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19 May

The Cross-Body Bag Is Dead

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Before I launch into my diatribe—or "pointless rant," if you wanted to be meaner about it—I would like to say something to prove I am still sound of mind, and therefore worth hearing out: There is still no better choice than a cross-body bag for situations in which you need full use of your arms to hold your weeping friend and/or flail around so violently security has to come over. (Unless you can do without one entirely—that is the very best.) However, when aesthetics trump practicality, which is probably more of the time than might be good for us, a little flap- or zipper-top thing worn bandolier style just doesn't cut the mustard anymore. My hypothesis attributes this to a few...
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18 May

FASHION Street Style Stars Show Us Why Mini Bags are a Must-Have This Season

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Mini, micro, and baby – no matter what you call them, teeny weeny bags are the It-accessories of the summer. When life revolves around a palm-sized smartphone, what more do you really need to carry? Edit out all the clutter at the bottom of your bag (gum wrappers, receipts and empty Chapstick tubes have got to go) and downsize to a mini that is just too cute to resist. Especially when they’re the shrunken down versions of our favourite designer bags.
Need some outfit inspo to go along with your new obsession? Click through the gallery below to scope out 15 stylish street style stars rocking mini bags.

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11 May

DIY Ikea Signe Rug Bag

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It’s been years since I’ve stepped foot into an Ikea. I’m sure it’s because at some point in my twenties, I finally swore off ever having to assemble another dresser with a hex key again. Never again. After my first real job, there was a lot of pride in thinking I was above build-it-yourself furniture, paper lanterns, plastic waste baskets and Swedish meatballs. Oh, how out of touch I’ve been. My recent visit to Ikea set off a hundred lightbulbs and I was probably most excited when I came across a huge bin of $3.99 woven rugs. Hello!! This is what I’ve been missing out on? DIY, DIY, DIY, DIY. The Signe rug is far too small for its intended use. It is, however, the perfect size for...
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8 May

Hang On To Your Love

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Be detail orientated. From sequins to studs, AW 17 added a flare of embellishment to the kind of handbags we could never let go.
Consider our selects from DOLCE & GABBANA, ALEXANDER MCQUEEN, LANVIN, FENDI.

 From left: OSCAR DE LA RENTA AW 17; ALEXANDER WANG AW 17. Gorunway.com.  ELIE SAAB AW 17. Gorunway.com.  CHRISTOPHER KANE AW 17.   CHRISTOPHER KANE AW 17. COACH AW 17. DELPOZO AW 17. ELIE SAAB AW 17. From left: GUCCI AW 17; OSCAR DE LA RENTA AW 17. From left: MARCHESA AW 17; TORY BURCH AW 17.

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4 May

Aranáz

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Inspired by the indigenous craftsmanship of their Filipino heritage, Becky Aranáz and her two daughters founded their own handbag label nearly 18 years ago. Aranáz quickly became covetable by Manila’s chic fashion set but it wasn’t until recently that their whimsical and colorful straw bags started receiving an international following. It’s no wonder. Toucans, flamingos and tropical fruits are so intricately embroidered onto totes, which are finished with the right amount of flair via pom poms, fringe and tassels. Obviously, I’m in love. And clearly, they know their market well . . .

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27 Apr

Why the Coach Handbag is a Symbol of Its Era-Defying Cool

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Coach, the original American house of leather, has been handcrafting its goods from the heart of New York City since 1941. Throughout infinite fluctuations in popular culture, there are few other U.S.-based brands that can stake a claim in the wardrobes of cultural influencers from every decade since. More often than not, the luxury leather goods market is associated with a European design sensibility, with production taking place in the storied ateliers of either Italy or France. But as cultural historian Joel Dinerstein succinctly outlines: “The French have chic… But Americans invented cool”. This is exemplified no better than in Coach’s oeuvre of bags, wallets and accessories that have been modelled by some of the coolest individuals of the 20th and 21st...
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21 Apr

Currently Crushing On: Lucite Wicker Bags

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My obsession with straw bags has evolved over the last year. First, it was simple straw satchels. Then, it was souvenir straw totes, And now, wicker box bags with lucite details have consumed me! This post is actually a cry for help as I’ve fallen down a deep rabbit hole, scouring the web for these vintage treasures and feeling the need to have them all. I just love how the lucite and bakelite elevates an otherwise simple woven bag. And you can actually find most of them in mint condition for no more than $60! Check out my favorites below and please, snatch them up before I do.

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12 Apr

Louis Vuitton X Jeff Koons

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Louis Vuitton has unveiled a brand new line of handbags designed by contemporary artist Jeff Koons. The collaboration sees New York-based Koons take imagery from his ‘Gazing Ball’ paintings – reproductions of works by Old Masters, and use them as prints on a range of bags. The often controversial artist has also added his own initials to each bag in the style of the LV logo. Never one to be fond of subtlety, Koons also emblazoned each bag with the name of the original artist in chunky gold lettering. The pioneering artist, known for his giant balloon dog sculptures among other iconic works, is not the first high-profile art collaborator for the French fashion house. Takashi Murakami, Stephen Sprouse and Cindy Sherman are among the...
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5 Apr

What Is It With “Gabrielles”?

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It shouldn’t surprise you to know that Gabrielle Bonheur “Coco” Chanel was born to a fashion family. But, with a mother who worked as a laundrywoman and a father who sold undergarments as a street merchant, Chanel’s upbringing was probably not the privileged, pearl-lined one you imagined. After being sent to an orphanage at the age of 12, Chanel worked as a struggling singer in a cafe (where she picked up the name “Coco,” after a song she sang), before meeting a series of men with whom she’d become romantically involved with, whose wealth and connections she’d eventually use to build her own empire. Before her, there were no female ready-to-wear designers. After her, there have been thousands. Chanel’s background undoubtedly...
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