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 »