Category Archives: Hermes

The Many Bags of Kourtney Kardashian

The Many Bags of Kourtney Kardashian

Kourtney Kardashian is the last of the Kardashian-Jenner clan to get our in-depth bag treatment, but since she just gave birth to her third child a few days ago, we figured we had waited long enough. No time like the present, right?

Kourtney’s personal style is easily distinct from that of her sisters; she’s generally more conservative and ladylike, and she has an admiration for menswear details that mirrors that of her mother. Below, check out over three dozen of the handbags in her closet.

eBay’s Best Designer Bags and Accessories of the Week – December 17

eBay’s Best Designer Bags and Accessories of the Week – December 17

It’s Wednesday, and that means we are shopping! This week on eBay we added some accessories to the mix, including a scarf from Hermès, a stunning belt from Chanel and beautiful wallets from Balenciaga and Chloé. Check out those, plus a bunch of great bags, below.

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.

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This was my last day in Palm Springs and even though I really didn’t want to leave at all (I could have happily stayed at The Parker for a month, I swear!), I was EXTREMELY excited for out next road trip pitstop. We are off to The Grand Canyon!!!, something I have always dreamt as a child and growing up, its been a bucket list dream to see it in person, a big big dream.

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Neiman Marcus is Selling Pre-Owned Hermès Bags Online for a Limited Time

Neiman Marcus is Selling Pre-Owned Hermès Bags Online for a Limited Time

In case you ever doubted the seemingly bottomless demand for Hermès Birkins, Neiman Marcus’ decision to sell the bags pre-owned on its website and the available bags’ quick disappearance from the site should tell you all you need to know. Even at a sometimes steep markup, the bags, which debuted on the site earlier this week, have already more than half sold out. Not that anyone ever accused Hermès customers of being price-sensitive.

The bags are the result of a special collaboration between Neiman Marcus and Heritage Auctions, a company which also provides the pre-owned Hermès bags that are periodically sold at Moda Operandi trunk shows. Over time, Heritage has amassed connections to source these types of rare bags from private collections, and clearly more traditional retailers are thirsty to tap into the resale market that the auction house has found. Hermès, of course, only sells its bags in its own boutiques.

Below, check out some of the bags that are still available, as of this writing. You can view the entire collection, including the bags that have already sold, via Neiman Marcus. It’s mostly Birkins, priced up to $98,000, but there are also a few Kellys and Constances, among other things.

Gift Guide 2014: 13 Bloomingdale’s Gifts for Everyone on Your List

Gift Guide 2014: 13 Bloomingdale’s Gifts for Everyone on Your List

If you have a lot of people on your gift list for the holidays, checking everyone off can get complicated quickly. That is, of course, the beauty of department stores like Bloomingdale’s–one store, one checkout, one package delivered to your home, lots of happy gift recipients. This year, our friends at Bloomingdale’s have a particularly strong selection of potential gifts, and we’ve teamed up with them to pick some of our favorites.

One of the best things about Bloomingdale’s is that the store has luxurious gifts at a wide variety of price points; you can pick up a little something special for your favorite coworker and also pick out a fabulous new designer bag for your mom. Stocking stuffers, gifts your loved ones will remember for a lifetime and more, all in the same place. (If you pick up a little something for yourself at the same time, we won’t tell anyone.)

Below, check out our favorite picks starting at $40. To shop the full selection of great gifts, head over to Bloomingdale’s.

Tom Ford Holiday Lip Color Set
$200 via Bloomingdale’s

Tom Ford Holiday Lip Color Set

Hermès Mini Fragrance Coffret Gift Set
$60 via Bloomingdale’s

Hermes Mini Coffret Gift Set

Furla Metropolis Small Shoulder Bag
$398 via Bloomingdale’s

Furla Metropolis Small Shoulder Bag

Salvatore Ferragamo Fiamma Bag
$2,250 via Bloomingdale’s

Salvatore Ferragamo Fiamma Bag

Izola Shake, Rattle & Roll Cocktail Shaker
$40 via Bloomingdale’s

Izola Shake Rattle and Roll Cocktail Shaker

Beats by Dre Rose Gold Mixr Headphones
$250 via Bloomingdale’s

Beats by Dre Rose Gold Mixr Headphones

ANNA New York by RabLabs Kivita Coasters
$140 via Bloomingdale’s

ANNA New York by RabLabs Kivita Coasters

SK-II Pitera Essence Set Starter Kit
$105 via Bloomingdale’s

SK-II Pitera Essence Set Starter Kit

Shinola Brakeman Chronograph Watch
$775 via Bloomingdale’s

Shinola Brakeman Chronograph Watch

Rebecca Minkoff Waverly Shoulder Bag
$345 via Bloomingdale’s

Rebecca Minkoff Waverly Shoulder Bag

Aqua May Five Drop Necklace
$48 via Bloomingdale’s

Aqua May Five Drop Necklace

Serapian Evolution Textured Leather Duffel
$1,595 via Bloomingdale’s

Serapian Evolution Textured Leather Duffel

Kate Spade Cedar Street Maise Satchel
$298 via Bloomingdale’s

Kate Spade Cedar Street Maise Satchel

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Celebs Chose Neutral Totes and Satchels for Thanksgiving Travel

Celebs Chose Neutral Totes and Satchels for Thanksgiving Travel

Celebs spent their Thanksgiving breaks the same way we all did: navigating crowded airports and juggling unwieldy luggage, all to break bread with the family members they love but see all too rarely. All but two of the celebs pictured below are outside or inside of airports, and because celebs fully expect to be photographed at airports, their bag choices are always truly top-notch.

Check Out Last Week’s Best Celebrity Bag Choices, Including Harry Styles’ Tom Ford Duffel

Check Out Last Week’s Best Celebrity Bag Choices, Including Harry Styles’ Tom Ford Duffel

Top-handles and totes reigned supreme in the celebosphere last week. Stars of all stripes also relied on their trusty, oversized designer duffels and hobos to transport their luxe goods to exotic destinations unknown. And yes, Harry Styles is in here, somewhere. A special note to anyone who stumbled on our website simply because their daily “Harry Styles” Google Alert showed up in their inbox, per usual: welcome to the world of exorbitantly priced designer handbags!

Instagram looks of the month

unnamed-10In New York wearing:

CHIARA FERRAGNI COLLECTION JAMES BOOTS
IRO PARIS SWEATER
IRO PARIS JACKET
JBRAND RIPPED JEANS
CHANEL BOY BAG

unnamed-9 In New York wearing:

LEVI’S RIPPED JEANS
JAYDEE “NEW YORK” BEANIE

unnamed-8 In Los Angeles wearing:

NIKE X RICCARDO TISCI AIRFORCE 1 SNEAKERS
JBRAND JEANS
GAELLE BONHEUR SWEATER
RAYBAN WAYFARER SUNGLASSES

unnamed-7 In Los Angeles wearing:

CELINE LEATHER JACKET
HERMES KELLY BAG
RAYBAN WAYFARER SUNGLASSES

unnamed-6

In Los Angeles wearing:

CELINE SUNGLASSES
CARTIER NECKLACE
STYLESTALKER TOP AND SKIRT
HERMES KELLY BAG

unnamed-5 In New York wearing:

MR&MRS FUR BOMBER JACKET
LOUIS VUITTON BACKPACK BY MARC NEWSON
DIOR SNEAKERS
RAYBAN WAYFARER SUNGLASSES

unnamed-4 In Hong Kong wearing:

CHIARA FERRAGNI COLLECTION FLAT SANDALS (PREVIEW OF SS15 COLLECTION)
COMMES DES GARCONS TSHIRT
LEVI’S SHORTS
HERMES KELLY BAG
FENDI KARLITO
RAYBAN WAYFARER SUNGLASSES

unnamed-3In Los Angeles wering:

CHIARA FERRAGNI COLLECTION CAMERON SNEAKERS
JBRAND JEANS
LOUIS VUITTON BACKPACK BY MARC NEWSON
IRO PARIS JACKET

unnamed-2In Los Angeles wearing:

CARMEN STEFFENS FLAT SANDALS
LEVI’S JEANS
SELF PORTRAIT STUDIO SWEATER

unnamed-1 In Los Angeles wearing:

CHIARA FERRAGNI COLLECTION FLIRTING SLIPPERS
CELINE MINI BOX BAG
CELINE CLUBMASTER SUNGLASSES

unnamed-14 In Los Angeles wearing:

STELLA MCCARTNEY LOAFERS
JBRAND JEANS
JAYDEE “PAPARAZZI FRIENDLY” JACKET
HERMES KELLY BAG

unnamed-13In Los Angele wearing:

JAYDEE “PAPARAZZI FRIENDLY” JACKET
HERMES KELLY BAG
DIOR “SO REAL” SUNGLASSES

unnamed-12In Los Angeles wearing:

VINTAGE TSHIRT
VINTAGE SUNGLASSES
LEVI’S RIPPED JEANS

unnamed-11In Colorado wearing:

CHIARA FERRAGNI COLLECTION JAMES BOOTS
LEVI’S JEANS
STYLESTALKER SWEATER

 unnamed-17 In Los Angeles wearing:

PRADA PLATFORM SNEAKERS
ALEXANDER WANG X H&M SWEATER
CHANEL BOY BAG
THE END LEATHER VEST
REDUN JEANS

unnamed-16 In Colorado wearing:

GANNI COAT

unnamed-15In Colorado wearing:

JAYDEE “NEW YORK” BEANIE
MCQ BY ALEXANDER MCQUEEN COAT

unnamed-1In Los Angeles wearing:

CHIARA FERRAGNI COLLECTION FLAT SANDALS (PREVIEW OF SS15 COLLECTION)
REDUN JEANS
CELINE SUNGLASSES

November Instagram Looks

unnamed-10In New York wearing:

CHIARA FERRAGNI COLLECTION JAMES BOOTS
IRO PARIS SWEATER
IRO PARIS JACKET
JBRAND RIPPED JEANS
CHANEL BOY BAG

unnamed-9 In New York wearing:

LEVI’S RIPPED JEANS
JAYDEE “NEW YORK” BEANIE

unnamed-8 In Los Angeles wearing:

NIKE X RICCARDO TISCI AIRFORCE 1 SNEAKERS
JBRAND JEANS
GAELLE BONHEUR SWEATER
RAYBAN WAYFARER SUNGLASSES

unnamed-7 In Los Angeles wearing:

CELINE LEATHER JACKET
HERMES KELLY BAG
RAYBAN WAYFARER SUNGLASSES

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In Los Angeles wearing:

CELINE SUNGLASSES
CARTIER NECKLACE
STYLESTALKER TOP AND SKIRT
HERMES KELLY BAG

unnamed-5 In New York wearing:

MR&MRS FUR BOMBER JACKET
LOUIS VUITTON BACKPACK BY MARC NEWSON
DIOR SNEAKERS
RAYBAN WAYFARER SUNGLASSES

unnamed-4 In Hong Kong wearing:

CHIARA FERRAGNI COLLECTION FLAT SANDALS (PREVIEW OF SS15 COLLECTION)
COMMES DES GARCONS TSHIRT
LEVI’S SHORTS
HERMES KELLY BAG
FENDI KARLITO
RAYBAN WAYFARER SUNGLASSES

unnamed-3In Los Angeles wering:

CHIARA FERRAGNI COLLECTION CAMERON SNEAKERS
JBRAND JEANS
LOUIS VUITTON BACKPACK BY MARC NEWSON
IRO PARIS JACKET

unnamed-2In Los Angeles wearing:

CARMEN STEFFENS FLAT SANDALS
LEVI’S JEANS
SELF PORTRAIT STUDIO SWEATER

unnamed-1 In Los Angeles wearing:

CHIARA FERRAGNI COLLECTION FLIRTING SLIPPERS
CELINE MINI BOX BAG
CELINE CLUBMASTER SUNGLASSES

unnamed-14 In Los Angeles wearing:

STELLA MCCARTNEY LOAFERS
JBRAND JEANS
JAYDEE “PAPARAZZI FRIENDLY” JACKET
HERMES KELLY BAG

unnamed-13In Los Angele wearing:

JAYDEE “PAPARAZZI FRIENDLY” JACKET
HERMES KELLY BAG
DIOR “SO REAL” SUNGLASSES

unnamed-12In Los Angeles wearing:

VINTAGE TSHIRT
VINTAGE SUNGLASSES
LEVI’S RIPPED JEANS

unnamed-11In Colorado wearing:

CHIARA FERRAGNI COLLECTION JAMES BOOTS
LEVI’S JEANS
STYLESTALKER SWEATER

 unnamed-17 In Los Angeles wearing:

PRADA PLATFORM SNEAKERS
ALEXANDER WANG X H&M SWEATER
CHANEL BOY BAG
THE END LEATHER VEST
REDUN JEANS

unnamed-16 In Colorado wearing:

GANNI COAT

unnamed-15In Colorado wearing:

JAYDEE “NEW YORK” BEANIE
MCQ BY ALEXANDER MCQUEEN COAT

unnamed-1In Los Angeles wearing:

CHIARA FERRAGNI COLLECTION FLAT SANDALS (PREVIEW OF SS15 COLLECTION)
REDUN JEANS
CELINE SUNGLASSES

SILK SCARFS

Scarfs

Silk bandana scarfs, Hermès.

Favorites when in New York (well, actually I’m wearing mine several times a week). The green one belongs to Lisa.

 

18 Fall Bags We’re Crushing on from Instagram

18 Fall Bags We’re Crushing on from Instagram

It’s no secret that the second the cold weather hits, most of us immediately resort to an all-black wardrobe, and I’m certainly no exception. While all of us here in the office appreciate a good black bag, it’s the rich, jewel-toned colored bags (especially burgundy) that we’re really lusting over this fall. To find some of our best bags of the season, we took to our favorite social platform: none other than Instagram.

Take a look at the 18 fall bags we’re seriously crushing on from style bloggers, celebrities and fashion editors alike. Which one is your favorite? Tell us in the comments.


Christie’s Latest Auctions Has a Trove of Designer Bags, Just in Time for the Holidays

Christie’s Latest Auctions Has a Trove of Designer Bags, Just in Time for the Holidays

We’re inching ever closer to the biggest shopping day of the year, but if Black Friday isn’t your scene or you’re looking for something a little more covetable, we can’t blame you. Thankfully, if you’re ready to start your holiday shopping now and you have some very special people on your gift list, the Christie’s Luxury Handbags & Accessories Auction has arrived.

Get ready to shop over 80 pieces, including a wide selection of Hermès Birkins, rare and limited edition pieces from brands like Chanel and Dior and a selection of Louis Vuitton luggage in a variety of shapes and finishes. There are also bags dating back decades, for the rare vintage hounds, as well as very recent pieces for shoppers looking for a piece that they just missed in stores. The auction, which is entirely online, runs through December 4. We’ve assembled some of our favorite pieces below, and you can shop the entire selection now via Christie’s.

Hermès 35cm Birkin in Shiny Rose Indienne Crocodile
Bidding Starts at $38,000 via Christie’s

Hermes 35cm Shiny Rose Indienne Crocodile Birkin

Christian Dior Lady Dior Medium Bag
Bidding Starts at $1,800 via Christie’s

Christian Dior Lady Dior Medium Bag

Hermès Limited Edition 35cm Shadow Birkin Bag in White Swift Leather and Toile
Bidding Starts at $16,000 via Christie’s

Hermes Limited Edition 35cm Shadow Birkin Bag

Hermès 25cm Birkin in Matte Havane Lizard
Bidding Starts at $25,000 via Christie’s

Hermes 25cm Matte Havane Lizard Birkin

Louis Vuitton Limited Edition Show Globe Trio
Bidding Starts at $1,400 via Christie’s

Louis Vuitton Limited Edition Snow Globe Trio

Hermès 25cm Birkin in Shiny Havane Crocodile
Bidding Starts at $38,000 via Christie’s

Hermes 25cm Shiny Havane Crocodile Birkin

Hermès 35cm Birkin in Malachite Togo Leather
Bidding Starts at $11,000 via Christie’s

Hermes 35cm Birkin Malachite Togo

Hermès Limited Edition So Black Crocodile Kelly Cut Clutch
Bidding Starts at $12,000 via Christie’s

Hermes Limited Edition So Black Crocodile Kelly Cut Clutch

Hermès 35cm Birkin in Vermillion Togo Leather
Bidding Starts at $11,000 via Christie’s

Hermes 35cm Birkin Vermillion Togo

Chanel Caviar Double Flap Bag
Bidding Starts at $1,400 via Christie’s

Chanel Caviar Double Flap Bag

Hermès Kelly Danse Bag in Graphite Swift Leather
Bidding Starts at $5,000 via Christie’s

Hermes Kelly Danse Bag in Graphite Swift

Hermès Passe Guide Bag in Rouge H Box Leather
Bidding Starts at $3,000 via Christie’s

Hermes Passe Guide Bag Rouge H Box

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eBay’s Best Bags of the Week – November 19

eBay’s Best Bags of the Week – November 19

We hope you are ready for some great bags, because we sure found some stunners on eBay this week. There is a beautiful Chanel Jumbo Flap in delicious red caviar up for grabs, as well as unique bags from Bottega Veneta, Hermès and Proenza Schouler. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mcq Coat weather

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New York and my first winter taste: perfect occasion to wear the new McQ Alexander McQueen coat.

New York ed il mio primo vero assaggio di inverno: ottimo pretesto per indossare il nuovo cappotto di McQ Alexander McQueen.

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I was wearing:

DIOR SNEAKERS
GAS DENIM OVERALL
STEFANEL STRIPED SWEATER
MCQ ALEXANDER MCQUEEN COAT
LOUIS VUITTON MAXI EARRING
HERMES KELLY BAG
FENDI BAG BUG
CELINE SUNGLASSES

Photos by Andrew Arthur

PurseForum Roundup – November 14

PurseForum Roundup – November 14

We are midway through November and have heard about some bad weather ahead for many of our PurseForum friends. This week, we looked at some cold weather gear and struck real gold in Hermès and Chanel. We also dropped into the Playground and the Glass Slipper. Thank you for stopping in, we hope you enjoy the Roundup!

Dog in Sunglasses

In our members-only Relationships and Family subforum, the holiday season is also the season for family drama. We ring in the season this year with absolutpink’s multifaceted dilemma thread, and we are sure there is something in here that strikes a chord with just about everyone. We also came full circle with pink888′s Friendship thread, another one that hit home for many members. Have you grown apart from a friend and struggled with your feelings?

Our picture this week comes from one of our favorite diversions, the Animalicious subforum. This little pup is the furbaby of deeCULLENx3, who shared pictures in the Pictures of Your Pets That Make You LOL thread. And, a little late for Halloween, we also dropped into General Discussion, where the Do You Believe in Ghosts thread is going full steam ahead. Our members have had some poignant and quite compelling experiences that you may want to share.

Saint Laurent Sac de Jour Bag

We were going to feature some nice, cozy winter wear for you, but we ran across this cute shot from alyssalenore in the Stuart Weitzman thread in the Glass Slipper and thought it would be fun to share. If you want to ponder more boots, there is a new Stuart Weitzman boot thread starting, as well as threads on boots from Chloé, Acne, Rag and Bone, Isabel Marant, and more.  Over in Christian Louboutin, orid has boots on her mind as well and needs help making a decision.

Hermes Cape

In Hermès, we found something that is just the ticket for a crisp fall afternoon: the wonderfully decadent Rocabar Riding Cashmere, a gorgeous accessory that has knocked everything else off our wish list. HfromT picked up one in luscious anthracite; these are so cozy and irresistible, and the thread is full of them in all the rich, deep colors Hermès does so beautifully.

Hermes Toolbox

Also in Hermès, we spotted this sharp bag, the Toolbox, from dollychic. This and many other fabulous purchases can be found in the What is Your Last Purchase thread, where vicarious thrills are always in store. We also have a lively discussion on the subject of painting Hermès bags; please feel free to weigh in right here.

Chanel Boy Bag

In Chanel, we found an instant reveal right at press time: this elegant matte Boy that round a new home with Juliex3. We also noticed that the Earrings thread got a bump and found mizztnoi’s collection was a good part of the reason. Plenty more beautiful earrings follow in short order, so if you are a fan of Chanel’s jewelry collection, you will not want to miss this thread.

Chanel Boy Bag Python

It was a hard choice selecting a bag to highlight here, so we picked two. This gold python Boy clutch is stunning, and Paris75′s thread is full of absolutely world-class photographs, from box to bag. From earrings to footwear and all the bags in between, we have you covered in our Chanel subforum – if you are a fan of the shoe line, stop right here to see the espadrilles our members have added to their collections.

Coach Turnlock Satchel

BeachBagGal snapped up a lot of Coach goodies this week, including this rich blue Poppy, which is just the beginning. Abwd showed off a lovely tote in chalk, and included modeling shots, which are always welcome and so helpful when making a selection. Snoflinga showed off a new bag as well, a pretty little mini chain purse in shimmering metallic.

Coach Bag Closeup

Sarah03 revealed a great selection of bags, all beautifully photographed. We missed it in September, but we are sure you will enjoy this reveal from unfurling, who is right in her description of this Gramercy as a dream come true.

That’s all for this week’s Roundup, and we hope you found some interesting bags to admire and conversations to join. We will be right here next week for another edition, and hope that in the meantime you have a wonderful weekend and week ahead. Thanks for stopping in!

Instagram Handbag Celebrity: @pursebop

Instagram Handbag Celebrity: @pursebop

This week’s Instagram celebrity is one whose bags we’ve been drooling over since we discovered her over on the PurseForum a few years ago. She’s a woman whose bag collection has more Chanel than an actual store and who has a group of girlfriends with bags equally as gorgeous. For those of you who aren’t familiar with her already, meet @pursebop.

PurseBop is die-hard bag lover who has a knack for taking cute pictures of her designer accessories. While you’ll notice that Chanel is clearly her preferred designer of choice, PurseBop doesn’t discriminate against other designers. You’ll still find Valentino, Hermès, Delvaux and Louis Vuitton in her collection. While we’re aware most of you prefer to see the bags styled with outfits, we couldn’t resist showing you this collection. (Plus, PurseBop is currently trying to teach Mr. PurseBop how to photograph her bags alongside what she’s wearing, but it’s a process that takes patience.)

Take a look below at some of our favorite bags from her collection, or head straight to @pursebop’s Instagram or blog to see more.

Not All Hermès Bags are Birkins: A Primer

Not All Hermès Bags are Birkins: A Primer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kim Kardashian Debuts Hermès Bag Painted by Baby North

Kim Kardashian Debuts Hermès Bag Painted by Baby North

Oh yes, you read that correctly. Kim Kardashian recently became the proud recipient of an Hermès Herbag that was lovingly (and intentionally) hand-painted by her daughter North. This “customized” Herbag is, of course, a gift from Kanye. Here’s the happy couple walking into a meeting together in LA, with Kim’s new bag/North’s handiwork on full display.

This is Kim’s second hand-painted Hermès bag from Kanye; the first was an Haut A Courroies customized by artist George Condo that Kanye gave Kim for Christmas last year. Reactions to Kim’s new bag will be fiercely divided between people who believe that babies can do no wrong, even when finger-painting five figure handbags, and people who absolutely don’t.

Jeff Koons Sources Birkins from Celebs for Charity Art Auction

Jeff Koons Sources Birkins from Celebs for Charity Art Auction

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

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

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

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[Image via Harper's Bazaar]

#PBWIMB Instagram Roundup – November 6

#PBWIMB Instagram Roundup – November 6

Winter is quickly approaching, and there is nothing we love more during cold than breaking out our favorite black clothing and accessories. It seems most of you are on the same page, because this week’s #PBWIMB roundup was filled with a lot of black bags. Take a look at which ones made our favorites of the week, and continue to hashtag your pictures for your chance to be featured!


Miu Miu Pouch Shop Similar via Net-a-Porter
Fendi Monster Wallet Shop Similar via Saks

A photo posted by MiladyBagzzz (@miladybagzzz) on


Proenza Schouler PS11
$1,950 via Net-a-Porter

A photo posted by Chi Lemon (@lem0n) on


Hermès Birkin

A photo posted by Happy Baggage (@happybaggage) on


Chanel Flap Bag

A photo posted by Lisa (@lis__lai) on


Louis Vuitton Neverfull Bag

A photo posted by Mosh Posh (@mymoshposh) on


Hermès Birkin


Hermès Kelly


Louis Vuitton Epi Alma Bag


Louis Vuitton Epi Makeup Bag

A photo posted by 比比愛牛奶 (@kc99xoxo) on


Hermès Wallet
Chanel Card Case

A photo posted by Audrey Tay (@audreytayy) on

WISHFUL THINKING

Wishful Thinking

Coat from Étoile Isabel Marant and plates from Hermès.

eBay’s Best Bags – November 5

eBay’s Best Bags – November 5

Happy Wednesday and a very happy November to you! This week, we have another great selection of bags from eBay. One of our favorites is a sharp Hermès shoulder bag, and that’s just one of the many great bags we have for you this week, including a special clutch from Proenza Schouler and a gorgeous Lady Dior. 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.

Shop Handbags and Accessories from the Best Private Collections at Bonhams

Shop Handbags and Accessories from the Best Private Collections at Bonhams

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

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

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

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

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

Chanel Metal and Lucite Box Evening Bag
Available via Bonhams

Chanel Box Evening Bag

Chanel Classic Flap Bag
Available via Bonhams

Chanel Classic Flap Bag

Chanel Costume Jewelry Collection
Available via Bonhams

Chanel Costume Jewelry

Chanel Classic Flap Bag
Available via Bonhams

Chanel Navy Classic Flap Bag

Hermès Crocodile Kelly Bag
Available via Bonhams

Hermes Crocodile Kelly Bag

Hermès Jardin d’Hiver Silk Scarf
Available via Bonhams

Hermes Jardin d'Hiver Silk Scarf

Hermès Ostrich Farming Bag
Available via Bonhams

Hermes Ostrich Farming Bag

Hermès Sac Envi Handbag
Available via Bonhams

Hermes Sac Envi Handbag

Hermès Special Order Printed Kelly Bag
Available via Bonhams

Hermes Splatter Print Kelly Bag

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Kelly Osbourne Finishes Her Halloween Costume with an Hermès Bag

Kelly Osbourne Finishes Her Halloween Costume with an Hermès Bag

Kelly Osbourne attended Adam Lambert’s annual Halloween party at Bootsy Bellows in Hollywood last weekend dressed as Margot Tenenbaum from the film The Royal Tenenbaums. She rounded out her costume with a vintage-looking Hermès Kelly Bag. It should probably be noted that an Hermès bag is not an absolutely essential ingredient of the Margot Tenenbaum costume, but everything else Kelly is wearing is spot-on.

As you might suspect, Kelly has a handbag collection that’s truly befitting of a full-time rock progeny/part-time E! Channel fashion commentator. She and her mother share an extreme affinity for Chanel. You can browse through most of her high-end stash in “The Many Bags of Kelly Osbourne”, and you can check out her mum’s collection in “The Many Bags of Sharon Osbourne.”

Heidi Klum Takes Her Kids to Pinkberry with a Birkin on Her Arm

Heidi Klum Takes Her Kids to Pinkberry with a Birkin on Her Arm

There are some things celebs never seem to tire of, like fro-yo and Hermès Birkins. Here’s Heidi Klum, escorting her kids to Pinkberry post-soccer practice and carrying an especially nice blue Hermès Birkin. Heidi owns several Birkins, but I don’t think we’ve seen her carrying this one before, so it may be a recent addition to her collection.

Heidi’s bag choices have truly improved since we profiled her collection in “The Many Bags of Heidi Klum.” Several years ago she had a strong penchant for handbags that were on the extreme end of eccentric, but her bag picks as of late have all been pretty solid, which may mean it’s time for a follow-up edition of “Many Bags.”

Instagram Handbag Celebrity: @dssaaksss

Instagram Handbag Celebrity: @dssaaksss

While we always love seeing gorgeous pictures of bags and accessories, we especially love seeing them styled with outfits, which is why this week’s Instagram celebrity couldn’t be more fitting. Diana (better known as @dssaaksss) is an Indonesian fashion blogger who has a serious love for all things luxe.

Apart from all the beautiful Chanel and Hermès bags scattered throughout Diana’s page, it was the gorgeous pictures of her travels that we really found ourselves drooling over. Take a look below at some of our favorite Instagrams from @dssaaksss or head over to her blog Dsaks in Style to see more. Beware: you’re about to get lost in a sea of luxury.

The Many Bags of The Mr. Bones Halloween Pumpkin Patch, 2014 Edition

The Many Bags of The Mr. Bones Halloween Pumpkin Patch, 2014 Edition

Perhaps no holiday affords us better handbag watching than Halloween. Every year, for the entirety of October, celebrities descend on the Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch in Los Angeles to partake in the fall festivities and pick up some decorations for their homes. Many even come without kids–it’s become an excellent place to see and be seen, and there are plenty of paparazzi outside. Below, check out who bought pumpkins this year and what they carried their wallets in.

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I was wearing:

HERMÈS SANDALS
J BRAND RIPPED JEANS
AMERICAN APPAREL TSHIRT
HERMÈS SILK SCARF
HERMÈS KELLY BAG

Photos by Andrew Arthur

PurseForum Roundup – October 24

PurseForum Roundup – October 24

Friday is finally here, Roundup readers! October is winding down, but we’re are ramping up because we love fall. This week we pay a visit to HermèsBalenciaga and the Playground. We also found a wonderful reveal in Valentino that you will not want to miss. Make the jump to find out what else awaits.

$433,320 Will Buy You All the Exotic Bags and Accessories in Moda Operandi’s Holiday Collection

$433,320 Will Buy You All the Exotic Bags and Accessories in Moda Operandi’s Holiday Collection

“What do you get the girl who has everything?” is an eye-rollingly cliché question, but if it’s one for which you need a serious answer this holiday season (which is hurtling straight at us), then you should probably refer to the recently launched Moda Operandi Holiday Collection. It includes everything from diamond-encrusted clutches to an elusive Hermès Himalayan Birkin, all deliverable in time for the holidays. The exotic accessories alone add up to nearly half a million bucks.

Extravagant gift selections have a history in fashion, starting with the much-anticipated annual Neiman Marcus Christmas Book. That tome generally includes things that people might actually buy as gifts plus a selection of out-of-this-world options like special edition cars, which is more or less what’s happening here–overall prices start at $80. Check out the full selection via Moda Operandi or scope out the jaw-dropping exotic accessories below.

#PBWIMB Instagram Roundup – October 23

#PBWIMB Instagram Roundup – October 23

Our favorite thing about #PBWIMB is getting to see what bags all of you carrying for the season, especially when they stray away from the usual suspects like Hermès and Chanel.

In this week’s roundup, we found bags including Prada, Gucci, Valentino and two versions of Amanda’s current obsession, the Lady Dior bag. The bags are beautiful and colorful on the outside and filled with tons of goodies on the inside.

Scroll to see which Instagrams made our favorites of the week, and keep tagging your pictures with #PBWIMB for your chance to be featured!

FALL ACCESSORIES

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In the latest issue of STYLEBY I share my favorite accessories for this season (as well as the rest of our editorial staff). I’ve told you about these shoes from Zara before, and as you can see, I have a major craving for this scarf from Marc Jacobs. And, of course, wouldn’t mind a belt from Louis Vuitton either..

Make sure to buy yourself a copy of issue 28. The perfect weekend treat!

The Best #NationalHandbagDay 2014 Instagrams – Part 2

The Best #NationalHandbagDay 2014 Instagrams – Part 2

We couldn’t help but take a look back at all the amazing bags we saw on Instagram during National Handbag Day, which is why we’ve rounded up over 100 of our favorites from all you. We’ve got tons of Chanel, stacks of Hermès Birkins, more Célines than you can possibly dream off, and even a couple you’ve probably never seen before! Get ready to get lost in a sea of designer bags, and if you’re still not satisfied, check out The Best #NationalHandbagDay 2014 Instagrams – Part 1.

Shop Luxury Bags in Fall Colors at Christie’s First New York Accessories Auction

Shop Luxury Bags in Fall Colors at Christie’s First New York Accessories Auction

Now that the chill is in the air to stay, it’s time to start thinking about fall in earnest: fall fashion, fall colors and definitely fall bags. If you’ve been looking to add something very special to your collection for the new season, you’re in luck. The online-only Chistie’s Handbag & Accessories Auction has just launched, and it has everything from timeless leather bags to dazzling exotics from hard-to-find brands like Hermès, Chanel and Goyard.

This auction, which runs through October 28 on the Christie’s website, is also the storied auction house’s first New York-based auction since expanding the Handbags & Accessories category stateside. The auction’s selection is specially curated to celebrate the lush, vibrant, rich shades that mark fall dressing, all on classic, luxurious bags that you’ll be proud to carry for years to come. Check out some of our favorite pieces from the auction below or browse the entire selection via Christie’s.

Chanel Limited Edition Black Lucite Lambskin Leather Frame Bag
Bidding Starts at $6,000 via Christie’s

Chanel Limited Edition Black Lucite & Lambskin Leather Frame Bag

Hermès 25cm Gold Togo Leather Birkin Bag
Bidding Starts at $10,000 via Christie’s

Hermes Gold Togo Birkin

Hermès Indigo Courcheval Leather Sac Tambour Bag
Bidding Starts at $2,000 via Christie’s

Hermès Indigo Courchevel Leather Sac Tambour Bag

Hermès 40cm Limited Edition Leather and Canvas HAC Birkin Bag
Bidding Starts at $15,000 via Christie’s

Hermes Limited Edition Leather and Canvas HAC Birkin Bag

Hermès 28cm Marron Fonce Ostrich Kelly Bag
Bidding Starts at $15,000 via Christie’s

Hermes Marron Fonce Ostrich Kelly Bag

Hermès 23cm Amethyst Nilo Crocodile Constance Bag
Bidding Starts at $10,000 via Christie’s

Hermes Nilo Crocodile Constance Bag

Hermès 35cm Potiron Clemence Retourne Kelly Bag
Bidding Starts at $8,000 via Christie’s

Hermes Potiron Clemence Retourne Kelly Bag

Goyard Goyardine Canvas Saigon Top Handle Bag
Bidding Starts at $750 via Christie’s

Goyard Goyardine Canvas Saigon Top Handle Bag

Hermès 30cm Special Order Potiron and Blue Jean Togo Birkin Bag
Bidding Starts at $7,500 via Christie’s

Hermes Special Order Potiron and Blue Jean Birkin Bag

Hermès 30cm Violine Ostrich Birkin Bag
Bidding Starts at $20,000 via Christie’s

Hermes Violine Ostrich Birkin

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California house

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It’s official, still a bit strange to say but… I moved to Los Angeles.
I know, it’s already been a year and a half going back and forth and I will always go back to Europe every month and a half/two months for work (my own company still is in Milano for now), in addition to travel the world in the meanwhile.
Where’s the big change then? This time everything is getting more real: I found a place in Hollywood and I’m ready to live my personal Californian dream, spending most of my time here.
Super excited and a bit scared at the same time. Wish me good luck :)

E’ ufficiale, è ancora un po’ strano da dire ma.. Mi sono trasferita a Los Angeles.
Lo so, è ormai un anno e mezzo che faccio avanti ed indietro e tornerò in Europa ogni mese e mezzo/due mesi per lavoro (la mia società è per ora ancora a Milano), oltre a continuare a viaggiare in giro per il mondo nel frattempo.
Qual è il cambiamento quindi? Questa volta è tutto più reale: ho preso una casa a Hollywood e sono pronta a vivere il mio personale sogno Californiano, passando qui la maggior parte del mio tempo.
Iper entusiasta ed un pò spaventata allo stesso tempo. Fatemi un grosso in bocca al lupo :)

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I was wearing:

CELINE WEDGES
RED VALENTINO SWEATER
CELINE KNOT BRACELET
SAINT LAURENT BRACELET
CARTIER JUSTE UN CLOU + CARTIER LOVE BRACELET
HERMES KELLY BAG
DSQUARED2 SUNGLASSES

Photos by Andrew Arthur

eBay’s Best Bags – October 15

eBay’s Best Bags – October 15

Happy Wednesday! Welcome to our weekly look at some of the best bags on eBay. We found a pretty Chanel Reissue for you this week, as well as a gorgeous, emerald Chloé Marcie. We also found a Mulberry Bayswater and a VBH Vault Vitello Satchel, and that’s just the beginning! 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.

There Has Never Been a Better Time to be Reselling Your Designer Bags

There Has Never Been a Better Time to be Reselling Your Designer Bags

If you’re regular reader of the blog, you’ve probably noticed that there’s a pretty hot secondary market for handbags right now, especially when it comes to brands with tightly controlled product supplies like Hermès, Chanel and Louis Vuitton, which don’t sell their wares through third-party retailers. Businessweek recently looked into the secondary market for luxury goods and confirmed what people in the market already knew, anecdotally–there’s money to be made.

Not only have auction houses like Heritage and Christie’s gotten into the high-end handbag game in a huge way over the past couple of years, but new businesses like The Real Real and Vestiaire Collective have found huge success while largely forgoing the collectible watches and fine jewelry that make up the lion’s share of the $19 billion global luxury resale market. Businessweek reports that leather goods and clothes makes up around $4 billion of that market, and there’s no clear leader in the space just yet.

What’s clear, though, is that you might have a gold mine stuffed in the back of your closet, unused and forgotten. If you have a bag from a major brand that was made in the past 10 years, you can probably get at least several hundred dollars out of it, even if it’s a bit dated. If you have a classic bag from Hermès or Chanel in good condition, you might be able to recoup your entire purchase cost, plus a little extra.

Do you resell your bags when you’re done or hold on to them?

Hermès Bags are Being Returned Because They Smell Like Skunk

Hermès Bags are Being Returned Because They Smell Like Skunk

Smell is the sense most closely tied to memory, and it’s not uncommon to hear bag lovers gush about the lovely leather scent that emanates from a brand new luxury bag. Some brands, like Dior and Tom Ford, even work that scent into fine perfumes because of its close association with luxury and quality. Unfortunately for some customers, Hermès’ bags have recently acquired a new smell–skunk. (Or weed, depending on who you ask.)

This story start over at our PurseForum, where members in the Hermès section have reported skunky-smelling leather bags dating back to December 2013. From the information they’ve pooled in over 150 pages of comments, the problem becomes apparent when a bag is left in sunlight even for a few minutes; the heat and light bring out the stink, which is bad enough that the bag owners then have to open windows to air out their homes and cars. It’s not a subtle, close-range smell, apparently.

A New York Post writer (who I’m guessing is also a Forum member) noticed the complaints and went to Hermès to get some answers, but the notoriously tight-lipped French brand didn’t return her inquiries. Based on the feedback from shoppers on our Forum, the problem seems to be most common among bags made of the brand’s popular Togo leather, although Epsom and Clemence leathers have also been identified as skunky. As the Post points out, Hermès makes many different models in the affected leathers and ships them worldwide, so the issue is not limited to a particular boutique or region.

If you have a recently purchased bag that you’d like to test, our members suggest sitting it in direct sunlight and allowing it to warm up for a few minutes. If you notice the smell, Hermès boutiques should all be aware of the problem by now, and it seems as though the only solution is to send the bags off to France to be rebuilt in different leather over a period of months. That suggests that the issue was created somewhere in the leather production process, and based on our members’ feedback, it’s not something that will fade with time.

If you’ve experienced this issue, let us know which of your bags it affects how Hermès handled it in the comments.

THE DEVIL IS IN THE DETAIL

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September was a crazy month, a whirlwind to be honest but Fashion Week season is always such a burst of inspiration and creativity when it comes to styling. I decided to put together some of my favorite details from most of my September looks. Its always so different to see them mixed up together, more fun in my opinion…You can probably notice some constants in my accessories and the thing is, once I get to wear an accessory I love, I will probably wear it for months until my style changes slightly. Can you guess which are my favorite accessories?

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PurseForum Roundup – National Handbag Day Countdown Edition

PurseForum Roundup – National Handbag Day Countdown Edition

It’s almost here! National Handbag Day is nearly upon us. As part of our coverage of this auspicious day, we are taking a look back at some of our favorite bags and posts from both the PurseForum Roundup and the PurseForum. We have been rounding up the conversations and reveals from PurseForum for nearly two years, and we’ve seen some jaw-dropping bags, to be sure. We are excited to have you join us as we visit them once again, this time with some new surprises! Kick back and enjoy a little ride down memory lane!

The 10 Most Important Bags in Modern Handbag History

The 10 Most Important Bags in Modern Handbag History

It’s become trendy for designer brands to emphasize their histories and heritages in an attempt to add value to their products and convince consumers that their prices are worth it, but when you look back at fashion history, there are a few modern handbags that stand out for the ways that their existences have shaped the accessories industry and how women (and men!) perceive, carry and shop for bags. As part of our continuing countdown to National Handbag Day, we’ve made a case for the best and brightest below.

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I was wearing:

STELLA MCCARTNEY PLATFORMS
LAER LEATHER SHORTS
MSGM STRIPED PEPLUM TOP
HERMES COLLIER DE CHIEN BRACELET
CELINE BOX BAG
RAY-BAN SUNGLASSES

Photos by Andrew Arthur

Spring Trends: Eyelet

The Trend: Eyelet

How I would wear it: I really loved this eyelet detail from the spring collections– it’s delicate and feminine but still feels cool. I think the pants from Isabel Marant are my favorite!

The best looks: From left to right, Chloe, Louis Vuitton, Isabel Marant, Valentino, Hermès

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LYRICS

AndyTorresBlue4AndyTorresBlue6 AndyTorresBlue AndyTorresBlue2 AndyTorresBlue3 AndyTorresBlue7 AndyTorresBlue5I’M WEARING >>  Skirt & Top: Stine Goya  |  Shoes: Jimmy Choo  |  Sunglasses: Dior  |  Rings: Tom Wood  |  Bag: Jimmy Choo  |  Shark Tooth necklace: Fashionology

At times I feel as if my life was the lyrics of a song, not just one song but a combination of them. I often catch myself trying to find answers in lyrics, wondering who wrote them, for who did they write them?. Its crazy how much you can relate to a song sometimes, how it can be so fitting to a certain experience you are going through, love, heartbreak, happiness, joy.
I wish I could write lyrics again, like I used to before. Maybe one day my words can become a song and some day somebody will use them to make someone fall in love. Maybe…

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Photos by Richard Nichols

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EVERY NOW AND THEN

AndyTorresPink4AndyTorresPink6 AndyTorresPink8 AndyTorresPink5 AndyTorresPink10 AndyTorresPink2 AndyTorresPink AndyTorresPink3 AndyTorresPink9I’M WEARING  >>  Dress: Sandro Paris  |  Boots: Jimmy Choo  |  Brazer: H&M Studio  |  Earring: Dior  |  Bracelet: Hermes  |  Bag: Jimmy Choo  |  Rings: Tom Wood  |  Necklaces: Fashionology

Its not often that you will see me wearing pink, I just don’t think its “my thing” but every now and then, I come across a piece that strikes me and I cant get out of my head. I saw this dress while I was in Paris and I literally couldn’t get it out of my head. I guess the combo with the stripes makes it more sporty and desirable for me, I don’t know, but theres something about this pink dress…

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