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19 May

The Cross-Body Bag Is Dead

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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7 Sep

How Rebecca Minkoff Reinvented THE Crossbody BAGfor The 21st Century Woman

Rebecca Minkoff didn't invent the crossbody bag, but there's no denying her role in redefining its relevance. There's evidence that the hands-free accessory has been around for more than a century — dating as far back as the 1860s to one of America's historical institutions, the Pony Express. Now, more than 150 years later, the crossbody is a fashion staple, with designers like Minkoff turning the classic, utilitarian silhouette into this season's must-have It-bag. Minkoff and the crossbody bag go way back. The NYC-based designer credits the style with launching her career in the mid-aughts, after the release of her first bags: the Morning After Bag and its street style-ready followups, the Morning After Clutch (M.A.C.) Crossbody and Mini M.A.C. Crossbody. Initially the Morning After Bag was created as a favor for a friend...
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