April 2014

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The New Must-Have: Prada Saffiano Cuir Double Bag

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My penchant for Prada has taken a significant upturn, mainly thanks to Scandal’s Olivia Pope. Liv dresses so elegantly yet always looks comfortable, and this combination is ideal to me. Her accessory game is spot-on, always relying on classic beauties, and her preference for Prada has caught the eyes of many handbag lovers.

I wasn’t able to get behind the Prada face bags, but the Prada Saffiano Cuir Double Bag, provides a stunningly timeless design, all the way down to Prada’s signature saffiano leather and inverted triangle logo.

This bag contains two compartments, which are separated by a centre snap-flap pocket that resembles an envelope clutch. The double bag pulls in each compartment at the centre, which adds a bit of dimensionality to the otherwise simple design. The bag comes in a variety of colours, from classic black to tan to an electric yellow.

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CHANEL S/S14 METALLIC PATENT PHONE HOLDER

Just because you are a huge fan of any brand doesn’t mean you have to automatically like everything they put out. Unless of course you were a fanatic, which also means this post won’t mean anything to you. And even though I’m a self-confessed fan of most everything Chanel, there are still releases that stump me from time to time.
Take the Chanel Metallic Patent Phone Holder, for example, that’s part of the S/S14 collection at the French house. Measuring 15 cm by 9 cm by 4.5 cm (that’s how wide it is on the inside), the brightly-hued calfskin or lambskin phone holders are made for exactly that, to hold mobile phones. Said to contain 3 phone compartments (does it mean it will comfortably fit a trio of iPhone5s?), they are also topped off with a Chanel signature, the long braided leather and metal chain that means you can sling it across your body with ease.

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Available in 8 different colours (one for every outfit combination under the sun perhaps?), they are priced at either SGD1980 or SGD2050, which I’m assuming is because of either the leather (calfskin versus lambskin) or the fact that the one in muted gold costs a tad more.
So why am I stumped, you ask? While I think the colours are great and all, I don’t see the point of having a dedicated ‘bag’ just to hold your mobiles, which seems a tad excessive. Then again, my love for Chanel’s canvas backpack may also be deemed excessive by some, so I guess we are even.

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11 Great Ways to Start Your Designer Handbag Collection

We get a lot of reader email asking for advice and recommendations, but the one questions we’ve received most consistently over the years are queries about what a young woman should choose for her first designer bag. Those questions are very near and dear to our hearts – Megs and I can both recount the acquisition of our first bags in vivid detail – and today, we’re here to provide answers both general and specific.

On the whole, most successful first-bag purchases are some combination of classic and recognizable. Discretion may be the better part of valor, but for almost anyone, the rush of that first fancy purchase is knowing that everyone else knows you have something fancy, at least in part. Don’t worry about being inventive or finding the Next Big Thing; just get something you love and that you’ll be proud to carry until you find your next big bag crush. Below, some of our favourites.

1) Louis Vuitton Damier Neverfull MM Tote
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The Neverfull is a first-bag favourite, and we’d recommend the slightly more subtle Damier print over flashy monogramming.

2) Coach Bleecker Mini Preston Satchel
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– Coach bags have been American girls’ entry point to luxury leather goods for several generations, and both Megs and I can call a Coach bag our first.

3) Tory Burch Mini Robinson Tote
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– This Tory tote is both recognizable and functional, and its slightly shrunken size is perfect for younger women.

4) Kate Spade Carroll Park Penelope Satchel
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– Kate Spade was among the only acceptable first designer bag options when I was in high school, and its fun, feminine purses ensure that it’ll continue to be a solid choice for years to come.

5) MICHAEL Michael Kors Large Sutton Satchel
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– MICHAEL Michael Kors ticks all the important boxes – the bags are accessible, classic and easily recognizable to other fashion fans.

6) Longchamp Le Pliage Cuir Bag
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– A lot of handbag neophytes are tempted by Longchamp’s signature nylon bags, but this leather version of the style makes for a more long-lasting choice.

7) Alexander Wang Rockie Bag
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8) Loeffler Randall Rider Bag
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– A lot of popular first-bag picks err on the preppy side, but if your personal style is a little less traditional, go with one of Wang’s classics.

9) 3.1 Phillip Lim 31 Hour Bag
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– Like Wang, 3.1 Phillip Lim makes great first bags for young women with modern, urban taste.

10) Marc by Marc Jacobs Know When to Fold ‘Em Jina Satchel
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– This bag, with its minimal branding and neutral colour, makes a great choice if you need to take your very first bag conquest to work.

11) Rebecca Minkoff MAB Mini Satchel
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– Rebecca Minkoff designs cool, recognizable bags at accessible price points; in short, the perfect entrance to the designer market.

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