Saint Laurent Classic Museum Large Briefcase

Since we were just recently on the topic of larger briefcases that will better serve today’s working man, here’s another spanking new contender worth checking out. From Saint Laurent comes the Saint Laurent Classic Museum Large Briefcase, which at first glance looks almost like the Classic Duffle, but there are at least 2 key differences.

For starters, it doesn’t quite have the same shape as the former, nor does it have the flap pocket which extends across the front. Secondly (and this is a key point for me since I can get rather clumsy with my bags at times), it comes in grained leather (as compared to the Classic Duffle‘s smooth calfskin), which in my opinion is more hardy and holds up to minor accidents much better.

Measuring a good 40 cm across by 30 cm by 11 cm in width, it also features an internal zip pocket and an iPad slot, which is always useful. Priced at SGD2880 and now available at Saint Laurent boutiques in Singapore, my only single gripe (albeit a minor one) is the fact that it doesn’t come with a shoulder strap, which I suspect is in keeping with the bag’s clean lines and minimalist appeal.

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Burberry Haymarket Check Small Tote

I was originally attracted to the Burberry Haymarket Check Small Tote when I spotted it online at Burberry, the Haymarket Check coated-canvas body contrasting perfectly with its exotic python sides. Upon closer inspection, however, I realised it would make a great baby bag as well, what with my sister expecting a little girl who’s due in October, causing me to be on a lookout for all things baby-related.

Besides the fact that it measures almost 30 cm across by 26 cm (quite roomy without being cumbersome), there are 5 pockets in all, 1 each on either side of the bag, and a zipped, regular and patch pocket on the inside. And then there are totes that are 80% coated-canvas (with 3 different colours for the panels, SGD1425 each), making them great for wiping down in case there are any ‘accidents’. It’s also pretty lightweight to begin with, which is always a good thing if you have to lug around Baby’s gear as well.

All in all, it’s a pretty good candidate, and one I’m adding onto Sophie’s list of baby paraphernalia that I could/should get. And yes, that’s the name I’m giving my niece; my sister just doesn’t know it yet.

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Headed to College or Grad School? Here are All the Tech Accessories You’ll Need

Even though my last days on campus at the University of Georgia were as recent as 2008, a lot has changed, technologically speaking, in those intervening five years. My little flip phone, which was by far the preferred cell technology of college students at the time, had a battery life that my current iPhone can only dream of and so much exterior plastic that a case would have been redundant. Most of my classmates, who received their laptops at the beginning of their college careers in 2003 or 2004, couldn’t bear to lug those eight-pound behemoths around campus and settled for pen and paper, thus we required no laptop cases. An iPad wasn’t even a thing yet, not by a long shot. Going to college or grad school now requires a whole host of tech accessories, though, so we’ve stepped up to help 2013′s new and returning students with a guide to the season’s best tech accessories.

Below, we’ve assembled a group of ten products that will do everything from protect your laptop to keep your iPhone charged, and then some. If you want to use some of these pieces for non-school reasons, well, we can’t blame you. iPad cases are remarkably similar to clutches in some ways. In that spirit, we’ve tried to include attractive, well-made items that can be used beyond the classroom – after all, isn’t that a good way to get some bang for your accessories buck?

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Chanel Debuts New Site, New Bags For Pre-Collection Fall 2013

I feel as though I say this all the time, but it’s really impressive how many distinct handbags Chanel manages to turn out in a year. The brand does collections, pre-collections, cruise, Metiers d’Art – every time you look up, there’s a new Chanel collection coming. Before we get to full-blown fall (and to tide you over after Metiers d’Art 2013), we present Chanel Pre-Collection Fall 2013, which popped up online late last week, along with a new look for the Chanel website.

Because Chanel doesn’t currently offer e-commerce, its website has lagged behind other brands’ online offerings a bit – why offer that kind of immersive product experience if you’re not interested in sales? Now it seems as though Chanel has taken a small step in that direction, creating a handbag browsing area that divides each collection into sections, provides cursory naming details and allows the user to zoom in to see the details in stark relief. With that, the brand has provided better, clearer images of its new bags than ever before, which we’ve included for your viewing pleasure below. These bags are in stores now!

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Louis Vuitton Epi Neverfull

Because I had a hunch that this was going to happen sooner or later, I wasn’t really surprised when this popped into my inbox earlier today. From Louis Vuitton comes the much-anticipated Louis Vuitton Epi Neverfull, the perfect alternative for those looking for something in full leather sans monograms, of course.

Only available in one size (the MM, which measures 32 cm across by almost 29 cm), here are some other facts you should take note of. To make up for the fact that it only comes in 1 size, it comes in 7 different colours, which is pretty much all the new hues in the Epi universe, including Citron that’s shown above.

Each Epi Neverfull comes with matching microfibre lining, and as an added bonus, you’ll also find an Epi leather pouch inside each tote, which can be used with or taken out and used on its own as a small clutch. When will it be out in Singapore and how much, you ask? Now actually, and it’s priced at SGD2580 apiece. So, who’s getting one?

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Latest Obsession: Tiny Prada Bags

Miuccia just gets me, man. I should just sign my entire wardrobe budget over to her, between Prada and Miu Miu. I just bought a pair of Prada shoes earlier this week (after initially going shopping to scout out a pair of Miu Mius), and now I’m scheming to making one of these Prada Mini Bags my next big purchase. There’s something about the simple, traditional lines of these bags, miniaturized for more casual carry, that makes me see stars. But in a good way.

I’ve wanted a Prada Saffiano Lux Tote for a long time, but the bag never seemed like it would be the right fit for my lifestyle, mainly because riding public transportation and hoofing it around in NYC, in my mind, requires at least a very generous shoulder strap, if not a crossbody option. Over the past two years, that’s kept me away from buying a lot of bags that I otherwise love, including several Pradas. Now, with these mini versions (which are a big trend for a lot of brands, we’ll have you know), you don’t have to worry about carrying something bulky from the crook of your elbow. This is yet another trend that Celine started, but I’m very happy its spread to lots of other brands.

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Man Bag Tuesday: The Gucci Natural Python Duffel Bag

One of my favorite things about fashion is that it gives people permission to be impractical. Sometimes you need a pair of six-inch heels that you can’t exactly walk in or a dress that fits correctly only when you’re standing up or a maxi skirt so voluminous that it gets caught under the wheels of your desk chair at work. (That last thing? A thing that I own. And wear to work. Often. Because I can.) Fashion lets people indulge the slightly frivolous sides of themselves, and although there aren’t as many opportunities for male frivolity as female, the Gucci Natural Python Duffel Bag is a strong opportunity for dudes to be a little ridiculous.

If you’ve ever had a python handbag before, you know that the material can be a little delicate. Although I trust Gucci to have treated this type of bag to make it reasonably wear-resistent, the fact remains – python just isn’t as hardy as regular cow leather. That’s ok, though, because in fashion, it doesn’t always have to be. Something can be made to be as beautiful as possible, even if it limits the items total functional usage a bit. This bag will still work just fine as a weekender, of course, but you or your dude will just have to take a little bit of extra care because of the snakeskin. For a bag this pretty, I think you can manage. I know I sure could. (Although I’m the girl constantly wheeling over her own maxi skirt, so maybe I’m overconfident in my abilities.) If you think you could treat this Gucci bag with the care it deserves, pick it up for $4,500 via Saks.

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Bottega Veneta Yellow Gold Diamond Knot

What do you get when you combine a functional, beautiful bag with everything that’s precious in the world of high jewellery? You get the Bottega Veneta Yellow Gold Diamond Knot, of course, from Tomas Maier’s upcoming Fall-Winter 2013 Womens Bottega Veneta Womens collection.

A stunningly, opulent clutch that left my jaw open for the duration when it was held in the hands, it’s made up of half a kilo of 18K yellow gold, exquisitely crafted with the same texture and feel you’ll find on a regular intrecciato leather Knot.

And that’s not all. You can’t see it in the image above, but where the clasp (or the knot) ends, the sides are embedded with sparkling, brilliant diamonds, 74 in all, for a total of 0.64 carats that give just the right amount of shine without rendering the owner slightly blind whenever it’s picked up.

A special made-to-order piece that will take between 3 and 6 months to craft, it can be customised with your very own name (or initials) on a metal plaque that will be affixed to the clutch’s interior. Available via special order now at Bottega Veneta boutiques at ION Orchard or Marina Bay Sands, this truly collectible piece will set you back by, wait for it, SGD160,240.

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Louis Vuitton Monogram Canvas Tuffetage Deauville Cube

From Louis Vuitton’s Pre-Fall 2013 collection comes an old bag given a new makeover. Known as the Louis Vuitton Monogram Canvas Tuffetage Deauville Cube (quite a mouthful, I know), the original Deauville was featured in one of Louis Vuitton’s earlier ad campaigns that was modelled by Jennifer Lopez. Today’s Deauville has been slightly reworked; what was originally shaped east-west (horizontal) is now north-south (vertical), taller than it is wide, and the reason for its new name, the Deauville Cube.

And now that we’ve tackled the style of the bag, let’s focus on the treatment of its exterior. Referred to as Monogram Canvas Tuffetage, it refers to the traditional technique of tufting, inspired by carpet makers with the threads stitched on to create that 3D-esque effect you see on the bags.

Available in Red or Caramel, I expect them to be available in Louis Vuitton boutiques very soon. Measuring around 26 cm by 26 cm, it’s expected to retail for around USD2600 with another variation in suede selling for USD2900 or so, and once I know its price in SGD, I’ll do another update.

Interesting shape, fascinating treatment. Question is, do you love it?

Update: 11 June 2013
Thanks to ‘Addict‘, I have an update regarding Monogram Canvas Tuffetage Deauville Cube. Priced at SGD3400, they are also now available in SG. Another variation, in black suede will retail for SGD3800.

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Demi Lovato is Our Latest Givenchy Antigona Lover

Here’s X-Factor judge/pop starlet Demi Lovato, carrying a particularly gorgeous, glossy new Givenchy Antigona Bag at Heathrow Airport. Demi has pretty specific taste in designer bags, as evidenced by “The Many Bags of Demi Lovato.” Even as a Disney-fied tween, she demonstrated a real penchant for Gucci, Prada and Givenchy, and we’re thoroughly unsurprised that she’s added a classic Givenchy bag like this one to her growing collection. You can purchase this supple Italian goat leather bag for $2,405 at Bergdorf Goodman.

Apparently Demi’s time in the UK ended on a bit of a downer after ambulances had to be summoned to an oversold gig at the London Palladium. A few fans were reportedly crushed inside the venue – details are still sketchy, but no one seems to have sustained any critical injuries. Demi’s fans, also known as “Lovatics”, were already pretty hysterical after fans who camped out overnight were rewarded with free tix to the same gig, even though the venue had previously insisted anyone who showed up before 10 am would not receive any.

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