Reed Krakoff: The Bionic Man Bionic Crossbody Bag

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Reed Krakoff Academy Bionic Crossbody Bag

Now that Reed Krakoff is free of his consuming Coach duties, I am confident his line will continue on as a strong contender in the snob world. He already has all the A-listers on his side, and he will likely gain a few more with this deliciously laid-back addition. I’m loving this new style, even though it’s not quite as versatile as I would like it to be. The straps are actually too short to go crossbody (try and it will end up hovering above your waist). A frustrating missing touch, but the Academy Bionic still makes for a great shoulder bag. With clean cutouts, it capitalizes on a sporty vibe and they keep it lightweight in appearance – and literally lightweight on the shoulder. The straps furthers the casual feel, but thanks to a touch of functional hardware bling and Reed’s refined perspective, there is enough polish overall to pack on the appeal.ReedKrakoff_Bionic_Bags

Did you hear the news? Reed Krakoff is in a binding agreement to buy his eponymous brand from Coach, where he resided until just recently as president and creative director for 16 years. I am completely for this! Reed has succeeded in luxury, while Coach has not. Given the choice, trust I would spend my thousand bucks on Reed, not on Coach (even if I could get more bags for my money). I have a feeling most purveyors of luxury fashion will agree with me.
Needless to say, I have a few Reed Krakoff bags but not a single Coach in my bag collection. I know it has been pretty much the same stuff, since Reed designed both and both brands are made at Coach factories. But the designs are very different. Luxury isn’t just about the goods. It’s also about perception, and Coach is and will forever be “entry-level” in my eyes, even if they hired Jean Paul Gaultier to design. Coach ought to stick to what they are: affordable “designer” bags.
Krakoff’s new Bionic collection goes to show he is making the right decision stepping away from Coach and focusing on his namesake vision. His modern-day classics – the Atlantique and the Boxer – are revived with screens of perforated leather. Lush suede on supple calfskin lends to dimension to black on black, and the restrained color palette (or lack thereof, rather) makes the message clear: Reed means business.

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Mini Totes: Make Mine a Mini!

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Alexander McQueen Padlock Small Leather Tote: This is for those who can’t leave home without their iPads. It’s big enough to carry your tech, but small enough to prevent unnecessary over-packing. 
Mini Totes
Look who’s back! Mirrored-leather, high-shine and unapologetic, has returned to the scene, and I definitely need to get in on the glossy action, especially when it’s done this right. Reflective silver can easily go the way of a disco inferno – be wary of construction when it comes to this fickle leather; one wrong move and you’ve gotten something cheap and tacky that should be left on the retro dance floor. Or it can addictive enough to have you saying, “mirror, mirror,” all day long.
You can always count on the meticulous Jil Sander to introduce an element of perfection. Their take most certainly belongs in the elite latter category. A jolt of silver like this is not something you want to mess with too much. A simple shape, like this sporty, duffel-inspired tote style, and low-impact details, like a detachable shoulder strap and a single tag for punctuation, are all it takes to bring on the wow factor in spades. Shine on and on all season with this mirrored winner. 
Pair with: Out of the gym and worthy of the runway: contrast gleaming texture against Valentino’s couture-worthy sneakers of yellow lace, olive suede, and a jolt of pink. 
Sometimes it’s okay to play favorites – at least when bags are involved! Tell us which is your favorite this week in the poll below. First up is a certain Saint Laurent that’s quickly becoming a celebrity favorite. 
Yesterday I got the tiniest, most adorable micro bag from Tod’s, and since then, my mini obsession has gone off the charts. In that way, bags are like cats. Sure, you love them when they’re fully-grown, but they’re even cuter when they’re tiny enough to fit in the palm of your hand! Small totes are also a lot easier to handle than their hefty counterparts, and give you that push you need to pare down for summer. Do we really need three lip-glosses every time we leave the house? Well…maybe, but I’ll let you be the judge!
Reed Krakoff Boxer Mini Leather Tote: Miniaturized versions of a structured tote this well-known are guaranteed to make your friends ooh and aah, especially in sweet baby blue. 
Diane von Furstenberg On the Go Mini Leather Tote: The name says it all – “On the Go!” Now that’s it warming up outside, you don’t want to get gross and sweaty trying to carry a 30-lb. bag. 
Saint Laurent Sac de Jour Nano Baby Mini Leather Tote: The smaller the tote, the easier it is to get away with bright colors like this juicy neon orange. 

Victoria Beckham Mini Triangle Soft Leather Tote Bag: Who better to design a petite bag than a petite Snob like VB? 

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A CLOSER LOOK: DIORAMA ELANCEE WALLET

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We’ve previously featured Dior’s Diorama Elancee Wallet but because we couldn’t just get enough of it, we’re putting the spotlight on it once again by taking a closer look at it.

Women who go weak with fashionable and architectural designs will absolutely fall head over heels with the Diorama Elancee Wallet. This is a perfect addition to the everyday go-to accessories of the modern-day Dior woman because of its contemporary style.

Now let’s go take a closer look, shall we? The Diorama Elancee Wallet is made of the most genuine black lambskin that is adorned and made more beautiful with its oversized graphic “Cannage” topstitching motif. Its size is perfect to slip into your everyday handbag. And oh, the crest-shaped clasp in silver-tone metal is the icing on top of this cake!

Looking on the inside, this beautiful wallet has a billfold pocket; an exterior zipped pocket, 2 flat pockets and 8 card slots. Measuring 13 x 9 cm and is priced €  euro or £  GBP via Dior’s online boutique.

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REVIEW – HERMES BAG INSERTS

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Today I’m going to share some of my experiences with, and favorite inserts for Hermes bags. This is a post that some of you have been requesting, so I hope you find it helpful!

Hermes Inserts

I’m more of a “user and abuser” of bags than someone who treats them super gently, so for the longest time I didn’t think I’d ever use inserts. Now that I’m carrying around bottles of milk and sticky snack pouches though, I’ve realized that I might want to be more careful since the chances of an explosion are much higher now, and having to clean out the inside of my expensive bag at the end of a long day sounds like a genuine nightmare. I’ve tried out quite a few inserts, and these are some of my favorites.

Divide Conquer Insert

Divide & Conquer insert inside of Garden Party MM

Insert #1, from Divide and Conquer, ~$ . This insert is the first insert for an Hermes bag that I ever purchased, years ago – I got it for my Birkin 35 cm at the time. My favorite feature about these inserts are that they are stiff – they stand up straight, and don’t slouch even with years of use. The material is a sort of twill canvas, but there’s a reinforcement along the tops that keep them up. There’s quite a few pockets, as well as an optional bottle loop (so useful now with baby!).They also come with a wipe clean bottom – perfect so you don’t have to be worried about spills. I use this insert with my Garden Party now, and it fits perfectly – the ends are flexible too, so they fold in with the bag.

A few things to note – these inserts are more stiff, so you might want to be careful using them in certain bags like the Birkin/Kelly. I did find that when I used mine with my Birkin, the edges of the insert kind of made a “dent” in the leather, pushing against it. I immediately took it out when I saw that, and the bag was fine, but I think prolonged use could cause permanent stretching. Also, if you’re looking for a particular model to fit your bag, just scroll down to the right search bar which allows you to search in the store by the bag style and it should come up if it’s available. Connie, the store owner, also does custom inserts, but warning that she’s quite busy!

Pros: Stiff material that stays up, lots of options such as key fob and/or bottle holder if you want, lots of color options, reasonable price (under $100, many under $80).

Cons: The stiff edges may cause dents in some of your bags if the insert doesn’t fit precisely.

7 Rue Paradis Insert

Insert #2, from 7 Rue Paradis, ~$ . Based on pure product alone, I’d say that the inserts from 7RP are the gold standard – they’re light, made out of Alcantara (the same lining in a lot of Louis Vuitton bags), have quite a few useful pockets, and a lovely quilted bottom. The pockets are large enough to fit an iPhone 6+ and the insert is also stiff enough to hold up the contents without slouching, even when not placed in a bag. There’s a lovely plush quilted bottom.

7 Rue Paradis Kelly Insert

Each insert is also made specifically for the Hermes size and construction you order it for – meaning there’s a different size for say, a Kelly 25 retourne, vs a Kelly 25 sellier, vs a Kelly 28 retourne (which is the one I have). I also love the outside loops, which you can also use to hold items.

7RP Inside Kelly

7 Rue Paradis insert inside 28cm Retourne Kelly

As you can see, the insert sits very nicely flush inside of my bag, like it was made for the size perfectly (as it was!).

Pros: Almost everything – the weight, the material, the pockets, construction, stiffness –  all excellent! Has good structure, yet I feel comfortable enough leaving the insert in my bag without worrying about it denting the bag like I did with the Divide & Conquer. Quite a few lovely colors to choose from, all which reference classic Hermes shades like Etoupe, Anemone, and Orange.

Cons: Everything I gush about above, does come at a price. 7 Rue Paradis inserts start at 245 euro – the configuration I have above, for the 28cm Retourne Kelly, clocks in at a cool 300 euro. That being said, these bags are expensive, so 7RP knows their customer!

Hermes Kelly Bag Insert

Insert #3, from Mai Tai Collection,   .

Mai Tai makes a beautiful insert, and I own two – one for a 28, and one for a 32 Kelly. For the purposes of direct comparison, I’m reviewing the 28cm version here – as you can see above compared to the 7RP version, the Mai Tai is a bit more oval, and doesn’t sit as completely flush as the 7RP one, but is still quite a good fit inside my bag.

Mai Tai inside Kelly

Mai Tai insert inside 28cm Retourne Kelly

Mai Tai’s inserts are lovely with very pretty stitched details, and are made out of a pretty French linen. They’re feather light, and also have multiple pockets along the side. I will say that the 28cm version I have doesn’t have pockets large enough to fit my iPhone 6 +. However, even if the phone could fit, I probably wouldn’t use the pockets, as doing so would likely cause the insert to collapse in on itself – the material is soft. For this reason, I tend to view the Mai Tai insert as a liner, more than a bag organizer.

Mai Tai Kelly Insert

 

Mai Tai Insert

Pros: Beautiful material and stitching, quite a few lovely colors to choose from. Very lightweight, and an accessible price point . I can leave these inserts in my Kellys without worry of denting or warping.

Cons: Stiffness -as I mentioned earlier, the insert can fold over on itself if too many items are stuffed in the pockets – this is less of a bag organizer in my opinion, and more of a protector/liner. Small pockets.

I’d love to hear some of your experiences and recommendations for Hermes bag inserts (and bag inserts overall). Do you use them?

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Over the Rainbow: Valentino Resort 2016 – Handbag du Jour

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Valentino rainbow Rockstud Resort 2015 handbags
Just when you thought the Valentino Rockstud collection couldn’t get any more fabulous, they go and add rainbow prints (stripes, chevrons and squares), and crystals!

I admit – when the Rockstud collection first made its debut, even though I loved it (especially the shoes), I gave it a season or two before the trend would be over. But oh, how wrong I was! After several years, the Valentino Rockstud is still going strong. The brand keeps innovating on the collections and they get better and better each season. For Valentino Resort 2016, the colors of the rainbow have been painted on the now iconic shoes and tons of handbags as well. They’re so beautiful and bright and on my wish list. There are so many luscious options to choose from, including minaudieres, clutches and totes, double handle bags, shoulder bags and backpacks.

Valentino Medium Crystal Rockstud Lock Bag
Valentino Medium Crystal Rockstud Lock Bag
Take a look at the collection, below. Which pieces are your faves?

By the way, you can pre-order Valentino Rainbow Rockstud handbags and shoes NOW at Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom

Valentino rainbow Rockstud Resort 2015 handbags

Valentino rainbow Rockstud Resort 2015 handbags

Valentino rainbow Rockstud Resort 2015 handbags

Valentino rainbow Rockstud Resort 2015 handbags


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5 Hottest Handbags Around the World

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5 Hottest Handbags Around the WorldToday marks the beginning of what we call PurseBlog Summer Break, in which the team takes a few days to relax before fall kicks into high gear and we all run around like crazy people at New York Fashion Week. That means you won’t see quite as many new posts per day as you normally do, but we’ve got some fun stuff in store for you nonetheless.

Right now  seems like as good a time as any to do a heat check on what’s happening with the handbag market. As you’re gearing up for fall and planning your purchases, keep the ten bags below in mind if you’re looking for something very of-the-moment. Which bag is at the top of your list?

Right now, the Chloé Drew has the most momentum of any bag on the premier designer market. Whether Chloé can sustain that for the immediate future with new colors and embellishments will be the real test.

5 Hottest Handbags Around the World

Chanel Boy Bag

The Boy Bag has been hot for a few years now and shows no signs of cooling off any time soon.
5 Hottest Handbags Around the World

Love it or hate it, the tiny version of the Peekaboo launched an entire genre of bags and sells briskly in a rainbow of colors.

5 Hottest Handbags Around the World

Christian Dior Diorama Bag

The Diorama was exactly the kind of bag Dior needed in order to woo a more casual, less ladylike (and therefore broader) audience, and so far, it’s been wildly successful.

5 Hottest Handbags Around the World

Many industry watchers were curious to see whether or not Mansur Gavriel would hit a sophomore slump with their follow-up to the enormously popular Bucket Bag, but the new Lady Bag is shaping up to be just as popular (and just as impossible to find).

5 Hottest Handbags Around the World

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