Category Archives: Leather

Man Bag Monday: Louis Vuitton Spring 2014 Damier Leather

Man Bag Monday: Louis Vuitton Spring 2014 Damier Leather

Louis Vuitton’s much-publicized move away from its iconic monogram canvas has resulted in two accessories biproducts: more leather and exotic handbags and more Damier handbags. With the introduction of the Louis Vuitton Spring 2014 Men’s Damier Bags, both are now available together.

The season’s Damier leather comes in two different versions – Nomade Grand Damier and Nomade Damier Oversize. The Grand version features smaller perforations in a smaller print scale, while the Oversize version features large, airy perforations in a scale that matches the name of the print. A third men’s Damier style, which fuses leather and lizard (a men’s first for Vuitton), is also available in at least one smaller style. Check out the new bags below, which all ring up in the mid-four figures.

The Row’s Spring 2014 Runway Hobos Sold Out Immediately at Net-a-Porter

The Row’s Spring 2014 Runway Hobos Sold Out Immediately at Net-a-Porter

The Row has made bold accessory moves one of its brand signatures; the brand debuted its handbag line with a $34,000 alligator backpack at a time when no one in the industry thought backpacks could be a luxury draw, after all. Even though The Row Sling Shoulder Bag might not be quite that jaw-dropping (or expensive), it’s still well worth noting that they disappeared from Net-a-Porter’s stock almost immediately upon arrival.

When we first covered this design’s runway debut, many of you spoke positively of the possible return of the hobo, and it seems as though a number of shoppers have put their money where their mouths are. Both the $1,600 silk-twill bag and its $4,600 leather counterpart were slapped with “sold out” markers within hours of their arrival at Net-a-Porter on Monday, and they’ve yet to come back in stock, as sometimes happens with new products that quickly go out of stock on the site.

It’s impossible to tell at this point whether this bag’s nascent popularity is indicative of a coming shift in luxury bag preferences, but The Row did do a pretty good job calling that whole backpack thing several seasons before the rest of us.

If you’d like to get on the list to buy one of these bags when they’re restocked, you can do so below.



The Row Sling Leather Shoulder Bag
$4,600 via Net-a-Porter The Row Sling Leather Shoulder Bag

The Row Sling Satin Shoulder Bag
$1,600 via Net-a-Porter

The Row Sling Satin Shoulder Bag

Just Can’t Get Enough: Taylor Swift Loves Her Dolce & Gabbana Sara Bag

Just Can’t Get Enough: Taylor Swift Loves Her Dolce & Gabbana Sara Bag

Generally, stars vary their day-to-day handbag choices quite a lot. Not only does the average celebrity have plenty of money to buy whichever bag she might desire, but most are also regularly sent the Next Big Thing by brands with which they have existing relationships. Not only does it help the brands subtly promote their products, but it gives stars new things to be photographed with every time they leave their houses. Sometimes, though, a star loves a bag so much that it becomes a constant companion, and that appears to be the case with Taylor Swift and her Dolce & Gabbana Sara Bag.

Taylor’s clothing choices are always very measured and precise, probably out of consideration for her traditionally young fanbase and her carefully crafted image as on of pop music’s girls next door. As Taylor has gotten older, though, she’s embraced pieces that are more expensive and luxurious, and this bag is a great example of how her stylists are attempting to bridge the gap between the new and old Taylor. The Sara is from an enormously well-known luxury brand, but it’s not flashy or particularly obvious. Taylor’s preferred versions of the bag are neutral and mid-sized, which makes the look seem accessible to her admirers, despite the fact that it retails for two grand. Those leather versions are currently a bit scarce, but you can pick up the bag in black lace for $1,896 via MATCHESFASHION.COM or gold brocade for $1,945 via Net-a-Porter.

For all the ways that Taylor has worn her Sara bags, check out the gallery below.

Bag of the Week: The Rag & Bone Enfield Shoulder Bag

Bag of the Week: The Rag & Bone Enfield Shoulder Bag

Bag: Rag & Bone Enfield Shoulder Bag

Price: $795 via ShopBop

Why it’s the Bag of the Week: Rag & Bone has long been great at making cool-girl wardrobe staples in nearly every product category, but the brand’s bags have never been exactly on target – until now.

Man Bag Monday: Ben Minkoff Oversized Weekender Bag

Man Bag Monday: Ben Minkoff Oversized Weekender Bag

Tomorrow, I set off for a week in Georgia to visit my family and attend my college’s spring football scrimmage, so I’ve been thinking a lot about travel bags in lieu of, you know, actually packing a travel bag. They’re the unsung heroes of the leather goods industry – they do a lot of work, and none of it is in optimal conditions, no matter how many ads leather goods brands show us that depict beautiful Italian men loading immaculate weekenders into the back seats of vintage convertibles.

In a practical sense, the Ben Minkoff Oversized Weekender might offer the best of both worlds at the best price you’ll find for a full leather bag of this size. Saffiano is among the most durable leathers you’ll find, and the largely black colorway, reinforced corners and multiple carry options will help resist wear. Based on its scale relative to the model in East Dane’s product pictures, it’d easily hold enough to cover your needs for a long weekend trip, and for a lengthier travel time, it’d make a solid carry-on. For less than $500, you can’t ask for much more. Buy through East Dane for $450.

A.L.C. Launches Handbags with New Arrivals at Intermix

A.L.C. Launches Handbags with New Arrivals at Intermix

Over the past few years, a new handbag market has emerged. It’s not exactly contemporary, but it’s more attainable and casual than premiere designer, and it’s probably most accurately referred to as “premium contemporary.” It offers the same sophisticated finish that comes with much pricier bags, and pioneering premium contemporary brands like Alexander Wang and 3.1 Phillip Lim have found a market flush with consumers looking for a particular mix of style and ubstance. With its newly launched handbags, New York-based A.L.C. is looking to compete for the attention of those discerning shoppers.

Started five years ago by stylist-turned-designer Andrea Lieberman, A.L.C. offers a tightly edited but luxurious take on modern necessities. The handbags follow along in that aesthetic; traditional, familiar shapes, most with minimal hardware, in a stark palette of black, white and leopard. The designs aren’t fussy or overbaked, and no matter your particular structure preference, there’s likely one that fits your style. Our favorite? The gorgeous Lucas satchel in leopard calf hair. Check out more of the collection below or shop the full selection via Intermix.

Finally, a Saint Laurent Bag I Love

Finally, a Saint Laurent Bag I Love

There’s perhaps no more controversial brand in fashion right now than Saint Laurent. Since Hedi Slimane took the reigns three seasons ago, the company’s look has gone from conservatively luxurious to all-out rock-n-roll excess, with plenty of detractors and proponents alike. Although I like Saint Laurent shoes, the company’s bags have always felt a little bit off to me, even on their best days, but I can finally say that I’ve found one I love without reservation: this black-on-black version of the Saint Laurent Betty Bag.

The Betty, along with the Classic Duffel, have always been my favorites among Saint Laurent’s accessories offerings, but I had yet to see a version of either that really tickled my fancy. I’m always a total sucker for black hardware, and the black-on-black look of this bag both fits my preferences and Saint Laurent’s luxe-punk aesthetic perfectly. Slimane is talented, despite being something of a personality, and this kind of bag is exactly the direction I had hoped he would go with the line. Here’s hoping that more like this is on its way. Buy for $2,100 via MATCHESFASHION.COM.

Moschino’s McDonald’s Bag Will Set You Back 421 Happy Meals

Moschino’s McDonald’s Bag Will Set You Back 421 Happy Meals

The fashion industry is as much about promotion as art as it is about clothing and accessories as art. Without a well-honed message, it’s pretty difficult to get anyone to spend thousands of dollars, no matter how pretty the product. During designer transitions, a brand’s ability to self-promote is even more important; it needs both to explain to existing customers why they shouldn’t look elsewhere and attract new customers who had previously ignored the brand. This season, Moschino did that by hiring wild child Jeremy Scott and letting him theme his entire first collection around junk food, spawning, among others, the Moschino Junk Food Capsule Collection Quilted Leather Bag.

The bag is a mashup of McDonald’s fast food branding and iconic Chanel flap bags, and depending on your perspective, it’s either a Warholian masterpiece or an affront to McDonald’s, Chanel and the concept of good taste. While it might seem like it at first glance, that’s not necessarily a bad thing – Moschino knew exactly what it was getting into with Scott, whose pop-art sensibility is extremely well-documented, and there’s precious little better for garnering press attention than offending traditional fashion sensibilities. (See: Kim and Kanye on Vogue.)

Things get a little bit trickier when it comes to actually selling handbags like these, though, but Moschino’s done at least one thing correctly: instead of waiting for the regular six-month manufacturing cycle to run its course, the brand is capitalizing on the press frenzy by making these limited-edition bags available immediately. You can pick one up for $1,265 via LUISAVIAROMA, which translates to about 421 Happy Meals, if you dosh out for the fancy kind with McNuggets.

Moschino Junk Food Capsule Collection Quilted Leather Bag Rear

Bag of the Week: The Marc by Marc Jacobs Circle in Square Quilted Satchel

Bag of the Week: The Marc by Marc Jacobs Circle in Square Quilted Satchel

Bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs Circle in Square Quilted Satchel

Price:$628 via Bloomingdale’s

Why it’s the Bag of the Week: Marc by Marc Jacobs is in the midst of a total revamp, but this bag reminds us of exactly what we love about the brand. With a functional shape and subtle quilted details, this carry-anywhere tote looks much more expensive than it is.

Man Bag Monday: The Lotuff Leather Travel Duffel Bag

Man Bag Monday: The Lotuff Leather Travel Duffel Bag

It’s officially spring, even if it doesn’t feel like it, and with the eventually warmer weather comes the promise of travel. A good weekender or duffel is a universal necessity for both men and women, and the Lotuff Leather Travel Duffel Bag is an attractive, somewhat reasonably priced, American-made option that we can picture accompanying us on many a summer trip.

Lotuff Leather isn’t a big brand, but sometimes going beyond the known names and exploring independent designers and manufacturers can pay dividends. This simple, traditional bag is made in entirely in New England by experienced artisans, which gives the piece a sense of place and history that a more mass-produced bag might not have.

While the price ($1,050) is still not tiny, it’s also not as expensive as similar pieces of the same size and fabrication often are. If you want a weekend bag that will result in envious inquiries from your friends (and that will let you brag about finding a well-made American manufacturer), this is the bag for you. Buy through East Dane for $1,050.

Bag of the Week: Anya Hindmarch Albion Bag

Bag of the Week: Anya Hindmarch Albion Bag

Bag: Anya Hindmarch Albion Bag

Price:$2,250 via Net-a-Porter

Why it’s the Bag of the Week: Rarely do we find a bag like the Albion that’s not already hanging from the arms of every in-the-know fashion person on Earth. It’s a modern, exquisitely edited day bag that’s perfectly suited to the season’s trend for minimalism and pastels, but without looking trendy. Everyone will want to know what this bag is and where you got it.

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Man Bag Monday: Neil Barrett Embossed Croc Tote

Man Bag Monday: Neil Barrett Embossed Croc Tote

I don’t get fooled often. Not only is a sense for leather a biproduct of my job, but most brands that use embossed faux-exotics for their bags just don’t use very good ones. The differences between real and fake are most apparent when it comes to python, but usually crocodile and alligator are pretty easy to spot as well, even when the bag is very expensive. The Neil Barrett Embossed Croc Tote had me going for a minute, though.

When I scrolled past this bag, I didn’t think for a second that it might not be real croc. When I read the description and price, I was surprised – the finish has just the right amount of gloss and variation, and the simple structure usually indicates that a designer would like to draw attention to the material used. The clean, somewhat anonymous lines are perfect for showing off one of the finest materials in the world, and this tote does a fine job of convincing you that’s exactly what you’re looking at. It’d be hard to find something that looks more expensive for the price. Buy through SSENSE for $1,325.

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PurseBlog Goes to SXSW

PurseBlog Goes to SXSW

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

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

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

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5 Under $500: Clutches

5 Under $500: Clutches

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Perfect Pairs: Gucci Bamboo and Tibi Mules

Perfect Pairs: Gucci Bamboo and Tibi Mules

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

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

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

Come read about lust-worthy shoe trends, the latest news on luxury footwear and everything else you could want to know about footwear everyday on TalkShoes!


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

Tibi Embellished Leather Mules.jpg

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

Gucci Bamboo Shopper Suede Fringe Tote.jpg

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#PBWIMB Instagram Roundup – March 5th

#PBWIMB Instagram Roundup – March 5th

March has finally arrived, and while it may not be snowing anymore, it certainly doesn’t feel like spring to us. As the cold weather continues in New York, our bags remain filled with plenty of chapstick, moisturizer and scarves galore. That’s why in this week’s #PBWIMB we asked you to dig deep into the bottoms of your bags and show us what you were carrying inside. Take a look at our favorite snapshots and continue to send us more pictures of your bag beauties!

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

Head over to our sole sister TalkShoes to see the best shoestagrams of the week and follow her feet here.

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#PBWIMB Instagram Roundup – March 5th

#PBWIMB Instagram Roundup – March 5th

March has finally arrived, and while it may not be snowing anymore, it certainly doesn’t feel like spring to us. As the cold weather continues in New York, our bags remain filled with plenty of chapstick, moisturizer and scarves galore. That’s why in this week’s #PBWIMB we asked you to dig deep into the bottoms of your bags and show us what you were carrying inside. Take a look at our favorite snapshots and continue to send us more pictures of your bag beauties!

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

Head over to our sole sister TalkShoes to see the best shoestagrams of the week and follow her feet here.

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Be Still My Heart

Just when I thought Valentino couldn’t possibly get any better, they do dreamy leather!

And they do it well. Black flowing leather caftans, patchwork coats with studs, not to mention the ethereal cape dresses and butterfly (or bird) embellishments!

If I had somewhere appropriate to go (like the opera, dinner at Jean-Georges’ home or, I don’t know, the Valentino show) these five looks would be my go-to.

Becuase I can have Valentino go-to’s if I want!


By brie

Look for Less: The Chloe Lucy Bag vs. The Opening Ceremony Sumi Bag

Look for Less: The Chloe Lucy Bag vs. The Opening Ceremony Sumi Bag

I’ve always loved the Chloe Lucy Bag; it’s luxurious-looking, cleanly designed and classic without being boring. You can wear it on the weekends, you can wear it to work, you can wear it for years to come! The only downside, of course, is the price. At $3,150, it’s far more expensive than Chloe’s other leather bags (the much larger Baylee costs over a thousand dollars less), and the bag’s petite size makes the number feel like even more of a ripoff than it might otherwise.

That’s where the brand new Opening Ceremony Sumi Bag comes in. With its easy, rectangular shape, double top zippers and chain strap, the bag clearly drew some inspiration from the Chloe stunner, but its more contemporary styling and $545 price tag ensure that the difference is clear. If your heart loves the Chloe version more than your financial adviser does, the Opening Ceremony doppelgänger is just about the most compelling alternative you’re likely to find.


Chloe Lucy Bag
$3,150 via Barneys

Chloe Lucy Bag

Opening Ceremony Sumi Shoulder Bag
$545 via ShopBop

Opening Ceremony Sumi Bag

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The Leather Layer

I’m stealing this styling trick.

Just when I thought spring was on the way, NYC is getting hit with a little more snow. I’m taking some layering advice from the MSGM show and adding a pair of leather (I just picked up a pretty great faux pair from Aritzia) leggings under my skirts from here on out (well, at least until it warms up)!

Stay warm out there ;)


By alex

Ralph Lauren Handbags Debut at NeimanMarcus.com

Ralph Lauren Handbags Debut at NeimanMarcus.com

Ralph Lauren has been making top-flight handbags for years, but the designer has always held them a bit close to his vest. You could see the Ricky and others in Lauren’s flagship boutiques and buy them online at the company’s site, but beyond that, the retail opportunities were scarce. If you’ve been looking to get your hands on one, though, you now have one more option: Neiman Marcus now carries a small (but hopefully growing) selection of the Ralph Lauren Ricky Bag online.

The bags available represent the basics: black, white, tan and taupe in a couple of sizes. There’s also a lovely bright yellow that I could have sworn raised the temperature in my office by a very welcome 10 degrees, as well as two bicolor versions that fit well within the tried-and-true look of American sportswear for which Lauren is so famous. If you’re planning to summer in Nantucket and wear a lot of summer-weight cable knit sweaters, your could do a lot worse than the yellow-and-navy bag above, for example. Also, please take me with you.

Shop Ralph Lauren via Neiman Marcus now, including this bag for $2,500.

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Details

Mastering the art of layering is no easy task, my bag ladyness can attest to that.

It’s all about the proportions, the combination and in the end what’s going to keep you warm (and what you’re going to be able to take off when you need to cool down, say back at your desk or when you find yourself going to a chic lunch in the middle of a blizzard… Or for us these next two weeks: battling the elements during fashion week. )

I really liked these combos (one of them is actually mine, will you recognize it ?)


Click on the arrows to see all the photos.

Coat, Calvin Klein; Parka, Valentino; Sweatshirt, TPN; Shirt, Uniqlo; Bag, Reed Krakoff.

Coat, 10 Crosby Derek Lam. Jacket, Stella Mccartney; Denim Jacket, Proenza Schouler; Turtleneck, Club Monaco.

Plaid Coat, Ace&Jig; Leather Jacket, Vince; Bag, M Hulot; Bracelets, Saint Laurent; Scarf, vintage.

Check Out the NN 14, Marc Jacobs’ Last Handbag for Louis Vuitton

Check Out the NN 14, Marc Jacobs’ Last Handbag for Louis Vuitton

We all know that Marc Jacobs has made his grand exit from Louis Vuitton, and in just a couple of weeks’ time, we’ll see Nicolas Ghesquiere’s much-anticipated debut for the legendary French house. In the meantime, though, let’s take a moment to savor Jacobs’ last contribution to the leather goods business that you revolutionized: the Louis Vuitton NN 14 Bag, which we first spotted on Jacobs’ swan-song runway in October.

The NN 14 will look familiar to Vuitton enthusiasts because it’s based on the brand’s iconic Noe bag, but it takes a few liberties with the structure in order to make the base a more minimal canvas for embellishments ranging from kangaroo leather (which is apparently a thing), to nail-head studs, to feathers. Those bags, which are limited edition and individually numbered, will cost you as much as 30 grand, while more pared-down leather and monogram canvas versions will run you in the familiar low-to-mid four-figures price range. Check out the NN 14 below and get ready to find out when Ghesquiere has in store for Vuitton soon.

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Best Bet: Givenchy Under $1,000

Best Bet: Givenchy Under $1,000

Finding a premium designer bag under $1,000 isn’t as easy as it used to be even a few years ago. Not only are leather and labor prices ever on the increase, but designers keep prices high in order to keep an air of exclusivity around their products and prevent lower-market customers from snagging their most recognizable (and bankable) goods. That’s what makes the Givenchy Easy Tote pretty unique.

At $990, the bag is not exactly inexpensive, and it’s about as close to $1,000 as a bag can be without actually hitting four digits. What’s surprising about it, though, is that the bag is both real leather and fairly distinctive. Some brands will turn out PVC totes or simple, sack-like bags to give customers something that seems attainable without giving them something overly recognizable, but this angular bag is pretty much classic Givenchy. (Riccard Tisci-era Givenchy, at least.) It’s simple without being basic or anonymous, and it’s big enough to comfortably carry to work while being tailored enough to look like it belongs there. For the price, it’s the bets deal on the top-tier market that we’ve seen in a while. Buy through Net-a-Porter for $990.

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Christian Louboutin Goes Very, Uh, “Youthful” with New Backpack

Christian Louboutin Goes Very, Uh, “Youthful” with New Backpack

As high-end handbags go, backpacks must be difficult to design. As a shape, everyone has carried a backpack, but most people only have experience with them as low-cost book-schleppers from their school daze. That means that designers have to lean really hard into a juvenile reference or steer entirely clear of it in order to be successful, and I think we know which way the Christian Louboutin Valou Backpack has gone.

The Row launched the bag that started the whole trend by taking a modern, minimalist, extremely high-end approach to the shape, which helped it shed some of its youthful associations and flourish as a luxury status bag. Christian Louboutin, with his cheeky brand image and sense of fun, has instead chosen to make the most expensive backpack a kindergartner will ever put on her Christmas list. Creamy white leather is framed by red trim, including straps that pay more than a passing resemblance to red licorice twists. The stars of the show, though, are the multicolored studs that dot the backpack’s front pocket, which look like dot candy from a distance. The bag would look perfect in an editorial shoot about supermodels as overgrown schoolkids, but I’m having a hard time imagining it looking like a four-figure handbag in any other context. If your imagination is a little sharper than mine, pick up this bag for $1,695 via Neiman Marcus.

Christian Louboutin Volou Backpack Full

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The MICHAEL Michael Kors Selma Gets a Summer Update

The MICHAEL Michael Kors Selma Gets a Summer Update

In case you thought that perhaps the MICHAEL Michael Kors Selma Tote juggernaut could be stopped, we are here this morning to prove you wrong. The bag, which continues to fly off the shelf in its most sought-after colors, is making a reappearance for the impending warm weather in a host of half-canvas, half-leather iterations that lighten up the bag’s weight as well as its already reasonable price tag. If you’re preppy, on a budget and looking for a new spring bag, you’re going to want to check this out.

The bag, trimmed in white leather, will come in the medium, large and crossbody sizes that Selma lovers are already familiar with. Inset within the leather trim is contrasting canvas, which is currently available in black, turquoise or bright pink. The canvas puts all these bags in the sub-$300 price range, but the bag retains its fresh feel, even if it sacrifices a bit of the original’s minimalism.


MICHAEL Michael Kors Large Selma Tote
$298 via Nordstrom

MICHAEL Michael Kors Large Selma Tote

MICHAEL Michael Kors Selma Crossbody Bag
$198 via Nordstrom

MICHAEL Michael Kors Selma Crossbody Bag

MICHAEL Michael Kors Selma Medium Tote
$258 via Nordstrom

MICHAEL Michael Kors Medium Selma Tote

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5 Under $500: Black Work Bags

5 Under $500: Black Work Bags

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Man Bag Monday: The Givenchy L.C. 24H Bag

Man Bag Monday: The Givenchy L.C. 24H Bag

Although menswear’s reach is expanding rapidly, I rarely find myself wishing I could hop to the other side of the gender aisle to experiment; women’s fashion is just a lot more fun. The Givenchy L.C. 24H Bag is the rare piece that makes its women’s equivalent, the Givenchy Lucrezia Bag, look bad by comparison.

I like the Lucrezia, but it’s never felt quite right to me. So many companies make bags of exactly that same shape, and Givenchy’s only tweak was the front trim extending down from the handle attachments. This bag isn’t much different, but the folded top corners and slightly domed top make it feel slightly different than bags like the Gucci Boston or the Louis Vuitton SC. It’s just enough of a change from the expected shape to make the bag feel distinct.

Those changes are likely the result of the Lucrezia being refashioned as men’s overnight bag, and the domed top gives the interior some extra roominess. Ladies like a little extra room too, though, and I can’t help but wish that the Lucrezia more closely resembled the L.C. Buy thorugh Mr. Porter for $2,625. (Also worth noting: this bag is far larger than the medium Lucrezia and $30 less expensive. Dudes be gettin’ all the good fashion deals.)

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5 Under $500: Pink Bags

5 Under $500: Pink Bags

[In our new 5 Under $500 series, we'll be giving you a quick guide to picking up the season's best looks in a price range that won't make you miss rent. First up, pink bags, from bold neon to the palest blush.]

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Love It or Leave It: Saint Laurent Studded Minaudiere

Love It or Leave It: Saint Laurent Studded Minaudiere

Just like the rest of Hedi Slimane’s runway collections, Saint Laurent’s runway bags tend to inspire both irritation and buying frenzies in fashion watchers. The man has a unique talent for creating strong opinions and for moving product, and the Saint Laurent Studded Minaudiere is the latest bag from the brand that is likely to do both. It’s straight off the catwalk, after all, and that always makes a product particularly intoxicating to a brand’s most ardent fans. Is this little clutch’s magic working on you?

As has been the case with many of Saint Laurent’s bags, my answer is, “not really.” Slimane has gotten close to potential bag magic several times in his short tenure with the brand, and although he’s hit paydirt with shoes several times, the bags aren’t quite there yet. There’s nothing wrong with this little clutch; it’s a perfectly adorable, slightly grunge-y take on an old-school luxury shape, which has become something of a calling card for the brand under Slimane. I simply wish the bag found a way to go a bit further, to feel a little bit more special. If the top was capped with a smooth silver plate, perhaps. For me, it’s that one more detail that’s usually missing from Saint Laurent’s bags, and Hedi will likely make it over the edge in the near future.

What about you? Would you consider this bag a viable alternative to your favorite night-out clutch? If so, pick it up through Neiman Marcus for $2,890. (Oh yeah, I forgot to mention the price…)

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Meet the Fendi 3Jours Bag, the 2Jours’ Big Sister

Meet the Fendi 3Jours Bag, the 2Jours’ Big Sister

With several seasons of success for the Fendi 2Jours Tote, it’s only natural that we’re now seeing brand new bag shapes based on the best-selling original. The smaller Demi-Jour shoulder bag popped up first, and now for those of you who carry everything you own on a daily basis comes the Fendi 3Jours Bag (Or the Trois-Jours, depending on who you ask.)

Like the Demi-Jour, this bag brings over the metal bar trim that serves as the most distinctive design detail of the 2Jours, but it does it in a way that’s modified to serve the structure of the big, roomy tote. Instead of a solid bar, the metal is split in two and serves as an oversized handle attachment. That allows the bag to shift and move in ways that the 2Jours doesn’t, which is necessary at this larger size. The bags top handles will fit on the shoulder, which means that this tote doesn’t come with an optional strap.

So far, the 3Jours comes in an impressive array of different versions, including solid colors, split bicolor versions like the one above, denim and stripes. You can pick up the one above for $2,650 via Nordstrom.

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Polar

It froze this week in New York.

It was 30 degrees below during the day, and I’m not just saying this – it’s obvious, really – no one knew how to dress, so everyone decided to stay home. I was on Broadway on Tuesday afternoon, and it was totally quiet, there wasn’t even a stray cat, as we say in French…

Since the freezing temperatures aren’t going away, and at some point you just have to get out of the house, we’ve been considering all possibilities. I really like Evgenia’s idea here – she’s one of the classiest Eskimos I’ve seen this week.

Coat, boots, and thick leather pants, black and white, and lots of heat-tech underneath, she told me. I love it.

Coat, Isabel Marant Étoile; Pants, BLK DNM; Boots, Sorel; Hat, Eugenia Kim; Gloves, COS; Scarf, Flandana

Unfortunately, This Moschino Leather Jacket Bag Won’t Keep You Warm

Unfortunately, This Moschino Leather Jacket Bag Won’t Keep You Warm

Jeremy Scott is known for his somewhat flippant regard to both form and function when it comes to designing his zany, exuberant eponymous line, and now that he’s the new creative director of Moschino, we can expect more of the same from the Italian brand. Scott is, in many ways, a perfect for Moschino, a brand that likes the silly and literal as much as any other major fashion line that comes to mind. With all that in mind, I suppose that the Moschino Motorcycle Jacket Bag isn’t all that surprising.

Of course, it is a little surprising when you consider that a jacket is not, in fact, similar to a bag in any way, other than the fact that some jackets include both leather and zippers. (Unless you’re Amish. Then, no zippers.) This bag, which comes from Moschino Pre-Fall 2014 and appeared on Vogue’s Instagram earlier in the week, has both, plus a collar and plenty of shiny silver snaps to hold it down. In a way, it’s also a bit of a clever play on a logo bag; instead of printing the brand’s name directly on the leather somewhere, you can instead see the “jacket’s” interior label peeking through. It’s a piece intended to attract attention to the brand’s new creative direction, and that’s just what it’s doing.

People with too much money and very literal senses of humor will probably love this bag, but that’s not entirely contrary to some of the popular bags we’ve seen pop up over the past year (see: almost anything from Charlotte Olympia). If asked to love it or leave it, I’d definitely be leaving it. How about you?

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Proenza Schouler Debuts a New Mini Bag Just in Time for Spring

Proenza Schouler Debuts a New Mini Bag Just in Time for Spring

Waitlist-inspiring marquee bags are great, but there’s money to be made elsewhere in a brand’s accessory inventory as well. For many designers, a small, simple crossbody, priced in the high three figures, is a great way to attract customers who dig the brand’s look but who can’t commit to $2,000 or more. The Gucci Soho Disco Bag is a prime example; not only does it fit the desires of customers of more modest means, but it fills out the casual bag collections of the brand’s big spenders and loyalists. For Proenza Schouler, the Proenza Schouler PS1 Crossbody Wallet is set to be that bag.

Proenza Schouler has danced around the idea of having exactly this bag for a while, and I’m glad this day is here. The brand has has a chain-strapped version for a while, but it lacks the full rear compartment of this bag and delicate chain straps often turn off consumers who are looking for a bag bag. This leather-strapped version is still positioned as a “crossbody wallet,” which confuses me a bit; it has interior card slots, sure, but also plenty of room for stuff you’d put in any mini bag, and terming it a “wallet” automatically devalues it for a lot of people.

Whatever you call it, this little bag, which currently comes in four colors, would be absolutely perfect for all kinds of warm-weather activities where you don’t want to have something heavy and bulky hanging off of you. Now if only we had some warm weather! Buy through Proenza Schouler for $785.

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#12DaysofHandbags Day 12: Party Bags

#12DaysofHandbags Day 12: Party Bags

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

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


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


Gucci Disco Bag
$895 via Gucci


DKNY Embellished Tassel Clutch
Shop Similar Styles via DKNY

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#12DaysofHandbags Day 10: Backpacks

#12DaysofHandbags Day 10: Backpacks

We used to think of backpacks as the typical JanSport most of us wore in grade school, but in more recent years, designers have been churning out some seriously amazing backpacks. These past few years, we’ve seen numerous designer backpacks on the runway, celebrities and supermodels rocking them, and in tons of street style pictures from photographers and style bloggers alike. They say 2013 was the year of the snake, but we’re saying it was the year of the backpack.

See which backpacks stole our hearts on day 10 of #12DaysofHandbags, and continue to follow along on our Instagram.


Mackage Backpack Tanner Backpack
$495 via Mackage


Proenza Schouler Backpack
$2,150 via Barneys


The Row BiColor Canvas and Ostrich Backpack
$6,500 via Neiman Marcus

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#12DayofHandbags Day 7: Totes

#12DayofHandbags Day 7: Totes

We’re more than halfway through the #12DaysofHandbags, and today we’re all about totes. Whether you’re taking it to work or shopping on the weekend, we love that our totes are roomy enough to fit all of our essentials.

See which totes made our favorite picks and follow along through our Instagram.


The Row The Shopper Calfskin Tote Bag
$1,450 via Bergdorf Goodman


Valentino Noir Sparkle Tote
$3,695 Sold Out via Saks


Salvatore Ferragamo Suzanne Leather and Snakeskin Tote
$2,468 Sold Out via my theresa

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Latest Obsession: The Fendi Demi-Jour Shoulder Bag

Latest Obsession: The Fendi Demi-Jour Shoulder Bag

I opine about Fendi a lot, but right now, its handbag business is the most interesting on the luxury mass-market. Six months ago, I’d have told you that there’s no way I’d ever feel even the slightest temptation to hang a $700 furry monster keychain from every handbag I won, and here we are today. That temptation is real, and based on how quickly the Fendi Bag Bugs sell, I’m not the only one feeling it. Today, though, my temptation is for the Fendi Demi-Jour Shoulder Bag.

The 2Jours has been so successful for Fendi that its transformation into other bag structures was inevitable. Fendi’s inventiveness, both in construction and detail, has been its hallmark lately, though, so it shouldn’t be surprising that it didn’t take a super-obvious route when turning the 2Jours into the Demi-Jour. The hardware bar across the bag’s top is the same, as is the overall angular-minimal feel of the design, but this shoulder bag gets its own identity impressed upon the 2Jours DNA. If only all brands were so thoughtful when fleshing out full lines based on their most popular bags. Buy through Net-a-Porter for $1,850.

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#12DaysofHandbags Day 6: Makeup Bags

#12DaysofHandbags Day 6: Makeup Bags

Most of us are more loyal to our makeup brands than we are ever to our favorite designer labels, so why not have a fancy bag to hold that beloved Chanel Mascara you wonder how you ever lived without? Makeup bags, we dedicate day 6 of #12DaysofHandbags to you. We’ve included three of our favorites, including a dopp kit we borrowed from the boys, because sometimes we just need a little extra room while traveling.

Take a peek below to see our makeup bags and tag #12DaysofHandbags to show us yours, or just follow along on our Instagram!


Chanel Makeup Case
$650 via Chanel


Bottega Veneta Woven Leather Dopp Kit
$790 via Neiman Marcus


Hermes Finish Flat Case GM
$220 via Hermes

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A Slick Alternative: The Cambridge Satchel Company Music Satchel

A Slick Alternative: The Cambridge Satchel Company Music Satchel

Let’s say, hypothetically, that you’re sick of the well-known Cambridge Satchel bags. They have an extremely accessible price point and started out with a little bit of fashion cred, so it’s perhaps not surprising that they became so omnipresent that I’d be fine if I never saw one on another wannabe street style star again. The premise of the bag is great, though, which is why the Cambridge Satchel Company Music Satchel is a welcome sight.

As I understand it, this bag has been around for a while, but the ubiquity of Cambridge’s original satchels have forced affordable bag-seekers to look a little deeper into the company’s line. This bag lacks all of the signature front detailing of its more popular sister, which is a good thing – it makes the design a little more anonymous (for the moment). It also means that this bag fits in with the trend toward minimalism that’s been so popular in handbags over the past season or two.

The coolest thing about this bag, though, is the closure. It’s not immediately apparent from the front, but the bag’s opening is sealed by a long bar attachment that flips up and over the top handle, ultimately resting behind it when the bag is closed. It’s an inventive, high-end detail that’s surprising to find on a bag that retails for less than $200. Pick one up for $170 via ShopBop before all the style bloggers get to them.

Cambridge Satchel Company Music Satchel Back

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#12DaysofHandbags Day 5: Clutches

#12DaysofHandbags Day 5: Clutches

Clutches hold a special place in our hearts. They’re certainly not the most practical of purses, but something about their small, delicate size instantly makes us feel more glamorous the second we carry them. Take a look below to see where we took our clutches this week.

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Valentino Rockstud Clutch
$1,495 via Neiman Marcus


Alexander McQueen Gold Skull Clutch
$1,795 Similar Style Available via Neiman Marcus


Jonathan Adler Electra Bond Clutch
$289 via Jonathan Adler

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Have Yourself a Very Gucci Christmas with These Amazing Gifts

Have Yourself a Very Gucci Christmas with These Amazing Gifts

When we think Gucci, we think of fabulous Italian style, best-of-the-best exotic handbags and leather goods with a rich historical context. All of this continues Gucci’s iconic tradition, which is why giving the gift of Gucci will leave anyone jumping for joy.

Gucci offers such a vast array of potential gifts that it can seem hard to find the perfect present, but that’s why we’re here. For a brand synonymous with true luxury, you can’t go wrong with anything the house offers. We found the best exotics, chicest jewels and shoes that would put zest in your step, but we call dibs on the glittered plexiglass clutch! Each of these items can be used both right now and for years to come. Check out our Gucci gift picks below or shop the brand’s full selection via Gucci.


Gucci Aristographic Glittered Plexiglass Evening Clutch
$1,250 via Gucci

Gucci Aristographic Glittered Plexiglass Evening Clutch

Gucci 1953 Horsebit Loafer in Crackled Metallic Leather
$625 via Gucci

Gucci 1953 Horsebit Loafer in Crackled Metallic Leather

Gucci 58 Cracked Metallic Leather Clutch
$1,290 via Gucci

Gucci 58 Cracked Metallic Leather Clutch

Gucci Diamantissima Earrings
$1,750 via Gucci

Gucci Diamantissima Earrings

Gucci Diamantissima Necklace
$2,750 via Gucci

Gucci Diamantissima Necklace

Gucci Soho Python Clutch
$1,450 via Gucci

Gucci Soho Python Clutch

Gucci Bamboo Shopper Leather Tote
$1,890 via Gucci

Gucci Bamboo Shopper Leather Tote

Gucci Soho Python Shoulder Bag
$3,100 via Gucci

Gucci Soho Python Shoulder Bag 34-15

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#12DaysofHandbags Day 1: Top Handles

#12DaysofHandbags Day 1: Top Handles

If there are two things we love in life, it’s handbags and holidays. This year, we decided to skip the partridge in a pear tree and give you 12 straight days of handbags! We’ll be revealing a different category every day, in addition to doing some Instagramming of our favorite handbags in each.

Day 1 is all about the top handles. The Louis Vuitton Speedy, Hermes Birkin and Kate Spade Cedar Street Maise all made our picks for our favorite arm candy. Take a look below and follow us on Instagram to catch all the holiday handbag action.


Louis Vuitton Speedy Bag
$890 via Louis Vuitton


Hermes Birkin
Price Upon Request via Hermes


Kate Spade Cedar Street Maise Bag
$298 via Nordstrom

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You’re Going to Want a “Radiant Orchid” Bag in 2014 Because Pantone Says So

You’re Going to Want a “Radiant Orchid” Bag in 2014 Because Pantone Says So

Every year around this time, the color experts (which I would think were a weird title, if my own title were not “handbag blogger”) at Pantone get together and inform the world of the color we’ll be wearing in the next 12 months, as the result of some trend forecasting and also Pantone’s desire to remind people who are not graphic designers that it exists. The 2014 Pantone Color of the Year shall be a pink-purple known as Radiant Orchid, and it looks like a bunch of handbag designers figured it out before last week’s announcement.

With relatively little effort, we found over a dozen designer bags of various price points and brands that either hit “Radiant Orchid” right on the nose or get particularly close. It’s a nice shade; vibrant, but not aggressively bright, feminine but not too sweet. It can tip toward inexpensive-looking at times, but we think the bags below all pull it off with aplomb.

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Man Bag Monday: Louis Vuitton Vintage Epi Leather Travel Bag

Man Bag Monday: Louis Vuitton Vintage Epi Leather Travel Bag

Despite the fact that plenty of people do it and plenty of brands want you to give it a shot, traveling with expensive luggage or carry-on bags makes me nervous. The airport is…just so disgusting. It makes me want to hand-sanitize my entire body, and as difficult as that might be, it’s even less possible when it comes to your bags. So far, the best compromise I’ve come up with for traveling in style is with a vintage bag, like this Louis Vuitton Vintage Epi Leather Travel Bag. [UPDATE: Our commenters have identified the bag as a Louis Vuitton Taiga Kendall!]

This bag and others like it at East Dane (ShopBop’s new menswear offshoot) come from New York’s What Goes Around, Comes Around, one of the US’s best outposts for high-end vintage fashion. WGACA sells its wares both in its own stores and online, and it offers a small selection of leather goods and jewelry to both ShopBop and East Dane.

This hunter green bag (it’s termed a Keepall on the product page, but its not the right structure for that) is perhaps my favorite of the current offerings. The color is more interesting than the basic black that characterizes most travel options, but it’ll still be durable, particularly when combined with Vuitton’s hardy Epi leather. The best part, though, is that it’s a pre-owned bag, so you don’t have to watch it become progressively less pristine with each trip. As far as its next owner is concerned, it started out that way. Buy through East Dane for $2,400.

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Love It or Leave It: The Prada Saffiano Embroidered Shoulder Bag

Love It or Leave It: The Prada Saffiano Embroidered Shoulder Bag

I love Prada and hate “rustic” things, so you can imagine the cognitive dissonance I feel when I gaze upon the Prada Saffiano Embroidered Shoulder Bag. With a different kind of embellishment, I’d probably be all over a bag of this size, shape and structure from one of my favorite brands. As it is, I’m caught halfway between wondering if it will grow on me or if this bag’s as much as a prairie craft project gone wrong as it seems like it is right now.

For a brand likely best known for its sedate, durable leather totes, Prada takes a ton of chances with seasonal embellishments. Bags with human faces on them are headed for the brand’s stores come spring 2014, and resort is full of Hawaiian prints, as well as a few bags with a more continentally western flare like this one. While I appreciate the heavy detail and cultural references at play in this design, the finished product just isn’t my speed. I’ve been known to reverse a negative stance on Prada designs in the past, though, so perhaps I’ll feel different in a few weeks.

Are you into this bag, or not so much? Let us know in the comments or pick up this piece for $2,700 via Neiman Marcus.

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“Hunger Games” Design Inspiration Yields a Fancy Fanny Pack

“Hunger Games” Design Inspiration Yields a Fancy Fanny Pack

By now, you’ve probably heard that Hunger Games: Catching Fire went over like gangbusters at the theaters over the long weekend and set all kinds of records for November releases. Because the Hunger Games is partially set in a world of stunning opulence, fashion has come to figure rather prominently in the movie’s visuals, landing costume designer Trish Summerville lots of attention and a movie-inspired capsule collection at Net-a-Porter. Naturally, when the collection launched, we went straight to the bags and found…the Capital Couture by Trish Summerville Belt Bag?

The story’s main character, Katniss Everdeen, is an unlikely heroine who’s forced to compete for her life in a dystopian battle royale that pits her against representatives from the other territories in her country. Katniss is from the poorest area, and she uses her skills as an archer to survive. In that context, a rugged, hands-free belt bag would make a lot of sense; I’m just not sure it makes sense in any other context, particularly the context of luxury fashion. I’d have been more interested to see a handbag designed in the image of a Capitol resident like Effie Trinket, with her over-the-top tastes and highly detailed ensembles. Of course, a bag like that would probably just come out looking like any normal Dolce & Gabbana piece.

Pick up this belt bag for all your sporting and survival needs at Net-a-Porter for $225.

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Shopping Isabel x H&M

(Would you mind pretending not to notice that I’m talking about it two weeks after it happened? Thank you so much!)

The day of the launch for the Isabel Marant for H&M collection I was in Stockholm, I was working and so I didn’t really think about it – even more so that competitive shopping makes me buy stupid things.

But. The day after I was still in Stockholm, the home of H&M, where H&Ms are everywhere, and I was with my agent, Delphine, who likes shopping as much as I do and so we told each other: each time we walk by an H&M, we stop and check.

That’s how I found myself with what you’re seeing in the pictures, plus a couple of sweaters.

What I think: A great collection (of great quality) and super well priced. It’s really great for fans of the brand that can’t afford the real Marant prices. The collection is a lot of the brands classics, from a simple sweater to the shoes to the coats, and the coats…

Well it made me cringe just a little.

See, I had bought that coat in the store last year, not exactly the same price. It’s not the same fabric, but the cut is exactly the same.

I don’t know what to think.

On one hand, i think it’s fantastic to be able to buy Isabel Marant at H&M prices.

On the other hand, it’s the second time that a brand reproduces an item that I owned (I had the same thing with these Margiela shoes, now if I wear them people say “Margiela for H&M?”) and it kind of wakes up the snob in me, even thought I don’t really understand why.

What do you think? Have you ever had that happen to you? Did you get something from Isabel x H&M?


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Pick Up a $150,000 Hermes Saddle for Charity

Pick Up a $150,000 Hermes Saddle for Charity

I always forget something at Duane Reade. Dry shampoo, Diet Coke, toilet paper, Ziploc bags…that’s everything, right? And then I get home and realize that, duh, I forgot to throw a handmade Hermes Cavale Saddle in my basket. Conviently, Sotheby’s, Apple creative head Johnny Ive and legendary designer Marc Newson have joined forces to make one such Hermes saddle available to support a very worthy cause during the 2013 (RED) Auction. It’ll match the horse that I ride to my subway stop perfectly.

The auction, which supports the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, is chock full of incredible pieces of interior, technical and fashion design (43, to be exact), hand-selected by Ive and Newson and customized for the occasion. Fashion lovers will also be interested in a one-of-a-kind pair of bespoke Christian Louboutin boots, as well as an Alaia gown and a trio of Valextra suitcases, but the real winner for shoppers with flush bank accounts and charity on their minds is this Hermes saddle in Rouge H calf, bearing a unique identification number to prove forever that it’s edition one of one.

Hermes got its start in the equestrian field, designing and manufacturing fine riding regalia for the French horsey set long before the company set its sites on bags, and it’s an interesting choice by Ive and Newson to commission a saddle for the auction instead of a one-of-a-kind Hermes bag, which would be equally sure to create pre-auction buzz. It’s indicative of Ive and Newson’s love for design history, and with the final bid expected to be between $100,000 and $150,000, it’ll make a wonderful decor piece in the home of any Hermes fanatic.

Feel like spending a little more money? The auction’s most expensive item, a Leica camera designed by Ive and Newsom, is expected to fetch as much as three quarters of a million dollars. You can browse the entire collection via Sotheby’s.

Hermes Cavale Saddle Side

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