Category Archives: Hermes

Summer in Review: PurseBlog’s Best Instagrams

Summer in Review: PurseBlog’s Best Instagrams

Today marks the beginning of PurseBlog Summer Break, which means that our team is taking a week out of the office to travel, rest and, in my case, move into a new apartment. While we’re away, we’ll have both new posts and some of your old favorites, updated and expanded with new photos, new bags and, in general, new things to gawk at. That’s what we’re here for, after all, even when we’re not technically here.

To get things started, we looked back at our Instagrams for the season and put together a few that showcase our favorite bags enjoying the summer weather alongside us. (Yes, our purses are sentient and have moods. Just another perk of the job.) Check ‘em out below, and follow us on Instagram to find out how our bags will feel about fall.

WISHFUL THINKING

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Nail polish in the shade Secret from Chanel, hat from Hermès, skirt from Marc Jacobs, belt from Louis Vuitton, top from Stella McCartney, pants from Chloé, eyeshadow from Other Stories, bag from Saint Laurent.

So, I’m back! I’m sorry for the lack of updates, I’ve been working every day lately. From now on the updates will be better! I also have a new assistant by my side whom I’m going to introduce you to within shortly so make sure to check in soon again!

#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.

Buzz Worthy: The Brand New Hermès Halzan Bag

Buzz Worthy: The Brand New Hermès Halzan Bag

Hermès is a brand with much of its appeal based on its heritage. No one expects it to innovate; instead, dedicated customers want Hermès to keep doing the things its always done in exactly the ways that the brand has always done them. Although the brand sometimes rereleases bags from the archives, it’s somewhat rare that a new Hermès bag makes landfall, which is why we took particular note when we found the Hermès Halzan Bag, which is brand new for Fall 2014 and in stores now.

The Hazlan debuted on the Fall 2014 runway, and its selling point is that it can be worn four ways–as a shoulder bag, a crossbody, a north-south tote or a clutch. Such a structurally versatile bag is a particularly modern endeavor for Hermès, and and the result is surprisingly simple and discreet. When worn as a shoulder bag or crossbody (which is how I expect most people to carry it), there’s not even any exterior branding.

Official details on the Hazlan are few and far between, but here’s what I’ve gleaned from searching the Hermès section of our PurseForum: The bag is made of soft, durable clemence leather with Palladium hardware, and it comes in several popular Hermès shades, including gold, blanc, bleu saphir, etoupe, rouge H, rouge casaque, etain and black.

In the US, the Halzan retails for $5,000, while it will go for 3300 euros on the European market. There’s some indication that it will be sold on Hermes.com in the near future (and it would be in line with the kinds of bags the brand sells online – functional leather basics at the lower end of its handbag price continuum), but for now, you’ll have to pick one up in stores if you’re interested.

For reference, I’ve included some detail photos of the bag from PurseForum member jyyanks–this is her brand new Halzan in rouge casaque.

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.

Heidi Klum and Her Birkin Write the Book on Chic Air Travel

Heidi Klum and Her Birkin Write the Book on Chic Air Travel

Here’s Heidi Klum, arriving at the airport in LA looking perfectly styled and coifed while carrying a tan leather Hermès Birkin. Heidi occasionally looks like a bit of a designer boho mess, despite the fact that she is a supermodel, so this is notable. You can see Heidi’s many air travel ensembles (and all of her best handbags, natch) in “The Many Bags of Heidi Klum.”

If you want more tips for jet-setting in style, you should look to Rosie Huntington-Whiteley; no one on the planet does air travel more stylishly than she. You would also be well served to study up on “50 Celebrities and the Bags They Carried to Fly out of LAX This Summer.”

Rita Ora is the Latest Celeb to Graffiti Her Birkin

Rita Ora is the Latest Celeb to Graffiti Her Birkin

Here’s UK pop star Rita Ora, out and about in London. Lately, celebs love to color on their Hermès Birkins because it is just so subversive, and Rita has apparently followed suit. Because sometimes it just isn’t gratifying enough to simply own a $10,000 handbag. Sometimes one just needs to scribble all over it, like it’s your 6th grade day planner.

Truthfully, this graffiti job looks a lot more profesh than the last one we saw on the arm of Real Housewives of Atlanta’s Nene Leakes. Lady Gaga was, of course, the probable initiator of this trend. You can see the rest of Rita Ora’s unvandalized designer handbag stash in “The Many Bags of Rita Ora.”

Instagram Handbag Celebrity: @mwanwan

Instagram Handbag Celebrity: @mwanwan

Having beautiful accessories will get you well on your way to having a great Instagram collection, but taking great pictures to showcase those beautiful accessories is just as important. This week, we’ve chosen one of our favorite Instagram collections: that of Michelle Wan, better known as @mwanwan. Not only does @mwanwan have more Chanel and Hermès bags than we could possibly count, but she manages to stage her pictures perfectly for an absolutely gorgeous result.

Mwanwan is a style blogger from Hong Kong who has a serious love for designer handbag and shoes. (Our kind of girl). Apart from the pictures of her accessories, you’ll find plenty of pictures of how she styles her bags and jewelry with different outfits, which is something we, as followers, love to see.

We selected some of our absolute favorites (it was really difficult not to pick them all) from Wan’s account, so take a look below and see for yourself. To see more of her feed, head straight to @mwanwan’s Instagram or her style blog, Mwanwan by Michelle.

“America’s Largest Closet” Robbed of Over $1 Million in Luxury Goods

“America’s Largest Closet” Robbed of Over $1 Million in Luxury Goods

We regularly feature the photos and collections of women the world over who love showcasing their incredibly expensive handbag and shoe collections for thousands of curious onlookers, but that kind of sharing can have its downsides. Not long after going on both local and national TV to showcase her three-story closet, including dozens of Hermès and Chanel bags, among others, Houston resident Theresa Roemer is now missing more than a million bucks in designer wares.

The 3,000-square-foot space, which had recently been dubbed America’s biggest private fashion closet, has been the subject of its fair share of media attention, which was likely the cause for the burglary earlier this week. Roemer told the Houston Chronicle that the theft appears to have been perpetrated by professionals, and that the robbers focused on her jewelry, watches and handbags, despite the probable existence of many other extremely expensive things inside a house with a $500,000 custom closet.

Roemer and her husband moved into the 20,000-square-foot house in the tony Woodlands neighborhood of Houston two years ago after two burglaries on their previous home. The massive closet has security features, but Roemer says that she forget to arm them before she and her husband stepped out to dinner with friends on the evening of the robbery.

The couple’s security cameras caught the perpetrator entering the house through the rear, according to the Chronicle, and then using three of Theresa’s Hermès travel bags to load up on other accessories before departing on foot. All told, he was in the house for 40 minutes, and the place is so massive that the Roemers didn’t realize that something was amiss until a little while after they returned home from dinner.

Media attention on Roemer’s closet appears to have started with a Neiman Marcus blog post (which is where the above photo is from) about her collection and philanthropic efforts, and the story grew from there, as these kinds of things are wont to do on the Internet.

No matter how you may judge Roemer’s use of her money, it’s a stark reminder that what we share, online and elsewhere, isn’t only being viewed by those with our best interests at heart. Handbags, especially from brand likes Hermès and Chanel, have great value on the secondhand market, which can send thieves directly to your closet.

#PBWIMB Instagram Roundup – August 7th

#PBWIMB Instagram Roundup – August 7th

It appears everyone is taking good care of their skin and rocking bold lips this season, based this week’s #PBWIMB. Not only did we get a peek inside your handbags, but also inside your makeup bags to see which beauty products you can’t live without this summer. Below, take a look at our favorite photos from Instagram this week.

Keep tagging your photos with the #PBWIMB hashtag for a chance to be featured and be sure to follow us on Instagram.

What’s In His Bag: EJ Johnson

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50 Celebrities and the Bags They Carried to Fly out of LAX This Summer

50 Celebrities and the Bags They Carried to Fly out of LAX This Summer

In a lot of ways, air travel is the great equalizer. Only the richest of the ultra-rich fly exclusively private, and for run-of-the-mill famous people, even A-listers, working means boarding a lot of commercial flights. Often those flights either land or originate at Los Angeles International Airport, or LAX, where paparazzi are poised every day to document one of the few mundane activities that a star can’t protect or control: checking in, checking her bags and walking to security.

That means that we know more about how celebrities behave at the airport than about how they do almost anything else, from reality stars all the way up to screen legends. Since the airport also requires the sort of baggage in which we are preternaturally interested, paparazzi pictures from LAX are absolutely full of awesome bags. We previously documented celebs’ love for Louis Vuitton luggage, but today, we’re interested in which handbags the stars are carrying on. Check out our finest findings from the past few months below.

Trend Forecasters Examine Data on Handbag Brands, Get Bizarre Results

Trend Forecasters Examine Data on Handbag Brands, Get Bizarre Results

Applying algorithmic logic to fashion is tricky at best; Google itself has failed publicly at predicting what stylish shoppers might like to buy, and a recent report from trendcasting duo Credit Suisse and NetBase makes me think they might not have quite figured it out either. According to them, Hermès is the brand with the worst online momentum for its handbags, and Ralph Lauren is the leader of the pack. Huh?

According to Vanessa Friedman at the New York Times, NetBase and Credit Suisse scoured data from online chatter about handbags (more than a little of which was from our PurseForum, I’m guessing) to see which brands’ bags were talked about the most, as well as whether the comments were negative or positive. The study makes no distinction between premiere designer and contemporary brands; Hermès and Chanel are ranked right along with Kate Spade and Coach, even though brands at such disparate ends of the price spectrum have very different customers who not only behave differently toward fashion in general, but use the Internet for shopping in very different ways. Some extremely important accessories brands, like Céline and Givenchy, are missing entirely.

The study cites the fact that 22% of the online comments made about Hermès are negative as source for concern, but for a brand with such a slim market, what does that mean? I see commenters and Forum members regularly ding Hermès for its high prices, which are a mark of exclusivity that actually attracts more customers from the brand’s target market. Presumably, that negative chatter got grouped as harmful to the brand, though, because there’s no indication that the data scientists had any method for determining whether or not the comments came from a member of the brand’s potential customer pool.

Similarly, it seems plausible that buyers of extraordinarily expensive handbags that are marketed as the finest in the world would have exacting standards for their purchases, far more so than someone might expect for a bag that cost a couple hundred bucks, which could cause great gnashing of teeth when a product or buying experience isn’t up to those elevated expectations.

And that’s just one brand of the many that Credit Suisse and NetBase tracked. Elsewhere, it found that Calvin Klein bags had among the strongest momentum, despite the fact that most bag consumers aren’t even familiar with its high-end line and the vast majority of major luxury retailers don’t carry it. You can check out Friedman’s full examination of the study, which is similarly dubious of the raw data’s findings. Statistics are great, but if they’re examined outside the context of the industry they’re meant to measure, a lot of the value ends up lost in translation.

eBay’s Best Bags – August 6

eBay’s Best Bags – August 6

It’s our first roundup of eBay finds for the month of August, and we have some terrific bags for you! We found a beautiful Hermès HAC–the Birkin’s elder cousin, as it were–in a classic pairing of barenia leather and toile. We also have a sharp, timeless Chanel tote, evening bags from Prada and Judith Lieber, plus some surprises. 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 Sequined Tote
Buy It Now for $1,999

Prada Sequined Tote

Mulberry Lily Bag
Buy It Now for $1,092

Mulberry Lily Bag

Tom Ford Jennifer Bag
Buy It Now for $2,195

Tom Ford Jennifer Bag

Gucci Dragon Evening Bag
Buy It Now for $1,440

Gucci Dragon Evening Bag

Hermès Haut a Courroies Bag
Buy It Now for $6,500

Hermès Haut a Courroies Bag

Chanel Caviar Tote
Buy It Now for $2,299

Chanel Caviar Tote

Loro Piana Leather Hobo
Buy It Now for $498

Loro Piana Leather Hobo

Judith Leiber Snakeskin Evening Bag
Buy It Now for $599

Judith Leiber Snakeskin Evening Bag

Fendi 2Jours Bag
Buy It Now for $1,650

Fendi 2Jours Chevron Tote

Balenciaga Work Bag
Buy It Now for $969

Balenciaga Work Bag

Tons of Gorgeous, Rare Hermès Bags Just Arrived at Moda Operandi

Tons of Gorgeous, Rare Hermès Bags Just Arrived at Moda Operandi

By now, what I’m about to tell you is well known to anyone likely to find her way to this little Internet home of ours. Hermès pieces, especially the bags, can be incredibly difficult to find, and although the brand offers a cursory selection of products on its website, the really good stuff is hidden in the back rooms of boutiques and generally offered only to clientele with whom the store’s associates are already familiar. The Internet, in its eternal resourcefulness, has brought together Heritage Auctions and Moda Operandi to allow us to circumvent the whole thing.

Heritage Auctions has long been periodically offering a selection of its finest pre-owned and vintage bags through Moda Operandi, and this time around, we’re being treated to Hermès handbags, luggage, silks and other little highly covetable odds-and-ends. Birkins start at $18,500 and range up from there to include exotics and limited edition pieces, including an ivory alligator Birkin that will set you back a whopping $99,500.

Check out our favorite pieces from the trunkshow below or shop the full selection via Moda Operandi through August 18.

Instagram Handbag Celebrity: @mjsicilia

Instagram Handbag Celebrity: @mjsicilia

With over 73,000 followers, it’s no wonder I took one look at @mjsicilia’s Instagram and immediately found myself endlessly scrolling through her feed of designer handbags and shoes. With numerous luxury watches, a variety of Louis Vuitton scarves and plenty of diamond accessories, I couldn’t help but wonder what the inside of her closet looked like. Unlike many of the other Instagrammers we’ve profiled, I loved that @mjsilicia showed us how she uses her designer accessories in her daily life by showcasing her full outfits.

If there’s one thing you’ll notice the second you begin scrolling through @mjsilicia’s Instagram, it’s that she like to stick to a specific color palette of black, grey, camel and white, which makes her a woman after my own heart. So while many Instagram stars enjoy their collections of rainbow-colored Hermès bags, this Instagrammer prefers her family of black accessories.

Check out some of my favorite pictures from her collection or head straight to @mjsilicia’s profile to see all of her 1,000-plus photos!

The Many Bags of Nicky Hilton, Part 2

The Many Bags of Nicky Hilton, Part 2

When I assembled the first edition of Nicky Hilton’s Many Bags series, it was the largest collection we had profiled to date. In the little over a year since then, it’s been eclipsed in size by a couple of other stars, but Nicky’s collection is still among my favorites because she’s so clearly One Of Us: a woman who looks to her handbags to pull our outfits together, whether she’s attending a formal event or just walking to her local bodega.

Of course, the fact that Nicky’s rich and famous gives her considerable access to incredible bags and the ability to acquire them at will, which is why we’ve found nearly three dozen new editions to Hilton’s collection since the last time we looked. Check out all of them below.

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

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

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

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

Hermès Names Nadège Vanhee-Cybulski as Creative Director

Hermès Names Nadège Vanhee-Cybulski as Creative Director

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

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

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

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Converse, vintage denim shorts, striped tshirt and maxi bag.. Anything else? Yes, those awesome Celine glasses.

Converse, shorts vintage in denim, tshirt a righe e maxi borsa… Serve altro? Si, questi fantastici occhiali di Celine.

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I was wearing:

CONVERSE ALL STAR PLAFORMS SNEAKERS
PINKO UNIQUENESS BY VIVIANA VOLPICELLA TSHIRT
LEVI’S DENIM VINTAGE SHORTS
CELINE SUNGLASSES
HERMES BIRKIN BAG

Photos by Gregorio Capineri Tosetti

The Many Bags of Kris Jenner

The Many Bags of Kris Jenner

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

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

Watch Out!

There are so many classic watches that I love…

…like the Première and the Hermès Médor. But, sometimes its fun to wear a different kind of classic, like the Swatch!

Are you a watch wearer or do you just rely on your cell phone to tell time?


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Christophe Lemaire to Leave Hermès After Spring 2015 Show

Christophe Lemaire to Leave Hermès After Spring 2015 Show

In the world of big-name leather goods, shifts in strategy rarely come as a surprise. There are rumors and whispers of declining sales, or, alternately, talk of the designer becoming enough of a star in his own right that he or she doesn’t need the brand anymore. That’s why designer Christophe Lemaire’s exit from Hermès, announced yesterday and reported by Women’s Wear Daily, caught so many people off guard.

Lemaire replaced Jean Paul Gaultier as Hermès’ creative director in June 2010, and in that time, his collections have been extremely well-received, both by fashion critics and by the brand’s core group of handbag-obsessed customers. He managed to recalibrate the brand’s long-standing image in a carefully modern way, and in doing so, had performed the somewhat difficult trick of pleasing critics without alienating buyers who are heavily invested in the brand’s heritage and story.

In the process, Lemaire, who had come to the brand from Lacoste, had stayed largely in the shadows instead of presenting himself as an outsize personality a la Marc Jacobs at Louis Vuitton. It appears, though, that Lemaire is leaving for the same reasons that Jacobs recently did – to focus on his own brand, which he founded in 1991 and revived in 2007.

At this point, there’s no indication that Lemaire was encouraged to leave by new Hermès exec Axel Dumas, who took the reins of the company earlier this year and praised his work (and its financial returns) in his exit announcement.

Lemaire’s replacement hasn’t been announced, but whoever it is will have big shoes to fill after his last collection debuts at Paris Fashion Week in October.

OFF MY MIND

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This dress is as close to my perfect dress as it gets. I have never found a dress in that length, let alone half see through but it a good way. I have to say, it took a bit of courage to go out wearing this but the key is wearing the “right underwear”. I found an amazing pair of hight waisted hot pants or more like granny panties to be honest and that is a perfect match for this.

Sorry for the overload of photos but this time I didn’t know which ones to choose.

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Photos by Richard Nicholls

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LA NUIT À PARIS

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I don’t remember ever celebrating my birthday so many days in a row but when my entire plans of going back home to Mexico had to change, I really wanted to do something to change my mind from missing my family on such a special day and a week -weekend- in Paris came along….I wanted to THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH for all the messages, Instagrams, comments and sweet congratulation emails. I did read every single one of them and they made my day so bright and happy. You guys are always so supportive and caring, it really means the world to me.

This is what I wore for my birthday dinner at the amazing Le Pur restaurant in the Park Hyatt Paris. I feel so incredibly blessed and grateful that I got to have my birthday dinner at a restaurant that not only is awarded with a Michelin star, but the staff really made me feel like a princess the whole night. I don’t think I’ve ever had a meal quite as delicious as the one I had that night and I hope I get to experience it again sometime soon. Now its time to get back into my running routine again as I ate way too much while I was in Paris, which was TOTALLY the point! ;)

THANK YOU ALL!!!

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Nene Leakes’ Birkin is Covered in Real Housewives Catchphrases

Nene Leakes’ Birkin is Covered in Real Housewives Catchphrases

Here’s Real Housewife Nene Leakes, leaving last night’s taping of Watch What Happens Live in NYC. As you can clearly see, that’s a “customized” Hermès Birkin covered in all of Nene’s most infamous sayings from her time on Real Housewives. I’m sure you’ll all have some thoughts about this, but Nene can probably afford to spare a Birkin or two for self-promotional purposes.

There were a lot of online murmurs this month that Nene might be leaving RHOA because of a proposed paycut from Bravo, but she will indeed return for her 7th consecutive season of ATL drama. Nene is also poised to launch The Nene Leakes Collection on HSN at the end of the month. Her clothing line accommodates both standard and plus sized fashionistas and will make its debut on HSN on July 28th.

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!

The Many Bags of Petra and Tamara Ecclestone

The Many Bags of Petra and Tamara Ecclestone

We see a lot of Hermès bags around here, but rarely do we see collections as spectacular as those of Petra and Tamara Ecclestone. We previously examined who the British heiresses are and where their seemingly endless supplies of dollars come from, and now we’re here to take a true, in-depth look at as many of the Ecclestones’ bags as we can find. In addition to Hermè, get ready to see a lot of Céline.

eBay’s Best Bags of the Week – July 16

eBay’s Best Bags of the Week – July 16

We hope you are having a wonderful week. Wednesday means another roundup of some of our favorite handbag finds on eBay, and this week, we found some wonderful clutches, including one from Judith Leiber and one from Chanel. A classic YSL Muse caught our eye, along with a hard-to-find exotic Chloé. We hope you enjoy today’s selection - 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.


Céline Macadam Tote
Bidding Starts at $115

Celine Macadam Tote

Chloé Python Marcie Bag
Buy It Now for $1,895

Chloe Marcie Python Bag

Chanel Timeless Clutch
Buy It Now for $1,790

Chanel Timeless Clutch

Louis Vuitton Damier Westminister Tote
Buy It Now for $899

Louis Vuitton Damier Westminster Tote

Bottega Veneta Messenger Bag
Buy It Now for $549

Bottega Veneta Woven Messenger Bag

Givenchy Pony Hair Nightingale Bag
Buy It Now for $1,699

Givenchy Calf Hair Nightingale Bag

Gucci Soho Messenger Bag
Buy It Now for $895

Gucci Soho Messenger Bag

Judith Leiber Evening Clutch
Buy It Now for $179

Judith Leiber Evening Clutch

Yves Saint Laurent Muse Tote
Buy It Now for $1,265

Yves Saint Laurent Muse Tote

Hermès Lindy Bag

Buy It Now for $5,000 Hermes Lindy Bag


Chloé Ghost Clutch
Bidding Starts at $529

Chloe Ghost Clutch

Au Carré

When it comes to hair in the summer, especially at the beach, I think one of the most beautiful things you can do is cover it up. I love the look of a big, bright silk scarf wrapped around the head, totally hiding your hair– ideal for bad hair days or for wind-proofing your locks…

I have an oversized, vintage, silk Chanel scarf that I found at a thirft store a few years ago (it was only $1, it was a fashion miracle!) and this is exactly how I’m planning to wear it this summer. It’s striking but with a retro feel, like Grace Kelly or Jackie O — two ladies I don’t mind having as style inspirations.

Scarf, Hermès; Earrings, Lokalwear.

Khloe Kardashian Carries Her Trusty Blue Birkin

Khloe Kardashian Carries Her Trusty Blue Birkin

Here’s Khloe Kardashian, arriving at LAX to fly to destinations unknown, keeping it somewhat low-key with sweats, Nikes and a cobalt blue Hermès Birkin. This Birkin is a particular favorite of hers; she’s had it for several years and carries it pretty regularly. In fact, we just saw her carrying it last week in NYC. You can peruse Khloe’s extremely colorful handbag collection in “The Many Bags of Khloe Kardashian.”

Khloe definitely has the most diverse bag collection out of all the Kardashian sisters. While the Kardashians rarely carry anything other than the biggest, most expensive “It” bags out there (Céline, Hermès, Chanel), Khloe is far more likely to choose a bolder hue or an unusual shape. Which adds a little more variety to my day, especially now that Kim K. wears/carries black, tan and beige almost exclusively.

Check Out What Your Favorite Stars Carry to the Beach

Check Out What Your Favorite Stars Carry to the Beach

I have a friend who brings her Prada bag to the beach. She’s a sensible girl at heart, and her attitude about her bag is that it’s hers, it’s saffiano and it should be able to put up with a little sand every now and then. And largely, she’s right – it never looks any worse for the wear.

Talking about that with her got me thinking about the bags that we see celebrities toting to the beach. During this time of year, our photo agency has plenty of photos of stars sunning themselves with expensive handbags in tow, and to investigate their choices (spoiler alert: lots of Louis Vuitton), we’ve assembled several dozen images of celebs and their beach bags below.

#PBWIMB – Instagram Roundup July 10th

#PBWIMB – Instagram Roundup July 10th

This week in #PBWIMB, you all gave us in an in-depth look inside your designer bags and showed us all your summer essentials. From shoes to sunglasses and all the beauty products in between, we loved seeing what you’re carrying this season. Take a look at our favorite snapshots of the week, and don’t miss out on the adorable pup we found in a Louis Vuitton Speedy.

For you chance to be featured, tag your photos using the hashtag #PBWIMB and be sure to follow us on Instagram!

Miranda Kerr and Her Birkin Look Beautiful in Spite of the Sweltering Heat

Miranda Kerr and Her Birkin Look Beautiful in Spite of the Sweltering Heat

Here’s supermodel Miranda Kerr, doing Miranda Kerr things on an especially steamy, 93-degree day in New York City and making an intentionally exposed black bralet look ridiculously chic, somehow. (Strangely enough, the woman standing behind her is trying the exact same thing. I’d say Miranda wears it better, but I might be biased by my insane girl crush on MK.) Miranda is carrying a black Hermes Birkin, natch.

Unless you just landed here, you probably know that Miranda is one of our favorite celebs to feature on PurseBlog and TalkShoes; her accessories picks usually trump every other celeb’s bag and/or shoes on any given day. You can see all of her exceptional fashion ensembles in “The Many Bags of Miranda Kerr”, “The Many Bags of Miranda Kerr, Part 2″, and “The Many Shoes of Miranda Kerr.”

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

Le Bain

There are few things more luxurious than a bath.

Truthfully, I don’t even know the last time I took a bath (I’m a shower girl). It definitely hasn’t happened since I’ve lived in New York (tubs here are far too small) but when I think of the ultimate way to relax, it’s with a bath. And if I do it, I want to go all out. Bubbles, music, candles and good smells.

Hermès’ new line, Le Bain, features a collection of bath products based on their signature scents. Not only do they smell amazing, but combined with the classic packaging (soaps in a little orange box, j’adoreeee!) it makes for one seriously chic bath.

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What are your bath essentials?


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Man Bag Monday: Hermès Vintage Buenaventura Briefcase

Man Bag Monday: Hermès Vintage Buenaventura Briefcase

Canvas is a tricky textile. It’s perfect for summer because it’s lightweight and breathable, which can matter even in accessories when it’s so hot out that the idea of having anything heavy or warm touching your body is too much to bear. On the flip side, it can also look inappropriately casual or, at worst, totally sloppy. The Hermès Vintage Buenaventura Briefcase, thankfully, has none of those problems.

This piece, sourced by East Dane through famous vintage purveyors What Goes Around Comes Around, is the perfect summer bag for a professional man working in a corporate environment. The Buenaventura style is much more common in a messenger variant, which is more casual, but this well-tailored shape keeps the look formal.

If it tickles your fancy, pick up this black-on-black charmer via East Dane for $2,455.

Instagram Handbag Celebrity: @fashionistaac

Instagram Handbag Celebrity: @fashionistaac

I always love perusing through Instagram and finding amazing collections to share with all of you, but this week, I may have had a little too much fun going through all of @fashionistaac’s pictures. If you aren’t already familiar with Camelia, better known as @fashionistaac, you’re in for a treat.

For starters, Camelia has a serious knack for designer bags (especially Hèrmes), so much so that even her young daughter appears to be carrying a Cèline Nano Luggage Tote in one of her photos. (Camelia, can we be your daughter, too?)

Her love for Hèrmes doesn’t just stop at handbags; she has a excessive collection of silk scarves and loads of enamel bracelets that can be seen throughout her Instagram. From what we’ve read, it seems she permanently resides in Belgium, but has a residence in Miami, which she frequents.

While we may not know exactly what it is that Camelia does for a living (it’s rumored she may have owned her own clothing line or store at one point), one thing is for certain: she has a great sense of style. Even Sophia Webster mentioned her in an interview, saying she loved seeing @fashionistaac’s pictures for her style and unexpected color choices.

Take a look at some of our favorite pictures from Camelia’s collection, or head straight to her Instagram page to see her full collection.

Laura on her way to work

I love heading to the studio in the morning. I walk, put my earphones on and listen to a podcast (do you know of any good ones?) cross my neighborhood, Washington Square Park and then Soho – and here I am.

What’s fun is that super often, a few minutes before getting there, I see my friend Laura – also on her way to work.
I’m always inspired by her outfits.

So, a second of inspiration, a big hello, and we’re back on our ways…

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Vote Now in the Round 2 of the PurseBlog Handbag World Cup!

Vote Now in the Round 2 of the PurseBlog Handbag World Cup!

You helped us winnow our field from 16 bags and countries to eight, and now it’s time to find out which four will advance to the semifinals. In order for us to do that, we need you to head over to our bracket and vote for which bag you like best in each of new matchups!

Vote in Round 2 of the PurseBlog Handbag World Cup Now!

Kim Kardashian Pairs a Blond Wig with an All-Black Birkin

Kim Kardashian Pairs a Blond Wig with an All-Black Birkin

People got excited for a hot minute when Kim Kardashian tweeted that she had dyed her hair blond again, but then Kim later burst everyone’s bubble by revealing via Instagram that her new blond locks were actually just a wig. Which is too bad, because I liked blond Kim. Here she is, reveling in her flaxen-haired deception for a day on the streets of NYC. Her bag is her trusty Hermes So Black Birkin, which works extremely well with Kanye’s uber-strict designer dress code.

Kim has been carrying this bag a lot recently – here she is holding it close at LAX last month, and here she is just last week in NYC, carrying it with another all-black ensemble. You can check out all of Kim’s many Birkins in “The Many, Many Bags of Kim Kardashian.” To her credit, she has only been seen carrying this hand-painted Hermes nightmare that Kanye gifted her last X-mas once.

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

Lady Gaga Carries Vintage Hermes to Her Dad’s Restaurant

Lady Gaga Carries Vintage Hermes to Her Dad’s Restaurant

Here’s Lady Gaga, arriving at her father’s restaurant, Joanne Trattoria, in NYC, carrying a vintage Hermes Kelly Bag that has been…well loved. Gaga has a history of carrying altered, or, depending on your perspective, “defaced,” Hermes bags, so it’s not a stretch to think that she likes the half-destroyed look of this one. You can find pre-owned Hermes Kelly bags in far superior condition for sale on Portero.

We’ve seen Gaga with a similar Hermes Kelly Bag before, so it’s possible that she and this Kelly have simply been through a lot together, and she feels compelled to continue carrying it for purely sentimental reasons. Or maybe a busted Hermes bag is just a key component of her unique vision for this particular fashion ensemble. You can see all of her ladyship’s favorite Hermes bags (and wonderfully bizarre outfits) in “The Many Bags of Lady Gaga.”

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Irina Shayk Beats the New York Heat with an Hermes Birkin

Irina Shayk Beats the New York Heat with an Hermes Birkin

Russian supermodel (and repeat Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition cover girl) Irina Shayk was recently spotted hanging out with a couple of friends in Soho. She’s carrying a bright, cobalt blue Hermes Birkin, of course. It’s surprising to see Irina in the city when her boyfriend, Real Madrid footballer Cristiano Ronaldo, is currently playing for his home country of Portugal in the World Cup. Irina has not yet made an appearance in Brazil, but she definitely appears in our “50+ Bags on the Arms of Our Favorite Supermodels.”

In other quasi-related handbag designer/World Cup news, Louis Vuitton has designed the hard case for the coveted World Cup trophy once again this year. (The brand also had the honor in 2010.) They’ve gone with their classic monogram canvas, for maximum brand exposure during the big reveal. You can see LV’s case design and the 2014 World Cup trophy here.

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.

eBay’s Best Bags of the Week – June 18

eBay’s Best Bags of the Week – June 18

It’s time for our weekly roundup of some of our favorite handbag finds on eBay. This week, we have a fun bag from Fendi and a gorgeous Hermès Plume, as well as a handy shopper from Prada and a little gem of a clutch from Alexander McQueen. We also saw lots of other terrific deals on bags that didn’t make it into this week’s list, so have fun 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.

eBay’s Best Bags of the Week – June 11

eBay’s Best Bags of the Week – June 11

Time for another collection of notable bags on eBay this week! We found a pretty Chanel that’s perfect for a summer garden party, a Mulberry in a rare color combination, a gorgeous vintage Hermès Kelly and much more. We work hard so you don’t have to! 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.


Chanel Vintage Kelly Bag
Buy It Now for $1,799

Chanel Vintage Kelly Bag

Here again

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Same city, same energy, same sunsets which make my mind travel.. Yes, I’m back in Los Angeles.

Stessa città, stessa energia, stessi tramonti che fanno viaggiare la mente.. Ebbene si, sono di nuovo a Los Angeles.

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I was wearing:

PRADA SANDALS
ZADIG&VOLTAIRE LEATHER SKIRT
AMERICAN APPAREL TOP
CALVIN KLEIN WATCH
IRO LEATHER BOMBER JACKET
CELINE BOX BAG

Photos by Gregorio Capineri Tosetti

Instagram’s Handbag Celebrities: @orangekissed

Instagram’s Handbag Celebrities: @orangekissed

There are a few Instagram handbag celebrities that have created their own recognizable aesthetic for taking pictures of their collections, and @orangekissed is most definitely one of our favorites. Just one scroll through her Instagram feed and you’ll be drooling over the beautiful array of rainbow colored Birkins and Valentino Rockstuds. While we may not know @orangekissed’s actual identity or much else about her, here’s what we do know: she lives in California (which could explain her love her sunglasses), it’s safe to assume her three favorite designers are Hermes, Chanel and Valentino, and she’s certainly not scared to add a little color to her outfits.

While @orangekissed is most well-known for her color-coordinated pictures and perfectly paired accessories, she’s also really engaged with her followers and commenters. Wondering what color her Hermes Kelly Bag is? Just ask her. She’s extremely helpful when it comes to identifying colors, she’s totally honest about the comfort of her shoes and she will almost always thank you for your praise.

Take a look at @orangekissed’s Instagram collection and scroll through her accessory heaven. The only complaint we have is that there aren’t more pictures – we could scroll through her closet all day!