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Want It Wednesday: Holiday Travel Essentials

Want It Wednesday: Holiday Travel Essentials

Members of the PurseBlog team have already started leaving our little New York City nest in pursuit of holiday travel adventures (and I will be joining their ranks tomorrow), so now seemed like a good time to contemplate the best-case scenario for what to carry with us when we fly, drive or train-ride our way to our holiday destinations. Below, check out a few of our picks.

The Many Bags of Kourtney Kardashian

The Many Bags of Kourtney Kardashian

Kourtney Kardashian is the last of the Kardashian-Jenner clan to get our in-depth bag treatment, but since she just gave birth to her third child a few days ago, we figured we had waited long enough. No time like the present, right?

Kourtney’s personal style is easily distinct from that of her sisters; she’s generally more conservative and ladylike, and she has an admiration for menswear details that mirrors that of her mother. Below, check out over three dozen of the handbags in her closet.

PurseBlog Asks: If Money Were No Object, Would You Spend $675 on Special Edition Louboutin Nail Polish?

PurseBlog Asks: If Money Were No Object, Would You Spend $675 on Special Edition Louboutin Nail Polish?

One of the best things about working at PurseBlog is getting to bounce ideas, stories and opinions off of my coworkers on a daily basis. We’re a tight-knit group, and we all have very distinctive tastes and viewpoints on fashion, style and shopping. When the topic of Christian Louboutin’s Starlight limited edition polish came up last week, we were an office divided. Some of us could see ourselves spending $675 on this polish under the right circumstances, but others weren’t so sure.

The boxed polish features 1,500 hand-set, dual-tone Strass crystals, which are the same as those used on Louboutin’s iconic shoes. The two flowers that adorn the outside of the box are a riff on the brand’s classic Pensee design, and the red color, of course, matches perfectly to Louboutin’s red soles. Whether or not all that’s worth $675 to you probably depends on two things: first, how much you love Christian Louboutin, and second, how much relative worth $675 has to you.

We all did a little thought experiment about whether or not ridiculous wealth might motivate us to own one of these polishes, and you can check out our opinions below. If you were so rich that you heated your home with burning piles of cash, would you pick up one of these polishes to commemorate your love for Louboutin?

If your answer is yes, you can still order one in time for Christmas for $675 via Sephora.

Megs: Of course I’d buy this Christian Louboutin polish if I could! 2 reasons: 1) I’m a nail polish addict and if you’ve seen my collection you would totally understand and 2) So many Instagram opportunities!

Amanda: This isn’t something I’d splurge on as a normal human, but if I had a ton of money and nothing in particular to do with it, then why not? It’s red and black, which is among my favorite color combinations, and it looks like you could also stab an intruder with it–added value. I’m sure my hypothetical, astronomical wealth would cause me to do far weirder things than buy one of these to sit on my vanity among my many perfumes.

Shannon: Even if money were no object, I can think of approximately 675 other things I would rather spend my money on. I’d much rather take a few friends to a nice lunch, buy something ridiculously cute (and overpriced) for my dog or treat myself to a luxurious spa day before I’d make that nail polish mine. [Editor's Note: Shannon doesn't have a dog.]

Bea: Unless the $675 nail polish comes with a lifetime guarantee that it will never chip, dry out, break or clump up, then maybe I’ll consider it. But truth be told, I can think of a million things I would rather do with $675, and nail polish is nowhere on that list.

Katherine: I’ll make this short, sweet, and to the point. I love shoes. l don’t mind red soles. I love diamonds and crystals. I love nail polish. I occasionally love doing my own nails. I know myself too well,and if money were no object, I would probably make the purchase. After all, why not?

Take a Close Look at Chanel’s Metiers d’Art 2015 Paris-Salzburg Bags

Take a Close Look at Chanel’s Metiers d’Art 2015 Paris-Salzburg Bags

We love all of the fashion seasons equally, but the disadvantage of resort and pre-fall presentations is that we rarely get any detail shots of handbags; usually brands release images of full looks, which only provide a small peak at the entire accessories picture. As with most things, though, Chanel is significantly more thorough than other brands, and the brand just released a full set of press images featured the Chanel Metiers d’Art Paris-Salzburg 2015 handbags.

This collection made its runway debut two weeks ago in Austria, and now we have an up-close idea of what the brand’s Salzburg-inspired Pre-Fall 2015 bags will look like. This collection tends to skew less literal than Chanel’s previous few runway shows, with Austrian details here and there that generally don’t overwhelm the bags. Perhaps the most notable addition to the Chanel handbag lineup is a Boy Bag with a top handle in addition to its usual shoulder strap. It feels a bit like gilding the lily – the Boy Bag is pretty great as-is – but Chanel fans are always hungry for a new variation on an old favorite.

In general, there are lots of those in this collection. Check out the full lineup below; these bags are likely to become available in mid-summer 2015.

Bag of the Week: Anya Hindmarch Ebury Maxi Featherweight Tote

Bag of the Week: Anya Hindmarch Ebury Maxi Featherweight Tote

Bag: Tomas Maier Leather Shoulder Bag

Price: $1,450 via Net-A-Porter

Why It’s the Bag of the Week: With holiday shopping and travel stress mounting, the sunny color and even sunnier sentiment of this Anya Hindmarch bag are both a welcome, if momentary, distraction. Hindmarch’s whimsical bags are selling briskly this season, so if you feel inspired by this one, scoop it up before it sells out.

Amanda’s 2014 Holiday Wish List

Amanda’s 2014 Holiday Wish List

I have a theory about people who work in fashion; there are two types of us. The first type are people for whom working in fashion only stokes their desire to shop; all of the beautiful things before them every day translate into inspiration for their own closets, and their seasonal wish lists are longer every year. The second type are people for whom exposure to fashion narrows their personal aesthetic a little every day and, eventually, turns them into uniform dressers who’ve found the pieces that make them feel most like themselves. I’m part of the second group.

That gradual shift in my personal style makes creating a wish list both easier and harder. Eliminating potential gifts is easy, both for me and for those who might try to buy for me. Finding stuff that I’d like that’s not exactly like something I already have, though, is far trickier. You can’t even buy me a fancy candle as a cop-out–my favorite scent (Jo Malone Blue Agave & Cacao) is discontinued, and I have a stash of them squirreled away in my dresser.

On top of all that, my birthday is Christmas Eve, which doubles the pressure for anyone who might be kind enough to include me on their holiday shopping lists. For any friends or family who reading this and opt simply to buy me a gift card or take me out to dinner, I completely understand your shopping frustration. In a perfect world, though, the stuff below is what I’d find under the tree this year.

20 Awesome iPhone 6 and iPhone 6+ Cases for Your New Phone

20 Awesome iPhone 6 and iPhone 6+ Cases for Your New Phone

Perhaps one of the only bummers about being an early adopter to a new iPhone is the near total lack of great cases that will fit a brand new model on the day it debuts. That happens for a reason. Apple is loath to give out its measurements and specifications on a redesign to too many people before the new phone debuts; the more people you tell, the more likely that one of them will spoil the surprise. (Which usually gets spoiled anyway, but you get the idea.)

Now that the iPhone 6 and 6+ have been out for a few months, truly attractive cases have started to pop up from both designer brands and stylish tech companies alike. The timing is perfect, of course; not only has the phone built up a sizable market of existing users (I notice more and more of them on the subway literally every day), but thousands of people are likely to find them wrapped up for the holidays.

If you’re one of those lucky people who already has the phone, you expect to be receiving one soon or you’re looking to buy a gift for someone who dearly loves his or her new gadget, check out our picks for some of the most beautiful cases below.

Also, a note on sizing: Most designer brands seem to only be making cases for the 6 now, but the tech companies that we’ve spotlighted below make most, if not all, of the designs we’ve chosen for both the 6 and 6+.

Gift Guide 2014: The Best Bags for All the Women in Your Life, Based on Their Favorite TV Shows

Gift Guide 2014: The Best Bags for All the Women in Your Life, Based on Their Favorite TV Shows

My favorite thing about fashion is that people’s choices are so telling. When you understand the social language of fashion (and, by extension, of handbags), how people choose to adorn themselves is a little window into how they see themselves, just like their favorite books or college major. With that in mind, we tried out a little thought experiment in the office: can you guess which handbag someone would love based on only which TV show they’re obsessed with?

Personally, I think that you absolutely can, with at least reasonable certainty. So, if you’ve found this gift guide because you’re a husband, boyfriend, mom, sister or very generous friend who’s trying to pick the perfect handbag for someone in your life, allow us to give you some guidance based on that person’s taste in TV. It is, at the very least, a jumping-off point. For even more of those, check out our full array of gift guides.

The Best Bag Deals for the Weekend of December 12

The Best Bag Deals for the Weekend of December 12

We’re still in the midst of the best sale season of the year, and now that a couple sites have gone to second markdowns (including Moda Operandi and SSENSE), things are even better. Below, we’ve listed over a dozen of the most sought-after discounted bags we could find in our usual sale haunts. If you have one of them on your shopping list, snap it up before someone else does.

For a continually updated listing of sales and coupon codes from around the fashion Internet, check out our Deals Page.

The Best Bag Deals for the Weekend of December 12

The Best Bag Deals for the Weekend of December 12

We’re still in the midst of the best sale season of the year, and now that a couple sites have gone to second markdowns (including Moda Operandi and SSENSE), things are even better. Below, we’ve listed over a dozen of the most sought-after discounted bags we could find in our usual sale haunts. If you have one of them on your shopping list, snap it up before someone else does.

For a continually updated listing of sales and coupon codes from around the fashion Internet, check out our Deals Page.

The Best Bag Deals for the Weekend of December 12

The Best Bag Deals for the Weekend of December 12

We’re still in the midst of the best sale season of the year, and now that a couple sites have gone to second markdowns (including Moda Operandi and SSENSE), things are even better. Below, we’ve listed over a dozen of the most sought-after discounted bags we could find in our usual sale haunts. If you have one of them on your shopping list, snap it up before someone else does.

For a continually updated listing of sales and coupon codes from around the fashion Internet, check out our Deals Page.

Lord & Taylor Friends & Family Sale December 2014

Lord & Taylor Friends & Family Sale December 2014If you thought that we had completely left Friends & Family sale season behind in favor of season discounts, think again. Now through December 17 at the Lord & Taylor Friends & Family Sale, you can take 25% off almost any apparel, accessory or shoe purchase with code FRIENDS. You can also take 10% off beauty and fragrance, which are categories rarely included in any kind of sale, so it’s a great time to stock up on your favorites at a discount.

Shop 25% off at Lord & Taylor Now!

Gift Guide 2014: 25 Great Beauty Gifts

Gift Guide 2014: 25 Great Beauty Gifts

Beauty gifts are some of my favorites, both to receive and to shop for. During the holiday shopping season, beauty brands pull out all the stops and put together boxed sets that include some of their most popular products, often at a net discount to buyers. Not only does that make for an ideal opportunity to treat the people on your lists, but it’s a great opportunity to stock up on products you love or try new things from interesting brands. Below, check out over two dozen of our favorite beauty gifts for a variety of recipients, including dudes. For more gift ideas, check out our full array of 2014 holiday gift guides.

Gift Guide 2014: Snag a Botkier Bag for Everyone on Your Shopping List

Gift Guide 2014: Snag a Botkier Bag for Everyone on Your Shopping List

Although the contemporary bag market is full to bursting with companies vying for your handbag dollars, it’s still somewhat difficult to find a well-priced bag that feels luxurious. That’s why we’ve been huge Botkier fans for so long; since the early 2000s, Monica Botkier has been turning out beautiful leather bags at attainable prices, all designed in New York City. Because of the brand’s sub-$600 price points, Botkier bags also make great gifts, and we’ve teamed up with the brand to bring you some of our favorites.

If there’s an accessory lover on your list (and there probably is, if you’ve found your way here) this season, we’ve selected gifts at a variety of price points, from $148 convertible clutches to luxe, multi-tonal, exotic-embossed satchels for $548. Brights, neutrals, soft leather, calf hair–there’s a little something for everyone. Check out our picks below or shop the whole lineup at Botkier.com.

Botkier Gansevoort Clutch
$348 via Botkier

Botkier Gansevoort Clutch

Botkier Gansevoort Messenger
$548 via Botkier

Botkier Gansevoort Messenger

Botkier Great Jones Hobo
$498 via Botkier

Botkier Great Jones Hobo

Botkier Leroy Clutch
$248 via Botkier

Botkier Leroy Clutch

Botkier Leroy Satchel
$398 via Botkier

Botkier Leroy Satchel

Botkier Logan Tote
$398 via Botkier

Botkier Logan Tote

Botkier Mercer Belted Clutch
$348 via Botkier

Botkier Mercer Belted Clutch

Botkier Small Delancey Satchel
$248 via Botkier

Botkier Small Delancey Satchel

Botkier Soho Crossbody Bag
$148 via Botkier

Botkier Soho Crossbody Bag

Botkier Starburst Crossbody Bag
$248 via Botkier

Botkier Starburst Crossbody Bag

Botkier Warren Backpack
$298 via Botkier

Botkier Warren Backpack

Botkier Warren Crossbody
$198 via Botkier

Botkier Warren Crossbody

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Neiman Marcus is Selling Pre-Owned Hermès Bags Online for a Limited Time

Neiman Marcus is Selling Pre-Owned Hermès Bags Online for a Limited Time

In case you ever doubted the seemingly bottomless demand for Hermès Birkins, Neiman Marcus’ decision to sell the bags pre-owned on its website and the available bags’ quick disappearance from the site should tell you all you need to know. Even at a sometimes steep markup, the bags, which debuted on the site earlier this week, have already more than half sold out. Not that anyone ever accused Hermès customers of being price-sensitive.

The bags are the result of a special collaboration between Neiman Marcus and Heritage Auctions, a company which also provides the pre-owned Hermès bags that are periodically sold at Moda Operandi trunk shows. Over time, Heritage has amassed connections to source these types of rare bags from private collections, and clearly more traditional retailers are thirsty to tap into the resale market that the auction house has found. Hermès, of course, only sells its bags in its own boutiques.

Below, check out some of the bags that are still available, as of this writing. You can view the entire collection, including the bags that have already sold, via Neiman Marcus. It’s mostly Birkins, priced up to $98,000, but there are also a few Kellys and Constances, among other things.

Want It Wednesday: Bundle Up for Winter

Want It Wednesday: Bundle Up for Winter

Yesterday was one of New York’s worst weather days in recent memory (and, truth be told, perhaps in my entire time living in the city), and nothing will make you more acutely aware of your winter gear’s shortcomings that howling wind and bitter cold. Because cold weather accessories were naturally on our minds, we picked out a few that we’d all like to add to our collections in the very near future for this week’s edition of Want It Wednesday.

Bags of Luxury Notice December 2014

Bags of Luxury Hermes ResaleHermès only sells a tiny fraction of its handbag line on the Internet, and no Birkins or Kellys at all. That doesn’t mean it’s impossible to buy Hermès on the Internet, of course; it just means you have to be selective in your sourcing. At Bags of Luxury, the focus is all on hard-to-find Hermès bags. The company has a huge selection of exotics, limited editions and covetable colors available, and if you don’t see exactly what you’re looking for, the site’s personal shoppers can find it for you.

Check Out Bags of Luxury’s Hermès Selection Now!

For Spring 2015, Mansur Gavriel Debut Adorable Lookbook and E-Commerce Re-Launch

For Spring 2015, Mansur Gavriel Debut Adorable Lookbook and E-Commerce Re-Launch

Although getting creative with lookbooks has become popular among contemporary clothing brands in recent years, handbag brands tend to stick to the traditional, head-on images of bags that we see all over online retailers. If you’re a little bored with those, we’d like to direct your toward Mansur Gavriel’s Spring 2015 handbag lookbook, which includes the brand’s signature minimalist bags alongside some animal friends.

Not only do the animals add a touch of whimsy to the extremely sleek designs, but they help highlight both the interior/exterior color combinations for which the brand has become famous. If a baby kangaroo or sloth is enough to push you over the edge into purchasing, then you might want to act quickly; the brand relaunched its e-commerce section yesterday, restocked with bags that normally inspire months-long, pre-paid waitlists.

Check out the full lookbook below or shop the quickly depleting bag stock via Mansur Gavriel.

Gift Guide 2014: Easy Shopping for International Customers

Gift Guide 2014: Easy Shopping for International Customers

We know that many of our readers reside outside of the US, and even if you don’t, you may very well have someone on your holiday shopping list that does. Because international shipping and duties can get expensive unless you know where to shop, we went ahead and picked out some great gifts from some of our favorite online retailers outside of the US. If you’re shipping to someone with a non-American address, all of these sites have reliable policies on shipping, duties and returns because they specialize in global shopping. Check out our picks below; if you’re shopping for someone special on US soil, you can check out our entire array of seasonal gift guides.

Bag of the Week: Tomas Maier Leather Shoulder Bag

Bag of the Week: Tomas Maier Leather Shoulder Bag

Bag: Tomas Maier Leather Shoulder Bag

Price: $1,450 via Net-A-Porter

Why It’s the Bag of the Week: Tomas Maier is best known as Bottega Veneta’s much-celebrated creative director, but his just-launched eponymous line is also worth noting. The look is in the same quietly elegant vein as BV, but the prices are a little less dizzying. This bag, which is among the line’s first, would make a solid holiday travel companion.

Bag of the Week: Tomas Maier Leather Shoulder Bag

Bag of the Week: Tomas Maier Leather Shoulder Bag

Bag: Tomas Maier Leather Shoulder Bag

Price: $1,450 via Net-A-Porter

Why It’s the Bag of the Week: Tomas Maier is best known as Bottega Veneta’s much-celebrated creative director, but his just-launched eponymous line is also worth noting. The look is in the same quietly elegant vein as BV, but the prices are a little less dizzying. This bag, which is among the line’s first, would make a solid holiday travel companion.

Christian Louboutin BlueFly Sale December 2014

Christian Louboutin Sale December 2014We’ve got some exciting news for your after-dinner shopping break. Today only, BlueFly has a huge selection of Christian Louboutin shoes at 20% off, including much-coveted (and sometimes difficult to buy at full price) picks like black patent So Kate pumps. The sale will pull a Cinderella and turn into a pumpkin at the end of the night, so do your shopping quickly and treat yourself.

Shop Discounted Christian Louboutin Shoes at BlueFly Now!

PurseBlog Asks: Would You Carry a Fish Skin Designer Bag?

PurseBlog Asks: Would You Carry a Fish Skin Designer Bag?

Black Givenchy Antigona Bags aren’t exactly a tough sell; not only has the brand been moving them briskly for seasons, but the ultra-expensive exotic versions sell out before they even hit the sales floor. It’s the kind of bag every designer dreams of creating, because it more or less enables a company to print money for a couple of years. There are limitations to every mega-popular bag, though, and Givenchy might have found one of them when it remade the Antigona in glossy fish skin.

When you think about it, bag designers get their materials from lots of weird animal sources: snakes, lizards, ostriches, sting rays. Logically, using a fish skin with large scales isn’t any different. In the case of this Givenchy bag, the fish is a pirarucu, which hails from the Amazon basin in South America–that’s exotic in every sense of the word. In the past, Alexander Wang has used perch for a selection of bags and shoes, which sounds a little less exciting.

Ultimately, though, the idea of “fish skin” may just not be luxurious enough for high-end consumers. Most people think of fish as smelly, slimy and not entirely pleasing to the touch, which are not exactly the associations a brand wants to create between customers and its leather goods, even if the finished, processed product is aesthetically pleasing.

Despite my more logical instincts, I don’t think I could get my emotional reaction to “fish skin,” as a phrase, in check. I’m not going to be buying this bag, but if you do’t mind the idea of a fish purse, you can have an Pirarucu Antigona of your very own for $3,596 via SSENSE. (My reaction may not be isolated; the bag has been discounted from an original price of $4,495.)

Let us know in the comments how you feel about fish skin as an exotic leather.

20 Notable Bags Now Available for Resort 2015

20 Notable Bags Now Available for Resort 2015

It’s easy to let resort collections slip by. They arrive at a time when shoppers are already distracted by sale season and the need to procure holiday gifts, which is inopportune for even the most attention-grabbing of bags. Nothing slips by our crack team of Internet shoppers, though, so we searched our favorite shopping haunts for all the Resort 2015 bags that you need to see.

Some of these bags are new versions or colors of recent favorites like the Ferragamo Fiamma or the Valentino Lock, while others like the Reed Krakoff RK40 and Chloé Emma are entirely new bags. You’ll find all of those and more below.

20 Notable Bags Now Available for Resort 2015

20 Notable Bags Now Available for Resort 2015

It’s easy to let resort collections slip by. They arrive at a time when shoppers are already distracted by sale season and the need to procure holiday gifts, which is inopportune for even the most attention-grabbing of bags. Nothing slips by our crack team of Internet shoppers, though, so we searched our favorite shopping haunts for all the Resort 2015 bags that you need to see.

Some of these bags are new versions or colors of recent favorites like the Ferragamo Fiamma or the Valentino Lock, while others like the Reed Krakoff RK40 and Chloé Emma are entirely new bags. You’ll find all of those and more below.

Gift Guide 2014: 13 Bloomingdale’s Gifts for Everyone on Your List

Gift Guide 2014: 13 Bloomingdale’s Gifts for Everyone on Your List

If you have a lot of people on your gift list for the holidays, checking everyone off can get complicated quickly. That is, of course, the beauty of department stores like Bloomingdale’s–one store, one checkout, one package delivered to your home, lots of happy gift recipients. This year, our friends at Bloomingdale’s have a particularly strong selection of potential gifts, and we’ve teamed up with them to pick some of our favorites.

One of the best things about Bloomingdale’s is that the store has luxurious gifts at a wide variety of price points; you can pick up a little something special for your favorite coworker and also pick out a fabulous new designer bag for your mom. Stocking stuffers, gifts your loved ones will remember for a lifetime and more, all in the same place. (If you pick up a little something for yourself at the same time, we won’t tell anyone.)

Below, check out our favorite picks starting at $40. To shop the full selection of great gifts, head over to Bloomingdale’s.

Tom Ford Holiday Lip Color Set
$200 via Bloomingdale’s

Tom Ford Holiday Lip Color Set

Hermès Mini Fragrance Coffret Gift Set
$60 via Bloomingdale’s

Hermes Mini Coffret Gift Set

Furla Metropolis Small Shoulder Bag
$398 via Bloomingdale’s

Furla Metropolis Small Shoulder Bag

Salvatore Ferragamo Fiamma Bag
$2,250 via Bloomingdale’s

Salvatore Ferragamo Fiamma Bag

Izola Shake, Rattle & Roll Cocktail Shaker
$40 via Bloomingdale’s

Izola Shake Rattle and Roll Cocktail Shaker

Beats by Dre Rose Gold Mixr Headphones
$250 via Bloomingdale’s

Beats by Dre Rose Gold Mixr Headphones

ANNA New York by RabLabs Kivita Coasters
$140 via Bloomingdale’s

ANNA New York by RabLabs Kivita Coasters

SK-II Pitera Essence Set Starter Kit
$105 via Bloomingdale’s

SK-II Pitera Essence Set Starter Kit

Shinola Brakeman Chronograph Watch
$775 via Bloomingdale’s

Shinola Brakeman Chronograph Watch

Rebecca Minkoff Waverly Shoulder Bag
$345 via Bloomingdale’s

Rebecca Minkoff Waverly Shoulder Bag

Aqua May Five Drop Necklace
$48 via Bloomingdale’s

Aqua May Five Drop Necklace

Serapian Evolution Textured Leather Duffel
$1,595 via Bloomingdale’s

Serapian Evolution Textured Leather Duffel

Kate Spade Cedar Street Maise Satchel
$298 via Bloomingdale’s

Kate Spade Cedar Street Maise Satchel

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Gift Guide 2014: 20 Gifts to Satisfy All the Men in Your Life

Gift Guide 2014: 20 Gifts to Satisfy All the Men in Your Life

When you’re used to shopping for women’s fashion, buying a gift for your dad, brother, spouse or male friends can be a bit…deflating. Things are getting better in men’s fashion, but the colors, prints, materials and fabrications are still much more limited than those you’ll find for women. Finding the good stuff can just take a little time and a little intel on where to look, and luckily, that’s what we’re here for, both today and all season in our gift guide series. If you’re looking for a stylish holiday gift for any of the men on your list, we have a feeling that something below will be just the ticket.

The Best Bag Deals for the Weekend of December 5

The Best Bag Deals for the Weekend of December 5

We’re in the thick of sale season, so we’ll get straight to the point: there are tons of great bags still available in all the recently launched seasonal sales. This is easily one of the best discount crops we’ve seen in recent memory, and that means that there are lots of bags from high-demand brands like Givenchy, Saint Laurent and Valentino floating around in the Internet’s best sale sections. We’ve picked out the best of the best, and you can check them out below.

Bloomingdale’s Private Sale December 2014

Bloomingdales Private Sale December 2014Both Black Friday and Cyber Monday have come and gone, but that doesn’t mean sale season is over–not by a long shot. In fact, it’s just getting started, and the next big event is the Bloomingdale’s Private Sale, which just launched today. Through December 7, you can get up to 60% off select styles of clothing, shoes, bags and accessories. This one’s not to be missed.

Shop the Bloomingdale’s Private Sale Now!

Want It Wednesday: Bargain Bag Finds

Want It Wednesday: Bargain Bag Finds

You’re not the only one out there shopping all the just-launched seasonal sales; we are, too. Below, check out our picks for what we’d love to be bringing home–at a discount–this week.

The Many Bags of Bella Thorne

The Many Bags of Bella Thorne

Actress Bella Thorne may only be 17, but she’s already got an enviable bag collection socked away in her closet. She’s super into Chanel lately, but also of particular note are her clutches–Bella attends a ton of events, parties and premieres, and unlike some of her bagless brethren, she almost always carries a little bag to coordinate with her outfit. Check out Bella’s full bag collection below.

eBay’s Best Bags – December 3

eBay’s Best Bags – December 3

It’s the first week of December, and we hope those of you who celebrate Thanksgiving enjoyed yourselves. We stayed out of the Black Friday frenzy and instead found you all some great bags on eBay! We found a beautiful Céline Trio, a smart Bottega Veneta messenger and much, much more. Happy shopping!

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.

Mulberry Names Céline’s Johnny Coca as New Creative Director

Mulberry Names Céline’s Johnny Coca as New Creative Director

The past 18 months have been a long, strange trip for Mulberry, and at least one part of that journey got an equally strange ending last week. On Thursday, while every sector of the American fashion industry (including the press) was roasting turkeys in their hometowns, the brand named Céline’s Johnny Coca as its new creative director. The move had been rumored for weeks, but the particular timing indicates that Mulberry may have some more work to do before it’s ready for prime time again.

Coca was Céline’s accessories design director and the architect of the hugely successful Trapeze Bag; Mulberry’s business relies heavily on the success of its handbags, so poaching a designer from the brand that’s the biggest accessories success story of the past five years makes a lot of sense. That, combined with continued introduction of less-expensive Mulberry bags that seek to reverse the disastrous price-increases of the Bruno Guillon era, should have combined for a good few days of press for the brand and optimism for its investors.

Oddly, though, Mulberry chose to announce the move on Thanksgiving. Although the brand is British and Thanksgiving is an American holiday, the US fashion press is the most widely read in the world, and Mulberry needs strong consumer interest outside of the UK in order to plot a stable path forward. Waiting just a couple of days would have guaranteed a fashion press back at its desks and hungering for a fresh story during this slow news period, and the story would likely have created far more anticipation for Coca’s July 2015 than the diffuse coverage it’s getting now.

Perhaps this somewhat rudderless approach is all the more reason to believe that Mulberry’s true return to form will be possible only when both a creative director and CEO have been installed. Hopefully, the latter will be along shortly.

The 20 Best Sale Bags of Cyber Monday 2014

The 20 Best Sale Bags of Cyber Monday 2014

Between Cyber Monday deals, freshly launched seasonal sales and those that have already been going on for a week, there are a lot of bags to consider when trying to make a purchasing decision. Because this is one of our areas of expertise, we’ve tried to take some of the guesswork out of it for you by finding the best bags in the best sale sections around the Internet. If you’re looking for Givenchy, Valentino or a whole host of other rarely discounted bags, check out our picks below.

For continually updated sale news, check out our PurseBlog Deals Page every day.

‘Tis the Season for Carrying One of These 21 Festive Party Bags

‘Tis the Season for Carrying One of These 21 Festive Party Bags

If you’re lucky, the holidays are a time of extravagance. Extravagant gifts for those you hold dear, extravagant meals with your family and holiday parties with friends and hopefully, extravagant outfits to wear while you do it all. Holiday dressing is always an opportunity to carry a bag that’s a little bit more intricate and embellished than you might otherwise, and naturally, we have some suggestions for you.

For maximum versatility during non-holiday times, go for a metallic–something in silver or gold leather will serve you well at a variety of parties and events, no matter the season. If you went to go whole hog on the theme, though, choose lots of crystals and beading in seasonal colors, finished with some fur for maximum cold weather impact. Check out our pics, starting at $150, below.

The Net-a-Porter US Sale is Back!

The Net-a-Porter US Sale is Back!

Record traffic may have caused some technical difficulties and delayed the Net-a-Porter Holiday Sale, but NAP’s tech team has persevered and things are not running smoothly. In this sale, you’ll find discounts of up to 50% on Net-a-Porter’s signature edit of luxury fashion, and that should speak for itself. The sale lasts for a limited time, so we suggest you get to shoppin’.

Shop the Net-a-Porter US Sale Now!

Cyber Monday 2014 Sale Roundup

Cyber Monday 2014 Sale Roundup

If you find yourself back at the office today, we have something to distract you from your unfortunate return to work: a whole slew of Cyber Monday sales. Some of the deals in our Black Friday roundup are still alive and kicking, and we’ve got some new highlights below.

For complete, constantly updated deal listings, check out the PurseBlog Deals Page.

Barneys
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Up to 40% off a huge selection of designer clothes, shoes, bags and accessories in the Barneys Designer Sale.

farfetch.com
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40% off a wide selection of items, plus an extra 20% off sale through December 4.

Michael Kors
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50% off a selection of shoes, bags and clothes through December 2.

Coach
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Up to 50% off select items through December 1.

Diane von Furstenberg
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15% off your purchase with code CYBER15 through December 1.

Theory
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Up to 40% off through December 1.

Alice + Olivia
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25% off site-wide through December 1.

LUISAVIAROMA
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Extra 20% off sale with code BFPURSE through December 2.

Saks
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Up to 40% off select styles through December 3.

Rebecca Minkoff
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Up to 70% off through December 1.

ASOS
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30% off your purchase with code ILOVEMONDAYS through December 1.

Forzieri
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25% off men’s and women’s Fall 2014 styles when you spend $325 or more with code CYBER25 through December 2.

7 For All Mankind
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40% off full price styles plus extra 20% off sale with code CYBER40 through December 1.

AllSaints
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20% off all purchases through December 1.

The Corner
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Extra 20% off with code CYBER2014 through December 1.

Shoescribe
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Extra 25% off with code CYBER14 through December 1.

Nike
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Extra 25% off clearance with code DOMINATE through December 2.

Macy’s
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Extra 15% off Cyber Monday sale through December 1.

Loeffler Randall
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Extra 20% off sale with code CYBERMON through December 2.

Gap
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40% off your online purchase with code CYBER through December 1.

Juicy Couture
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60% off every purchase with code EATSLEEPSHOP through December 1.

MR PORTER
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Up to 30% off select styles through December 1.

SSENSE
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Up to 50% off select styles.

Black Friday 2014 Sale Roundup

Black Friday 2014 Sale Roundup

It’s the morning after Thanksgiving, and that can only mean one thing: Black Friday 2014′s sales are upon us. Below, check out our listings of the best sales and discounts, including any coupon codes you might need. For even more, you can check out our PurseBlog Deals Page.

SSENSE
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Up to 50% off a huge selection of clothes, shoes, bags and accessories in the SSENSE Seasonal Sale.

Coach
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Up to 50% off select styles at the Black Friday through November 28.

Gap
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50% off everything, site-wide, with code BLKFRIDAY through November 28.

YOOX
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Get 20% off of everything with code YOOXGIVING through December 1.

Moda Operandi
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Up to 50% off a huge selection of designer fashion, no code required.

Neiman Marcus
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Up to 40% off select designer styles through November 29.

Saks
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Up to 60% off select designer styles through November 28.

Amazon Fashion
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Up to 65% off through November 28.

LUISVIAROMA
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Extra 20% off sale with code BFPURSE through December 2.

Nordstrom
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40% off a wide fashion selection through December 1.

Bloomingdale’s
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Up to 50% off a huge selection of fashion and home goods in the Brown Bag Sale.

Bergdorf Goodman
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Extra 20% off already reduced sale 5F sale selection, no code needed, through December 1.

Rebecca Minkoff
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Up to 70% off through December 1, no code required.

Diane von Furstenberg
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15% off site-wide with code FRIDAY15, plus 40% off fall styles through December 1.

Alice + Olivia
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25% off site-wide, plus an additional 25% off select styles.

Vince
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Additional 25% off select styles.

Helmut Lang
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40% off select styles.

Theory
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Up to 40% off select styles.

Lord & Taylor
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Extra 20% off of almost everything through November 30.

Forzieri
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25% off of men’s and women’s Fall 2014 purchases over $325 with code BLACK25 through November 29.

ASOS
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30% off all purchases using code TGIBF through November 30.

Madewell
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25% off entire purchase with code GIFTON through November 30.

7 for All Mankind
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40% off all full-price styles and 20% off sale with code BLACK40 through November 30.

The Corner
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20% off all orders with code CYBER2014 through December 1

Shoescribe
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25% off all orders with code CYBER14 through December 1.

Express
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50% off everything and free shipping through November 28.

TOMS
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25% off select style with code CHEER through December 1.

AllSaints
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20% off site-wide through December 1.

Max Studio
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50% off select items and 25% off the entire site with code BF2014 through November 28.

Nike
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25% off clearance with code DOMINATE through December 2.

Macy’s
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Extra 15% off Thanksgiving sale with code THANKS through November 29.

Kate Spade
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Up to 75% off regular prices at the Kate Spade Black Friday Sale through November 30.

Loeffer Randall
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Extra 15% off sale styles with codes BLKFRIDAY through November 30.

Juicy Couture
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50% off entire side with code JCBLACK through November 30.

Rag & Bone
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Extra 25% off sale styles with code EXTRA25 through December 1.

MR PORTER
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Up to 30% off selected styles through December 1, no code required.

Michael Kors
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50% off a selection of clothes, shoes, handbags and more through December 2.

J Brand
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30% off select styles with code BLKFRI2014 through November 30.

AHAlife
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21% off site-wide using code CHEER21 through December 3.

MATCHESFASHION.COM
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30% off select styles with code BLACKFR30 through November 30.

C. Wonder
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40% off everything, site-wide, no code required through December 1.

Anthropologie
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25% off everything, site-wide, with code HOLIDAY25 through November 28.

Banana Republic
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40% off everything, site-wide, with code BRFORTY through November 28.

Saks: Up to 60% Off for Black Friday 2014

Saks: Up to 60% Off for Black Friday 2014

60% is not a number to sneeze at when we’re talking about fashion discounts, and that’s exactly what Saks has dialed up for us today. You’ll find great markdowns on tons of pieces, including over 200 handbags to choose from. Get to shopping–many pieces will go back up in price tomorrow.

Shop Up to 60% off at Saks Now!

Nordstrom: Up to 40% Off for Black Friday 2014

Nordstrom: Up to 40% Off for Black Friday 2014

The hits just keep coming. Nordstrom recently ditched the sale schedule it’s been using for years, and that means that today, you get to take advantage of up to 40% of a huge selection of goods at the beloved retailer. Act quickly–the discounts end on December 1.

Shop 40% off at Nordstrom Now!

Bloomingdale’s: Up to 50% Off at the Big Brown Bag Sale for Black Friday 2014

Bloomingdale’s: Up to 50% Off at the Big Brown Bag Sale for Black Friday 2014

At Bloomingdale’s, we have a very limited-time deal to tell you about. In the Big Brown Bag Sale, you can get up to 50% a huge selection of clothes, shoes, bags and accessories for the whole family, plus housewares. Also, you can takes $25 off almost every $200 you spend. There’s nothing better than double dipping.

Shop the Bloomingdale’s Big Brown Sale Now!

Neiman Marcus: 20% Off Already Reduced Prices for Black Friday 2014

Neiman Marcus: 20% Off Already Reduced Prices for Black Friday 2014

We all know and love Neiman Marcus, and today, of course, is one of the best days to shop the classic American retailer’s signature mix of designer wares. Right now, NM is offering an extra 20% off already reduced merchandise, which will bring your saves up to a whopping 50%. Shop quickly, though–this deal only lasts through November 29.

Shop Up to 50% Off at Neiman Marcus

Moda Operandi: Up to 50% Off for Black Friday 2014

Moda Operandi: Up to 50% Off for Black Friday 2014

Twice a year, when it’s sale time, Moda Operandi does not mess around. The retailer makes deep price cuts and very clearly wants to move its stock quickly. That means that today is your lucky day: a huge selection of super-chic clothes, shoes, bags and accessories are now up to 50%!

Shop Up to 50% Off at Moda Operandi!

LUISAVIAROMA: Extra 20% Off Sale for Black Friday 2014

LUISAVIAROMA: Extra 20% Off Sale for Black Friday 2014

We love it when a sale gets even sweeter. Today, you can take an extra 20% off sale items at LUISAVIAROMA to celebrate Black Friday. All you have to do is enter code BFPURSE at checkout! Hurry, this offer expires December 2.

Shop an Extra 20% Off at LUISAVIAROMA Now!

YOOX: Extra 20% Off for Black Friday 2014

YOOX: Extra 20% Off for Black Friday 2014

If you’ve been dreaming about the runway coat that got away or the pair of shoes from last season that sold out before you could get your hands on them, you’d want to be combing YOOX anyway, but today makes the discount designer clearinghouse even sweeter. Through December 1, you can get 20% off your YOOX order with code YOOXGIVING!

Get an Extra 20% Off at YOOX Now!

Want It Wednesday: Our Hopeful Black Friday Wish List

Want It Wednesday: Our Hopeful Black Friday Wish List

Around the office, we’re all preparing for Thanksgiving tomorrow (I did a biscuit recipe dry run last night and I’m still halfway in a carb coma), but our minds aren’t too far from Black Friday. We’ll have full coverage of all the best deals, sales and markdowns on the big day, but right now, all we can do is hope that the things we’d really love to have end up in someone’s sale section. Below, check out a short list of the things we’re each going to be searching for once all the sales launch.

Christie’s Latest Auctions Has a Trove of Designer Bags, Just in Time for the Holidays

Christie’s Latest Auctions Has a Trove of Designer Bags, Just in Time for the Holidays

We’re inching ever closer to the biggest shopping day of the year, but if Black Friday isn’t your scene or you’re looking for something a little more covetable, we can’t blame you. Thankfully, if you’re ready to start your holiday shopping now and you have some very special people on your gift list, the Christie’s Luxury Handbags & Accessories Auction has arrived.

Get ready to shop over 80 pieces, including a wide selection of Hermès Birkins, rare and limited edition pieces from brands like Chanel and Dior and a selection of Louis Vuitton luggage in a variety of shapes and finishes. There are also bags dating back decades, for the rare vintage hounds, as well as very recent pieces for shoppers looking for a piece that they just missed in stores. The auction, which is entirely online, runs through December 4. We’ve assembled some of our favorite pieces below, and you can shop the entire selection now via Christie’s.

Hermès 35cm Birkin in Shiny Rose Indienne Crocodile
Bidding Starts at $38,000 via Christie’s

Hermes 35cm Shiny Rose Indienne Crocodile Birkin

Christian Dior Lady Dior Medium Bag
Bidding Starts at $1,800 via Christie’s

Christian Dior Lady Dior Medium Bag

Hermès Limited Edition 35cm Shadow Birkin Bag in White Swift Leather and Toile
Bidding Starts at $16,000 via Christie’s

Hermes Limited Edition 35cm Shadow Birkin Bag

Hermès 25cm Birkin in Matte Havane Lizard
Bidding Starts at $25,000 via Christie’s

Hermes 25cm Matte Havane Lizard Birkin

Louis Vuitton Limited Edition Show Globe Trio
Bidding Starts at $1,400 via Christie’s

Louis Vuitton Limited Edition Snow Globe Trio

Hermès 25cm Birkin in Shiny Havane Crocodile
Bidding Starts at $38,000 via Christie’s

Hermes 25cm Shiny Havane Crocodile Birkin

Hermès 35cm Birkin in Malachite Togo Leather
Bidding Starts at $11,000 via Christie’s

Hermes 35cm Birkin Malachite Togo

Hermès Limited Edition So Black Crocodile Kelly Cut Clutch
Bidding Starts at $12,000 via Christie’s

Hermes Limited Edition So Black Crocodile Kelly Cut Clutch

Hermès 35cm Birkin in Vermillion Togo Leather
Bidding Starts at $11,000 via Christie’s

Hermes 35cm Birkin Vermillion Togo

Chanel Caviar Double Flap Bag
Bidding Starts at $1,400 via Christie’s

Chanel Caviar Double Flap Bag

Hermès Kelly Danse Bag in Graphite Swift Leather
Bidding Starts at $5,000 via Christie’s

Hermes Kelly Danse Bag in Graphite Swift

Hermès Passe Guide Bag in Rouge H Box Leather
Bidding Starts at $3,000 via Christie’s

Hermes Passe Guide Bag Rouge H Box

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ShopBop Black Friday 2014 Coupon Code

ShopBop Black Friday 2014 Coupon Code SmallIt may not be Thanksgiving yet, but if you’re in a shopping mood, some retailers won’t make you wait for the sales to begin. Starting today, the ShopBop Big Event is on, and it offers a staggered discount on almost all orders over $250 with code GOBIG14. Orders over $250 will get a 15% discount, orders over $500 will get 20% and orders over $1,000 will get a whopping 25%. Hurry–the best stuff goes fast and this deal expires on December 1.

Shop Up to 25% Off at ShopBop Now!

50 More Photos That Prove Chanel Bags are the Reigning Celebrity Favorites

50 More Photos That Prove Chanel Bags are the Reigning Celebrity Favorites

When I sat down to compile the photos for this post, I didn’t know that it was going to be about Chanel. As I started looking through our photo agency’s recent archives, though, it became clear that it had to be; no other brand exerts the kind of dominance among high-profile women’s handbag collections that Chanel does.

Not only is are the brand’s bags omnipresent, but they appear on the arms of basically every kind of celebrity there is. Reality stars, celebrated actresses, pop queens, former child stars, fashion editors and high-profile bloggers. No one’s immune, apparently. We already compiled 100 images of stars and their favorite Chanel bags, and in the time since then, we easily found another 50. Check them out below.

Bag of the Week: Taco Tuesday with the Charlotte Olympia Taquera Clutch

Bag of the Week: Taco Tuesday with the Charlotte Olympia Taquera Clutch

Bag: Charlotte Olympia Taquera Clutch

Price: $1,295 via Net-A-Porter

Why It’s the Bag of the Week: Look, it’s halfway through a short holiday week here in the US, and we’re feeling a little bit goofy around the PurseBlog offices. Goofy enough for a four-figure taco clutch? Maybe! Even if it looks like a salad taco. It’s Taco Tuesday, after all. I’m going to Chipotle for lunch.