Monday, April 30, 2012

Purse Hanger

Purse Hangers: Do you or Don't you?

Bagopedia spots that stores carry the purse hangers, even the high-end retail stores. Personally I don't ever think I need one. All my bags are large and over-weighed and I don't think I need to carry more things with me. I also never saw people using them. 

I assume they do really sell, otherwise there won't be so many stores carrying them. I guess people buying them as gifts. I have seen one from a famous designer that costs more than $1,000. 

The bottom line is: Do you use them? How do they do?

Friday, April 27, 2012

Mary Kantrantzou for Longchamp Shoulder Bag

Mary Kantrantzou for Longchamp Shoulder Bag: A Collaboration of hot and classic 

Price: $210 GM, $160 PM
Where to Buy: Nordstrom
Bagopedia's Rating: 4 Bags (Out of 5)
Bagopedia's Comment: A collaboration between a hot fashion name and a traditional French leather goods company the Mary Kantrantzou for Longchamp shoulder bag brings an Asian look for this classic tote. Prints are very big this summer. It really depends on you like the look or not.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

CHLOE Angie Shoulder Bag

CHLOE Angie Shoulder Bag: A disappointment
Price: $1,995.00
Where to Buy: Neiman Marcus,
Who Carries it: Eliabeth Olsen, Jessica Alba, Rachel Bilson,
Bagopedia's Rating: 1 Bag (Out of 5)
Bagopedia's Comment: Watching Celine gets so much attention, Chloe seems a bit quieter these few years after the hit of the Paddington. Marcie bag is probably the most interesting one after. Chloe has a lot of expectation of this Angie bag and put it one the ad for 2012 SS collection.

The Angie bag is way too busy for my taste. There is zipper after zipper after zipper. The shape of this bag is not very modern. For me, I love a bag that has a large compartment, not many small  ones. I change bags all the time, so I organize my items into small pouches. The smaller compartments just confuse me. The most popular bags now like Birkin, Motorcycle, Luggage totes all have one large compartment. 

Even the shoulder strap can be removed, I am not sure what you need to shoulder strap for if the handles are already designed for shoulder. I know the economy is bad and many companies design bags for multi-purposes. However, more sometimes isn't more. Even the economy is bad, it just makes the customers smarter.

From left: Elizabeth Olsen, Jessica Alba, Rachel Bilson:

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Louis Vuitton Sofia Coopola SC PM

Louis Vuitton Sofia Coopola  SC PM: It is so gorgeous. I almost wetted my paints
Price: $3,950.00
Where to Buy: Louis Vuitton Stores,
Who Carries it: Sofia Coopola, Sienna Miller, 
Bagopedia's Rating: 5 Bags (Out of 5)
Bagopedia's Comment: I don't a Sofia Coopola bag because personally I find it a bit smaller than what I'd like for a bag. The SC PM is only 30 CM wide which is smaller than a 30 CM Birkin due to the zipper. I haven't seen this bag until yesterday when I was picking up the sunglasses that I ordered at the LV store.

There was a happy customer who was lucky enough to get this bag. Trust me, the photo doesn't tell the truth of the color which is much lighter than the picture. The color looks like a cool pool water in the summer. I just haven't seen any color that is as gorgeous!

I told my LV SA that I was surprised that I missed this bag which is features on the model of the cruise line 2012 ad. I immediately ordered it. I know it will come. I just don't know how long I have to wait which kills me now! 

The Inside Photo

This photo is more truthful to the actual color. This photo that I personally "borrowed" from the Purse Blog. If you want me to remove, I will. I can't help it.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Tory Burch Robinson Satchel

Tory Burch Robinson Satchel: For Mom
Price: $550.00
Where to Buy: Tory Burch Stores, Saks Fifth Avenue,
Who Carries it: Tory Burch
Bagopedia's Rating: 4 Bags (Out of 5)
Bagopedia's Comment: It is about 3 weeks before the Mother's Day and I have decided to buy this bag for my mother this year as the Mother's Day's gift. My Mother is in her 60's and doesn't like things that are very current. She likes simple designs with permanent looks. 

This is another Boston bag that every company makes. Why did I choose the Tory Burch one? It is made of Italian leather and the price is reasonable. Tory Burch is a good brand that makes classic looking merchandise. Currently there are two colors available: Black and Orange. I think the black one is safe but sometimes colors are fun in the summer.

My Mother likes things organized. The zip pocket and two open pockets are great! Who doesn't appreciate a mirror?

See how Tory Burch herself carries this bag (Bottom Right):

Monday, April 23, 2012

D&G Printed Quilted Silk-Twill Shoulder Bag

D&G Printed Quilted Silk-Twill Shoulder Bag: Trend Setting
Price: $955.00
Where to Buy: Net-A-Porter,
Bagopedia's Rating: 4 Bags (Out of 5)
Bagopedia's Comment: As the bag has just come on Net-A-Porter today, Bagopedia is glad that the crochet is finally finished. As I am tired of the crochet from Dolce & Gabbana, I can't stop looking at Dolce & Gabbana's 2012-13 F/W runway show- the Baroque, the details, the skills to combine the signature DG animal print with flowers. I am giving a lot of hopes for Dolce & Gabbana this fall/winter.

This bag has many good features for the fall- the beautiful prints, silk finish, metal chain, and lamb handles and...

I love the back. It seems like you are having two bags.

This bag can be folded into a clutch.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Celine 2012-13 FW Handbag Collection

Celine 2012-13 FW

Kate Spade Hold Court Quinn

Kate Spade Hold Court Quinn: Think green is good, but not carry it.
Price: $298.00
Where to Buy: Kate Spade Stores,
Bagopedia's Rating: 1 Bag (Out of 5)
Bagopedia's Comment: You shouldn't be surprised that Bagopedia can always find the weirdest bags in the world. I do appreciate creativities especially for handbags. There are so much you can do and not let people think you are copying something that is already existed. I guess carrying fake grass is a great idea!

This Kate Spade 2012 S/S tote reminds me that I do have a bad allergy to the dust. And I am not sure I want to keep explaining what I am carrying all the time.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Olivia Harries Woven Leather Simple tote

Olivia Harries Woven Leather Simple Tote: A Hidden Treasure
Price: $395.00
Where to Buy: Bergdorf Goodman,
Who Carries it: Beyonce,
Bagopedia's Rating: 3.5 Bags (Out of 5)
Bagopedia's Comment: If you visit fashion blogs, you should by far know how popular color-blocking is. Bagopedia thinks this tote is a hidden treasure- woven lambskin with calf skin strips for $395. It hasn't bee a "hidden" treasure after seeing Beyonce carried it. The bag became one of the biggest hit of the season. I think Olivia Harries is ready for the hit because this bag is still available at the same price at the Berg.

I love this bag. However, I wish the colors can be more bright.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Angelia Jolie YSL Chyc Tote

Angelina Jolie sports her engagement ring as she exits the Roosevelt Hotel on Monday afternoon (April 16) in Hollywood, Calif.

The Bag Angelina carries: YSL Cabas Chyc, $1,422.00,

The Bag Angelina should have carried: PRADA Lip Applique Clutch, $750.00 Bergdorf Goodman

Louis Vuitton Saumur VS. Louis Vuitton Saumur

Louis Vuitton Sofia Coppola Saumur: The 2012 Version
Price: $1950.00
Where to Buy: Louis Vuitton Stores,
Bagopedia's Rating: 5 Bags (Out of 5)
Bgopedia's Comment: The Louis Vuitton new Saumur bag, in collaboration with Sofia Coppola, introduced with the collection of the Cruise line 2012, is a really good example of modernizing a classic bag. With tanned leather, cut-through Monogram and a blue trim, I a totally sold!

The photo below is the original Saumur in Monogram. They are still available in LV stores for $1,240.00

Monday, April 16, 2012

Dolce & Gabbana Tomato-Print Cotton Canvas Tote

Dolce & Gabbana Tomato-Print Cotton Canvas Tote: Be Italian
Price: $835.00
Where to Buy: Net-A-Porter,
Bagopedia's Rating: 4 Bags (Out of 5)
Bagopedia's Comment: One of the favourite things in the summer is growing my own tomatoes. Nothing tastes better than the tomatoes you grow- not only do they grow naturally, also do you know they are not added any chemicals. This tote is as delicious as summer tomates- it is delicious!
It has Dolce & Gabbana signature animal-printed lining.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Roots Canadian Vegetable Tanned Leather Satchel

Roots Canadian Vegetable Tanned Leather Satchel: An Ideal Satchel
Bagopedia's Rating: 5 Bags (Out of 5)
Bagopedia's Comment: After being extremely disappointed with the Cambridge Satchel, Bagopedia has been working hard on finding a similar look, low cost, leather, easy-to-use satchel.

I ordered two Cambridge Satchels- one small and one large. I only used the small one once (Not even bother with the larger one). For the price-per-use it is even great than my HERMES Birkin bags. 

A good friend of mine came visiting me from Canada who brought me this Roots satchel earlier this week. I was immediately in love with it. The strong vegetable tanned leather smell immediately released the fragrance as soon as you un-stringed the dust bag (Yes, it comes with a beautiful dust bag). I just hate some leather goods smell like vinyl or plastic. Smells like a brand new car with leather interior). The leather is thick and nicely tanned with a strong brown hint. The rough stitch gives the satchel a Western cowboy look. Which makes sense with the whole look. The old-school snap closures are much better than the Cambridge which can only use the buckle. The edges and the strap are nicely finish that won't give your shoulder leather dusts. Just like the Cambridge, there is a front pocket which I personally find it helpful. There is no lining to give a rough look inside. However, it comes with a zipper pocket in leather. 

I am not sure the price sold in Canada. However, I called the Roots stores in the US. They told me the bags are extremely limited and only sold in the Canadian stores. I also went on the Roots website and couldn't find the bag. I am sure you can find some sellers selling this bag on eBay.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

MICHAEL Michael Kors Jet-Set Travel Tote: Simple, Simple, Simple
Price: $228.00
Where to Buy: Nordstrom,
Bagopedia's Rating: 4 Bags (Out of 5)
Bagopedia's Comment: This tote is a revised version of the previous leather one. The previous leather version has been complained that the leather's quality isn't good. The new version, in PVC, is a much better material for this tote. The PVC is not only more durable but also keeping the tote in shape. The price is as well reduced about $50.00. 

You can choose black, tan, or this zinnia which is my favorite. 

The lining is very clean. There is a zipper pocket, a key strap, and a clip.

The length of the straps is ideal.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

MCM Tracey Canvas and Leather Flap Shoulder Bag

MCM Tracey Canvas and Leather Flap Shoulder Bag: Old School Look, Modern touches

Price: $1,425.00
Where to Buy: Saks Fifth Avenue,
Bagopedia's Rating: 4 Bags (Out of 5)
Bagopedia's Comment: MCM, the brand of last decade, has come back. The company has been re-organized as well as the look. The new black and white logo gives it a modern and clean look. The brand has been spotted on younger celebrities like Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez. The new logo and the large size give the old-school bag a new look. 

Some people might find the old-school purses hard to wear since the hobos and totes were popular. I have been seeing some young bloggers who mix old-school purses with modern and edgy clothes and they combine nicely. 

Choose things you like and put them together. That is who you are, the authentic one. You need to be comfortable of your own skin before others feel comfortable about you!