Gucci's 80s Derivative Spring Handbags: Inspired or Meh?
Gucci's 80s Derivative Spring Handbags: Inspired or Meh?
For the Spring 2018 shows, Gucci has literally saturated the runways with such an abundance of handbags, it's nothing short of an exhaustive effort to wade-through the offerings to the point of being able to pick a shortlist, let alone a favorite. However, that is not to say that there weren't a few standouts in what was a seriously eclectic collection. The season's standouts were a couple of 80-s inspired pieces. One standout was a "fanny pack" style bag complete with all the design finishes of their ever-popular logo bags of the era; the classic taupe logo fabric, the green and red stripe - for those of...
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The Man Purse - Tough Enough For the Vikings, Tough Enough for You
The Man Purse - Tough Enough For the Vikings, Tough Enough for You
Despite the modern shift towards inclusiveness in fashion, increasing gender fluidity, and (with some rather stubborn holdouts), an attempt at dismantling gender stereotypes in the clothing and accessories industries, the subject of purses for men never ceases to be a source of stigma and ridicule for those who choose to carry a purse. It would seem that our collective masculinity is even more fragile than even the most delicate of silk purse strings - but it wasn't always this way. With an eye to history (and in the hopes of overcoming some of our more ridiculous ego-based insecurities), we're going to look at an historical example of Viking men who...
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Three Major Fall Handbag Trends 2017
Three Major Fall Handbag Trends 2017
Temperatures all across the country have taken a noticeable turn towards the cooler days ahead, and right on time, our thoughts are starting to turn to Fall. Fall is truly one of the fashion industry's biggest times of year, and that is reflected in everything from the thickness of the glossy magazines that they produce to the selection of garments in your local main street shops. Here are three of our favorite Fall handbag trends, ripped straight from the Fall runways. The handbag world is certainly not immune to the hype that leads-up to the fall fashion season, and this year we are going to see a lot of...
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The Threat of a Fanny Pack Comeback Looms Large
The Threat of a Fanny Pack Comeback Looms Large
No, we're not kidding. It seems that on the streets of major cities like New York and LA, big-name influencers like the Kardashians and model sisters Gigi and Bella Hadid are all trying to breathe some new life into that oft-maligned staple of days gone by. Yes ladies and gentlemen, the fanny pack (affectionately known in the UK as the "bum bag") has once again started appearing in the sartorial expressions of many a major celebrity, and quite frankly, we're more than a little suspicious. For those of us who are old enough to remember the first iteration of the fanny pack in the 80s and early 90s, this...
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National Treasure Michael Kors Rolls-Out the New Bancroft Bag
National Treasure Michael Kors Rolls-Out the New Bancroft Bag
There are a few names in the fashion and accessories world that can celebrate almost certain success with any new launch. Perhaps at the top of that list is none other than American designer Michael Kors. Kors is truly the embodiment of the American Dream, and has built his empire from the ground-up, having started his career as a model, actor, and when his sensibilities turned to fashion, a window dresser at the iconic New York City department store Bergdorf Goodman. After turning his attention to the fashion world, Kors enjoyed a particularly good amount of success with his accessories lines, particularly his handbags. Among some of his most...
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The Canvas Tote: A Quiet Classic
The Canvas Tote: A Quiet Classic
We've long held the belief that in the veritable sea of handbag options that exist today, there is no one bad as consistently underrated as the simple canvas beach tote. This longtime staple of summer is sturdy, comes in a variety of designs, and in its largest permutation can easily double as a laundry basket or storage hamper. With the beach season well underway, we thought it was time to share our favorite stylish and serviceable canvas beach bag options that over the years have come to enjoy iconic status. The LL Bean Canvas Boat and Tote This canvas LL Bean tote is perhaps the...
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Moynat is Taking the Handbag Scene by Storm
Moynat is Taking the Handbag Scene by Storm
One of the downfalls of being a fan of luxury handbags is that it seems that the very top end of the market comes with a certain amount of predictability. Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Hermes, Chloe...the list of fashion editors' “must haves” always seems to boast a very familiar list of names. However, for the hardcore collectors in all of us, there are still a handful of smaller operators out there that while they may not have the name recognition of some of the larger design houses, certainly do not skimp on either style or substance. One such brand is Moynat, a small French design house that was founded at...
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Rumors of Discontinuations — Louis Vuitton May Stop Making Some of Your Favorite Bags!
Rumors of Discontinuations — Louis Vuitton May Stop Making Some of Your Favorite Bags!
While it's true that you have to take little pieces of gossip that might come your way with a grain of salt, there are times to sit up and take notice. Recently, rumors were circulating among handbag collectors; the word on the street was that storied handbag brand, Louis Vuitton, was going to be discontinuing a few of their classic styles. Thanks to the miracle of the internet, we were able to do a bit of research on the matter, and gain a little insight into some of the rumors surrounding the Louis Vuitton discontinuations. Here is what we know. The Pouchette The Louis Vuitton Pouchette...
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Christies Planning More Handbag Auctions This Summer
Christies Planning More Handbag Auctions This Summer
For the past few years, the storied auction house, Christies, has blazed a new trail through the handbag world by entering into the world of high-end handbags. Over the past few years, they have successfully auctioned-off scores of valuable high-end handbags in several locations around the world. In fact, their auctions proved to be so popular that this year, they've come up with a few new ways to re-invigorate their handbag auction game, and collectors all over the world are getting ready to pounce! This time around, Christies, is planning on offering an edit of some of the world's most exclusive, hard to find handbags that have never been...
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Into the Void: What Men Really Think About the Mysteries of a Woman's Purse
Into the Void: What Men Really Think About the Mysteries of a Woman's Purse
For a lot of men, being asked to hold a woman's purse, even for a moment, causes a flush of anxiety and dread - but not for the reasons you might think. Sure, for some it may be an image issue, although most men these days are secure enough with the ever-evolving gender roles of modern living that they don't have a problem touching a woman's handbag. More accurately, it's simply that a lot of guys are overwhelmed with the responsibility of being in charge of your...well, everything (whatever it is that you keep in there). It's a mystery to a lot of guys, and quite frankly, a responsibility that...
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