

The 30 Best Bags of the Spring 2015 Runways

Now that the Spring 2015 fashion show season has drawn to a close, it’s time to look back, evaluate and separate the notable pieces from the fluff. It seems like more brands stock their shows with handbags every season, and Spring 2015′s best bags include both handbag stalwarts and notable-but-lesser-known accessories brands.

There were few all-encompassing trends this season; instead, novelty found its way into a lot of collections, whether it was through fun prints, micro-mini bags or charms. Many brands also kept up with the seasons-long trend of showing ultra-expensive exotics, which serves both to wow regular customers and entice the affections of the super wealthy. Check out all of our picks below.

[Photos via Vogue UK]

The Best Bag Deals for the Weekend of October 3

The Best Bag Deals for the Weekend of October 3

We’re in the midst of a seasonal transition, and that makes dressing on a day-to-day basis kind of a crapshoot. Because we care about you and want you to be happy, we’ve decided to devote this week’s roundup of bag deals to the seasonless standby: neutrals. From stark white leather to tactile leopard calf hair, check out our markdown picks below.

75+ Bags and the Celebs Who Carried Them at Paris Fashion Week Spring 2015

75+ Bags and the Celebs Who Carried Them at Paris Fashion Week Spring 2015

Paris Fashion Week is the grandaddy of them all, and the street style certainly reflected that. Like Milan Fashion Week before it, brands invited fewer celebrities, so editors, bloggers and street style stars got more of a chance to shine. We slogged through a million (only a slight exaggeration) photos of the proceedings to find the best bags on the most stylish stars, and you can check them all out below.

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Louis Vuitton’s Spring 2015 Bags Show Nicolas Ghesquiere Coming Into His Own

Louis Vuitton’s Spring 2015 Bags Show Nicolas Ghesquiere Coming Into His Own

There’s no doubt about it: Nicolas Ghesquiere knows exactly what he’s up to at Louis Vuitton. The designer sent his second major collection for the brand down his Paris runway yesterday morning, and the results felt like a strong continuation on what he’s built so far. On top of that, a lot of the bags were quite good.

If you didn’t like the Twist Bag that Ghesquiere debuted for Resort 2015, your feelings might be less enthusiastic. Although its raised, tubular LV logo still feels clunky to me, everything else about the bag is pretty good. Perhaps more importantly, it doesn’t feel like something Marc Jacobs would have made, and that’s vital for a brand looking for a new direction and new excitement. A particularly interesting series of Twist bags were made of Epi leather with significant color variation, which is a first for one of the brand’s most popular materials.

Another first: A red and black monogram print, as well as soft-sided versions of the Petite-Malle bag that was introduced with Ghesquiere’s first collection. Overall, there was plenty to look forward to.

[Photos via Vogue UK]

Louis Vuitton’s Spring 2015 Bags Show Nicolas Ghesquiere Coming Into His Own

Louis Vuitton’s Spring 2015 Bags Show Nicolas Ghesquiere Coming Into His Own

There’s no doubt about it: Nicolas Ghesquiere knows exactly what he’s up to at Louis Vuitton. The designer sent his second major collection for the brand down his Paris runway yesterday morning, and the results felt like a strong continuation on what he’s built so far. On top of that, a lot of the bags were quite good.

If you didn’t like the Twist Bag that Ghesquiere debuted for Resort 2015, your feelings might be less enthusiastic. Although its raised, tubular LV logo still feels clunky to me, everything else about the bag is pretty good. Perhaps more importantly, it doesn’t feel like something Marc Jacobs would have made, and that’s vital for a brand looking for a new direction and new excitement. A particularly interesting series of Twist bags were made of Epi leather with significant color variation, which is a first for one of the brand’s most popular materials.

Another first: A red and black monogram print, as well as soft-sided versions of the Petite-Malle bag that was introduced with Ghesquiere’s first collection. Overall, there was plenty to look forward to.

[Photos via Vogue UK]

Chanel’s Spring 2015 Bags are Protest-Inspired Mixed Bag

Chanel’s Spring 2015 Bags are Protest-Inspired Mixed Bag

For a moment, I thought about pairing this gallery of Chanel Spring 2015 runway bags with only the following text: “Below, you will find a series of photos of Chanel bags that you will not like. Don’t shoot the messenger.” Part of me still thinks that might suffice.

After several seasons of bright, engaging, thoroughly modern bags (on bags on bags) at its runway shows, Chanel scaled things back this season, theming some of its bags around the zeitgeist-y notion of feminist protest (a theme which was not treated with any sort of reverence) and others around a watercolor that Karl Lagerfeld painted. Still others looked as though they were fashioned around a jacket-like idea, perhaps out of irritation that Moschino is selling Chanel-themed jacket bags hand over fist without any benefit to the company.

If you’ve grown used to the enthusiastic, vibrant approach to accessories that Lagerfeld has taken in the recent past, you won’t find that here. Chanel’s runway included a few notable pieces, mostly clutches with splashy sayings, but the marquee bag, a heavily adorned messenger bag clearly created in the image of the brand’s beloved graffiti backpack, felt too genuinely DIY to command its no-doubt-luxurious price tag. And then there were bags that appeared to be speakers; why they were there or if Chanel will actually sell them is anyone’s guess. Check out all the bags below.

[Photos via Vogue UK]

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Valentino’s Spring 2015 Bags are Another Step Further into the Post-Rockstud Era

Valentino’s Spring 2015 Bags are Another Step Further into the Post-Rockstud Era

Any brand would be thrilled to have a line with as much success and longevity as the Valentino Rockstud bags and shoes; the styles have been remade in endless variations since they debuted nearly four years ago, and consumer desire for Rockstuds seems to be going nowhere. They’re something of a new classic; traditionally luxurious shapes reimagined with a combination of femininity and grit. What does a brand do to follow up that kind of smash success? Valentino Spring 2015 offers a few clues.

This marks the third largely Rockstud-free runway collection that Valentino has presented in a row. Although the brand will surely sell the bags in off-runway variations for years to come, the most important task ahead of Valentino’s designers is figuring a way to transfer the momentum on to new ideas. In this collection, the results were largely positive; the big, printed leather satchels and saddle bags were gorgeous, as were the little clutches with hand straps, adorned with two tiny studs. A series of small shoulder bags with double-ring closures was also notable, although similarly sized bags with complicated Y-shaped leather strips felt a little over-designed.

On the whole, the brand appears to have a pretty good handle on how it’ll handle the transition to a less Rockstud-heavy existence, and we’re excited to see where it goes next.

[Photos via Vogue UK]

Alexander Wang’s Sneaker Bags Seem to Have Found Their Audience

Alexander Wang’s Sneaker Bags Seem to Have Found Their Audience

Today in Things I Didn’t Expect: Alexander Wang offered a very limited pre-order of his very literal, sneaker-inspired Spring 2015 runway bags on his website yesterday, and the three bags, all priced in the mid-$1,000 range, were sold out and completely gone from the site within a matter of hours. As we mentioned earlier today, the fashion community’s thirst for novelty pieces seems almost insatiable right now.

The bags, which appeared on Wang’s Spring 2015 runway two weeks ago in New York, were a limited edition sneak peek of the full collection. When we first wrote about the bags, you guys didn’t seem too impressed, and I’d wager a guess that your views are unchanged now that you know they’re at the top end of the brand’s normal price range.

I’d give you more information on exact prices and model names, but save for this one photo I managed to capture, the bags have been scrubbed from the site after their apparent sell-through. The rest of the sneaker-bag-hungry masses will have to wait until the collection because available early next year.

Céline’s Spring 2015 Runway Bags Struggle Following Upheaval in Accessories Department

Céline’s Spring 2015 Runway Bags Struggle Following Upheaval in Accessories Department

Last December, it was reported in the fashion press that Anouck Duranteau-Loeper, Céline’s accessories director for the entirety of Phoebe Philo’s handbag-happy tenure at the brand, would be leaving to take a position at the newly revitalized Paco Rabanne. Based on the publicly available information and Duranteau-Loeper’s LinkedIn profile, it looks as though she has stayed on at Céline in some capacity, but the new gig means that her involvement in the day-to-day creation of the brand’s accessories is likely now significantly limited, or at least significantly different. That might not be such a good thing for the brand’s handbags.

Céline showed its Spring 2015 collection in Paris over the weekend, and although the clothes were as impeccable and modern as we’ve long come to expect from one of the industry’s greatest minds, the handbags fell flat. They did last season, too. Philo has a penchant for generally keeping the line’s bestsellers off the runway, but because there’s currently no heir apparent to the brand’s wildly popular Luggage, Trapeze and Classic Box bags, fans were surely hoping to get a glimpse of the Next Big Thing.

The Tie Tote seemed positioned to take up the brand’s handbag momentum, but consumer response to it hasn’t rivaled what the brand has enjoyed in previous years and with previous bags. It would be silly to write off Céline’s accessories department at this point, but the Next Big Thing certainly isn’t any of the weird, round bags below.

[Photos via Vogue UK]