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A Cameo Appearance

Some prefer Picasso, others prefer antiques, but I love a handbag that is truly a work of art. Okay, maybe that’s a stretch, but I do love to find art fused with fashion. Mayle Handbags Beatrice Cameo Bag is a uniquely shaped two-tone leather handbag. The contrasting cream and brown leather makes this bag oh-so-wearable, and the curves conjure up thoughts of Art-Deco and retro. The zip closure ...
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Jumping the Shark

For those of you who don’t know, that term is used for the point where a good TV show goes bad. For example, once the producers kill off an important character or change a critical storyline, the show usually goes down the tubes. I think the same can be said in fashion, or at least it should be. I have been very satisfied with Gustto’s trademark slouchy bags with large studs. And they ...

What’s In a Name?

With a name like Thickskin, you expect heavy duty, sturdy leather bags. And that’s just what you get. Thickskin’s bags are made of textured, scarred leathers and exotic skins that are beautiful, yet durable and tough. I’m a fan of Thickskin’s use of metallics in their Classic Collection. Since metallics have become a favorite for every season, these bags fits the bill. The ...

Oh, Snap!

Goldenbleu consistently designs bags that aren’t ‘It’ bags, and I love that about them. Their bags are always edgy, unique, and full of adorable details. The Luella Patent Leather Tote has a very cute, very practical front-pocket with a top snap closure – ideal for placing your cell phone, lip gloss, cash, and other things that usually get lost in the black hole of your purse. ...
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In the Pink

I know everyone in Hollywood and beyond has been and still is in love with Kooba but I personally never felt compelled to purchase one of their bags. It’s not because I don’t like, them – I just always felt that they had a somewhat hard edge – rugged totes made of sturdy leather and hardware. And while there’s nothing wrong with that, I’m a girly-girl, so I prefer ...

Bottega Ve-NOT!

Haute or not? Maybe I don’t even have to ask – this is just hideous. I’m not a huge fan of Bottega Veneta’s woven bags but at least they’re somewhat classy. This ‘Limited Edition Snakeskin Bag’ looks like the leftover confetti scraped up from the streets in Times Square on New Year’s Eve regurgitated in the form of a purse. Every now and then it seems ...

She Sells Sea Shells

Bulga burst onto the scene a few years ago with their excessively studded butterfly bag, seen on the arms of virtually everyone. But since then, most Bulga creations have been fairly stud free, and now it seems Bulga is relying on odd shapes for its new designs. This shoulder bag from the new Spring collection appears to be the long lost cousin of the clam. The multiple pockets conjure up images ...

Break the Chains of Love

Usually when designers create a younger, cheaper line, it looks just that – young and cheap. Dooney & Bourke is a prime example – I much prefer their sturdy pebbled leather bags with the simple duck logo over the more recent ones printed with DB hearts that look like stale Valentine’s candy. Anyway, I digress. Though most designers get it wrong, Carlos Falchi did it right. His ...
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Super Stud

Studded bags are everywhere, and show no signs of leaving. Most bags have studded straps and handles, or a handful of studs sprinkled on as trim. Sonia Rykiel‘s large Studded Domino Handbag ($1,045) shows studs done right – in excess and superimposed over every visible inch of the bag. I love the surplus of studs, evenly spaced and shiny which gives the bag a tasteful air. It is THE ideal ...
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I’ve Got The Blues

Aside from their completely cool Flash website, the designers behind Kale Handbags stay away from flashiness. Simple shapes in bold colors are characteristic of the Kale brand. I came across two basic styles in such a gorgeous, extremely versatile bright blue that I immediately fell in love with. The Tate Grande, $575, in Peacock Blue washed leather, is the perfect all year round satchel. The large ...
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Haute or Not: The Fendi Vanity Zucca Canvas and Leather Clutch/ Shoulder Bag

This is quite an interesting creation from Fendi, whose bags are always hit or miss. The shape is no doubt adorably unique, and I like the easy transition from clutch, to shoulder bag, and back again. However, the mismatched color palette of taupe and dark brown canvas mixed with vachetta and lavender leather is a messy melange of colors. At $1,170, it’s a tad pricey for a vanity purchase, which ...

The Bow is Back – Bow Handbags

Forget the prom dresses and hair clips from the 80’s. The bow is back and it’s on your handbag. Designers have jumped on the bandwagon and the bow is making a splash all over the handbag world. Available in a variety of styles and prices, you can carry a cute, versatile handbag of your own. All wrapped up in a neat little bow. Amici Accessories, Bow Bag, $25 Flavio Olivera, Clutch Bag, $364.32 Franchi, ...
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What’s the Deal?

The deal is these fabulous bags are composed of a single piece of leather, chunky brass hardware and beading, and constructed solely by hand by the designer. Deal & Wire Handbags, the label created by Kimberly Golding, already have a celebrity following, of the likes of Paris Hilton and Beyonce. The bags are versatile enough to transition from day to night, and not too trendy that they will quickly ...
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Haute or Not: House of Dereon Handbags

This week marks a new feature for What’s Haute readers, “Haute or Not”. I decided to start this week’s Haute or Not with a handbag by celebrity glamour gal, Beyonce. Her (and mom Tina’s) clothing line, House of Dereon, was launched during Fashion Week ’06, and the handbags were just released on the website last week. This “Wild Child” shoulder bag is one of three styles on the site. ...
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