It’s that time of year when I diligently prepare “appropriate” wish lists for in-laws, family and my husband. I take into consideration whether or not it has potential for fulfillment due to perceived frivolity and expense. My in-laws are conservative in lifestyle and while they have three homes, don’t spend on high fashion purchases. My parents have been hit by the recession, so not asking for anything there and my husband thinks I already have too many purses! I tend to buy my own bags most of the time. So, what’s a fashion-minded girl to do? Since I don’t have the chance to ask for my deepest heart’s desire, I thought it would still be fun to prepare my dream wish list.
Vintage Chanel 2.55
Growing up, my mother and I were avid vintage collectors. We collected bags, jewelry and clothing from the 50′s. I learned to appreciate the value of high-quality pieces as enduring and timeless. I never ran across a vintage Chanel. Every time I get close to the new version of this dream, the price jumps up putting it more our of my reach. While I continue to lust after the new styles, I dream of finding a gently used vintage one at a fabulous price. The Holy Grail of a sort. Of course even vintage comes with a price. This vintage black 2.55 is at Shopbop for $3150 showing that had I taken the plunge years or even a decade ago, it would have been a better investment than the stock market.
Discover: Chanel at ShopBop
Nancy Gonzalez Tassled Bag
Every collection deserves an amazing exotic bag. Several years ago, I fell in love with Nancy Gonzalez handbags. It was the first time I’d seen Crocodile bags that were soft and supple rather than hard. I should have taken the plunge then when prices were half of what they are now. The lesson learned is buy what you love and buy less! This beautiful tassled bag showcases beautiful camel croco in a more ladylike style. It is an extremely lare size though, so it is sure to capture loads of attention. It measures 16″ x 9″ x 71/2″. A perfect fit for my collection! $3650.
Discover: Gonzalez Saks Boutique
Katherine Kwei Large Donna Hobo in Chocolate and Grey/Gold OR Sling Bag
Alas, neither of these bags are available until Spring (but we got a sneak peek!). I have been a fan of Katherine’s bags since the beginning. The Donna style is my favorite and she has even upped the quality of the design of the bag with this beautiful version. The grey/gold is stunning and rich looking. However, I could really use the Donna Sling Bag. Unfortunately, I don’t have a cross body in my collection and there are many times I could really use it. The Donna Sling in black is beautiful and fills that needs. So, it is a must have on my list too! Katherine Kwei handbags can be found at Stylish, Chic Handbags and Accessories Handbags and Accessories – Muse Ten, Stefani Bags and in some Saks locations.
Yves Saint Laurent Roady in Eggplant
If you can see a trend here, I love Hobo bags. On a recent trip to New York, I fell in love with the Roady in Eggplant. Typically, I don’t buy alot of color handbags. Probably because my basic bag wish list have not been filled. But this eggplant version has been on my mind for a few months now. I absolutely adore the rich dark purple color. The bag is incredibly comfortable to wear. Very roomy at 14″ x 14″ x 2″. You can even replace the handles with different colored ones if you like. Now if I could find it with the stingray handle, I’d be overjoyed! $1395.
Discover: YSL Saks Boutique
Bottega Veneta Maxi and Ball Hobos
Like many bagistas, I sell my bags to make room for new ones. There is one bag that I have sold that caused me deep regret. A year ago, I let go of my BV Ball Hobo and I truly wish I had not. Those familiar with BV know it has the softest leathers and the craftsmanship is truly special. The intrecattio weave is a hallmark of BV designs and I am a sucker for a great woven bag. The Large Ball is beautiful in black for $1980 with a size of 12″ x 18″ x 2 1/2″. The Maxi Hobo is extra special in chocolate and enormous at 22″ x 15″ x 2 for $2450. I would certainly be thrilled to find either under my tree!
Discover: Bottega Veneta Saks Boutique
Bottega Veneta Knot Clutch
This black satin elongated clutch with brass knot detail is an instant classic. While I have evening bags, surprisingly, no basic black. The Bottega is stunning and has that intricate weave I love. The size is nice too at 10″ x 4″ x 2″. $1495
Discover: Bottega Veneta NetaPorter Boutique
Alexander McQueen Britannia Patent Leather Clutch
McQueen’s designs are simply incredible and I am fascinated with his aesthetic. I love the funky edge and there is nothing that would make a bigger statement with a simple black dress than this clutch with the crystal studded skull and red and gold patent Union Jack. Major impact for $1525.
Discover: McQueen NetaPorter Boutique