Aspinal of London Trunk Clutch

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Since the Louis Vuitton Petite Malle seems to be the new It bag but costing five grands a pop, finding you an equally chic alternative that does not break your bank is essential for this new season. Our mission is easily accomplished thanks to Aspinal of London. The British leather house was founded on the fundamental premise of offering customers the most beautiful, elegant and refined designs of superior quality – to enjoy for a lifetime. Every piece is handmade by craftsmen and women in its HQ in The National Park of West Sussex Downs, just to be brought to you at affordable price and great value.

For Fall 2014, the trunk clutch measuring 5.7″ (H) x 7.3″ (W) x 3″ (D) is available in three options, all of which make my heart beats faster. Having said that, if you know me, you know that the one in smooth black leather with stamps will win my heart hands down! Price starts from GBP395 for the black Saffiano version to GBP425 for the smooth leather with stamps and GBP495 for the brown snakeskin version. All three are well priced below USD1,000, which means much less than what you need to pay for a Louis Vuitton Petite Malle.

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Best Bags on the Streets of NYFW Spring 2015 by Purseblog

Ralph Lauren Soft RickyLouis Vuitton Dora MM BagValentino Rockstud

From Left: Ralph Lauren Soft Ricky (USD2,500), Louis Vuitton Dora MM (USD4,650), Valentino Rockstud Flap (USD2,095)

Hermes BirkinH&M Maison Margiela ClutchLady Dior Pocket

From Left: Hermes Birkin, H&M X Maison Martin Margiela Clutch, Dior Lady Dior Pocket

Hermes Kelly Cut CrocChanel Boy with Fendi KarlitoFendi 2Jours Mini with Bag Bug

From Left: Hermes Kelly Cut in Croc, Chanel Boy with Fendi Karlito, Fendi Mini 2Jours with Bag Bug 

One of my favorite blog entries ever is Purseblog’s feature on the best bags spotted on the street of a Fashion Week. Here are my version of the 9 best bags spotted on the latest New York Fashion Week Spring 2015. Trust me when I say they might just be more exciting than the runway shows itself, as far as bags are concerned. Also, most of the time, it is not just the bag but also how the bag is being worn by the owner.

Kudos to Vlad and everyone at Purseblog.com for capturing these gorgeous bags and moments.

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Best of New York Fashion Week Spring 2015

Jason Wu Croc ClutchProenza Schouler Croc Shoulder BagAlexander Wang Clutch

Marc Jacobs Croc HoboMichael Kors Croc Frame BagRalph Lauren Ricky Bucket

I have a confession to make. New York Fashion Week is definitely the least exciting to me out of the four major fashion weeks. There is a reason why it happens first, followed by London, Milan and then Paris and that is how the world works. More specifically, I am least excited with New York simply because the accessories, especially bags, are generally less exciting. Fashion houses who show in New York usually put more emphasis on their RTW and less on accessories so bags always take back seats. While I can see the case improving over the past few seasons, they still have a big gap to close with their London, Milan and Paris counterparts. For the NYFW Spring 2015, here are the best 6 bags, each from one label that I find most exciting. There are, to begin with only one or two new bag from each designer to show to begin with. Not that I am being picky.

Top row, from left: Jason Wu, Proenza Schouler, Alexander Wang

Bottom row: Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors, Ralph Lauren

Jason Wu’s clutch bag is obviously the most exciting of this bunch, if you ask me, followed by the Ralph Lauren Ricky shoulder bag. I can’t wait to see what London, Milan and Paris has to offer in the next few weeks.

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Alexander Wang, Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors, Proenza Schouler, Ralph Lauren

Pre-loved Chanel Boy Medium Gold Lambskin

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I love pre-loved and vintage pieces hunting because you can sometime get treasures like this at good prices. The Chanel Boy has been made in various colors and with various decorations but this one, all in matt gold is simply one of the best versions I have ever come across. I must have missed it when it was available in stores but the good news is it is available in pristine condition at Fashionphile.com for USD3,895.

Purseholic is not associated with Fashionphile.com. We do not guarantee the condition and authenticity of the items offered. Please exercise your own judgement before purchase.

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Saint Laurent Small Moujik

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The Saint Laurent Moujik was released a few months ago as the replacement to the Muse Two and its sleek design has worn hearts of the fashion inner circle. The Moujik was only available in size medium (31cm) back then. Like every successful bag by Saint Laurent now, the small or mini size has followed suit and I am so happy to have come across the small Moujik in bubblegum pink on mytheresa.com. Priced at USD1,990 (as compared to the medium one at USD2,490) and measuring 21cm, the small Moujik is the new cute mini bag to own. How do you like your Moujik? Small and cute or medium and sleek? See the side-by-side comparison above. I say both!

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Saint Laurent Paris, YSL

LV Celebrating Monogram Part Deux

The Louis Vuitton ‘Celebrating Monogram’ pieces have been revealed online. In this Part two, we will look into the pieces created by Karl Lagerfeld, Marc Newson and Rei Kawakubo.

Karl Lagerfeld: Punching Bag (from USD3,400 – USD4,400), Punching Suitcase (USD5,900) and Punching Trunk (Price upon request)


Karl Lagerfeld must have been inspired by gym lately because his latest campaign for Chanel was shot with gym setting and now for Louis Vuitton, he did nothing else but punching set. If you have been into Boxing or Thai Bo and need something to up the glam then Karl Lagerfeld’s work for Celebrating Monogram is exactly for you. Other than that, I am clueless of the purpose this collection serves.

Marc Newson: Fleece Pack (USD5,900)


Everything designed by Marc Newson is generally contemporary, industrialist and functional. The Fleece Pack might just be the most functional piece in the whole Celebrating Monogram collection after all.

Rei Kawakubo: Bag with Holes (USD2,790)


Literally is a Monogram Canvas bag with holes and that’s all. I admire Rei’s literal guts but I will not pay USD2,790 for this bag. Will you?

My conclusion for this project: For the objective of elevating the perception on the Monogram Canvas to a material that transcends beyond utilitarian and fashion to art, it somehow succeeds with with pieces such as the shopping trolley by Christian Louboutin and the punching set by Karl Lagerfeld. However, for the objective of creating wearable bags that are supposed to make me fall in love with the Monogram Canvas again, it kinda failed. I like the shopping tote by Christian Louboutin but if I were to buy only one piece from this collection, it will only be the Camera Messenger bag by Cindy Sherman, assuming price is not a concern, because USD4,400 for a Monogram Canvas bag, after all, is not what I really want anymore nowadays.

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LV Celebrating Monogram Part Une

The Louis Vuitton ‘Celebrating Monogram’ pieces have been revealed online. In this Part one, we will look into the pieces created by Christian Louboutin, Cindy Sherman and Frank Gehry.

Christian Louboutin: Shopping Bag (USD5,150) and Trolley (USD23,300)


Everything that defines a Christian Louboutin piece is mashed together with the iconic Monogram in these pieces. Red color, metal studs and feminine bows. The results? Two very stylist French bags that are really chic and sexy.

Cindy Sherman: Camera Messenger (USD4,400) and Studio in a Trunk (Limited to 25 pieces. Price upon request)


These two pieces are probably exactly what Cindy Sherman herself would want to use and bring around when doing her photography works. While the trunk might not be the most practical thing to carry around nowadays, having a piece like this in your living room will surely impress people. I love the camera bag by Cindy Sherman. I think the bag itself is practical, cool and have I told you I really like the old-school hotel labels on a suitcase?

Frank Gehry: Twisted Box (USD4,400)


Simple but literally with a twist is the philosophy of any any Frank Gehry’s creations. This Twisted Box in Monogram Canvas is no exception.

LV Celebrating Monogram continues with Part deux…

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Christian Louboutin, Louis Vuitton