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Purse Blog in WWD on Social Media

Yesterday morning I woke up to a handful of congratulatory emails for our mention and quote in Women’s Wear Daily. While I knew this piece would come out at some point,
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About two weeks ago,
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Like virtually all fashion bloggers,
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Some designers and representatives approached the social media world with trepidation, but are now flocking to join social media sites to reach out to clientele and fans. Just as independent blogging changed the way information is shared and delivered globally, social media is enabling big corporations to connect to the marketplace. As we continue to see designers and companies embrace this new age media, expect more customer-to-designer interaction, which is just what most are looking for customers and designers alike.

Here is the part of the article we are mentioned and quoted in. For the full article visit WWD.

Firms also are linking up to popular fashion blogs,
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While brands at the luxury level have generally taken longer to link in, Meaghan Dusil, who started Purseblog.com four years ago, said she’s been contacted recently by high-end firms looking to pitch stories or send samples. The 210,000-member forum partnered with Bottega Veneta on an exclusive day that featured styles entirely by the line.

People are looking to feel close to designers,
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Oscar de la Renta Taylor Bag

One of the last Oscar de la Renta handbags we covered on PurseBlog (other than fashion show recaps) was in 2008. In the world of fashion, and everyday world,
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With its simple design, luxe materials, and chic finish, the Oscar de la Renta Taylor Bag has caught our attention.

Everyone needs a good everyday bag, it is something we speak about often on PurseBlog and focus on for our readers. When I get emails asking about what kind of bag I would tell someone to buy, it truly depends on what you need. The Taylor fits the definition of an everyday wearable bag and a go-to classic. There are multiple versions of the Taylor, including gorgeous exotic ostrich skin,
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If you are looking to add an everyday bag to your wardrobe, I would opt for the Deerskin Taylor. All of the Taylor bags have handmade handles, which I absolutely adore. The twisted handle, made of leather and chain, adds the perfect break in a simple design. Ultimately, the handle adds style without being overly trendy. The body of the bag is simple and spacious. On the inside you will find logo lining, a zipper pocket, and a cell phone pocket.

In the Deerskin, white, red, black, and brown are available. There is also a canvas version which fits into the natural materials trend perfectly. And of course there is ostrich, which I can say nothing other than it is incredibly gorgeous. The last two versions of the Taylor include python and a really interesting Mosaico Embroided Gold Lambskin version. The dimensions also fall in line with the idea of this being a perfect everyday bag, measuring 16″W X 11″H X 5″D. What it comes down to is which material/color of the Oscar de la Renta Taylor bag is right for you.

I am personally loving the red deerskin version, as red is a color hard to perfect and Oscar picked a shade that is totally sassy.

All are available via Oscar de la Renta online. Canvas $1,690, Deerskin $1,
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Deerskin (white) $1,590.00

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Rebecca Minkoff pares things down with the Sienna Tote

Over the last five years,
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Rebecca Minkoff has played with a sleeker look for the past couple of seasons, mostly by way of petite, colorblocked shoulder bags and clutches, and the Rebecca Minkoff Sienna Tote marks a notable creep of the more streamlined aesthetic into the lines bigger bags. Like most north-south totes these days,
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The tote also features a front pocket,
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9 Things: The Best Beach Bags of Spring 2012

Winter seems to be playing hide-and-go-seek with those of us in New York; it was a balmy 67 degrees yesterday afternoon while today is back in the 50s, as if Mother Nature is actually toying with us. Once the calendar turns to April, though,
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Soon enough, though, it will be warm, and it might even stay that way for several months at a time. (That’s how this whole spring/summer thing works, right?) In anticipation of those months,
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The Lanvin Woven Straw Tote: simple,
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If Lanvin’s a little too rich for your blood, the Marc by Marc Jacobs Sami Woven Tote is roomy and functional for a much lower price tag. $350 via Net-a-Porter.

Stereotypical woven straw not your thing? The Kate Spade Bon Shopper Magazine Tote is fresh and graphic without the traditional beach look. $178 via Neiman Marcus.

When packing for vacation, don’t forget that you’ll probably need a nightlife-friendly clutch. The Jimmy Choo Candy Surf Acrylic Clutch was made to serve exactly that purpose. $795 via Net-a-Porter.

The Balenciaga Panier Basket Tote is my favorite of the whole group the colorfully striped straw and Balenciaga details blend the two aesthetics perfectly. $975 via Neiman Marcus.

The Diane von Furstenberg Kaya Large Canvas Tote is a more traditional beach workhorse functional, relatively inexpensive and patterned to avoid looking dirty or used. $285 via Net-a-Porter.

The By Malene Birger Don’t Lie Evidencia Bag is more of a traditional beach option with a trendy neon twist. $179 via ShopBop.

The Tory Burch Small Straw Tote is summery and colorful, but it’s not huge and hulking like most straw bags. Great for an afternoon of shopping. $195 via Neiman Marcus.

Somehow, the Michael Kors Santorini Crossbody is both the plainest bag on this list and also one of my biggest favorites. The safari feel and crossbody structure make this bag perfect for a vacation that’s either luxe or adventurous or both. $495 via Net-a-Porter.

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Want It Wednesday: All About Exotics

Exotic bags might not be in everyone’s bag budgets, but they sure are fun to look at,
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Gucci Jackie Python Bag

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Nancy Gonzalez Crocodile Backpack

$3,850 via Net-a-Porter

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Gucci Jackie Soft Crocodile Top Handle Bag

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Khirma Mignonne Python Stingray Pouch

$925 via Saks

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Alexander McQueen Python Legend Satchel

$4,495 via Saks

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Saint Laurent Moujik Snakeskin and Suede Bag


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Marc Jacobs Trouble Python and Sequin Bag

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8 Michael Kors Miranda Snakeskin Bucket Bag

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Take a break from brights with Rochas i ladylike minimalism

Even for someone like me who loves all manner of embellishment when it comes to accessories, the endless parade of brights and neons and rhinestones and patterns and fur and feathers and god knows what else can get a little…tiring. It’s like I have fancy fatigue. Amid the cacophonous roar of Spring 2012′s many trends, it’s nice to occasionally get a little bit of a palate cleanser before heading back to maximalism. Today, that palate (palette?) cleanser comes courtesy of Rochas.

Rochas isn’t much of a player in the accessories market, but the French brand’s handbag profile is steadily rising with increased availability at stores like Neiman Marcus and Saks. For some reason,
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christian louboutin decoltissimo, the Rochas Colorblock Leather Tote and Rochas Scalloped Leather Handbag are hitting me just the right way. It takes a certain amount of confidence to make a dove grey and ivory bag and call it colorblocked this season when that term usually refers to some combination of neon and cobalt.

But that’s exactly what these designs are confident, restrained, endlessly elegant. They’re made for people who prefer to be a bit demure instead of all-out flashy. That may not usually be me, but in a season so endlessly filled with stuff, it’s nice to be reminded of the other side of the coin from time to time.

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Rochas Colorblock Leather Tote, $1465 via Neiman Marcus

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Kim Kardashian Has a Major New Hermes Birkin on Her Arm

Kim Kardashian was recently mobbed by paps while leaving lunch at The Ivy in LA – as you can see, she’s clutching a relatively teensy 30cm Hermes Himalayan Crocodile Birkin,
christian louboutin very prive, which is an extremely rare Hermes bag. Kim has a special talent for acquiring the rarest of Birkins, of course, and then cycling a few out of her wardrobe by selling them at auction at a later date). You can peruse her extensive collection of Birkins and other Kanye West-approved handbags in "The Many (Many) Bags of Kim Kardashian."

The name "Himalayan" actually refers to the color of the Birkin,
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Bottega Veneta Tornabuoni Maxi Veneta

Updating the classic Veneta, the Bottega Veneta Tornabuoni Maxi Veneta is named after the technique used to create the dimension on this bag. The effect is created by carefully double twisting individual strips of leather. This technique is seen vertically across the entire bag. The process is time consuming and complex to accurately perfect and position. Bottega Veneta always finds a way to revamp their classic bags to offer a new interpretation that stays true to the original but brings new fresh innovation forward.

This bag and process, Tornabuoni,
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This bag is named perfectly. The weaving technique gives a scaled appearance, which adds dimension. The color,
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Being a new Veneta interpretation, I basically have nothing to complain about with this bag. Fact is I am more of a Nappa lover. Keeping in mind that Nappa would not yield the desired Tornabuoni effect,
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The dimensions are 9.8 x 21.5 x 1.2 inches. If interested,
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The 10 Most Expensive Bags of Fall 2014

Now that it’s August, practically all the bags available for purchase online are from pre-fall or fall. With stores flush with new products and designers churning out more and more exotic bags every season, we wondered how how the highest of high-end bags compared to last season’s crop.

The biggest difference from Spring 2014 is that this season, both Givenchy and Fendi have put a much bigger emphasis on both producing their most popular styles in exotics and making sure that they’re widely available to shoppers online. In the past, these bags might have existed in a boutique here and there, but now you can click a few buttons and have a $41,000 handbag carried to your door by your local UPS man.

cheap christian louboutin heels, check out the most expensive handbags that are currently available online in a variety of both leather and structure categories.


Most Expensive Fur Bag

Brunello Cucinelli Mink Fur Backpack

$7,830 via Neiman Marcus


Most Expensive Ostrich Bag

Delvaux Tempete GM Autruche

$18,300 via Barneys


Most Expensive Calf Hair Bag

Fendi Calf Hair Peekaboo Bag

$6,750 via Net-a-Porter


Most Expensive Mini Bag

Fendi Peekaboo Crocodile Mini Bag

$19,500 via Neiman Marcus


Most Expensive Alligator Bag

Givenchy Alligator Antigona Bag

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Most Expensive Clutch

Givenchy Antigona Crocodile Clutch

$12,900 via Barneys


Most Expensive Backpack

The Row Alligator Backpack

$34,000 via Barneys


Most Expensive Lizard Bag

The Row Lizard Shoulder Bag

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Most Expensive Python Bag

Victoria Beckham Hexagonal Chain Python Shoulder Bag

£5,995 via Harrods ($10,
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Most Expensive Crocodile Bag

Hermès Double Sens Chiffon Croco GM Tote

$41,000 via Hermes

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PurseBlog Asks: What bag would you want to carry to Fashion Week?

It occurred to me on Wednesday night,
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Perhaps predictably, the biggest problem Megs and I have when planning our Fashion Week wardrobes is what bags to carry. When people know that you spend your life writing about accessories, they expect you to show up with the best of the best; whenever I tell someone I’m from PurseBlog, their eyes always go directly to what’s on my arm. It’s like daring someone to judge your bag. On top of that, there are a litany of functional concerns to address…

If you’ve never seen the Fashion Week hubbub, the first thing that happens to you when you walk up to Lincoln Center is that interns from multiple publications try to shove magazines into your hands. In those moments, I wish that my Southern-bred politeness didn’t come through so strongly; I always end up taking what’s handed to me, at least on the first day when the interns are still pushy and enthusiastic. I then feel bad throwing away all of that paper when I’m done with it, so I usually haul it around with me until I can go home to put it in the recycling bin. Those magazines aren’t the only things you’ll be given,
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You can see what I’m getting at here capacity and comfort in a bag matter unless you have an intern at your beck and call and a car service waiting patiently outside with your coat and a change of shoes in the back seat. Beyond having an It factor, a bag has to actually function. That’s why I’ve been carrying my Proenza Schouler PS1 mine is the large size, so it’s big enough to hold an iPad and a folded Women’s Wear Daily, and it can be worn crossbody, as a shoulder bag or in the crook of the arm. Mine is the printed model above,
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With all that in mind, if you were going to Fashion Week and could pick any bag you wanted to carry, what would you pick and why? Let us know in the comments.

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