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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Hermes Scarf Knotting Tips and Tricks

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I meant to post this last week but with our server down for two days, I completely forgot! So here it is, my favorite ways to tie and knot scarves on bags. The blue jean birkin above is tied with a limited edition cotton Hermes scarf. I found that the cotton ones were easiest to work with but I like the way the silk scarves hang better. The style above may be done by folding your scarf diagonally (2 inch thickness), then tie a knot on the handle– keeping one side four inches longer than the other, pull through a single bow instead of two and voila, instant chic-ness. See more styles after the jump!

Hermes Scarf Knotting Tips and Tricks

I folded the silk scarf above straight across (2 inch thickness), tied a knot, left one side a couple of inches longer, and pulled through a single bow as the one above. This is nice for the Lindy because it’s a shorter bag and you don’t want too long of ends dangling about.

For days when I’m feeling girly and silly, I tie a regular double bow with a twilly scarf. I love twilly scarves for bags because they’re already the perfect width and easy to tie. The right side is a single bow achieved with the same instructions above.

I generally do not tie any scarves on my exotic birkins because why compete with the beautiful details in croc and ostrich with a hundred dollar scarf!?!? But I tied this on to show you how great an orange bag looks with a pink multi colored scarf. I love contrasting colors, pink and orange really looks fantastic together!
Hermes Scarf Knotting Tips and Tricks
The same may be achieved with a Kelly bag (I didn’t have time to do the Kelly photos but will load it up another time) or any other bags in your closet! You can pull out an outdated bag, throw on a scarf in the color of the season, and you’ll look stylish and current! And it doesn’t have to be an Hermes scarf, either. Any scarf will do, I am just an Hermes addict.

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Thom Browne ‘Hector Browne’ Bag

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IMAGE: COLETTE

First, before we start, I just want to say that no actual dogs were harmed in the process of making this bag, which well, looks like an actual dog. More specifically, this is supposed to resemble designer Thom Browne’s own dog, his pet dachshund that’s named Hector.

Measuring almost 36 cm across (it’s supposedly life-sized and modelled after the real Hector), you’ll find a pair of top handles, a zip that runs along the spine of the dog (ok, it actually sounds creepy when you say it out loud) and on the inside you’ll find patch pockets on Thom Browne’s signature striped canvas fabric.

Looking more like an otter (or a really large rat) than an actual dachshund (maybe it’s the angle, maybe it’s the fact that beaver fur is used on this bag), you can pick it up now via Colette and give it a good home, provided of course you bark up the EUR2995(or almost SGD4500) first.

If you like it but prefer it without the fur, there is a full grained leather version that’s actually pretty sleek, along with a selection of Hector-shaped pouches and coin purses in different colours, which you can find online via Colette as well.

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Hermes Birkin Bags Street Style

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The Birkin bag is a handbag by Hermès, handmade in leather and named after actress and singer Jane Birkin. The bag is a symbol of wealth due to its high price and usage by celebrities. A “Shooting Star” Birkin has a stamp shaped like a shooting star adjacent to the “Hermès, Paris Made in France” stamp; this is in gold or silver to match the hardware and embossing. Rarely, the stamp is blind or colorless, if the bag is made of one or two leathers on which Hermès does not use metallic stamping. Birkins or other Hermès bags can sometimes be made by independent craftsmen for “personal use” once a year. Every bag bears the stamp of the craftsperson who made the bag. Birkin bags authentic online shop buy vintage handbags where to buy original how to spot a fake replica. These identifications vary widely but are not different for every bag made. More than one craftsman’s stamp on a bag is not uncommon because the stamp is not a serial reference. Fonts and stamping orders may vary depending on the craftsman.

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The bag was conceived in 1981. “I remember it well. I’d been upgraded by Air France on a flight to London, and was sitting next to a man,” Jane Birkin told The Telegraph in March 2012. “I’m not quite sure what type of bag I had with me – my husband, Jacques Doillon, had reversed his car over my basket, crushed it on purpose not two days before. Little did he know that on this airplane journey, when everything fell out of whatever bag I had, the man next to me said: ‘You should have one with pockets’. I said: ‘The day Hermès make one with pockets I will have that’, and he said: ‘But I am Hermès and I will put pockets in for you’.”

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