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5 Under $500: Micro Mini Bags

5 Under $500: Micro Mini Bags


Clare V. Maison Mini Sac
$195 via ShopBop

Clare V Maison Mini Sac

ShopBop 25% Off Sale Coupon Code July 2014

ShopBop Sale Code July 2014We love it when a sale gets a little bit sweeter, and that’s exactly what’s happening right now at ShopBop. Through tomorrow, July 23, you can get an extra 25% off a huge selection of sale items. All you have to do is enter code 25EXTRA at checkout! Now’s the perfect time to pick up enough sundresses and sandals to take you through the last half of the summer and into fall.

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Christophe Lemaire to Leave Hermès After Spring 2015 Show

Christophe Lemaire to Leave Hermès After Spring 2015 Show

In the world of big-name leather goods, shifts in strategy rarely come as a surprise. There are rumors and whispers of declining sales, or, alternately, talk of the designer becoming enough of a star in his own right that he or she doesn’t need the brand anymore. That’s why designer Christophe Lemaire’s exit from Hermès, announced yesterday and reported by Women’s Wear Daily, caught so many people off guard.

Lemaire replaced Jean Paul Gaultier as Hermès’ creative director in June 2010, and in that time, his collections have been extremely well-received, both by fashion critics and by the brand’s core group of handbag-obsessed customers. He managed to recalibrate the brand’s long-standing image in a carefully modern way, and in doing so, had performed the somewhat difficult trick of pleasing critics without alienating buyers who are heavily invested in the brand’s heritage and story.

In the process, Lemaire, who had come to the brand from Lacoste, had stayed largely in the shadows instead of presenting himself as an outsize personality a la Marc Jacobs at Louis Vuitton. It appears, though, that Lemaire is leaving for the same reasons that Jacobs recently did – to focus on his own brand, which he founded in 1991 and revived in 2007.

At this point, there’s no indication that Lemaire was encouraged to leave by new Hermès exec Axel Dumas, who took the reins of the company earlier this year and praised his work (and its financial returns) in his exit announcement.

Lemaire’s replacement hasn’t been announced, but whoever it is will have big shoes to fill after his last collection debuts at Paris Fashion Week in October.

Get an Extra 20% Off at the farfetch.com Sale Now!

Get an Extra 20% Off at the farfetch.com Sale Now!

One of the best things about online shopping is that you can access stores from around the world, which means that you’re not beholden to the American sale schedule and good deals can always be found. Today, those deals are at farfetch.com, whose sale section just got a lot fuller. On top of those new discounts, you can get an extra 20% off your sale purchase with code x20july14. Be sure to act quickly – this deal ends Friday, July 25.

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Bag of the Week: Marc by Marc Jacobs In The Grain Satchel

Bag of the Week: Marc by Marc Jacobs In The Grain Satchel

Bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs In The Grain Satchel

Price: $560 via Neiman Marcus

Why It’s the Bag of the Week: Marc by Marc Jacobs is in the middle of an image revamp, and as a result, the bags are starting to skew noticeably more sleek and sophisticated than they have in recent seasons. Luckily, they’re still just as affordable as ever.

The International Edit: July 21

The International Edit: July 21

PurseBlog may be New York-based, but we know we have a lot of readers whose locations reach far beyond our shores. With that in mind, we’re bringing you another edition of The International Edit, in which we scope out the newest wares at our favorite non-American online retailers. With pre-fall and fall deliveries piling up every day, there’s a ton of new stuff to check out below.

Shop Vintage Chanel Bags and Accessories Now via Moda Operandi

Shop Vintage Chanel Bags and Accessories Now via Moda Operandi

Let’s be real: not many bags age well. Poor craftsmanship and materials become obvious over time, and most brand design to trends rather than having strong looks of their own that defy them. Chanel is one of very few exceptions to that rule, and that makes the brand’s vintage and pre-owned bags all the more covetable. Today, you have a chance to scoop one up for your very own via Moda Operandi.

Because so many Chanel bags that are popular now have gone largely unchanged since their introductions in decades past, these vintage bags don’t look at all dated. Instead, a vintage Chanel bag makes you look like the lucky girl who got an awesome bag passed down for her mom. If your mother doesn’t have any Chanel to give (or is unwilling to part with hers – we wouldn’t blame her), check out some of our favorites from the Moda trunkshow below or shop the full selection (which also includes jewelry and small accessories).

Man Bag Monday: Westbrook XO Barneys New York x Want Les Essentiels de la Vie Kastrup Backpack

Man Bag Monday: Westbrook XO Barneys New York x Want Les Essentiels de la Vie Kastrup Backpack

First of all, the name of the Westbrook XO Barneys New York x Want Les Essentiels de la Vie Kastrup Backpack is absurdly long. It has a lot to tell us, for sure, but it’s choosing to convey all that information in a really convoluted way, and it’s making this very simple, modern backpack seem complicated. It’s not! But in case this is the first you’re hearing about Barneys’ latest menswear collaboration, allow me to explain.

You may or may not have heard of Russell Westbrook, but he’s a extremely talented NBA player who has a knack for dressing like a crazy person in extremely expensive clothes. He has an enormous enthusiasm for fashion, though, and his choices are noted by entire swaths of male pop culture that might not otherwise be exposed to that type of style. With that in mind, Barneys brought him in to collaborate on a capsule collection with a bunch of the store’s favorite menswear brands.

This Want Les Essentiels de la Vie backpack is part of that collaboration, and it manages to combine Westbrook’s flare for the dramatic with the brand’s penchant for elevated basics. The bag does have dark leopard calf hair straps and gussets, though, so it’s not entirely lacking in the basketball star’s more daring sensibilities.

Pick up your own for $1,125 via Barneys.

The Many Bags of Petra and Tamara Ecclestone

The Many Bags of Petra and Tamara Ecclestone

We see a lot of Hermès bags around here, but rarely do we see collections as spectacular as those of Petra and Tamara Ecclestone. We previously examined who the British heiresses are and where their seemingly endless supplies of dollars come from, and now we’re here to take a true, in-depth look at as many of the Ecclestones’ bags as we can find. In addition to Hermè, get ready to see a lot of Céline.

Bloomingdale’s Sale July 2014

Bloomingdale's SaleIf you’ve been eying a new bag or some wardrobe additions to get you through the last half of summer and the early days of fall, you’re in luck. Our friends at Bloomingdale’s have taken up to 50% off a whole host of new stuff, and because sale season is largely over, this is a great time to sneak in when most shoppers aren’t looking at grab the best stuff at a significant markdown.

Shop Up To 50% Off at Bloomingdale’s Now!

Louis Vuitton Finally Redesigned Its Website

Louis Vuitton Finally Redesigned Its Website

Louis Vuitton has always had one of the more comprehensive websites of the major handbag brands – it’s always had e-commerce, and even for pieces not sold online, prices and color options were generally available for shopper’ perusal – but it’s never been one of the more functional of fashion’s branded sites. Thanks to Nicolas Ghesquiere and his new vision for the brand, all that has changed. Please say the appropriate thank-yous to the deity of your choice.

If anyone on Earth hated Louis Vuitton’s old website more than I did, it was probably some poor Vuitton employee that was required to use it every day; I simply visited once or twice a week, and rarely did I not find something that was buggy or broken. It was slow, non-intuitive and cumbersome to load even on my super-speedy and up-to-date work computer, but much have that has been fixed.

Ghesquiere has done quite a bit to refocus the Vuitton aesthetic in his time at the brand, and much of that has been by way of simplification. LV will never be minimalist, but Ghesquiere’s always had a knack for stripping away unnecessary things, and you can see that in not only his designs, but also the ad campaign and now the website that have come along to represent them.

The new site has largely the same features as the previous one, but without as much bulky, slow-loading, buggy Flash animation. Bag photos are big and clear, with white backgrounds instead of the previous colors, and switching between colorways and sizes in a single bag takes far less loading time.

Best of all, the motion sickness-inducing carousel for browsing bags in a particular category is gone; instead, shoppers can simply scroll up and down through thumbnail listings, as basically every other retail site allows us to do. For Vuitton, whose online experience has been so bad, for so long, it feels practically revolutionary.

Check out some stills of the site below or test it out for yourself at LouisVuitton.com.

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Charlotte Olympia’s First Day Bag Comes with Comb, Matching Gloves

Charlotte Olympia’s First Day Bag Comes with Comb, Matching Gloves

Whether or not you dig the brand’s eccentric, literal sense of style, you have to admit that Charlotte Olympia’s dedication to detail is impressive. Until now, that’s largely been seen in designer Charlotte Dellal’s shoes, as well as some very popular clutches and minaudieres. The brand is expanding, though, and its first stop is a day bag: the Charlotte Olympia Bogart Top Handle Satchel, which still shows Dellal’s impressive insistence on embellishment through what you’ll find on the inside.

The road to expansion for a brand like Charlotte Olympia means finding a way to create bags for women who don’t lead a thousand-dollar-clutch lifestyle. Plenty of those women still buy very expensive leather day bags, but in turn, those bags have to be more discreet and pared down. There’s little room for a satchel shaped like a gummi bear in most luxury shoppers’ closets.

That means that Dellal had to turn her flare for the dramatic inward, stocking each Bogart Bag with a matching pair of mid-length leather gloves and a gleaming gold comb, as well as a metallic pouch. It’s a callback to a more studied, effortful mid-century glamour; the Charlotte Olympia look in a more subtle, everyday package.

Buy through Neiman Marcus for $2,995 in cherry, blush, burgundy and leopard.

Want It Wednesday: Simple Totes

Want It Wednesday: Simple Totes

We love all handbags great and small, but when it comes to functionality, it’s hard to beat a good, sturdy tote bag. They are both the literal and figurative catch-alls of the purse world; they hold your laptop, your gym clothes, your files from work, all of the stuff you need but don’t really want to carry. They also provide a great foundation for a designer’s line, striking that perfect balance between fashion and function. For this week’s Want It Wednesday, we’ve assembled a list of simple totes that the PurseBlog team adores.

Love It or Leave It: Opening Ceremony Gets Handsy

Love It or Leave It: Opening Ceremony Gets Handsy

Okay. We see what you did there.

The Opening Ceremony Lele Hand-Bag Satchel, brand new for Fall 2014, isn’t trying to beat around the proverbial bush. Those are hands. On a handbag. A HANDbag. In case you missed that, the brand went ahead and hyphenated “handbag” in the piece’s name for you, to make it extra obvious. Do you get it yet? Are we all up to speed? Opening Ceremony wants to be sure we’re all up to speed.

Opening Ceremony occupies a spot in the fashion landscape that they’ve managed to fill with high-style irony and irreverence, but the HAND-le attachments on the Lele line stepped over the line into eye-roll-inducing territory. They look cheap, but not intentionally cheap, especially on this streamlined, sublimely textured grey faux crocodile version.

If the bag had regular, shiny silver hardware without any hands, I’d adore this bag and, in all likelihood, have it on my fall shopping list. The price point – $775 – is compelling, and it has the potential to look much more expensive than it is without the hands. Alas.

For customers who pride themselves on their witty sensibilities, though, this bag will likely be popular. Which side of the divide are you on – do you love it, or will you leave it?

If you love it, pick up one of your own for $795 via Barneys.

Coach Debuts First Ad Campaign with Creative Director Stuart Vevers

Coach Debuts First Ad Campaign with Creative Director Stuart Vevers

‘Tis the season for the debut of major Fall 2014 ad campaigns. First, Nicolas Ghesquiere unveiled his vision for Louis Vuitton via three of the world’s most iconic photographers, and now Coach has stepped into the ring with a heavyweight photog of their own. New creative director Stuart Vevers commissioned model portraits by Steven Meisel, which were then layered over a series of landscapes by fine art photographer Joel Sternfeld, featuring the then-abandoned vistas of what is now New York City’s High Line Park.

Coach’s Fall 2014 collection, the first under Vevers’ direction, was heavily inspired by the visual conventions of the American West, which makes both the inclusion of Sternfeld’s photos and the powerful, forward-facing poses of the models a solid fit for the feel of the clothes, bags and accessories. The ads will debut in September magazines, and they’re just the latest push in Coach’s overall efforts to both buoy sagging profits and give the brand a more stylish edge that will appeal to more monied consumers.

Coach and Vuitton have chosen similar tactics for their fall ads; which brand’s do you like better? Do you think the approach will have the desired effects?

Bag of the Week: Brunello Cucinelli Cashmere Fur Clutch

Bag of the Week: Brunello Cucinelli Cashmere Fur Clutch

Bag: Brunello Cucinelli Cashmere Fur Clutch

Price: $2,810 via Neiman Marcus

Why It’s the Bag of the Week: The ultra-soft, pale pink fur makes this bag feel a little bit dreamlike and impossible, but the contrast of the black strap closure pulls it back to Earth just enough.

Check Out What Your Favorite Stars Carry to the Beach

Check Out What Your Favorite Stars Carry to the Beach

I have a friend who brings her Prada bag to the beach. She’s a sensible girl at heart, and her attitude about her bag is that it’s hers, it’s saffiano and it should be able to put up with a little sand every now and then. And largely, she’s right – it never looks any worse for the wear.

Talking about that with her got me thinking about the bags that we see celebrities toting to the beach. During this time of year, our photo agency has plenty of photos of stars sunning themselves with expensive handbags in tow, and to investigate their choices (spoiler alert: lots of Louis Vuitton), we’ve assembled several dozen images of celebs and their beach bags below.

Man Bag Monday: Rag & Bone Canvas Herringbone Messenger Bag

Man Bag Monday: Rag & Bone Canvas Herringbone Messenger Bag

It’s not that men have more functional needs that women (not by a long shot); often, it’s that they prioritize them far above aesthetics, because that’s what they’ve been socialized to do, and that’s why their bags are designed differently. The Rag & Bone Canvas Herringbone Messenger Bag is all substance, with just enough style to finish it off.

The main thing that attracts me to this bag is that even though it looks like it’s made out of a tweedy textile, the material is actually canvas. That means it’s going to be lightweight and appropriate to carry all year, but it still has that distinguished, old school look.

The bag itself is exactly what you’d expect for a messenger priced under $400, but it does have that note of slightly industrial, slightly minimalist Rag & Bone magic to it. The brand excels at making the best versions of everyday basics, and this is up there. Buy through Barneys for $395.

The Best Bag Deals for the Weekend of July 11

The Best Bag Deals for the Weekend of July 11

It’s Friday again, and even though sale season is creeping ever closer to its end, we’re still diligently stalking markdowns across the Internet to ensure that the bargain shoppers among us get the best bag deals available. Below, check out what we found this week.

The Chanel Boy Bag is the 2014 PurseBlog Handbag World Cup Champion

The Chanel Boy Bag is the 2014 PurseBlog Handbag World Cup Champion

In handbags, just like in soccer, there are certain superpowers who rarely face defeat. Just like Germany has steamrolled its way into Sunday’s final of the actual World Cup (our sincere condolences to Brazil), the Chanel Boy Bag, whose allegiance we had attributed to Germany because of Karl Lagerfeld’s birthplace, has risen to the top of the 2014 PurseBlog Handbag World Cup. If you recall, Chanel was also claimed victory in our 2014 March Madness bracket. Both were voted on only by you, our readers, so it’s quickly become apparent that there’s an ardent army of Chanel-lovers in our midst.

Check Out What Celebs and Insiders Carried to the Paris Couture Week Fall 2014 Shows

Check Out What Celebs and Insiders Carried to the Paris Couture Week Fall 2014 Shows

Paris Couture Week brings out not only the best of the best in clothing on the runways, but its attendees are also a very particular sort. Because couture stands separate from the roving circus of the four big ready-to-wear fashion weeks, it tends to attract a more well-edited set of attendees, industry insiders and celebrities alike. Just like we do with every major fashion week, we’ve taken the liberty of analyzing just what kind of handbags these lucky invite-holders toted to the shows, and you can see the results below.

Cardholders Can Shop Early Access at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Now!

Cardholders Can Shop Early Access at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Now!

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is one of the most talked-about events in retail, and now it’s begun. If you’re a Nordstrom cardholder, that is – guess that’s one of the perks! Now through July 17, cardholders get early access to the sale, which includes a ton of brand new fall merchandise, as well as things like cosmetics and fragrance, which almost never go on sale. If you’re a cardholder, log in for access to the discounts. If you’re not, you’ll have to wait until July 18. (Or become a cardholder.)

Shop Early Access at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Now!

Bergdorf Goodman Sale July 2014

Bergdorf SaleSomehow, despite the fact that we thought everything had already been marked down that possibly could be, we’ve found another set of fresh markdowns for your shopping pleasure. Starting today, our friends at Bergdorf Goodman have both decreased their existing sale prices and added new pieces to the sale selection, which means that some great things are now up to 75% off. You know the drill: shop quickly, because the good stuff goes fast.

Shop New Discounts at Bergdorf Goodman Now!

Want It Wednesday: Pre-Fall Stock Up

Want It Wednesday: Pre-Fall Stock Up

Even though we’re only halfway through summer, stores everywhere are starting to fill up with the first vestiges of fall – knits, leather, suede, dark colors. We’ve tried to put these pieces as far from our minds as possible, but it’s just not possible any longer. For this edition of Want It Wednesday, check out the first fall pieces that the members of the PurseBlog team are starting to fall for.

Want It Wednesday: Pre-Fall Stock Up

Want It Wednesday: Pre-Fall Stock Up

Even though we’re only halfway through summer, stores everywhere are starting to fill up with the first vestiges of fall – knits, leather, suede, dark colors. We’ve tried to put these pieces as far from our minds as possible, but it’s just not possible any longer. For this edition of Want It Wednesday, check out the first fall pieces that the members of the PurseBlog team are starting to fall for.

Introducing the Louis Vuitton Marly Bag

Introducing the Louis Vuitton Marly Bag

We already know what Louis Vuitton’s quest for fancier customers means on the high end of the brand’s price spectrum, but changes in LV’s mid-range bags, like those made of Epi or Vernis leather, have been a little slower to materialize. As a business strategy, that’s somewhat predictable – give people something super-expensive over which to work themselves into a lather, and then roll out incrementally more accessible options that embody the same style to capture greater market share. Thus, we bring you news of the brand new Louis Vuitton Marly Bag.

The Marly, which comes in both MM (16.1″ x 14.2″ x 6.7″) and smaller BB (13.4″ x 10.6″ x 5.1″) sizes, has a grained Epi leather body with smooth leather handles and accents. Both versions come with a shoulder strap, although the BB’s is longer, allowing it to be carried across the body. The only external branding is an embossed LV monogram at the bottom right corner.

The most notable feature of this design is its subtlety; the bag lacks extraneous trim, embellishment or hardware, which creates a final look that’s both luxurious and discreet. In the past, it would have been hard to imagine carrying almost any Louis Vuitton bag into a conservative office, but this one would fit in beautifully without being boring. At $2,350 for the BB and $2,810 for the MM, it’s exactly the kind of mid-line bag Vuitton needs to produce in order to attract the sophisticated consumers the brand is after.

Check out the available colors below. This is easily my favorite new Vuitton bag in recent memory; are you as into it as I am?

5 Under $500: Any Season Animal Prints

5 Under $500: Any Season Animal Prints

French Connection Dream Boat Leopard Clutch
$68 via Neiman Marcus

French Connection Dream Boat Leopard Clutch

Check Out Céline’s Winter 2014 Handbags

Check Out Céline’s Winter 2014 Handbags

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.

Vote in the Championship of the PurseBlog Handbag World Cup!

Vote in the Championship of the PurseBlog Handbag World Cup!

The actual World Cup ends this week, and so does the PurseBlog Handbag World Cup. You’ve helped us narrow the field from sixteen bags and their attendant countries down to just two, and now it’s time for you to weigh in just one last time. Will it be Louis Vuitton’s Soft Lockit on the French side, or will Germany’s Chanel Boy Bag win out? Only you can decide.

Vote now and check back on Friday to see who will be crowned the champion!

Vote in the PurseBlog Handbag World Cup Championship Round Now!

Shop Brand New Markdowns at Barneys Now

Shop Brand New Markdowns at Barneys Now

Just when you thought sale season was finally drawing to a close, our friends at Barneys have one more big wave of markdowns headed your way. From now through July 31, you can shop discounts up to 75% off across the site, which makes now a perfect time to ready your wardrobe for the last half of summer.

Shop New Markdowns at Barneys Now!

Bag of the Week: Nina Ricci Arc Shoulder Bag

Bag of the Week: Nina Ricci Arc Shoulder Bag

Bag: Nina Ricci Arc Shoulder Bag

Price: $1,690 via MyTheresa

Why It’s the Bag of the Week: This bag, with its thin, centralized band of gold, is a study in subtle elegance. The design clearly telegraphs luxury without being conspicuous, and everyone will want to know what it is and where you got it.

PurseBlog Asks: What’s the Worst Thing That’s Ever Happened to One of Your Bags?

PurseBlog Asks: What’s the Worst Thing That’s Ever Happened to One of Your Bags?

Even if you’re not a Sex and the City fan, you probably remember the intro: Carrie, clad in a tutu, is walking along a Manhattan street when she’s sprayed by puddle water by a bus with her own photo emblazoned on the side. I wasn’t wearing a tutu and the bus didn’t bear my image, but the same thing happened to me and my Mansur Gavriel Bucket Bag a couple of weeks ago.

Getting sprayed by a bus is a New York City rite of passage that I had somehow managed to avoid for more than three years, but when it came for me, it did not miss. Usually, bus sprayings happen during or directly after rain, which means that the water, although not what anyone might describe as “clean,” has at least not been sitting around in the summer sun, becoming fetid for days on end.

Well.

Suffice it to say that it hadn’t rained recently when I got hit with the stuff of brown puddle nightmares, but thankfully, I was only a block from the office and could run back to clean myself up. As you can see from the photo above (on the left – on the right, you can see my bag in better days), my Mansur Gavriel bucket took the brunt of the assault, by virtue of hanging off the shoulder than was facing the street.

Despite my well-documented penchant for destroying everything in my wake, I had never before had one of those awful handbag emergencies that generally occur when a colored liquid and an expensive piece of leather collide. Absent any better ideas and in a bit of a time crunch, I wiped the bag down with a damp cloth (and later, an antibacterial wipe), which thankfully took care of most of the surface evidence that you can see above.

The bag still looked a little dingy, though, and I thought about retiring it for good until last week, when I was caught in a downpour without an umbrella while trying to sprint from the subway to a friend’s birthday dinner. (Side note: it’s hard to sprint in wet Birkenstocks.) Although I had assumed that after that soaking, the bag was truly done, it dried and looked just like it had before the bus splash. The poor little bag just keeps chugging along, against all odds.

I know that more of a few of you will be able to commiserate with watching your favorite bag be struck down, if only temporarily. Share your tales of handbag destruction (and hopefully, redemption) in the comments below.

Louis Vuitton Debuts More of Nicolas Ghesquiere’s New Ad Campaign

Louis Vuitton Debuts More of Nicolas Ghesquiere’s New Ad Campaign

We brought you the first look at Nicolas Ghesquiere’s inaugural campaign for Louis Vuitton two weeks ago, and since then, the brand has slowly released new images from legendary photographers Bruce Weber, Juergen Teller and Annie Leibovitz. We’ve collected them for examination, and if nothing else, they show a new creative director with an exceptionally clear vision.

Ghesquiere’s view of Vuitton, seen through both the photographs and the clothes themselves, is markedly less obviously glam than that of predecessor Marc Jacobs. Take a look at the new images below – are you excited for what Nicolas Ghesquiere has in store at Vuitton?

Man Bag Monday: Hermès Vintage Buenaventura Briefcase

Man Bag Monday: Hermès Vintage Buenaventura Briefcase

Canvas is a tricky textile. It’s perfect for summer because it’s lightweight and breathable, which can matter even in accessories when it’s so hot out that the idea of having anything heavy or warm touching your body is too much to bear. On the flip side, it can also look inappropriately casual or, at worst, totally sloppy. The Hermès Vintage Buenaventura Briefcase, thankfully, has none of those problems.

This piece, sourced by East Dane through famous vintage purveyors What Goes Around Comes Around, is the perfect summer bag for a professional man working in a corporate environment. The Buenaventura style is much more common in a messenger variant, which is more casual, but this well-tailored shape keeps the look formal.

If it tickles your fancy, pick up this black-on-black charmer via East Dane for $2,455.

July 4 Sales Roundup

July 4 Sales Roundup

Whether you’re spending a little time inside this weekend because of Hurricane Arthur or just because you prefer air conditioning at all times, you’re in luck – the July 4th Sales are pretty great, and online shopping is among our favorite indoor activities. Below, check out some of our favorite deals from around the web, and for the full listing, check out the PurseBlog Deals Page.


Macy’s

Extra 20% off with code FOURTH through July 6. Shop the sale now!


AllSaints

50% off select merchandise, plus an extra 20% off sale with code INDEPENDENCE. Shop the sale now!


Net-a-Porter

Seasonal clearance includes discounts up to 70% off select merchandise, plus an extra 20% off sale items with code SALE20. Shop the sale now!


Bloomingdale’s

20% – 60% off a wide selection of merchandise through July 6. Shop the sale now!


Saks

Final markdowns at the Saks Designer Sale mean discounts up to 70% off. Shop the sale now!


Yoox

Extra 60% off sale prices. Shop the sale now!


THE OUTNET

Additional 30% off select styles. Shop the sale now!


Kate Spade

Extra 25% off markdowns with code MORESALE. Shop the sale now!


Barneys Warehouse

Extra discounts off tons of merchandise, including an extra 50% off all shoes. Shop the sale now!

Vote in the PurseBlog Handbag World Cup Semifinals!

Vote in the PurseBlog Handbag World Cup Semifinals!

The US may have been eliminated from both our PurseBlog Handbag World Cup and the real one, but still we press on, undeterred. After all, a champion must be named. Today, you’ve shrunk our field to four remaining contestants, and now only you can choose which two will duke it out in the championship round.

Vote in the PurseBlog Handbag World Cup Semifinals Now!

Celebrities and Their Givenchy Antigona Bags: A Retrospective

Celebrities and Their Givenchy Antigona Bags: A Retrospective

It wasn’t that long ago that Givenchy was just another luxury brand in LVMH’s significant stable. A few years ago, though, a streetwear sensibility started to leak into Riccardo Tisci’s gothic leanings and couture mastery, and ever since then, the brand’s signature graphic T-shirts, luxe sneakers and, more than anything, iconic handbags have been on the backs, feet and arms of basically every famous person on the planet. Today, we’re here to investiage the popularity of one piece in particular: the Givenchy Antigona Bag.

Despite being years old, the Antigona seems to be only growing in popularity, with even the most basic colors and materials sometimes hard to find toward the end of the season. In one version or another, its hung from the arms of the most beautiful and talented women in the world in amazing numbers, and we’ve collected several dozen pieces of proof of its popularity below.

Want It Wednesday: 4th of July Must-Haves

Want It Wednesday: 4th of July Must-Haves

This weekend, the PurseBlog team will be scattered around the city (and the globe) to celebrate America’s Independence Day. Since we’re all heading to varied locales and activities, we’ve assembled the things we all want for each of our jaunts, which range from a relaxing weekend with friends in the city to a globetrotting trek to Nicaragua.

eBay’s Best Bags of the Week – July 2

eBay’s Best Bags of the Week – July 2

Welcome to July’s first eBay Roundup. The deals are great this week; we found some unusual pieces, including a beautiful Goyard Saigon, a perfectly simple Louis Vuitton and a sparkly embellished clutch from Alexander McQueen. We also have a lovely Fendi Baguette, and a scrumptious  Chanel jumbo flap and some other surprises. Happy Hunting!

Disclaimer: As always, caution is crucial when buying from third party sellers. Although we strive to find the best auctions to feature, we don’t endorse or guarantee any eBay sellers or auctions, and therefore cannot guarantee the authenticity of any particular piece. For more info, please refer to eBay’s purchasing guidelines and policies.


Chanel Jumbo Flap Bag
Buy It Now for $2,499

Chanel Jumbo Flap Bag

Alexander McQueen Crystal Embellished Skull Clutch
Buy It Now for $3,695

Alexander McQueen Embellished Skull Clutch

Gucci Soho Chain Shoulder Bag
Buy It Now for $898

Gucci Soho Chain Satchel

Goyard Saigon Bag
Buy It Now for $2,500

Goyard Saigon PM Bag

Salvatore Ferragamo Small Sofia Bag
Buy It Now for $950

Salvatore Ferragamo Mini Sofia Bag

Louis Vuitton Portobello Damier Bag
Buy It Now for $1,340

Louis Vuitton Damier Portobello Shoulder Bag

Proenza Schouler PS1 Bag
Buy It Now for $1,100

Proenza Schouler PS1 Bag

Bottega Veneta Cabat Tote
Buy It Now for $2,499

Bottega Veneta Cabat Tote

Jil Sander Tote
Buy It Now for $199

Jil Sander Leather Shoulder Bag

Fendi Baguette
Buy It Now for $1,750

Fendi Embroidered Baguette Bag

Barneys Warehouse July 4 2014 Sale Notice

Barneys Warehouse July 4 SaleIf you’d like to kick off this weekend’s patriotism with a little pre-Independence Day purchase, we’ve got a good way to start: Barneys Warehouse is taking up to an extra 50% off its already steeply discounted designer wares, including an extra 30% off select handbags and a whopping extra 50% off all shoes. If you’re looking for a steal, look no further.

Shop the Barneys Warehouse July 4 Sale!

Tom Ford Debuts Logo Hardware

Tom Ford Debuts Logo Hardware

As an accessories brand, Tom Ford is still trying to get its sea legs. The line of bags and shoes is successful, but Ford has yet to have the kind of breakthrough, blockbuster hit that would send the business into the stratosphere. Handbag design is notoriously difficult to master for brands that have always been known, first and foremost, for other things (just ask Christian Louboutin), and now Ford appears to be looking for his signature, both literally and figuratively.

These bags, which are part of Fall 2014, mark Ford’s first true foray into logos and branded hardware. On the two shoulder bags, the large, gold “TF” is advertised as “hidden,” which appears to mean that the leather flap covers it if the wearer prefers. What’s unclear from the available photos, though, is if the bag’s structure also allows the monogram to be visible while carried, similar to the scheme that Louis Vuitton worked out for the Capucines.

It’s not a subtle treatment, even if it is usually covered, but Ford’s not known for his subtlety. The velvet evening bag which is included with the line features the designer’s initials spelled out in crystals, which are not designed to be hidden. Something makes me think most buyers won’t hide the TF hardware, either, if that’s an option.


Tom Ford Hidden TF Shoulder Bag
$1,990 via Neiman Marcus

Tom Ford Hidden TF Shoulder Bag

Tom Ford Hidden TF Lizard Shoulder Bag
$3,970 via Neiman Marcus

Tom Ford Hidden TF Lizard Shoulder Bag

Tom Ford TF Velvet Chain Crossbody Bag
$1,190 via Neiman Marcus

Tom Ford TF Velvet Chain Crossbody Bag

Love It or Leave It: Moschino’s Jacket Bags

Love It or Leave It: Moschino’s Jacket Bags

We saw the Moschino Jacket Bags coming, and now they’ve arrived, either to delight or torment you, depending on your personal taste.

Personally, I’m not even sure how to write a review of something so nakedly obvious. Either you think fashioning handbags after different articles of clothing is clever, you’re probably into these bags, and if you think it’s silly or juvenile, you probably want to set them on fire. There’s not much nuance to dissect, which has always been creative director Jeremy Scott’s MO, and that tactic’s success generally succeeds or fails depending on any particular individual’s feelings about the joke he’s trying to crack with a particular piece.

These bags don’t do anything for me, even in a conceptual way, but they seem to be interesting to at least some shoppers – a $3,400 tote made in the image of a Chanel jacket has already sold out at Net-a-Porter. Check out what’s not sold out below and let us know in the comments if you’d ever carry one of these bags.

Totally Underrated: The Christian Dior Lady Dior Bag

Totally Underrated: The Christian Dior Lady Dior Bag

Not many handbags from world-famous fashion designers fly under the radar even a little bit. Because of the high margins and wide market for luxury accessories, brands push bags to the forefront of global marketing campaigns season after season; even if they fall short of creating an It Bag, those efforts still creative massive public awareness of their bags. Dior has taken a somewhat more measured approach to its pubic image since the advent of creative director Raf Simons, and in the process, remade the staid Christian Dior Lady Dior Bag into a work of art.

If you’ve noticed that you’ve seen fewer Dior bags in stores in the past few seasons, there’s a reason. It wasn’t long ago that a variety of the brand’s bags could be bought online at third-party retailers such as Neiman Marcus and Saks, but Dior has now largely ended its wholesale accessories business, preferring instead to more tightly control the stream of product in ways similar to brands like Chanel and Hermes. Dior bags aren’t sold online at all anymore, and they’re much more difficult to find in stores.

At the same time as the brand has taken its bags out of most of the places where they were once in the public eye, it’s also made them incredibly beautiful. This season, many of the Lady Diors feature gorgeously rendered floral close-ups, as well as beautiful tweed and one particularly majestic exotic. Price information is almost as difficult to come by as the bags themselves. Based on information reported by our Forum members, though, we know that a medium Lady Dior in regular leather will set you back $3,900, while the painted version in the same size will cost $4,400, which gives you an idea of the range we’re dealing with here.

Check out the current season of totally beautiful Lady Dior bags below.

Bag of the Week: The Alexander McQueen Heroine Shoulder Bag

Bag of the Week: The Alexander McQueen Heroine Shoulder Bag

Bag: Alexander McQueen Heroine Shoulder Bag

Price: $2,085 via Net-a-Porter

Why It’s the Bag of the Week: Although this design isn’t new, its feels fresh in this totally gorgeous shade of ultra-pale blush, with just enough black edgepaint to define its lines. I much prefer this version of the Heroine to the original tote – the closure is much more functional and intuitive on this shoulder bag.

Vote Now in the Round 2 of the PurseBlog Handbag World Cup!

Vote Now in the Round 2 of the PurseBlog Handbag World Cup!

You helped us winnow our field from 16 bags and countries to eight, and now it’s time to find out which four will advance to the semifinals. In order for us to do that, we need you to head over to our bracket and vote for which bag you like best in each of new matchups!

Vote in Round 2 of the PurseBlog Handbag World Cup Now!

Check Out Louis Vuitton’s Spring 2015 Men’s Accessories

Check Out Louis Vuitton’s Spring 2015 Men’s Accessories

While Louis Vuitton’s women’s business has been in a state of flux over the past two seasons, the men’s side has been humming along quite nicely in the hands of creative director Kim Jones. Jones’ has done a great deal in his relatively short tenure at the brand to make the men’s line distinctive, including creating its own logo of sorts. For Louis Vuitton Men’s Spring 2015, Jones continued to build on that foundation.

The bags are all as lush we’ve come to expect from Louis Vuitton, especially now that the brand is attempting to focus on leather instead of monogram canvas. Indeed, many of these bags feature the signature logo fabric as an accent to wide swaths of leather, instead of the other way around, which was Vuitton’s MO for much of the past 15 years. Below, check out some behind-the-scenes photos of the collection’s accessories, bags and beyond.

[Photos by M Dortomb for Louis Vuitton]

Charlotte Olympia Announces World Cup Flag Clutches

Charlotte Olympia Announces World Cup Flag Clutches

If you’ve been following along with the World Cup, either ours or the real one, it’s probably been an exciting week for you. If you’d like to show your pride in your country via the acquisition of a very expensive handbag, then it just got a little more exciting: a capsule collection of Charlotte Olympia World Cup Pandora Clutches has just been announced.

The clutches match up designer Charlotte Dellal’s signature clear box clutches with interior pouches that feature the national flags of seven of the larger World Cup participants: Argentina, France, England, Italy, Germany, the USA and host country Brazil. Unfortunately for England fans (which presumably includes Dellal, who is British), their team was eliminated before the clutches became available for pre-order.

For everyone else, customers can order the clutches in person at Charlotte Olympia’s boutiques in New York City, London, Miami, Beverly Hill and Hong Kong, where they’ll cost $1,195. The brand promises to deliver them by July 4, in time for the quarterfinals.

For more information, head on over to Charlotte Olympia’s official site.

The Best Bag Deals for the Weekend of June 27

The Best Bag Deals for the Weekend of June 27

It’s Friday, and you know what that means: more bag deals! This week, we’ve got nine bags from eight different retailers, so no matter what you’re looking for, we think you’ll find a great deal that you like. If nothing below tickles your fancy, though, check out our PurseBlog Deals Page, which is continually updated with the best sales from retailers around the web.

Mansur Gavriel Now Selling Bags Via Its Own Site

Mansur Gavriel Now Selling Bags Via Its Own Site

If you’ve been trying to get your hands on a Mansur Gavriel bag, we’ve got a small spot of hope for you: the brand just launched e-commerce on its own site, with a full array of in-stock bags available for immediate purchase. We can’t vouch for exactly how many will still be there when this post sees the light of day, but if you’re lucky, you might be able to snag one of the perpetually sold-out bucket bags, backpacks or totes.

The site also includes a preview of some of the colorful bags that the brand will debut in the coming season, all of which are marked for availability in December. For the time being, you can’t pre-order those bags, but you can, at the very least, plot future purchases with a fair amount of certainty about where the bags will eventually be available on a first-come, first-serve basis instead of relying on a maddening pre-order.

Head over to Mansur Gavriel’s site to check out what’s still available!

Check Out Valentino’s Brand New Resort 2015 Handbags

Check Out Valentino’s Brand New Resort 2015 Handbags

Valentino is on quite the run. For a brand that didn’t have much in the way of an accessory business as recently as ten years ago, the seemingly endless success of the brand’s Rockstuds and beyond would make an excellent case study for any designer trying to figure out how to capture the hearts and minds of high-end handbag lovers who have tons of options. For Valentino Resort 2015, the brand is at it again.

This collection features tons of Rockstuds in new colors (including shoes, which you can see at TalkShoes), including saturated rainbow stripes and camouflage in new shades. Rockstuds will also be applied to several new shapes, ranging from bucket bags to mini flaps. The brand’s butterfly camo, first introduced for pre-fall, will also continue into spring, as will some of the scarab and gryphon adornments that debuted in Spring 2014.