Celine bags have become one of the most anticipated bag collection in the industry, simply because everyone is waiting for the next big thing again, so Phoebe Philo really has to come up with unexpected things season after season. While I am still not sure how well the new bags in this collection, such as the Tie Bag, Fortune Cookie Bag, Berlingot and Hobo will do, the staples of the house are getting pretty good yet unexpected touch, especially with the Luggage in Check patchwork and Cabas in felt. On the other hand, more exciting work could have been done on Trapeze, Box, Edge and Phantom. I guess we all just have to wait til the bags hit the stores and see how the pick-up is.
I would like to single out the new Tie Bag and comment a little more on this bag in particular. This model surely solves the Phantom problem, which comes without any zip or button to secure the bag. The flap, while certainly useful and could be tucked into the bag itself should you want easy access, does admittedly look a little too similar to Hermes Birkin’s flap. I love the little knot details at the handles that make sense to the name of the bag. Am I looking at my second Celine after the Mini Luggage? Possibly…
Images are courtesy of Celine
On daily basis for the past 2 years until today, we still receive emails from readers asking us about more or less the same thing – Celine Mini or Micro Luggage price and stock. I love my Celine Mini Luggage to the max. I think its classic yet edgy silhouette will always give that kick or punch and defies over-seriousness that bags like Hermes Birkin carry. I am proud to say that I am one of the early adopters before the bag hit its “It” status. The problem with too many people out there is that they only began to love the bag once it is getting too expensive and too difficult to attain. At one point of time in year 2011, Purseholic had three Mini sitting in our inventory for 2 months and nobody wanted them. Last year, we had a Micro sitting with us for over a week too. Where were the people who claim so desperately want the bag now back then? In Europe, it is almost impossible to get a Luggage now. Price starts from EUR1,700 for a standard Mini but expect to pay way more with resellers who have to buy other things like clothes or accessories to get one for you.
As much as I love the Celine Luggage bags, I would really advise those who are still seeking to seriously consider worthy alternatives to the bag now – the RL Soft Ricky and the Hermes Toolbox. While not exactly direct competition to the Celine Luggage, these two models are just equally amazing with the option of having their wings spread out.
The RL Soft Ricky, is IMO, one of the most underrated bags in the market now. It is available in many interesting color options, made entirely in Italy of leather and is a more versatile bag compared to the Celine Luggage. Price in US is USD2,500, which is USD200 less than the Celine Mini Luggage in US (USD2,700).
The Hermes Toolbox is, on the other hand, considered an upgrade from the Celine Luggage. It has become one of Hermes’ most beloved bags in the past few years and many people rarely wore them with the wings spread, until now. The Toolbox is an investment grade bag that is worth investing in as soon as you have the means to. The Toolbox26 in UltraViolet Swift on the picture above just arrived at Purseholic Shoppe stock for SGD9,300.
Images are courtesy of Purseholic and Ralph Lauren
I learned two things that surprised me upon seeing these pictures. Firstly, Kris Jenner had the self-restraining capacity to opt for the decent size of the Chanel hoop flap bag instead of the oversized runway version she tried on in the store. I mean, given the fact that she surely loves publicity and her being the Queen mother of all Kardhasians, one would think that she would have gone for the oversized version, no? Secondly, the medium size hoop flap bag does look really good and ladylike somehow. Admittedly Kris Jenner is mostly always put together and carries herself well so she pulls off this potentially gimmicky bag very well. I am not yet close to declare her as a blue blood style icon but some other reality show stars could take some cues from this woman. Prices of the Chanel Hoop flap bag in Singapore are SGD3310, SGD3660 and SGD4310 for size 24 cm, 28 cm and 32 cm, respectively. The oversized runway version is priced at SGD14,270, inclusive of delivery, I assume?
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My sincere apology for not updating the blog for over a week now. With our travel schedule and work piling up, it has been impossible to find the time to research and review new bags, especially when nothing really exciting jumped out recently. I have however noticed that I lust over small crossbody bags more than other types of bags lately so it is only appropriate for me to post again, starting with one of the most gorgeous crossbody bags in the industry right now, the Proenza Schouler PS11. The PS11 is not exactly a new bag. In fact, it has been around for a few seasons now and spotted carried by style marvels like Nicky Hilton and Mary-Kate Olsen but my new-found love on small bags brought it to my attention only lately. I think natural colors like black or brown are the coolest for this bag but this Peacock blue is surely a show stopper in its very own right! Price is USD1,950 (a steal if you compared to Celine Box and Hermes Constance) from Neiman Marcus.
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Despite being one of the most respected leather shrines in the world and often dubbed as the Spanish Hermes, Loewe bags stay firmly at the classic side of the industry. While this means that every single Loewe purchase is a worthy investment, fashionistas who love trendy and edgy pieces tend so stay away from Loewe and this means untapped market for Loewe. The collaboration between Loewe and Junya Watanabe gives a much needed casual and younger appeal to the classic Amazona bags. Putting together Loewe’s expertise in leather and Junya Watanabe’s passion for denim, the Amazonas are now in patchwork and are available for pre-order on Loewe website. Price starts from SGD3,390. If denim patchwork is not your thing, worry not because the full leather patchwork option is also available, more refined but edgy, nevertheless.
Images are courtesy of Loewe
The Summer Sale is heating up and in Singapore, the GSS is starting too. Before splurging all your allowance on things that you might regret in weeks from now, check out the Bergdorf Goodman sale online and indulge in one (or both) of these two beautifully reduced Alexander McQueen Heroine bags. The yellow Heroine Open Tote is now
USD2,935 USD1,966 while the small laser-cut Heroine bag is now USD3,450 USD2,311.
Images are courtesy of Bergdorf Goodman
The Amsterdam based Vlieger & Vandam brings quirkiness to the next level with their now iconic Guardian Angel clutch gun. While I am not a fan of violence and guns, I must say, I am very much into this gun embossed clutch bag. Price starts from USD219.
Image is courtesy of Vlieger & Vandam