Tuesday, August 14th 2012

Study in Luxe Construction: Christopher Kon Handbags

Clockwise from left: Ellena Tote, Jordie Hobo, Jordie Tote, Kipton Tote.

There is something unique about Christopher Kon’s deceptively simple handbags. The Montreal native builds his designs out of luxurious leathers that only get better with age, and he approaches their design with an innovative ease. Take the fall 2012 collection as example: basket-weave leather and bold colorways are built into utilitarian silhouettes that manage to feel simultaneously classic and new. The designer’s inspiration comes from his own life’s pleasures—surfing, traveling, painting, music—and this unpretentious simplicity flows through each piece in his gorgeous collection.

Shop Christopher Kon handbags.


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Thursday, June 21st 2012

Find of the Day: Alternative + Olivia Wilde Messenger Bag

Welcome to Find of the Day, a daily discovery straight from What’s New.

What it is: Olivia Wilde for Alternative Message Bag
Why we love it: After visits to earthquake-torn Haiti, Olivia Wilde joined forces with Alternative to design a stylish recreation, of her own well-loved travel bag. Every purchase of this soft canvas bag helps to furnish a classroom for Haitian children, and spread the message against poverty.
Wear it with: Everything! This bag is as much a style statement as it is a social statement and works with just about anything.

Shop the Olivia Wilde for Alternative Message Bag.
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Monday, March 19th 2012

The Cambridge Satchel is Back!

Born of necessity in 2008, British-based Cambridge Satchel was launched by mother-daughter duo Freda Thomas and Julie Deane in an effort to raise money to send Julie's daughter to private school because she was being bullied. Inspired by vintage Oxford and Cambridge school satchels, as well as by the bags carried by the kids in the Harry Potter films, they created a messenger that was both traditional and eclectic, rendering it in inspired colorways like neon green, hot pink, and metallic.

A new shipment of styles has just hit Shopbop, including a covetable larger silhouette that could end the search for the perfect work bag.

Check out the latest arrivals from Cambridge Satchel.


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Friday, January 6th 2012

Day-Glo Details

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The dark days of winter have met their match with an exploding selection of neon accessories. With booties and bracelets in blues, pinks, and greens, this bright trend is going strong.  

Rocking an ensemble of head-to-toe brights runs the risk of looking a bit, well, radioactive. Keep the balance by adding a brilliant accessory to a neutral outfit in a classic silhouette. A neon pink Michael Kors satchel, a fluoro lime Marc by Marc Jacobs belt, or a bold coral Kenneth Jay Lane necklace are just begging to raise a demure look to new levels of illumination.

--Libby S.


Tuesday, November 8th 2011

Pack a Punch: The Colorful Clutch

Row 1: Foley + Corinna Mega Parcel Clutch, Lauren Merkin Allie Clutch, Sass & Bide Glitter Days Clutch. Row 2: Halston Heritage Jenny Clutch, Marc by Marc Jacobs Voyage Clutch, DVF Harri Clutch. Row 3: Botkier Trigger Clutch, Halston Heritage Jenny Clutch, Club Monaco Camille Bag.

Having a spent a bit of time in France, I’ve attempted over the years to take an important page from the chic Parisian’s style book: accessorize. A base of black is brought to life with dramatic accessories, and with the holiday season approaching, I’ve decided to bypass the sequins and brightly colored frocks this year and instead opt for my favorite little black dresses topped off with brilliant accessories.

Enter the colorful clutch. Ever since I first encountered Lauren Merkin handbags, I’ve had a soft spot for sweet clutches and have dedicated a precious corner of my closet to these dainty delicacies. At the moment, I’ve got my eye on offerings from Foley + Corinna and Botkier, Club Monaco and DVF. Paired with some blingy baubles, they’ll ensure my look is fresh, even if I’m recycling my dress.


Friday, October 14th 2011

Standout Autumn Handbags

Clockwise from top left: Rebecca Minkoff Jet Setter Satchel, Jerome Dreyfuss Billy Large Shoulder Bag, 3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli Camera Bag, and Tory Burch Saffiano Tote.

Could I build a wardrobe made entirely of coats, shoes, and handbags, I most certainly would. In the world of fashion, they number among my favorite things, and with each new season I fight the urge to buy every piece that strikes my fancy. In bags this fall I’m showing restraint, narrowing my must-haves down to a mere four.

The Burgundy Satchel
A shade both classic and eye-catching, a burgundy bag in a just-big-enough size will work in a wardrobe for years. Check out Rebecca Minkoff for some particularly rich offerings.

The Playful Print
A pattern-free wardrobe (ahem, my closet) will appreciate the update that comes with a playful print bag, like the leopard Jerome Dreyfuss pictured.

The Utilitarian Tote
Finding a good carryall that works for work and play can be a daunting task, but this season, the likes of Lauren Merkin, Tory Burch, and Diane von Furstenberg are making it feel markedly easier.

The Petite Pouch
Taking one of those big bags out for drinks with friends? Not practical. A mini cross-body bag from 3.1 Phillip Lim is hands-free and effortlessly chic.


Thursday, August 11th 2011

Fall Trend: Patterned Bags

Vanessa Bruno interpreted her signature tote in a psychedelic print. Rebecca Minkoff went on safari. And BE & D looked to leopard. Print bags are making waves this season, and no pattern or texture is off limits. Wayuu Taya Foundation to JADEtribe, M Missoni to DVF, everyone’s getting in on this story. “This fall we’re seeing lots of texture, prints, and patterns in bags,” says Shopbop Fashion Director Kate Ciepluch. “Whether it’s a pony bag in a leopard print or a neo-native fabric carryall, there was a lot of novelty out there.”

But a busy pattern can be hard to dress for. Kate’s advice? “Keep your apparel minimal and monochromatic,” she says. “Updated classics in earth tones create a nice balance and make the bag really stand out.”


Wednesday, July 27th 2011

The Luxury of Polished Totes

Though I first felt like a full-fledged adult when I bought my own toothpaste after moving into my college dorm, I recently recognized the transition wasn’t complete when I found myself stuffing a day’s worth of essentials (yet again) into a worn-in canvas tote bag. I realized it’s time to splurge on a polished leather tote that won’t make me look like I’m still an undergrad when I walk into the office.

The candidates? The Large Emile Tote by Alexander Wang (I love the supple espresso leather and the structured corners), MM6 Maison Martin Margiela’s pebbled leather version, and a wool style with leather trim by DSQUARED2. But perhaps the most perfect for my purposes is from Diane von Furstenberg (pictured). Though it has the same shape as my old canvas standby, the ostrich-embossed leather lends it an unmistakable air of luxury. (And, like the DVF wrap dress, it’s perfect for all occasions.)


Monday, July 11th 2011

Summer Music Festivals: Best Bags

I attended an outdoor concert last week, and through the sea of straw fedoras, crocheted tops, and denim cutoffs, I focused in on my fellow concert-goers’ choice of carryalls. Ranging from tiny (enough room for some cash and a phone) to oversized, they found some inspired ways to tote their festival necessities. I spotted Elliot Mann-style fabric sacks and a Rebecca Minkoff Rocker Bag or two. There was, naturally, more than one Alexander Wang Brenda Bag slung across a shoulder, and some very chic, very practical knapsacks, à la this one by TENOVERSIX.

What’s your go-to bag style for music festivals? And, while you’re commenting, what concerts are on your summer agenda?


Friday, June 24th 2011

Packed In: Best Weekend Bags

In the summer, there may be nothing sweeter than a weekend away from the city heat. I like to take only what I need, packing versatile, layering-friendly pieces that won’t bulk up or weight down my luggage. I just picked up a new LeSportsac suitcase (perfect carry-on size!), and while browsing Shopbop’s designer weekend bags, I was struck by the chic options for overnight carryalls.

I was first drawn to the Sara Berman Hortense bag. In sleek haircalf, it’s an unexpected take on the weekender. JADEtribe has an equally unique offering, albeit on the other end of the spectrum. Their patterned Nicole bag has an earthy, globetrotting vibe. From a rugged duffel by Alternative Bags to slouchy, soft classics from Marc by Marc Jacobs, there’s really no reason a woman’s travel tote can’t be as stylish as the rest of her wardrobe.


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