October 28, 2005
Now here idea that intrigues me. Maybe I have just had sailing on the brain since I am planning a New Year's Eve in Newport, RI or because I have spend the past months listening to my mom's many sailing stories. Or maybe it is because I visited Maine a few weekends ago. Or maybe it is because it is great to see something original and interesting out in the world of bags, and something that is also very New England-y.
Via the lovely Purseuing, I spotted a link to Seabags a company that creates tote bags out of used sails. The Web site doesn't have to much info but luckily, Purseuing has got all the info in her post.
The bags look beautiful, the store is located in the Old Port and I plan to pay a visit with my camera and wallet the next time I am in Maine.
Kate Spade Sample Sale
Keep an eye out for the Kate Spade sample sale which will begin on Oct 31. The sale will run for 4 days and prices will be discounted up to 65%. To enter the site you'll need to sign up for the mailing list.
Sounds like a must for all the Kate fans out there!
October 25, 2005
I added a new link to the links pages today with Cheryl Shops, a great site I discovered while googling "designer denim". This is a fantastic, not to mention amazingly comprehensive site all about shopping in NYC. I don't know who Cheryl is, or what she does...but boy does she know her stuff!
- The Cheryl Shops Fall Shopping Guide
- Review of a shopping trip to Filene's Basement a place near and dear to my heart
- A link to The Art of Shopping which I now plan to visit next time I am in NYC
October 20, 2005
Seen around the web, week of 10.20.05
- Another great flickr pool: handbags
- Beautiful bags and other crafty things by three green apples
- Local Boston fashion blog Far Too Cute
- Distressed Jeans suggests some cool bags
- A new (to me) site: Purse Deals. Look out, this could be dangerous!
October 19, 2005
Guest Bag Blogger: Pamela Pekerman of www.BagTrends.com
Investment is a funny word. Most people think about real estate or paintings. I think about bags. Yup, a bag is a personal investment – you’re saying, “I care about how I look and I want you to see me as a Balenciaga girl or a Botkier girl.” Each handbag carries a different message and perception.
When I was in college and didn’t have a lot of bags (a sad time, truly) I still wanted one great bag. One great bag means a classic design, a universal shape, a resilient fabric, an unmistakable winner! My choice was the Louis Vuitton Speed 30, and for my 19th birthday, that is what I got. At around $500 it wasn’t the logical bag for a college sophomore to carry, but I new it was worth it. The slouchy doctor’s bag is ideal for school, now work, and for weekend adventures. I literally put my entire life in it – makeup bag, card case, a book, a magazine, some files, my wallet, my cell, my i-pod, and still have room for my lunch. This bag has been caught in a torrential rain storm in Vegas, a blizzard in New York, the smoldering sun in Los Angeles, and used as carry-on luggage when I travel. Despite the oxidation and heavy wearing that has altered the light tan handles and piping into a burnt-orange shade, the bag is a good as new.
Really, the speedy has become a loyal friend. I trust it. When I can’t decide what bag to take, Louis is always there. The monogram brown on tan pattern matches every clothing combination and color– skirts, jeans, black pants, white pants. It has truly lived up to the “investment” I always
knew it would become.
Moral of the story? Having lots of bags is great. In fact, I recommend it! But, having one great bag is a necessity for any woman. Make your pick from newbies like Bulga and Ted Rossi or go with old-faithfuls like Louis Vuitton and Prada. Because, as I always say, a great bag is the only item that can take an outfit from special to spectacular.
Pamela Pekerman is a bagaholic who turned her passion into a business. Using the skills she learned as a journalism student at NYU and her internship experience at InStyle, Cosmopolitan, YM and the Today Show, she created www.BagTrends.com, an online magazine devoted exclusively to bags.
Cameron Diaz in "In Her Shoes"
I recently saw the movie "In Her Shoes" and couldn't help but notice the cool leather messenger bag that Cameron Diaz's character has for most of the movie. It looked leather and slouchy and might have some different colors of suede?
Anyone know the maker of this bag?
October 15, 2005
Bag N Kitty
Professor Growleypants gets cozy with my sister's tapestry bag.
October 13, 2005
Globe article about Bag, Borrow or Steal
The Boston Globe had an article today about purse rental companies like Bag Borrow and Steal, and there were a number of things about the article that really bothered me.
First off, who is doing the PR for BB&S? They are good! I have seen a number of articles about this company in some major publications recently. I guess the Globe article was supposed to be focusing on the "phenomena" of renting high end designer bags but it really came off as a two page add for this company.
Second, as TBB readers know there are few things I love more in the world then bags and talking about bags but way is this a topic that really need to be on the front page of New England's largest newspaper? I think the Living/Arts section would have been more appropriate.
Another annoying thing is the picture that accompanied the online version of the article. One of the things that bothers me about a bag rental company is that I know I would be constantly worried about anything bad happening to the bag. YET in the picture Maura McGreevy is wearing hers out in the rain! Now I know it has been raining almost non stop here in Boston for the past couple of weeks and the Globe photographer might not have had a choice of where to take the pic. But it was just another reminder as to why I'm not comfortable with this kind of service. It may be perfect for some people, but not me.
Plus, this line is kind of weird: "She said the company introduced her to new designers such as Tano and Baby Phat, which she said she probably wouldn't have discovered on her own." Now Tano I can see, since it is a cool line but not one you see on the street very often. You may remember my brush with Tano this spring. But Baby Phat??? If you want to be introduced to the Baby Phat line of bags then just check out your local Marshall's bargain bin, which I am frequently found rooting through. It is a line that is easy to find at my local stores, you really don't seen to sign up for a designer service to see it.
If you like to join in the discussion: What do you look for in a handbag?
October 9, 2005
Seen around the web this week
- Good stuff over at Brown Seven Twelve
- Purseuing.com has set up a great lounge to discuss...what else? bags!
- One of my favorite gossip blogs Conversations about famous people has now started a fashion blog: Conversations about fashion
- Everybody loves flats. I picked up some darling black suede flats from Target this week. (Note: wear with socks. Your feet will thank you.)
- How long has this lovely new design been up at I Am Fashion? Pretty!
(I'm going to try to make "Seen around the web" a weekly thing. We'll see how that goes.)
I had a rare occasions this weekend to get dressed up all fancy, check out a new restaurant and celebrate my sister's birthday. My outfit consisted of my fancy gold t-strap heels that I never wear, my beloved seven jeans, green blazer from the gap, red pashmina, and a funky black top and earings from Urban Outfitters.
As luck would have it the green from my blazer matched perfectly with the green in the paisley velvet from a bag I bought recently from Macy's. The bag was from Nine West and the closest I can find online are these bags which are the same shape and design but in faux suede instead of velvet. I bought the bag on a whim and a week later I planner to return it to Macy's because I didn't like how deep the bag is and that lack of inside pockets. But I forgot to return it and then it was too late, and then the bag started growing on me again.
I tried to use it one day as an everyday bag and it didn't work out. Its a weird shape and as expected everything fell to the bottom.
But I discovered last night it was perfect as a party bag. I was able to hold all my regular stuff, plus a pair of flat shoes in case the heels became to painful and I could stash my pashmina in there when we were at the bar. It took a little bit of fumbling to get my camera out, but no more then any similar bag. And the dark velvet was perfect for all the dark, jewel tone colors we are seeing everywhere this season. The best part is the cool braided handle, very similar to this one
Once again, it was worth it to give a bag a second look.
My new commuting bag
As I started to look around for a new commuting bag, I returned to the basics. A Kate Spade Nylon Messenger bag. I had to laugh when I decided on that bag since I have wanted one since around 1999 when they first came out (I think) which was when I started working in Boston, and for the first time was exposed to fancy designer bags everyday as I walked down the street.
I started looking for this bag on ebay a few years ago, but it was still too popular and the bids always went higher then I wanted to spend. But now, since the bag is so old and not as popular it was actually easy to find one on ebay. Because I didn't buy it in a store I can't be 100% sure that it is authentic, but it looks pretty good to me. Just to be on the safe side I am going to pop into a Kate Spade store one of these days to compare.
I do wish there were more pockets (why don't bag makers GET this???) and I almost got the diaper bag version since I liked the inside pockets. But I'm able to fit a day's worth of stuff inside including my lunch and a book to read, so the size is just right for me. Plus the nylon cleans up well, and when I got caught in the rain the other day walking home the bag looks just fine once it dried up.
I almost didn't buy this bag because I felt that it was a couple years old, outdated, and I should be a little more "cutting edge" but then I realized that if I liked it since 1999 then chances are I won't get sick of it anytime soon.
You can read reviews about this bag over at ebags.com.
October 8, 2005
NYTimes Style article
In case you were the only one to miss it the New York Times had a recent Style article Over the Shoulder, Over the Top about high end designer bags.
I'll never be able to drop $1K for a bag, as much as I love them, but it is an interesting article, covering why some women buy such extravagant items even though they know the price is outrageous.
I would probably be inclined to buy a pricey bag if I knew I could get lots of use out of it, but I am just so finicky that a bag I love today I can't stand tomorrow. Plus my day bag gets so baged up on my commute that an expensive bag just wouldn't be practical. But a girl can dream of someday right?
My favorite quotes from this article:
- "A few years ago it was shoes. Last year it was jeans. This is the year of the handbag."
- One reason for the rise of these bags is that the rest of fashion has moved toward a more dressed-down look, so that even jeans may be appropriate for a dinner party.
- "A bag is sort of like a portable house. It represents you."
- "For some women, finding the right bag is as important as oxygen."
- "I know the price of fuel is up, but if I'm trying to decide between a tank of gas or a great designer bag, I'm going to walk and carry that bag."
In related new I actually had my first spotting of a Chloe Paddington bag yesterday on the arms of a woman walking into the Gap in Harvard Square. I wasn't able to get close enough for a good look without looking sketchy, but I get a good view of the paddlock as I walked by her.
What is the most you have ever spent on a handbag? For me it was $150 for a black leather Coach bag a few years ago. I know that's a drop in the bucket campared to the bags in this NYTimes article, but I was quite happy with my purchase.