Friday, July 29, 2011

Valentino Satin Bow Box Clutch: Satin=Stain

Price: $845.00

Where to Buy: Net-A-Porter,

Bagoepdia's Rating: 3 Bags (Out of 5)

Bagopedia' Comment: Bagopedia is glad that my wise side of my brain is still exist. It was really close that I almost purchased this clutch. I love the bow handle design. The color is pink with pearl shine. It goes with nude color dresses in the summer and the little black dress in the winter. The size is good for me. The design is classy and not overwhelming. However, my wise brain told me it is a light color satin clutch. That means this bag is dangerous. It gets stains as soon as it leaves the stores (I am not kidding!). The clutch's life will be finished as soon as it touches red wine (or anything colored). Bagopedia likes to have fun at parties. I don't want to keep worrying my clutches all night.

You can enjoy this clutch only if you are extremely careful person...

Christopher Kane Aqua gel-Filled PVC Clutch: Over-Priced

Price: $720.00

Where to Buy: Net-A-Porter,

Bagopedia's Rating: 1 Bag (Out of 5)

Bagopedia's Comment: This clutch reminds Bagopedia of gel-filled eye masks or some water toys for kids. It is unique and fun but over-priced. The novelty clutches have short life-spends and are very limited for use. The bag has no depth so you can only put some bills and cards. Don't even think about keys (hello?) or cell phones.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Fendi Felt Shopper: $600? Seriously?

Price: $595.00

Where to Buy: Saks Fifth Avenue,

Bagopedia's Rating: 2 Bags (Out of 5)

Bagopeida's Comment: This bag looks exactly like a $20 tote from a local craft show. Bagopedia has no problems with the tote. In fact, I really like it. It has a structured body with really tick felt. It is roomy with a solid feel. However, felt costs nothing. The price tag is way too high for this tote. A large FENDI logo will make it better.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Nancy Gonzalez Hanging-Leaf Crocodile Tote: A piece of gold

Price: $3,380.00

Where to Buy: Neiman Marcus,

Who Carries it: Renee Zellweger,

Bagopedia's Rating: 4 Bags (Out of 5)

Bagopedia's Comment: Having a good piece of Crocodile bag is just owning a piece of gold. Not only does it keep the value but also can you pass on to the next generation. If you choose a piece that is simple and elegant, you can use it for a very ling time.

Bagopedia loves this Nancy Gonzalez tote. I love the bronze finish which will be a huge trend for this coming fall/winter. The treatment to soften the crocodile skin is much more advanced now. It is soft and smooth. The price is reasonable too.

See how Renee Zellweger carries it:


Fall Trend: Fancy, Fancy, Fancy

If the weather isn't hot enough for you, try to look at the coming fall/winter bags. One of the most popular trend is the fur shells. Things are getting very fancy this coming fall/winter. Which one is your pick?

Clockwise from Top Left:

Nancy Gonzalez Croc & Fox Tote, $3950.00

Henry Beguelin Suede & Fur Tote $1,680.00

Gucci Smilla Fur Crossbody $2,090.00

Valentino Rockstud Dome Bag $2,575.00

All Neiman Marcus,

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Alexander McQueen De Manta Large Leather Tote: Find your needs

Price: $1,195.00

Where to Buy: Saks Fifth Avenue,

Who Carries it: Sarah Michelle Gellar,

Bagopedia's Rating: 3 Bags (Out of 5)

Bagopedia's Comment: Bagopedia knows a photos is worth 1,000 words. But sometimes, it doesn't justify a handbag. That makes shopping online really tricky.

This is not the very first bag everybody should have. This is the bag for a lady who knows exactly what she wants inside her bags. Bagopedia did not like this bag until I saw the real item (and I purchased it immediately). It fits my needs. I don't find many zipper or flap totes that come with high handle drops. I do really like to locate my tote on my shoulders sometimes but most of the zipper or flap totes don't allow me to do that. I also love the foldover corners. It is a signature of McQueen's design. The color is odd to look at now but will be a popular color for the coming fall and winter.

See who Sarah Michelle Gellar carries it:


Monday, July 25, 2011

Jason Wu Miss Wu Shoulder Bag: Grandmother's Modern Touch

Price: $1,995.00

Where to Buy: Saks Fifth Avenue,

Who Carries it: Rachel Weisz,

Bagopedia's Rating: 3 Bags (Out of 5)

Bagopedia's Comment: People are dressing too casually. Women don't carry "purses" anymore. Women carry "handbags" now-a-days. Carrying purses becomes a formal activity. However, Fashion comes and goes. Femininity is coming back. The frame bags are getting popular lately. Designer houses like Dolce & Gabbana, Versace, Lanvin are making frame bags.

Bagopedia likes this bag that has a frame opening with some modern elements- the hardware is silver color instead of gold, the owl logo, and the chain. It has a classic look but a modern touch. It goes well with your little black dress or whenever you need to be a little dressy.

See how Rachel Weisz carries it:

HERMES Kelly Bag: A Tiger Mom/Wife's Must-Have

Price: $7,000+

Where to Buy: HERMES Stores,

Who Carries it: Wendi Deng, Tina Craig, Gong Li,

Bagopedia's Rating: 5 Bags (Out of 5)

Bagopedia's Comment: Bagopedia just can't get enough of the Tiger Wife Wendi Deng. The world watched in awe as she leapt out of her chair to her husband's defence, slapping the perpetrator in the face before cleaning the foam from her husband's chin. She is a fan of the HERMES Kelly Bags. Bagopedia has spotted that she owns a few. If you wish to be a Tiger Wife, then get some Kelly bags.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Bottega Veneta Marco Polo PVC Tote

Price: $830.00

Where to Buy: Neiman Marcus,

Bagopedia's Rating: 1 Bag (Out of 5)

Bagopedia's Comment: A Bottega Veneta "wanna-be" bag

The Botttega Veneta Marco Polo traveling line- a line that designed for travellers that are more durable but still keeps BV's spirit. For Bagopedia, I think it is Bottega Veneta "wanna-be" line for people who want to own a BV bag but don't want to pay $6K for it.

Personally, I don't like the "wanna-be" lines. I don't think it's fair for people who pay $6K for the Cabat bag to see "wanna-be" people who pay $830.00 for the similar bag.
PRADA Saffiano Leather Clutch

Price: $1.050.00

Where to Buy: Prada.com (PRADA online stores),

Bagopedia's Rating: 1 Bag (Out of 5)

Bagopeida's Comment: Hard to combine with my wardrobe

Bagopedia loves this bag from PRADA's 2011-12 Fall/Winter collection. However, Bagopedia finds PRADA's fashionable items are hard to work with. For example, Bagopedia bought a pair of beautiful PRADA pants last week. It was a great purchase. But when I came home, I couldn't find anything to go with it. I ended up going back to the store purchasing more pieces from the same collection of PRADA's in order to let the pants work.

I realized that PRADA can only go with PRADA (and from the same season). This bag can only go with the clothes from PRADA Fall/Winter 2011-12. I will have to end up purchasing more item from this collection in order to let this bag work for me. That sounds ridiculous, right?

Thursday, July 21, 2011

GIVENCHY Elme Tote

GIVENCHY Elme Tote

Price: $1,195.00

Where to Buy: Holt Renfrew,

Bagopedia's Rating: 4 Bags (Out of 5)

Bagopedia's Comment: Do you believe in permanent designs?

Do you believe some designs can stay in permanently modern? At least Bagopedia believes so. CHANEL 2.55 is something coming to my mind first. It looks better and better every time I see it.

Bagopedia loves this Givenchy Elme tote. It is simple yet edgy. It says everything about Givenchy lately. Bagopedia just can't get enough of Givenchy. The structured tote comes with a lambskin shell and fabric lining. The detachable shoulder strap is helpful but not necessary. The bag stays in shape when you put it loose.

Bagopedia is glad that more colors and materials are coming.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Where to Shop Handbags?

There are many online stores to shop for your ideal handbags (well, the "current" ideal handbags). Bluefly is the one that Bagopedia shops the most. Bluefly is an online store for discounted fashion goods. Not only can you find handbags, but also fashion, accessories, and shoes.

Bagopedia is often surprised that how fast handbags can go to Bluefly at discounted prices. I am also surprised that you can often see high-end lines such as HERMES, GUCCI, PRADA, BV, and GIVENCHY handbags are on Bluefly at discounted prices.

The service is also excellent at Bluefly. Since you can see the item in real or touch it, the phone line is real helpful. Bagopedia ordered a bag and had to cancel the purchase the next day. The phone operator helped me through. There were no questions asked. They also give $30.00 off at your first purchase.

Visit: Bluefly.com
Marc by Marc Jacobs Metallic Shopper

Price: $60.00

Where to Buy: Net-A-Porter,

Bagopedia's Rating: 3 Bags (Out of 5)

Bagopedia's Comment: A Multi-Purpose Bag

It doesn't take much to amuse Bagopedia now-a-days. I love this bag simply because it blings. Bagopedia loves things are creative and innovative. It is so inexpensive that you can use it for a balloon if you forget to bring a gift for a summer party or as a reflector for this summer's hot sun.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Tiffany & Co. Reversible Tote (TRT)

Tiffany & Co. Reversible Tote (TRT)

Price: $595.00

Where to Buy: Tiffany Stores,

Who Carries it: Jennifer Aniston,

Bagopedia's Rating: 4 Bags (Out of 5)

Bagopedia's Comment: You don't have anything to lose

Bagopedia had to call the Tiffany store to confirm the price I was given. They told me $595.00 is the correct price for this bag. For $595, it offers a 14.5" wide reversible tote (metallic leather and suede), 7 combinations, gold or platinum hardware (depends on the combinations) and a detachable pouch. You can also get a smaller size for only $395.00. It looks like Tiffany is serious about getting into leather goods market. You really have nothing to lose by getting this bag for this price.

Photo above shown the metallic side. Photo below shown the suede side.

See how Jennifer Aniston carries it:

Monday, July 18, 2011

Mulberry Carter Double Handle Bag

Mulberry Carter Double Handle Bag

Price: $1,550.00

Where to Buy: Mulberry.com

Who Carries it: Emma Watson,

Bagopedia's Rating: 2 Bags (Out of 5)

Bagopedia's Comment: CHANEL has found her sister

I don't know why but "CHANEL" keeps coming up when I try to comment on this bag.

See how Emma Watson carries it:

Tiffany & Co. Avenue Shopper Tote

Tiffany & Co. Avenue Shopper Tote

Price: $895.00 ($595 small)

Where to Buy: Tiffany Stores, tiffany.com

Who Carries it: Olivia Palermo,

Bagopedia's Rating: 4 Bags (Out of 5)

Bagopedia's Comment: Simple the best

By now, we are all well educated by Tiffany & Co. that our brain will release some happy chemical when we spot the Tiffany blue. We all deserve to receive the little blue boxes sometimes. This tote features a black (Onyx) or white (Gardenia) leather shell with a Tiffany Blue leather lining. The design is simple yet with interests. You can see the blue lining when you carry the bag. Bagopedia loves that the handles are long enough to put this tote on your shoulder but not too long to touch the ground when you carry it.

You can also get a Tiffany Blue color tote in crocodile with platinum hardware for $8,500.00.

See how Olivia Palermo carries it on the cover of the ELLE Japan:

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Louis Vuitton Monogram Blocks Tote

Louis Vuitton Monogram Blocks Tote

Price: $3,800.00

Where to Buy: Louis Vuitton Stores,

Bagopedia's Rating: No Rating

Bagopedia's Comment: A Happy Divorce

Bagopedia read an article from the New York Times about a couple who had a divorce party to celebrate their divorce. They thought both of their lives would be happier if they got a divorce. Bagopedia also likes to have a divorce to Louis Vuitton after seeing this bag. Bagopedia visited a Louis Vuitton store last week and saw this bag. It was uglier than the photo. It is a very limited production and yet available for the public. You can figure out why.

Bagopedia remembers those days that you needed to kiss the SA's ass if you wanted to have a limited bag. Time has changed. LV limited bags are not so desirable anymore. For Bagopedia, Givenchy is nice. HERMES is nice. Goyard is nice. Many bags are nice. My life will be happier without Louis.

Anya Hindmarch Huxley Tote

Anya Hindmarch Huxley Tote

Price: $995.00

Where to Buy: Net-A-Porter,

Bagopedia's Rating: 4 Bags (Out of 5)

Bagopedia's Comment: A big step for baggers

This bag is a big step for Anya Hindmarch as well as for us thinking of handbags. The large size is 55 CM wide which will make us uncomfortable. When you feel uncomfortable, you might make a mistake or create a new look for yourself. If you are not comfortable, go for the "small"- still 45 CM wide. When you carry the bag, the sides will relax. That makes the bag look smaller than it really is. Or you can push the side inside to make the bag a triangle look due to the soft calfskin. You can play with the bag until you find the most comfortable look with it. The stingray handles and tassel are beautifully detailed. It is priced $1,350.00 for the 45 CM. Bagopedia thinks the price is fair considering two large pieces of soft calfskin.

See how Olivia Palermo carries it:

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Alexander Wang Emile Tote

Alexander Wang Emile Tote

Price: $975.00

Where to Buy: alexanderwang.com

Who carries it: Gwyneth Paltrow,

Bagopedia's Rating: 4 Bags (Out of 5)

Bagopedia's Comment: Award-Winning design

Alexander Wang offers classic bags with edgy touches and modern elements at affordable prices. The design on the handle areas should win an award itself (see detail photo below). The bag is in full calfskin with nice hardware. The leather's quality is great for the price. The facetted corners are the signature of Wang's design. The bag is heavy which comes from leather and metal. That isn't a surprise. It is a perfect bag for someone who loves large bags and not big logos.

See how Gwyneth Paltrow carries it:

FENDI 2011-12 Fall/Winter Jeweled Stingray Clutch

FENDI 2011-12 Fall/Winter Jeweled Stingray Clutch

Price: $4,260.00

Where to Buy: Pre-Order at Neiman Marcus,

Bagopedia's Rating: 4 Bags (Out of 5)

Bagopedia's Comment: Christmas in the summer

The bag Bagopedia is most excited has arrived today! Even though Bagopedia doesn't have a lot of opportunities to carry the clutches, I collect a lot of them. I knew I needed to have it as soon as I saw it. Bagopedia is a huge fan of stingray. I collect a lot of stingray pieces including bags, wallets, jewelry, shoes... Bagopedia loves the combination of the stones and the stingray leather. This bag is so beautiful that I can just stare at it all the time. The look, the feel, and the smell are amazing! See details below:

Monday, July 11, 2011

Alexander McQueen Faithful Clutch

Alexander McQueen Faithful Clutch

Price: $882.00

Where to Buy: Neiman Marcus,

Who Carries it: LeAnn Rimes,

Bagopedia's Rating: 4 Bags (Out of 5)

Bagopedia's Comment: Carry a piece of fashion history

Bagopedia gained a lot of more respects for Alexander McQueen after seeing the "Savage Garden" exhibition at the Met last week. He was a true artist who put his arts through fashion. The faithful clutch is one of the last collection before he died. The whole collection was inspired by nature. This bag was inspired by a moth. It is a piece of art and a piece of fashion history. He was a genius.

See how LeAnn Rimes carries it:

Michael Kors Gia Satchel

Michael Kors Gia Satchel

Price: $795.00 ($895.00 Crocodile Embossed)

Where to Buy: Nordstrom,

Who Carries it: Heidi Klum,

Bagopedia's Rating: 3 Bags (Out of 5)

Bagopedia's Comment: From Jumpsuits to Jump-Price-Tag

Bagopedia is aware that more and more ladies around me carry Michale Kors bags now-a-days. Moreover, Michael's jumpsuits get a lot of media's attention. Michael Kors provides bags with elegant designs and affordable price tags. This Gia bag, see photo below how Heidi Klum caries it, keeps the elegant design with minimal details and hardware. However, the price tag isn't affordable anymore. The price range for Michael Kors' bags was around $3-400. Now we are talking about $800.00. Why is the price jump Michael?

Friday, July 8, 2011

Mulberry Polly Push Lock Textured Leather Bag


Mulberry Polly Push Lock Textured Leather Bag

Price: $1,300.00

Where to Buy: Net-A-Porter,

Who carries it: Kate Middleton

Bagopedia's Rating: 1 Bag (Out of 5)

Bagopedia's Comment: Mulberry's Worries

Bagopedia is shocking to learn that this bag is still not totally sold-out after Kate's visit to Canada in July 01. Bagopedia doesn't think any companies can do a better publicity than this one. Based on Bagopedia's understanding, every bag Pippa Middleton carries will be sold-out in a next couple of hours. Should Mulberry worry about it? Or should Kate worry about her style?