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Louis Vuitton Unveils New Bags at Cruise 2014 Show

Nicolas Ghesquiere’s first collection at the helm of Louis Vuitton set a very particular tone for the brand’s bags going forward; they would be recognizably Vuitton, but very different than what predecessor Marc Jacobs designed during his decade-and-a-half leading the French leather goods behemoth. For Louis Vuitton Cruise 2014, unveiled over the weekend in Monte Carlo, that pursuit continues with even more bags.

The bags include the brand new Twist, Pinch and Mask designs, as well as more of the Petit-Malle mini trunk clutches that attracted so much attention on the Fall 2014 runway. These bags help flesh out the line for customers looking to buy into the brand’s new look, which is in keeping with Ghesquiere’s attempts to make the brand’s biggest-selling category a little more subtle while still incorporating Vuitton’s signatures like its monogram and pushlocks. These bags will be available this winter.

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SPRING-SUMMER 2014 WOMENS CHANEL: BOY SLGS

Because one doesn’t need any reason when it comes to blogging about Chanel (plus it’s a been a slow weekend), here are some S/S14 Boy Chanel SLGs (or small leather goods) for all (myself included) to drool over.

Featuring bright hues in the shiniest of patent lambskin leathers, they are from top to bottom: phone holder in metallic blue (14 cm by 9 cm, SGD970), Boy Chanel Flap Wallet in metallic pink (19.4 cm by 10.5 cm, SGD1530) and the Boy Chanel Wallet in metallic silver (18.2 cm by 10.3 cm, SGD1340).

And for those not into anything patent for fear of ruining it faster than you can pay it off after you put it on credit, there is always the Boy Chanel Wallet in black patent lambskin that measures 18.2 cm by 10.3 cm and retails for SGD1340.

Which would you get?

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How Do You Store Your Bags?

A couple weeks ago, I posted a photo on Instagram of me putting my Chanel bag in its dustbag and then into its box after I used it. I asked my Instagram followers if they also put their bags away after use.

My question elicited many responses and different viewpoints on how to store your bags, which got me thinking that bag lovers’ storage strategies must be so different. Some bags may just be stuffed into the closets, some might just be inside dustbags. Some bag lovers have massive closets, so each bag has a resting place, and many will go through every step possible to keep their bags pristine as possible. The possibilities run the gamut.

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For my nice bags, after I use them I take everything out and put the stuffing back in and then place the bag in its dustbag. If the bag came in a box, I typically put the bag back in the box as well. I don’t do this for every bag, but I do it for my nicer luxury bags, and I really try to keep them in good shape. (You guys know I have a thing about my nice bags).
When I asked if other people put their bags back in their dustbags, many said yes. But it was also the first time I heard someone say that keeping a bag in its box can cause the leather to dry out. I’ve never heard that, and if that’s true, I’d certainly stop keeping my bags in their boxes, so now I’m trying to get to the bottom of that debate.

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There’s no better way to learn about how others store their bags than asking, so now I’m turning to you. Do you put your bags in their dustbags and store them on a shelf? Do you also put bags bag in their boxes? Share your tips and tricks when it comes to storing your bags!

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The Celine Fall 2014 Handbags Lookbook Has Arrived

This is one of those posts that needs little introduction. Celine’s Fall 2014 handbags (which are pre-fall, in tradition industry terms) have surfaced in the form of an official lookbook, and contained therein is a lot of what we’ve come to expect from Celine, plus a few interesting handbag debuts.

The most notable of the new additions to the lineup is the Celine Belt Bag, which has a front strap detail somewhat similar to a popular bag from The Row, but with a more undone, casual feel. It’s the winner of the group, along with a relaunch of the brand’s pristine Doctor Bags, this time with a petite shoulder version to match. The other most noticeable new edition, the Celine Top Handle Bag (whose primary feature is, you guessed it, a very strong single top handle) feels a little bit overcooked, design-wise.

These bags should be available in Celine boutiques and department stores at the end of summer; prices are not yet available, but when we have more information, you guys will be the first to know.

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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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Louis Vuitton Debuts Nicolas Ghesquiere’s First Bags for the Brand

Louis Vuitton is the biggest luxury handbag brand in the world, and there’s no job that counts more in the accessories industry than that of Louis Vuitton’s creative director. For most of my life, that was Marc Jacobs, comfortably ensconced atop the French powerhouse that he reinvigorated with his signature blend of luxury and pop-cultural wit. After the Spring 2014 show, though, Jacobs passed the reigns to Nicolas Ghesquiere, formerly of Balenciaga, and he debuted Louis Vuitton Fall 2014 in Paris on Wednesday.

Perhaps the most striking thing about the bags, and the collection as a whole, is that they’re very clearly not Marc Jacobs. The man and the brand have been so closely tied for so long that it feels genuinely foreign to look at LV through another designer’s eyes. Ghesquiere is more than capable, though; the show’s Mini Trunk bags are my favorite runway piece from Vuitton in recent memory, and the collection as a whole was crisply retro-modern. Check out the full selection of handbags below.

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Hilary Duff Carries Both Celine and Givenchy to the Gym

Here’s Hilary Duff, leaving the gym in West Hollywood (in a pair of heels, no less!), clearly showered, blow-dried and ready to take on her post-workout day. She’s carrying both a Celine Luggage Tote and a Givenchy Antigona Bag – one bag for pre-gym, one bag for post-gym, I suppose? Celine bags aren’t sold online, but you can pick up a pale grey Givenchy Antigona similar to Hilary’s for $2,435 at Barneys.

If you’re shopping for a similar look at a markedly lower price point, do check out Amanda’s latest post in our ongoing “5 Under $500″ series: “5 Under $500: The Palest Shades of Grey.” As our regular readers well know, Hilary has an exceptional handbag collection – it’s so good, in fact, that it merits frequent revisiting. You can browse through all of her Celines and Givenchys in “The Many Bags of Hilary Duff” and “The Many Bags of Hilary Duff, Part Two.”

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Prada Double Bag

Every season a fashion house pushes out a new bag and proclaims it their ‘bag of bags’, or in Lord of the Rings terminology, the one bag to rule them all. And more often than not, those who rely on mere cosmetic theatrics will often fall flat on their face, because really, there are only that many kitschy gold clutches one can buy.

And then there’s the Prada Double Bag, which will be launched worldwide today (and you read that exclusively first on Bagaholicboy) that’s totally unlike any other bag that Prada has released in a long time. Famous for their framed top handle Saffiano leather bags that come with all the usual bells and whistles (you know, an additional flap on the front, zippered closures, gold-tone hardware and lots of it), they also end up being extremely heavy before they’re even filled.

Which for some ladies is a big no-no.

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You could call the Double Bag the ‘antithesis’, the leather used completely rethought and stripped down to her barest of essentials. As light as a feather (well, not exactly but it is really, really light), the Double Bag still showcases Saffiano leather on her exterior that’s been made softer and lighter, and lined with the thinnest of Nappa leather, so thin (and this is something you have to see and feel for yourself) that one could liken it to a slice of prosciutto (aptly Italian, no?).

Measuring 2.3 mm thick, each bag takes 5 man hours to complete, each 35.5 cm by 27 cm tote the perfect size for work or play. Made available in 10 different colours for the first drop, 40 boutiques worldwide (along with Prada at Marina Bay Sands) will launch the Double Bag today (12 February 2014) with a special visual display that will let you see all the gorgeous colours at one glance.

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Priced at SGD3940 apiece (it’s RM9140 and THB100,000 respectively in Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok), the Double Bag combines all the elegance and structure of Prada’s famed top handle shape with the ease, functionality and ‘lightness’ that every woman desires when it comes to bags they will be using day after day. One bag to rule them all? Indeed.

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Five Reasons Everyone Should Own A Louis Vuitton Speedy

We’ve already covered why you need to own a Balenciaga motorcycle bag and a Chanel flap bag, but those obviously aren’t the only iconic bags that a woman needs in her wardrobe. Your bag collection shouldn’t be missing a Louis Vuitton Speedy, but if it is, we’ve got a few things you might want to consider.

1. In the world of designer handbags, they’re relatively affordable:
Despite the fact that the price of a Speedy has gone up a couple hundred bucks since I bought mine in the late 2000s, they’re still something of a steal in the great scheme of designer bags. Speedies start at $890 for the 25 cm monogram version, and for an iconic bag from one of the biggest luxury companies on the planet, you’re not going to find a better deal. Bags with similar storied histories and famous followings will set you back thousands of dollars.

2. Don’t like monogram? There are dozens of other options:
Monogram canvas may be the most popular material for this particular bag, but don’t let that fool you in to thinking that it’s the only one. A lot of people aren’t fond of logo prints (I happen to be one of them), and for those people, there are Damier and Epi leather options always available, as well as whatever graced the runways that season. Fall/Winter 2010 will be of particular interest to Speedy lovers – Vuitton showed nothing but dozens of different Speedys in a variety of leathers and exotics. If you want logos, however, Vuitton comes up with a new version practically every season – watercolor, roses, cherries, pop-art pandas, graffiti. I could go on, but you get the idea.

3. Louis Vuitton bags are practically indestructible:
This one requires little explanation for a true bag lover – even people that aren’t Vuitton fans know that their bags are historically very well-made, particularly the traditional styles. Also, if your Speedy were to require repair, Vuitton has better service for those kinds of things that almost any other brand I can think of, save for Hermes. As I mentioned previously, however, good luck finding an Hermes bag for less than a grand.

4. The shape can fit in any woman’s wardrobe:
Speedys range in size from petite to quite large, and if you’d rather not wear a bag on your arm, Vuitton offers a crossbody strap to keep you hands-free. The brand’s purists will caution against using it, but crossbodies have become so very modern in the past year that wearing a Speedy as a messenger might actually be a good way to update it. Once you’ve decided how to carry it, even the 25cm version has plenty of room for all of your daily essentials.

5. If it was good enough for Audrey Hepburn, it should be good enough for most of us:
Grace Kelly may have been a fan of Hermes, but Audrey Hepburn was continually photographed wearing her favorite Louis Vuitton Speedy. Some people may say that the bag is played out, but don’t let people who chase labels dissuade you from enjoying a bag that has an important historical place in the lineage of the luxury handbag. With all of the different size and design permutations, there’s a Speedy out there to suit every style.

You can make it your own: The Speedy is among the bags that are part of Louis Vuitton’s Mon Monogram program, which allows you to add your initials and several stripes in the color combination of your choosing. If you’re worried that everyone already has this bag, then why not make yours one-of-a-kind?

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