My go-to clutch for a night out is a black leather Loeffler Randall number with silver pyramid studs. I love the thing, but can’t help feeling that something is missing, you know? Resigned to the fact that I would never find that missing piece, I came to accept my clutch for what it is. Until, that is, I saw Kendal Murray’s new wares and realized what my purse is lacking: live grass and miniature cattle! How did it take so long to see that no clutch, compact, or tea pot is complete until it’s home to a nature diorama? [The Trendy Girl] Keep reading »
Gone forever are the days of camp, those golden weeks of summer when you left your school year personality behind, actually had a shot at having a boyfriend, ate s’mores without calorie counting, and even got to play with weapons in archery class. Vivier, one of our favorite indie handbag labels, recaptures all that with a new summer collection, cutely titled Camp Vivier. Army green sacks and pouches printed with block letters recall the flavor of sleepover camp, while leather and canvas totes remind us of classic outdoorsy gear. In short, just what you need to get your vacation started. (Best part: no tears or goodbyes when the season’s over.)
But you’ll want to start packing ASAP! From now through Memorial Day, you’ll get 25 percent off all Camp Vivier goods. Enter code “25OFF” at checkout. [Vivier Bags] Keep reading »
There are certain clichéd things women can do to tell the world, “I’m single and ready to mingle.” Most involve drastic hair changes and boob-spillage dresses. Of course, there’s also the classic Facebook relationship status change, which can often draw more attention than anything else. A decent middle ground? Anya Hindmarch‘s cute tactic: wear the designer’s everyday tote emblazoned on one side with the word “Available.” Of course, the other side reads “Unavailable” should things in your love life change. Otherwise, you could just cover up your boobs and call it a day. [Net-A-Porter.com] Keep reading »
Sure, it’s fun to play with the studded-everything trend that’s going on right now, but it’s hard to justify the crazy price tags attached to most of these items. That’s why we’re vibing on this animal cruelty-free, chained and studded carry-all that’s so right now, because you won’t feel bad when ladylike is back in and this moves down in closet rank.
It sounds like a rumor to me, but numerous blogs and entertainment sites (totally reliable!) are reporting that Lindsay‘s next big design project will be a line of handbags for … gulp, Ed Hardy. Last we heard, she was on the outs with Ungaro, but this is really kind of a drastic comedown. From Parisienne couture to a line that makes a Las Vegas hooker look classy? Let’s hope there’s no truth to this vicious rumor. It’s too mean. Keep reading »
There’s a big brouhaha going on right now over handbags that resemble books. Kate Spade will sell bags (above left) that look like well-worn novels starting this fall, and according to Salon’s Broadsheet, the preppy apparel company has been called “a big fat copycat” by handbag designer Olympia Le-Tan, whose similar “book bags” (above right) debuted last fall. Did Kate Spade steal Olympia’s big idea? We doubt it. Keep reading »
Scarlett Johansson is the latest celeb to hop on the designs-for-Haiti bandwagon. ScarJo was able to quickly contribute to the cause thanks to her position as a Mango campaign girl and Oxfam ambassador. The result of her efforts: a tote bag design (available Mar. 1) that features an old-fashioned map of Haiti. No need to worry if your purchase profits are being diluted by the fashion corporation: 100 percent of the proceeds will go to Oxfam’s relief fund. [LA Times] Keep reading »
Hey, handbag, lookin’ good. You lose some weight?
If your purse has been looking thinner lately, it’s probably a sign of a growing trend: Glamour reports that a new study finds that women have been downsizing their handbags. According to these findings, bags are now the “lightest they’ve been in seven years, down from their heaviest average (7.3 pounds) of two and a half years ago. Now the average woman is schlepping just three extra pounds on her arm.” The reason? Electronic gadgets like the iPhone, which combine several things you might have previously toted. If this is true, then there’s hope for defeating female stereotypes yet—perhaps someday soon women will finally be able to shed that “I carry the entire world in my handbag” preconception. (Now if someone could just create an app for storing your gym clothes and makeup … )
Do you think this is true? Has technology lightened your load? [Glamour] Keep reading »
Since when did J.Crew start producing awesome handbags that easily rival Coach? We’re all about their offerings at the moment, and have a particular crush on this Beacon bag—the perfect daytime carryall with a price that won’t break the bank. The white and brown color combo adds a preppy touch to the sack, but gold hardware keeps it classy and elegant. While this definitely has a spring vibe, we’d break it out now to add a bit of fresh style to the gloom-and-doom days of January. [$168, J.Crew] Keep reading »
This hand-quilted bag with a faux antler handle would have coordinated perfectly with the outfit Lady Gaga wore on Monday. And it’s the priciest item we’ve ever encountered on Etsy, so it would match the singer’s expensive taste, too. [$600, Etsy] Keep reading »