With increasing exposure among the general public about the aesthetic value of handbags, people across the world have come to realize that the quality of these accessories cannot be ignored. Just as branded clothes symbolize style coupled with durability, the same parameters hold true for bags too. Designers across the world have tapped into this newfound ‘handbag revelation’ among customers. Numerous international fashion houses and designers such as Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Dior, Jean Paul Gaultier, Roberto Cavalli, Versace, Fendi, Marc Jacobs, Tod’s, Michael Kors, L.A.M.B., and Zac Posen, among many others have jumped onto the handbag bandwagon.
With a commitment to superiority, designer handbags are built to last for years. Some common designer handbags include hoboes, totes, satchels, shoulder bags, and clutches. These bags are versatile enough to be carried to the posh most of parties as well as to the workplace everyday. Whether made of cloth or leather, the bags sport a smooth and uniform outer finish. Multiple compartments ensure systematic separation of the contents within. Most of the bags have either a zip or some kind of metallic or clickable clasp to ensure that the items kept in the bag stay there. Designer bags come in different shapes, sizes, and color tones to suit almost all tastes. While the shapes may include rounds, squares and buckets, the sizes vary from tiny clutches to large satchels.
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Achieving success for decades in the fashion clothing arena, it was but a matter of time before Christian Dior handbags garnered a loyal fan following. Dior handbags covering almost all varieties of these products range from totes, to clutches, to pouches, to shoulder bags. These bags are offered in a wide array of designs and colors. Being a trusted name, global customers can vouch for the quality of these bags. Incorporating jacquard and leather along with antique silver buckles, and other hardware, Dior bags combine an old-world appeal with modernistic lines. Most of the bags have a nylon lining with judiciously sized compartments allowing a large number of items to be carried within. Certain bags even have a cell phone pocket.
A vinyl coating over some of the leather Dior handbags provides a unique sheen to the outer finish. For those having a lot of stuff to tote around, the Dior bugattis would be ideal. These spacious bags are usually made of calf leather having suede trim. Liberal usage of studs across the bag renders a funky, but stylish, look to the bags. Flat bottomed bags have four tiny metal feet. Pouches and shoulder satchels have a woven strap that connects with the bag through ring attachments.
Exotic leather handbags are in demand across the world as they meet the stringent requirements of even the most discerning customers. While having one of the best aesthetic appeals, exotic leather is also a material that offers the handbag strength and durability. Being relatively expensive, a leather bag offers the owner peace of mind with a feeling that the bag is set to last almost forever. A genuine leather handbag is easily recognized by its superior appearance. Leather almost seems to have a ‘life of its own’. A network of quills and feather sockets on some of these bags further embellishes the looks.
Exotic leather includes those created from alligator, crocodile, snake, stingray, ostrich, peccary, eel, and even lizard skin. The leather is soft enough to be cut and fashioned into any desired shape. The finished product is also friendly on the skin. The handbags made from these leathers have become a style statement in recent years. One of the most tenacious leathers is sharkskin leather. This material can be subjected to the roughest use remaining unscathed, making it ideal for regularly used items such as handbags and purses. Besides the fineness of the leather, most exotic leather handbags also sport innovative and eye-catching designs. Coming in varied sizes and colors, there is an exotic leather handbag to suit almost any taste.
Designer leather hand bags, as the name suggests, are characterized by their unique design and craftsmanship, coupled with the highest quality materials and finish. Some of the most prominent names among the designers include Louis Vuitton, DKNY, Dior, YSL, Nina Ricci, Baccarat, Carolina Amato Gloves, D&G, Derek Lam, Emilio Pucci, Chanel, Gerard Yosca, Kooba, Giuseppe Zanotti, Jean Paul Gaultier, Chloe, Juicy Couture, Michael Kors, L.A.M.B., Marc by Marc Jacobs, Jane Yoo, Me&Ro, Hermes, Ralph Lauren, Michael Kors, Pianegonda, Ray-Ban, Rock & Republic, Thomas Wylde, Tod's, Tom Ford, Zac Posen and others. Some of the popular Italian designers are Fendi, Raffaello, Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci, Prada, Tod’s Tod’s, Miu Miu, Roberto Cavalli, Versace, Valentino, Hogan, Isabella Fiore, Burberry, Celine, Dericci, Nannini, and Alviero Martini, among several others. The most important consideration while buying a designer leather handbag is to have the authenticity of the product verified through the authenticity card having a serial number or barcode ascribed to the designer. Once acquired, proper caring and maintaining of the designer leather handbag would be the next important thing to retain its perfect looks.
Bottega Veneta, a part of the Gucci group, is known for its range of soft, hand-woven leather bags with classic designs and timeless looks. Some of the current favorites from the Bottega Veneta Bags collection include Vernice, Crocodile, Accordion, Liquirizia, Wrinkled Nappa Cosmetic Case, Soft Crocodile Coin, Soft Crocodile Zip Around, Clay Hand-Painted Python, Club Stripe Montaigne, Uniform Chenille Vernice New Bond, Crocodile Bv, Calf Campana, Milano Ostrich, Maxi Veneta, Royal Maxi Veneta, Milano Ostrich, Python Sloane, Embroidered Nebbia, Capri, Tote, Lizard Large Cabat, Karung Book, Cervo Hold All, Cervo Hobo, Umbria Hobo, Umbria, and Soft Crocodile. These handbags are available in different variations like Blonde, Noce, Ebano, Carmine, Corallo, Nero, Luce, Intreccio, Camel, Nappa, Iron Brass, Moro, Scala, Intrecciato, and Iron.
The Kelly bag is a creation of the French fashion house Hermes, and is named after Grace Kelly, the award-winning American actress who reigned supreme in the 1950s. Grace Kelly later turned princess of Monaco in 1956, after marrying Rainier III, Prince of Monaco. Kelly Bags are favored by celebrities and most sought-after as fashion and status icons by the socialites; long waiting lists to acquire them are still quite common. The bag first appeared in ‘Life’ magazine, with Grace Kelly strategically positioning it. It has also been seen in movies, with ‘Le Divorce’ being the most notable among them. A Kelly bag is fully handmade and is a fine example of Hermes’ craftsmanship in leather. Apart from regular leather, other variations of Kelly bags are made from exquisite materials like the skins of crocodile, alligator, lizard and ostrich. Metals are also occasionally used for customized Kelly bags. These unique bags have the reputation of being entirely handmade, from start to finish, by a single master craftsman. With only the finest materials being used, an engraved lock and key set, and the undeniable brand value attached to it, every Kelly bag is considered as a treasured possession.
Named after the singer and actress Jane Birkin, the Birkin bags are manufactured by Hermes, a luxury goods manufacturer. The Birkin bags today epitomize luxury and are a highly coveted item. These bags have an interesting history behind them. In 1981, when Jane Birkin was traveling on a plane, she accidentally spilled the contents of her bag. The person seated next to her was none other than the president of Hermes, who offered to create a bag named after her. The popularity of these bags can be gauged from the fact, that there is a minimum waiting period of two years, the bags are never sold online, and the previous owners of the bag can manage to get a premium of a few thousand dollars for resale. The range of these bags includes Hermes Birkin in Croc Porosus Lisse, 35cm Black Clemence Hermes Birkin, among others. Hermes Birkin in Croc Porosus Lisse is made out of crocodile leather, features 9 carat of diamonds, while the 35cm Black Clemence Hermes Birkin is made of pebbled leather.
Burberry is a UK based fashion house that produces clothing, fragrances, handbags and other small goods. Burberry handbags are instantly recognizable by their checkered pattern and are extremely popular across the globe. One of the more popular offerings this season is the Burberry Trench Check Clutch, a funky clutch in shades of tan, brown and yellow trench print. Also popular is the Burberry Leather Pocket Shoulder Bag (which is crafted out of pebble leather and is perfect for daytime), the Burberry Plaid Canvas Tote (a vibrant and colorful bag crafted in leather), and the Burberry Heather Suede Bag (which comes with a brown leather trim and an adjustable strap). Other popular offerings in the Burberry handbag range include the Burberry Leather Beaton Bags, the Burberry House Check Totes, and the Burberry Quilted Nylon Totes.
Chloe is a French luxury brand that manufactures women’s clothing, accessories and fragrances. Chloe has designed two of the most fashionable and popular bags, the Paddington and the Edith. The Edith bag is available in various colors and can be worn during the daytime, as well as night. The Paddington is a super slouchy bag available in chocolate, red and electric cobalt blue colors. Small Paddington bags are equally popular. Another popular offering from Chloe would be the Chloe Ava Leather Tote, which is made out of soft brown leather accented with gold hardware. Yet another popular offering is the Maggie handbag line, which is easily identifiable because of its lovely dual clutch design and its usage of antelope leather.
Balenciaga, today, is famous and popular for its line of motorcycle-inspired handbags. Perhaps one of the more popular handbags in the Balenciaga handbag range would be the Le Dix/Lariat bag. Considered the punk girl's IT bag, the Le Dix/Lariat is for the girl who might just jump on a motorcycle and leave the all boys in her dust. Another notable thing about the Le Dix/Lariat is the Italian distressed leather that it uses, which gets better with age, and as such you can use it as much as you want and it will still look better for years to come. Recently, the company has christened its Le Dix/Lariat bag, “The First”. Some of the latest bags in the Fall-Winter 2007/08 collection of Balenciaga include the Coffret in crocodile, the Beach bag, the Ostrich Whistle, the Part-time bag, the Giant Brief, the Giant Weekender, the Giant Hobo, the Arena multi-color large bag, the Partition large bag, the Tron bag, and the Envelope bag.
Chanel bags as a whole are massively popular. According to many in the fashion industry, Chanel has the prettiest quilted handbags that are timeless and fabulous. Chanel is famous for its quilted leather bag range, which has been around since 1955. These handbags have everlasting popularity, and if you find an authentic one, do not let it go. Also extremely popular are the Chanel caviar leather handbags, which are renowned for their durability and high resistance. Chanel caviar leather handbags are also equally well-sought after for their beauty and are ideal if you are looking for a designer daily bag. The Luxury Line, which Chanel introduced in 2006, featuring a metal chain embedded in the leather, is perhaps one of the most “in” bags in the market today. Among the current Chanel handbag range, of great interest are the Chanel’s Ligne Cambon Series of handbags, the Chanel Luxury Ligne Bowler, the White Chanel Timeless Clutch, the Chanel Madison Patent Leather Flap, the Chanel Croc Biarritz, etc.
Ever since they hit the market, Louis Vuitton bags have been sought after for their fine craftsmanship and unmatchable aesthetic appeal. Perhaps one of the most popular Louis Vuitton bags is the Louis Vuitton Alma Bag, which has a unique and lovely shape that grabs attention everywhere. The Louis Vuitton Antigua bag, which was introduced in 2005, is made from canvas; this Louis Vuitton bag has a sporty feel to it and is well suited for daily usage. And if you are looking for something as bright as the spring, the ever-popular Louis Vuitton Cherry Blossom Bag is a must have. Also popular is the Louis Vuitton Papillon, which is now known as the Louis Vuitton Butterfly bag. Another popular Louis Vuitton bag is the Louis Vuitton Popincort bag. Some of the more interesting designs in the current Louis Vuitton handbag collection are the limited edition Louis Vuitton Olympe Stratus GM, the Louis Vuitton Tribute Patchwork, the Louis Vuitton Damier Azur Saleya GM, the Louis Vuitton Monogram Dentelle in silver, and the Louis Vuitton Monogram Vernis Roxbury Drive.
Michael D. Kors is an American fashion designer. In fall 2004, Michael unveiled his MICHAEL line, which included bags and small leather goods. Since then Michael Kors bags have been extremely popular, being adorned by famous Hollywood celebrities. One of the more popular Michael Kors bag is the MICHAEL, Michael Kors "Astor" Suede Hobo Bag, a suede bag which comes in super soft light blue, purple or beige, and which has nickel stud accents and leather trim. Also popular is the MICHAEL, Michael Kors "O.C." Metallic East / West Flap Bag, an elegant, metallic-platinum leather envelope-style evening bag, which has silver accents and a silver chain strap. Another popular Micheal Kors bag is the MICHAEL, Michael Kors "Hutton" Suede Flap Bag, a plush suede bag which comes in lime, sand and turquoise, and which glam metallic accents and a matching single strap. Some of the latest bags in the Fall-Winter 2007/08 collection include the Michael Kors Rehearsal East/West Drawstring Satchel, the MICHAEL, Michael Kors Astor Metallic Tote, the MICHAEL, Michael Kors Saratoga Shoulder Bag, the MICHAEL, Michael Kors Brookville Wristlet, etc.
Emilio Pucci, Marchese di Barsento was an Italian fashion designer and after his death, his daughter, Laudomia Pucci, continued to use the Pucci name. The Pucci brand was revived by the French Louis Vuitton-Moet-Hennessy Group, who acquired the rights in 2000. Today, Pucci is extremely popular for its line of handbags. Perhaps one of the most popular Pucci bag is the “Fiocchetti” print Silk Teill Handbag, a nostalgic jewelry-box design which features the elegant “Fiocchetti” print in silk twill on the exterior and comes complete with a gold leather lining. The other popular piece in the Pucci bag range is the Hawa Print Bag, a Hawaiian print bag which features blue leather trim and rolled leather shoulder straps for optimum comfort. Also popular is the Double Handle Pochette, a classic handbag made of self-finished twill with leather trim. The Pucci metallic handbag line is a rage amongst teens and elders alike.
Fendi is an Italian fashion designer brand founded in 1918. The company is well-known for its line of bags and Fendi’s Signature bags are often in high demand sometimes creating long waiting lists. Perhaps the most well-known Fendi handbag is the Fendi Baguette, an elegant bag which was designed to be tucked under one's arm. Perhaps the most popular Fendi bag today is the Fendi Spy Bag, which is available in many variations and materials, and which comes in Nappa, Alligator, and Metallic designs. Another popular Fendi bag is the Fendi buckled B-bag, which has two curvy buckled flaps on the front and is available in a variety of strap styles, fabrics and embroidered details. The Fendi embellished bucket bag is yet another creation from Fendi. Some of the latest designs in the current Fendi handbag collection are the Fendi Patent Leather B Bag, the Fendi Selleria Bag, the Fendi Magic Bag, the Fendi Matrioska Zucca Medium Tote, the Zucca Shopping Chef, and more.
One of the most important considerations when buying a handbag, other than style, color, and cost, is the size of the handbag. Numerous fashion experts have said that the size of the handbag should ideally suit the physical makeup of the individual. A slimmer woman would look better toting a dainty clutch or a mini handbag, while a relatively well-built person could carry off a satchel or a duffel bag. To meet these varied requirements, Coach Handbags come in three main sizes; small, medium, and large.
The small handbags have slender silhouettes and are ideal for a night out when all you need to carry is your money, make-up kit, and a few other odds and ends. While not being extremely spacious, these bags have a touch of sophistication and are suited for formal occasions, with the user wearing a gown or some such stylish attire. Bags in the small-size range include hobos, pouches, and clutches. The medium handbags are the right size for just about anyone. With enough room for most of the items a lady would need, these bags have multiple compartments for systematic arrangement of the contents. Medium sized bags include satchels, carryalls, and swingpacks. The large handbags are judiciously designed by Coach to accommodate a big number of items, without compromising on style. Most of the Coach Handbag style categories offer bags in all three sizes.
The Coach Signature handbags can be grouped into three main categories; Signature Stripe handbags, Signature Cotton handbags, and Classic Signature handbags. All the three categories exude the innate sophistication, characteristic of all Coach Handbags. The Signature Stripe handbags can be distinguished by their multi-colored stripes and leather trims. These handbags are large enough to carry a number of items and can sometimes even be reversible. The Stripe handbags are versatile enough to be carried to work as well as to a picnic or some other such excursion. The Signature Cotton handbags incorporate cotton fabrics and are available in three main color tones; denim, jade, and chocolate. Further accessorized with leather trim as well as brass buckles, rings, and other hardware, these bags offer a funky, but stylish allure. Coach recommends that these bags are best suited for spring. The Classic Signature handbags were the pioneers in the Coach Signature handbags. Sporting innovative patterns, the bags in this range could well be considered ‘classics’. Considering that the Signature handbags were relatively large, they were built for strength, as it is but natural that they would be expected to bear a heavier weight. These handbags are truly a ‘Signature’ of Coach’s dedication to quality.
Besides the design of the Coach handbag, another contributing factor to the overall style of the bag is the way it is held by the user. Some of the main parameters that govern the way the bag is carried include the size and shape of the bag, as well as the length of the handle/strap. Most Coach Handbags are designed to be carried in one of three different styles; in the hand, on the shoulder, or across the body. A bag held in the hand is supposed to exude the maximum feminine grace. Such a carrying style just never goes out of vogue and is most applicable in formal settings. ‘In Hand’ bags usually have two handles on either side of the zipper allowing the bag to be carried like a mini briefcase. These bags, mostly including clutches, pouches, and small totes, are characterized by their small size and relatively shorter handles. Bags meant to be carried on the shoulder are somewhat larger and have a longer strap. These ‘On Shoulder’ bags can be comfortably slung over the shoulder and left to dangle by one’s side. The bags that are worn across the body are similar in design to the ‘On Shoulder’ bags. These bags, too, have long straps. These ‘Across body’ bags are usually worn with the strap slung over one shoulder and the bag resting against the opposite hip. An advantage of ‘On shoulder and ‘Across body’ carrying styles is that both the hands are free to perform other tasks or hold another bag.
The Chelsea, Carly, Patchwork, and Coach Ergo models of handbags from the Coach stable have become popular with customers due to the combination of style and functionality that these bags offer. Chelsea handbags are identified by them being made of exotic leather, incorporating turnlock closures with braided straps. The Chelsea range covers a wide array of totes, satchels, swingpacks, and hobos. Made of high-quality vintage leather, these handy all-purpose bags have a rich finish. Carly handbags are softer, thus accommodating odd-shaped and somewhat broader objects. The leather and Signature Carly handbag models are further embellished with dog-leash clips and turnlock closures. Hamptons handbags are designed for the woman of tomorrow. Made mostly from leather, suede and other rich materials these bags, designed to have sleek lines, are a treat to the eyes. They blend boldness and feminine grace in equal measures. As the name suggests, Coach Ergo handbags are ergonomically designed. This implies that the bags fit into the contours of the wearer’s body structure. With simple, straightforward designs, these bags are compatible with any outfit and personality. All the four types of Coach Bags are representative of the commitment to class on the part of the company.
One of the basic differences between legacy handbags and any other Coach handbags is that legacy handbags tread the delicate path between history and the future. While legacy handbags tend to exude these philosophical connotations, baby and Soho bags on the other hand are more simplistic and contemporary in nature. Even though legacy bags incorporate modernistic designs, an influence of the past is still reminiscent in these bags. Mostly made of vintage leather, these bags also have brass hardware such as buckles, rings, and studs. Carrying these handbags renders the user an aristocratic air. Legacy bags usually incorporate Classic Signature Coach Handbag features.
Baby bags have straighter, no-nonsense lines with an emphasis on functionality. However, this does not mean there is a compromise on looks. Baby bags have a fresh charm of their own, akin to a newborn infant. Actually, these bags are designed for new parents. The bags have a changing pad and even extra open pockets for all those feeding bottles, rattles, and napkins. Baby bags tend to fall in the Signature Stripe range of Coach Handbags. Soho bags look posh, while being spacious and sensible at the same time. With a smooth leather finish, these bags look dignified. Soho bags come in varied sizes and designs.
Coach is a name that is synonymous with high quality leather handbags. Choosing the right type of Coach Handbag, so as to perfectly match your body type, is of utmost importance. If you are tall and thin, you can perhaps carry almost any Coach handbag, though clutches, oversized handbags and shoulder bags will suit you better. If you are short and plump, shorter Coach purses (especially those which fit tightly against your body), will “create” height and make you look taller. If you have a curvy hourglass figure, go for a Coach bag which hits just above the waist, as this type of bag will perfectly accentuate and draw attention to your waist. If you have a plus-sized body, go for a Coach bag which is larger and slightly wider than normal size.
Dooney & Bourke is a company that has kept in touch with the current fashion trends across the globe. This fact can be seen from the range of handbags offered that sport inventive designs. Some of the recent designs seen in these handbags include Plaid, Madras, Texas, Candy, Mini Bubble, Nylon, and Large quilt. The Plaid handbags are equally at home in aristocratic British settings as well as in frontier America. An adjustable strap allows these bags to be either held in the hand or slung on the shoulders. The Madras handbags have a funky, patchwork kind of design. These bags are good to be toted to the beach. A long strap enables some of the bags to be slung diagonally across the shoulders. Texas bags are neat and simplistic, suitable to be carried just about anywhere. Some popular Texas bags include tassel totes, small safari bags, drawstring slouches, and letter carriers. The Candy bags are one of the most vibrant bags around. With a complete amalgamation of almost every color in existence, these bags are definitely attention-grabbing. A magnetic closure ensures that the content stays safe within the bag. The Mini Bubble bags and the large quilt bags are relatively sober colored, while the nylon handbags sport a uniform color right across that is usually bright.
With the wide array of handbags available from Dooney & Bourke, finding the bag best suited to your personality can be a daunting task. Of course, a rule of thumb says that if you are a senior citizen or have a serious corporate career, then choosing a very loud, multi-colored bag would not be appropriate. At the same time, if you are the happy-go-lucky. ‘Jeans and t-shirt’ kind of person, then a stiff leather bag would be incongruous. Donegal handbags, which come in small, medium, and large varieties, are more suited to the casual look. Though looking stylish, Emma bags are not exactly ‘giant eaters’. Opt for these tiny totes only if you have a smaller amount of items to carry around. The clear totes are just simple bags you would carry to the nearest departmental store. These ‘lunch bags’ look good on anyone. With the Zebra bags, you can announce to the world your love for animals. The Ice Pop could be considered the counterpart of the clear tote. This bag too is suited for a picnic, a nearby shopping spree, or even for a semi-formal party. The Bumble Bee is a modish bag aptly suited to be carried when wearing a frock or a denim outfit.
As with most branded products across the globe, there are bound to be a number of imitations hitting the market. While externally resembling the original, these duplicates do not match up to the original as far as quality and durability are concerned. Experts mention a number of giveaways, warning you about the duplicate nature of the bag. One of the most blatant indications that the bag is a fake Dooney & Bourke handbag is a tag having a ‘Made in China’ or ‘Made in Mexico’ logo. The presence or absence of a lining from the original may not be duplicated in the imitation. The zippers may have a different color tone as compared to the general trend followed by the company. Many accessories may not have the Dooney & Bourke tag stitched inside the item.
Additionally, if you feel you are not confident enough to detect a fake Dooney & Bourke from an original, it would be advisable to make your purchase at a reputed store or an authorized outlet of the company. In this way, you will be assured of getting your money’s worth and also enjoy the quality that is worthy of the brand.
Dooney & Bourke handbags and purses can be purchased at discounted rates from a varied outlets and online shopping portals. Getting a Dooney & Bourke product for less than the original price is truly a steal as irrespective of the price, the company never makes a compromise on the quality of these bags. Any discount one can avail off may be seasonal and therefore, we would not wish to commit to any particular store or outlet. However, we suggest that you could regularly visit your local mall or fashion store to check out the current offers on the line. A word of caution from our side; if you happen to be getting a Dooney & Bourke product at a price that is too good to be true, we suggest that you cross check the authenticity of the item.
Formal occasions generally demand clothes and accessories that are striking without being overly ostentatious. The handbag carried, too, has to thread this delicate line. A number of Dooney & Bourke handbags are available for formal as well as semi-formal occasions. The Nubuck handbag, while being influenced by life on the range, can also serve as a semi-formal bag. Coming in subtle shades of brown, this bag can be carried when wearing both dresses and slacks. The Dooney & Bourke Signature anniversary bags are versatile enough for both formal and informal occasions. Available in varied shades these bags are truly chic. The Glove ranges of bags in sleek leather finish have sharp silhouettes and could be applicable in formal settings. Croco bags, though not strictly formal bags, can be carried to formal gatherings where the dress code is not all that strict. Annalisa leather bags have one single predominant shape and are appropriate for semi-formal use. These bags come in large, medium, and small sizes. The Mambo handbags are suitable for semi-formal usage provided they incorporate a uniform color throughout the body of the bag. Among the Dooney & Bourke range of bags, there are a wide array of bags that are flexible enough to be used for casual, formal, and semi-formal occasions.