Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Hot Trends: Houndstooth

Jil Sander Montale houndstooth-print leather-trimmed tote
CHLOÉ Elsie leather and houndstooth tweed shoulder bag
JIL SANDER Houndstooth-print PVC pouch

Chloé Angie Large Houndstooth Pouch

$1,495.00 Saks Fifth Avenue,

Friday, July 27, 2012

Nancy Gonzalez Crocodile Cosmetics Case

Nancy Gonzalez Crocodile Cosmetics Case: Think Value

Price: $600.00
Where to Buy: Net-A-Porter,
Bagopedia's Rating: 5 Bags (Out of 5)
Bagopedia's Comment: Bagopedia loves pouches. I travel a lot and carry totes all the time. They are extremely helpful.

I love pouches so much I buy them from dollar stores to the expensive ones. I loves this Nancy Gonzalez crocodile pouch. If you have felt the good crocodile leather, it is really soft and light-weighted. They are actually lighter weight than the cow skin. It makes a lot of sense using crocodile for pouches.

I love the color too. I also love the small scales. The smaller the scale, the more desirable they are. This pouch is expensive. However, it is not if you consider it is a crocodile piece with small scales from a specialist. Plus, you can use it as an evening bag.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

On Sale: Ralph Lauren Metallic Woven Nappa Hobo

Ralph Lauren Metallic Woven Nappa Hobo: Yes, it is a deal

Price: $1,950.00 On Sale for $899.99 
Where to Buy: ralphlauren.com
Who Carries It: Jessica Biel,
Bagopedia's Rating: 4 Bags (Out of 5)
Bagopedia's Comment: Yes, when you see this blog entry, Bagopedia has already ordered one for myself. For this price tag, I'd totally recommend it. This beautiful hobo has a woven nappa in a champagne color. It has a snap closure on top. The workmanship is really well done. The handle part is nicely finished too. The hobo comes with a zipper pouch.

The bag is on an incredible sale price. 

See the photo inside:

See how Jessica Biel carries it:

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Bottega Veneta Ayers Mixed Python Medium Top Handle Bag

Bottega Veneta Ayers Mixed Python Medium Top Handle Bag: Fish's Head

Price: $5,780.00
Where to Buy: Saks Fifth Avenue,
Bagopedia's Rating: 1 Bag (Out of 5)
Bagopedia's Comment: Bottega Veneta continues making handbags that are expensive and hard to understand. This is a bag made of python in three different finishes. 

Should we care? I don't think we should because we are not bag makers who don't need to understand how hard it is to make this bag. We care if the bag looks nice or not. This bag looks more like a real python than a real python. Bagopedia loves exotic leathers, but don't like exotic leathers to look too real. Just like I like to eat fish, but don't like to see the fish's head.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Hot Trends: Crys-Totes

Crystals and jewel were usually used for the evening bags. This fall/winter designers use them on the tote bags or larger bags too. Bagopedia loves this trend. I love to see that totes are used not only for groceries. Totes can be fashionable and trendy, too.

Above: Valentino Crystal-Trimed Tote, $2,995.00
Below: Prada 2012-13 FW Jeweled Doctor's Bag, $3,500.00 
Both: Bergdorf Goodman, 

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Steve Madden Fringed Leather Crossbody

Steve Madden Fringed Leather Crossbody: Cowgirl's Dream

Price: $48.00
Color: Brown (Shown), and Black
Where to Buy: Nordstrom,
Bagopedia's Rating: 4 Bags (Out of 5)
Bagopedia's Comment: The suede fringed bags are not Bagopedia's style, but I sometimes wish I could switch between urban and cowboy just like Ralph Lauren's lines.

This bag is very much like a halloween to me. I won't carry it very often. It is only $48. It is real suede and well made. I know when I need to fulfill my cowgirl dream, I have a bag for that look. There are two styles you can choose from. Two colors too. 

I can carry this bag easily without changing my closet too much. It goes well with a white-T and jeans. Any boots will go with it too.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Louis Vuitton Yayoi Kusama Project

Louis Vuitton Yayoi Kusama Project: An Unfortunately Event

Lockit: $3,650
Where to Buy: Louis Vuitton stores,
Bagopedia's Comment:  Bagopedia was looking forward to seeing this collection since the project was announced. It was very disappointing to see the first photo a couple of months ago.

Bagopedia was invited to New York to attend the opening of the Soho Pop-Up Store event last week. The Pop-Up store in Soho features all the Louis Vuitton Yayoi Kusama collection.  The store is attached to the Soho store. I have to say that I am not crazy about the collection. It is cleaver to cross-over with artists to create an amazing collection. However, this collection isn't amazing. It makes me dizzy as soon as I walked into the Soho store. 

I am not sure this collection works for me. The items haven't been crazily taken like Louis Vuitton did with other artists. That tells you something not working for this project.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Christian Louboutin Justine Spike Tote

Christian Louboutin Justine Spike Tote: So Many Studs

Price: $2,595.00
Where to Buy: Bergdorf Goodman,
Colors: Black and Nude (Shown Above)
Who Carries It: Emma Roberts,
Bagopedia's Rating: 3 Bags (Out of 5)
Bagopedia's Comment: Welcome to Louboutin's stud world. Bagopedia really loves the studs on the sides of the bag. That makes the tote totally Louboutin but not too much. The leather is soft but the bag has a great solid shape. The tote is designed as a travel tote but it is very heavy. 

See the details:
See how Emma Roberts carries it: 

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Valentino Crystal and Leather Tote

Valentino Crystal and Leather Tote: Nude Is The New Black

Price: $2,995.00
Colors: Blush (Shown) and Sand,
Where to Buy: Saks Fifth Avenue,
Bagopedia's Rating: 3.5 Bags (Out of 5)
Bagopedia's Comment: Black has been Bagopedia's first choice for bags. Now I have found my new black (or my nude black). I do find the nude color beautiful. Nude color shows the leather's quality even more than the black. That is why you don't see lower-ended brands making many nude color leather bags.

This Valentino has the elements for this fall/winter- the decorative crystals, antique designed romantic studs, creamy color, Bagopedia has a weak spot for the fancy totes.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Chloe Lucy Leather Clutch

Chloe Lucy Leather Clutch: Less Is More Expensive

Price: $2,995.00
Where to Buy: Net-A-Porter,
Bagopedia's Rating: 2 Bags (Out of 5)
Bagopedia's Comment: Bagopedia really likes this clutch- I love the simple design, the soft creamy look/feel leather, hidden gold chain, and the zip-around zipper.

I just don't understand why the price tag is $3K + tax for this simple clutch in calf leather. I understand it is lined in lamb skin between the compartments but the main compartment is cotton lined.

Friday, July 6, 2012

MCM Liz Reversible Canvas and Leather Tote

MCM Liz Reversible Canvas and Leather Tote: Neverempty

Price: $510.00
Where to Buy: Saks Fifth Avenue,
Bagopedia's Rating: 4 Bags (Out of 5)
Bagopedia's Comment:  It is hard not to compare this tote with the Louis Vuitton Neverfull. The Neverfull GM is priced at $900.00. This MC tote is an equal size and priced at $510.00.

Bagopedia doesn't know anyone who doesn't have a Neverfull. If you don't want to carry the same tote as other people, you can consider this one as MCM slowly comes back.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

FENDI 2Jours Bags

This fall/winter FENDI introduces the 2Jours bags- simple totes with luxury finishes. This huge tote (15" Wide) has a beautiful shape that stands up. The luxurious finishes just tell you how beautiful these bags are. FENDI is famous of its fur and exotic leathers. It is really nice seeing them using the fur and exotic leathers on the bags.

 in Python, $3,280.00

 In Calf Hair, $3,360.00

 In Calf Hair, $3,360.00 

 In Calf, $2,430.00
 in Stingray, $7,050.00

 In Astrakhan, $10,580.00

In Suede, $3,690.00

In Calf, $2,260.00

All Saks Fifth Avenue,

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

GUCCI Lady Stirrup Top Handle Bag

GUCCI Lady Stirrup Top Handle Bag: An Understated Beauty

Price: $2,890.00- $29,900.00
Where to Buy: Gucci Stores (Pre-Order), Saks Fifth Avenue,
Bagopedia's Rating: 4 Bags (Out of 5)
Bagopedia's Comment: This coming fall/winter Gucci introduces Stirrup series bags. Unlike most GUCCI bags, the Stirrup series bags don't have large GUCCI logos or patterns. It doesn't show the brand name or years. It is a good designed and understated GUCCI bag.

Doctor bags style frame closures and single handles are very big lately as well as the antique hardware. The design is current yet elegant.

As Gucci always does, this bag comes different sizes, colors, combinations, and shapes. 

However, a good bag doesn't come with a cheap price tag. The lower price is a leather with velvet combination. The price tag is $2,890.00. If you want one in all leather or even exotic leather. The price goes way up.