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

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

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

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

The Best Bag Deals for the Weekend of December 12

The Best Bag Deals for the Weekend of December 12

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

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

The Best Bag Deals for the Weekend of December 12

The Best Bag Deals for the Weekend of December 12

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

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

The Best Bag Deals for the Weekend of December 12

The Best Bag Deals for the Weekend of December 12

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

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

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

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

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

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

eBay’s Best Bags of the Week – November 26

eBay’s Best Bags of the Week – November 26

This the week when many of us give thanks for what we have, and then go shopping. And many of us will be spending Black Friday at home; online, and definitely on eBay. With that in mind, we found some terrific bags to kick start your day, including a sweet Judith Leiber minaudière, a stunning wicker Chanel bag and a tote from Alexander McQueen that will definitely hold it all! Happy shopping.

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

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.

inspiration of the week

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1. Ava Catherside coat
2. Overcoat
3. Celine resort 2015
4. September 1992 Christy Turlington by Patrick Demarchelier
5. Pierre Cardin 1975
6. Over-Knee boots
7. Black and white coats
8. Fashion Editorial, Issue 3, Photographer Silvia Puntino
9. André Courrèges, 1972
10. Raf Simons backstage
11. “The in crowd” photographed by Tyrone Lebon for The New York Times Style Magazine Winter 2012
12. Julia Hafstrom for Elle Sweden, September 2014
13. Ellinore Erichsen rocks Androgynous style for Madame Figaro
14. Glamour UK fashion editorial
15. Malgosia Bela per Self Service Fall/Winter 2013
16. Boy with a beanie
17. Maja Majskar for Grazia Italia
18. Ben Waters and Felix D by Bruna Kazinoti
for Tank magazine – 2012
19. Gwyneth Paltrow as Margot Tenenbaum in The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
20. Hippie style
21. Photographer Andrea Sjodin represented by Jed Root
22. “If you Can’t Go South Go Borg”. Jean Shrimpton, Wall Street, Borgana, 1964. For Douglas Simon
23. Missy Rayder By Andrew Yee For How To Spend It 19th September 2014
24. Wool Sweater
25. Dree Hemingway for Vogue UK, November 2010
26. Vintage Dior ADV
27. PARIS YSL FITTINGS WINTER 2000, FEB 1999
28. H&M red coat
29. Karlie Kloss By Paola Kudacki For Lucky October 2014
30. Friends with coats
31. Unknown
32. Carolyn Murphy by Cass Bird (“Urban Renewal”) – (November 2012) 
33. The sweetest couples from the city that never sleeps
34. Fashion editorial for Sicky magazine , Photography Wilbert Lati
35. Fashion editorial for Sicky magazine, Photography  Lukasz Wolejko-Wolejszo
36. Marilyn Monroe: NYC, 1955
37. Amanda Wellsh By Benny Horne For Vogue Spain September 2014
38. White beanie
39. Outfits from the Christian Dior ‘London’ Collection for Autumn, 1969
40. Alexander McQueen FW 2012
41. Fashion editorial for Vogue US
42. Prada Candy L’Eau adv
43. Fashion editorial for Tank magazine 
44. Carven AW14
45. Paul Smith Men’s Autumn/Winter 14 Pre-Collection
46.  Lisa Verberght for AnOther Magazine F/W13.14
47. Comme des Garçons with shoes by Simona Vanth, AnOther Magazine S/S12 Photography by Daniel Jackson, Styling by Katie Shillingford

inspiration of the week

1 2 homepage 1920x1080 px.indd 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 35 36 Amanda Wellsh@IMG 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47Credits:

1. Ava Catherside coat
2. Overcoat
3. Celine resort 2015
4. September 1992 Christy Turlington by Patrick Demarchelier
5. Pierre Cardin 1975
6. Over-Knee boots
7. Black and white coats
8. Fashion Editorial, Issue 3, Photographer Silvia Puntino
9. André Courrèges, 1972
10. Raf Simons backstage
11. “The in crowd” photographed by Tyrone Lebon for The New York Times Style Magazine Winter 2012
12. Julia Hafstrom for Elle Sweden, September 2014
13. Ellinore Erichsen rocks Androgynous style for Madame Figaro
14. Glamour UK fashion editorial
15. Malgosia Bela per Self Service Fall/Winter 2013
16. Boy with a beanie
17. Maja Majskar for Grazia Italia
18. Ben Waters and Felix D by Bruna Kazinoti
for Tank magazine – 2012
19. Gwyneth Paltrow as Margot Tenenbaum in The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
20. Hippie style
21. Photographer Andrea Sjodin represented by Jed Root
22. “If you Can’t Go South Go Borg”. Jean Shrimpton, Wall Street, Borgana, 1964. For Douglas Simon
23. Missy Rayder By Andrew Yee For How To Spend It 19th September 2014
24. Wool Sweater
25. Dree Hemingway for Vogue UK, November 2010
26. Vintage Dior ADV
27. PARIS YSL FITTINGS WINTER 2000, FEB 1999
28. H&M red coat
29. Karlie Kloss By Paola Kudacki For Lucky October 2014
30. Friends with coats
31. Unknown
32. Carolyn Murphy by Cass Bird (“Urban Renewal”) – (November 2012) 
33. The sweetest couples from the city that never sleeps
34. Fashion editorial for Sicky magazine , Photography Wilbert Lati
35. Fashion editorial for Sicky magazine, Photography  Lukasz Wolejko-Wolejszo
36. Marilyn Monroe: NYC, 1955
37. Amanda Wellsh By Benny Horne For Vogue Spain September 2014
38. White beanie
39. Outfits from the Christian Dior ‘London’ Collection for Autumn, 1969
40. Alexander McQueen FW 2012
41. Fashion editorial for Vogue US
42. Prada Candy L’Eau adv
43. Fashion editorial for Tank magazine 
44. Carven AW14
45. Paul Smith Men’s Autumn/Winter 14 Pre-Collection
46.  Lisa Verberght for AnOther Magazine F/W13.14
47. Comme des Garçons with shoes by Simona Vanth, AnOther Magazine S/S12 Photography by Daniel Jackson, Styling by Katie Shillingford

12 Bags to Finish Your Halloween Costume Perfectly

12 Bags to Finish Your Halloween Costume Perfectly

We can turn almost any occasion into an excuse to shop for handbags, and Halloween isn’t even a particular challenge. We already found more than a dozen bags that are just straight-up creepy no matter the context, and today we’re back with another 12 that fit particularly well with particular costumes. Is it an objectively smart idea to spend a couple thousand bucks on a bag for your costume? No, but personally, I’ve rarely let that stop me from doing anything I wanted to do, for better or for worse.

The Best Bag Deals for the Weekend of October 24

The Best Bag Deals for the Weekend of October 24

It’s Friday again, and like clockwork, we have our week-ending list of the best bag deals we’ve found at our favorite shopping destinations online. We’ve got a little something at nearly every price point below, so if you’re looking to update your closet, look no further. If you want to look further, though, our Deals Page has an ever-updated, always-expanding list of possibilities.

eBay’s Best Bags – October 22

eBay’s Best Bags – October 22

Welcome to our roundup of some of eBay’s best bags and bag bargains of the week. We have a couple of nice selections from Chanel and Bottega Veneta this week, as well as a great buy on a Coach tote. An unusual bag from Valextra and a cute McQueen clutch also caught our eyes. Happy shopping.

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

Ready to leave with McQ

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Here I am in my last look in Milano before leaving for two months between Los Angeles and my travels around the world, wearing one of my new winter jackets, by McQ Alexander Mcqueen.

Eccomi nel mio ultimo look di Milano prima di partire per due mesi a Los Angeles, indossando una delle mie nuove giacche invernali della stagione, di McQ Alexander Mcqueen.

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DR.MARTENS SHOES
CAROLINA WYSER JEANS
MCQ ALEXANDER MCQUEEN JACKET
PAULA CADEMARTORI BAG
DIOR SUNGLASSES

 Photos by Gregorio Capineri Tosetti

The Best Bag Deals for the Weekend of September 26

The Best Bag Deals for the Weekend of September 26

Somehow we’ve found ourselves near both the end of September and the end of the week, and that means it’s time for another group of bag deals. Below, check out a carefully curated selection of the best sale bags on the Internet this week. For a continuously updated selection of deals, sales and markdowns across the web, makes sure to visit our PurseBlog Deals Page!

Want It Wednesday: All About Olive

Want It Wednesday: All About Olive

We’re still in the foundational phase of fall wardrobe-building, and that includes finding wear-anywhere pieces in colors that aren’t neutrals, exactly, but that function as such while still providing a little bit of visual variation to an outfit. Burgundy is a great example of one such color, and today, we’re turning our attentions (and our Want It Wednesday) to olive. Or khaki. Or “army green.” Whatever you want to call it, this rich, yellow-undertoned shade is perfect for the quickly cooling weather.

Denim-Aholic

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Products Selection:

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BEAVIS is wearing: BAND OF OUTSIDERS JACKET
BUTT-HEAD is wearing: LEVI’S JEANS JACKET

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JANE LANE is wearing:
Levi’s Shirt 1
Levi’s Shirt 2
Levi’s Shirt 3

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QUINN MORGENDORFFER is wearing: Vintage Dungaree (Similar Here)
TOAST MAN is wearing: Levi’s Shorts

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ERIC CARTMAN is wearing:
Alexander McQueen Denim and Leather Jeans
Marc by Marc Jacobs Annie Boyfriend Jeans

Graphics by Carolina Cerutti

 

 

eBay’s Best Bags of the Week – September 10

eBay’s Best Bags of the Week – September 10

Happy Wednesday! It’s time once again to kick back, relax and have a look at the terrific bags we found for you on eBay this week. A fabulous Gucci horsebit tote caught our eye, along with a vintage Chanel flap with style for days. We have plenty of totes, plus something fun in neon that needs a new home! Happy shopping!

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


Valentino Rockstud Shopper Tote
Buy It Now for $799

Valentino Rockstud Shopper Tote

Coach Colorblock Duffle Shoulder Bag
Buy It Now for $300

Coach Colorblock Duffel Shoulder Bag

Louis Vuitton x Yayoi Kusama Papillon Bag
Buy It Now for $1,600

Louis Vuitton Yayoi Kusama Papillon Bag

Chanel Vintage Flap Bag
Buy It Now for $1,350

Chanel Flap Bag

Prada Shopper Tote
Buy It Now for $1,799

Prada Shopper Tote

Gucci Horsebit Tote
Buy It Now for $770

Gucci Horsebit Tote

Saint Laurent Sac de Jour Small Tote
Buy It Now for $2,598

Saint Laurent Sac de Jour Tote

Alexander McQueen Heroine Flap Shoulder Bag
Buy It Now for $825

Alexander McQueen Heroine Flap Shoulder Bag

Stella McCartney Falabella Bucket Bag
Buy It Now for $519

Stella McCartney Falabella Bucket Bag

Coach Marcie Bag
Buy It Now for $389

Coach Marcie Bag

Bottega Veneta Campana Bag
Buy It Now for $995

Bottega Veneta Campana Bag

The Many (Many) Bags of Kim Kardashian

The Many (Many) Bags of Kim Kardashian

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

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

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

Want It Wednesday: Printed Everything

Want It Wednesday: Printed Everything

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Instagram Handbag Celebrity: @leorangebliss

Instagram Handbag Celebrity: @leorangebliss

While most of the time we tend to find collections with an array of different designers, that’s certainly not the case with this week’s Instagram celebrity. It’s safe to say that Instagrammer @leorangebliss has more Hermès than most people can ever dream of owning.

Very little is known about who @leorangebliss actually is, but her identity seems to hardly matter when you’re showing off such a colorful array of Hermès Birkins.

Take a look below to see some of our favorite snapshots from @leorangebliss’ Instagram feed, or head straight to her profile to see her full collection!

eBay’s Best Bags of the Week – July 2

eBay’s Best Bags of the Week – July 2

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

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


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

Chanel Jumbo Flap Bag

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

Alexander McQueen Embellished Skull Clutch

Gucci Soho Chain Shoulder Bag
Buy It Now for $898

Gucci Soho Chain Satchel

Goyard Saigon Bag
Buy It Now for $2,500

Goyard Saigon PM Bag

Salvatore Ferragamo Small Sofia Bag
Buy It Now for $950

Salvatore Ferragamo Mini Sofia Bag

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

Louis Vuitton Damier Portobello Shoulder Bag

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

Proenza Schouler PS1 Bag

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

Bottega Veneta Cabat Tote

Jil Sander Tote
Buy It Now for $199

Jil Sander Leather Shoulder Bag

Fendi Baguette
Buy It Now for $1,750

Fendi Embroidered Baguette Bag

Bag of the Week: The Alexander McQueen Heroine Shoulder Bag

Bag of the Week: The Alexander McQueen Heroine Shoulder Bag

Bag: Alexander McQueen Heroine Shoulder Bag

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

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

The Best Bag Deals for the Weekend of June 27

The Best Bag Deals for the Weekend of June 27

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

Instagram Handbag Celebrities: @fashionlover178

Instagram Handbag Celebrities: @fashionlover178

You’d think that after covering Instagram accessory celebrities for a little over a month now, I would be used to the idea of owning the same bag in eighteen different colors, but no. This week, I stumbled upon the Instagram of Hermes and Chanel addict @fashionlover178.

Besides the fact that she has an insane accessory collection, enjoys occasional dinners with the Hermes brothers and owns more bling than maybe P.Diddy himself, we know very little about her. While most of her accessory-heavy pictures don’t show her face, she posts plenty of pictures of herself at lavish parties and exotic locations throughout her Instagram.

So while we may not have a lot on the person behind the bags, this collection speaks for itself. Take a look at some of our favorite pictures below, or join the rest of her 65,000-plus fans and see her full Instagram.

The Best Bag Deals for the Weekend of June 13

The Best Bag Deals for the Weekend of June 13

Today may be Friday the 13th (and Mercury may be in retrograde, so if you’re a superstitious person, you are probably hiding in a closet right now), but fear not – we’ve had nothing but good luck finding plenty of bag deals to tempt you with today. In particular, the SSENSE sale is worth checking out – the site recently added a ton of bags from Givenchy, Proenza Schouler, Alexander Wang and beyond, and they’re in the colors and sizes that people actually want.

Check out our overall favorites below, and for constantly updated sale news, make sure to bookmark the PurseBlog Deals Page!

Alexander McQueen God save McQueen Scarf

From Farfetch – £445

Alexander McQueen God Save McQueen Scarf

Man Bag Monday: Men’s Handbag Sale Picks

Man Bag Monday: Men’s Handbag Sale Picks

We’ve scoured the web for the best handbag deals at this spring’s designer sales, but that doesn’t mean that the markdowns are for ladies only. The selection at the men’s sales might not be quite as wide, but there are still some great bags to be had. We’ve assembled a selection of our favorites below.

The Best Bag Deals for the Weekend of May 30

The Best Bag Deals for the Weekend of May 30

Our weekly bag deals posts are always pretty easy to decipher, but this one’s particularly simple: every luxury retailer on the planet is having an amazing sale right now, and we found great bags everywhere we looked. So not only is this week’s list of deals significantly longer than usual, but you might just want to head straight to Barneys, Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, MATCHESFASHION.COM or Net-a-Porter, to name only a few.

The Best Bag Deals for the Weekend of May 9

The Best Bag Deals for the Weekend of May 9

Although the weather is a little damp and gloomy in NYC today, there’s one surefire thing that always manages to brighten up our Fridays: a fresh round of bag deals from our favorite shopping spots around the Internet. This week, we have some picks from deal-roundup favorites like Kate Spade and Rebecca Minkoff, mixed with a few harder-to-find pieces from the likes of Alexander McQueen and Oscar de la Renta. Check out our selections below, and for more information of sales and discounts around the web, check out our Deals page!

The Best Bags from the Bergdorf Goodman Pre-Fall and Fall 2014 Pre-Orders

The Best Bags from the Bergdorf Goodman Pre-Fall and Fall 2014 Pre-Orders

The fashion industry is weird in oh so many ways, but right now, it feels extra weird to be thinking about fall purchases when spring weather doesn’t even appear to be fully set in New York City. The fashion calendar rages on, though, and Bergdorf Goodman has officially opened up the first of its Pre-Fall and Fall 2014 handbag pre-orders. The selection will grow over the next months, but for right now, the selection is heavy on Fendi, Givenchy and Valentino bags, with a few notable picks from Chloe (a Baylee tote, which is arguably prettier than the original satchel version) and Alexander Wang (a gym sling made of deerskin), among others. Check out our favorites below or peruse the full selection via Bergdorf Goodman.

Check Out Which Bags Your Favorite Celebs Carried on Easter

Check Out Which Bags Your Favorite Celebs Carried on Easter

Celebrities: they’re just like us, at least in that some of them go all-out for Easter, and others can’t figure out why the grocery store isn’t open on Sunday morning. Everyone from Fergie to Duchess Kate (who had her Alexander McQueen clutch altered to replace the holiday-inappropriate skull clasp) was out and about yesterday, and we took the opportunity to chronicle their Easter handbag choices, no matter whether they were headed to church or to pilates class.

The Best Bag Deals for the Weekend of April 18

The Best Bag Deals for the Weekend of April 18

We’re in a bit of an odd season for bag deals. Because a lot of brands and retailers are doing Friends & Family sales right now, sale sections are a little bit barren, but they’re sure to fill up again soon. In the meantime, we have our weekly roundup of the best of the best below, plus a new coupon code to tell you about. Now through April 21, you can take 20% off any Loeffler Randall purchase on the brand’s site with code FRIENDLY. Definitely check out Loeffler Randall’s new spring bags (and shoes!), and for the traditional lineup of bag deals, meet us after the jump. (Alternately, check our our Deals page for a listing of the best online sales, updated daily.)

Here Comes the Bride: Spring 2014′s Best Wedding Clutches

Here Comes the Bride: Spring 2014′s Best Wedding Clutches

New York got its first real taste of spring weather over the weekend, and while the city basket in warmth, you could almost hear the rustle of tulle liberated from closets and the clack of pearls pulled out of jewelry boxes. Wedding season: it’s here.

Weddings bring up a whole host of dressing quandaries for everyone from brides to plus-ones, and although we can’t solve all of them for you, we can tell you what you should be carrying alongside your gown, bridesmaid frock or sundress. From the sweetly traditional to the aggressively literal, check out the year’s best wedding bags below.

Character Study: Joan Holloway of “Mad Men”

Character Study: Joan Holloway of “Mad Men”

On Sunday, the seventh and final season of Mad Men debuts, which spells the beginning of the end for two of television’s most exciting female characters: Joan Holloway and Peggy Olson. Today, we’ll pay a small tribute to the force of nature that is Joanie by breaking down her accessories style in the second installment of our Character Study series. (Scandal superfan? Check out our first edition, starring Olivia Pope.)

Translating Joan’s style into today’s fashion presents a unique challenge because Mad Men is so inextricably tied to a very particular era and, by extension, that era’s very particular aesthetic. Handbags in the early 60s weren’t the functional carryalls that we know today; instead, shapes tended toward the compact and structured, with an emphasis on top handles and, later, small shoulder bags.

Within those parameters, Joan’s style tends toward the attention-getting. On the show, the character has spoken about being a woman who was raised to be admired, and she adorns herself accordingly. Her style is bright, detailed and exquisitely tailored, with occasional notes of kitsch that characterize the time period’s ultra-feminine look. With her promotion to partner at the end of the fifth season, Joan could certainly afford any of the retro-modern bags we’ve chosen below.

Amber Heard has a McQueen Bag on One Arm and Johnny Depp on the Other

Amber Heard has a McQueen Bag on One Arm and Johnny Depp on the Other

Here’s actress Amber Heard, leaving The Bowery Hotel in NYC with two of my favorites – her fiance Johnny Depp, and a beautiful, bright blue Alexander McQueen Heroine Python Tote. Strangely enough, Johnny seems to be carrying a bag as well – a manly metallic clutch, perhaps? We couldn’t find a single python version of the Heroine online, but you can get a regular leather version in “Ivory” at Neiman Marcus for $2,595.

This just in: Amber Heard is one year younger than me, and life really just isn’t fair. I know that dating A-listers and acquiring designer handbags go hand in hand, but really, what sort of Faustian deal has this woman made with the universe?! In other news, fresh reinventions of this tried-and-true McQueen design seems to be making a fair bit of traction with celebs lately – we just saw Elizabeth Banks with a lovely, patterned version of the bag last month.

Sharon Stone Carries Alexander McQueen on the Set of Her New Show

Sharon Stone Carries Alexander McQueen on the Set of Her New Show

Sharon Stone is FINALLY making the leap to cable TV! (Can you believe she’s avoided it for this long?) Here’s Sharon wrapping up a day of filming for TNT’s Agent X in Vancouver. Sharon is carrying a black Alexander McQueen Heroine Zip Tote, which makes perfect sense because she’s playing America’s first female Vice President – a bag called Heroine seems like an obvious choice, even though powerful women in politics sometimes catch flack for carrying expensive bags. You can get Sharon’s stylish Alexander McQueen bag for $2,085 at Neiman Marcus.

Sharon might also be carrying a Miu Miu bag in the same hand in a couple of these photos, but we can’t get a good enough look at her second bag to give it a proper ID. Sharon Stone fans: be aware that Agent X is the working title for this show – I noticed it shares its title with an obscure (and completely unrelated) Marvel comic book series, and I can’t imagine Marvel will just let that slide. If you love TV bag-watching and highly charged political dramas, do check out Amanda’s study of Scandal’s Olivia Pope and her handbag habits.

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The Best Bag Deals for the Weekend of February 28

The Best Bag Deals for the Weekend of February 28

On this, the last day of February (where’d this month go?), we have our last February edition of our weekly bag deals roundup. We’re in between sale periods, so we searched extra hard to come up with the best handbag discounts, and we think you’ll be pleased with the fruits of our labors.

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Outfit of the Week: His and Hers for Valentine’s Day

Outfit of the Week: His and Hers for Valentine’s Day

I have neither a significant other nor a residence in a climate that currently allows me to wear adorable shoes and dresses without tights, but what I do have is an active imagination, which I used to come up with what I think is a rather lovely Outfit of the Week befitting of Valentine’s Day. I’m also not a dude, but for the occasion, it seemed like one outfit deserved another, and who doesn’t want to envision themselves alongside a man in a grey Burberry suit? Preferably one with a matching British accent.

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Elizabeth Banks Carries Alexander McQueen to the Today Show

Elizabeth Banks Carries Alexander McQueen to the Today Show

Elizabeth Banks was seen leaving The Today Show studios last Thursday morning with a beautifully patterned Alexander McQueen Heroine Tote. You can get Elizabeth’s bag in basic white calfskin leather for $2,595 at Nordstrom. The Heroine made its debut back in 2012, and while we’ve seen it carried by plenty of A-list celebs over the past two years (Jessica Chastain, Lady Gaga), I can’t help thinking this bag should’ve been way more popular than it was/is. It comes in such an alluring variety of patterns and colorways, but perhaps there’s too much stylistic overlap with other bags on the market.

Elizabeth is currently making the rounds to promote her voiceover work in “The Lego Movie”, which, much to my astonishment, is receiving rave reviews across the board. That’s quite a feat for a children’s movie AND a film about Legos. So rest easy knowing that if the kiddos in your life drag you to see this flick over the coming weeks, it won’t be absolute torture.

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The Best Bag Deals for the Weekend of January 24

The Best Bag Deals for the Weekend of January 24

As January draws to a close, so does the traditional luxury sale season, but that won’t stop us from scouring the Internet each Friday for our weekly dose of bag deals. This week, we searched the best sales that are still ongoing and found some treasures, from calf hair, to exotics, to the perfect Marchesa spring wedding clutch for 60% off. Check them all out below.

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The Many Bags of Kelly Osbourne

The Many Bags of Kelly Osbourne

Like mother, like daughter, especially when it comes to Sharon Osbourne, Kelly Osbourne and their respective handbag collections. We profiled the elder Osbourne’s love for black Chanel bags a few months ago, and now that awards season is upon us, Kelly is gracing all of our televisions even more regularly than she usually does for red carpet coverage. That seemed like enough reason to delve into her handbag collection, and perhaps unsurprisingly, Kelly seems to have on speed dial the same hardworking Chanel sales associate as her mom. Check out her bags, Chanel and beyond, below.

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When I come back to Milano

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Truth is I’m spending most of my time either traveling or in Los Angeles (where, If everything works, I should have my own house from March/April) but truth also is that each time I go back to Milan the rain seems never stop.
My ten days home before Christmas were wet, and also this time I saw the sun shining for only a day. Blog photos are hard If not impossible to take: in the short rain-breaks you see me running from one place to the other (and against time) to get some decent outfit photos. The costant LA sun seems so far away :(
In these photos I was wearing the new McQ Alexander McQueen sweater and the fake fur that you’ve already seen me in all the colours: It’s from Storets and I have it in black, cream, white and now also pink :)

E’ vero che ormai sto passando la maggior parte del mio tempo in viaggio o a Los Angeles (dove, se tutto va bene, dovrei avere la mia prima casa da marzo/aprile) ma è altrettanto vero che ogni volta che torno a Milano la pioggia sembra perseguitarmi.
I miei dieci giorni a casa prima di Natale sono stati sotto l’acqua, ed anche questa volta ho visto il sole per un solo giorno. Le foto per il blog sono difficili se non impossibili da scattare: nelle brevi pause dagli acquazzoni eccomi correre come una pazza per le strade (e contro il tempo) per ottenere gli scatti di outfit che vedete qui. Decisamente i 25° e sole costante di Los Angeles sono solo un lontano miraggio :(
In queste foto indossavo una nuova felpa di McQ Alexander McQueen ed il pellicciotto fake fur che ormai mi avete visto in tutti i colori: è di Storets e ce l’ho nero, crema, panna, e dall’altro giorno anche rosa :)

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I was wearing:

PRADA SHOES
LEVI’S JEANS
MCQ ALEXANDER MCQUEEN SWEATER
STORETS FAUX FUR COAT
HERMES KELLY BAG
DIOR SUNGLASSES

Photos by Gregorio Capineri Tosetti

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Shrink Ray Strikes Spring 2014 Handbags; All Your Favorite Designers Affected

Shrink Ray Strikes Spring 2014 Handbags; All Your Favorite Designers Affected

We briefly touched on the trend of miniaturizing successful bag designs last spring, but now that we’re in the back half of January and it seems like warm weather may one day come again at some indeterminate point in the future, it seems like the number of designers who have decided to make everything tiny has expanded exponentially. In fashion, unlike literally every other facet of human life, the warmth of spring doesn’t make things grow – it makes bags get smaller. Below, you’ll find over a dozen mini designer handbags to lighten your load, now and in the future.

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The Best Bag Deals for the Weekend of January 17

The Best Bag Deals for the Weekend of January 17

As the old saying goes, when god closes a door, he opens a window. That’s true of the fashion gods for sure; American sale season has all but concluded, but much of the rest of the shopping world is still going strong. Which is, of course, the great thing about the Internet – if you have a credit card and a delivery address, shopping overseas feels more or less just like picking up a new bag at your favorite department store. Below, check out a few of our favorite bag deals from international sites like THE OUTNET, Matches Fashion and farfetch.com.

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Joshua Tree

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I love traveling and exploring… My passport, my tattoo on the right wrist and my adventure exciment are a good proof of that.
Last week, in the middle of filming a video in Los Angeles something came out to our minds: moving to the desert, Joshua Tree, to finish the project.
We left after dinner, arrived at 1 am, discovered there was no heat in the house we rent (and the nights over there are pretty cold), stare at the stars in the sky,  talking for hours next to the fireplace, with no service at all on our phones.
The next morning we woke up in the middle of nowhere in a “glass house”, we drove for hours in the desert, finished the video, and shot these photos. The look I was wearing is what I consider “my casual uniform” (even though the McQ Alexander McQueen shirt is the details that makes the difference), but the atmosphere you can breath in these shots is magic, like those days were.

Amo viaggiare ed esplorare.. Lo dimostra il mio passaporto, il mio tatuaggio sul polso destro, il mio entusiasmo per l’avventura.
La scorsa settimana, nel bel mezzo della registrazione di un video a Los Angeles ci è venuta l’idea: spostarci nel deserto, più precisamente a Joshua Tree, e finire il progetto proprio li.
Siamo partiti dopo cena, arrivati li all’una di notte, scoperto che non avevamo il riscaldamento in casa (e nel deserto la notte è più che gelida), acceso il camino, guardato le stelle e ci siamo addormentati dopo aver parlato per ore, con i cellulari che non prendevano la rete (per non parlare di Internet) neanche per scherzo.
La mattina dopo ci siamo svegliati nel bel mezzo del nulla in una casa di sole vetrate, abbiamo guidato per ore nelle strade deserte, finito il video, e scattato queste fotografie. Il look è quella che io considero la mia “uniforme casual”, (anche se la camicia di McQ Alexander McQueen è il dettaglio che fa la differenza), ma l’atmosfera che si respira da questi scatti è magica, come lo sono stati quei giorni.

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I was wearing:

SUPERGA FOR THE BLONDE SALAD CROC SNEAKERS
MCQ ALEXANDER MCQUEEN SHIRT
J BRAND RIPPED JEANS
CAIA BANGLE
CAIA RINGS
DELFINA DELETTREZ EARRINGS
LAER LEATHER JACKET
W.U.U.L BEANIE (WORKERS-UNITED-UNION-LABOR)

Photos by Andrew Arthur

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Want It Wednesday – January 15

Want It Wednesday – January 15

With all the new spring arrivals that have started showing up for pre-order at online retailers, the PurseBlog team has returned back to basics for this week’s Want It Wednesday. Yep, that’s right, we’re craving handbags and leather goods this week, plus one particularly sparkly cuff to set it all off.

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Florals for Spring. Groundbreaking.

Florals for Spring. Groundbreaking.

Springtime flowers on fashion pieces are common enough to garner their own Devil Wears Prada reference, but there’s little use in arguing that a good floral can’t bring a smile to the face of most shoppers looking to thaw out from a long winter. As spring deliveries start to arrive at online retailers, it looks like floral bags are set to be even more popular than usual, from delicate embroidered clutches to large everyday totes. Check out over a dozen of our favorites below.

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#PBWIMB Instagram Roundup – January 9

#PBWIMB Instagram Roundup – January 9

It’s been a while since our last #PBWIMB Instagram Roundup, what with all of the holiday chaos that went on these past couple months, but we’re back, and the bags you photographed look better than ever. Judging by the bags we’ve seen on our feeds lately, either all of you were on the nice list this year, or you treated yourselves to some seriously good arm candy. Take a look at the gallery below to see if your Instagram was picked in our favorites of the week.

Follow us on Instagram and tag #PBWIMB for a chance to be featured next time!

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