Who is my Bag Designer of the Year? I have so many favorite individual bags but do any of those translate to the comprehensive title? One great bag doesnâ€™t make the cut there has to be multiple bags in a collection. There are designers who have multiple style that I love but arenâ€™t necessarily new designs. I think the designer of the year has to be a trendsetter and have a collection of bags that I covet. It could also be a newer face on the bag scene that is making a splash. So, who makes me want to max out my credit cards??
My frontrunners for Bag Designer of the Year:
Tods. My first designer bag was a Tods and they have really upped their designs this year with fresh styles and shapes, new leathers and a modern edge to classic shapes that will be a staple of a wardrobe for years to come. The Shopper Tote, the Ivy, D-Bauletto, Ava so many amazing bags. Beautiful everyday handbag styles but what about a clutch? for $1300.00
â™¥ Tod’s AGJ Media Bag available at Saks Fifth Avenue!
Yves Saint Laurent: Always beautiful, quality handbags and Iâ€™ve been infatuated with the Roady hobo bag for more than a year now. The Muse is a must have for any fashionista…but whatâ€™s new? This Muse Two combines the colorblock trend with a satchel in fun red, linen and navy shades. $1895.
â™¥ Yves Saint Laurent Muse Two at NET-A-PORTER!
Celine: The Trapeze and Luggage Totes are arguably the most coveted bags of the year. Worn by major models and celebrities, these bags are striking in their chic design and new shapes. But, Celine is very limited in availability. New styles are pretty much limited to in-store shopping at some of the most upscale boutiques and department stores in extremely limited quantities. Availability is definitely an issue. The black calfskin portfolio can be found on Bluefly on sale for $2430.
â™¥ Celine calfskin portfolio at Bluefly!
Reed Krakoff: One of the newest designers to make a huge splash on the bag scene. Reed Krakoff is the designer behind the most successful brand purchased by everyone from college girls to celebrities. The new line launched with huge success. I also love many of the designs and the bags are great quality too. The Boxer Tote is a beautiful new style and I still covet the mini-crossbody in black. Check out this beautiful red Boxer on mytheresa for $990.00
â™¥ Reed Krakoff BOXER at My Theresa
Alexander McQueen: You know I adore the clutches. The skull box clutch and De Manta clutches are my absolute favorites, but Iâ€™ve yet to see a satchel, hobo or shoulder bag that elevates the entire line above others.
The ocelot printed De Manta is striking and reasonably priced on sale for $367.99
â™¥ Alexander McQueen De Manta at Zappos!
Fendi: I remember Fendi as a huge line from the late 80s and hadnâ€™t seen much innovation over the years. But this year was special. The Silvana and Chameleon were major successes and the new striped bags are fun and fashion forward. $2300 at Saks in multicolor tote in cobalt blue.
â™¥ Fendi Silvana at Saks
And the Winner is..
This was incredibly difficult to choose, but while there are facets of each designer that I love, I have to go with REED KRAKOFF. There isnâ€™t a day bag, mini cross body or clutch that I wouldnâ€™t love to own. Great quality with interesting shapes and designs. Accessible to many either in-stores or on websites. Reed Krakoff made a big splash as a new designer with consumer friendly styles and price points.
More of my favorites:
The orange envelope clutch is $490 at Net-a-Porter!
Red leather hobo is $950 at Nordstrom!
The denim and leather boxer for $990 at Saks Fifth Avenue!