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Bag of the Week: Tory Burch Embellished Tassel Minaudiere

Bag of the Week: Tory Burch Embellished Tassel Minaudiere

Bag: Tory Burch Embellished Tassel Minaudiere

Price: $495 via Neiman Marcus

Why It’s the Bag of the Week: Embellished clutches can get ridiculously expensive very quickly, and this reasonably priced option from a brand not generally known for bags like this one is absolutely perfect for all your fall events.

Moschino Embellished a Sweatshirt With an Actual Handbag

Moschino Embellished a Sweatshirt With an Actual Handbag

In the world of Jeremy Scott’s Moschino, nothing is ever what it actually is. That motorcycle jacket? It’s a handbag, or maybe a backpack. Those red and yellow arches are not actually a McDonald’s advertisement. That bag that looks like a Chanel suit and has the handles of a Chanel handbag? Chanel didn’t produce any part of it. Now, Moschino has taken a handbag and draped it around the neck of a basic black hoodie, because why not.

Although the full complement of goods from Scott’s first collection for the brand has yet to arrive in stores, it’s already a commercial success; the exceedingly commercial, aggressively referential bags, accessories and clothes largely disappear from retailers shortly after they become available, and celebrities (especially musicians, who tend to be the splashiest dressers on the star spectrum) have taken to the clothes like ducks to water.

This hoodie plays with the bag-as-status-symbol trope by attaching it front-and-center to a relatively average, oversized black hoodie; the bag’s gleaming gold nameplate is exposed for all to see, no side view required.

Because the bag is probably heavy on its own (let alone with stuff inside it), the wearer can detach it and carry it like a normal shoulder bag once the visual gag has been noticed and appreciated by onlookers. If you lack the three grand to drop on a gag piece, you’re in luck: you can wear virtually any handbag around your neck and get exactly the same is-this-person-okay look from those around you.

If you’d rather have the original, you can pick it up for $3,295 via Net-a-Porter.

The Price of Chanel’s Classic Flap Bag Has Nearly Tripled in the Last Decade

The Price of Chanel’s Classic Flap Bag Has Nearly Tripled in the Last Decade

Pricing data from the mid-2000s can be hard to come by for any handbag; it’s not the kind of information that brands or stores keep in public archives, and PurseBlog itself was only just getting its start cataloging those sorts of things back in the mid-aughts. When the bags in question have never been sold online at all, the search for data only becomes more difficult, and that makes it all the harder to track the at-times-exorbitant price increases that those bags have received over the past decade. Racked did the dirty work of finding out how much Chanel’s prices have changed, and the result was surprising even to me.

Racked’s Casey Lewis tracked prices for Chanel’s Medium Classic Flap Bag from 2005 to now, and she found that, in 2005, one of the bags could be had for $1,650. Although that’s still an objectively high price for something like a handbag, it now seems impossibly low, considering both the current prices of similar bags from other brands and Chanel’s position in the top price tier for luxury accessories.

The same bag in lambskin now goes for $4,900, according to both Lewis’ research and Chanel’s website, despite the fact that astonishingly few things have changed about this bag since its introduction decades ago. Racked’s experts attribute that to the necessity of keeping the bag exclusive; instead of attracting young customers directly to its marquee accessories, Chanel has chosen to introduce other products at a sub-$1,000 price, like expanded lines of sunglasses and costume jewelry, to capture the next generation of aficionados without making its bags unappealingly ubiquitous.

Based on how Louis Vuitton has suffered of late because of its inescapable (and, arguably, devalued) logo, such attempts are indeed necessary to keep an accessories business healthy, but Chanel bags are not exactly a rare sight, in spite of their high price tags. That is, of course, the central paradox of luxury handbags–selling enough of them to keep the business afloat and please investors while still ensuring that every buyer feels like she’s getting something special and unique.

Chanel doesn’t wholesale to third-party stores or sell its bags anywhere online, so without reducing its production, Chanel is doing just about all it can to funnel its bags toward its ideal customers. Only time will tell how long the strategy can be effective and how many more price increases the market can support for an essentially unchanged product.

Man Bag Monday: Parabellum Full Grain Bison Day Bag

Man Bag Monday: Parabellum Full Grain Bison Day Bag

When you ride the New York subway every day at regular commuting hours, you see a lot of different kinds of bags; after all, New Yorkers can stow things in their cars during the day, and whatever we want to have from the time we leave in the morning until we get home at night has to be carried somewhere on our person. Invariably, men’s gym bags are the ugliest of these bags, and with the Parabellum Full Grain Bison Day Bag, I’d like to remind them that they can do better.

Although gym bags do indeed house gym clothes, usually, New York men seem to use them is a stand-in whenever they’ve got slightly more stuff to schlep than a briefcase can contain. The fashion world is full of bags to meet those needs, but some men, even those who spend plenty of money on nice suits, are concerned that others will think of them as fashion-conscious.

For those men, a bag from a brand like Parabellum is ideal; it contains no exterior logos or branding, and it’s hand-made in the US of bison leather. That’s about as macho as a fancy leather bag gets, and it should quell the gay-panic fears of dudes who can’t just don’t believe that having a nice-looking bag doesn’t mean people will question their sexuality. And for people without those concerns, it’s just a beautiful bag.

Pick up one of your own for $2,650 via MR PORTER.

Chanel’s Fall 2014 Bags Were as Fantastically Crazy as We’ve Come to Expect

Chanel’s Fall 2014 Bags Were as Fantastically Crazy as We’ve Come to Expect

[Editor's Note: This week, the PurseBlog staff is out of the office to enjoy the last little bit of summer. We'll return after Labor Day, but in the meantime, we'll be running both new posts and a few of our favorites from the past few months to get you ready for fall.]

More than any show this season, and perhaps in the history of time, Chanel Fall 2014 doesn’t require much of an explanation. Because I’m not sure exactly where that leaves me, though, I’d appreciate it if you’d allow me to be self-indulgent and give you one anyway. We can let Karl Lagerfeld host a fashion show in a faux supermarket, but I, personally, will not let him obviate my place in the universe. It’s my way holding on to some semblance of normalcy in a world where a fake Chanel supermarket is a thing that happens.

Over the past few years, Chanel shows have become more about set design than about the clothes and bags, in a lot of ways, but Lagerfeld still dutifully outfitted each of his models with the brand’s customary moneymakers. The most outlandish of the bags were meat-colored (gross, yet accurate!) Chanel Classic Flap Bags, wrapped in grocery store packaging like ground beef and stamped with assurances the they are, indeed, 100% leather. The real stars of the big-box store, though, were the shopping baskets fashioned out of rigid versions of the chain straps normally found on the brand’s most classic bags.

Of course, what might seem like a veneer of cheeky fun was also a pretty astute commentary on the modern face of the luxury business. As much as popular culture in general sometimes tries to dismiss Karl Lagerfeld as a charlatan, he’s uncommonly skilled at capturing fashion’s place within the larger social picture, and the questions posed in this show’s presentation (Do the super rich, for whom these pieces are made, shop for them the same way that the rest of us buy milk and eggs at the grocery store? Has fashion industry’s desire for endless expansion created a paradox in which its ubiquity makes things that should be rare seem totally common? How does commodification affect the creation of art, if that’s what fashion is?) are worth a moment’s thought, at the very least. Check out all the bags below.

[Images via Vogue.com]

50+ Bags on the Arms of Our Favorite Supermodels

50+ Bags on the Arms of Our Favorite Supermodels

[Editor's Note: This week, the PurseBlog staff is out of the office to enjoy the last little bit of summer. We'll return after Labor Day, but in the meantime, we'll be running both new posts and a few of our favorites from the past few months to get you ready for fall.]

Models and great handbags go together like peanut butter and jelly. Some of our all-time favorite collection profiles have come at the hands of supers like Miranda Kerr, Kate Moss and Alessandra Ambrosio, and if there were a photo agency dedicated purely to documenting their daily outfits, we’d gladly delve into the handbag closets of even more models. Because there isn’t, though, we’ve decided to put together all that we could find from five of our favorite supers whose collections we’ve yet to dissect: Karlie Kloss, Chrissy Teigen, Kate Upton, Adriana Lima and Candice Swanepoel.

The results include over 50 gorgeous designer bag, including some super rare exotics (mostly courtesy of Ms. Upton, who seems to have used entire paychecks to buy things even most handbag lovers can barely dream of). The level to which these ladies are both genetically and sartorially blessed may cause a little bit of envy, but once you get past that, there’s certainly a lot of pretty going on below.

The Many (Many) Bags of Kim Kardashian

The Many (Many) Bags of Kim Kardashian

[Editor's Note: This week, the PurseBlog staff is out of the office to enjoy the last little bit of summer. We'll return after Labor Day, but in the meantime, we'll be running both new posts and a few of our favorites from the past few months to get you ready for fall.]

We’ve been waiting a long time to do this one, and finally, The Many Bags of Kim Kardashian has arrived. The controversial reality star’s bag collection is easily the biggest one we’ve ever dug through, and you might be a little bit surprised by what we found: a lot of fairly conservative choices among the seventy-plus bags we found, many of them used repeatedly over the span of years.

“Kim Kardashian” has practically become a synonym for the excessive vacuousness of fame, but when you get down to it, Kim seems to both really enjoy her handbag collection and choose its contents wisely and with considerable care. She also seems to buy a lot of her bags herself, instead of receiving endless freebies and carrying whatever brands will send her. Hermes very famously does not give freebies or discounts to celebs, and Kim has most certainly spent plenty of her wealth on the acquisition of little (and big) orange boxes. Time and again, I found bags she’s used in the past couple of months popping up in paparazzi pictures from 2009 and 2010, which is a much more judicious use of her handbag backlog than many of us can claim. I’ve never been a Kardashian hater (or a Kardashian lover; I am mostly ambivalent), but after spending a few hours putting these photos together, I wouldn’t mind having a cocktail with Kim. Or looking through her closet, at the very least.

8 Reasons Spending $1,000 or More on a Bag is Totally Worth It

8 Reasons Spending $1,000 or More on a Bag is Totally Worth It

[Editor's Note: This week, the PurseBlog staff is out of the office to enjoy the last little bit of summer. We'll return after Labor Day, but in the meantime, we'll be running both new posts and a few of our favorites from the past few months to get you ready for fall.]

Sticker shock from friends and family members has probably happened to anyone with an interest in fashion or high-end handbags. They ask about your new purchase, they sheepishly ask how much it cost and then they shame you in some way for having the gall to be so extravagant, even if they aren’t blunt enough to put it in those words. Not only are we here to assure you that it’s okay, but we’re here to explain exactly why.

Even for those of us who are somewhat desensitized to fashion prices, handbag prices can sometimes seem a little bit silly. We’re nothing if not professional enablers, though, so if you’re doubting a future purchase or need to convince someone who has his or her nose in your business, we have some arguments that might come in handy.

100 Celebs and Their Favorite Chanel Bags

100 Celebs and Their Favorite Chanel Bags

Around the PurseBlog offices, we spend an inordinate amount of time poring over photos of celebs and their favorite handbags, and over time, one thing has become apparent: famous people really, really love Chanel bags. Non-famous people do too, of course, but those photos are harder to come by.

Singers, actresses, models, It Girls, reality TV stars, novelists – there’s a little bit of everything in this compendium of celebrities and their beloved Chanel bags, and that’s probably what’s most notable about the finished product. It takes quite the iconic bag to look at home on the shoulders of such a diverse cast of characters, and Chanel’s signature pieces look lovely on all (well, almost all) of the women below.

Check Out Céline’s Winter 2014 Handbags

Check Out Céline’s Winter 2014 Handbags

[Editor's Note: This week, the PurseBlog staff is out of the office to enjoy the last little bit of summer. We'll return after Labor Day, but in the meantime, we'll be running both new posts and a few of our favorites from the past few months to get you ready for fall.]

As we continue to inch our way through summer, the advancing date means just one thing in the fashion world: fall collections are starting to pop up all over the Internet. Céline’s Winter 2014 Handbag Lookbook just popped up online, and we’ve got all the bags below.

The only new line debuting for Winter 2014 is the weird Orb Bag that graced the season’s runway, which comes in both an east-west satchel and a petite French purse. Other than that, you’ll find a lot of standby Céline favorites, including the Luggage Tote, Phantom Luggage and Trapeze in new color combinations. The Belt Bag, which debuted for Fall 2014, is a particular standout in sedate tan with subtle neon pink edging. Check out the full lookbook below.

Givenchy’s Fall-Winter 2014 Bags Have an Emphasis on Exotics

Givenchy’s Fall-Winter 2014 Bags Have an Emphasis on Exotics

[Editor's Note: This week, the PurseBlog staff is out of the office to enjoy the last little bit of summer. We'll return after Labor Day, but in the meantime, we'll be running both new posts and a few of our favorites from the past few months to get you ready for fall.]

If you already love Givenchy, we’ve got some great news for you: Givenchy is as Givenchy as ever for Fall-Winter 2014. (That’s what the brand calls the collection we’d generally just call “fall” – that term is instead applied to Givenchy’s pre-fall wares. Fashion is very complicated.)

As you might have guessed, based on the $36,000 Antigona we found two weeks ago, Givenchy’s upcoming line isn’t short on exotics. In addition to that black bag, there’s also a lovely medium grey version in crocodile, plus a bordeaux croc Obsedia satchel and some of the brand’s other popular shapes in snakeskin and ostrich.

Check out the bags below, and we’ll let you know when more of this collection starts trickling into stores.

Summer in Review: PurseBlog’s Best Instagrams

Summer in Review: PurseBlog’s Best Instagrams

Today marks the beginning of PurseBlog Summer Break, which means that our team is taking a week out of the office to travel, rest and, in my case, move into a new apartment. While we’re away, we’ll have both new posts and some of your old favorites, updated and expanded with new photos, new bags and, in general, new things to gawk at. That’s what we’re here for, after all, even when we’re not technically here.

To get things started, we looked back at our Instagrams for the season and put together a few that showcase our favorite bags enjoying the summer weather alongside us. (Yes, our purses are sentient and have moods. Just another perk of the job.) Check ‘em out below, and follow us on Instagram to find out how our bags will feel about fall.

The Best Bag Deals for the Weekend of August 22

The Best Bag Deals for the Weekend of August 22

Let’s be real: this is not a great time of year for sales. Fall arrivals are flooding retailers both online and in real life, and basically all of the spring and summer bags have gone off to new homes. We’re intrepid bag-searchers, though, so we set out once again to find a fresh round of bag deals, and we’d like to think that we were quite successful. Check out our picks below, and for a full selection of all the deals and steals the Internet has to offer, stop by our continuously updated PurseBlog Deals Page.

Louis Vuitton to Release $54,500 Croc Bag for Fall 2014

Louis Vuitton to Release $54,500 Croc Bag for Fall 2014

Just when we thought we’d found all the mind-bending price information we could handle for the upcoming season, Louis Vuitton has gone and reminded us that one of the many internal changes it’s making is adding more high-priced exotic bags to its selection. The Louis Vuitton Crocodile Lady Bag PM, which made its public debut in the brand’s Fall 2014 runway show, will retail for a staggering $54,500.

This price information comes to us via ILVoeLV.com, which is a reliable source of intel on Vuitton’s machinations, especially when it comes to handbags. The bag includes two finishes of croc and measures slightly over a foot wide at its largest point. There’s no word on how many of these bags will be made, but it’s likely to be an extremely limited piece. After all, only so many people can afford to buy a bag that costs more than 50 grand in the first place.

On top of that, the bag has a, uh, very specific aesthetic. Most bags in this price range are simply exotic recreations of designs that the buying public has already embraced with open arms, like the Givenchy Antigona or Fendi 2Jours, but this one is an untested bag shape from new creative director Nicolas Ghesquiere’s first collection for the brand.

The bag is easily more expensive than any of the other seasonal offerings we found online for Fall 2014, although I’d be shocked if it were made available via Vuitton’s website.

Buzz Worthy: The Brand New Hermès Halzan Bag

Buzz Worthy: The Brand New Hermès Halzan Bag

Hermès is a brand with much of its appeal based on its heritage. No one expects it to innovate; instead, dedicated customers want Hermès to keep doing the things its always done in exactly the ways that the brand has always done them. Although the brand sometimes rereleases bags from the archives, it’s somewhat rare that a new Hermès bag makes landfall, which is why we took particular note when we found the Hermès Halzan Bag, which is brand new for Fall 2014 and in stores now.

The Hazlan debuted on the Fall 2014 runway, and its selling point is that it can be worn four ways–as a shoulder bag, a crossbody, a north-south tote or a clutch. Such a structurally versatile bag is a particularly modern endeavor for Hermès, and and the result is surprisingly simple and discreet. When worn as a shoulder bag or crossbody (which is how I expect most people to carry it), there’s not even any exterior branding.

Official details on the Hazlan are few and far between, but here’s what I’ve gleaned from searching the Hermès section of our PurseForum: The bag is made of soft, durable clemence leather with Palladium hardware, and it comes in several popular Hermès shades, including gold, blanc, bleu saphir, etoupe, rouge H, rouge casaque, etain and black.

In the US, the Halzan retails for $5,000, while it will go for 3300 euros on the European market. There’s some indication that it will be sold on Hermes.com in the near future (and it would be in line with the kinds of bags the brand sells online – functional leather basics at the lower end of its handbag price continuum), but for now, you’ll have to pick one up in stores if you’re interested.

For reference, I’ve included some detail photos of the bag from PurseForum member jyyanks–this is her brand new Halzan in rouge casaque.

The Many Bags of Chloe Moretz

The Many Bags of Chloe Moretz

Chloe Moretz isn’t our youngest Many Bags subject, but she’s close. The 17-year-old actress is beat out only by 16-year-old Elle Fanning, and their two handbag collections definitely have some overlap. Namely, both ingenues are beloved by a select group of high-end European brands, which affords them lots of Paris Fashion Week appearances and rare handbags in their closets. Below, check out what Chloe’s been carrying since she arrived on the Hollywood scene.

Prada is the Latest Brand to Court the Affections of Cat Ladies

Prada is the Latest Brand to Court the Affections of Cat Ladies

Prada’s handbags tend to be overwhelmingly staid; the brand has positioned itself, season after season, as the source for work-appropriate power bags for women with corner offices (or corner office aspirations), and although Miuccia allows for an artistic departure here and there, whimsy is usually not her stock in trade. With that in mind, I have no explanation for the Prada Mink Fur Cat Pochette.

Kitschy, literal bags are a huge trend right now (as is weirdness in general, and as are cats), and Prada will bow to pretty much any accessories trend that becomes strong enough, even if it isn’t totally on brand. (Gotta sell bags, after all.) This cat’s jeweled eyes and nose relate the clutch back to Prada’s visual signatures for accessories, but other than that, it just doesn’t feel like much of a Prada bag; if you had told me it was Charlotte Olympia, I’d have believed you without question, and that’s a brand with which Prada’s general aesthetic just doesn’t overlap. That’s not necessarily a complaint–the bag is super cute.

Prada’s previous ventures into literalness that haven’t been either purely artistic or plainly political have generally involved very small accessories, like teddy bear bag charms. As much as I love Prada’s general handbag aesthetic, it’s never bad to see a brand have a little bit of fun. Apparently, I’m not alone in this approval – the bag sold out at Bergdorf Goodman in a matter of days. If you want, you can still visit its product page, though.

Want It Wednesday: Mini Bags Aren’t Just for Summer

Want It Wednesday: Mini Bags Aren’t Just for Summer

Mini bags are most often associated with warm weather; after all, who doesn’t want her hands free during the season’s outdoor activities? They’re just as useful during the fall, though, especially when coat weather comes around and regular shoulder bags compete with your outerwear for shoulder real estate. Now that basically every popular bag comes in a mini size, along with all the bags that were designed to be mini from the beginning, your choices are vast no matter the season. For this edition of Want It Wednesday, the team has enumerated its favorites below.

Get 20% Off Tons of Designer Handbags at Amazon Fashion

Get 20% Off Tons of Designer Handbags at Amazon Fashion

We’re always on the lookout for new and unexpected places to buy handbags; after all, having more options makes it more likely that you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for and get a decent deal. Although you may associate Amazon with reasonably priced books and household goods, Amazon Fashion also holds an impressive selection of handbags, shoes and clothing, mostly at contemporary price points. Not only that, but the site is offering 20% off a $100+ fashion purchase at the moment.

I had noticed Amazon coming up more frequently in my handbag searches recently, and when I did a bit of exploring, I realized that the site held far more fashion options than I would have guessed. When you combine that with Amazon’s customer-friendly delivery and return policies, competitive approach to pricing and perks like Amazon Prime, it’s easy to imagine Amazon building out an even more robust role in online fashion shopping in the near future. Below, check out some of our favorite pieces from Amazon’s handbag selection, or shop the full selection via Amazon.

To get your 20% off, all you have to do is enter code STYL2014 at checkout.

Best Bet: Kate Spade Alice Street Adriana Satchel

Best Bet: Kate Spade Alice Street Adriana Satchel

I’m always on the lookout for bags that look more expensive than they are. That can be a hard thing to pull off, with ever-rising leather prices and executive boards that expect high margin percentages, so when it happens, it makes my day. If you’re looking for a solid work bag that looks professional and sophisticated without a price tag higher than your monthly rent, look no further than the Kate Spade Alice Street Adriana Satchel.

They key to this bag’s expensive look is how sharp it is. It’s got plenty of structure, uncluttered lines and a color combination that accents its shape while leaving it totally work-appropriate, even in an extremely conservative office environment. It’s capped off with just enough gleaming silver hardware, including a front lock that’s reminiscent of closures commonly seen on both Louis Vuitton and Prada bags, which goes a long way toward elevating it into expensive-looking territory.

If the old adage about the wisdom dressing for the job you want and not the one you have has any truth to it, this bag is exactly the kind of thing that a recent grad with her first office job needs on her arm. It wouldn’t be too shabby for a not-so-recent grad, either.

Buy through Neiman Marcus for $398.

Prada’s Fall 2014 Runway Bags Have Arrived in Stores

Prada’s Fall 2014 Runway Bags Have Arrived in Stores

In spite of the fact that I’m generally willing to give Miuccia Prada the benefit of the doubt on almost anything (those ill-advised, open-toe Miu Miu cowboy boots from a couple of seasons ago are a notable exception), I wasn’t really feeling most of Prada’s Fall 2014 runway bags. Most of them were decked with huge, ungainly chains and little else, and many of you were similarly unsure whether they’d translate well to retail. Good news: they have!

Pre-orders for Prada’s fall runway bags are now up at Bergdorf Goodman (as well as for a whole load of non-runway options), and the results are mostly quite good. There are far fewer chains, and the bags that have had them eliminated entirely fare the best, especially the elegant top handles. If you still want a chain in your life, there are some smaller, mostly metallic options that meet your needs, but they’re not the highlight here. Check out a selection of the bags below and shop the full selection via Bergdorf Goodman.

Anndra Neen to Auction Off Solid Gold Clutch Commissioned by Carine Roitfeld

Anndra Neen to Auction Off Solid Gold Clutch Commissioned by Carine Roitfeld

At times, it feels like the handbag and jewelry markets are slowly converging into one. Customers who like one type of high-dollar designer accessory are likely to be interested in others, and costume jewelry designers like Dannijo, Mawi and Shourouk have taken that opportunity to expand their reach into the handbag market with lines of metal-and-rhinestone-accented clutches and bags that combine the best decorative aspects of their jewels, with generally well-received results.

The jewelry-designing sisters behind Anndra Neen dipped its toes in the clutch waters not long ago, and the results were more than well-received; the little cage clutch that was the crowning achievement of the small bag line sold out so quickly when it became available at retailers that I felt like I was chasing it around the Internet in order to write a post about it. As Style.com reports, CR Fashion Book editor Carine Roitfeld was so smitten with the clutch that she had the designers make it in 18-karat gold for the LoveGold amfAR gala at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.

The clutch stayed with the sisters after the gala, and now they’ve turned it over to Sotheby’s for auction during the house’s Important Jewels auction on September 23 in New York. Right now, the estimated final price of the clutch, which required 20 hours of painstaking hand work, is in excess of $20,000. That’s less than plenty of Birkins, which is not bad when you consider that it’s a one-of-a-kind, handmade piece rendered in solid gold at a fashion legend’s request.

[Photos via Anndra Neen]

Bag of the Week: Dolce & Gabbana Monica Satchel

Bag of the Week: Dolce & Gabbana Monica Satchel

Bag: Dolce & Gabbana Monica Bag

Price: $1,865 via SSENSE

Why It’s the Bag of the Week: Call it the Taylor Swift Effect; we’ve been taking increased note of Dolce & Gabbana’s bags lately, and this structured, textured little purse caught our attention with its gleaming, intricate lock.

The International Edit – August 18

The International Edit – August 18

New fall arrivals are rolling in all over the globe, and that means we’ve had our eyes on some great handbags, shoes and accessories from online retailers both near and far. Whether you live outside the US or you live here and are just hoping to find a gem that might not be as readily available in America, check out our selections in this week’s International Edit.

20 Burgundy Bags to Start Your Fall Wardrobe

20 Burgundy Bags to Start Your Fall Wardrobe

Burgundy may be the perfect fall color; it’s rich, versatile and basically a neutral, but it’s not quite as obvious a choice as an actual neutral. Black, grey, tan, navy–burgundy looks flawless with all of them, and depending on the undertones of the particular shade, it can read as anything from a particularly warm brown to just a shade off aubergine. All of that, of course, makes it a perfect choice for a new handbag.

Burgundy (or, as everyone suddenly decided to call it, oxblood) had a huge fall last year, and based on the deliveries currently rolling into stores, the industry’s appreciation for the color hasn’t abated. If you’re all stocked up on traditional neutrals and want something a little bit more interesting in your wardrobe that will still be appropriate for frequent use, we’ve got 20 options below, in a variety of shapes and price ranges.

Man Bag Monday: Carven Leather Backpack

Man Bag Monday: Carven Leather Backpack

In general, men’s bags cost less than women’s do, even when the men’s version is based on a popular women’s design (and is larger than that design). The only place where that seems to be particularly untrue is when it comes to backpacks; perhaps designers assume that a man buying a luxury backpack is likely to be more accustomed to to exorbitant fashion pricing than one just trying to pick up a nice briefcase.

Even non-leather backpacks can reach four figures pretty quickly, and I’m not much of a fan of that no matter the gender of the bag’s intended audience. If you’re a dude who wants a designer backpack from a buzzy brand under a thousand dollars, check out the Carven Leather Backpack.

This design is a totally pared-down take on the Jansports we all carried in middle school, except now that we’re adults, the bag is rendered in leather that appears to be super buttery. For the size of the bag and how functional it is to have a backpack around, this bag is well worth the price of $695 via East Dane.

Kim Kardashian’s Daughter Poses With Chanel Bag in CR Fashion Book

Kim Kardashian’s Daughter Poses With Chanel Bag in CR Fashion Book

I just can’t, you guys, this baby, she is so cute, look at her little cheeks.

*deep breath*

Ok! So. Now that my hormones have been shoved back into their proper places, I’m here to tell you that North West, instantly famous child of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, has her very own page in the forthcoming 5th issue of CR Fashion Book. North, of course, made her editorial fashion debut in Vogue as an infant.

This time, North was photographed by herself by Michael Avedon, complete with a Chanel brooch on her baby cardigan (which is certainly cashmere) and a teeny-tiny Chanel bag in her baby lap. Everything about this is ridiculous, and I love it.

Carine Roitfeld, CR’s founder and guiding force, is a big fan of the Kardashians; she had Kim grace the cover of a previous issue, and Kim’s spot within pop culture fits right in with much of the sometimes hyper-sexualized aesthetic that Roitfeld has honed over the years.

This image, of course, is a pretty sly wink at the Kardashians’ place within pop culture as well; constantly covered in expensive clothing and cultivated for fame from birth. When North gets a little older, she’ll have plenty of mom’s bags to borrow.

The Best Bag Deals for the Weekend of August 15

The Best Bag Deals for the Weekend of August 15

I’m not venturing much when I say that some people like neutral bags, while others prefer color. (Print people: we also have a bag for you.) During most times of the year, one variety of bag is far easier to find than others, but during this time of fall transition, you can find pretty much any color you’d like, from bright turquoise to graphite. In this week’s edition of Bag Deals, we have a little bit of both.

A New Fragrance Makes the Fall Transition Even More Pleasant

A New Fragrance Makes the Fall Transition Even More Pleasant

Most fragrances strike me as seasonal; as soon as I get a whiff, it’s instinctually clear during which months a particular scent will do its best work, just like most colors or textures lean one way or the other. Transitional months are a little trickier; you need a scent that’s not too sweet for cool evenings but that won’t stink up any space you’re in on warm afternoons.

Below, I’ve picked some of my personal favorites; these scents balance their seasonal notes perfectly. Think of them as the “light sweaters” of the perfume world.

PurseBlog Asks: Which Trend Were You Wrong About?

PurseBlog Asks: Which Trend Were You Wrong About?

I’ve never liked admitting when I’m wrong about something, but when that something turns out to be a thing I enjoy that I had originally hated, that softens the blow a little bit. When it comes to handbags, the first things on that list are the Valentino Rockstud Bags.

When Valentino’s uber-successful line first debuted, it was with VaVaVoom bags during the brand’s Spring 2011 runway show. Valentino had been searching for its accessories identity for seasons, and it was beginning to feel like the brand’s then-fairly new creative directors might not find their groove. It felt like studs had been all over everything for years on end, and the finger-slips at the front of the VaVaVoom just didn’t quite make sense to me. (They still don’t, really, but the rest of the line is good enough to excuse it.)

A lot of you agreed with me in the comments on that initial review, but somehow, Valentino went on to tweak and expand the collection, making me and thousands of others into believers over the intervening three years. They’re surpassed “trend” and now seem like they’re headed toward “classic” – a bag that the brand can tweak and reissue to great customer response for years to come. I’m glad I was wrong about them.

Which bag or trend did you dismiss at first, only to come around to it later? Let us know in the comments.

You can shop Valentino bags via Net-a-Porter.

The Many Bags of Taylor Swift, Part 2

The Many Bags of Taylor Swift, Part 2

In some ways, it seems like Taylor Swift has been daring me to write a second investigation into her handbag collection all summer. Every day when I open our photo agency’s archives, there are new photos of her walking to and fro in New York City, enjoying her morning constitutional, her evening constitutional and sometimes several constitutionals in between, generally wearing a two-piece matching outfit and a handbag dangling from her forearm. To me, her intentions are clear.

Even if you don’t believe that Taylor Swift is trying to surreptitiously communicate with me through the paparazzi, taking a look through her quirky handbag collection is an interesting study in celebrity branding. Instead of carrying things that others have decided are popular or of-the-moment, Swift sticks to less recognizable options from both major brands and independent designers alike. The result is that she always looks like herself instead of looking like an It Bag billboard, just like the last time we took a look at her handbag habits in 2012.

Want It Wednesday: Not-Quite-50 Shades of Grey

Want It Wednesday: Not-Quite-50 Shades of Grey

Not only is grey one of my very favorite colors (it totally qualifies as a color, okay?), but it’s perfect in a transition because it comes in so many seasonless variations. Since we continue to barrel through August at an alarming rate, it’s now time to think about making those transitions, and we’ve got a few suggestions in this week’s edition of Want It Wednesday.

Mulberry Got Cara Delevingne a Handbag Cake for her Birthday

Mulberry Got Cara Delevingne a Handbag Cake for her Birthday

Yesterday was Cara Delevingne’s 22nd birthday, and considering that she’s an international It Girl and supermodel from a well-to-do London family, you’d be excused for not knowing exactly what to get her. Mulberry, the brand that loves Cara the very most, did not seem quite so stumped; it got her an edible Mulberry Cara Delevinge Bag, bathed in black fondant.

In this post-Cake Boss world, everything has the potential to be an object that is also a cake, and handbags, with their generally blocky shapes, are relative child’s play to the stunt bakers of the world. Even so, this cake is a particularly good example of the genre; when it first appeared on Mulberry’s Twitter account, I had to look at it very closely to make sure my eyes weren’t deceiving me.

They weren’t. The cake is, of course, modeled after Mulberry’s yet-to-hit-stores collaboration with Delevingne, which mostly involves adding quilting (and sometimes backpack straps or studs) to Mulberry’s popular Bayswater shape. Mulberry and Delevingne are currently in the middle of a huge publicity tour for the bags, so here’s hoping they show up in stores soon.

If you were going to get a handbag birthday cake, which bag would you choose?

farfetch.com 20% Off Coupon Code August 2014

farfetch 20 off coupon code august 2014We love any sale, but farfetch.com’s sales are particularly great because they feature tons of designer pieces from boutiques all over the world, right at our fingertips. We particularly love the one that’s going on right now; not only are there tons of great markdowns, but from now through August 15, you can get an extra 20% off any sale purchase. All you have to do is enter coupon code x20aug14 at checkout!

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Headed Off to College? Here’s What to Carry for Under $550

Headed Off to College? Here’s What to Carry for Under $550

Even though it’s been a solid decade since I went off to college, this time of year makes me nostalgic for back-to-school shopping, no matter how many grey hairs I’ve recently started producing. (Spoiler alert: a significant number of grey hairs.) As you might expect, I have some thoughts on how to pick exactly the right bag for all your college needs, as well as some suggestions of what’s out there right now that fits the bill.

Your (or your daughters’) experiences may vary, but my college career required a ton of walking on a very large, hilly campus, so the first thing to think about when picking a bag for a new or returning college student is its weight; coated canvas or lighter-weight leathers are ideal, and forgo bags with lots of extra pockets unless you really need them, because the extra material adds up quickly.

Second, the bag has to be big enough to hold the requisite college student stuff–I only chose bags that I thought would fit a notebook, a textbook and a slim laptop or tablet. If you’re going to be hauling around two giant organic chemistry books, your problems are bigger than any solutions I can provide. On, like, several levels.

I’ve also only selected bags that can serve a young woman (or man–carry what you want!) well in the event of an internship or job interview; those sometimes pop up last-minute in school, and making a solid impression on someone that early in your career can quite literally change your entire life.

Lastly, I’m not trying get all Marie Antoinette up in here. Although we are primarily an emporium of information on stupefyingly expensive handbags, I know that college is a time of tight budgets for most people, and even most fashion lovers. While most of the bags below cannot be accurately described as inexpensive, I’ve kept them all below $550, with many options far under that price.

Valentino Revisits Rockstud Rouge

Valentino Revisits Rockstud Rouge

When Valentino puts out some kind of specialized version of its wildly popular Rockstud bags, shoppers work themselves into a lather. The seasonal lines, like all-black and crystal-covered camo, sell out without fail, and if you wait too long or waste time praying for a sale, you’re generally out of luck. If that was the case for you when the all-red Valentino Rockstud Rouge bags came out several seasons ago, it looks like your luck has changed.

Valentino is calling this reintroduced line “Rouge Absolute,” and it will indeed contain more than just reissues of the popular all-red bags from seasons past, although the red studs do make a return. The collection includes bags, shoes and leather apparel in a variety of shades of red, which has long been the brand’s signature color.

In addition to the red studs, there’s also red camo and red leopard, plus Rockstud Rouge Absolute Signature, which allows buyers to customize their bags, shoes and even sunglasses with metal initial charms, which are removable and can be replaced with studs. At the moment, those styles appear to be available only through Valentino.

Non-signature Rockstud Rouge Absolute pieces are starting to hit other retailers for fall; check out some of the early arrivals below.

Well This is a Weird Bag, Alice + Olivia

Well This is a Weird Bag, Alice + Olivia

“Weird” is having a big month so far. Fall deliveries have given us such a bumper crop of oddball bags that we went ahead and picked our favorite dozen last week, and then Coach put some giant animal heads in its latest in-store campaign. Now, somehow, Alice + Olivia has out-weirded them all.

Because the brand only recently started up its handbag line, you might not be familiar with the contemporary quirk of the Alice + Olivia brand. It offers girlish literalism and irreverence, often in the Charlotte Olympia vein, for reasonably accessible price point. Right now, though, it is simply trying to give me bad dreams.

I like all-black things, I like vaguely creepy things, I like weirdness for weirdness’ sake. This little lady, though, looks like she’s going to hide under my bed and then eat my face while I sleep. It’s looking into the rotten parts of my soul. The handle sticking out of its head is not helping.

If you’d like to scare small children (and grown fashion bloggers), you can own one of these bear bags for $495 via ShopBop.

Bag of the Week: IIIBeCa by Joy Gryson Church Street Crossbody Bag

Bag of the Week: IIIBeCa by Joy Gryson Church Street Crossbody Bag

Bag: IIIBeCa by Joy Gryson Church Street Crossbody Bag

Price: $128 via ShopBop

Why It’s the Bag of the Week: Not only is this little bag affordable, cute and functional, but proceeds from the sale of every IIIBeCa bag benefit a handful of New York City charities. Buy a handbag, do some good!

Check Out Katie Hillier’s and Luella Bartley’s First Bags for Marc by Marc Jacobs

Check Out Katie Hillier’s and Luella Bartley’s First Bags for Marc by Marc Jacobs

If it felt to you as though Marc by Marc Jacobs handbags had become a bit stale over the past few years, you weren’t alone; Marc Jacobs felt the same way. In advance of his company’s much-rumored future IPO, Jacobs brought in Katie Hillier and Luella Bartley to breathe new life into the once-powerful contemporary brand, and we now know more about the duo’s first line of bags for the brand.

Marc by Marc Jacobs Fall 2014 maintains the brand’s signature, youth-skewed aesthetic while streamlining and simplifying some of the details, as is fashionable in accessories at the moment. Shoppers will find less hardware on these bags, as well as only one signature print for fall (or at least for the first part of the season – the handbags below are all August in-store deliveries). The results are strong, on the whole, and I like them more the longer I look at them.

Are you intrigued by MBMJ’s new direction? Check out the bags below and let us know.

The 10 Most Expensive Bags of Fall 2014

The 10 Most Expensive Bags of Fall 2014

Now that it’s August, practically all the bags available for purchase online are from pre-fall or fall. With stores flush with new products and designers churning out more and more exotic bags every season, we wondered how how the highest of high-end bags compared to last season’s crop.

The biggest difference from Spring 2014 is that this season, both Givenchy and Fendi have put a much bigger emphasis on both producing their most popular styles in exotics and making sure that they’re widely available to shoppers online. In the past, these bags might have existed in a boutique here and there, but now you can click a few buttons and have a $41,000 handbag carried to your door by your local UPS man.

Below, check out the most expensive handbags that are currently available online in a variety of both leather and structure categories.

Man Bag Monday: Ted Baker Harlemm Mixed Leather Briefcase

Man Bag Monday: Ted Baker Harlemm Mixed Leather Briefcase

It’s not often that I have the urge to refer to any bag as “jaunty,” let alone a men’s briefcase, but it’d be hard to argue that the Ted Baker Harlemm Mixed Leather Briefcase is anything other than that. It’s a traditional brief shape with a little bit of kick.

Making a briefcase feel a little bit fun without making it utterly inappropriate for an office is a bit of a tough line to toe, and although this bag would probably garner a few weird looks in the most conservative work environments, it would probably fly in most. Teal leather is for a very specific man, though, and probably one who pays a lot of attention to detail in the other areas of his appearance.

Buy through Bloomingdale’s for $375.

“America’s Largest Closet” Robbed of Over $1 Million in Luxury Goods

“America’s Largest Closet” Robbed of Over $1 Million in Luxury Goods

We regularly feature the photos and collections of women the world over who love showcasing their incredibly expensive handbag and shoe collections for thousands of curious onlookers, but that kind of sharing can have its downsides. Not long after going on both local and national TV to showcase her three-story closet, including dozens of Hermès and Chanel bags, among others, Houston resident Theresa Roemer is now missing more than a million bucks in designer wares.

The 3,000-square-foot space, which had recently been dubbed America’s biggest private fashion closet, has been the subject of its fair share of media attention, which was likely the cause for the burglary earlier this week. Roemer told the Houston Chronicle that the theft appears to have been perpetrated by professionals, and that the robbers focused on her jewelry, watches and handbags, despite the probable existence of many other extremely expensive things inside a house with a $500,000 custom closet.

Roemer and her husband moved into the 20,000-square-foot house in the tony Woodlands neighborhood of Houston two years ago after two burglaries on their previous home. The massive closet has security features, but Roemer says that she forget to arm them before she and her husband stepped out to dinner with friends on the evening of the robbery.

The couple’s security cameras caught the perpetrator entering the house through the rear, according to the Chronicle, and then using three of Theresa’s Hermès travel bags to load up on other accessories before departing on foot. All told, he was in the house for 40 minutes, and the place is so massive that the Roemers didn’t realize that something was amiss until a little while after they returned home from dinner.

Media attention on Roemer’s closet appears to have started with a Neiman Marcus blog post (which is where the above photo is from) about her collection and philanthropic efforts, and the story grew from there, as these kinds of things are wont to do on the Internet.

No matter how you may judge Roemer’s use of her money, it’s a stark reminder that what we share, online and elsewhere, isn’t only being viewed by those with our best interests at heart. Handbags, especially from brand likes Hermès and Chanel, have great value on the secondhand market, which can send thieves directly to your closet.

The Best Bag Deals for the Weekend of August 8

The Best Bag Deals for the Weekend of August 8

Good morning and happy Friday to all! Normally I wouldn’t be this peppy at 10 a.m., but today is bag deals day, so things are different. Below, we’ve got the finest assortment of sale bags we could find on this here Internet, including a totally gorgeous, exotic Valentino bag that we think is a must-see for everyone.

Friday Morning Pretty: Ralph Lauren Soft Ricky Alligator Bags

Friday Morning Pretty: Ralph Lauren Soft Ricky Alligator Bags

Fashion is a complicated topic, for sure. It sits at the intersection of art and commerce, of high and low culture, of aesthetic and functional design. Sometimes, though, when something is beautiful enough, fashion feels incredibly simple; it’s just about owning something beautiful. That’s what it felt like when I first set eyes on the Ralph Lauren Alligator Soft Ricky Bags.

Handbag lovers are all well familiar with the Birkin-reminiscent Ricky by now, as well as with all kinds of exotics, but something about these bags stands out. Perhaps its the color choices, which are all soft, powdery pastels that give the alligator an almost porcelain quality. Its an extra element of delicacy to an already fragile material, and it’s easy to get the idea of the kind of women who would potentially carry one of these. Suffice it to say that her life probably doesn’t suck.


Ralph Lauren Soft Ricky Alligator Bag
$18,500 via Ralph Lauren

Ralph Lauren Soft Ricky Alligator Blue

Ralph Lauren Soft Ricky Alligator Bag
$18,500 via Ralph Lauren

Ralph Lauren Soft Ricky Alligator Grey

Ralph Lauren Soft Ricky Alligator Bag
$18,500 via Ralph Lauren

Ralph Lauren Soft Ricky Alligator Purple

50 Celebrities and the Bags They Carried to Fly out of LAX This Summer

50 Celebrities and the Bags They Carried to Fly out of LAX This Summer

In a lot of ways, air travel is the great equalizer. Only the richest of the ultra-rich fly exclusively private, and for run-of-the-mill famous people, even A-listers, working means boarding a lot of commercial flights. Often those flights either land or originate at Los Angeles International Airport, or LAX, where paparazzi are poised every day to document one of the few mundane activities that a star can’t protect or control: checking in, checking her bags and walking to security.

That means that we know more about how celebrities behave at the airport than about how they do almost anything else, from reality stars all the way up to screen legends. Since the airport also requires the sort of baggage in which we are preternaturally interested, paparazzi pictures from LAX are absolutely full of awesome bags. We previously documented celebs’ love for Louis Vuitton luggage, but today, we’re interested in which handbags the stars are carrying on. Check out our finest findings from the past few months below.

Trend Forecasters Examine Data on Handbag Brands, Get Bizarre Results

Trend Forecasters Examine Data on Handbag Brands, Get Bizarre Results

Applying algorithmic logic to fashion is tricky at best; Google itself has failed publicly at predicting what stylish shoppers might like to buy, and a recent report from trendcasting duo Credit Suisse and NetBase makes me think they might not have quite figured it out either. According to them, Hermès is the brand with the worst online momentum for its handbags, and Ralph Lauren is the leader of the pack. Huh?

According to Vanessa Friedman at the New York Times, NetBase and Credit Suisse scoured data from online chatter about handbags (more than a little of which was from our PurseForum, I’m guessing) to see which brands’ bags were talked about the most, as well as whether the comments were negative or positive. The study makes no distinction between premiere designer and contemporary brands; Hermès and Chanel are ranked right along with Kate Spade and Coach, even though brands at such disparate ends of the price spectrum have very different customers who not only behave differently toward fashion in general, but use the Internet for shopping in very different ways. Some extremely important accessories brands, like Céline and Givenchy, are missing entirely.

The study cites the fact that 22% of the online comments made about Hermès are negative as source for concern, but for a brand with such a slim market, what does that mean? I see commenters and Forum members regularly ding Hermès for its high prices, which are a mark of exclusivity that actually attracts more customers from the brand’s target market. Presumably, that negative chatter got grouped as harmful to the brand, though, because there’s no indication that the data scientists had any method for determining whether or not the comments came from a member of the brand’s potential customer pool.

Similarly, it seems plausible that buyers of extraordinarily expensive handbags that are marketed as the finest in the world would have exacting standards for their purchases, far more so than someone might expect for a bag that cost a couple hundred bucks, which could cause great gnashing of teeth when a product or buying experience isn’t up to those elevated expectations.

And that’s just one brand of the many that Credit Suisse and NetBase tracked. Elsewhere, it found that Calvin Klein bags had among the strongest momentum, despite the fact that most bag consumers aren’t even familiar with its high-end line and the vast majority of major luxury retailers don’t carry it. You can check out Friedman’s full examination of the study, which is similarly dubious of the raw data’s findings. Statistics are great, but if they’re examined outside the context of the industry they’re meant to measure, a lot of the value ends up lost in translation.

Want It Wednesday: Printed Everything

Want It Wednesday: Printed Everything

Because prints always have more than one color, they make uncommonly good choices to make a seasonal transition a little more seamless. Below, check out which printed pieces the PurseBlog team wants to be wearing for fall and beyond in this week’s edition of Want It Wednesday.

Decorate Your Bag with Enough Bits, Bobs, Charms and Fobs to Create a Whole Second Bag

Decorate Your Bag with Enough Bits, Bobs, Charms and Fobs to Create a Whole Second Bag

We are living in a golden age of things to hang from your handbag. Bag charms have been reasonably well-liked since back in the day of the ultra-collectable Prada robots, but it’s the Fendi Bag Bugs that have really rocketed the accessory-on-accessory look to its current popularity. With Fendi selling fur puff charms hand over fist, more and more companies have entered the market in the past year, to mostly adorable effect.

Bag Bugs can run you $800 and are nearly impossible to track down without a pre-order, so below, we’ve assembled an extensive list of alternatives, including a bunch that will cost you far less. From tiny bags to hang on your bag to two different fox-shapes options, these funny little bits are the perfect balancing agent to the wave of minimalism that’s overtaken accessories design in the past few seasons. You can have your cake and eat it too; a beautiful bag with a bit of fun clipped on at will.

All of these bags have spring locks that make them easy to hook onto a bag’s hardware, but if you’d rather put one inside your bag, you can do that too – almost all have key rings that allow for more discreet, functional use.

Yes, There are Giant Animal Heads in Coach’s New In-Store Campaign

Yes, There are Giant Animal Heads in Coach’s New In-Store Campaign

As we all know, Coach is in the middle of a rebranding effort to make itself palatable to a more discerning, higher-spending clientele, and it looks like that transition has now begun in earnest. Although Stuart Vevers’ first Coach collection has yet to start arriving in stores, the brand’s extremely slick ad campaign has already made the rounds, and now we have our first glimpse at the brand’s first in-store installation under its new creative director. It involves giant animal heads.

There’s a lot to love in this campaign–which was shot in the DUMBO neighborhood of Brooklyn and includes the images on the site, in-store displays and a short film directed by James Lima–especially if you went through a Donnie Darko phase. When I showed it to the rest of the PurseBlog team and a few friends in the industry to get their initial reactions, they were almost overwhelmingly positive; sure, it’s weird, but it’s weird in a way that you’d never expect of Coach, all while keeping with some of the stylized New York-ness that has characterized much of the company’s branding in recent years. It’s Coach on mescaline.

Perhaps my favorite part of this, which is termed a “window campaign” by the brand, is how matter-of-fact it is. It’s not self-conscious of its giant animal heads, which include a horse, a rabbit and a bird in bright colors. Instead, the models wearing them are filmed and photographed doing the mundanely high-end tasks that contemporary-luxury campaigns often depict, like going to coffee shops and perusing record stores. It’s like Coach is daring you to ask what’s going on with the rabbit and her buddies.

Check out a few screen shots from the film below, and to check out the full thing (plus Coach’s new arrivals), head over to Coach.com now.

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The International Edit: All About Forzieri

The International Edit: All About Forzieri

I first came across accessories-only Italian shopping site Forzieri back in my nascent days of handbag obsession, and lately, I’ve rediscovered the great mix of products that it offers. From highly covetable megabrands like Valentino and Fendi to in-the-know European contemporary finds like Carven and Jerome Dreyfuss, Forzieri makes highly covetable handbags, shoes and accessories a little bit more accessible to shoppers all over the globe.

If you live in the US and are nervous about shopping someplace offshore, fret not; orders over $150 ship free to the US, and returns are always free. The site also offers a loyalty program that allows shoppers to earn points toward discounts on future purchases, which makes it competitive with US department stores in a way that online outposts usually aren’t. It seems like online luxury shopping becomes more robust by the second, and with its focus on accessories, Forzieri is a shopping site after our own hearts.

Below, take a look at some of our favorite pieces from the site’s current offerings, and if something strikes your fancy, you can get $100 off a $300 handbag purchase through August 10 with code 72E6BE.