A new style from Chanel this season is the Chanel ‘Diamond’ Flap Bag, one of at least 3 styles that come with an oversized logo on the front of the bag that’s actually rather retro since such large logos were pretty common back in the 80s and early 90s. If your Mum has a secret stash of Chanel bags from that era, chances are you’ll find one or two with the same oversized logo ‘encased’ in a quilted diamond that usually came with a long frilly leather tassel.


Thankfully, the new ones don’t come with the aforementioned tassel anymore, and instead is much cleaner as far as the overall aesthetic is concerned. Measuring almost 28 cm across by 19 cm, the quilted lambskin Flap Bag doesn’t have the depth as say the Classic Flap in a similar size, and the leather also feels much softer and less structured.


Lined with even more leather on the inside, you can wear it long or short depending on how you adjust the metal chain that comes with its own leather tab to give you some comfort when it’s sitting on the shoulder.


For something that’s more rounded, you can also check out the Small Camera Case and the Camera Case, the 2 other styles in this line-up that will come in a variety of colours from Black to Burgundy to Tan. Price wise, I don’t have anything in SGD just yet, but just to give you an idea, the bags start from USD2800 for the Small Camera Case.


Update: 11 September 2013
The prices are in and they are as follows. The Small Camera Case, the Camera Case and the Flap Bag will retail for SGD3890, SGD5440 and SGD5480 respectively in Singapore.


 

With Louis Vuitton’s renewed interest in high-dollar, logo-wary customers has come a bevy of new products that are set to take the brand in a new, more sophisticated direction for Fall 2013. First came the wide-gusseted W Bag, which had commenter reactions seemingly split right down the middle, and now we have the Louis Vuitton Capucines Bag, which borrows the name and a detail or two from a classic Vuitton bag but expands on them to form something ladylike and luxurious.


We first spotted this bag on the arm of Angelina Jolie a couple of weeks ago, and it’s a perfect pick for her style – neutral, elegant, understated. The bag is an important addition to Vuitton’s lineup, because not only is it all leather (which appeals to Vuitton’s desired clientele and allows the brand to price it prohibitively for aspirational customers), but its minimally branded. The LV that you see above is totally optional, and if the wearer prefers, it can be covered by a flap that’s tucked inside in promotional photos. Instead of the well-known letters, it bears a more subtle star motif that plays a secondary role in the iconic Vuitton monogram print. It’s still LV, but it’s not a literal LV, which is an important distinction for many of the most high-end customers.


The bag comes in two sizes, MM and GM, with a 1.5 inch difference in width between them (14.2 for the MM, 15.7 for the GM) and a price difference of $450 ($5,150 vs. $5,600). That kind of pricing puts the brand firmly in Hermes territory, a comparison that Vuitton is likely hoping to draw with its new leather offerings and their attendant prices. Currently, the GM only comes in two colors (black and red), while the MM comes in a range of six shades, including one that’s strikingly similar to Hermes’ signature orange. The bags’ hardware varies between silver and gold, depending on the leather color. Check out some of our favorite versions below or get more information about both the MM and GM versions via Louis Vuitton.


 

The bags of Dior Spring 2014 seem to have one very clear message: if you have the budget for exotics, Dior would like to talk to you about some handbags. If not, well, most of these bags will also come in regular leathers…but do you have any friends who have the money for crocodile? If so, can you give Dior their contact information? The brand would be much obliged.


To be sure, Dior likely already knows many of those customers well. The brand has always traded well on its rarified French history, and with the nipped waists of the New Look, the brand is even more well-suited to a wasp-waisted socialite look than some of its Parisian compatriots. That look brings around moneyed customers, and even more important, moneyed customers who wish to look moneyed. There’s no polite discretion to the bags in the brand’s spring collection. The python comes almost exclusively in multiple candy colors per bag, and the crocodile, similar ample, is bright and glossy in almost all instances. The shapes are classic Dior, and the bags are beautiful and will likely sell extremely well. A well-developed exotics program is important to attracting the most lucrative high-dollar customers, and Dior’s clearly putting a strong emphasis on making sure it continues to be among the few brands of choice for the world’s very, very elite. These handbags should do the trick.


 

The day has come! Today is the first annual National Handbag Day, a holiday which we founded this year to celebrate our clearly undying passion for the things that help us schlep around our stuff. We’ve been preparing all week, with everything from a handbag travelogue to a handbag playlist, and now we’re ready to unleash the rest of our holiday glee, including a big giveaway announcement at noon.

First, though, we thought we’d start with something simple. We could probably enumerate zillions of reasons that we love bags, but today, we’ve boiled it down to 10. Let us know your own in the comments, and we hope you’ll check back throughout the day to see what we have in store.

1. Go ahead and get seconds – handbags always fit.
2. You can carry the same bag for weeks at a time and no one thinks you’re gross or unshowered.
3. A good handbag makes whatever clothes you’re wearing an insta-outfit.
4. They’re your safe place – everyone knows never to rifle through a woman’s bag, even a friend.
5. In an emergency situation, a handbag can sometimes be used as a weapon.
6. If you buy from the right brands, handbags hold their value better than anything else in fashion.
7. Handbags allow us to safely transport our smartphones, which we need for playing Candy Crush.
8. Most bags come in a variety of colors and are produced for more than one season. Choices! Options!
9. Your bag, unlike your clothes, won’t be wrinkled and slightly haggard-looking at the end of a long workday.
10. There’s no way around it – carrying a designer bag makes you look like a fancy lady, and we like looking like fancy ladies.

Photo Courtesy of www.purseblog.com
Article Courtesy of www.purseblog.com

Since we were just recently on the topic of larger briefcases that will better serve today’s working man, here’s another spanking new contender worth checking out. From Saint Laurent comes the Saint Laurent Classic Museum Large Briefcase, which at first glance looks almost like the Classic Duffle, but there are at least 2 key differences.

For starters, it doesn’t quite have the same shape as the former, nor does it have the flap pocket which extends across the front. Secondly (and this is a key point for me since I can get rather clumsy with my bags at times), it comes in grained leather (as compared to the Classic Duffle‘s smooth calfskin), which in my opinion is more hardy and holds up to minor accidents much better.

Measuring a good 40 cm across by 30 cm by 11 cm in width, it also features an internal zip pocket and an iPad slot, which is always useful. Priced at SGD2880 and now available at Saint Laurent boutiques in Singapore, my only single gripe (albeit a minor one) is the fact that it doesn’t come with a shoulder strap, which I suspect is in keeping with the bag’s clean lines and minimalist appeal.

Photo Courtesy of www.bagaholicboy.com
Article Courtesy of www.bagaholicboy.com

Celine Bag Tie Bicolour in Smooth Calfskin Blue 2013 Winter To keep us satisfied from our hunger, Celine decided to roll out a winter version of the Phantom tote bag. The new Celine tie tote bag includes a front flap (probably protection against snow and rain) and a bigger side wings on the edge. The name is selected because of the ‘tie’ on the top handle. Make your choice between calfskin or an exotic version in eluxury Purses. – 100% Best Original smooth calfskin Leather – Double leather handles – ‘Ties’ adorned on the handle base – Flap cover – Interior Suede Leather Lining – Inside zip pocket – Protective bottom studs Size: 28 x 23 x 30 cm Celine Tie Bag Comes with Celine dust bag and certificate card.

chanel - chanel cerf tote Replica

my go to bag these days.

Hubby got this chanel cerf  replica for me for our last wedding anniversary, and it’s crazy how MUCH this bag has been used the most since that time. It is def my favorite go to bag, not only because of its sentimental value but because it’s SO chic and doesn’t seem like your average tote. Crazy, but I actually like it more than my birkin right now, because of a strap that you can wear on your SHOULDER. Perfect for my lifestyle and also for those shopping days. It truly is that special little detachable  strap  that does it for me. If left dangling down, it can make your look look dressy, but if used on the shoulder~ it can make your look look dressed down and much more casual. This tote is so versatile, and it’s so gorgeous that it will definitely always remain a classic. Its size is great enough to hold plenty of things, & back on speaking of detachable~ inside there is a detachable makeup pouch that I use to conceal diapers and wipes. I leave  it at home when I’m going out sans-babies. I do say, so perfect, in every way. I have had the black too for quite some time- black & beige are actually the only colors that this delicious beauty comes in.  I’m hoping that Chanel starts making this in more colors.

Pricey, yes, but def an investment. Scoop up yours today before the price increase!

207 - CHANEL Lambskin Quilted Maxi Single Flap Bag


CHANEL Lambskin Quilted Maxi Single Flap Bag


CHANEL quilted maxi single flap shoulder handbag made of soft leather lambskin. Well structured shoulder bag crafted of soft and smooth diamond quilted red lambskin leather. Features two silver chain link shoulder straps threaded with red leather. The closure is a flap over featuring a silver Mademoiselle turn lock which opens to a soft smooth red leather interior lining. This classic flap bag features an exceptional quality which is Chanel revealing a timeless elegance for day or evening. Will include the original dust bag, authenticity card and care card.

Gabrielle “Coco” Bonheur Chanel?(August 19, 1883 – January 10, 1971)?was a French fashion designer and founder of the?Chanel?brand. She was the only fashion designer to be named on?Time 100: The Most Important People of the Century.?Along with?Paul Poiret, Chanel is credited with liberating women from the constraints of the corseted silhouette and popularizing the acceptance of a sportive, casual chic as the feminine standard in the post-World War I?era. A prolific fashion creator, Chanel’s influence extended beyond couture clothing; her design aesthetic was realized in jewelry, chanel handbags, and fragrance. Her signature scent,?Chanel No. 5?became an iconic product, one irrevocably identified with?The House of Chanel.

A woman of French peasant stock, convent bred, Chanel adhered to one constant in her life—a determination to rise above her humble origins. Her indefatigable energy, and talent in her chosen trade coupled to ultimately achieve both the business success and social prominence she had so striven to realize. Her professional life brought her in contact with the upper echelons of society and personages noteworthy in the arts. She herself became an art patron, supplying funds to support individual artists and their work.

A contradictory personality, a highly competitive, driven opportunist, Chanel’s ambition led her to form misplaced alliances and enter into questionable associations. A controversial figure, her personal affiliations, particularly during the?World War II?German occupation of France, have generated controversy around her reputation, clouding the very real contributions she made to the world of fashion.

Throughout..her life she would work unremittingly as both craftsman and business woman, imposing her personal conception of the art of dressing upon an ever-increasing clientele.