You might not have noticed but Gigi Hadid has been playing favourites with her handbags recently. Although the supermodel has access to all of the biggest designer labels in the world, there seems to be only one that she wants to tote around at the moment – and you probably won’t have heard of it, until now.
A few months back, Hadid was spotted carrying a mini snakeskin, top-handled tote from accessory brand, Stalvey. Since then, she has been seen with countless other bags from the label (in red, black, white and more) – and has been using them to accessorise everything from casual denim ensembles to night-out attire.
Have you ever spent a whole day admiring your favorite paintings at a museum only to be disappointed with the gift shop's lackluster offerings? There must be a better way to wear one's love of fine art than a canvas tote bags, right? This conundrum was remedied last spring when Jeff Koons crafted his "Masters" collection of bags with famous paintings for Louis Vuitton. Graphic and unexpected, the team-up was so popular that the storied French brand has connected with the contemporary artist again for round two.
Anyone who has drunken the cross-body Kool-Aid can attest to the addictive nature of not having to hold a handbag. Allowing it to rest easily on your hip isn’t only a breeze, it also has that “devil-may-care spirit” to it, or—as they say here in Paris—a certain je ne sais quoi. Carine, known to forgo bags in lieu of pockets, perhaps exemplifies this better than any one else. Fortunately for us all, this freedom doesn’t simply stop there. This week’s Paris runwaysoffered plenty of riffs on the concept.
Jenni Kayne is more than just a designer, she’s a lifestyle mogul that’s changing the way we approach fashion and personal style.
What inspires your designs?
California. Nature. Travel. Landscapes. Architecture. I like the idea of warm minimalism. I like whole, natural fabrics and materials that are made to be worn and lived in. I’m inspired by strong women who dress well all the time, while never sacrificing their comfort for the sake of fashion.
I really believe in living well and taking time to slow down in order to take care of our bodies and minds.
Montserrat Alvarez, founder and designer of chic accessories brand, Heimat Atlantica, combines the traditional with the contemporary for a magical fusion. Working with craftswomen in Portugal, each straw tote is handmade and features a porcelain talisman that represents a powerful trait of human behavior to aid in love, happiness, and protection.
WaiWai designer Leo Neves has given summer’s hottest handbag some playful, Rio de Janeiro flair with acrylic details, braided leather straps and oversized silk and beaded tassels. The possibilities with this colorful twist on the classic rattan tote are endless as the Brazilian designer is already adding unique details like African-inspired beadwork and charms to his latest designs. Honestly, love.
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It's what I call an ‘all-rounder’. Something one can wear with anything, to any occasion.
The approval was clear during fashion month, the basket bag is a spring/summer must.
Not only did we see them at the Gucci and Dolce & Gabbana shows but, taking the form of everything from baskets to bumbags, it was the receptacle of choice on the front row.
Forget the memories of losing your phone for days on end amongst SPF miniatures and receipts and other nondescript bag paraphanalia, this season it's gone mini.
Here are the straw styles to be shopping now..
Maybe you’re old enough to vote, legally purchase alcohol, and rent a car, but no adult milestone can ever erase your inner child, right? RIGHT. Thanks to UK-based site Truffle Shuffle, you can now reminisce about your Lisa Frank-colored, Beanie Baby-laden ‘90s childhood EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. Enter: the Polly Pocket purse.
The heart-shaped pearlescent pink shoulder bag is maybe the one accessory you and your 7-year-old self could possibly agree on. With gilded logo lettering and a chain-link strap, the nostalgic item is undeniably chic, and what’s more, it’s actually affordable. At £38 (roughly $49), the Ferby-owning you could probably pool her allowance for a couple months and save up enough for the must-have bag.
We hope you’ve been practicing your happy dance, because just in time for summer, Soludos has launched handbags. Yep, that’s right, everyone’s favorite espadrille brand decided to give the people what they want — which is, of course, bags to wear with their favorite shoes.
The Soludos handbag collection includes three styles and, in true Soludos form, each one pretty much screams warm weather. Hand woven by local artisans in Mexico and crafted out of materials like vegetable-tanned leather and knotted palm, you have your pick of the Merida Cross Body Woven and Leather Bag ($89), the Merida Basket Woven Pom-Pom Bag ($128), or Merida Woven Beach Tote ($120).