Every time I go to New York I’m in awe with the way the women and men dress. I always look outside my hotel room every morning to see people scurrying to get to work in their business attire. I absolutely love when I see a woman in a pencil skirt and carrying a briefcase. I don’t know what it is about it, but I love that look. It’s classy and somewhat sexy I suppose.
When I saw the Madewell “Lil Briefcase” Bag, I was instantly in love! What I liked the most about it, is that it kind of has a vintage look to it! Always exciting when you find a brand new piece that emulates a vintage look.
I don’t know about you, but I always get super excited whenever a new handbag designer hits the scene. I just love creative new ideas. And, being the environmentalist that I am, I especially love creative new ideas that come about in an eco-friendly manner. That is why I am so proud to present to you Muratori Designs (Luxury… with the World in Mind)! The company was founded by Julie Berard, who was able to align her love of fashion with her respect for nature in order to bring us a unique collection of luxury handbags. So not only are these handbags gorgeous, but they are made by a company that is environmentally conscious as well!
I do want to stress, however, that Muratori handbags are not vegan (like so many other eco-friendly handbags are). Instead, the company utilizes vegetable-tanned, chrome-free leathers. The production process for these leathers is much less harmful to the environment than other leathers. In addition, the linings of these handbags are made of either organic cotton or hemp. But it is also the little things that this company does to lessen their carbon footprint that I think are really cool. Whether it’s using only high efficiency light bulbs or purchasing electricity from renewable green energy sources, they are doing everything they can to help protect the environment. And, as if all of that wasn’t enough, Muratori also has a handbag recycling program!
When it comes to all things handbags, how stiff is too stiff? Sure, sturdy bags are handy when you fear your essentials being all over the place or when you really want your bag to stay in one single spot. The sturdiest piece in my collection is definitely my Multicolore Trouville by Louis Vuitton, and it definitely keeps its shape. I can’t imagine owning anything stiffer than my Trouville, as it would practically seem like a hard travel case or something. Speaking of hard cases, anybody looking for one? I recently ran into the Pragmatic Black Leather Case by Diesel. I had no idea that tough brand Diesel makes hard cases for their collection, is that newly learned or simply old news?
This piece is purposely designed with a vintage feeling to it. Aged gold toned hardware and its silhouette give this an antique finish. A square shaped body with double short handle tops seems to me like really uncomfortable to carry everyday. What should you carry in it? Who knows, eventually its owner will find use out of this. If you’re not a fan of the exterior, maybe it’s light pink interior lining will change your feelings towards this case. Measuring 13” x 9” x 5” you can find this leather case for $450 over at: ssense
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In need of a new suitcase for your Spring getaway? Check out the Globe-Trotter Vulcan Fibre Suitcase! Wait… Vulcan Fibre? What’s that? Well, I did a little bit of digging and it turns out that Vulcan Fibre is actually cotton fabric soaked in zinc nitrate. This material is ductile, hard, non-splintering, and almost horn-like. In other words, this stuff is EXTREMELY durable — and it only gets more durable with age! No wonder it was the material of choice for this suitcase! You won’t have to worry about this baby getting tossed around at the airport! But not only is this suitcase tough, it isn’t bad to look at either. I simply adore the hot pink color, the burgandy leather trim, and floral interior lining. I also love the chrome hardware, you can never go wrong with chrome hardware!
This suitcase is a pretty decent size, measuring 28″ x 17″ x 8″. And don’t worry about it being too heavy to lug around. This baby comes with wheels! So if you’re looking for a beautiful and functional suitcase, then head on over to Vivre Online Store and Catalog. Hurry though, this suitcase is part of the limited addition Candy Collection that is available exclusively at Vivre. It retails for $2,145.
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Man Bag, Mag, or simply Travel & Luggage. Whichever you choose to call it, men all around the world are preferring to carry their essentials in a roomier compartment other than their pant pockets. In my area, the messenger styled bag wins the popularity contest, and over at Saks (dot com), they carry even more styles to choose from.
Up first is the messenger styled bag, the Prada way. Prada presents their version as causal and definitely masculine. I really like the combination of Prada nylon with rich leather and the variety of colors are appealing, yet allow this piece to match with almost anything.
For the trendy man, Gucci presents their latest duffle in one of the hottest colors right now, Cobalt. It’s got double handles, vertical zippers, and silver tone hardware, and seriously, how striking is that hue!
Got a crave for logos? Gucci’s classic GG logoed duffle gets a makeover with vintage inspired orange/khaki/white leather trims. Luggage tag, removable strap, lock and keys are included with this piece.
Last but not least, the perfect accessory for Mr. Sophisticated. Yves Saint Laurent presents the Muse Travel Bag and wow is it gorgeous! It’s rich, large, and made of Buffalo leather. Yeah, I won’t be surprised if some of you gals pick this up for yourself… you know… to travel and stuff.
Shop the latest Men accessories over at: Saks Fifth Avenue
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December 4, 2008
post written by Bag Bliss blogger: Deysa
Louis Vuitton Damier Canvas Brooklyn
If my lovely Hampstead bag had a boyfriend, this is what he would look like!
Here at Bag Bliss + tBF, we never exclude the guys. How could we? Gentlemen have their valuables too, and they should purchase nice pieces to carry their goods in. With the Damier ebene Neverfull finally hitting the shelves in the good ‘ole USA, the Damier pattern is all of a sudden the most popular Vuitton line in my area. I suggest the boys give into the craze with something as stunning as this. The Damier Canvas Brooklyn MM is listed on eLuxury’s “Gifts for Men” page, and I can’t see how any fashionista can turn this down. It’s perfect for the traveler, student or on-the-go man in your life. The masculine messenger style with 13.4″x 10.6″x 3” dimensions can accompany him to the gym, office, or travel. Did you notice the slight change of hardware on this piece? It’s actually golden brass hardware with a polished brown finish; even the Inventeur plaque (found right at the center of this piece) is present and updated as well. Signature cross body strap, a rear zipper pocket, and a magnetic closure are just a few more details you can find on the Brooklyn.
Shop Louis Vuitton goods at: eluxury
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December 1, 2008
post written by Bag Bliss blogger: Marissa
Donna Karen Modern Scorpio Briefcase Bag
Although, briefcases are classy I have never spotted one that I considered: cute, fashionable, and stylish. That is of course until my eyes became fixated on a briefcase I found on the Saks Fifth Avenue website. The briefcase I found was the Donna Karen Modern Scorpio Briefcase bag and I must say it is fabulous with a capital F. It may look a tad bit gaudy at first but when you compare it to the everyday version of a briefcase it is quite fascinating in a unique way. The Donna Karen Modern Scorpio Briefcase can be held by the handle or worn on your shoulder being that the strap has a 10 inch shoulder drop. The briefcase has a top flap closure which has a ring to add some detail to the top flap and I must say that is the only part of the briefcase that is horrible. I think the ring makes the top flap look a little tacky, but of course that is my opinion. Other than the ring, the Donna Karen Modern Scorpio Briefcase Bag has amazing features such as an interior and exterior pocket, plenty of room, open pockets inside, and is made in Italy. If I was in the business world and needed a briefcase, I would snatch this one up in a heart beat!
The Donna Karen Modern Scorpio Briefcase Bag may be stunning but it comes with the not so stunning price of $2,195. Beautiful briefcase, and if you want to look stylish at your next meeting I suggest this is the briefcase to get!
See the Donna Karen Modern Scorpio Briefcase Bag at: Saks Fifth Avenue
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November 17, 2008
post written by Bag Bliss blogger: bRs
Want Malpensa 24 HR Travel Bag
Do you want a nice travel bag? Say for quick, overnight trips? I came across this Malpensa 24HR Travel Bag by Want and all I can say is “wow”. So who is Want? The company’s full name is Want les Essentiels de la Vie. They are all about timeless, classic, and 100% functional designs. Their specialty? Luggage. However, they also make briefcases and a variety of small accessories. Personally, I think this bag is absolutely lovely. And you know what? You wouldn’t necessarily have to use it as a travel bag. It could easily double as an awesome work bag. Just think of all the stuff you could fit in there – folders, binders, laptop, you name it. As for the color, I actually love the green a lot. The color is refreshing and unexpected, especially in the workplace. However, I think this bag would be even more stunning in black. After all, black is always right when it comes to work. How does everyone else feel?
The Want Malpensa 24HR Travel Bag is available in Dark Green. It measures 14″ x 11″ x 5.5″ and has a 9″ handle drop. Also keep your items secure with its adorable little zipper lock. Unfortunately, this bag retails for $1,395.
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August 26, 2008
post written by Bag Bliss blogger: Jennifer
Yves Saint Laurent Man Bags
Just received an email from the lovely people over at YSL: New men’s bags are now in stock over at ysl.com
I love the men’s line of bags. So simple and classic, a bag that you could truly wear for years without going out of fashion.
Here are the guys pictured above:
Mombasa Messenger Bag.
Tumbled leather messenger bag with deer horn handle, adjustable strap and magnetic snap closure. 11” H x 10” W x 2.5” D. $895
What do you guys think of the horn detail?
Rivoli Tote Bag.
Quilted vinyl tote bag with attached zip wallet and inside cell phone pocket. $645
I don’t know the exact measurements of this one, but it looks like the perfect size for a day tote.
Muse Overnight Bag.
Tumbled leather overnight bag with brass hardware, detachable shoulder strap and luggage tag, double zipper, functional brass lock and key, and protective brass feet at base. 15” H x 24” W x 8.5” D. $2,195
I know this might sound odd, but I’m not that in love with the ladies Muse (museTwo is another story :wub2: ), but the men’s overnighter is just plain awesome. I like it.
Tumbled leather bag with canvas and leather handle, detachable luggage tag, inside-zip pocket and protective brass feet at base. 17” H x 19” W x 4.5” D. $795
This sporty bag is perfect for all seasons – summer white or winter white.
Tumbled leather briefcase with brass hardware, functional brass lock and key, double zipper, inside-zip and cell phone pockets. 12” H x 15.5” W x 3” D. $1,195
The perfect guys work tote. I really love the box-ey shape, and of course the brass lock is a great addition.
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