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Hermès Jewels and Watches Available for a Short Time via Moda Operandi

Hermès Jewels and Watches Available for a Short Time via Moda Operandi

Hermès has been in the news this week for reasons other than the handbags to which we generally pay attention, and that’s had me thinking about the full world of uncompromising luxury that the company has created for itself. You can get an Hermès spin on practically anything from desk organizers to animal sculpture, and for the next 12 days, you can get Hermès jewelry and timepieces at Moda Operandi.

This edited selection of accessories comes to Moda via Portero, a destination for pre-owned and vintage luxury goods that aren’t often available for sale online. It includes watches both masculine and feminine, as well as some gorgeous jewelry that would make perfect everyday pieces. Check out our favorites below or shop the whole selection via Moda Operandi through August 11.

Chanel Unveils Bag-Filled Fall 2014 Ad Campaign

Chanel Unveils Bag-Filled Fall 2014 Ad Campaign

If you were expecting Chanel’s Fall 2014 collection to be posed in a Target near you for the brand’s fall ads just because of the supermarket runway show, you were wrong. Karl Lagerfeld has gone in a workout direction for Chanel’s seasonal ads, choosing to focus on the sporty side of the collection (including tons of sneakers) instead of the grocery-themed details. With that in mind, the ads feature brand favorite Cara Delevingne and Binx Walton, a boxing gym and approximately one zillion of Chanel’s pre-fall and fall handbags.

In the ads, Delevingne and Walton perform athletic activities including sprints and push-ups, the later using a handbag as a training weight. They do all of it in immaculate Chanel tweeds, of course, and in sneakers that cost more than the rent on my college apartment. Check out all of the ads below, via FashionGoneRogue.

New Dior Perfume Makes Wearers Smell Like Expensive Leather Bags

New Dior Perfume Makes Wearers Smell Like Expensive Leather Bags

I spent a lot of years on our PurseForum before I officially joined the company, and during that time I saw hundreds, if not thousands, of bag lovers reference the divine smell of a new bag’s leather. Fashion is an experience that usually only involves one or two senses, but luxury leather has an instantly recognizable stink, and to love bags is to love that smell. With Dior Cuir Cannage Privée Perfume, you can now apply it directly to your person.

The Dior Privée scent collection is full of less-commercial perfumes that are meant for discerning fragrance fanatics instead of average shoppers, and they feature a variety of challenging notes like woody oud and spicy frankincense. Cuir Cannage isn’t the first leather-themed scent on the collection, but it’s the first meant to specifically recall a Dior handbag line. The fragrance’s darker notes are balanced with jasmine and orange blossom, and it’d be a pretty neat trick if you took a whiff of a new Dior bag and got a little of those, too.

If you’d like to smell like your favorite bag, Cuir Cannage starts at $190 per bottle via Dior.

Bag of the Week: Jimmy Choo Zadie Pleated Shoulder Bag

Bag of the Week: Jimmy Choo Zadie Pleated Shoulder Bag

Bag: Jimmy Choo Zadie Pleated Shoulder Bag

Price: $1,050 via Net-a-Porter

Why It’s the Bag of the Week: After the departure of creative director Tamara Mellon, Jimmy Choo has been on the road to a more modern, refined look. Handbags were always a spot that could have used improvement under Mellon, and this little bag embraces the detail-laden Choo aesthetic without spilling over into ridiculous territory.

Chanel’s Pre-Collection Fall 2014 Bags Have Arrived

Chanel’s Pre-Collection Fall 2014 Bags Have Arrived

It’s that time of year again! (It’s that time of year approximately six times per year.) There are new Chanel bags in the stores boutiques, this time from the Fall 2014 Pre-Collection. If you were turned off from the overbearing theme of the brand’s recent Dallas-themed Metiers d’Art collection, then this one might be more your speed; it includes a lot of seasonless bags and Chanel classics, plus a little bit of python to satisfy the high-rollers.

Check out all of the bags (with their prices!) below, or take a gander at the collection as Chanel displays it on its website.

Hermès Names Nadège Vanhee-Cybulski as Creative Director

Hermès Names Nadège Vanhee-Cybulski as Creative Director

Well, that didn’t take long. Only days after announcing that Christophe Lemaire would be leaving the brand to focus on his eponymous collection, Hermès announced on Thursday that Nadège Vanhee-Cybulski, most recently the head of ready-to-wear at The Row, will take over as its womenswear creative director, according to Women’s Wear Daily.

It’s not immediately clear what Vanhee-Cybulski’s appointment will mean to accessories fiends; at Hermès, more so than at most other brands, there is almost a church-and-state separation between what goes on in ready-to-wear and how decisions are made about the brand’s iconic, immensely profitable leather goods, silks and accessories. The 36-year-old Frenchwoman won’t oversee handbags, but her aesthetic will no doubt influence those who do in certain ways.

Vanhee-Cybulski has spent the bulk of her career at Maison Martin Margiela, Céline and The Row, which, as the New York Times’ Vanessa Friedman points out, gives a strong indication that Hermès is committed to pursuing the expansion of its ready-to-wear business in the most restrained and dignified of manners. Get ready for more ultra-luxurious minimalism, which is, of course, a look that translates extremely well from clothes to handbags and accessories.

Man Bag Monday: Mark Cross Two-Pocket Messenger

Man Bag Monday: Mark Cross Two-Pocket Messenger

Mark Cross might be best known (in the US, at least) for its women’s bags, but the brand has the kind of staid, classic aesthetic that easily appeals to men as well. With a traditional structure and rich, whiskey-colored leather, the Mark Cross Two-Pocket Messenger is professorial in the most dignified sense of the word.

It’s reached that point in the summer where I’m having a bit of fall nostalgia, and this bag reminds me of the leaves changing color in the historical part of my college’s campus. It’s been a few years since I was in school, as it’s probably been for most of you, but that doesn’t mean you (or your dude) won’t have use for a beautiful messenger with a slightly academic bent.

Pick up one of your own for $1,995 via Barneys.

The Best Bags Deals for the Weekend of July 25

The Best Bags Deals for the Weekend of July 25

Another Friday, another round of bags deals, and today, we’ve found some awesome bright bags that you’ll love carrying for the rest of the summer. Don’t worry, there’s still plenty of warm weather left!

THE OUTNET Summer Sale July 2014

THE OUTNET Summer Sale 2014If you’ve been looking for a too-good-to-be-true deal, we’ve got some great news for you. THE OUTNET just launched its summer sale, which means it’s giving you an extra 50% off hundreds of already-discounted items. That includes handbags, shoes, clothing, jewelry – the whole works, much of it up to 75% or more off original retail. Take a little lunch break to shop – you deserve it.

Shop THE OUTNET’s Summer Sale Now!

The Many Bags of Kris Jenner

The Many Bags of Kris Jenner

Although not everyone loves the world’s most famous momager, we think you’ll all have to agree that Kris Jenner not only has a rather impressive collection of handbags, but she has a more finely tuned sense of style than the vast majority of celebrities. Kris knows what she likes and where to find it, and more often than not, that means Chanel in neutral colors, Valentino in prints and anything that looks extremely expensive in shades of black and ivory, with an occasional pop of red to liven things up.

Whether you’re a Kris fan or just a fan of looking at great bags, we think you’ll enjoy what’s happening below, even if it’s in spite of yourself.

Urania Gazelli is the Latest Clutch Game Newcomer

Urania Gazelli is the Latest Clutch Game Newcomer

The luxury accessories market is crowded with both heritage brands and upstarts vying for a piece of the pie, but in the past few seasons, a definitely trend has emerged: the best way to get into the game is one of the smallest. Greek designer Urania Gazelli is the latest in a string of women to make her debut with distinctive clutches, available for pre-order via Moda Operandi.

Gazelli has taken a page from the books of both Edie Parker’s Brett Heyman and Charlotte Olympia’s Charlotte Dellal with this line of handmade plexiglass clutches, a craft which she learned from her father in her native Greece, where all of her clutches are now made. This line features both astrological signs and playing cards, themes that have proved popular with creative, eccentric fashion people in the past. To grow, though, Gazelli will have to find a theme she can make her own.

Through August 5, you can order one of theses clutches for $1,175 to $1,565 via Moda Operandi.

Urani Gazelli Queen of Hearts Clutch Urania Gazelli Cyan Star Signs Clutch Urania Gazelli Leo Clutch

Want It Wednesday: Fall Beauty Prep

Want It Wednesday: Fall Beauty Prep

There’s still plenty of summer left (or that’s what we keep telling ourselves as July inches ever nearer to its end), but our favorite online retailers are beckoning us to start planning for fall, and we’re inclined to oblige them. That includes the handbags and accessories that we feature every day, but it also includes beauty products. For this Want It Wednesday, we’re sharing some of the cosmetic purchases we’re looking forward to in the new season.

Want It Wednesday: Fall Beauty Prep

Want It Wednesday: Fall Beauty Prep

There’s still plenty of summer left (or that’s what we keep telling ourselves as July inches ever nearer to its end), but our favorite online retailers are beckoning us to start planning for fall, and we’re inclined to oblige them. That includes the handbags and accessories that we feature every day, but it also includes beauty products. For this Want It Wednesday, we’re sharing some of the cosmetic purchases we’re looking forward to in the new season.

Best Bets: Alice.D Leather Totes

Best Bets: Alice.D Leather Totes

Let’s be real here. We all know what the Alice.D Leather Totes are: they’re cheaper Céline Vertical Cabas Totes, and if you aren’t a fan of the whole look-for-less concept, they’re not going to be your thing. If you don’t want to pay four figures for an extremely simple leather tote, though, Alice.D will get the job done for you in exactly the same aesthetically pleasing way as Celine would for around $500.

Alice.D goes so far as to print its name on the tote in the exact same way as Céline, which is a detail that should be left to the original, but the brand also adds a bit of functionality where Céline forgoes it in favor of minimalism – the bag has both an optional shoulder strap and a large internal pocket.

That the look can be recreated with the same luxurious feel at a much lower price does a lot to illustrate the ridiculousness of Céline’s pricing for their simple totes, and I wouldn’t blame anyone who likes those bags for scooping up one of these instead. Our favorite colors are below, but the bag can be found in even more versions at ShopBop.


Alice.D Leather Tote
$495 via ShopBop

Alice.D Beige Black Leather Tote

Alice.D Leather Tote
$495 via ShopBop

Alice.D Navy Black Leather Tote

Alice.D Leather Tote
$495 via ShopBop

Alice.D Red Leather Tote

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.

Shop an Extra 25% Off at ShopBop Now!

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.

Shop the farfetch.com Sale with an Extra 20% Off Now!

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!

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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.

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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.

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