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So true. You can spend less money (Dries Van Noten, Jack Spade, Rag & Bone come to mind), but they aren't going to be made with the same materials or finished as nicely a true luxury bag.And yes, bags are quite a bit like shoes: the ones you'll find on serious markdown are usually odd, unattractive or impractical. A good bag that suits your needs is worth paying full price for.
The duffle is from the Victoria collection: it's lined in canvas, which makes it lighter and less expensive than some of their more structured options (the women's handbag version of this starts around $5k). They've also made an open-top version that's quite handsome:I LOVE the 24/24 Reporter; the shape, the size, the leathers are pretty much ideal. If I really wanted to invest in just one messenger bag, this would be it.
This literally looks like a gift-with-purchase item you'd get with their cologne. They did a similar canvas beach bag for women last year but the design and materials felt much more elevated than this.Burberry probably has the least integrity of any major label I can think of; they are a brand first, a fashion statement second, and a maker of luxury goods last. Quality is subpar across all three labels; I bought a pair of Prorsum denim last year and was shocked at what...
I've actually been seeing more articles about John Ray in his new capacity as creative director at Dunhill, menswear's biggest backwater.Rach, you must be the only person holding a candle for runway Ferre. Maybe it was bigger in Europe and Asia, but I never heard this brand discussed elsewehere or seen it at retail: my only exposure was that dreadful GF FERRE they sell to foreign tourists at midlevel department stores in major cities
I was obsessed with LV when this came out and desperately wanted this bag, but I was a broke high school student who could barely afford the key pouches and agendas I saved my birthday money to buy. The sad thing is, it was "only" $2100; today, LV runway bags cost 2-3x that and everyday men's leather bags are virtually all over $3k.For Fall '15, Kim Jones brought monogram back on the runway for the first time in years. Maybe it's just the latent logo-whore in me, but I...
I've said this before, but Gucci thinks they're Chanel. They're not. Their distribution is saturated, their prices and products too far-ranging, and their fashion credibility tarnished.Which is why Frida Giannini was unceremoniously kicked to the curb, her entire F/W men's collection scrapped, and the elevated accessory designer made everything from scratch in just a week. The collection wasn't perfect, but for the first time in a decade, it felt fresh. Pussy bow shirts,...
Handsome bags, and the organizer pockets look good. I'd buy the tote- for $500. At $1,895, I want something that feels special and expensive, and a square black tote from a brand you can find at Macy's doesn't meet that. Luxury goods demand suspension from our standard notions of value, and CK doesn't offer enough aspiration, desire, or distinction to make that happen.I like the CK Collection clothes, but the fit is punishing and the prices high. Ever retailer I've seen...
Well, it is a purse, and not one that you're going to find easy to pass as unisex. It's not really a top handle, either; the drop makes it apparent that this is a shoulder tote.But if you like it, who cares? Many fashion houses have built their businesses by making things the average layperson finds inappropriate.
The Purseforum is a great resource for brands with little information online (Goyard, Celine, Chanel, etc.) but most of the topics there veer into stupid nit-picking ("There is a stray piece of glue on the soles of my Louboutins so I MUST exchange them!!!) and shopping spree unboxing porn.
+1Without a doubt. Ungodly prices these days, though: basic sneakers in the current season are all $700/800, with little wholesale distribution and zero markdowns to be had.
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