The 3 Most Unlikely Successful Bags of 2017: The Year in Review
The 3 Most Unlikely Successful Bags of 2017: The Year in Review
As we hurtle into another new year at breakneck speed, another fresh crop of "must have" handbags is lying in wait - crouching in the sartorial tall grass, waiting to pounce on prospective buyers. It's the one thing that can always be relied upon in an industry that thrives on newness; there will always be a next big thing. However, even those who occupy the inner circles of the fashion world sometimes miss and hit the wall when it comes to predicting which of a new crop of handbags is going to hit it big. As if to underscore the point, a look back at some of 2017's more popular...
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Trend Pick of the Season: The Velvet Investment Bag
Trend Pick of the Season: The Velvet Investment Bag
Despite a few distant murmurings in the fashion world over the past few holiday seasons, velvet is something that we really have not seen trending on the runways in quite some time. Sure, those of us who are old enough to have come of age in the 80s and 90s have a very strong recollection of the heavy velvet dresses of the 80s, or perhaps even the stretch crushed velvet babydoll smocks of the 90s grunge scene. However, this holiday season velvet appears to be making an honest to goodness comeback, and this time, it's not just in the hearts and minds of a select few designers. Granted, if...
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Fashion Forecast: Looking Forward to Spring 2018
Fashion Forecast: Looking Forward to Spring 2018
Every single year, at about this time on the fashion calendar, the Spring shows have gotten us talking about what comes next. And every single year, there is a host of joyful colors, patterns, and all other manners of whimsy that seems to dominate the runways, filled with the promise of Spring. For Spring 2018, all of these elements are readily available, and yes, there is the expected whimsy, but this time there is a notable difference - a decidedly utilitarian, athletic edge to many of the collections. One of the best examples of this is a pale pink soft messenger-style bag from Tom Ford. Part slouch...
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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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