August 2012


Kim Kardashian pairs her first crocodile Birkin with pink Nikes

I’ve been waiting forever for our photo service to catch Kim Kardashian out and about with her new Hermes Crocodile Birkin, and the day has finally come! The agency we use hasn’t been sweating Kim as much as they usually do, so it took us a little longer to get these photos than we would have preferred, but here it is – black, reptilian, outrageously expensive. And…paired with hot pink Nike running shoes?

Yes, Kim has a think for taking her most expensive and lavish bags along with her as gym bags (we’ve seen her do it with Birkins before), but thankfully, she wasn’t headed to work out with a bag that rings up well into the five figures. Instead, our photo service claims that she was heading to a hair-removal salon, which sounds just about right. I’m still confused about one thing, though – how in the world didn’t Kim have a crocodile Birkin before this one? Lord knows she has the cash.




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Bold Predictions: Givenchy is about to have a handbag moment


” Sometimes, you just get a feeling.”

Yesterday, our intern asked me what I thought the next big bag would be, now that the Celine Luggage Tote appears to have hit critical mass. I consulted my tea leaves (as one does, of course), and for some reason, Givenchy was the first thing that came to my mind, so that’s what I said. Hilary, our marketing director, chimed in that she had the same feeling. Neither of us could put our fingers on exactly why, but big things might be about to pop for Riccardo Tisci and Givenchy. Not that big things aren’t already going on, of course, but the atmosphere around the brand’s accessories seems to have shifted for the better recently. So what does that mean?

I haven’t seen evidence of anything new and huge coming down the pipe from Givenchy, handbag-wise, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist or that it won’t exist very soon. Alternately, perhaps one of Givenchy’s existing bags – my guess would be the Antigona – will start to catch on in a big way among people who can “make an It Bag happen,” for lack of a better phrase. I certainly loved it at first sight.

Givenchy is exactly the type of brand that can produce a big hit. The money is there – Givenchy is owned by LVMH – but the brand is limited in its availability in a way that brands like Gucci and Fendi aren’t. It has the kind of limited distribution that helps make a bag seem rare and desirable; the only major US department stores that carry the brand’s bags online are Bergdorfs and Barneys. Inaccessibility is an important element in the making of a fashion frenzy.

On top of the tangible factors, Givenchy’s brand image is perfect for the spawn of an It Bag. It’s a line for fashion people and style mavens, much like Celine, which gives its pieces an extra note of caché that’s extremely difficult to recreate in a line with a more “mass” draw. Givenchy, on the other hand, is a brand that the coolest person you know already wears, which gives Tisci a significant leg up when it comes to making a lust-worthy bag. Givenchy’s opportunity is ripe; I, for one, hope they seize it.

What do you think? If not Givenchy, what brand do you think will make the next big bag?




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