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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.

The Net-a-Porter US Sale Starts Now!

The Net-a-Porter US Sale Starts Now!

There are few online fashion sales as anticipated as the Net-a-Porter Holiday Sale, and this year, the popular designer retailer us giving its North American customers a chance to shop before we even carve the turkey tomorrow. Starting now, you can shop up to 50% off an enormous selection of luxury clothes, shoes, accessories and, of course, bags. The sale lasts for a limited time, so we suggest you get to shoppin’.

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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.

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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.

PurseBlog Asks: Would You Rather Buy One $2,000 Bag or Four $500 Bags?

PurseBlog Asks: Would You Rather Buy One $2,000 Bag or Four $500 Bags?

Since we start #pursechat last month (join us every Tuesday on Twitter, 2 p.m., use the hashtag!), we’ve gotten a chance to ask and answer questions with you guys in a way that’s gotten us thinking about a lot of fashion-related topics in new ways. A couple of weeks ago, we asked our followers whether they’d rather have one $2,000 bag or four $500 bags, and that sparked quite the discussion.

The question is one of quality versus quantity, but only to a degree. $500 bags are still quite nice, and depending on the brands in question, might be almost as nice something much more expensive. On the other hand, if you choose well, a $2,000 bag will far outpace the quality and finish of anything you’ll find at a far reduced price point.

Personally, I’d opt for one high-priced bag that I absolutely love. I hate switching my bags and rarely do it more than once every few weeks (and generally far less often than that), so I’m more likely to get my money’s worth in a $2,000 purchase if the yield is only one bag. If you’re a person who prefers to coordinate outfits and bags closely, though, I can see why you might choose the second option for its flexibility.

So, if you have $2,000 to spend (and in this mythical universe I’ve created for the purposes of this question, you can only spend it on bags), how do you do it? One $2,000 bag, two $1,000 bags, four $500 bags or something else? Would any of you try to bargain-hound your way into a new bag wardrobe for $250 each?

We Did the Math: Designers Charge Women More for Bags Than Men

We Did the Math: Designers Charge Women More for Bags Than Men

Over our years of covering men’s bags, we’ve noticed two things. First, when most designers have a super-popular women’s bag, they modify it into a more traditionally masculine version for their menswear audience. Second, those bags generally seem like a better deal than the women’s alternative, even though they’re usually bigger and feature nearly identical finishing and hardware. I put our perceptions to the test last week, and what I found largely confirmed our suspicions.

Higher prices for women aren’t uncommon, and they go beyond fashion. The so-called Pink Tax has come under fire in France recently after a women’s group assembled a 40,000-signature petition to challenge a popular supermarket’s practice of marking up goods marketed toward women, and the New York Times Editorial Board recently wrote on the topic, citing a 2010 Consumer Reports study that found the same problems for women’s products in the US. With all that in mind, I set out to do an informal study of my own.

The biggest obstacle to getting results was figuring out how to compare the bags in a fair way. For accuracy’s sake, I did ten head-to-head comparisons of bags from the same designers’ men’s and women’s lines that were as similar as possible in leather, shape and finish. Because men’s bags are usually larger, I broke it down even further by calculating the price per cubic inch of each bag. That way, we’d know how much designers were asking per unit of bag real estate, no matter how much or how little the particular consumer chose to buy. For the best results, I used head-to-head comparisons of bags from the same retailers whenever possible, to help ensure that each bag was measured the same way.

The men’s bags were indeed larger, with an average volume of 1,479.5 cubic inches, compared to the average women’s bags at 1,014.4 cubic inches. For that space, designers generally asked less of men, with an average price of $2.17 per cubic inch; female customers were asked to pay $2.58 per cubic inch. That may seem like a relatively small difference, but for two bags of the same size, it results in an average price disparity of over $190, largely because one bag is intended for a female consumer base and the other is intended for men. I also tested two bags that were exactly the same size for both men and women; the price disparity persisted, indicating that the other differences weren’t simply a result of price not scaling in exact correlation with size, no matter the targeted gender.

Three of the ten bag pairs that we tested were Givenchy; the brand has, by far, the most overlap between its men’s and women’s styles overall. All three of the bags were notably more expensive when marketed toward women, despite the fact that two of the three were virtually identical across the gender lines. On the opposite end of the spectrum, Bottega Veneta and Alexander McQueen actually charged their male customers more per cubic inch in the bags we tested. It’s worth noting that those two bags pairs were the most disparate from each other in structure and finish of any that we tested; the more similar the two bags are, the more likely it is that the female consumer would be expected to pay more.

The biggest single bag difference that we found was between the Givenchy Lucrezia and a men’s weekender with very similar structure, trim and leather quality. The men’s version of the bag cost $0.98 per cubic inch, while the women’s Lucrezia cost $2.67 per cubic inch. The Saint Laurent Classic Duffel was also a conspicuous offender; the women’s bag costs nearly $3 per cubic inch, while a nearly identical, larger men’s duffel was only a little over $1.50.

The party line from brands on why bags have spiked in price so much over the past ten years is that raw materials keep getting more expensive; while leather may indeed be going up in price, these calculations seem to indicate that it’s not the whole story, especially because the men’s bags generally used quite a bit more of that oh-so-precious material. Manufacturing costs, too, would have been practically identical because most of the bags have extremely similar finishing details and hardware.

A more likely explanation is that brands simply know they can get away with more, price-wise, when it comes to female customers. We’re more desensitized to fashion prices than men are, and we’re socialized to care more about the bag we carry as a statement of socioeconomic success. Most affluent men are still somewhat reluctant when it comes to fashion, and brands may need to lure them in before they can ratchet up prices in the same way that they have for women.

Below, check out all the bags we used in our mini-study, plus both their retail and calculated prices. Ultimately, I came to the same conclusion that the Times did: women may want to start shopping in the men’s department.

Amazon Fashion Coupon Code November 2014

Amazon Fashion Coupon CodeToday we’re excited to share news of two great pre-Black Friday deals with you! First, Amazon Fashion is running an incredible sale right now–they have a huge selection of apparel for up to 65% off! Second, Amazon Fashion is offering 25% off a huge selection of bags and shoes. All you have to do is enter code HOLIDAY25 at checkout! Both sales run through November 28, so get shopping!

Shop 60% Off Apparel at Amazon Fashion!
Shop 25% Off Shoes and Bags at Amazon Fashion!

The Best Bag Deals for the Weekend of November 21

The Best Bag Deals for the Weekend of November 21

We’re inching ever closer to the biggest shopping day of the year, and with that comes the addition of new sales and discounts every week. As we do every Friday, we’ve combed the Internet’s best sale sections for the most notable handbag markdowns, and you can find a newly expanded version of our weekly bag deals roundup below. If you’re looking for more generalized fashion sales, check out our continually updated Deals Page.

Check Out Chanel’s Dubai-Themed Cruise 2015 Bags, in Boutiques Now

Check Out Chanel’s Dubai-Themed Cruise 2015 Bags, in Boutiques Now

The number of full handbag collections that Chanel puts out ever year is insane; as soon as one lands in stores, you can be that the next is on its way, complete with a new theme and variations on some aspect of global live. For Chanel Cruise 2015, Dubai was the inspiration, and those Middle Eastern-inspired bags are in a boutique near you this very minute. Below, we’ve got photos and prices.

Gift Guide 2014: The 20 Most Extravagant Gifts on the Internet, In Case You Just Won the Lottery

Gift Guide 2014: The 20 Most Extravagant Gifts on the Internet, In Case You Just Won the Lottery

We write about very expensive things with great regularity around here, so, to a certain extent, we’re all desensitized when it comes to expensive consumer goods. It’s hard to shock us, but when we started hunting for items to include in our annual gift guide series, it became clear that retailers have really upped the ante when it comes to gifts so expensive that they make you go cross-eyed.

There’s a long tradition of retailers pulling out all the stops in their gift selections as a marketing device to situate themselves as the most exclusive destination to buy less expensive (but still fabulous) things. The Neiman Marcus Christmas Book is the most and beloved of these tactics, but in the age of the Internet and of ever-expanding online luxury retail, now everyone’s got to keep up.

From our research, it seems like Moda Operandi has all its extravagant competitors beat by a mile; it’s the only site that has a selection of gifts that cost in excess of a million dollars, in addition to tons more in the five- and six-figure range. Moda’s entire gift guide has to be seen to be believed, and we’ve pulled the best pieces from it, in addition to other online retailers, for your perusal below.

Want It Wednesday: Cover Up with a Wonderful Coat

Want It Wednesday: Cover Up with a Wonderful Coat

If you’re joining us from most of the continental US, you may have noticed something yesterday: oh my gosh it is so cold outside. It’s starkly freezing today too, and these days are only going to become more frequent over the next few months. We suggest combining that with lots of hot toddies and beautiful outerwear, and we’re here to help. At least when it comes to the coats, that is. All hot toddy recipes welcome in the comments.

Enter to Win a $1,500 Gift Card to yoox.com!

Enter to Win a $1,500 Gift Card to yoox.com!

yoox.com occupies a very particular place in the online shopping world: the site specializes in the one that got away. Whether it’s Miu Miu runway shoes that you shouldn’t have passed up on sale last season or a Dolce & Gabbana coat that appeared in your favorite editorial of the past decade, you might be able to find it (at a discount) in the incredible designer archive that is yoox.com.

We all have those dream pieces that nag at us, and that’s why we’ve teamed up with yoox.com to make that dream come true for one reader. Enter from now through November 26 at 11:59pm EST and you might win a gift card for $1,500 to go on a little shopping spree. You’ll finally know what it feels like to chase down the one that got away.

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Celebrate the Season with over 1,000 Gorgeous Accessories at the Heritage Holiday Auction

Celebrate the Season with over 1,000 Gorgeous Accessories at the Heritage Holiday Auction

Heritage Auctions pioneered the resale of rare designer bags in the auction world, and that means that the Dallas-based auction house has the experience and client list to source not just hard-to-find bags, but also the kind of VIP-only, limited edition and special order pieces that are only ever offered to extremely dedicated and loyal customers at luxury brands’ boutiques. At the Heritage Auctions Holiday Luxury Accessories Signature Auction, you have the chance to add them to your collection.

The auction includes the ultra-covetable exotic Hermès bags that we’ve come to expect of a Heritage event, including crocodile and alligator Birkins in statement-making colors like braise red and matte pink. In addition to those bags, you’ll also find unique, limited edition accessories from the world’s best designers, including a breathtaking burlwood Chanel surfboard, as well as things like skis and a snowboard from the brand and bicycles from both Chanel and Hermès. If you’d like to keep your acquisitions handbag-themed, the auction also boasts one of the notorious full-size Chanel Hula Hoop Bags, which immediately became a collectible for serious fans of the brand after its runway debut.

The most collectible pieces will be available at the December 8 live auction in Dallas, but if you’ve got your heart set on something more practical, don’t be discouraged. The auction also includes an extensive non-floor selection, with many online-only auctions starting at just a dollar. Check out a preview of some of the auction’s most exciting pieces below, and to browse the full selection, head over to Heritage Auctions.

Mansur Gavriel Launches Exclusive Bags at Opening Ceremony

Mansur Gavriel Launches Exclusive Bags at Opening Ceremony

Mansur Gavriel bags are already incredibly hard to get your hands on. The tales of wait lists and eBay hunts for the accessibly priced line are well known in fashion circles at this point, and now the brand has introduced something even more rare and special: four of its most-loved bags in silver saffiano leather, available only at Opening Ceremony.

The bags, which launched yesterday morning and are all still available as of this writing, are the same price as the saffiano options that Mansur Gavriel previously released through Barneys for fall. Opening Ceremony is a logical partner for the budding brand–it’s cool in the same way that Mansur Gavriel is.

The bags themselves are the same as the MG bags we all know and love, just refinished in a tough leather with a not-to-shiny metallic sheen and a dark interior. If a regular Mansur bag isn’t rare enough for you, then one of these should do the trick.

Mansur Gavriel x Opening Ceremony Backpack
$785 via Opening Ceremony

Mansur Gavriel x Opening Ceremony Backpack

Mansur Gavriel x Opening Ceremony Bucket Bag
$625 via Opening Ceremony

Mansur Gavriel x Opening Ceremony Bucket Bag

Mansur Gavriel x Opening Ceremony Tote
$595 via Opening Ceremony

Mansur Gavriel x Opening Ceremony Tote

Gift Guide 2014: 25 Gifts for Moms of All Types

Gift Guide 2014: 25 Gifts for Moms of All Types

Look, here’s the thing: the best advice I can give you on getting a gift for your mom, or for the moms around you, is that you should just buy them the nicest thing that you can afford and that you think they will enjoy. Mom, grandma, wife, sister, whoever–to paraphrase Big Daddy Kane, momming ain’t easy. To make treating them to something special a little bit easier, though, we’ve selected a handful of gifts that might appeal to the many and diverse types of moms in your life.

Gift Guide 2014: 25 Gifts for Moms of All Types

Gift Guide 2014: 25 Gifts for Moms of All Types

Look, here’s the thing: the best advice I can give you on getting a gift for your mom, or for the moms around you, is that you should just buy them the nicest thing that you can afford and that you think they will enjoy. Mom, grandma, wife, sister, whoever–to paraphrase Big Daddy Kane, momming ain’t easy. To make treating them to something special a little bit easier, though, we’ve selected a handful of gifts that might appeal to the many and diverse types of moms in your life.

Gift Guide 2014: 25 Gifts for Moms of All Types

Gift Guide 2014: 25 Gifts for Moms of All Types

Look, here’s the thing: the best advice I can give you on getting a gift for your mom, or for the moms around you, is that you should just buy them the nicest thing that you can afford and that you think they will enjoy. Mom, grandma, wife, sister, whoever–to paraphrase Big Daddy Kane, momming ain’t easy. To make treating them to something special a little bit easier, though, we’ve selected a handful of gifts that might appeal to the many and diverse types of moms in your life.

The Row Expands Its Handbag Line with (Slightly) More Accessible Prices

The Row Expands Its Handbag Line with (Slightly) More Accessible Prices

It’s been clear from the jump that affordable bags were never going to be The Row’s stock-in-trade. Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen have built an upstart powerhouse by using the finest materials available to reinvent basics ranging from black blazers to cable-knit sweaters, and the duo’s $34,000 alligator backpack launched a trend almost single-handedly. Now, the company appears to be expansion-minded, with a new lineup of slightly less expensive bags that could pull in a larger customer base.

To be clear, these bags are not anything you’d call inexpensive, but when you keep in mind that The Row’s first line of bags was anchored by a leather day tote that cost in excess of $5,000, a bunch of new designs under $3,000 is worth noticing. The least expensive of these new bags use pebbled and textured leathers; if you want buttery softness, you’re going to have to dish out more money.

Some of the designs, including a less-expensive take on the brand’s popular backpack, also feature The Row’s first bit of external branding: a coin-sized metal disk with a small TR on it. Check out some of the bags below or shop Neiman Marcus’ full selection.

The Ultimate Bag Guide: The Céline Luggage Tote

The Ultimate Bag Guide: The Céline Luggage Tote

When a newly revitalized Céline debuted the Luggage Tote in 2010 under the direction of industry heavyweight Phoebe Philo, it wasn’t immediately clear that the design would turn into the industry-altering heavyweight that it has. At first, the bag was relatively easily available on the stores of shelves that had carried the brand before its relaunch, and you could even buy it online. Then, everything changed.

It’s impossible to pinpoint exactly where the tipping point occurred, but the first time I remember really taking notice of the Luggage Tote, it was on the arm of an Olsen twin. The right moment of exposure from the right celebrity at the exact right time can change everything for a bag’s popularity, and soon after, the bags disappeared from online retailers and long waitlists replaced in-store stock.

In the intervening seasons, certain sizes have been discontinued and others introduced, prices have nearly doubled and new materials and colors abound. Because Céline is very cloak-and-dagger about all its products, we’ve assembled all the information on current sizes, prices, colors and leathers that we could for Spring 2015. We’ve surely missed some things, so if you have additional intel, leave it in the comments and we’ll investigate and update as needed. In particular, we need all the intel you have on the large Phantom–information on its pricing and availability is extremely scarce.

The Céline Luggage Tote
Year Created: 2010
Sizes Currently Available, Smallest to Largest: Nano, Micro, Mini, Medium Phantom, Large Phantom
Last Price Increase: Spring 2014

Céline Nano Luggage Tote
Dimensions: 8′ x 8′ x 4′ (H x W x D)
$2,700 in Solid Color Leather

Celine-Nano-Luggage-Tote

Céline Micro Luggage Tote
Dimensions: 10′ x 10′ x 6′ (H x W x D)
$2,350 in Tricolor Textile and Leather
$2,900 in Solid Color Leather
$3,100 in Bicolor or Tricolor Leather

Celine Micro Luggage Tote

Céline Mini Luggage Tote
$2,600 in Linen and Leather
$3,100 in Most Solid Leathers
$3,300 in Bicolor or Tricolor Leather
$3,600 in Solid Palmelato Leather
$4,550 in Tricolor Calf Hair and Leather
$6,200 in Python

Celine Mini Luggage Tote

Céline Medium Phantom Luggage Tote
Dimensions: 12′ x 11′ x 9′ (H x W x D)
$2,100 in Textile
$2,950 in Solid Nubuck
$3,100 in Solid Leather
$3,450 in Bullhide Leather

Celine Medium Phantom Luggage Tote

Materials Available

Celine Spring 2015 Materials top
Celine Spring 2015 Materials bottom

Spring 2015 Seasonal Leather Colors

Spring 2015 Seasonal Colors

Size Comparisons

Mini, Micro and Nano
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Mini Micro Nano Comparison Praise the Baby Jesus

Micro and Nano
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Micro Mini Size Comparison

Mini and Nano
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Mini Nano Comparison

From Left: Nano, Micro, Nano, Box, Micro, Mini
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6 bag comparison

Mini and Micro
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Celine Mini and Micro Size Comparison

Medium and Large Phantom
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Celine Phantom Totes Size Comparison

Real Talk with Amanda: The Worst Celebrities Carry the Best Bags

Real Talk with Amanda: The Worst Celebrities Carry the Best Bags

Since we started doing daily celebrity coverage a couple of years ago, you guys have picked up on the same phenomenon I have: a star’s cultural clout is almost always inversely proportional to the quality of her handbag collection. There are exceptions here and there–most notably, Reese Witherspoon–but the reason that reality stars and tabloid fixtures love carrying designer bags is the same reason that many of us do, or at least why we did when we started.

Designer bags occupy a unique spot at the intersection of function and fashion, which makes them widely marketable in a way that designer clothing just isn’t. A lot more people will consider adding a $2,000 bag to their wardrobes than a $2,000 dress from the same designer, and that means that bags are recognizable to a large audience that typically goes beyond just the fashion-obsessed.

All of personal style is about clothing as a social language, and designer bags’ work particularly well for people who want to telegraph status and privilege. They sit out in front of the body in position of maximum visibility, they can be carried often for maximum impact and they usually have some sort of branding that marks them as expensive and special, even for people who know little about fashion. They’re a perfect status symbol in much the same way that expensive cars are.

That makes bags an ideal gateway into high-end fashion for a lot of consumers, and it also makes them essential wardrobe fixtures for D-listers trying to milk their notoriety and convert new fans. An expensive, of-the-moment bag marks a woman as savvy, successful and stylish, all of which are the cues that someone climbing the fame ladder has a vested interest in sending to the public. That’s how you get reality starlets like Dorothy Wang, whose luxury goods are a large part of the premise for her fame; the Kardashian sisters’ penchant for expensive things, bags chiefly among them, has also helped raise their profiles over the years. They might even be proof that, with the right people, the scheme can work.

On the other hand, stars whose profiles have been crafted more traditionally–with award-winning movie roles or critically acclaimed albums–are less likely to use their personal style to signal to their fans in the same way. Women like Adele and Julianne Moore don’t necessarily need to be seen in the context of success’ trappings every time they go outside because their cultural value isn’t in question.

Of course, that doesn’t mean that those stars don’t have elaborate closets full of fine clothing and bags; they all do, almost without exception. They just don’t present themselves public in the same elaborate way; Naomi Watts slinging on a casual Givenchy bag to go trick-or-treating feels appreciably different than Kim Kardashian clearly planning an outfit around debuting an incredibly rare Birkin. The messages are distinct.

That fashion has this power, of course, is just another reason to love it. Even if it means that more often than not, the stuff we’d love to own shows up on the arms of people who we hate to envy.

Not All Hermès Bags are Birkins: A Primer

Not All Hermès Bags are Birkins: A Primer

Two days ago, Kim Kardashian did something that tends to garner her a lot of attention, both here and elsewhere: she carried an Hermès bag that was not in its original, fresh-from-the-boutique state. Kim’s a pageview boon all over the Internet, so fashion sites were quick to pick up on the debut of her new Hermès Birkin, painted by none other than baby North. The problem, of course, was that the bag was clearly not a Birkin, but an Hermès Herbag. In the spirit of service (and of staying in our lane), we are here to provide some clarification.

Everyone from The Cut to Complex to Lucky Magazine (which has since corrected the error) called the bag a Birkin, and while it might be easy for a casual observer to conflate the iconic Birkin with the rest of Hermès’ offerings, the brand makes about a zillion different bags. It’s sort of like assuming that all dogs are shih tzus because that’s what your parents had growing up, even though you’ve seen golden retrievers in the park and, hello, clearly not shih tzus. There’s a whole diaspora of bags out there that people are missing out on, and that makes us sad.

To clear up any lingering confusion, we have created a handy-dandy visual guide to notable Hermès bags and their various degrees of not-Birkinness.

Heritage Auctions Handbag Consignment

Heritage Auctions Designer BagsWe know you all have closets full of great handbags, and it’s likely that there are one or two that you’d consider parting with in order to make room for more. If you’d like to recoup some of your hard-earned dollars in the process, we’d recommend selling your bag via Heritage Auctions, which offers cash advances when you consign your handbags to auction or sell them outright. Get the highest price possible for your accessories with Heritage Luxury!

Consign Now with Heritage Auctions!

Win a Designer Bag from Century 21 and PurseBlog!

Win a Designer Bag from Century 21 and PurseBlog!

Even if you’ve never been to New York City, you’re probably well aware of Century21. The famous stores are a discount designer mecca, and shoppers all over the world come to the city to look for deals worthy to brag about. One of the Internet’s best-kept shopping secrets is that Century 21 also has a website stocked with similar markdowns and sales, but we’re here to make that secret a little bit less well-guarded.

Not only that, but we’ve teamed up with Century21 to give away a new designer bag to one very lucky reader. Click below to enter!

Enter to Win This Designer Bag from Century 21 Now!

Want It Wednesday: Baubles for All

Want It Wednesday: Baubles for All

Winter is the perfect time to advance your jewelry game. Not only do metals create wonderful textural contrast with cold weather’s knits, leathers and denims, but if your skin is sensitive, wearing jewelry in the winter is less risk–you don’t sweat as much. For this edition of Want It Wednesday, we’ve all picked some cute little baubles we’d love to add to our jewelry boxes.

How Much Longer Can Luxury Brands Afford to Avoid the Internet?

How Much Longer Can Luxury Brands Afford to Avoid the Internet?

The central paradox of luxury handbags has always been that brands need to sell as many as humanly possible while still convincing every customer that he or she is getting something exclusive and sought-after. Until now, a cheap-and-easy way to do that was to eschew online sales in favor of forcing customers into brick-and-mortar boutiques, but according to Businessweek, the effectiveness of that strategy might have come to an end.

Over the past decade, aggressive expansion in Asia, and especially China, have helped fuel sometimes-staggering global growth for luxury brands. The numbers generated by the luxury-hungry middle and upper classes in the region satisfied investors and board members, thereby buying brands some time before they’d have to figure out how to tell their stories online. Increasingly, it seems like that time has come.

Businessweek reports that growth in China is slowing because of regulation and saturation, and with a dearth of new physical markets to explore, brands that had previously avoided fleshing out robust digital strategies will likely be forced to look at the Internet as their “new China.”

Not only are markets shifting, but so are buyers. Consumers in their 20s and 30s are used to having easy access to the products and services they want online and via their phones, and they’re more likely to view a required in-store experience as a nuisance than their older counterparts, who generally interpret it as a natural part of the luxury buying process. “Luxury,” as a concept, simply means something different to younger people.

Eventually, even the stodgiest of brands are going to have to meet their consumers where they are. Increasingly, that means on the Internet, despite the lowbrow connotations that can have for old school businessmen who don’t relate to it in the way that a 30-year-old woman with disposable income and an iPhone 6 might.

Brands might want to take a note on this (and many other things, honestly) from Hermès; the brand is still far and away the most exclusive leather goods brand in the world, with double digit profit increases every quarter and more demand than they can possibly supply. Somehow, the brand manages to do that while still selling a fairly vast array of products, including more than a couple styles of handbags, on its website. Luxury doesn’t have to be inconvenient to feel special.

How Much Longer Can Luxury Brands Afford to Avoid the Internet?

How Much Longer Can Luxury Brands Afford to Avoid the Internet?

The central paradox of luxury handbags has always been that brands need to sell as many as humanly possible while still convincing every customer that he or she is getting something exclusive and sought-after. Until now, a cheap-and-easy way to do that was to eschew online sales in favor of forcing customers into brick-and-mortar boutiques, but according to Businessweek, the effectiveness of that strategy might have come to an end.

Over the past decade, aggressive expansion in Asia, and especially China, have helped fuel sometimes-staggering global growth for luxury brands. The numbers generated by the luxury-hungry middle and upper classes in the region satisfied investors and board members, thereby buying brands some time before they’d have to figure out how to tell their stories online. Increasingly, it seems like that time has come.

Businessweek reports that growth in China is slowing because of regulation and saturation, and with a dearth of new physical markets to explore, brands that had previously avoided fleshing out robust digital strategies will likely be forced to look at the Internet as their “new China.”

Not only are markets shifting, but so are buyers. Consumers in their 20s and 30s are used to having easy access to the products and services they want online and via their phones, and they’re more likely to view a required in-store experience as a nuisance than their older counterparts, who generally interpret it as a natural part of the luxury buying process. “Luxury,” as a concept, simply means something different to younger people.

Eventually, even the stodgiest of brands are going to have to meet their consumers where they are. Increasingly, that means on the Internet, despite the lowbrow connotations that can have for old school businessmen who don’t relate to it in the way that a 30-year-old woman with disposable income and an iPhone 6 might.

Brands might want to take a note on this (and many other things, honestly) from Hermès; the brand is still far and away the most exclusive leather goods brand in the world, with double digit profit increases every quarter and more demand than they can possibly supply. Somehow, the brand manages to do that while still selling a fairly vast array of products, including more than a couple styles of handbags, on its website. Luxury doesn’t have to be inconvenient to feel special.

How Much Longer Can Luxury Brands Afford to Avoid the Internet?

How Much Longer Can Luxury Brands Afford to Avoid the Internet?

The central paradox of luxury handbags has always been that brands need to sell as many as humanly possible while still convincing every customer that he or she is getting something exclusive and sought-after. Until now, a cheap-and-easy way to do that was to eschew online sales in favor of forcing customers into brick-and-mortar boutiques, but according to Businessweek, the effectiveness of that strategy might have come to an end.

Over the past decade, aggressive expansion in Asia, and especially China, have helped fuel sometimes-staggering global growth for luxury brands. The numbers generated by the luxury-hungry middle and upper classes in the region satisfied investors and board members, thereby buying brands some time before they’d have to figure out how to tell their stories online. Increasingly, it seems like that time has come.

Businessweek reports that growth in China is slowing because of regulation and saturation, and with a dearth of new physical markets to explore, brands that had previously avoided fleshing out robust digital strategies will likely be forced to look at the Internet as their “new China.”

Not only are markets shifting, but so are buyers. Consumers in their 20s and 30s are used to having easy access to the products and services they want online and via their phones, and they’re more likely to view a required in-store experience as a nuisance than their older counterparts, who generally interpret it as a natural part of the luxury buying process. “Luxury,” as a concept, simply means something different to younger people.

Eventually, even the stodgiest of brands are going to have to meet their consumers where they are. Increasingly, that means on the Internet, despite the lowbrow connotations that can have for old school businessmen who don’t relate to it in the way that a 30-year-old woman with disposable income and an iPhone 6 might.

Brands might want to take a note on this (and many other things, honestly) from Hermès; the brand is still far and away the most exclusive leather goods brand in the world, with double digit profit increases every quarter and more demand than they can possibly supply. Somehow, the brand manages to do that while still selling a fairly vast array of products, including more than a couple styles of handbags, on its website. Luxury doesn’t have to be inconvenient to feel special.

Gift Guide 2014: 25 Gifts to Start Your Holiday Shopping on the Right Foot

Gift Guide 2014: 25 Gifts to Start Your Holiday Shopping on the Right Foot

As soon as Halloween passed, we started getting emails from brands and retailers about their newly unveiled gift selections. It seemed early, but a quick look at the calendar explained why: Thanksgiving is late this year, so if shoppers wait as long to shop as they might normally, things are going to be a bit tight for all involved. To ease you into the process of checking people off your list, we’re kicking off our annual set of gift guides with things that are sure to satisfy someone on your list. Don’t we all know someone who would love some new nail polish, a set of sparkly earrings or an obscenely soft robe?

Botkier Fuses the Old and the New for a Fresh Look

Botkier Fuses the Old and the New for a Fresh Look

You can’t talk about contemporary handbags without talking about Botkier. In 2003, Monica Botkier introduced the Trigger Bag, which became incredibly popular on both the strength of its rock-n-roll-luxury design and its accessible, mid-three-figures price tag. Over the next decade, the contemporary market exploded, and Botkier’s bags were carried by everyone from Rihanna to Angelina Jolie. For Fall 2014, the brand is debuting a newly expanded line, which looks to the future while playing on Botkier’s well-loved classics.

The Leroy satchel is the new season’s marquee bag, with clean details and a luxurious finish in embossed anaconda. If you’re a minimalist, the stark white version will do the trick, and the metallic version offers a more lush look. The collection also includes plenty of crossbodies and clutches in a range of colors; no matter what wardrobe need you’re looking to fill, Botkier has thought of it.

Check out some of the collection’s best bags below. To shop the full selection, visit Botkier.com.

Botkier Gansevoort Satchel
Coming Soon for $548 via Botkier

Botkier Gansevoort Messenger

Botkier Leroy Embossed Anaconda Clutch
$348 via Botkier

Botkier Leroy Anaconda Clutch

Botkier Leroy Embossed Anaconda Satchel
$648 via Botkier

Botkier Leroy Anaconda Satchel Metallic

Botkier Leroy Embossed Anaconda Satchel
$648 via Botkier

Botkier Leroy Anaconda Satchel White

Botkier Leroy Crossbody
$298 via Botkier

Botkier Leroy Crossbody

Botkier Logan Crossbody Wristlet
$128 via Botkier

Botkier Logan Crossbody Wristlet Black

Botkier Logan Crossbody Wristlet
Coming Soon for $128 via Botkier

Botkier Logan Crossbody Wristlet Silver

Botkier Logan Crossbody Wristlet
Coming Soon for $128 via Botkier

Botkier Logan Crossbody Wristlet Blue

Botkier Logan Crossbody Wristlet
Coming Soon for $128 via Botkier

Botkier Logan Crossbody Wristlet Pink

Botkier Logan Crossbody Wristlet
Coming Soon for $128 via Botkier

Botkier Logan Crossbody Wristlet Yellow

Botkier Small Delancey Satchel
Coming Soon for $298 via Botkier

Botkier Small Delancey Satchel

Botkier Soho Tote
$298 via Botkier

Botkier Soho Tote Cobalt

Botkier Soho Tote
$298 via Botkier

Botkier Soho Tote Grey

Botkier Trigger Backpack
$398 via Botkier

Botkier Trigger Backpack

Botkier Warren Backpack
$398 via Botkier

Botkier Warren Backpack Black

Botkier Warren Backpack
$398 via Botkier

Botkier Warren Backpack

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Jeff Koons Sources Birkins from Celebs for Charity Art Auction

Jeff Koons Sources Birkins from Celebs for Charity Art Auction

The Hermès Birkin has been an iconic art object for fashion lovers for decades, but now uberartist Jeff Koons is intent on turning the sought-after bags into actual art. Koons has sourced bags from the likes of Sofia Coppola and Diane von Furstenberg and incorporated them into sculpture to benefit Project Perpetual, an arm of the United Nations Foundations that helps at-risk youth the world over with the help of powerful artists.

Koons created these works in collaboration with Svetlana Kuzmicheva-Uspenskaya, a longtime collector of his work with a philanthropic streak. She says that they enlisted celebrities to donate Birkins for the work to bring wider attention to the charitable efforts; instead of just writing a check, the celebrities are giving of themselves something that they have used and loved (and something that will, ostensibly, add even more value to Koons’ already ultra-pricey work).

Koons’ work already has an army of collectors, and the addition of sought-after handbags from the private collections of the rich and famous will no doubt raise more than a few bucks for children in need.

Jeff Koons Hermes Birkin Art 2

[Image via Harper's Bazaar]

Bag of the Week: Saint Laurent Small Velvet Monogramme Crossbody Bag

Bag of the Week: Saint Laurent Small Velvet Monogramme Crossbody Bag

Bag: Saint Laurent Small Velvet Monogramme Crossbody Bag

Price: $1,850 via Barneys

Why It’s the Bag of the Week: Hedi Slimane has remade Saint Laurent as a clothier for rockstars and those who want to dress like them, and this little bag, with its lush velvet finish and equally luxe gold logo and tassel, feels like the first of Slimane’s bags to fully capture that feeling.

From Coach x Peanuts to Moschino x Barbie, Handbag Brands Bank on Nostalgia

From Coach x Peanuts to Moschino x Barbie, Handbag Brands Bank on Nostalgia

The fashion industry has hosted a logo renaissance over the past few season, with brands like Alexander Wang and DKNY plastering their logos all over clothes, much to the pleasure of streetwear-obsessed fashion customers. When it comes to accessories, though, the trend has been a bit different. Instead of the monogram-covered bags that were a hallmark of the early 2000s, handbag lovers have turned their attention to bags festooned from everything from Snoopy to Cornflakes, and the fit of nostalgia doesn’t appear to be waning.

It’s not hard to understand why handbags don’t really fit into the current wave of logo-mania; logo bags are still too freshly crass-feeling in the minds of most consumers to qualify for a nostalgia tour. Much of the trend’s clothing references the 80s and 90s, but logo bags were still incredibly popular as recently as ten years ago, and that’s not a generous enough break for the look to come around again.

Instead, handbag designers have looked to other sources of cultural nostalgia to pull at customers’ heartstrings. For instance, Coach collaborated with Peanuts for Snoopy and Woodstock-festooned bags that debuted at Colette in Paris; Anya Hindmarch teamed up with Kellogg’s for cereal-themed bags and accessories; and Moschino has co-opted McDonald’s, Barbie, Hershey’s and Spongebob Squarepants in the space of two seasons under the creative control of Jeremy Scott.

By all indications, consumers are responding enthusiastically to these brands’ not-so-serious take on accessories. Coach’s Peanuts collection sold out in less than 24 hours at Colette, Hindmarch’s cereal bags sold so well that they’re back from a second season and Scott’s use of brand imagery took Moschino from an also-ran to an industry favorite almost instantly. Not only do nostalgia collaborations sell well, but they can help a designer reach a larger audience than they could with the company’s normal designs, even if those designs are excellent.

There’s no indication that this trend is going anywhere soon, so it’s time to start hoping that something wonderful from your childhood makes it onto a bag. Personally, I’ll be holding my breath in anticipation of some designer doing a Daria capsule collection and making my entire life worth living.

Check Out Our Sneak Preview of Fendi’s Gorgeous Spring 2015 Collection

Check Out Our Sneak Preview of Fendi’s Gorgeous Spring 2015 Collection

It would be impossible to overstate how much everyone on the PurseBlog team adored the Fendi Spring 2015 handbags when they debuted on the runway in September, and now that we’ve gotten a chance to take an up-close-and-personal look a the designs in the Fendi showroom, we’re even more smitten. Luckily, we come bearing photos.

The bags are just as lovely in person as we had hoped, including plenty of exotics and embellishments to make these seasonal pieces even more special. Below, take a look at all the goodies Fendi has to offer in the coming months. We suggest you start stuffing money under your mattress now.

PurseForum Roundup – November 7

PurseForum Roundup – November 7

Here we are in November, Roundup readers! We’re not sure how it happened, but the year has flown by and here we are, counting down to the Holidays. What better way to ring in the season than with reveals, right? We did a whirlwind tour of the parts of the PurseForum we often miss, including BurberryTory Burch and Juicy Couture, in addition to dropping in on some old favorites.

Bottega Veneta Mini Intrecciato Bag

In Bottega Veneta, this little street scene caught our eye right off the bat – keaiee’s jade green messenger is not only a brilliant color on a bag we rarely see, but her little snapshot is just charming.  Also in Bottega Veneta, you will definitely want to drop into this thread to see the bonus. NYCGirl shared some gorgeous BV items, but the best part of her reveal is in the second post. Congratulations to your family, NYCGirl.

Bottega Veneta Veneta Hobo

On our way out, we dropped into the Bottega Veneta in Action thread and found this gorgeous bag from LoeweLee, an orange beauty for fall – delicious!

Balenciaga First Bag

Did you gasp? We sure did. Livia1′s brilliant Balenciaga Hamilton Rouge First is breathtaking, and we are green with envy. We found another treat in Balenciaga, this time accompanied by a wonderful photo album from Greece and Turkey. Pr1c355′s new bag is wonderful, but her trip steals the show.

Be sure to check into the November-December Purchases Thread, which is just getting started and will no doubt be bursting with fabulous bags as the days go on. Also, stop into the What’s in Your BBag thread for one of our favorite passtimes – bag snooping!

Alexander Wang Rocco Bag

In Alexander Wang, we found a pair of Roccos and a surprise – a very successful dye job on j18′s bag, reborn in stunning emerald green. The Rocco is definitely one of the smooshiest bags around and is irresistible in this color! If you are considering a one of your own, you might want to have a look at the Rocco Pros and Cons thread, where our members cover this popular bag from an insider’s perspective.

Proenza Schouler PS1 Bag

How’s this for winter? This Proenza Schouler PS1 in concrete grey is just the ticket for fall and beyond. The bag above is Catash’s first PS, and after a fair bit of deliberation, she made an excellent choice.

Proenza Schouler PS1 Tote

Also in Proenza Schouler, we found something a bit out of the ordinary – new_to_lv’s brand new tote in utterly wonderful saddle. You will want to drop into the action thread and see modeling shots of this and many other bags from PS.

Babushka Charms

We buzzed through the PurseForum for a few speed reveals. In Juicy Couture, we found Shanibabe’s adorable pair of charms, including the mini size. The rest of Juicy may be quiet, but our members still love their charms!

Burberry Bags

Ujili surprised us in Burberry, another of our quieter subforums, with a multiple reveal that included some lovely items. Ujili has been waiting for these goodies for quite a while, and thanks to eBay, we got to share in the excitement.

Tory Burch Chain Strap Clutch

In Tory Burch, we found a nice little bag revealed by ALPurseFanatic. This should that is sure to go far this fall.

Dooney & Bourke Dome Satchel

In Dooney and Bourke, Ahiko posted a new bag in a luscious chestnut brown, this time a Sabrina. MiaBorsa posted a double reveal for us, and her two bags are a pretty pair to be sure! Tlo did a bit of shopping and shared several reveals, all gorgeous!

Goyard St. Louis Tote

In Goyard, Hikkichan’s gorgeous new St. Louis brightened up our day, and we found some nice modeling shots in the Action Thread, too!

Before we go, we wanted to share some conversations from the Wardrobe. Drop into the Trends You’d Like to See Go Away thread for some fun memories of outfits you may rather forget. BakeaCookie’s StyleBook thread is going full steam ahead, and Budgetastic’s request for help building a casual wardrobe is proving to be full of great style advice.

Thank you for joining us for this fall reveal roundup! We wanted to bring you plenty of bags to start of the shopping season, and hope you enjoyed them.

Veterans’ Day Sale Roundup

Veterans’ Day Sale Roundup

Veterans’ Day may not be until Tuesday, but that hasn’t stopped retailers from going ahead and rolling out their discounts and sales for this strong pre-Thanksgiving markdown period. Not all of the brands and retailers below are calling these sales Veterans’ Day-themed (there are some seasonal sales and Friends & Family codes in the mix), but they’re all going on right now, so we’ve included all of the info below. The earlier you start your holiday shopping, the earlier you’re done with it, after all.

Saks
Shop the Sale Now

Starting now, new markdowns of up to 40% on a huge selection of fall bags, shoes, accessories and apparel.

Starting November 10, free shipping and free returns until the end of the year with code HOLIDAY.

Starting November 11 though November 13, get a Saks gift card of up to $700 with your purchase during the Saks Spend More, Save More Event using code NOV214

Bloomingdale’s
Shop the Sale Now

At the Bloomingdale’s Friends & Family Sale, use code HOLIDAY for 20% off fashion and home items and 10% off electrics and electronics through November 17.

Intermix
Shop the Sale Now

Get an extra 30% off sale items, no code needed.

Barneys Warehouse
Shop the Sale Now

Up to an extra 40% off select styles plus free shipping on all US orders through November 11.

Lord & Taylor
Shop the Sale Now

Get 15% off (20% if you use your Lord & Taylor Card) with code VETSDAY through November 11.

BCBG
Shop the Sale Now

25% off select regular-price styles and an extra 20% off all sale merchandise through November 12, no code needed.

Origins
Shop the Sale Now

Up to 20% off with code FRIENDS through November 10.

J.Crew Factory
Shop the Sale Now

Get an extra 30% off all purchases with code EXTRA30 through November 11.

Splendid
Shop the Sale Now

Get 25% off all purchases with code WELOVEYOU at checkout.

The Best Bag Deals for the Weekend of November 7

The Best Bag Deals for the Weekend of November 7

Another Friday has come to pass, and that means it’s time for a new crop of fresh bag deals. This is a big weekend for discounts, so we’ll have more information about all the different sale opportunities later in the day. For now, check out the bags below and make sure to shop our Deals Page, which is continually updated with the best sales and discounts.

What Goes Around Comes Around Sends a New Round of Pre-Owned Chanel Bags to ShopBop

What Goes Around Comes Around Sends a New Round of Pre-Owned Chanel Bags to ShopBop

As we all know, Chanel handbags can’t be bought online. The brand itself doesn’t sell anything on its website except cosmetics, and it also doesn’t wholesale its handbags to any third-party retailers, period. That means that everyone from storied auction houses to contemporary retailers has to get creative about how they find ways to sell the profitable, sought-after bags, and for ShopBop, that means partnering up with vintage juggernaut What Goes Around Comes Around to sell the company’s Chanel bags (and more) on its website.

ShopBop recently added a bunch of WGACA’s Chanel bags to its site, and the retailer also currently has Louis Vuitton and Hermès bags from the company in stock as well. Check out a few of our favorites below or shop the full WGACA accessories edit at ShopBop.

Check Out Our Photos of Kate Spade’s Spring 2015 Bags and Accessories

Check Out Our Photos of Kate Spade’s Spring 2015 Bags and Accessories

During New York Fashion Week, we were lucky enough to get an up-close-and-personal look at the Kate Spade 2015 collection, especially the handbags and shoes. Today, we’re passing that sneak peek to you; the adorable, garden party-perfect bags and shoes below will be available for purchase before you know it. Start planning your spring wardrobe budget now.

Céline’s Spring 2015 Handbag Lookbook Has Arrived, Complete with Prices

Céline’s Spring 2015 Handbag Lookbook Has Arrived, Complete with Prices

If you’re trying to make a decision about a future Céline bag purchase without the benefit of having one of the brand’s few boutiques nearby, I have a bit of good news for you. Céline’s website recently underwent a renovation, and although the brand still refuses to offer e-commerce, it has started listing expanded details for its new bags, including exact retail prices.

The redesign came in advance of the Spring 2015 (which is what the brand calls its Resort 2015 collection) lookbooks, which are on the site now for everything from apparel to small accessories. Unfortunately, the site’s navigation is still a bit cumbersome, so we’ve pulled all the photos, names and prices and organized them for your easy perusal below.

The season’s offerings are in line with what we’ve seen over the past year; the brand’s surefire favorites in new colors and combinations, plus a couple of seasonal bags that are unlikely to catch on. Let us know which ones are your favorites in the comments below.

Cambridge Satchel Company Introduces Ladylike Pushlock Line

Cambridge Satchel Company Introduces Ladylike Pushlock Line

English brand Cambridge Satchel Company burst out of the UK school bag market several years ago with a line of simple, affordable leather bags that appealed to fashion-conscious consumers on a tight budget, and the brand’s bags quickly became fixtures of personal style blogs of all sorts. Now, the company has made its first real aesthetic leap away from the classic school satchel.

The new bags come in three sizes and colors, with a price points at $105 for the mini, $120 for the small and $150 for the large. All have removable straps that enable them to be carried as either clutches or shoulder bag, and they use the ultra-smooth, structured leather that’s always been a brand signature.

Cambridge has branched out in small aesthetic ways since it first became popular, but these bags are by far the most feminine bags the brand has designed, and they’re the least similar to the original satchel. For the price, they’ll be hard to beat.

For now, the bags are available via the company’s website.

Want It Wednesday: Fuzziness of All Kinds

Want It Wednesday: Fuzziness of All Kinds

Fall and winter are a time for rich textures, and it doesn’t get much richer than fur, whether it’s real or faux. For this Want It Wednesday, we’ve picked our favorite fuzzy pieces on the market right now, all of which we wish we had in our own closets for the months ahead.

Gucci’s Cruise 2015 Collection is Full of Luxurious Minimalism

Gucci’s Cruise 2015 Collection is Full of Luxurious Minimalism

Over the past few seasons, the most impressive thing about Gucci’s handbags is what the brand has managed to resist: over-branding, over-embellishment and over-baked design of all kinds. Every collection seems more well-edited than the last, and the results get simpler and more beautiful with every new collection released.

Gucci’s Cruise 2015 lineup includes two new lines, Bamboo Daily and Lady Bamboo. The names indicate exactly what you’d expect; Bamboo Daily is a line of simple leather (and occasionally python) bags, sparsely accented with dark bamboo closures, that are perfect for daily use in the office and beyond. The Lady Bamboo bags are in a similar vein, but with a more feminine finish. They’re all strong choices if you’re looking to expand your wardrobe.

Check out a representative sample of the Cruise 2015 bags below or head over to Gucci.com to preview and pre-order a wider selection.

PurseBlog Beauty: 5 Products to Keep Your Hair Moisturized in Cold Weather

PurseBlog Beauty: 5 Products to Keep Your Hair Moisturized in Cold Weather

If I can be unguarded for a moment (and I feel like this is a place of honesty), I’d like to admit that I spend a lot of time thinking about my hair. I always have. It’s naturally curly, fine and thin, but I come from a region where a woman’s hair should be her perfectly coiffed crowning glory, so I’ve spent my entire life changing its color and learning how to make it do whatever I want. That’s resulted in some damage, but also in a lot of knowledge about how to keep hair moisturized.

Cold, dry winter weather is a well-known hazard to skin, but it tends to deplete hair’s moisture as well, which is doubly hard on someone like me whose hair is bleached and still recovering from years of blowouts to its natural curliness. Winter hats don’t help. Below, I’ve revealed my person secrets to keeping your hair healthy and soft during the winter, gleaned from 15 years of product trial-and-error.

Those Anya Hindmarch Spring 2015 Runway Bags are Completely Customizable

Those Anya Hindmarch Spring 2015 Runway Bags are Completely Customizable

If you liked the cheeky post-modernism of Anya Hindmach’s Spring 2015 runway bags but thought that the super-styled versions that the models carried were just a bit much for you, you’re in luck. Many of the bags from the runway will be sold as separate components, meaning that you’re free to embellish a plain tote as little or as much as you’d like.

Neiman Marcus is running an online pre-order boutique for a portion of the collection through November 7, and it includes several large, blank Ebury totes as well as a full alphabet of leather letter stickers and other fun symbols. Add a single initial or cover the whole thing–it’s your choice. The stickers start at $55, though, so minimalists win the day on this one.

The boutique also includes several of the fun small leather goods from the collection, as well as some of Hindmarch’s signature clutches (and the often sold out Crisp Packet in three new colors). Check out the customization options below (which were hinted at by the few options available at Net-a-Porter a couple of weeks ago) or shop the full boutique via Neiman Marcus.

Kate Spade Surprise Sale November 2014

Kate Spade Surprise Sale November 2014Kate Spade is a brand that knows how to treat its customer well, and the Kate Spade Surprise Sale, which just launched today, is yet another example of that. Now through November 11, customers can enjoy up to 75% off a huge selection of current season bags, shoes, accessories and apparel. Act quickly, though–all of this stuff will go back to regular price once the sale ends.

Shop the Kate Spade Surprise Sale Now!

Shop Handbags and Accessories from the Best Private Collections at Bonhams

Shop Handbags and Accessories from the Best Private Collections at Bonhams

The resale market for rare designer bags is hotter than ever, but what’s often lost in the news stories about the ways those bags change hands are the stories of the bags themselves. British auction house Bonhams keeps those personal tales of shopping triumph in mind when sourcing fine handbags and accessories like the ones in its latest auction, set to begin November 10 in Los Angeles.

Among the available pieces are several from best-selling novelist Barbara Taylor Bradford. As she tells it, her husband of over 50 years often buys her Hermès bags to commemorate holidays and special occasions, and on one of the couple’s yearly trips to Paris, he was intent on giving her a Kelly.

Unfortunately, all of the Kellys in Hermès’ rue du Faubourg St. Honoré boutique were spoken for, as they so often are. After a little eavesdropping in French, though, Taylor Bradford’s husband was able to secure the special edition black-and-white Kelly that you see below, which had just been turned down by a customer who had ordered it months before.

Whether the specifics of a piece’s history are known or unknown, one of the great joys in buying vintage or pre-owned luxury items is the knowledge that they had a life before you, and they bring to your wardrobe a touch of a stylish stranger’s personal fashion history. Luxury accessories have long lifespans, and any of the pieces in Bonhams’ upcoming auction would make a fine heirloom to pass to a daughter or niece, the piece’s tale intact.

Below, check out some of our favorite pieces from Bonhams’ upcoming auction. The auction, which includes over 200 Hermès scarves in their boxes and over 400 lots of estate jewelry, in addition to fine handbags, will take place on November 9, as part of a 2-day Period Art & Design auction at the Bonhams showroom in Los Angeles, and is now online at Bonhams.com.

Chanel Metal and Lucite Box Evening Bag
Available via Bonhams

Chanel Box Evening Bag

Chanel Classic Flap Bag
Available via Bonhams

Chanel Classic Flap Bag

Chanel Costume Jewelry Collection
Available via Bonhams

Chanel Costume Jewelry

Chanel Classic Flap Bag
Available via Bonhams

Chanel Navy Classic Flap Bag

Hermès Crocodile Kelly Bag
Available via Bonhams

Hermes Crocodile Kelly Bag

Hermès Jardin d’Hiver Silk Scarf
Available via Bonhams

Hermes Jardin d'Hiver Silk Scarf

Hermès Ostrich Farming Bag
Available via Bonhams

Hermes Ostrich Farming Bag

Hermès Sac Envi Handbag
Available via Bonhams

Hermes Sac Envi Handbag

Hermès Special Order Printed Kelly Bag
Available via Bonhams

Hermes Splatter Print Kelly Bag

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Amazon Fashion Coupon Code November 2014

Amazon Fashion Coupon Code November 2014It may seem hard to believe now, but it’s already November, and that means it’s going to be holiday shopping season in the blink of an eye. There are already good deals out there for the early birds, and if you mark some things off your list now, you’ll be thanking yourself in a few weeks. We suggest you start with the 20% off code that Amazon Fashion is offering right now, which provides a huge discount on literally thousands of bags, shoes, accessories and apparel. All you have to do is enter 20OFFVET at checkout from now through November 12!

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It’s Always 5 O’Clock Somewhere with this Alice + Olivia Bag

It’s Always 5 O’Clock Somewhere with this Alice + Olivia Bag

I fully believe in starting Fridays with something a little bit silly (that’s true of most days, but especially Fridays), and in honor of the Halloween drinks that many of us shall consume in mere hours’ time, the Alice + Olivia Martini Pouch seems more than appropriate.

Not only is this bag in the shape of a literal cocktail, but it’s also basically a costume, in and of itself. Put it on with a shift dress and you’re a cartoonish, Mad Men-era sexy secretary. Put it on with jeans and a t-shirt and you’re a slightly misguided soccer mom trying to update your look with some kitsch. Put it on with some sweats and you’re the woman people avoid in the ice cream aisle at the grocery story.

Happy Halloween, everyone. Pick up this bag for next year’s costume for $198 via ShopBop.