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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Does the World's Most Expensive Handbag Have a Nonexistent Pricing Structure?
Does the World's Most Expensive Handbag Have a Nonexistent Pricing Structure?
Historically, any and all information surrounding the iconic Hermes Birkin bag has been incredibly hard to come by; everything from pricing to the procedure you have to go to source and purchase a Birkin seems to be a well-guarded mystery known only to a handful of the world's elite. However, despite all the secrecy, the guessing game of the Birkin pricing structure may finally be decoded, thanks to our friends at the PurseBlog website. They've trolled their handbag forums, and using data that they've gleaned from actual Birkin customers who patronize their pages, have put-together a loose price structure for four of the Birkin bag sizes, in three of...
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The Louis Vuitton x Jeff Koons Collaboration: Less Than Spectacular?
The Louis Vuitton x Jeff Koons Collaboration: Less Than Spectacular?
Ever since Louis Ghesquiere took the helm at Louis Vuitton, the brand has flourished in a way that always happens in the fashion world when a fresh set of eyes breathes new life into a storied institution. But even the most visionary of re-brandings are not immune to the occasional stumble as they reclaim their cool-kid status. If the buzz in the fashion press is to be believed, the latest collaboration between Louis Vuitton and artist, Jeff Koons, is one such stumble. The idea is not exactly revolutionary; Koons has used an edit of masters paintings as a backdrop for this collection of bags, and added what can only...
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The Bad Idea Files: Questionable Handbag Choices from Around the World
The Bad Idea Files: Questionable Handbag Choices from Around the World
As some great fashionista once said, “there’s no accounting for taste.” While we here at our blog firmly believe in finding your own unique voice when it comes to expression through fashion, there are certain things that are just...beyond. Here, we take a look at two of our favorite (or perhaps we should say least favorite) questionable handbags. Head Hand Bag (2008) by Yael Mer If you can say anything about this creation by Israeli artist Mer, it's that this handbag is quite literally a head turner. We're not sure if it's the plain burlap sack, the drawstring closure, or just the face itself, but this...
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Frame Bags: New Trend on the Horizon?
Frame Bags: New Trend on the Horizon?
The fashion and accessories industries have always been obsessed with “newness”. Each season, it seems that the collections are getting rolled out earlier and earlier, shoving us towards our springtime wardrobe planning long before the subarctic temperatures of the cold season have begun to let up. To that end, designers are always keen to be the purveyors of The Next Big Thing: the next Speedy Bag, Chanel Flap, or some such accessories icon that will not only entice the masses, but perhaps endure for decades. Design house, Celine, has long been one of the arbiters of all that is cool in fashion. Their minimalistic yet forward-looking architectural designs speak...
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Chanel's Newest Line: The Next Big Thing?
Chanel's Newest Line: The Next Big Thing?
Chanel has launched something new for spring — the Gabrielle. The Gabrielle is not so much a single bag as it is their newest capsule collection; it includes smaller and larger shoulder bags, a shopping tote, a backpack, and a drawstring bag. All around the blogosphere, accessories editors are remarking on the sheer firepower that Chanel has put behind this particular campaign, likening it to the campaign they launched before the unveiling of their now iconic Boy Bag that launched a frenzy within the fashion world and a thousand copycat styles that are still going strong today. So if a shared history of a full court publicity press by...
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