Category Archives: Leather

Man Bag Monday: Valentino Studded Leather Backpack

Man Bag Monday: Valentino Studded Leather Backpack

While women’s backpacks have had an exponential increase in popularity over the last couple of seasons, men’s backpacks have never dipped out of the accessories spotlight one bit. They’re a practical choice for men of all ages, especially when you live in a busy city like New York. Even though I get whacked by a guy’s backpack nearly every day on the subway, I’m willing to endorse this Valentino Studded Leather backpack for both form and function.

The all-black, buttery soft leather makes this bag a tempting choice for men and women. It has a clean design, multiple pockets and let’s face it, who can resist Rockstuds?

Buy your Valentino backpack (or buy it for the man in your life with intentions on borrowing it every now and then) through MR PORTER for $2,695.

The Perfect Combination

Leather jacket? Check. Striped tee? Check. Super cool oversized red sunglasses? Check.

The perfect combination!

DOUBLE WHITES

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A bright white outfit and tanned skin to me is the epitome of summer. As much as I try to avoid the sun, it finds me and so far I’ve gotten a good few shades darker. What I cannot complain about is how much better white looks now! Remember this halter I wore earlier this week? Well I also have it in white–which do you prefer?

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Wearing THPSHOP Cuffs and Pearls

Siwy Jeans

Eight Slate Halter

Zara D’Orsay Flats

Ray-Ban Sunglasses

Office Blues

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I like blazers. A lot. Especially this one. It’s the perfect shade of blue and it works so well with leather. This scalloped bra, I’ve been wearing a little obsessively. Ok, really obsessively. It’s a great fit if you’re more flat chested like me. The sharpness of the jacket gives the outfit authority, while the soft bralette and heels are just, well very me.

Featuring all Jewelery from THPSHOP (Cuffs, Pearls)

For the Girls

Prada is designing for the boys and the girls.

Prada showed their women’s resort collection right alongside the spring menswear collection in Paris earlier this week. It was refreshing to see a feminine interpretation of the men’s looks, especially because now you won’t have to “borrow” from his closet next season.

This also means you can better coordinate your outfits. I’m thinking the matching leather topcoats are a good place to start (hey, Britney and Justin did it)…


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Bag of the Week: Valentino Butterfly Camouflage Easy Tote

Bag of the Week: Valentino Butterfly Camouflage Easy Tote

Bag: Valentino Butterfly Camouflage Easy Tote

Price: $3,395 via Neiman Marcus

Why It’s the Bag of the Week: Valentino had incredible success with colorful camouflage bags in seasons past, but for fall, the brand is putting its own ultra-feminine spin on the traditionally masculine concept. Combining those two disparate ideas has long been a strength of the brand, and the layered intricacy of this print is breathtaking on closeup.

Can the Michael Kors Vivian Satchel Convert New Fans to the Brand?

Can the Michael Kors Vivian Satchel Convert New Fans to the Brand?

Last week, while we were discussing celebrity handbag placements, one of our comments mentioned the Michael Kors Vivian Bag and her budding interest in it. Her timing couldn’t have been better; I’ve been looking at the brand new Vivian line for a couple of weeks now, and the more I do, the more I like it.

Perhaps because of its ubiquity (and also perhaps because of some of the customers stereotypically associated with the brand’s logo-bedecked diffusion line), Michael Kors tends to inspire opinions on either extreme of the Handbag Feelings Continuum: people love Kors and everything his sporty version of luxury stands for, or they loathe his brand with a tenacity that would frighten most pit bulls. In many ways, either reaction is a win on Kors’ part; it means that he has created a vision that is both specific enough and popular enough to bother people.

Kors has a unique challenge in selling bags that cost more than a thousand dollars, though. The lower-priced MICHAEL Michael Kors brand is so well-known for its bags and so aesthetically similar to Michael Kors Collection that it tends to make upper-tier consumers a little wary. After all, anyone paying that much for a bag wants to make sure that the brand itself can provide value.

The Vivian, along with the Miranda tote before it, can potentially do some important work to differentiate the lines and create accessories value. Kors is particularly adept at getting his bags onto celebrity arms, so that is surely ahead for the Vivian, but it’d be hard to effectively argue that this isn’t a pretty nice-looking handbag without any hype at all.

It owes a debt to a few other nice-looking handbags, to be sure. The overall look feels Prada-inspired, and the unique hardware reminds me of that of the Proenza Schouler PS11. It’s hard to find any new bag that doesn’t feel at least a little like some other, not-so-new bag, though, and the relatively sane price tag on this bag will make it a more likely wear-to-work option for a lot of women.

Are you into this bag? Let us know in the comments. If the answer is “yes,” pick one up for $1,295 via Neiman Marcus.

Alicia

Meet Alicia. She works at Isabel Marant in SoHo and of course, always looks super cool. That quilted jacket is sitting at the top of my wish list…

the white dress

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I think this will officially be my default summer dress. Despite having received this quite some time ago, I was waiting to pull it out for somewhere hot and exotic. Hello Morocco! With deep cutting sides, discreet front pockets, and (big AND!) buttery white leather outer, this is not only versatile but very practical. Veda has convinced this A-line-dress-deserter to embrace the silhouette again, and never too soon! Meanwhile, in Marrakesh I’m catching up on work and looking for cool places to explore in the next city of this 10 day trip. Let me know if you have any recommendations for Fez!

Wearing Veda Coco Dress, Vintage Prada bag, Anine Bing New York Sunglasses, Topshop Unique Espadrilles

The Ultimate Bag Guide: The Louis Vuitton Neverfull Tote

The Ultimate Bag Guide: The Louis Vuitton Neverfull Tote

Because accurate, complete, up-to-date information about some of the world’s most popular handbags can be hard to come by in a single place, especially when a brand is cagey about selling its bags online, we’re launching a new feature: The Ultimate Bag Guides. The guides will include things like pricing, size comparisons and currently available colors and leathers, and the first bag we have our sights on is the Louis Vuitton Neverfull Tote.

Although it was only first introduced in 2007, the Louis Vuitton Neverfull Tote, in all of its endless iterations, has become one of Vuitton’s all-time most successful bags. The Neverfull comes in everything from tried-and-true Monogram Canvas to bright, durable Epi Leather, and because hunting for that perfect bag can be a little bit confusing in a fashion world that emphasizes exclusivity, we’ve done what we can to demystify one of the fashion world’s post popular pieces. Below, check out an overview of the Louis Vuitton Neverfull Tote’s pricing and dimensions, in addition to size and color options that are currently available, including a side-by-side size comparison of the Neverfull PM, MM and GM. Consider this your one-stop guide to ensure that you get the perfect bag for you.

Louis Vuitton does periodic price increases and regularly adds new options to its Neverfull lineup, and with that in mind, we’ll update this guide each time a new bag becomes available, an old bag gets discontinued or prices change. Because the Neverfull is also often used as a canvas for limited editions and artist collaborations, we’ll also add those to this page as they are announced.


The Louis Vuitton Neverfull Tote

Year Created: 2007

Sizes Available: PM, MM, GM

Materials Available: Monogram Canvas, Damier Ebene Canvas, Damier Azur Canvas, Epi Leather, Monogram Idylle, Mon Monogram Canvas

Bag Guide Last Updated: May 2014


Size Comparison

Louis Vuitton Neverfull PM MM GM Size Comparison

Currently Available

Louis Vuitton Monogram Canvas Neverfull Tote PM
11.4″ W x 8.1″ H x 5.1″ D
Price: $1,180 via Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton Monogram Canvas Neverfull Tote PM

Available Interior Colors:

Louis Vuitton Neverfull PM Interior Colors

Louis Vuitton Monogram Canvas Neverfull Tote MM
12.6″ W x 11.4″ D x 6.7″ H
Price: $1,260 via Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton Neverfull MM

Available Interior Colors:

Louis Vuitton Monogram Neverfull MM Interior Colors

Louis Vuitton Monogram Canvas Neverfull Tote GM
15.7″ W x 13″ D x 7.9″ H
Price: $1,340 via Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton Monogram Canvas Neverfull GM Tote

Available Interior Colors:

Louis Vuitton Monogram Neverfull MM Interior Colors

Louis Vuitton Damier Canvas Neverfull Tote PM
11.4″ W x 8.1″ H x 5.1″ D
Price: $1,180 via Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton Damier Neverfull Tote PM

Available In:

Louis Vuitton Neverfull Damier Colors

Louis Vuitton Damier Canvas Neverfull Tote MM
12.6″ W x 11.4″ H x 6.7″ D
Price: $1,260 via Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton Damier Neverfull Tote MM

Available In:

Louis Vuitton Neverfull Damier Colors

Louis Vuitton Damier Canvas Neverfull Tote GM
15.7″ W x 13″ H x 7.9″ D
Price: $1,340 via Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton Damier Ebene Neverfull Tote GM

Available In:

Louis Vuitton Neverfull Damier Colors

Louis Vuitton Epi Leather Neverfull Tote PM
11.4″ W x 8.1″ H x 5.1″ D
Price: $1,520 via Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton Epi PM Neverfull Tote

Available In:

Louis Vuitton Epi Neverfull PM Colors

Louis Vuitton Epi Leather Neverfull Tote MM
12.6″ W x 11.4″ H x 7.5″ D
Price: $2,050 via Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton Epi Neverfull MM Tote

Available In:

Louis Vuitton Epi Neverfull MM Colors 2

Louis Vuitton Monogram Idylle Neverfull Tote MM
12.6″ W x 11.4″ H x 6.7″ D
Price: $1,200 via Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton Monogram Idylle Neverfull Tote MM

Available In:

Louis Vuitton Monogram Idylle Colors

Louis Vuitton Mon Monogram Neverfull Tote PM
11.4″ W x 8.1″ H x 5.1″ D
Price: $1,610 via Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton Mon Monogram Neverfull Tote PM

Louis Vuitton Mon Monogram Neverfull Tote MM
12.6″ W x 11.4″ H x 6.7″ D
Price: $1,680 via Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton Mon Monogram Neverfull Tote MM

Louis Vuitton Mon Monogram Neverfull Tote GM
15.7″ W x 13″ H x 7.9″ D
Price: $1,760 via Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton Mon Monogram Neverfull Tote GM

Bag of the Week: Chloe Dree Tote

Bag of the Week: Chloe Dree Tote

Bag: Chloe Dree Tote

Price: $2,350 via Neiman Marcus

Why It’s the Bag of the Week: Although Chloe’s bags haven’t been as incredibly popular in the past few seasons as they were during the days of the Paddington, this tote manages to be both well-tailored and casual. It’s a modern day bag that’s totally appropriate for the office without feeling stuffy.

Man Bag Monday: Marc Jacobs Leather Duffel

Man Bag Monday: Marc Jacobs Leather Duffel

When Marc Jacobs stepped down for his spot atop Louis Vuitton in October 2013, it confirmed rumors that had been swirling for months; not only was Jacobs’ 16-year reign at the top of the world’s biggest luxury leather goods brand over, but it was ending so that Jacobs could expand his eponymous brand, perhaps in advance of an IPO. The Marc Jacobs Leather Duffel is a strong indication that the men’s market is among Jacobs’ first expansion targets.

Jacobs’ diffusion line, Marc by Marc Jacobs, has long served both male and female customers, but the pricier Marc Jacobs Collection doesn’t generally make clothes intended for male consumers. (Although Jacobs would be the last person to mind if a man wanted to wear one of his dresses, we suspect.)

It’s unclear if Jacobs’ has made high-end men’s leather goods in the past, although I can’t remember ever seeing one before this bag. A quick Google searched indicates that the rest of the men’s bags bearing Marc’s name that are currently available online are from his diffusion line, so this sleek, modern saffiano weekender is certainly worthy of note.

At the time of this writing, there are only two left. You can make one of them yours for $2,485 via East Dane.

Sway

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An easy outfit to start the week, something comfortable and laid back to balance what will undoubtedly be a busy next few days. A lot of stuff is happening in the next few months including a very exciting work trip, THPSHOP updates (remember these pearls?), and a move to NYC (yay–finally doing it!). It’s been stressful, but nothing is worth doing unless there is some element of fear involved. It is in what we know that we find comfort; it is also in this place where we can become stagnant and content. Well, fuck contentment, I say. So giddy up and let’s do this!

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And this Addison piece may have just converted me back to the maxi dress. It is totally non-committal in its construction…not full body-con and not quite full maxi–depending what angle you catch it. I have to say though, above all, this dress has great sway. You just want to run after those gusts of wind for some major slit action.

xoV

Wearing Addison Dress, Tibi ‘Denni’ Slip-On Loafers, Rachael Ruddick Le Trop bag, Vintage Motorcycle Jacket

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.

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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

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

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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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