Friday, September 30, 2011

Delvaux 24 Hures: Can't do wrong

Price: $1,450.00

Where to Buy: Barney's New York,

Who Carries it: Nicole Richie,

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

Bagopedia's Comment: One of the longest existing luxury brand, Delvaux (1829), still makes the most luxurious goods. Simple design + super deluxe leather, you just can't go wrong with it.

The funny thing Bagopedia wants to mention is that the shoulder stamp can't be adjusted. However, this is how a good design works- it fits everybody.

See how Nicole Richie carries it:

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Decision Time: Tod's Vs. YSL

Left: TODS Ava 2 Manico East to West Media Bag, $1,995.00

Right: YSL Muse 2 Cabas, $2,295.00

Where to Buy: Saks Fifth Avenue,

It is fall time and Bagopedia is looking for a dark green tote. Dark green is the "IT" color of this fall/winter. I narrowed down to these two totes- both dark green in different tones, both have good names, good leathers, and simple designs. Both will last for a long time and have good values.

They are the current colors so I am willing to pay the retail pice. If I waited until sales, I will lost a great season carrying it. The YSL one is $300 more than the Tod's one. I am sure either one is a good choice, but it is hard to decide.

Does some reader have a good thought about it?

The photo below shows Jessica Alba carries the Tod's tote in a different color:

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Cole Haan Alexis Clutch: A safe investment

Prie: $248.00

Where to Buy: Cole Haan Stores,

Who Carries it: Maria Sharapova

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

Bagopedia's Comment: The economy is bad. You can see designers are making bags providing multiple purposes. Like this Cole Haan clutch, you can carry it as a shoulder bag as well as a clutch by removing the strap. I always put one like this inside my large tote bags. I can take it out for lunch when I don't need to carry my large bag.

I like this clutch even I personally find Cole Haan too safe. The design is simple so carrying it during the day time is quite ok too. The price tag also doesn't burn your wallet.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

See by Chloe Hilo Small Perforated Leather Shoulder Bag: Fabu-less

Price: $375.00

Where to Buy: Net-A-Porter,

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

Bagopedia's Comment: This bag has the "IN" elements- detailed trims, studs, and nude color. It is a great purchase if you want a "fabu-less" bag.

Monday, September 26, 2011

GUCCI Snaffle Bit Medium Shoulder Bag: Simple Complex Bag

Price: $2,500-$3,300.00

Where to Buy: GUCCI Stores,

Who Carries it: Mila Kunis,

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

Bagopedia's Comment: Bagopedia loves the way GUCCI is able to put so many different elements in one bag and still look simple.

See how Mila Kunis carries it:

Friday, September 23, 2011

Bottega Veneta Urban Lace Two-In-One Leather Bag: Choose either technologies or functionality

Price: $4,100.00

Where to Buy: Net-A-Porter,

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

Bagopedia's Comment: Bottega Veneta has been focusing on its technologies and forgetting about a bag needs to be beautiful as well. For example, this bag, cutting leather as fine as possible to make the leather look and feel like lace. However, it is really ugly. The two-in-one function (the bag on the left can be reduced to the one on the right) makes it worse. Bagopedia has no clue how a designer thinks two separated bags can be attached to each other and still look good.

You can focus on either the cutting technologies or the functionality, but not both.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Stella McCartney Structured Shoulder Bag: Vegan Friendly

Price: $1,195.00

Where to Buy: Neiman Marcus (Pre-Order)

Who Carries it: Angelina Jolie,

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

Bagopedia's Comment: Vegan? No problem! Stella McCartney won't make leather products. Thank the technology. It makes polyester look so much like real leather. Personally, Bagopedia isn't a fan of faux leather. If a designer is so against leather, why does he/she make merchandise that looks like leather?

However, Bagopedia loves the design of the bag. It is simple and structured. I love the metal part. It goes the edge to a traditional and classic bag.

See how Angelina Jolie carries it:

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

PRADA Fire Pigskin Convertible Shoulder Bag: Now On Sale

Price: $1,196.00 (Was $1,495.00)

Where to Buy: Bluefly,

Who Carries it: Pippa Middleton,

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

Bagopeida's Comment: Bagopedia's Most recent purchase has arrived today. I had to admit that I saw Pippa Middleton carrying it and then found it on sale at Bluefly/ Both inspired me for getting this bag.

Bagopedia goes out in the evenings a lot. A lot of places that I go are not formal enough to carry my Judith Leiber or any hard-shell-lipstick cases. However, it is also not polite to go to people's house for a dinner party carrying a day tote.

Then I saw this bag. It is a rich PRADA red in pigskin. I never had a pigskin bag so it is a novelty thing for me. It doesn't look different from other skins but it feels a bit different. I also like the bag that can be carried on both sides- They look dramatically different (See photo below). The best way for me to carry this bag is to use as a large clutch. Large clutches are popular now that I can carry everything I need for the day through the night just removing the strap. I don't feel embarrassed to think that I carry a day bag to an evening party.

Even on the weekend, I can wear T-shirts, skinny jeans, with flats in red just like Pippa Middleton. I am totally sold by her look.

See how Pippa Middleton carries it:

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Victoria Beckham Victoria Structured Leather Tote: Too Structured

Price: $2,995.00

Where to Buy: Net-A-Porter,

Who Carries it: Victoria Beckham

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

Bagopedia's Comment: Unlike other celebrities, Victoria Beckham's collection goes super luxury- minimized design, simple lines, and good quality. However, it is such a waste to put a piece of good leather on a structured bag. If the bag was a bit more softened, it will be a great bag.

See how Victoria Beckham carries this bag:

Monday, September 19, 2011

Fendi Mia Borsa Grande: Not Comfortable

Price: $2,050.00

Where to Buy: Neiman Marcus,

Who Carries it: Sofia Vergara,

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

Bagopedia's Comment: Bagopedia saw this tote in a store and tried it on me. I loved the bag. It is a good size with a vintage look. I also loved that you can hind the Zucca logo behind your arms if you wanted to. It looked really great! However, I tried to put everything in my bag inside this tote, then I found the chains are not very comfortable on my shoulder. If you wanted to buy a new bag, make sure you know what you will put inside the bag. You might be surprised.

See how Modern Families' Sofia Vergara carries it:

Friday, September 16, 2011

GUCCI Angelica Silk-Satin appliquéd clutch: A Breathtaking Beauty

Price: $1,100.00

Where to Buy: Net-A-Porter,

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

Bagopedia's Comment: Inspired by Angelica Houston (Bagopedia doesn't know how?), this is a breathtaking clutch. I am speechless.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Tasha Sequin Frame Minaudiere: Under-Affordable

Price: $98.00

Where to Buy: Nordstrom

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

Bagopedia's Comment: It is hard to find a handsome evening clutch with an afford price tag. Bagopedia thinks that I have found one. Even better than affordable, it is under-affordable. The paint effect look is a smart way to use sequins (I know it is not the original design). It adds interests to a totally black (or silver) clutch. The chain is not necessary but nice to have. The hook can also be hidden. It is quite amazing how this bag is put together for this price range.
Marc Jacobs Perry Tote: No Current Elements

Price: $1,195.00

Where to Buy: Neiman Marcus,

Who Carries it: Selma Blair

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

Bagopedia's Comment: This bag has a red wine color in pebbled leather, bright red handles, gold tone square ring anchors, structured body, and the Marc Jacobs' signature design for his 2011-12 FW collection. The pebbled leather in dark red makes this bag look like a bag from the 60's. Bagopedia can't find anything that tell this bag is a 2011 bag. There are no current elements. It looks like a bag that your friend is proud that she found it at the Goodwill.

See how Selma Blair carries this bag:

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Pierre Hardy Mini Suede Clutch: A Bold Design

Price: $700.00

Where to Buy: Barney's New York,

Who Carries it: Leighton Meester,

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

Bagopedia's Comment: It takes time for customers to accept a bold concept like this Pierre Hardy bag- the wide shiny trim on a black suede shell + a skinny metal chain. Bagopedia doesn't like it now but I might change my mind later.

See Leighton Meester carries it with Louis Vuitton Resort 2012 dress:

Steven by Steve Madden Animal Print Calf Hair Tote: Celine Want-to-be

Price: $248.00

Where to Buy: Nordstrom,

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

Bagopedia's Comment: It isn't a bad deal for a calf leather tote even the design looks like a Celine tote. You know how much a Celine tote costs.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

CHANEL 2011-12 FW Shopping Tote: I wish...

Price: $2,700.00

Who Carries it: Blake Lively,

Where to Buy: CHANEL stores,

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

Bagopeia's Comment: Bagopedia worked for a luxury goods store when I was young. Sometimes people walked into the store, looked at an item, and said: "I wish I won lottery."

When I saw this bag, I felt the same way: I love this bag. Love the design. Love the simple color combination. Love the chain... It goes nicely with my clothes. I wish I could buy things that I didn't have to look at the prices. A felt tote that costs $2,700.00 is really too much. I wish I won lottery.

See Blake Lively carries the bag in a different version:

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Jimmy Choo Zena Crossbody Bag: A High School's Art Project

Price: $1,595.00

Where to Buy:

Who Carries it: Leighton Meester,

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

Bagopedia's Comment: Honestly Bagopedia thought this bag was some high school art student's work...

See how Leighton Meester carries it:

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

GUCCI Stirrup Top Handle Bag: Detail Oriented

Price: $2,390.00

Where to Buy: GUCCI Stores,

Who carries it: Salma Hayek,

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

Bagopeia's Comment: The Cuir leather offers a waxed and oiled hard shell which keep the bag in shape for such a large bag (15.4" W). Bagopeida loves the cuir leather. It is the boiled leather with oil and wax. That makes the leather harder and more brittle. It looks rich and feel smooth. You can even fix a scratch by polish it.

This bag has a simple but elegant design with a linen lining. The execution is wonderful. It totally focuses on the details. The stitches are beautifully done. No wonder why some brands charge more than others for a similar bag.

See how Salma Hayek carries it in an ostrich version.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Goyard Saigon Bag: Way too Busy

Price: $2,500-$3,800

Where to Buy: Goyard Stores, Barney's New York,

Who Carries it: Dita Von Teese, Nicky Hilton, Kim Kardashian,

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

Bagopedia's Comment: The only thing Bagopedia likes about this bag is that the wood parts are reused from old Goyard trunks and suitcases. Otherwise Bagopedia owns a couple Goyards pieces and loves the product's simplicity.

Bagopedia finds this bag too busy with materials and colors.

See the photo below who carries this bag:

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Christian Louboutin Artemis studded Shoulder Bag: Why?

Price: $1,095.00

Where to Buy: Neiman Marcus (Pre-Order)

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

Bagopedia's Comment: Bagopedia is wonderful why the bag needs such a big shoulder support since this bag is so small that it can only carry a wallet and a cell phone? If it is purely for the look, then the bag is just nice to look at. Bagopedia will take a look at this bag and go on to the next one in 5 seconds.