Category Archives: Louis Vuitton

Instagram Handbag Celebrity: @mwanwan

Instagram Handbag Celebrity: @mwanwan

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

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

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

The Many Bag Of InStyle Magazine’s Editors

The Many Bag Of InStyle Magazine’s Editors

We love our glossies as much as any fashion people, and one of the industry’s major magazines is celebrating its 20th Anniversary this year. InStyle Magazine launched in 1994 with Barbra Streisand on its cover, and since its inception, the magazine has grown its global reach to over 21 million subscribers. With Ariel Foxman at the helm, InStyle has made waves in the fashion sphere with an approachable attitude along with an ever-expanding online presence.

This year’s September issue is the biggest in the brand’s two-decade history. To celebrate the 20th Anniversary, Julia Roberts graces this milestone cover, which will hit newsstands this Friday, August 15th.

Recently, we spent the day with 20 InStyle editors (to celebrate the 20th Anniversary, natch!) to see which bags they carry to work. From Louis Vuitton, to Balenciaga, to lots of Saint Laurent, take a look at the many bags of InStyle Magazine’s editors.

PurseForum Roundup – August 8

PurseForum Roundup – August 8

Welcome to the PurseForum Roundup! Every Friday we bring you the best reveals and conversations happening at fashion’s liveliest destination. This week, it’s all about bags–well, mostly–in CoachKate Spade and Proenza Schouler. We also visit the Playground to check into some of the non-fashion related topics. Come along and join us!


New Coach Bag

We dropped into Coach and immediately spotted a promising thread, with which were not disappointed! We loved this sleek Rhyder in gunmetal, which makes a great addition to ilovecoach’s bag family. Crystal-d also added a gunmetal Rhyder to her collection, and fans considering this leather will appreciate how different it looks in changing light. This is definitely a favorite of ours!

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It was such a busy week for reveals in Coach that we found several irresistible ones, including this family shot from GA Peach – be sure to check her thread to see what else she got to go with this gorgeous trio. We also found another interesting topic that many of us can relate to, regardless of the brand we favor. Drop into louisprada25′s “I’m All Coached Out” to join in the conversation. We also found a bit of a cat-related situation that you will want to check out. (Don’t worry, it looks like an easy repair)!


Printed Chocolates

Roundup readers know that we love to feature our non-fashion subforums – these are the places where our members share their personal lives, and we always find plenty to keep our attention. This week, we visited The Kitchen and found ninja-please had shared these decadent decorated chocolates in the I Ate This thread, one of our favorites on the PurseForum.

Elsewhere in the Playground, we are following the medical crisis in Africa in Up To The Minute, along with discussions on other topics topping the news charts. We also found plenty of food for thought in the Money Talks subforum, including our discussion on the end of tipping in America, staying on a budget and real estate. We hope that you will explore the Playground, find a subforum or conversation and jump in!


Kate Spade Bag

Isn’t this great! We found reenxo’s pretty new navy Minka in Kate Spade, and be sure to check out this post, where she shows us all the colorful things inside, too! Silverstar16 really “pinked” it up with her latest purchases, all together here in a brilliant family photo. Whether you are a longtime fan of the brand or just starting your discovery, you will enjoy our Show Us Your Kate Spade thread, where our members share their collections. You can also see these bags in action in the Which Kate Spade are You Carrying Today thread.


Proenza Schouler Tiny PS1 Bag

We visited Proenza Schouler, where we always find stylish, bags in stunning colors – like this shimmering blue lagoon PS1 from ichan. Loewejess also got a new PS1, this one in rich ruby chianti. And lovers of purple will not want to miss this PS1 in delicious plum from mcg3897. You can learn everything you could ever need to know in our extensive and informative PS1 thread, full of input, tips and styling ideas devoted to the PS1 line from our members. Proenza Schouler makes other bags, too, of course, including this sleek PS11 from AliciaBB. 


Louis Vuitton Luggage Tag

Big bag purchases are fun, and we enjoy sharing them. But we also love the “smalls”; the delightful little gems that our favorite design houses put out that add that special touch to a bag, outfit or even a piece of luggage, like this elegant Louis Vuitton luggage tag BlueMaude recently revealed. RhondaE also picked up a wee bit of luscious LV, this time a Pochette with a twist.

You can also find plenty of wonderful small treasures in the Hermès Ode to Leather Key Charms threads, where our members are really enjoying collecting these charming little animals and other motifs, like sparklelisab’s precious rocking horse.


Thank you for stopping by and checking out this week’s PurseForum Roundup! We know we have plenty of regular readers and we certainly appreciate that you take a bit of time every Friday to share the conversations and handbags from our Forum. We will see you right here next week, and in the meantime, have a great weekend and enjoy the week ahead. See you next week!

On Melrose

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A typical day in Los Angeles on Melrose :)

Un tipico giorno a Los Angeles, sulla Melrose :)

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I was wearing:

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Photos by Jeff Thibodeauco

Emma Roberts Carries a Vintage Louis Vuitton Backpack

Emma Roberts Carries a Vintage Louis Vuitton Backpack

Here’s actress Emma Roberts, leaving the salon in West Hollywood with some fresh blonde locks and a Louis Vuitton Monogram Montsouris Backpack. This particular model of backpack is no longer made, and judging by the patina on this one’s leather trim, I’m guessing Emma picked it up as a vintage piece. In case you weren’t aware, you can now shop a vast assortment of vintage Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Fendi and Gucci bags and accessories at ShopBop.

Emma Roberts has one of those Hollywood careers that perplexes me greatly. She’s never been in anything wildly successful; in fact her biggest earners might’ve been the PG flicks she first appeared in way back in 2006-2007. And yet, her star never seems to falter, regardless of whether or not she’s actually appearing in films. (I had the same thoughts recently about Rachel McAdams.) Anyways, Emma’s been around long enough to amass an impressive designer handbag collection, which you can peruse at your leisure here.

Decorate Your Bag with Enough Bits, Bobs, Charms and Fobs to Create a Whole Second Bag

Decorate Your Bag with Enough Bits, Bobs, Charms and Fobs to Create a Whole Second Bag

We are living in a golden age of things to hang from your handbag. Bag charms have been reasonably well-liked since back in the day of the ultra-collectable Prada robots, but it’s the Fendi Bag Bugs that have really rocketed the accessory-on-accessory look to its current popularity. With Fendi selling fur puff charms hand over fist, more and more companies have entered the market in the past year, to mostly adorable effect.

Bag Bugs can run you $800 and are nearly impossible to track down without a pre-order, so below, we’ve assembled an extensive list of alternatives, including a bunch that will cost you far less. From tiny bags to hang on your bag to two different fox-shapes options, these funny little bits are the perfect balancing agent to the wave of minimalism that’s overtaken accessories design in the past few seasons. You can have your cake and eat it too; a beautiful bag with a bit of fun clipped on at will.

All of these bags have spring locks that make them easy to hook onto a bag’s hardware, but if you’d rather put one inside your bag, you can do that too – almost all have key rings that allow for more discreet, functional use.

Man Bag Monday: Louis Vuitton Président Classeur Briefcase

Man Bag Monday: Louis Vuitton Président Classeur Briefcase

I’ve got a Monday morning confession for you guys: I listen to too much Drake. Arguably, any Drake is “too much Drake,” but I probably listen to too much, even by lenient standards. We all have our crosses to bear. In one song that comes up often on my iPod (“Up All Night,” if you’d like to Google it and then judge me accordingly), rapper Nicki Minaj makes a guest appearance in which she speaks of giving Lil Wayne the “Louis Presidential Briefcase.” If she’s speaking of the Louis Vuitton Président Classeur Briefcase, Ms. Minaj clearly has fine taste.

The Président Classeur is, like a Birkin, a bag that’s really in-your-face about being expensive and made of fine materials without being logo-ridden or otherwise obvious. It’s discreet, in a way, but in other ways, totally not discreet–you can tell it costs a zillion dollars from 20 paces, even if you’re not someone who’s well-versed in luxury goods. It’s the perfect status-symbol accessory for men (unless you count watches, which we don’t, because this is not the place for watches).

Of course, it has a price tag to match. Pick up one of your own for $11,100 via Louis Vuitton.

Instagram Handbag Celebrity: @mjsicilia

Instagram Handbag Celebrity: @mjsicilia

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

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

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

THE ART OF PACKING

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So, a couple f weeks ago I got a lesson in the art of packing from Louis Vuitton, which was an experience in itself to say the least! I’ve always thought I was pretty good at packing (the days of assisting as well as the start of my career as a stylist have included countless times of packing smart, always struggling with fitting a bit too much into suitcases and shopping bags with wheels) until now, that is. Well, I’m good at finding space so when one of the very nice experts from Louis Vuitton told me about the rolling instead of folding it didn’t come as a big surprice. However, it was HOW he did it. I’m telling you, I’ve never seen shirts folded like that, it was layers and layers of shirts, taking up no space and best of all -they didn’t get creases when unpacking!

Above are some of my favourite pieces from Louis Vuitton, as well as some personal favourites from my very own wardrobe (nude coloured top from Stella McCartney, note book from Smythson jeans from Frame Denim), which I included in my art of packing. Actually, when doing my packing for vacation I noticed this little lesson came in more than handy and as I was unpacking my bag I found that none of the shirts and silk dresses I brought had creases on them. That’s what I call skill, people.

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Putting together my favourite pieces wearing knit from Whyred, denim from Gina Tricot, suede ballerina flats from Chloé, necklace from Trine Tuxen.

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The expert, Ward, from Louis Vuitton.

 

 

eBay’s Best Bags of the Week – July 30

eBay’s Best Bags of the Week – July 30

It’s Wednesday, and that means eBay’s best bags are front and center on PurseBlog once again. This week, we found lots of treasures, including an Alexander Wang Rocco perfect for summer and fall, summery shades of peach and orange from Chloé and Bottega Veneta, and some nice vintage finds. Happy shopping!

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


Coach Park Metro Tote
Buy It Now for $159

Coach Park Metro Tote

Louis Vuitton Ixia PM Bag
Buy It Now for $2,295

Louis Vuitton Ixia PM Bag

Alexander Wang Rocco Bag
Bidding Starts at $599

Alexander Wang Rocco Bag

Bottega Veneta Intrecciato Shoulder Bag
Buy It Now for $649

Bottega Veneta Intrecciato Shoulder Bag

Judith Leiber Evening Bag
Buy It Now for $750

Judith Leiber Vintage Evening Bag

Chloé Paraty Bag
Buy It Now for $1,899

Chloe Paddington Bag

Louis Vuitton Citadine Tote
Buy It Now for $2,195

Louis Vuitton Citadine Tote

Chanel Vintage Clutch
Buy It Now for $729

Vintage Chanel Bag

Christian Dior Lady Dior Bag
Buy It Now for $2,600

Christian Dior Lady Dior Patent Bag

Bottega Veneta Veneta Hobo
Buy It Now for $1,998

Bottega Veneta Veneta Hobo

Prada Vitello Shoulder Bag
Buy It Now for $499

Prada Vitello Shoulder Bag

Hilary Duff Doubles Up with Bags from Louis Vuitton and Goyard

Hilary Duff Doubles Up with Bags from Louis Vuitton and Goyard

Here’s Hilary Duff, leaving a fitness studio in West Hollywood, carrying a Louis Vuitton Speedy Empreinte 25 Bandoulière Bag and a Goyard St. Louis Tote. Strangely enough, we’ve seen Hilary carry both of these bags before, which is a definite first/sign of the end times. We know from extensive research that Hilary uses her many lightweight, durable Goyard totes as diaper bags and gym bags fairly frequently. Goyard doesn’t sell its bags online, but you can find Hilary’s Speedy for $2,840 at Louis Vuitton.

Hilary Duff’s handbag collection seems to expand exponentially with every passing season. If you feel the need to keep abreast of every Duff acquisition in recent history, you’ve certainly come to the right place. Though, be warned: it’s an alarming amount of handbags. Check out “The Many Bags of Hilary Duff” and “The Many Bags of Hilary Duff, Part 2.”

#PBWIMB Instagram Roundup – July 24th

#PBWIMB Instagram Roundup – July 24th

This week on #PBWIMB, it was clear you all love your wallets and small leather accessories as much as you love your handbags. We’re firm believers that the inside of your bag is just as important as what it looks like on the outside, and what better way to accessorize than to stuff it with designer goodies?

Take a look at our favorite Instagrams of the week, and be sure to keep tagging your photos with #PBWIMB to be featured.

To see more of our bags, follow our Instagram.

eBay’s Best Bags of the Week – July 23

eBay’s Best Bags of the Week – July 23

Happy Hump Day! We have been looking forward to sharing this week’s selection of eBay finds and are so glad you joined us! We found a fabulous Emilio Pucci tote, a charming Obsedia clutch from Givenchy, a very special evening clutch from Marchesa and more. We felt a little nostalgic when we found a beautiful garment bag from Louis Vuitton, and we hope one of you will give it a good home and take it on some nice trips! Happy shopping.

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


Givenchy Obsedia Clutch
Buy It Now for $799

Givenchy Obsedia Clutch

Emilio Pucci Tote
Buy It Now for $537

Pucci Tote

Marchesa Lily Crystal Embroidered Evening Bag
Buy It Now for $1,398

Marchesa Lily Crystal Clutch

Chanel Vintage Single Flap Bag
Buy It Now for $700

Chanel Vintage Flap Bag

Balenciaga Brogues City Bag
Buy It Now for $1,299

Balenciaga Brogues City Bag

Chanel Vintage Bucket Bag
Buy It Now for $1,200

Chanel Bucket Bag

Valentino Rockstud Trapeze Tote
Buy It Now for $1,799

Valentino Rockstud Trapeze Bag

Louis Vuitton Garment Bag
Buy It Now for $950

Louis Vuitton Monogram Canvas Garment Bag

Chloé Perforated Marcie Bag
Buy It Now for $1,599

Chloe Marcie Perforated Bag

Céline Vintage World Cup 2002 Bag
Buy It Now for $329

Celine World Cup Bag

Tod’s Structured Tote
Buy It Now for $425

Tod's Leather Tote

Louis Vuitton Finally Redesigned Its Website

Louis Vuitton Finally Redesigned Its Website

Louis Vuitton has always had one of the more comprehensive websites of the major handbag brands – it’s always had e-commerce, and even for pieces not sold online, prices and color options were generally available for shopper’ perusal – but it’s never been one of the more functional of fashion’s branded sites. Thanks to Nicolas Ghesquiere and his new vision for the brand, all that has changed. Please say the appropriate thank-yous to the deity of your choice.

If anyone on Earth hated Louis Vuitton’s old website more than I did, it was probably some poor Vuitton employee that was required to use it every day; I simply visited once or twice a week, and rarely did I not find something that was buggy or broken. It was slow, non-intuitive and cumbersome to load even on my super-speedy and up-to-date work computer, but much have that has been fixed.

Ghesquiere has done quite a bit to refocus the Vuitton aesthetic in his time at the brand, and much of that has been by way of simplification. LV will never be minimalist, but Ghesquiere’s always had a knack for stripping away unnecessary things, and you can see that in not only his designs, but also the ad campaign and now the website that have come along to represent them.

The new site has largely the same features as the previous one, but without as much bulky, slow-loading, buggy Flash animation. Bag photos are big and clear, with white backgrounds instead of the previous colors, and switching between colorways and sizes in a single bag takes far less loading time.

Best of all, the motion sickness-inducing carousel for browsing bags in a particular category is gone; instead, shoppers can simply scroll up and down through thumbnail listings, as basically every other retail site allows us to do. For Vuitton, whose online experience has been so bad, for so long, it feels practically revolutionary.

Check out some stills of the site below or test it out for yourself at LouisVuitton.com.

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eBay’s Best Bags of the Week – July 16

eBay’s Best Bags of the Week – July 16

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

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


Céline Macadam Tote
Bidding Starts at $115

Celine Macadam Tote

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

Chloe Marcie Python Bag

Chanel Timeless Clutch
Buy It Now for $1,790

Chanel Timeless Clutch

Louis Vuitton Damier Westminister Tote
Buy It Now for $899

Louis Vuitton Damier Westminster Tote

Bottega Veneta Messenger Bag
Buy It Now for $549

Bottega Veneta Woven Messenger Bag

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

Givenchy Calf Hair Nightingale Bag

Gucci Soho Messenger Bag
Buy It Now for $895

Gucci Soho Messenger Bag

Judith Leiber Evening Clutch
Buy It Now for $179

Judith Leiber Evening Clutch

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

Yves Saint Laurent Muse Tote

Hermès Lindy Bag

Buy It Now for $5,000 Hermes Lindy Bag


Chloé Ghost Clutch
Bidding Starts at $529

Chloe Ghost Clutch

Check Out What Your Favorite Stars Carry to the Beach

Check Out What Your Favorite Stars Carry to the Beach

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

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

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I was wearing:

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Photos by Andrew Arthur

Porto Cervo

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Porto Cervo last weekend: two days with what I consider my “Vuitton family” to celebrate the summer which finally arrived. With jumps in the crystal clear water, sun, laughs and friends.

Porto Cervo lo scorso weekend: due giorni insieme a quella che ormai per me è la “famiglia Vuitton” per celebrare insieme l’estate finalmente arrivata. Tra sole, bagni nell’acqua cristallina, risate ed amici.

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#PBWIMB – Instagram Roundup July 10th

#PBWIMB – Instagram Roundup July 10th

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

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

Introducing the Louis Vuitton Marly Bag

Introducing the Louis Vuitton Marly Bag

We already know what Louis Vuitton’s quest for fancier customers means on the high end of the brand’s price spectrum, but changes in LV’s mid-range bags, like those made of Epi or Vernis leather, have been a little slower to materialize. As a business strategy, that’s somewhat predictable – give people something super-expensive over which to work themselves into a lather, and then roll out incrementally more accessible options that embody the same style to capture greater market share. Thus, we bring you news of the brand new Louis Vuitton Marly Bag.

The Marly, which comes in both MM (16.1″ x 14.2″ x 6.7″) and smaller BB (13.4″ x 10.6″ x 5.1″) sizes, has a grained Epi leather body with smooth leather handles and accents. Both versions come with a shoulder strap, although the BB’s is longer, allowing it to be carried across the body. The only external branding is an embossed LV monogram at the bottom right corner.

The most notable feature of this design is its subtlety; the bag lacks extraneous trim, embellishment or hardware, which creates a final look that’s both luxurious and discreet. In the past, it would have been hard to imagine carrying almost any Louis Vuitton bag into a conservative office, but this one would fit in beautifully without being boring. At $2,350 for the BB and $2,810 for the MM, it’s exactly the kind of mid-line bag Vuitton needs to produce in order to attract the sophisticated consumers the brand is after.

Check out the available colors below. This is easily my favorite new Vuitton bag in recent memory; are you as into it as I am?

Vote in the Championship of the PurseBlog Handbag World Cup!

Vote in the Championship of the PurseBlog Handbag World Cup!

The actual World Cup ends this week, and so does the PurseBlog Handbag World Cup. You’ve helped us narrow the field from sixteen bags and their attendant countries down to just two, and now it’s time for you to weigh in just one last time. Will it be Louis Vuitton’s Soft Lockit on the French side, or will Germany’s Chanel Boy Bag win out? Only you can decide.

Vote now and check back on Friday to see who will be crowned the champion!

Vote in the PurseBlog Handbag World Cup Championship Round Now!

Louis Vuitton Debuts More of Nicolas Ghesquiere’s New Ad Campaign

Louis Vuitton Debuts More of Nicolas Ghesquiere’s New Ad Campaign

We brought you the first look at Nicolas Ghesquiere’s inaugural campaign for Louis Vuitton two weeks ago, and since then, the brand has slowly released new images from legendary photographers Bruce Weber, Juergen Teller and Annie Leibovitz. We’ve collected them for examination, and if nothing else, they show a new creative director with an exceptionally clear vision.

Ghesquiere’s view of Vuitton, seen through both the photographs and the clothes themselves, is markedly less obviously glam than that of predecessor Marc Jacobs. Take a look at the new images below – are you excited for what Nicolas Ghesquiere has in store at Vuitton?

eBay’s Best Bags of the Week – July 2

eBay’s Best Bags of the Week – July 2

Welcome to July’s first eBay Roundup. The deals are great this week; we found some unusual pieces, including a beautiful Goyard Saigon, a perfectly simple Louis Vuitton and a sparkly embellished clutch from Alexander McQueen. We also have a lovely Fendi Baguette, and a scrumptious  Chanel jumbo flap and some other surprises. Happy Hunting!

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


Chanel Jumbo Flap Bag
Buy It Now for $2,499

Chanel Jumbo Flap Bag

Alexander McQueen Crystal Embellished Skull Clutch
Buy It Now for $3,695

Alexander McQueen Embellished Skull Clutch

Gucci Soho Chain Shoulder Bag
Buy It Now for $898

Gucci Soho Chain Satchel

Goyard Saigon Bag
Buy It Now for $2,500

Goyard Saigon PM Bag

Salvatore Ferragamo Small Sofia Bag
Buy It Now for $950

Salvatore Ferragamo Mini Sofia Bag

Louis Vuitton Portobello Damier Bag
Buy It Now for $1,340

Louis Vuitton Damier Portobello Shoulder Bag

Proenza Schouler PS1 Bag
Buy It Now for $1,100

Proenza Schouler PS1 Bag

Bottega Veneta Cabat Tote
Buy It Now for $2,499

Bottega Veneta Cabat Tote

Jil Sander Tote
Buy It Now for $199

Jil Sander Leather Shoulder Bag

Fendi Baguette
Buy It Now for $1,750

Fendi Embroidered Baguette Bag

The Stunning Louis Vuitton Capucines

The Stunning Louis Vuitton Capucines

Every bag lover knows the iconic Louis Vuitton monogram pattern, but the House of Louis Vuitton dates back to the mid-1850s and has a long line of heritage and craftsmanship. My newest obsession is the Louis Vuitton Capucines bags, whose name pays homage to the earliest Louis Vuitton Maison, which was located on rue Neuve-des-Capucines in 1854.

The signature bag may look simple, but it’s anything but. The bag is a marriage of two leathers: rounded, strong bull-calf leather alongside supple, silky calfskin. The combination adds a level of discreet elegance that is hard to ignore.

Consumers have turned away from monograms as a whole, from luxury designers and contemporary brands like Coach alike, and clearly Louis Vuitton listens to its shoppesr. Sure, some may still want to buy the classic monogram bags, but many prefer the timeless elegance that remains part of the brand’s heritage.

With the Capucines, you get an extremely very well-made bag, which takes over 250 individual handcrafted operations to arrive at the final product. The colors vary season to season, with one of my favorite renditions right now following the snakeskin handle trend.

Another special touch surrounds Louis Vuitton’s initials, which have never been seen in this interpretation. The LV initials are sheathed in bull-calf leather and then inserted into claws set into the grain of the leather. It may not seem like a big deal, but this is new for the brand and took its craftsmen much careful development.

When I learned the intricate design details that went into production of this bag, I expected higher price tags. And with the Capucines, you are looking at some of the largest price tags Vuitton offers for its leather bags. A Capucines can be had for $4,400 for the smaller BB, $5,600 for the MM, and $6,050 for the GM via Louis Vuitton.

The Stunning Louis Vuitton Capucines

The Stunning Louis Vuitton Capucines

Every bag lover knows the iconic Louis Vuitton monogram pattern, but the House of Louis Vuitton dates back to the mid-1850s and has a long line of heritage and craftsmanship. My newest obsession is the Louis Vuitton Capucines bags, whose name pays homage to the earliest Louis Vuitton Maison, which was located on rue Neuve-des-Capucines in 1854.

The signature bag may look simple, but it’s anything but. The bag is a marriage of two leathers: rounded, strong bull-calf leather alongside supple, silky calfskin. The combination adds a level of discreet elegance that is hard to ignore.

Consumers have turned away from monograms as a whole, from luxury designers and contemporary brands like Coach alike, and clearly Louis Vuitton listens to its shoppesr. Sure, some may still want to buy the classic monogram bags, but many prefer the timeless elegance that remains part of the brand’s heritage.

With the Capucines, you get an extremely very well-made bag, which takes over 250 individual handcrafted operations to arrive at the final product. The colors vary season to season, with one of my favorite renditions right now following the snakeskin handle trend.

Another special touch surrounds Louis Vuitton’s initials, which have never been seen in this interpretation. The LV initials are sheathed in bull-calf leather and then inserted into claws set into the grain of the leather. It may not seem like a big deal, but this is new for the brand and took its craftsmen much careful development.

When I learned the intricate design details that went into production of this bag, I expected higher price tags. And with the Capucines, you are looking at some of the largest price tags Vuitton offers for its leather bags. A Capucines can be had for $4,400 for the smaller BB, $5,600 for the MM, and $6,050 for the GM via Louis Vuitton.

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

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

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

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Check Out Louis Vuitton’s Spring 2015 Men’s Accessories

Check Out Louis Vuitton’s Spring 2015 Men’s Accessories

While Louis Vuitton’s women’s business has been in a state of flux over the past two seasons, the men’s side has been humming along quite nicely in the hands of creative director Kim Jones. Jones’ has done a great deal in his relatively short tenure at the brand to make the men’s line distinctive, including creating its own logo of sorts. For Louis Vuitton Men’s Spring 2015, Jones continued to build on that foundation.

The bags are all as lush we’ve come to expect from Louis Vuitton, especially now that the brand is attempting to focus on leather instead of monogram canvas. Indeed, many of these bags feature the signature logo fabric as an accent to wide swaths of leather, instead of the other way around, which was Vuitton’s MO for much of the past 15 years. Below, check out some behind-the-scenes photos of the collection’s accessories, bags and beyond.

[Photos by M Dortomb for Louis Vuitton]

PurseForum Roundup – June 27

PurseForum Roundup – June 27

Good day, PurseForum Roundup readers! Unbelievably, it’s the last Roundup for June, which puts us halfway through 2014! This week, we visited Jimmy Choo, where we found some beautiful reveals of shoes and bags. We also found some super finds in Coach, including a rare bag marking a Coach milestone! A visit to the Wardrobe had us pondering our personal style, and there was loads to see in Louis Vuitton. And that’s not all!


Jimmy Choo Anouk Pumps

Jimmy Choo Anouks are certainly one of the most beloved and iconic shoes styles in the fashion universe. Shoegalkirsty took a moment to reveal her first pair this week, in absolutely classic and gorgeous black. Our member JustShoeMe took a walk on the wilder side of Jimmy Choo with her first pair of Choos, the striking and stylish Heath. Of course Jimmy Choo makes more than shoes, and this beautiful Rania bag sure put a smile on Izzy48′s  face this month!

Scottish Girl’s fun new birthday clutch sure put a smile on ours, and this little gem looks splendid in fire engine red. The front page of this subforum is full of reveals, so be sure to drop in and see what our Jimmy Choo fans have added to their collections. If you are a Choo fan, the Let’s Talk about Jimmy Choo Shoes thread is the place to visit if you cant get enough of these fabulous shoes.


Louis Vuitton Epi Vernis Alma Bag

Louis Vuitton lovers make LV one of our busiest subforums, and this week we found plenty of reveals. RhondaE is back after a little hiatus with a brand new bag; you can catch a better look at this charming epi Alma in her updated family photo, it’s actually a soft mint green perfect for summer. Bajan Love’s patience really paid off when she found her dream bag completely by chance and got a steal of a deal!

BellaNLawrence gave us some food for thought when she asked if age and the desire for vintage bags go hand in hand in this new thread. Marguch showed off her new shawl and got some support when she had a little bit of a mishap. The June purchases thread is understandably one of the hottest on the PurseForum, and bag buys like Love2learn’s new Speedy and ivy1026′s sleek black Marly are among the many reasons why.

Remember, if you are considering a purchase, all of our subforums have extensive Reference Libraries like this one to help you find your way.


Celine Luggage Tote Street Style

This week in The Wardrobe, we paid a visit to the Outfit of the Day thread, the perfect place to find fashion inspiration from our own PurseForum members. Agalorowicz showed off her casual style with this cute summer outfit in a soft beige palette. We also paid a visit to bakeacookie’s new Stylebook thread, which we love. The outfits are terrific and the advice worth its weight in gold. We hope to see more of these stylebooks in the very near future!

We didn’t want to leave this busy subforum without a shoutout to one of our favorite threads: The Women of a Certain Age thread in The Wardrobe, a raucous place bursting with snappy commentary accompanying inspiring photographs of stylish ladies who are getting it right in the second half of life. June has been especially busy in this wonderful thread, and we hope you enjoy your visit as much as we did!


Green Bag Black Skirt

Over in the Bag Showcase, we found a really outstanding thread that we had missed: Manelight’s collection thread. She has paired lower-priced bags like this pretty green Fossil bag with well-chosen wardrobe pieces for unique and beautiful looks. We love when our members inspire us by stepping a little out of the mainstream. (Though we love the mainstream, too!)


Chanel Handbag Collection

Speaking of mainstream bags we love, minigingerbread managed to get all of her Chanel bags to sit still long enough for this beautiful family photo that we had to share with you all. Be sure to catch the close up of the cute little pouch, and its charming story.

Trendiebaggie also shared her bag family this month, and this busy mom is not fooling around – her bags are amazing! We also took a moment to do what PurseBlog team members love almost as much buying ourselves new bags – looking inside YOUR bags! The What’s in Your Chanel thread provides endless entertainment if you love small leather goods and purse goodies, and we know you do! Also, at press time, ilovecocochanel revealed this fantastic new Boy, a must see!


Coach Woven Kristen Bag

In Coach, bags seem to be flying off the shelves and into the closets of our members. This week, in the Your New Coach Mini-Reveal thread, we found a sweet bag find from buffalochick, and then another! Iluvcoach also added a new Phoebe, and its little friend, too! Elsewhere in Coach, our members are also discussing the latest news about Coach’s restructuring, and what makes a Coach bag classic.

Coach Tag

We also found something very special, as lucky member CoachCruiser shared a rare treasure she found on eBay, and lucky you – you can see the whole bag right here in all its glory! Not to toot our own horn, but the official Coach Fall 2014 Preview thread is one of the hottest in this subforum, and you can join in the conversation any time!

That finishes up our Roundup for the last Friday in June, and we hope you have enjoyed our little romp through the PurseForum. We always love sharing bags and all the other wonderful things our forum has to offer, and we will be back in July with more. In the meantime, have a fabulous summer weekend and enjoy the week ahead!

Louis Vuitton Debuts Nicolas Ghesquiere’s First Ad Campaign

Louis Vuitton Debuts Nicolas Ghesquiere’s First Ad Campaign

If you need a demonstration of how differently Nicolas Ghesquiere sees Louis Vuitton than predecessor Marc Jacobs, look no further than the Louis Vuitton Fall 2014 ad campaign, Ghesquiere’s first at the brand, which was unveiled by Women’s Wear Daily yesterday. The photos, shot be legends Bruce Weber, Annie Leibovitz and Juergen Teller, are quite the departure from the LV we’ve known for over a decade and a half.

The photos feature models Freja Beha Erichsen, Liya Kebede, and Jean Campbell, as well as actress Charlotte Gainsbourg, and Vuitton is saying that Ghesquiere gave each photographer artistic license to depict the collection in whatever ways they chose. Indeed, each photographer’s style is immediately recognizable, from Weber’s outdoorsy black-and-whites to Leibovtiz’s soft portraiture. All of the photos lack the heavy glamour that Jacobs often brought to the brand and instead favor a subtler, more retro approach that’s more about mood than product.

Check out the first four ads from the campaign below.

Triple Threat

A photographer triple threat.

Three major photographers signed on to shoot Nicolas Ghesquière’s first campaign for Louis Vuitton (starring Charlotte Gainsbourg, among others). Annie Leibovitz, Bruce Weber and Juergen Teller came together to shoot the images. It’s not often (re: never happens) that three big photographers work together on a project like this. It’s cool to see their photos paired together!

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Vote Now in the PurseBlog Handbag World Cup!

Vote Now in the PurseBlog Handbag World Cup!

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

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PurseForum Roundup – June 20

PurseForum Roundup – June 20

It’s Friday again, and that means another fabulous PurseForum Roundup. We always have lots going on throughout our Forum and are happy to bring you a collection of highlights. This week, we visited a couple of islands – Ban Islands, that is, as well as our Playground for some television and book fare. We also found some scrumptious bags, so come on along and join us!


Louis Vuitton Epi Alma Bag

This week in Television and Cinema, we are still all about the Game of Thrones finale, as well gearing up for the final season of True Blood. Of course, we also have a huge selection of other television shows and movies. You’ll also find plenty of summer reading suggestions in Books and Music, including our 2014 Reading Challenges and the Take a Picture of the Book You are Reading thread.

In Home and Garden, we spent some time in the What Does Your Room Look Like thread, where we found some very talented interior decorators on our Forum. In the General Discussion’s own What are You Lacking the Motivation to Do conversation, we found lots of tasks that we would not be motivated to do, either! Dropping in random threads like this is always a kick, and there are plenty in the Playground to entertain you.


Christian Louboutin Python Pumps

Aren’t these fabulous! We visited the Christian Louboutin subforum and found these python Jaws in Show Off Your New Shoes, one of our favorite threads in Shoes, Shoes, Shoes. Pearyfooa picked up two pairs of CLs on sale, including a towering pair of 120mm Biancas that we definitely appreciate.

Member kham shared her new pair of brilliant fluo Pigalles, also in 120mm, and before you click, be sure you have your sunglasses on – they are absolutely blinding! If you are new to the brand, or just having trouble keeping up with all the styles, you will find lots of help in What Style is This? – definitely the place to go if you spot a pair of hot shoes in a magazine, movie or even on eBay! If Christian Louboutin is not your cup of tea, visit the Glass Slipper for all the rest of your favorite brands – maybe even some you have not yet met!


Yves Saint Laurent Muse Tote

Yves Saint Laurent’s iconic Muse bag tops the charts in the Saint Laurent subforum this week. Intrigued by the “It Started with House of Cards” thread title, we dropped in and saw that ElainePG had scored a sweet little Muse after being inspired by the popular TV show. Mouniae also added a Muse to her bag collection – her first YSL bag is a medium version in classic cognac. Be sure to visit the Sales and Deals thread if you are considering a purchase; our members are always happy help direct one another to the best prices on their favorite bags and accessories.


Balenciaga Pink City Bag

In Balenciaga this week, we found a reveal underway right at our deadline. We jumped in to see what the heck an “Oh heck” reveal could mean, and learned something new! You may remember Ban Island, that special place in many of our designer subforums where our members go to wait out their bag-buying ban. Well, it turns out Ban Island residents can go on Shore Leave, Worth It Weekend or just slip up and say Oh Heck, I bought a new bag. Rainneday made her purchase under the latter exemption and shared her new City with us before hotfooting it back to Balenciaga’s own Ban Island.

Elsewhere in Balenciaga, Dearest Girl is looking for some help with a new purchase, while London411 and aznanjl are seeking help with color decisions. We also found a cyclamen City belonging to hiro838 in the May-June Purchases thread – this bag is absolutely picture-perfect and wonderful for summer. You will find lots more reveals in this thread; our Balenciaga gals have been very busy this summer!


Chanel Classic Flap Bag

In Chanel, coxswain celebrated a very special move with a new Reissue that will definitely come in handy. We join the rest of her Chanel friends in thanking her husband for his service, and sharing her happiness at returning to their home state after a long absence. And of course, what a great new bag!

We also spotted this quintessential Classic Flap in luscious lambskin that bagloverny added to her collection; this iconic bag will surely be a wardrobe staple and, well, we want it (but we haven’t gotten a ticket off Ban Island yet)! And, heads up, the Pre-Summer Sale thread just started, and we are sure this will be a hot destination full of wonderful reveals and cannot wait to check back.

Chanel Castle Rock Bag

On our way out of Chanel, we spotted helenhandbag’s Amsterdam reveal of a spectacular new bag called Castle Rock and had to share. You can read all about it here, and generous helen has also included codes if you are hoping to add this new bag to your collection.

Well, fans, that’s our Roundup for this week – we sincerely thank you for joining us. Remember, all around the PurseForum, members are revealing bags, shoes and accessories, but that’s just the beginning of what this wonderful forum has to offer. We hope you will take some time to explore and to make new friends; we have plenty of incredibly kind, generous and clever members in every nook and cranny of this amazing place. We will be back next week with more for you to sample, but meanwhile, have a wonderful weekend and a very happy week ahead!

The Many Bags of Sarah Jessica Parker, Part Two

The Many Bags of Sarah Jessica Parker, Part Two

Sarah Jessica Parker is as close to a true original as actresses get these days. She’s made her own way, and now she occupies a beloved space in pop culture (and especially in fashion) that gives her the ability simply to be loved by being her. When she launched a shoe line at Nordstrom, of course every fashion site on the Internet covered it feverishly. Sex and the City ended long ago, but SJP endures.

We’ve already taken one thorough look at Sarah Jessica’s bag collection, but that was back at the tail end of 2012, and she’s done a lot of bag-carrying in the intervening year and a half. Below, check out everything that everyone’s favorite West Village resident has been sporting since then.

eBay’s Best Bags of the Week – June 18

eBay’s Best Bags of the Week – June 18

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

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

Adriana Lima Takes Her Louis Vuitton Bag to the Beach

Adriana Lima Takes Her Louis Vuitton Bag to the Beach

Here’s Brazilian supermodel Adriana Lima, enjoying the luxuries of being rich and beautiful in Miami Beach, toting a Louis Vuitton Stephen Sprouse Graffiti Neverfull Tote. Although Neverfulls are pretty expensive, and this one in particular is quite rare, Neverfulls actually do make pretty great beach totes for those with the funds, as long as you don’t mind getting a little sand in the lining. They’re extremely lightweight, roomy and durable.

Adriana’s bright, bold bag is a nice change of pace from the onslaught of muted pink Louis Vuitton Soft Lockits we’ve seen celebs carrying over the last several weeks. We recently posted an extremely comprehensive guide to the Louis Vuitton Neverfull, which is a must-read if you’re planning on acquiring one any time in the near future. You can also check out more of Adriana’s choice designer handbags in our special feature “50+ Bags on the Arms of Our Favorite Supermodels.”

Louis Vuitton Will Once Again Encase the World Cup Trophy

Louis Vuitton Will Once Again Encase the World Cup Trophy

Even if you’re not a sports fan, you’re probably well aware by now that a lil’ soccer tournament has started down in Brazil. The 2014 World Cup is here to keep us entertained for the next few weeks, and when it’s done, the winning team will not only receive bragging rights for the next four years, but also a little bit of Louis Vuitton.

Just like it did in 2010, Louis Vuitton is set to provide the case for the official World Cup trophy, which can accurately be described as a nubby hunk of solid gold. According to Vogue UK, the case was hand-made in the brand’s Asnières atelier and includes all the well-loved Vuitton signatures, including a heavy dose of monogram canvas.

With Louis Vuitton’s renewed focus on leather, it would have been nice to see the brand whip out some alligator or python for such a special occasion, but neither of those provide the opportunity for such clear visual branding on the global stage of the World Cup.

If you were going to win a trophy for Best Whatever It Is That You Do, who would you want to design the case?

#PBWIMB Instagram Roundup – June 11th

#PBWIMB Instagram Roundup – June 11th

From Balenciaga to Celine and Chanel to Marc Jacobs, we saw a fun variety of designer bags in this week’s #PBWIMB. The most shocking thing about this week’s roundup? The amount of black and neutral bags we saw. But then again, we’re never mad at a black bag.

Take a look at our favorite snapshots (and a video!) from Instagram this week, and be sure to keep tagging your photos with #PBWIMB for your chance to be featured.

For more bag photos, be sure to follow our Instagram!

PurseBlog Asks: Do Celebrities Influence Your Opinions on Bags?

PurseBlog Asks: Do Celebrities Influence Your Opinions on Bags?

A quick look at the comments on any of our celebrity posts make at least one thing clear: you guys are pretty savvy to the not-so-transparent ways that brands try to market things to you via their famous friends. And while no celebrity gets everything for free (seriously, we see most of them shopping all the time), the art of the celebrity placement, as it’s called, is alive and well. What we want to know, though, is if the tactic affects your shopping habits.

I’ve been thinking about this topic ever since Fashionista ran a piece on the tactic’s evolving use a couple of weeks ago, but the fact that the Louis Vuitton Soft Lockit keeps popping up on the arms of A-List celebrities is what really started my own examination of how these tacit celebrity endorsements affect my perceptions. Since the bag first turned up on Karlie Kloss at the tail end of April, we’ve published three other posts on celebrities carrying the bag, plus an introduction to the bag itself. Yesterday, I opened up our photo agency’s archive to find Naomi Watts ready to join their ranks.

It’s impossible to say whether that success rate is because of an especially aggressive campaign to get the bag onto notable arms or just because Louis Vuitton is especially effective at flexing its considerably influential muscles among its clientele, but either way, the company generated a lot more publicity by giving out roughly $20,000 worth of bags than it would have by using the same amount of money for additional ad placements. (In the world of luxury advertising, 20 grand doesn’t buy you a whole lot.)

Although brand’s can’t track what kind of return on investment these placements have, reaction to the bag in our comments sections has been overwhelmingly positive, which is particularly notable when you consider how controversial Vuitton’s wares have become among bag lovers. That could be because the bag itself is beautiful (which it is), but if you’re like me, it might also be because seeing a bag in context on someone graceful and stylish is more powerful than just seeing it, period.

I’m pretty good at visualizing how bags will look in real life; after all, I’ve been at this for a few years, and I’m familiar with the leathers, hardware and finishing that most brands use. Still, every now and then, I’ll come across just the right person wearing just the right thing and carrying a bag that I thought I hated, and I can almost feel something click over inside my head, like a little kid who’s just found exactly the piece of a puzzle that she was looking for. And in that moment, it doesn’t matter whether or not the star chose the bag herself or was given it by a brand who hoped it might change my opinion. All that matters is that small epiphany.

That same moment has never happened for me when looking at an advertisement; my feelings are the same when looking at those as when I’m looking at a stock or runway photo. Something about seeing the bag out in the wild, though, on a real human who is going to the airport or the grocery store – sometimes that works, even if I know all about the machinations and PR maneuvers that went into setting it up. I’m not too proud to acknowledge it.

Now we want to hear from you – has seeing a handbag on a celebrity ever changed your feelings about it?

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Louis Vuitton New Lockit Michelle Williams

The Many Bags of Dakota and Elle Fanning

The Many Bags of Dakota and Elle Fanning

Dakota and Elle Fanning have been in the entertainment business since they were kids, and they’ve been in fashion almost as long. The young sisters’ angelic appearances – extremely pale skin and eyes, light blonde hair, innocently round faces – ingratiated themselves to designers immediately, and they’ve been sitting front row at fashion shows and starring in ad campaigns ever since. They are, in a way, the opposite of the Jenner sisters that we profiled last week.

When it comes to designer bags, though, the Fannings have a bit more in common with their raven-haired, West Coast compatriots. They all love Celine, Chanel and Balenciaga, for one. Check out the sisters’ full collections below.

eBay’s Best Bags of the Week – June 11

eBay’s Best Bags of the Week – June 11

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

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


Chanel Vintage Kelly Bag
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Chanel Vintage Kelly Bag

Christian Louboutin, Karl Lagerfeld Among Those Slated to Create Bags for Louis Vuitton

Christian Louboutin, Karl Lagerfeld Among Those Slated to Create Bags for Louis Vuitton

When you’re trying to give your brand a refreshed, ultra-exclusive sheen in the face of a consumer market that has grown tired of its flash, aligning the brand with well-respected artists, designers and aesthetic thinkers is one of the tried-and-true paths to take toward redemption. When you have the coffers of LVMH at your disposal, that strategy becomes writ large – for Louis Vuitton Icon and Iconoclasts, Louis Vuitton has tapped rival Karl Lagerfeld, as well as Christian Louboutin, Comme des Garcons’ Rei Kawakubo, architect Franky Gehry, photographer Cindy Sherman and industrial designer Mark Newson to create bags or luggage celebrating Vuitton’s iconic monogram.

Art-world collaborations have been a mainstay of the Louis Vuitton marketing machine since Marc Jacobs first teamed the brand up with Stephen Sprouse in 2001, and now, after Jacobs’ departure, Vuitton will undertake its biggest collaborative effort ever. Nicolas Ghesquiere and executive Delphine Arnault hand-picked six creative personalities that they consider geniuses in their respective fields, and each will design pieces that will be available in limited quantities starting in October, according to Women’s Wear Daily.

The most surprising parts of these collaborations are, of course, that the list includes several people who run brands that are direct Vuitton rivals in at least one product category. LVMH has more money than any of us can ever hope to imagine, though, and such a high-profile, high-end collaboration can only bring positive attention to each collaborator’s individual efforts elsewhere. Lest you wonder why Chanel, in particular, would let Lagerfeld have such a long leash, it’s important to remember that he is also the creative director at LVMH-owned Fendi.

LV has been continuously plotting ways to reinvent and reapply its monogram for over 100 years (this collection is part of the company’s 160th anniversary celebration), so it’ll be interesting to see how each of these aesthetic heavyweights take to the time-worn challenge. Lagerfeld, for one, is said to be designing a punching bag, and Newson will design for the men’s side of the business.

The pieces have not been revealed yet, but WWD did publish a few photos of the collaborators hard at work on their bags. Check them out below and read more about the collaboration via Louis Vuitton.

Stop Us If You’ve Heard This One Before: Yet Another Star Carries Louis Vuitton’s New Bag

Stop Us If You’ve Heard This One Before: Yet Another Star Carries Louis Vuitton’s New Bag

Here’s Jessica Alba, out and about in LA, carrying her own pale pink Louis Vuitton Soft Lockit Bag. She’s at least the fourth major celeb we’ve caught carrying one in the past month. In fact, we just saw Charlize Theron carrying the same bag last week. This bag is sold out on the Louis Vuitton website, but should be available in stores for $4,250 in July. Jessica Alba is a long-time LV fan, and you can see the bulk of her designer handbag collection in “The Many Bags of Jessica Alba” and “The Many Bags of Jessica Alba, Part 2.”

I think it’s fair to say at this point that Louis Vuitton is putting a huge marketing effort behind its latest marquee bag. The brand has made no bones about its efforts to make over its image in a more subtle, high-end way, and getting bags like this one in front of as many people as possible, via both advertising and celeb placements, seems to be a big part of that strategy. Is it working, PB readers? Do you feel strangely compelled to acquire a Soft Lockit?

eBay’s Best Bags of the Week – June 4

eBay’s Best Bags of the Week – June 4

It’s Wednesday already! That means another look at what great handbags are available on eBay in this week’s edition of the eBay Roundup. We have another nice selection for you, including Louis Vuitton, Henri Cuir, vintage Céline and a beautiful WOC from Chanel’s Boy line. There are a number of totes to chose from, too – happy shopping!

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

Charlize Theron is the Latest Star to Carry a New Louis Vuitton Lockit

Charlize Theron is the Latest Star to Carry a New Louis Vuitton Lockit

Here’s Charlize Theron, arriving at LAX with her son Jackson and boyfriend Sean Penn, carrying a Louis Vuitton Soft Lockit Bag. The Soft Lockit is a brand new launch for Louis Vuitton, and Megs penned an extensive review of this reinvented LV classic earlier in the week. The Soft Lockit does, of course, come with a very A-Lister price tag – you can purchase it for $4,250 at Louis Vuitton stores. It’s not currently sold online.

If we were to create a handy infographic of “Celebrity Designer Handbag Endorsement Rankings,” Charlize Theron would be standing on the same pedestal with Angelina Jolie. Both women do a superior job of evading the paparazzi, and from what limited photographic evidence that we do have, it seems that neither of them rotate their bags nearly as often as the Reese Witherspoons or Hilary Duffs of the world. Speaking of which, we saw Reese Witherspoon with her own Soft Lockit just last month.

PurseBlog Asks: What’s Your Most Durable Handbag?

PurseBlog Asks: What’s Your Most Durable Handbag?

As much as I try to be careful, I’m just a person who is hard on things. On clothes, shoes, home decor, handbags, whatever. I used my old iPhone with a cracked screen until chunks of glass started falling out, and I buy a new pair of headphones every 10 weeks like clockwork. I am a bull in the china shop of my life. When it comes to bags, I always try to buy things that won’t show wear quickly and will resist my apparent subconscious urges to destroy them, but that’s an inexact science.

Most of my bags have held up admirably to my abuse, but they all fall victim eventually. A worn corner here, a frayed seam there – the edges start to falter, and then I have to move on to something else. A few bags have been standouts: My Mansur Gavriel Bucket Bag has been stuffed into carry-ons, chewed on by rescue dogs during my volunteer gig and lugged all over the subway system with less visible wear than you’d expect for such smooth, pristine leather, and my Proenza Schouler PS1 has taken similar abuse. (Although for the latter, my luck may be improved by virtue of having a textile-over-leather seasonal version of the bag instead of a standard leather one, which are known to wear quickly.)

Louis Vuitton’s coated canvas and Epi leather bags are widely considered to be a gold standard of sorts when it comes to bags that can take a beating for years, but I don’t have any in my current rotation or on my must-buy list. That’s why we wanted to pose this question to you: Which bags stand out in your collection as being especially durable and wear-resistant? On the other hand, which bags don’t?

#PBWIMB Instagram Roundup – May 29th

#PBWIMB Instagram Roundup – May 29th

We have a colorful array of designer handbags in this week’s #PBWIMB Instagram roundup. From a bright orange Celine Luggage Tote to a bold red Chanel Boy Bag, it appears everyone’s adding a little color to their summer wardrobes. Make the jump below to see our favorite snapshots of the week, and be sure to follow our Instagram and keep tagging your bags with #PBWIMB for your chance to be featured!

The Many Bags of Cannes Film Festival 2014 Attendees

The Many Bags of Cannes Film Festival 2014 Attendees

The 2014 Cannes Film Festival has come and gone, all two weeks of it, although I’m of the belief that it is perhaps happening out there, somewhere, in perpetuity, but on a plane of existence to which we only have access once a year. Supermodels are strutting around a beachside paradise in gowns, movie stars are attending lavish premieres, Roberto Cavalli is hosting endless yacht parties. (Actually, that last part probably happens on our very own plane of existence too.)

Just like we did last year, we set out to find what the brightest stars were carrying during their time in the South of France, and we’ve assembled our findings below. Get ready for vacation envy.

LVcruise in Monaco

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Last week, right after having dinner with George Clooney and Omega in Shanghai, we took a flight to Paris, a connection flight to Nice and finally a car who drove us to beautiful Monaco. It was my very first time in the “Principado” and as I had some previous experiences with Cote D’Azur I wasn’t too shocked to see all the fancy “show me all you have ” vibe in town.. In fact, somehow you can see the charm in all of it. The place chosen by Louis Vuitton to show the world Nicholas Ghesquiere’s lastets resort collection was right in the middle of the city, in a beautiful glass box where we all sat inside of it to admire his new creations *a continuation of his first collection…. But before it all kicked off, the stunning Jeniffer Connelly (i’m a major fan!) arrived followed by all Nichola’s cool mates. Then right before the show started the prince and princess of Monaco arrived and it was not until they sat down that finally the models started to pop out. Fun, glamours, sunshine and luxury was the perfect recipe to welcome Louis Vuitton’s resort collection! (remember you can watch the complete show here now). I’m wearing a pre fall look.
All images by Roi Romay.

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WISHFUL THINKING

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Wouldn’t mind Mica Arganaraz Louis Vuitton look today (well, what day wouldn’t I be willing to wear that..) and that hair! Madre mia.