Tom Ford Natalia Doctor Bag

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Tom Ford used to rule and rock my world. Everything that he made in black with super sharp silhouette always did it for me and Gucci bags back in the late 90s are definitely responsible in making the Purseholic that I am today. Let’s just say, many many of Purseholics of my generation lost his/her bag virgin to this guy.

Unlike what he did back in Gucci, Tom Ford’s namesake accessories are way more subtle and understated but you can definitely feel luxury oozing out of them in a way only Tom Ford can do. While the Jennifer (named after Aniston) and the Natalia (named after Vodianova) shoulder bags are now the most popular design of the house, this Natalia Doctor bag might change your mind, if you are a big spender who wants a bag you could tote like a body shield. I absolutely adore the pairing between the iconic Tom Ford Natalia clasp with the classic shape of the Doctor bag. Not a Doctor? It doesn’t matter. The bag is for everybody who has USD10,280 for the small one (39cm x 20cm x 28cm) in alligator and print hair calf skin or USD24,930 for the large one (39cm x 20cm x 38cm) in all glossy super luxurious alligator skin.

If you know Tom Ford collection by now, you know that it is not for everybody. The price point is prohibitive, to say the least. Then again, there are not many black alligator handbag in the market looking like this sharp and luxurious now, under USD25K.

Images are courtesy of Tom Ford

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Tom Ford

Buy Hermes Bolide 31 and Toolbox 26 Online

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We all know how elusive Hermes bags could be, especially with the popular models. As nice as the official Hermes website is, almost everything most coveted about Hermes rarely appears on the online shop. Forget Birkin, Kelly, Lindy and Constance bag to begin with as they are already hard to get in store so imagine what a pleasant surprise it was to find a Bolide 31 and Toolbox 26 available on the Europe online shop (France and Italy, at least). The Bolide 31 is available in Rubis for EUR5,000 while the Toolbox 26 is in Orange for EUR5,200. Click now as they will be gone soon, I can guarantee you that.

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Tod’s Military Bag

Tod's Military Bag

Tods Military Mini Shoulder Bag

With a new Creative Designer on top at Tod’s, we would wish for a completely new line of leather accessories and we are not disappointed. The Military collection featuring both Bauletto and mini shoulder bag is due for Fall/Winter 2014. Price of the shoulder bag starts from USD1,250 while the bauletto starts from USD2,000.

Images are courtesy of Tod’s and mytheresa.com.

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Hermes Halzan

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Another new bag from Hermes is the Halzan. This is a simple all-leather unlined tote that seamlessly doubles up as a messenger bag when you fold its top part down. Hermes has proven that simple smart design bags like Lindy could be a huge success so it seems natural to be pushing new simpler designs like Halzan for another round of success. I am loving this bag very much, no doubt about it. Price starts from USD5,000 or EUR3,300. I just hope they don’t make it ridiculously difficult to buy one too.

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Hermes Oxer

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Introducing a new bag by Hermes, inspired yet by Hermes horse saddle (how surprising!). The large version of the bag was first seen on the Spring/Summer 2014 runway and has since been spotted on select Hermes stores around the world in a few different colors. However, given the relatively large size of 15″ x 7″ x 11″, it has been widely regarded more as a travel than a day bag. The original size retails at EUR6,500 and though the one in color Bamboo (green) was tantalizing, the apparent travel size was quite a turn off.

For Fall/Winter 2014, the Oxer will be available in smaller size. The gorgeous croco version has been spotted on the campaign photo. The Oxer is indeed quite a versatile bag with three ways to carry it. The detachable shoulder strap is a BIG plus for this bag. Expect the smaller version of the bag to retail around EUR5,000-EUR6,000. Time will tell whether it will be another hit like Lindy or Toolbox.

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Loewe Anagram Stamp Pouch

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The Loewe large Anagram stamp pouch is understated but it does not mean that it is not a head turner. Made entirely of buttery soft leather, which Loewe is best known for, the pouch is every inch luxurious yet neither does it break your bank nor make your boss postpone your pay rise. Priced at SGD990, it also happens to be the most pocket-friendly item in the new Loewe bag collection. Measuring 30.5cm x 20.5cm x 6.5cm, the pouch is large enough to fit wallet, two mobile phones, keys or anything most normal people carry daily. Available at Loewe T Galleria, MBS and Ngee Ann City.

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Saint Laurent Croc Embossed Treasures – Sac de Jour and Trois Clous

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I came across the most gorgeous crocodile skin Saint Laurent Sac de Jour when I was in Paris back in June 2014. At somewhere around EUR20,000, I remember thinking to myself “Whoever thinks money can’t buy happiness, ought to visit a Saint Laurent store more often!”. Back in Singapore, I encountered another similar bag but in Croc embossed leather instead. While not looking nearly as glossy and fancy as the real thing, at EUR1,990, the croc embossed Saint Laurent Sac de Jour looks quite like a real deal to set you apart from the usual calf skin fixes.

There is also the new Saint Laurent Trois Clous bag (simply means three studs in French). These two babies should do more than enough to quick fix any croc skin craving you might have. Price is EUR1,990 for the small Sac de Jour and EUR2,190 for the medium Trois Clous. That is still under EUR5,000 even if you get both, if you know what I mean.

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Saint Laurent Paris, YSL