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Tales from my Bag Crypt – the Julia Cocco’ Degrade Patent Eco-leather Clutch with Chain Strap

I love bags. That’s no secret. And I have tons of them. Also, no surprise there. So I’ve decided to start sharing some of them with you. I recently received the Degrade’ Patent Eco-leather Clutch with Chain Strap by Julia Cocco’ as a gift and it couldn’t be more perfect. The ombre trend is back this fall but even if it wasn’t, I’d still rock this bag. The rich purple ...

What bag is that: Naomi Watts edition

Reader Bridget H. asks “Are you able to tell me what bag Naomi Watts is carrying in this picture?” Hi Bridget, Naomi is carrying the Yves St. Laurent Large Muse Two. Her style is the tan patchwork with croc-embossed leather and sells for $1895. You can buy this bag and more Yves Saint Laurent at Saks Fifth Avenue. Receive a $500 Saks gift card with your $2,000 purchase of women’s handbags! Receive a $200 Saks gift card with your women’s handbag purchase of $1,000–$1,999. Use code HANDBAGS. Offer valid 9.18.08–9.24.08.  Read More →

Haute or Not: Maloles Andrea Clutch

Have you ever visited the art museum and saw a piece of art (or maybe even a few) that made you question the artist’s thinking but you were drawn to it anyway? It’s that way sometimes in fashion too – you see a canvas of colors that you just don’t get but there’s something about it that you still admire. Like this Maloles Andrea Clutch . It screams hideousness but still ...
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Haute or Not: Botkier Morgan Satchel

Botkier has been on top of the handbag game for years. But I’m not sure how I feel about this fringed Botkier Morgan Satchel. The pros: I love the rich purple color which is returning for this fall. The shape is unique, the long handles are incredibly practical and the top rounded zip is cute! The single center pleat is a nice added touch. BUT…what’s up with the fringe? The bag looks ...
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Who Did it Better? Dolce & Gabbana vs. Ghibli

I really hope snake skin patchwork bags are not what’s haute this fall. But it seems like ever since Beyonce was spotted with the Dolce & Gabbana Miss Pocket Patchwork Snakeskin Satchel, the trend began. The D&G tote is made of multicolored snakeskin patches with zigzag topstitching and suede trim. The Ghibli Multicolor Patchwork Python Tote bag is made of handcrafted python leather ...
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Haute or Not: MARC by Marc Jacobs Dr. Q Shorty

I was never a Marc Jacobs girl. I just couldn’t get into the Quilted Stam bags and turnlock totes. But the MARC by Marc Jacobs line is another story. The handbags are quirky and kooky, much like the designer, but I kinda like them. MJ’s Dr. Q Shorty lookes a bit like a squashed pink croissant with top handles but there’s something about it that makes me keep staring. The dual handles ...
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Who Did it Better? Alexis Hudson vs. Zac Posen

After looking at so many images of handbags all the time, I’m surprised I can still tell the difference between all of them! But when I saw this Zac Posen Handbags Madison Bag, I knew immediately that I had ‘seen it before’. Alexis Hudson’s ‘Hera’ looks almost exactly the same. I’m not sure who designed it first, but one definitely looks inspired by the other. ...
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Haute or Not: Louis Vuitton / Comme des Garçons ‘Speedy’

Image: Louis Vuitton It looks like LV is going to dominate the Haute or Not posts for a while. Fresh off the heels of its collaboration with Takashi Murakami, Louis Vuitton collaborated with Japanese designer Rei Kawakubo of Comme des Garçons to design a limited-edition collection of six handbags with the signature Louis Vuitton monogram canvas. In my opinion, most of the bags are nothing special ...

Lui Antinous

Over 600 designers entered but only one could win the Independent Handbag Designer Award (IHDA) for Best Handbag in Overall Style and Design. Accessories designer Lui Antinous wowed the judges with his incredibly unique ‘Diodora’ handbag – a scalloped shell-style calfskin leather shoulder bag accented with a semi-precious stone. Handbag du Jour caught up with Antinous following his big ...
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Haute or Not: Louis Vuitton Monogramouflage Speedy 35

As much as I love Louis Vuitton, I have to say enough is enough! The hideousness that was the camouflage fashion trend was over long, long ago. So why do designers insist on bringing it back to the masses and why do celebrities think it’s ok to wear on the red carpet? This limited edition (thank goodness!) Louis Vuitton Monogramouflage Speedy 35 satchel was designed by Takashi Murakami just ...

Mulberry Milton Shoulder Bag

Mulberry is one of those handbag brands that seems to pride itself on classic luxury. So when I came across the Milton shoulder bag on Net-a-Porter‘s website, I was baffled. Are fingerprinted handbags the new ‘It’ bags? The Milton looks like the leather was handled before the paint was dry, or someone put their greasy fingers on the front of the bag. It does have some redeeming qualities: 1) ...

Fashion Inspiration Comes From Everywhere: Jean Paul Gaultier

I never thought I’d see the day I put John Paul Gaultier on a ‘Not Haute’ list. But designing a women’s clutch inspired by men’s boxing shorts? That’s not haute. Every time I look at this clutch I feel like pulling out my boxing gloves and hitting the speedbag. Ok, he gets points for creativity but really, what woman wants to carry her stuff around in a pair of ...

Only 5 Days Left to Enter the Independent Handbag Designer Awards!

Carlos Falchi display at the 2007 IHDA Handbag Designer 101 invites you to compete in the Second Annual Independent Handbag Designer Awards™, the only handbag competition of its kind in the world. Win a chance to present your handbag at a high profile New York event and compete for one of six Awards for Handbag Design Excellence, international recognition, a variety of coveted prizes and a chance ...

Who Did it Better? Anne Klein vs. Jalda

Click pic for larger They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery…blah, blah, blah. Not when it comes to design. Even though no design is truly unique (‘inspiration’ and all that jazz), there’s a fine line between ‘inspired’ and obvious, outright copying. Take these two clutches, the Anne Klein New York – Empire Clutch and the Jalda Foldover Clutch. ...

Weekly Haute Bag Round-Up

Fabsugar rounds up the hottest snakeskin handbags. Bag Bliss balks at the Fendi XL Fringed Zebra Baguette Tote. NY Spender suggests carrying a bag in a bag for all you big bag ladies Luxist loves the deerskin Prada Fairy Bag and Clutch. Handbag Designer 101 can’t wait to see the Spring/Summer 2008 Louis Vuitton ads featuring supermodels like Stephanie Seymour, Naomi Campbell, and Eva Herzigova. Haute ...
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