Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Trend Watch: Bold Bright Bags

Like a ray of sunshine, vibrant handbags are back this spring, and many celebrities are making big style statements by pairing these shockingly vivid bags against a simple, monochromatic look. “My favorite bag is the new Marc Jacobs bright yellow bag, because it’s fun and cheerful,” says Rachel Bilson. Nicole Richie is also a fan of this hot MJ bag, and she smartly paired it with a chic little black dress at the MJ fashion show in New York. Designers like Jacobs and Luella Bartley are featuring crayon-colored bags that look super stylish against spring’s hottest neutral colors, like white, black, and tan. To capture the look, keep it balanced: “Pair any small or big handbag in a strong, bold color with a simple, contrasting color-neutral outfit. Don’t over-accessorize. Less is definitely more,” says celebrity stylist Nicole Chavez.


Put a Patent on It

B. Fendi Patent Leather Large Satchel

B. Fendi Patent Leather Medium Bag with Gold Trim and Pearls

Versace Embossed & Patent Leather Tote

Go for high gloss where lux meets sleek
Fashion a fascinating shape and make it look chic
Lustrous for a lady of every taste or age
Patent leather is again style’s latest rage!

Seek a sensational satchel a tote or a clutch
Make it shiny all over or give it just a touch
Go for gleaming in red, black or blue
Perhaps you should patent in any old hue

So polish that look with something sheen
You’ll be glittering about to the point of pristine!


Patented Perfection

Shiny, new things are all the rage during the holiday season, and there’s no better choice than patent leather. While we don’t think this trend will last – it really does look better on shores and even belts – here are some options for you glitterati lovers.

Cynthia Rowley’s Cecilla red patent leather tote with stud details.

Rafe's Conduit Shoulder Bag in teal Italian patent leather with antique brass hardware.

Goldenbeu’s Katie clutch in woven navy patent leather with gold hardware.


The SUV of Bags

You think the Muse or the Chanel trash bag is ridiculously big? Well then you haven't seen the Grande Louis Vuitton Suhali tote. This is not only 19" x 14.3", it is also goat skin so you can just imagine how heavy it is. At first I thought this was some sort of luggage but oh no, it is a regular bag. I mean, say you do need a bag this size for all your stuff, the problem is once you fill it how do you pick it up? I tried picking it up empty (except for the tissue stuffing) and my shoulders immediately started shouting obscenities at me. Seriously, this bag is the size of my refrigerator door. At eLuxury for $3200.


We Need To Stop Making Fun Of Him

Marc Jacobs had a premonition dream that we'd all forget his name so he decided to emblazon his name in gold bedazzles on quilted nylon, no less, so that his work can be seared into our minds forever. Someone had commented that the shopping bag looked like a Lancome gift with purchase but NOOOO! THIS is more like a cheesy gift with purchase. I know we're totally on his case but this just can't be ignored. Tote is $695, satchel $675 at eLuxury.


Topshop's washed four zip holdall

This may look like that lovely, aged leather I'm always warbling on about, but it's actually just good ol' pleather, which I guess explains the £35 price tag. The four zips of the name are found at each end, on the top, and on the little zippered compartment on the flap, so there's ample storage for all your essentials here, and it looks pretty good too, in a "This old thing? Oh, I've had this forever!" kind of way.


Funny thing. I ran across the above article this afternoon, while this morning I pulled out what I consider my most "luxe" bag and was startled at the similarities. Guess she and I have our head in the same place. My version, though, is Jones NY and the softest leather I have ever had in a purse. So soft, that sometimes I am too afraid to carry it. What if I scratch it? I have since learned to love it and forget my fear and it is softening into the most amazing bag I have. A rare, straight retail purchase from me, direct from Macy's, I spent the unheard of amount of $150 (my mental budget is usually 1/3 of that). But, now? This old thing? I've had this forever! :)

Friday, December 15, 2006

Meli Melo London Bag

Meli Melo's limited edition bag is creating quite a stir in London. It is a pink metallic tote lined with printed phone numbers for important hot spots around town, like spas, restaurants, salons and even the dry cleaner. We love this idea! Wouldn't it be great if you could customized it with your own set of must have numbers? But they are coming out with Paris, New York and Milan editions soon. Margherita Missoni, Anna Wintour, Sienna Miller, and Elizabeth Saltzman (editor of Vanity Fair) have all been seen using it, although I can't totally picture Anna Wintour with this bag. The concept is great but the bag itself is just a giant utilitarian tote and although we love pink and we love metallic, this combo just somehow seems a little much. £450 (approximately $885 USD) by special order through Meli Melo.


Dead Cat Bag Makes #70 on The Bag Lady's Top 100 Bags of 2006

Yet again you're very lucky today, we're featuring another three bags in our Top Bags of 2006 list. This 'dead cat' bag provoked a lot of comments when we wrote about it March, some loathed it, but others, like myself, loved it. For some more bags - yes, more tasteful this time, check out the list.


Thursday, December 07, 2006

Ouch! My Bag Is Killing Me!

When Genevieve Roth decided to train for the New York City Marathon for the first time this year, she called Amy Youner, a physical therapist at SportsCare, a rehabilitation clinic in Manhattan.

During their first appointment, Ms. Youner spotted Ms. Roth’s enormous Sigerson Morrison handbag and refused to work with her unless she stopped carrying it. The bag, Ms. Youner said, would put stress on Ms. Roth’s shoulders and back, and could cause injury.

Ms. Roth, a 26-year-old editor at Details magazine, felt torn. On the one hand, she had heard that Ms. Youner was one of the best therapists in the city. On the other hand, she really loved that bag.

“Amy eventually agreed to keep seeing me, but it became a constant battle,” Ms. Roth said. “Sometimes I’d drop my bag off at work before my morning appointment with her, so she wouldn’t know I was still using it.”

In the last few years, bags have become ever more voluminous, and as women have fallen sway to their chunky charms, they have filled them up with necessities. These days many women are as burdened as mail carriers.

As a result, reports of shoulder soreness and stiff necks are on the rise and doctors, massage therapists and chiropractors are tailoring treatments for the bag-obsessed.

“In the last year or so, I’ve been seeing the same kinds of issues with adult women that I’m used to seeing with kids who carry heavy backpacks on one shoulder,” said Karen Erickson, a chiropractor who has a private practice on the Upper West Side, and also serves as a spokeswoman for the American Chiropractic Association. “They’re experiencing neck pain — not just while they’re carrying their purses, but all the time. A lot of women even get bad headaches.”

“Lately, when a patient comes in complaining of these symptoms, I walk over and pick up her purse,” she added. “Without fail, it weighs a ton.”

For the past several months, Robin Ehrlich, the director of the Eastside Massage Therapy Center on the Upper East Side, has observed clients old and new staggering under the weight of huge purses and griping about neck pain. “It’s an epidemic,” Ms. Ehrlich said. “We’re busier than ever before right now and big bags are the reason.”

A common side effect is that one shoulder becomes slightly higher than the other, she said. “A lot of women talk on their cellphones while they’re carrying these bags, which only intensifies the problem, because in addition to balancing too much weight on one side, they’re lifting the shoulder at the same time.”

Ms. Ehrlich recommends weekly massages for the pain. Gentle stretching and warm baths with Epsom salts can help bag abusers, too, she said. But she would never tell a client to ditch her Mulberry Elgin tote.

“It’s like telling a woman, ‘You cannot wear Manolo Blahniks,’ ” she said. “It’s just not realistic.”

On this point, the experts tend to agree. Marta Callotta, a chiropractor in Long Beach, Calif., said that she advises patients to clean out their purses once a week, and to use all the pockets so that the weight is dispensed evenly within the bag.

“At the end of the day, handbags are one of the biggest culprits for back pain right now,” she said. “For a year patients have been coming in to me with these giant purses and complaints of soreness. This will keep happening until the trend dies down.”

Robyn Fishelson, a spokeswoman for Bliss Spa, which has branches in London and five American cities, said that this year all locations are reporting an increase in massage clients with bag-induced back pain. To them, Bliss recommends its 75-minute deep tissue treatment at $150, which is an intense sports massage.

Dr. David Golden, an orthopedic surgeon who practices sports medicine at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Beverly Hills, Calif., said the effects of carrying a heavy purse are similar to those of exercising too strenuously. “The good news is, the pain will be temporary,” he said. “You usually need to carry 50 pounds or more to cause lasting back damage.”

Dr. Golden added, “As with an overly taxing workout, you can strain the muscles and induce joint pain if your bag is too heavy.” He recommended taking an anti-inflammatory, resting the injured muscles, and then starting over with a very light bag, “making sure you employ the correct form.” That means keeping the bulk of the purse toward the center of the body. The strap should rest close to the neck.

Who knew that fashion had so much in common with athletics? Perhaps this explains why loyal fans of outsize handbags tend to tick off their purse-induced woes like proud veterans of the football field.

“I’ve suffered major back, neck and shoulder pain from carrying heavy bags,” said Kimberly Whalen, 37, a literary agent in New York who recently bought the ubiquitous black Chanel carryall, which more than one fashion Web site has compared to a trash bag. “I’ve even had M.R.I.’s and cortisone treatments to help alleviate the problem.”

Sasha Charnin Morrison, 42, the fashion director at US Weekly, admitted that her bags are so large that she often gets stuck in revolving doors. “They may not be practical, but so what?” she said. “When it comes to fashion, being practical is a huge bore.”

For years, Ms. Charnin Morrison pointed out, women complained that designer bags were too small to hold anything. “Well, the designers are finally listening up,” she said. “If you go to Yves Saint Laurent or Prada or Tod’s or Chanel or Hermès this season, there are three different versions of the same bag: mini, regular and oversize.”

She said the last word as if she were describing seeing a unicorn — magical, beautiful, altogether perfect.

Ms. Charnin Morrison said she alternated between the Yves Saint Laurent Muse, the Miu Miu Coffer, the Chloé Paddington (notorious for its half-pound padlock) and the Chloé Gladys, which measures 16 by 17 by 6, and is, she said, “so heavy that some days I don’t think I’m going to make it to the end of the block.”

Dr. Erickson, the chiropractor in Manhattan, said there are ways to minimize the damage. Instead of always carrying a bag on the same side, women should switch back and forth. Because many women have a habit of unconsciously lifting the shoulder that has the purse on it to keep the straps from slipping, she suggests making an effort to square your shoulders. Or carry the bag in front of you. “It’s not exactly glamorous, but if at the end of a long day you find your shoulders aching, slip the bag off and carry it in front of your body with both arms like it’s an infant,” she said.

The American Chiropractic Association recommends that a handbag weigh no more than 10 percent of its owner’s body weight. Given that so many slim women seem to be in violation of this guide, it raises the question: What exactly are they carrying in there?

“The bigger the bag, the more I seem to need to bring with me,” said Gloria Dawson, a 25-year-old photo editor in New York. “I carry an iPod, a book, a backup magazine in case the book doesn’t go over well, makeup, a phone, my wallet, extra shoes and workout clothes, most of which I won’t even need, but it’s nice to know that it’s there.”

Chloe Thompson, 24, is used to the back pain caused by carrying big bags, but she suffered a different kind of sting in July, when her Lucky Brand slouch bag was stolen during a reunion at Brown University. “I had over $2,000 worth of stuff in that bag,” said Ms. Thompson, who works in retail analysis for Cynthia Vincent, a fashion company in New York, “my iPod, digital camera, cellphone, glasses, sunglasses, makeup kit and a ton of other belongings, including a Care Bear that I’ve had since I was born.”

Because she lost so much property, Ms. Thompson found that the theft was actually covered by her homeowner’s insurance. But before she could collect any money, she had to convince the insurance adjuster that it was possible to fit everything into a single bag.

“The woman was shocked that I could cram so much into a purse,” she recalled. “I had to explain to her that this was no ordinary-size handbag.”


Want To Shop Like the Stars but Words Fail You?

Like, it's a bag, like Mischa Barton's.

If words fail when it comes to specifying the exact attributes of the handbag, watch, shoes, or jewelry of the celebrity you most want to imitate, you might have some joy with

Munjal Shah, CEO and co-founder of Like's parent company, Riya, hopes his new Web site will spark an online shopping revolution as fashionistas stampede for its new visual -- not verbal -- search engine.

Launching just in time for Christmas in the high-margin accessories market, the site differs from most celeb-led Web-shopping options by letting users search by appearance rather than by keyword or tag.

"We believed the way to innovate was to look inside the photograph," Shah told Reuters by telephone.

If, for instance, you like the pointy toe of Brad Pitt's boot, or Kate Moss's teardrop earrings, the site prompts you to emphasize shapes, colors or patterns you like to find similar versions elsewhere on the Web.

"The introduction of a new search engine does not ordinarily elicit the same oooh's and aaah's as the introduction of the new Prada collection, but this is unlike any search engine we've ever seen," enthused the blog at women's Web-shopping site

"Now we don't even have to be able to read and write, to be able to shop," it says. "Text searches are so last season."

The promise of matching a look by pointing at it has generated huge publicity for the site, which launched November 8 despite not being technologically ripe. It is in its "Alpha" version, which usually marks a project being tested in-house.

Riya, which spawned Life, offers a photo-matching face-recognition service which has been difficult to turn into cash, but Shah said Like is already generating commission revenue.


So far the site seems to be attracting geeks keen to try the technology as well as women. Shah also sees a market in men needing to buy accessories for wives and girlfriends.

But chic clickers will need patience before brings them close to many of the objects of their desire.

So far, it only links to U.S.-based shopping sites and users can only match accessories to pictures in the site's own library. Only 16 celebrities feature in its gallery, although it is possible to search for others.

"The real test will be when you'll be able to upload images of your own and do searches," wrote Danny Sullivan in a blog at

Shoppers should be able to put their own pictures into the system's search engine from January, Shah said, adding that the site is also poised to add around 100,000 celebrity pictures.

Tediously for shoppers who want it now, the site's search engine uses a lot of maths and a lot of computing power as each element of a picture is converted into a "visual signature." The processing power involved has, Shah says, put many people off attempting visual search.

To illustrate, he cites color. Riya's technology experts thought needed to encode 10 basic colors, but marketing disagreed and to prove it women in the team came up with 29 different shades of blue in two minutes.

So far, at least one fashion victim has been disappointed. Blogger Cristina, writing a new diary at, tried to match a pair of strappy shoes -- but the site's offering included workboots.

"What?! Workboots? Workboots?! I mean, come on!" she wrote. "If the site doesn't return relevant results what use is it to people like me and my readers?"

Shah said she had used the site when its technology was very raw, and the latest of regular upgrades should have fixed that. He said he chose to move fast with the launch to speed up the learning process.

"You learn slower than if you just accept the criticism," he said. "And there really is nothing like it."


The Votes Are In and the Verdict Is.....Hate It!

Both and have ringingly UNendorsed this monstrosity from LV:

Bag Snob:
This to me is comedic genius. What can you possibly wear with this without looking like you just fell on top of a harp seal? Look how big it is! It is 18" x 10"! It is mink with python trim, all good things, until you add crayola colored LV monograms to it and make it into a fanny pack. What a total waste of resources. I usually am not a Peta advocate but all I can think is, the poor little minks who started off so cute gave their lives for the sake of this fashion atrocity! So I guess it is not funny afterall. It's like, it's ok to eat meat cuz it's yummy but if you're going to ruin lamb chops with a jellybean and banana chutney, I'd rather just have a salad.

Bag Lady:
You know, I'm not sure I can even find the words for this offering from Louis Vuitton, which is proudly occupying the Ugly Accessory of the Week slot today. Three things do spring to mind, though: 1. It's a bum bag/fanny pack (snigger!)/whatever you want to call it 2. It's covered in logos and 3. It's made of real fur - mink, to be exact. Oh, and 4: it's ugly. Enough said, I think...

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Sunday, December 03, 2006

Cult of the It Bag

What a carry on
How much would you pay for a designer handbag? £300? £600? £11,000? Somehow the goalposts have shifted so that no-one bats an eye at a bag that costs as much as a weekend in New York, but the fact is, the cult of the 'It Bag' means what you choose to carry is big business. Where 5-10 years ago you'd think long and hard before investing £300 in something as frivolous as a handbag, now the average price of an 'It Bag' is more like £600. And the £11,000 bag? That's the so-exclusive-it-doesn't-even-see-the-salesfloor limited edition Fendi B from Harrods' By Appointment only personal shopping service.

Because it's worth it
House of Fraser explains, "A great handbag works with many outfits so the price per wear starts to look very affordable. Plus, you don't need to worry about squeezing into it, it looks fabulous on every size." The tipping point of the It Bag phenomenon dates back to Why are we prepared to pay so much? Nicola Sugden, handbag buyer for Mulberry's Giselle, a canny collaboration with London designer Luella Bartley whose cool credentials lent instant cachet to the brand. As Sugden puts it, the combination of luxury label, stylish design and media frenzy adds up to a must-have bag that will be obtained at any price. The high cost in itself defines a strong level of aspiration.

She's gotta have it
There's no question women have an emotional attachment to fashion - we honestly believe a new bag might change our life. The latest clutch of roomy, pocket-laden bags are so functional it's easy to feel that they really do make life easier (mmm, and they look so gorgeous too). If you want the bag badly enough you'll convince yourself it's worth it. And don't disregard the power of the media. However immune we think we are, it's easy to get sucked into must-have mentality with every new label that hits the stores. Take Stella McCartney's recently unveiled bag range. It's not even leather yet these high fashion tote bags are certain to sell out despite their £700 price tags. Or look at the impact It bags have on the stars - Nicole absolutely adores the Balenciaga Lariat bag, confessing that she has it in five colours, whilst Alex Curran prompted a cacophony of complaints to the buyers at Harvey Nichols from the WAGs in Baden-Baden when she was the first to be photographed with the latest £2,400 Chloé Python tote.

Buy it now!
So what should you look for if you fancy an It Bag but are scared of the commitment?

  • Go for a roomy size like a Fendi Spy. It's more practical so you'll use it more.
  • Invest in a style that's been around forever. A Birkin by Hermes ( if you can get your hands on one), or the Chanel 2.55/ Classic is beyond fashion and you can even resell at a later stage should you want to release the equity.
  • Choose a neutral colour for the same sensible reasons as above. Neutrals go with everything and don't date like bright pinks or greens

The Fendi Bag Lady

Carrie Bradshaw, played by Sarah Jessica Parker, star of the hit show Sex and the City, explains that she has no money and is in fear of losing her home. She exclaims, “I'm homeless! I'll be a bag lady! A Fendi bag lady, but a bag lady!!” This is one of my most beloved quotes, that I keep near and dear to my heart.

For fear that those words might become a reality to me; I have started a small savings account entitled, “Do not spend on bags.” Paying full price is not something I am prepared to do all the time. My latest purchase included the words “Marc Jacobs” and “on sale.” As an Internet savvy person, I am always getting mail telling me about sales and discounts, and this one was for shoes! I ventured into the city that lives and breathes fashion, New York. On the shelves of tossed up shoes were my latest conquest. There they were Marc Jacobs lace-up, taupe colored espadrilles with coordinating colored ribbon to lace-up the leg. Calling my name from the second I tried them on, the $250 price tag that was marked down to $125, I got them for $99 with no tax, need I say more?

There are many theories of how and where fashion comes from; for me, I use every resource possible to keep up on the latest trends and styles, which in turn, influence, what I will be wearing each day. Fashion publications are huge: Vogue, Vanity Fair and Glamour are all major players in key looks and pieces for each season. Obviously as a college student, I do not have the budget to afford the classic couture looks, but I find a way to make my own and at my own price. I make what I call a “fashion scrapbook.” I tear looks from magazines that I find irresistible and use them when I am shopping for focus. It’s a great way to only buy things you need and to get those hot trendy looks for a fraction of the price. Style I feel is not only a look, but also the attitude in which you carry yourself. If you are confident in what you wear, no matter where you buy it or what it is: if it’s shorts, sweats, or a women’s collared Polo, you have style.

“People watching” is another one of my style influences. Going to school in Manhattan has definitely given me an advantage to see street fashion, turn into runway fashion. In fall 2006, we see 80’s flashback: leggings, long tunics, and big hair. A true people watcher, or lucky resident of SoHo, could have told you this last spring!

Bonjour! Merci! and most importantly, where can I go shopping for exquisite vintage fashions? While attending ModSpe’, a Fashion school in Paris, backed by the French Federation of Woman’s Ready to Wear, I knew that shopping was going to play a major part in my educational “vacation.” At a small consignment shop, I found what would be later known as “The Bag.” Made in Paris, a crème-cotton, vintage Hermes shopper! Not only was it my first Hermes purchase, but also the coincidence that the bag actually says “Paris” on it, how perfect. Hermes Sellier Paris is done is black stencil writing on the front flap, it has silver snaps, and a tanned leather strap for closing. The bag still smells of Dior perfume, and went with me everywhere in my travels through Paris. No matter how many new bags I get, whether it be a new snakeskin Gucci, or a trendy rhinestone Dior, my Hermes shopper will always my most coveted handbag.


The Hot Betty Bag

This past summer I traveled to Paris and stumbled into the Marc Jacobs store. I have always loved his bags because of their classic shapes, the unique colors, and his use of hardware. I had saved for something special to buy when I was in Paris and of course I thought of buying a bag. I walked in and my eyes went directly to a satchel bag that was quilted black leather with gold hardware. I made eye contact with the bag; I studied its lines and shape. The leather looked like butter and when I touched it, it was softer then I expected. I held it on my arm and walked over to the mirror. I compared my body proportion with the bag’s proportions; we matched. I pictured the bag with different outfits and the much use I would get out of this bag. The bag was calling me; I knew I had to have it. There was no way I was leaving that bag in Paris. So the bag and I made the 8-hour flight home together and we have been happy ever since. That was the latest purchase I made.

My style is influenced by my desire to be understated, elegant, preppy, and chic all at the same time. Ralph Lauren influences me because of his use of vibrant colors and classic shapes to create a look that is both preppy and elegant. I find influences all over the place and they are always changing with the season. This fall sweaters and turtlenecks are influencing me. Also by the use of black, brown, and navy blue that is popping up in all the stores is very influential picking pieces for my wardrobe.

I covet all of my bags, but one in particular is my vintage Louis Vuitton "Speedy" bag that was given to me by my grandma. She had purchased it on one of her many trips to Europe when she was younger. A few years ago I was looking through her closet and I stumbled across it. I took it out and showed her what I had found. She told me of when she went to Italy and purchased that bag in the late 1970’s. She surprised me when she said that I could have it. The Louis Vuitton Speedy bag that my grandmother gave me is more than a bag to me; it is a symbol of my grandmother. Every time I use it I am reminded of her and what she taught me. The bag has aged beautifully with the leather becoming softer and darker. The hard ware has become tarnished, but I don’t care about any of that. To me all those things just give the bag character, and my grandmother is a character.


Birkin from Queens

Many women all agree upon one thing - that all their handbags are diverse; small, large, day-wear, night-wear, work bags, sports bags, etc. I could say that the handbags that I own are very different as well. I was influenced on purchasing one of my most recent handbags because I was heading in a new direction in my life. There are women who obsess over handbags, as I can agree I am one of them. There are those women who buy based on a pure admiration for a handbag design, while others purchase handbags because they are in need for a change; they're heading in a new direction, and are in need of something more versatile for this purpose.

In my case, the direction I was heading in was something completely major and life changing - college. When you head off to college, you think about changing your image to something more simple, yet stylish and convenient- especially when you go to school in the big city of Manhattan. Living in Queens, I have been to Manhattan on many occasions and I know that when you travel to Manhattan for the day you are in need of a handbag that suits your personality. However, when going to college you need something stylish that will fit the many belongings that you need to carry with you on a daily basis. After going to stores in Long Island, Manhattan, and Queens I decided that for the beginning of school I would purchase a Longchamp bag. Not only do these bags serve the purpose of being spacious and have the ability to hold heavy things, but they seem to not get ruined when weather conditions arise (such as unexpected rain.) Longchamp is known for making their bags spacious, simple, and in many colors. They also have an online boutique that lets you customize one of their most popular handbags, "les pliages," in any two colors that you want, engraving of your initials, and the kind of metal hardware that you want. In the weeks that followed my purchase I was glad on the decision that I had made because I was able to comfortably adapt to carrying many things at once.

Like I've said, all the handbags I own are diverse, but have one thing in common- my personal style is in all of them. My general style that I admire is not only designer handbags, but something that appeals to me and will flatter what I'm wearing and my figure, but won't empty my wallet. My style is mostly influenced from magazine ads, not the trend of the moment. When I view a magazine ad, I don't just look at a picture and say, "I like how this bag looks in the ad and how it looks on the model, I want to buy it". However, I look at the details of the handbag independently and I ask myself, "Is this something I would wear more than once, will the bag be unique that not everyone owns it, and do I absolutely love it so much that I have to have it?"

Before I buy a bag on impulse, it's important to ask myself those questions as well as, "Will this bag serve its purpose?" I have handbags from very different designers and companies; from LV to Express, Dior, Gucci, Coach, BCBG, Longchamp, Guess, and probably more in the future. One bag I dream of owning (as I imagine everyone else would) is the Hermes Birkin bag. I most covet this bag because it exemplifies my style. If I owned this bag it wouldn't just be because many important people have it and it's expensive. However, owning this bag would flatter my figure, it would be of a big size, and would most importantly be unique. There is an insane waiting list just to receive the bag, and if that's not enough of a wait, the wait is even longer to accumulate your money to even purchase the bag for the average person. The bag sells for at least $10,000 and is well known among celebrities such as, actors, singers, and especially models. Many of the star tracks in People Magazine show stars carrying the bag wearing slim flitting clothing which isn't of proportion, however the slim fitting clothing flatters the bag.

Whichever hand bag consumers purchase, or wish of purchasing should be something that they make their own. You shouldn't just flip open any Coach or Macy's catalog and buy something you see just because it's in style at the moment. Most importantly, the bag that you choose to buy should be something that you can apply to your life and lifestyle. Also, before you make a purchase you should shop around, get the best price, and make sure you don't regret your purchase when you get the bag home. Shopping can be a fun, enjoyable experience if you can search for your own style, make purchases that flatter your style, and most importantly - be yourself!


Get Her Look - Ashlee Simpson's Louis Vuitton 'Manhattan GM'

Louis Vuitton have been producing some "interesting" designs lately for our delectation, but sometimes a starlet just wants some classic monogram to satisfy her designer hunger. Ashlee Simpson has been spotted out and about with her latest love, 'Manhattan GM', which is apparently infused with the 'urban-feminine style' characteristic of designer-extraordinaire Marc Jacobs. Hailed as the latest 'must-have' from Louis Vuitton, it too can be yours for $1870 from eLuxury.


Friday, December 01, 2006 Discount Designer Purses Gives the Gift of Savings 'til Year End

In the spirit of the holiday season, features additional discounts on its huge selection of designer handbags and accessories.

Starting today through December 31st will feature additional markdowns of 10-30% on select designers and free shipping on $100 purchases. With the additional designer handbags and purses markdowns, shoppers can receive up to 90% off their favorite designer brands, including Juicy Couture, Coach, Prada, Gucci, Fendi, Chanel, Marc Jacobs, Christian Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, Celine, Chloe, Tods, Burberry, Kate Spade, Furla, Diesel, Tano, Latico, and hundreds more of 100% authentic designer handbags and accessories.

"We have a Holiday Sale Plan posted on the website plus we'll be running unadvertised specials for our private email list members. Currently, we are running an additional 25% off all Yves Saint Laurent designer fashion accessories, and tomorrow our additional 15% off the 'Sale Section' begins," said Anna Miller, owner and operator. "We wanted to live up to our reputation as People magazine's 'Best of the Web' for discount designer handbags and purses. So, we're passing on as much savings as possible to our shoppers for their holiday purchases."

The following is a list of some of the Holiday Specials shoppers can look forward to at

• Extra 15% off Sale Section
• Extra 10% off the Entire Site
• Extra 15% off Cold Weather Accessories
• Extra 10% off Gucci, Prada and Fendi
• Extra 20% off Entire Site
• Extra 30% off Clearance Section

To take advantage of the current and future sales, shoppers can visit and click on the Daily Discounts link. Plus, shoppers are encouraged to register for "Free Gift News," which allows email sale notifications and the corresponding coupon codes to be delivered to their in-boxes.

In addition to receiving sales updates, customers who register for Free Gift News will have the chance to win a free designer handbag each week throughout the holiday season. Winners are listed at on the Free Handbag Offer page.


Anna Miller is the President of, Inc. She operates the website and sells high-end authentic designer handbags and accessories at off-retail prices. was named BEST OF THE WEB by People Magazine Fall 2006 StyleWatch for Discount Designer Handbags and Purses. should not be confused with any other website selling a similar product or using a similar name. is the home of five fashion ecommerce stores: BrandsBoutique, LuxuryVintage, DesignersLA, ItalysOutlet, and ValueBags. Anna is considered an Internet Pioneer and has been reselling Designer Merchandise online since the early 90s.