Category Archives: Gucci

#PBWIMB Instagram Roundup – August 21st

#PBWIMB Instagram Roundup – August 21st

With the arrival of Fall just around the corner, it looks like most of you are slowly stashing away your bright bags and opting for something a little darker and more seasonally appropriate. From burgundy to black, there were plenty of beautiful bags to pick from this week, not to mention a whole lot of Céline! Take a look below to go inside some of the prettiest designer bags we found on Instagram, and as always, keep tagging #PBWIMB to show us what’s inside your bag.

To see our bag adventures, be sure to follow us on Instagram.

Want It Wednesday: Mini Bags Aren’t Just for Summer

Want It Wednesday: Mini Bags Aren’t Just for Summer

Mini bags are most often associated with warm weather; after all, who doesn’t want her hands free during the season’s outdoor activities? They’re just as useful during the fall, though, especially when coat weather comes around and regular shoulder bags compete with your outerwear for shoulder real estate. Now that basically every popular bag comes in a mini size, along with all the bags that were designed to be mini from the beginning, your choices are vast no matter the season. For this edition of Want It Wednesday, the team has enumerated its favorites below.

eBay’s Best Bags of the Week – August 20

eBay’s Best Bags of the Week – August 20

The middle of the week means its time for us to share another collection of bag finds from eBay. This week, we found some nice vintage Chanel and Coach bags, a gorgeous, bright Balenciaga, a shimmery minaudiere from Judith Leiber and more! Happy shopping!

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


Givenchy Antigona
Buy It Now for $1,999

Givenchy Antigona Bag

Chanel Half Moon Bag
Buy It Now for $3,399

Chanel Quilted Half Moon Bag

Balenciaga City Bag
Bidding Starts at $1,495

Balenciaga City Bag

Coach Vintage Courier Bag
Buy It Now for $159

Coach Vintage Courier Bag

Tod’s Alligator Tote
Buy It Now for $2,495

Tod's Alligator Tote Bag

Bottega Veneta Intrecciato Veneta Hobo
Buy It Now for $1,225

Bottega Veneta Intrecciato Veneta Hobo

Chanel Vintage Flap Bag
Buy It Now for $2,249

Chanel Vintage Flap Bag

Judith Leiber Mini Barrel Crystal Minaudiere
Buy It Now for $799

Judith Leiber Crystal Tube Clutch

Bottega Veneta Intrecciato Envelope Clutch
Buy It Now for $525

Bottega Venta Intrecciato Envelope Clutch

Gucci Horsebit-Embossed Hobo Bag
Buy It Now for $695

Gucci Horsebit Embossed Hobo

Prada Vitello Daino Messenger Bag
Buy It Now for $1,103

Prada Vitello Daino Messenger Bag

20 Burgundy Bags to Start Your Fall Wardrobe

20 Burgundy Bags to Start Your Fall Wardrobe

Burgundy may be the perfect fall color; it’s rich, versatile and basically a neutral, but it’s not quite as obvious a choice as an actual neutral. Black, grey, tan, navy–burgundy looks flawless with all of them, and depending on the undertones of the particular shade, it can read as anything from a particularly warm brown to just a shade off aubergine. All of that, of course, makes it a perfect choice for a new handbag.

Burgundy (or, as everyone suddenly decided to call it, oxblood) had a huge fall last year, and based on the deliveries currently rolling into stores, the industry’s appreciation for the color hasn’t abated. If you’re all stocked up on traditional neutrals and want something a little bit more interesting in your wardrobe that will still be appropriate for frequent use, we’ve got 20 options below, in a variety of shapes and price ranges.

Perfect Pairs: Gucci Soft Jackie Top Handle and Chocolate

Perfect Pairs: Gucci Soft Jackie Top Handle and Chocolate

Right when I saw the Gucci Soft Jackie hit the Gucci website, I fell head over heels in love. It’s not the simple kind of love, but rather the intensely deep kind. Gucci tops my list as my favorite brand of the moment, and it continues to deliver, collection after collection.

The Jackie is a brand classic, dating back to the 1960s, and was named after Jacqueline Onassis. The Jackie is an icon we’ve explored before, but the new interpretation’s beauty baffles me in the best way.

From the moment I saw the Soft Jackie collection, I knew I had to play with it. I loved the luscious leather of the Gucci Soft Jackie Top Handle Bag. The nut brown leather looked chocolatey, so while I examined the bag, I decided it would be perfect to pair it with a bar of chocolate. It seems that both chocolate and Gucci bags are my weakness.

Buy the top handle for $2,990 via Gucci.com.

Perfect Pairs: Gucci Soft Jackie Top Handle and Chocolate

Perfect Pairs: Gucci Soft Jackie Top Handle and Chocolate

Right when I saw the Gucci Soft Jackie hit the Gucci website, I fell head over heels in love. It’s not the simple kind of love, but rather the intensely deep kind. Gucci tops my list as my favorite brand of the moment, and it continues to deliver, collection after collection.

The Jackie is a brand classic, dating back to the 1960s, and was named after Jacqueline Onassis. The Jackie is an icon we’ve explored before, but the new interpretation’s beauty baffles me in the best way.

From the moment I saw the Soft Jackie collection, I knew I had to play with it. I loved the luscious leather of the Gucci Soft Jackie Top Handle Bag. The nut brown leather looked chocolatey, so while I examined the bag, I decided it would be perfect to pair it with a bar of chocolate. It seems that both chocolate and Gucci bags are my weakness.

Buy the top handle for $2,990 via Gucci.com.

Want It Wednesday: Simple Totes

Want It Wednesday: Simple Totes

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

Summertime happiness

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Product Selection:

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Missoni Beach Towel
For Love & Lemons white Dress
Triangl Leopard Swimwear
Missoni Swimsuit
Collistar Bronzer Spray

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Stella McCartney Beckett Clutch
Gucci Aviator Sunglasses
MSGM Sandals

Graphics by Carolina Cerutti

eBay’s Best Bags of the Week – July 9

eBay’s Best Bags of the Week – July 9

Welcome to this week’s edition of our eBay Handbag Roundup! We found beautiful red bags from Hermès and Prada, another fabulous green bag from Bottega Veneta, a steal on a pre-loved Jimmy Choo Ramona, a beautiful Coach Willis and much more. Happy Shopping!

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


Prada Frame Satchel
Buy It Now for $539

Prada Frame Satchel

Jimmy Choo Crocodile Ramona Bag
Buy It Now for $2,798

Jimmy Choo Ramona Bag

Chanel Black Caviar Tote
Buy It Now for $2,599

Chanel Caviar Tote

Gucci Bamboo Handle Tote
Buy It Now for $880

Gucci Bamboo Handle Tote

Judith Leiber Koi Fish Minaudiere
Buy It Now for $3,299

Judith Leiber Koi Fish Minaudiere

Bottega Veneta Campana Bag
Buy It Now for $1,298

Bottega Veneta Campana Tote

Hermès Birkin
Buy It Now for $7,980

Hermes Birkin

Cartier S de Cartier Shoulder Bag
Buy It Now for $349

Cartier S de Cartier Shoulder Bag

Coach Willis Bag
Buy It Now for $239

Coach Willis Satchel

Balenciaga Giant City Bag
Buy It Now for $1,799

Balenciaga Giant City Bag

Céline Boston Bag
Buy It Now for $1,095

Celine Satchel

OLD SCHOOL GLAM

Guccigold

Sandals, Gucci.

So, I’ve had a thing for these black suede and gold sandals for quite some time and when I spotted them on 50 % sale I couldn’t resist making a purchase. I wouldn’t say that they’re typically my style though, it was just something that reminded me a lot of the very fabulous and glamorous style of my grandmother. She is, and has always been, a big source of inspiration for me and she has a big basement full of shoes similar to the ones seen above. I’m going to have to think a bit about how to wear them but I can assure you it won’t take long since vacation is coming up in the middle of next week! Yippie kay-yay.

Want It Wednesday: 4th of July Must-Haves

Want It Wednesday: 4th of July Must-Haves

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

Gucci Debuts Bright Diamante

Gucci Debuts Bright Diamante

Somehow, Gucci never seems to go wrong with its huge line of handbags. For pre-fall, the brand delved into its vast creative archives to bring back the house’s Diamante leather in an array of bright colors.

The Diamante pattern was first created in the 1930s and enjoyed popularity through the 1950s, but it was only recently that creative director Frida Giannini rediscovered the classic design in the archives and resurrected it. The diamond pattern is subtly beautiful, and it adds the perfect amount of dimensionality to the bag. As the bag moves, you can see the varying texture as it hits the light, which is a great touch.

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#PBWIMB Instagram Roundup – June 26th

#PBWIMB Instagram Roundup – June 26th

Summer’s officially in full swing, and the bags are looking brighter than ever. This week’s Instagram roundup is full of bold red, mint green and shades of pink. The best part? The color isn’t just on the outside – most of these bags have equally bright accessories hiding inside. Make the jump below to take a look at this week’s very colorful roundup.

For your chance to be featured, make sure to follow us on Instagram and tag #PBWIMB.

eBay’s Best Bags of the Week – June 25

eBay’s Best Bags of the Week – June 25

Happy Wednesday, everyone! It’s time for another roundup of our favorite bags on eBay this week. We found a nice Hermès Kelly and two great bags from Fendi – an unusual Trois Jours and a terrific runway Spy. We also spotted a wonderful hobo from Givenchy and something quite special from Cartier. 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.


Celine Phantom Luggage Tote
Buy It Now for $3,698

Celine Phantom Luggage Tote

Givenchy Tinhan Hobo
Buy It Now for $1,295

Givenchy Tinhan Hobo

Fendi Runway Spy Bag
Buy It Now for $2,899

Fendi Runway Embroidered Pearl Spy Bag

Cartier Makebox Mini Trunk
Buy It Now for $2,185

Cartier Makebox Mini Trunk

Hermes Kelly Bag
Buy It Now for $5,999

Hermes Kelly Bag

Yves Saint Laurent Belle de Jour Clutch
Buy It Now for $550

Yves Saint Laurent Belle de Jour Clutch

Gucci Jackie Hobo
Buy It Now for $1,690

Gucci Jackie Hobo

Bottega Veneta Roma Tote
Buy It Now for $1,399

Bottega Veneta Roma Tote

Henry Cuir Tote
Buy It Now for $1,095

Henry Cuir Woven Tote

Fendi Trois Jours Chevron Snakeskin Tote
Buy It Now for $3,999

Fendi 3Jours Snakeskin Chevron Tote

Vote Now in the PurseBlog Handbag World Cup!

Vote Now in the PurseBlog Handbag World Cup!

We’ll never resist an opportunity to turn a non-fashion world news event into something about handbags, if at all possible. For the next two weeks, we intend to do just that with the 2014 PurseBlog Handbag World Cup.

Click below for full details and help decide who wins the first round!

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

Introducing the Gucci Jackie Soft Tote

Introducing the Gucci Jackie Soft Tote

At the PurseBlog offices, we’re all Gucci fans of varying degrees. Megs totally loves the brand’s bags, and Katherine and Bea are right behind her. While I think the brand makes gorgeous bags, they often don’t line up perfectly with my personal style; it’s a brand that I think looks great on other people. With the Gucci Jackie Soft Tote, which is brand new for Fall 2014, I might have found my Gucci match.

This bag first appeared on the brand’s fall runway, and I’ve been anticipating its arrival since then. Based on the iconic brand’s iconic Jackie hobo, the bag features the recognizable hardware against the background of a tightly edited east-west tote.

It features no other hardware or branding, which is why I like this bag so much: the materials, ranging from softly textured leather to stunning sage green crocodile, are allowed to be the Jackie Soft Tote’s main aesthetic draw. That decision gives the bag the sort of understated sophistication that’s gained a foothold in the trend-weary high-end fashion world of late, and the results are beautiful.

If you need a new work bag, all of the leather colors are beautiful and office-appropriate, and this bag is big enough for a laptop. If you’re looking for a splurge, though, any of the calf hair or exotic versions would be an excellent, fresh choice. Personally, I’m partial to the leopard. Check out all the options below, which are available for fall delivery.

Giorgia

Let’s start the first week of the summer (yesss!!!) by this city look on Giorgia. I love the subtlety of her choices, the not too high heels, the easy pants and the blouse that’s just a little revealing.

Oh, and the very Italian touch – the classic Gucci bag.

As always, she’s perfect.

Charlotte Casiraghi Leaves an Equestrian Event with a Gucci Bag on Her Arm

Charlotte Casiraghi Leaves an Equestrian Event with a Gucci Bag on Her Arm

Here’s Charlotte Casiraghi, Monaco royal and granddaughter of Grace Kelly, leaving an equestrian competition in Cannes with a natural leather Gucci Soho Satchel. Charlotte is an active competitor in equestrian jumping events, and she’s also Gucci’s “official equestrian ambassador, which means the brand dresses Charlotte for many of her events. Obviously, Gucci’s love of all things equestrian does not begin and end with its signature horsebit detailing. You can find a bag similar to Charlotte’s in black for $1,950 at Gucci.

If equestrian sports are a little outside of your wheelhouse, you might not be aware that Gucci actually has an entire equestrian collection, which includes everything from riding helmets and apparel to saddles and riding crops. And if you love the pageantry of equestrian events like jumping and polo (as a participant or strictly as a voyeur), I simply must insist that you check out our recent style profile of the Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic.

PurseForum Roundup – June 6

PurseForum Roundup – June 6

It’s June! I know we have been ticking off the weeks since the dawn of the PurseForum Roundup, but it still seems unbelievable that it’s already June. This week, we dropped into Home and Garden and the Wardrobe and found some sure signs of summer. We also stumbled upon several Gucci reveals and visited Make-Up and Beauty to see what our members have been bringing home. We hope you will join us as we bring you all of this and more!


Flowers

Our Home and Garden subforum is always busy this time of year – our members are getting busy in their gardens and giving us all a peek at what they’re growing. We have lots of green thumbs on the PurseForum, and the Garden Photographs thread always has a lovely selection of beautiful shots they have generously shared with us. This week, Myrkur harvested some lavender, and Sweatpea83 showed off her basil, geraniums and coreopsis. 

There are quite a few new additions to the Things You Love Around Your Home thread, and if you are house hunting for your imaginary life, try the Most Expensive Homes in the U.S. thread for some fun. Elsewhere in the Playground, the Up To The Minute subforum has been extremely busy this week, so do drop in and join in the conversations on a wide range of today’s topics. We also have a special section dedicated to just Good News – a great place to relax and enjoy some uplifting and light fare.


Coach Bag

In Coach this week, one lucky member got a pair of Smythes in Rose Petal and Milk. So far our Coach members are loving both of KMiller_41′s bags, but she’s still considering her purchase. What do you think? Moolio showed off a gorgeous pair of Shawna heels, and frivofrugalista picked up a stunning blue Georgie.

We are really loving the Coach leathers at the moment, and it seems our PurseForum members certainly share the sentiment. Sarah03 also posted a new bag, a delightful minty fresh duffle at a steal of a price. We found plenty of Non-Coach purchases in this special thread, too. our members have been very busy, so a hearty congratulations to all our happy Coachies who successfully shopped this week!


Chanel Pink Cosmetics

Make-up, Nail Care and The Beauty Bar “make up” our busy Make-Up and Beauty Forum. Nail Care has everything you need to know about prettying up your fingers and toes, including swatch threads for every brand imaginable.

In our Beauty Bar, the Recent Purchases thread showcases the latest goodies our members have scored at their favorite beauty haunts. This week, JA_UK shared her impressive Chanel haul, and Kailuagal let us have a peek at her Sephora bounty, which was equally impressive. There are swaps about to get underway, so be sure to check back into the Beauty Bar for the Swap Box and Random Act of Kindness reveal threads, coming soon.


Outfit Photo

We love to look in the Outfit of the Day threads (OOTD) in our designer forums, but particularly love peeking into the Wardrobe because anything goes in its OOTD thread. We loved this look for summer from our member EllaPretty and were also happy to stumble on chic willows looking dapper in advance of his very special celebration. Also in the Wardrobe, a great conversation on sourcing linen dresses for summer tops the charts, right along with our Zara thread.

Giant Ring

Whether it applies to you or not, our Women of a Certain Age thread is absolutely not to be missed, and June has been incredibly busy, starting with this great photo from divanata. Our fashionable WOACAs are a lively bunch who love to share stories and inspirational outfits and accessories, making this thread one of the best on the Forum.


Gucci Haul

Reveals were the order of the day in Gucci at press time, so we thought we would share some of them, starting with this nice selection of purchases from Stylegeek. Princessairie61 found lots of answers in the affirmative when she opened her thread with the question “Anyone Still Awake?” – we sure were and loved her quick reveal of sale sunnies and shoes.

The hottest topic in Gucci this week, of course, has been the sales, and the Sale Thread is bubbling over with excited members unwrapping their bargain finds, including PJMAC’s boots, shoes, bag and wallet.  Sariwoo got her very first Gucci this week, a classic tote that will undoubtedly get lots of use. We also wanted to congratulate More4Me, who selected a classic bamboo top for her first bag from Gucci.


Horse

Closing out this week, we wanted to share this lovely shot from our Animalicious subforum, from a thread intriguingly entitled “I’ve sold all my Louis.” Our members love purses, and so do we, but sometimes, as one of our members said in this very thread, “A girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do.” Our most sincere congratulations to our lovely member Serina and her new riding partner, and we wish you many happy hours in the saddle!


Thank you for joining us for June’s first Roundup. We hope you summer is off to a great start, and appreciate that you chose to spend some time with us this week. We want to wish you a happy week ahead and a fantastic weekend. Next week you will find us right her ready with another collection of the PurseForum’s most interesting conversations. Happy Friday!

Want It Wednesday: Memorial Day Weekend Essentials

Want It Wednesday: Memorial Day Weekend Essentials

I thought we had at least one more week before Memorial Day, but apparently not. Summer is here in all its glory this weekend, and for several members of our team, that means it’s time for a three-day sojourn to the beach. I’ll simply be headed to Prospect Park on Monday, but my needs will be largely similar to the beach-goers among us: comfy summer clothes, sun protection and something to carry it all in. Check out our pre-Memorial Day Want It Wednesday essentials below!

14 Belt Bags to Wear this Summer

14 Belt Bags to Wear this Summer

Whether you’re a Coachella die-hard or a casual concertgoer, one thing we can all agree on is that there’s nothing worse than having to fuss around with your bag when all you want to do is dance. While crossbody bags and backpacks leave your hands free for taking pictures and enjoying an ice cold beer, they can sometimes get in the way of your ridiculously good dance moves. Hence, I’ve turned to the belt bag.

The belt bag may have a bad rap, with its close similarity to the fanny pack, but these bags look nothing like those horrible nylon fannies you’ve seen on so many tourists. With contemporary designers and luxury brands designing their own versions of the belt bag, the thought of wearing a bag around your waist no longer seems so scary. It may be a little daunting at first, but take a look below at our favorites for the summer season.

Mother Daughter Pairs: Gucci Swing Totes

Mother Daughter Pairs: Gucci Swing Totes

Event: Movie Date

Our Bags: Gucci Swing Leather Tote and Small Gucci Swing Leather Tote

Price: $1,100 for the Large and $950 for the Small

What To Do: My mom and I still catch movies together, and it’s always a great time. Ditch the boys and find a movie you and mom love to see together. Splurge on a snack, like buttery popcorn or Milk Duds, and enjoy the quality quiet time with your mom.

The Bucket Bag is Spring 2014′s Biggest Accessories Trend

The Bucket Bag is Spring 2014′s Biggest Accessories Trend

For those of you who wanted one, it’s probably time to come to terms with the fact that you’re not going to get a Mansur Gavriel Bucket Bag for spring. (Add it to your wishlist at Net-a-Porter, though – a friend who did so fairly recently saw it show up in her shopping bag last week.) That’s a bummer, but the good news is that Mansur Gavriel was on the front end of a trend that has since become huge – bucket bags are spring’s biggest handbag shape trend, and the brands entering into the fray include everyone from Opening Ceremony to Hermes.

Traditionalists will be glad to see that Louis Vuitton has introduced lots of new versions of the original bucket bag, the Noe, including Epi leather in perfect summer shades. On the less expensive end of the spectrum, lots of contemporary brands have pounced on the casual, unstructured style in a way that will surely appeal to younger customers. For the best of the best, check out what’s going on below.

Olivia Wilde Goes All Black with a Gucci Fringe Bag

Olivia Wilde Goes All Black with a Gucci Fringe Bag

Here’s Olivia Wilde, sipping a milkshake in the West Village while doing crazy things for maternity fashion. Olivia has accessorized her chic, all-black ensemble with a black suede Gucci Nouveau Fringe Bag. This bag was actually inspired by a similar 1940′s design from Gucci’s archives. (I imagine the vintage version might’ve had just as much bamboo detailing, but not nearly as much fringe.) You can obtain Olivia’s exact bag for $2,500 at Gucci.

If you’re not prone to wearing all-black ensembles in mid-April, I feel obliged to point out that this bag is also available in a pleasing range of bold, eye-popping spring hues. The Gucci Nouveau Fringe Bag was an obvious choice for our round-up of the “16 Best Fringe Bags For Spring”. We also took an in-depth, behind-the-scenes look at the exquisite craftsmanship behind this unique handbag in “Inside The Making of a Gucci Nouveau Fringe Bag.”

PurseBlog Goes to Coachella

PurseBlog Goes to Coachella

Last weekend, more than 100,000 people headed to Indio, California to attend the highly anticipated Coachella Arts and Music Festival, and 100,000 more will do so this weekend. With over 150 music acts on the bill, including Outkast, Arcade Fire, Pharell, Lorde, Ellie Goulding, Lana Del Rey, Haim, Muse and Calvin Harris, we found no shortage of famous faces to be seen in attendance. While Coachella is primarily known for it’s music, it’s certainly a fashion scene at well.

The Coachella look is perhaps best described as “glamorous bohemian,” with plenty of fringe bags, hipster hats, colorful prints, flower crowns and quirky sunglasses. During the day, there are a tons of parties to attend, thrown by brands like Lacoste, Guess and H&M. If you’re looking to spot celebrities, you’ll be sure to find plenty of them here. (Just make sure you’re on the list beforehand!) If you’re more of a music junkie like me, head to the festival early to explore the grounds and catch some of your favorite acts.

Take a look at some of the pictures from my Coachella adventures, including the obligatory In-n-Out stop, the bags I brought and the infamous Coachella Ferris Wheel (if you ever get a chance to ride, DO IT!).

Be sure to follow our Instagram to see where we’re taking our handbags next!

Bag of the Week: Gucci Swing Leather Tote

Bag of the Week: Gucci Swing Leather Tote

Bag: Gucci Swing Leather Tote

Price: $995 via Gucci

Why It’s the Bag of the Week: Gucci has quickly turned into one of my favorite brands over the past few seasons. The Swing Tote caught my attention for both the classic, clean design and functional, long double handles. Furthermore, this bag costs under $1,000, a rare feat in the premier designer handbag world.

PERFECT

Gucci

Brown silk button-down dress from Gucci.

So let’s continue to talk about great vacation pieces. This dress from Gucci is just p e r f e c t.

Vote Now in PurseBlog March Madness – Round 2

Vote Now in PurseBlog March Madness – Round 2

You guys weighed in, we did the math and the field has been winnowed from 16 to just 8. Which designers will live on to the Final Four? That’s up for you to decide in Round 2 of PurseBlog March Madness. Just like you did early this week, choose which bag brand you prefer in each matchup and cast your votes – the winner of each will move one step closer to being our 2014 champion. Some of the matchups in the last round, like Louis Vuitton vs. Balenciaga and Gucci vs. Alexander Wang, were quite close, so every vote counts!

Vote in PurseBlog March Madness Round 2 Now!

Outfit of the Week: All About a Gucci Bag

Outfit of the Week: All About a Gucci Bag

I never thought I’d be saying these words, but I’m really loving fringe bags right now. It’s not like me to want an aggressively fringed bag (actually, it’s really not like me), but some of them on the market right now have truly nailed the design. The first brand to look to when it comes to fringe is Gucci, their fringe bags are making major statements and I’m obsessing over them.

My outfit of the week was created with the Gucci Fringed Textured-Leather Tote as the star of the show. While skinny jeans are still incredibly hip, I enjoy seeing flare jeans make a bit of a resurgence. As always, I love pairing a nice crisp white blouse with my denim, and then I added a bit of color with the Alice + Olivia jacket. Finish it off with the right pair of pumps and great accessories, and you have exactly what I’d love to be wearing right now.

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Inside the Making of a Gucci Nouveau Fringe Bag

Inside the Making of a Gucci Nouveau Fringe Bag

Among the things that handbag lovers tell ourselves in order to make exorbitant accessories prices seem reasonable, “The crafstmanship is exquisite!” is one of the most popular. It’s rare that consumers get much of a peek inside that process, though. Late last year, we took you behind the scenes into the making of Gucci’s iconic bamboo trim, and now Gucci has thrown open its workshop doors once again to reveal a few of its secrets, this time with the Gucci Nouveau Fringe Bag.

These photos, originally posted to Gucci’s Facebook page, provide a glimpse inside the construction of the brand’s marquee Spring 2014 bag, including the 46 individual pieces of precision-cut fringe that make up each bag’s lower trim. The finished product can be yours for $2,500 via Gucci – check out the gallery below to see what goes into that price.

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Welcome to PurseBlog March Madness!

Welcome to PurseBlog March Madness!

You might have heard a whisper here and there about some sort of basketball tournament that’s starting this week. Most members of the PurseBlog team went to football schools, so while this may not be our time of year in a sporting sense, we believe in substituting handbags for literally anything in which we are not naturally interested. With that in mind, we’re proud to announce PurseBlog March Madness!

We’ve chosen 16 of the biggest handbag brands in the world at a variety of price levels, and we’d like you to help us determine the best bag brand of 2014. You’ll have two days (work days – even handbag critics need a weekend) to vote on each round, and once we’ve tabulated the votes in each bracket matchup, we’ll move the winners on to the next round to face a new opponent and a new round of voting by you, our readers. We’ll do this all the way until a winner is crowned!

VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE DESIGNERS IN THE FIRST ROUND NOW!

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PurseBlog Goes to SXSW

PurseBlog Goes to SXSW

After a long and amazing week at South by Southwest, it feels good to finally be back in New York (minus the cold weather, of course). Last Thursday, Amanda and I jetted off Austin to spend a week at SXSW Interactive, attending thought-provoking panels and keynotes, eating tons of delicious food, exploring the city with great bags and making new friends.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with SXSW, it’s an annual music, film and interactive conference that takes place over a three week time period in Austin, Texas. The Interactive portion is primarily focused on digital creativity and emerging technologies. There are presentations and panels from some of the biggest people in the digital world, trade shows, networking events and an endless amount of parties to attend.

From our flight to our food, we documented just about every step of the trip to give you a look at the PurseBlog team’s SXSW experience. Take a look some of the highlights from our trip and the places we visited.

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Perfect Pairs: Gucci Bamboo and Tibi Mules

Perfect Pairs: Gucci Bamboo and Tibi Mules

After seeing the full Gucci Spring 2014 Handbags collection, I instantly fell in love. However, like the our original review mentions, I also worried a bit about practicality. New York weather is not always in a fashion girl’s favor; one gust of wind and I’d be hitting an innocent bystander with the fringe of my Gucci Bamboo Fringe Shopper, not to mention that the fringe is probably a bit long for my rather petite stature. Despite these difficulties, I still love this bag, and that’s what inspired me to pair it with the Tibi Embellished Leather Mules.

Mules are definitely among the most dominant shoe trends for Spring 2014, and these Tibi mules are my favorite that I’ve seen so far. The sandal’s upper is substantial enough to secure the top of your foot to the show better than many mules, which makes it one of the more practical shoes of its kind.

The wood detailing is a pleasantly unexpected touch that works well to balance the heavily embellished heel, which is what instantly caught my attention about the shoe. With that detailing and the bag’s luxe suede fringe, this pairing makes the ultimate bohemian duo.

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Tibi Embellished Leather Mules
$495 via Net-a-Porter

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Gucci Bamboo Shopper Suede Fringed Tote
$2,500 via Gucci

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The Best Bags of Milan Fashion Week Fall 2014

The Best Bags of Milan Fashion Week Fall 2014

Milan Fashion Week Fall 2014 has come and gone, but not before giving us a ton of bags to lust over. From Gucci’s luxurious minimalism to Dolce & Gabbana’s neoclassical maximalism, check out our favorite picks from what the Italians will have on offer come fall.

[Images via Vogue.com and Style.com]

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Perfect Pairs: Coach Mini Borough and Gucci Bomber Jacket

Perfect Pairs: Coach Mini Borough and Gucci Bomber Jacket

People who know me, know that I’m a jeans-and-T-shirt kind of gal. I have an extensive collection of pieces that are easy to wear and not considered statement pieces, I leave my bags to do most of the attention-catching. But after seeing the droves of people at New York Fashion Week, I always reconsider some fun pieces that I want to add to my wardrobe.

Even if you add a stand-out piece, you want to make sure it is something that still fits your personal aesthetic. For me, a bomber jacket works with my typical outfits, and right when I laid eyes upon the Gucci Silk-Chiffon and Metallic Bomber Jacket, I was hooked. The jacket features plenty of black, which is easy to wear, but I’m drawn to the metallic jacquard. Look closely and you’ll see the sleeves are silk chiffon, which really makes this jacket quite the glamorous piece.

Gucci Silk and Metallic Bomber Jacket

As for the bag I’d like to pair with it, I still love a variety of colors paired together, and I love the Coach Mini Borough in a light chambray hue. The color will contrast well with the jacket, and the shade of blue is soft and stunning.

Coach Mini Borough Blue

These pieces could be called high/low, with the jacket costing $3,700 via Net-A-Porter and the bag running $378 via Coach.

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Gucci Goes Back to Basics for its Fall 2014 Handbags

Gucci Goes Back to Basics for its Fall 2014 Handbags

During her tenure at the brand, creative director Frida Giannini has taken enormous strides in streamlining and simplifying what it is to be the Gucci woman. Tom Ford’s hard-nosed excess was fun, but Giannini has long offered up a softer experience that is more viscerally luxurious, and she’s taken that even another step further with Gucci’s Fall 2014 handbags. The collection features shapes both familiar and new, all made minimalist in soft leather and muted tones.

Gucci fans will immediately recognized the newly pared-down New Jackie Hobo, which does away with some of the trim details that were holding the design in the last decade and makes it feel more languid and casual. In addition, you’ll find small, structured shoulder bags with generous straps, plus oversized totes in what appears to be very sumptuous leather. To say we’re looking forward to seeing these bags in stores would be an understatement; this collection doesn’t try to hard or reach too far, and it does a lot of thinks exactly right.

[Images via Vogue.com]

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The Best Bags of New York Fashion Week Days 7 & 8

The Best Bags of New York Fashion Week Days 7 & 8


Chanel Boy Bag

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The Best Bags of New York Fashion Week Day 6

The Best Bags of New York Fashion Week Day 6


Chanel Classic Flap Bag

Best Bags of NYFW Day 6 (2)

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Shield Your Eyes – Neon Yellow is Here to Blind Us All for Another Season

Shield Your Eyes – Neon Yellow is Here to Blind Us All for Another Season

Yesterday was a truly dreary and bitter day in New York City (as they all have been lately, except for Super Bowl Sunday, because Pepsi paid for it to be warm, or something), but because fashion lives in an alternate universe, I was met by nothing but bright, eye-searing neon yellow when I opened up my browser to begin compiling post topics for the week. If you thought that, after season upon season of fluorescents, we might be on to something else by now, I have some bad news for you.

On the other hand, if you dig brights and love the power that neons have to make your tan look even deeper and darker, you’re probably going to dig what you see below. And lest we make assumptions, it’s not just youth-oriented contemporary brands who are hanging on to neons for another season; names as venerable as Gucci and Nina Ricci are still into acid yellow, and we could have done this entire post with Valentino products alone.

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Shield Your Eyes – Neon Yellow is Here to Blind Us All for Another Season

Shield Your Eyes – Neon Yellow is Here to Blind Us All for Another Season

Yesterday was a truly dreary and bitter day in New York City (as they all have been lately, except for Super Bowl Sunday, because Pepsi paid for it to be warm, or something), but because fashion lives in an alternate universe, I was met by nothing but bright, eye-searing neon yellow when I opened up my browser to begin compiling post topics for the week. If you thought that, after seasons of fluorescents, we might be past that, I have some bad news for you.

On the other hand, if you dig brights and love the power that neons have to make your tan look even deeper and darker, you’re probably going to dig what you see below. And lest we make assumptions, it’s not just youth-oriented contemporary brands who are hanging on to neons for another season; names as venerable as Gucci and Nina Ricci are still into acid yellow, and we could have done this entire post with Valentino products alone.

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Perfect Pairs: Gucci Soho Disco Bag and Cartier LOVE Necklace

Perfect Pairs: Gucci Soho Disco Bag and Cartier LOVE Necklace

I remember an era in my life where yellow gold was so out of style. No one wanted to wear yellow gold and it became associated with gaudiness, but right now yellow gold is taking center stage once again and I’m thrilled about it.

Today’s perfect pair is all about two things that are both a girl’s best friend, jewelry and designer handbags. If I received both of these items together, well, I’d have to call them a perfect match.


Gucci Soho Disco Gold Bag

First we have the Gucci Soho Disco Bag, a bag that I own in red and have become utterly obsessed with. The pouch is more spacious than you might imagine, but it’s not bulky. I love the long shoulder strap and the simple design. There’s no Gucci monogram fabric to be found, but there is an embroidered interlocking GG on the front of the bag. This is a bag that transitions from day to night easily and because the bag isn’t too large, and the gold and beige ombre makes a great combo. Buy via Gucci for $1,100.


Cartier LOVE Necklace

My jewelry obsession really grew over the past year. After Vlad got me one of my dream bracelets, the Cartier Love Bracelet in gold with diamonds, I started checking out other pieces from the collection. I don’t want to be a walking Cartier Love billboard, but I wouldn’t mind having the interlocking Cartier Love Necklace. The interlocking rings symbolize eternal love and, let’s be honest, eternal style. Buy via Cartier for $2,170.

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January with bare legs

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Give me a crochet cream dress and I’ll be yours forever: this Stylekeepers dress was supposed to leave with me to Mexico last month but It was instead forgotten home.
Not too bad: here is how I wore it on Wednesday, in a strangely warm day in the streets of Milano. Mixed with Chanel velvet flat booties, denim jacket and maxi hat.

Datemi un abito in crochet color panna e sarò vostra per sempre: questo abito di Stylekeepers sarebbe dovuto partire con me per il Messico il mese scorso ma, per una dimenticanza durante la fase della valigia, è invece rimasto a Milano.
Poco male dico io: ecco come l’ho indossato mercoledi, in una giornata stranamente molto mite nelle vie della mia città. Abbinato a stivaletti bassi in velluto di Chanel, giacca in denim e maxi cappello.

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I was wearing:

CHANEL BOOTIES
STYLEKEEPERS DRESS
LEVI’S DENIM JACKET
CAIA RINGS AND BANGLE
GUCCI BAG
RAG&BONE HAT

Photos by Gregorio Capineri Tosetti
Makeup by Nikki DeRoest

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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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The Best Bag Deals for the Weekend of January 10

The Best Bag Deals for the Weekend of January 10

Believe it or not, we’re drawing to the end of sale season. There are lots of good bag deals to be had, but good bag deals on good bags is another thing entirely. You’ve got to look much harder to find covetable markdowns than you had to in weeks prior, but as we do every week, we’ve searched out the best on your behalf.

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Sarah Michelle Gellar Carries Gucci to the Salon

Sarah Michelle Gellar Carries Gucci to the Salon

Sarah Michelle Gellar was spotted leaving the Andy Lecompte Salon in Los Angeles this week after getting her hair colored, carrying a compact, black Gucci Soho Disco Bag, which features a rather giant tassel at the zipper and an embroidered interlocking “G” Gucci logo. (Andy Lecompte is much beloved by non-naturally blonde Hollywood types.) You can buy your own Soho Disco in cream for $895 at Gucci.

You probably already know that Sarah Michelle’s new CBS show, “The Crazy Ones,” was very quickly picked up for a second season, but were you aware that her husband Freddie Prinze Jr. is a featured player on the new Lifetime show “Witches of East End?” “Witches” recently ended its first season right before the holiday, and has also been renewed for another season. 2014 is already set to be a prosperous new year for the Gellar-Prinze household.

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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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Our 25 Best Bag Photographs of 2013

Our 25 Best Bag Photographs of 2013

I’m a big believer that words about fashion can be important (since that, after all, is my purpose here), I know what everyone really shows up for: photos. Fashion’s a visual medium, after all, and we’re lucky that we have a talented photographer like Vlad to help us capture unique, striking images of new collections, our personal bags and the favorite pieces of industry insiders whose style we admire. Below, check out our favorite handbag photographs of 2013. Here’s to a new year full of even more beautiful images!

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#12DaysofHandbags Day 12: Party Bags

#12DaysofHandbags Day 12: Party Bags

It’s the last day of #12DaysofHandbags, and we thought it was only fitting to end on a great note. That’s why we decided to round things off with fun party bags! After all, we’ve still got plenty of parties, dinners and New Year’s Eve fetes to attend these next few days. Take a look at our top picks for party bags, and trust us, these bags are guaranteed to make you have a great time.

If you like what you see here, check out all of our picks from the last 12 days on Instagram!


Tiffany & Co Ava Box Clutch
$1,195 via Tiffany & Co.


Gucci Disco Bag
$895 via Gucci


DKNY Embellished Tassel Clutch
Shop Similar Styles via DKNY

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Shine Straight Into Spring with Gucci

Shine Straight Into Spring with Gucci

Everyone has their own strategies for surviving the grey days of winter with their glamour intact. Some people take the opportunity to stock up on cashmere, others embrace lipcolor in shades of crimson and wine to provide a little bit of drama. Our personal favorite avenue, though, is to add a dose of shine to our accessories. Right now, that means trying to choose between all of Gucci’s metallic handbags, shoes and accessories.

For a single, cohesive collection, Gucci manages to do silvers, golds and bronzes in a surprisingly diverse array. The brand currently offers gleaming metallic python, dark-to-light ombre metallic leather, crackled-texture metallics and color-shifting metallics that land just this side of holographic. That’s not to mention, of course, the straight-up glossy finishes that you’d hope for. The look is lush and luxurious, and all of these pieces will take you to spring and beyond with a little bit of shine. Shop the full selection via Gucci or explore our favorite looks below.


Gucci Soho Metallic Python Disco Bag
$1,390 via Gucci

Gucci Soho Metallic Python Disco Bag

Gucci 1953 Horsebit Loafer
$625 via Gucci

Gucci 1953 Horsebit Loafer

Gucci 58 Crackled Metallic Leather Clutch
$2,350 via Gucci

Gucci 58 Crackled Metallic Leather Clutch

Gucci Metallic Leather Sandals
$695 via Gucci

Gucci Metallic Leather Sandal

Gucci Soho Shaded Leather Clutch
$990 via Gucci

Gucci Soho Shaded Leather Clutch

Gucci Cracked Metallic Leather T-Strap Pumps
$695 via Gucci

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The Best Bag Deals for the Weekend of December 20

The Best Bag Deals for the Weekend of December 20

We’ve made it! Well, we’ve almost made it. Christmas is a mere five days away, “Out of Office” email auto-replies are multiplying by the second and even the most generous of free expedited shipping offers are starting to expire. For a lot of you, this is your last day at work before a generous “weekend,” and we’d like to tempt you away from your final pre-Christmas duties with our weekly roundup of bag deals, including some new markdowns from your favorite retailers.

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