New Brand on the Block: Senreve
New Brand on the Block: Senreve
In the fashion world, designers are always striving to create what comes next, whether it be a must-have handbag or the way we are tucking our shirts into our jeans. However, it wasn't until the last few decades or so that lesser-known designers and indie brands even got a look-in; the lion's share of the accolades and trend forecasts were always awarded to the usual big-name design houses. Thankfully, we've now embraced a much more inclusive approach, allowing us to cast our nets wider in the search for The Next Big Thing. To that end, Senreve, a San Francisco-based brand, is literally rocketing its way into the hearts and...
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Patchwork: A Trend That Just Won't Die
Patchwork: A Trend That Just Won't Die
Patchwork handbags are literally the undead of the accessories world, having been revived more times than an extra in your favorite zombie movie. Patchwork bags first burst onto the scene in the freewheeling 70's, and nowadays are seemingly lurking around every dark fashion corner, waiting to feed on unsuspecting fashion enthusiasts. Patchwork bags always crop-up anywhere they might take advantage of bohemian flair - something that has become a fashion staple. Any time our fashion sensibilities take a turn for the embroidered, bellbottomed, or sandaled, patchwork handbags are never far behind. In fact, these bags have made so many laps around the fashion circuit, that most accessories experts would be...
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Preserving Your Investment: How to Store Your Handbags for Safekeeping
Preserving Your Investment: How to Store Your Handbags for Safekeeping
Having been writing about the fashion and accessories markets for some time now, I was under the impression that I fell pretty firmly into the "above average" category when it comes to my knowledge base, but apparently even a self-proclaimed expert is never done learning. Having been told for years that emptying and then hanging my handbags was the best method of storage, a happenstance browse of the Christie's auction house website earlier this week found me voraciously devouring an article telling me that just the opposite is true. So in the interest of education (and with a nod of gratitude to Christie's), here are three tips on how to...
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Is Your Backpack the Source of Your Pain?
Is Your Backpack the Source of Your Pain?
In the flurry of fashion week and all of the new handbag lines that comes with it, it's easy to lose sight of the (slightly less glamorous) functional aspects that bags play in our lives. It's ironic really, because it's probably not your most expensive investment, or even your favorite go-to bag that you reach for every day. No, if you are traveling to and from work, school, or anywhere else on a regular basis, you likely are the owner of a bag that gets used every day, and that you actually think very little about. Perhaps you are the owner of that frequently-forgotten about staple, the backpack. Believe...
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Two Bag Styles You Should Probably Get on the Cheap
Two Bag Styles You Should Probably Get on the Cheap
Every fashion season, the sartorial powers that be roll-out the "must have" handbags of the season, often causing serious collectors and enthusiasts alike to work themselves into a froth trying to secure that ultra-trendy handbag of the moment. However, if we're being completely honest with ourselves, even those of us who are diehard handbag enthusiasts have to admit that some of our trendier bags are also probably some of the least-used bags in our wardrobes. Going into this fall season, we thought it might be wise to issue everyone a gentle reminder of those rarely-used trendy "investment" bags in our wardrobes, and perhaps even use them as a cautionary tale...
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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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