A Bit Of Bag Porn

It’s no secret I’m an addict..

I love looking at them, saving for them, receiving them, buying them, owning them, playing with them and above all wearing them!

So I guess you could say this list is a bit of a mixed bag.. of bags I have been crushing on quite recently, some holy grail pieces, the one that got away and am still not over and some that a girl may just have to dream about for the rest of her life and thats fine too as I think I might prefer a new car over that one and they’re just about the same price bracket.

Generally though I spend a worrying amount of time dreaming about my handbag collection and where it will grow to next ..


Le Boy Chanel

The edgier more modern classic Chanel. The Boy Bag has been around for some years now and has really proven its staying power. Being a Chanel, I have to consider it as an investment piece, not only because it goes up in value over time (yes, it really does!), but more so because to put that sort of money into my wardrobe is definitely an investment into my collection. As such for me I would always look to a neutral color most likely black. While I do have quite the bordeaux obsession at the moment and this particular velvet Le Boy is actually heaven, I will probably only ever have one Boy Bag so I would 100% want it in a classic black, I do also feel that the heavier, edgier style of the bag lends itself to black perfectly.

Medium Le Boy Chanel approx $6000


The Alexander McQueen Box Clutch

Each piece is truly a work of art and for a handbag collector I think a McQueen clutch is a necessity. Because the designs are so intricate and loud, I actually do prefer pieces like those pictured below in slightly more neutral colors (metallic, nude, black, red) as I feel it allows you to really focus on the detail in the hardware.

I do own one, which was very kindly tracked down across the USA for me as I desperately wanted that particular piece from his final collection, it’s a knuckleduster clutch with black lace and antique gold hardware and I absolutely love it. However in order to get mine I had to forgo a piece which I didn’t realise at the time would haunt me and remain as not only ‘the one that got away’ but the gap I can’t seem to fill because nothing I have seen is as lust worthy as the McQueen nude studded Union Jack clutch, even as I look at it now.. It is everything.

Alexander McQueen Box Clutches starting at – $1628 from Net-A-Porter


Gucci can almost do no wrong right now..


The Hermes Birkin

This is that forever out of reach piece I promised, mostly because I don’t think I want a handbag to be the most expensive asset to my name and this beautiful thing would far out price my car at the moment!

However I will always appreciate and admire this bag (and quietly lust after it). I just think there are other bags out there like the Peek-A-Boo (below) or the Sac Du Jour which for me are both lust list bags in their own right, but will also tick that ‘large classic structured neutral bag’ box for me.

The Birkin I have fantasised about though has always been one of two colors, and shockingly for me, not black. I absolutely adore this Khaki with gold hardware carried by the chicest woman on the planet Rachel Zoe, and the beautiful soft Tan, I just feel that you see more of the detail and beauty of the bag in a lighter color. Tan and Khaki are still very classic neutrals which can be worn all year round – something I definitely look for in an investment piece.

Hermes Birkin 35 starts at about $16,000 – even I have to admit thats epic. 

Fendi Peekaboo Large approx $6000


The Gucci Dionysus

Firstly, it needs to be covered, Gucci can almost do no wrong right now. I am so head over heels obsessed with these bags. That pair of tigers as a clasp is everything. But I also just love the simplicity of the shape and style of the Dionysus bags. I do also feel like this bag (depending on which piece you buy) won’t really date that much. And I also genuinely feel as far as designer bags go, with Gucci, you do get a lot of bag for your money. However if money were no object I would be first in line buying the Navy, Red and White embellished Bee bag as I am obsessed with bees (they remind me of my favourite palace in Italy) and I think Navy, Red & White are a pretty classic yet wonderfully striking color combination.

Dionysus GG Supreme – $2600 from Gucci

Dionysus Embroidered Leather Shoulder Bag – $5530 from Gucci


Bvlgari Serpenti Forever

What a beautiful twist on a classic evening bag, I have seen this bag in a rainbow of color options but the Emerald Green is a standout choice for me, I love how the jewelled eyes of the serpent match the color of the bag, very chic. It is a great size to hold everything you need and no more. I would be beyond thrilled to add this to my collection – though a lot of eBay selling may need to occur first – but oh how it would all be worth it.

Bvlgari Serpenti Forever Small – $2760 from Bvlgari


They are the definition of wearable art


A Straw Tote for Summer

This is just something I have been wanting for a while, I know its not really what you might consider luxury, but that is kind of what I like about it. It would be nice to have a great Summer statement bag like this that holds everything I need, looks super cute, and I don’t have to stress about putting it on the grass at a picnic or BBQ. The more I look at it the more I love it and feel I need it.

Hat Attack Round Handle Tote – $150 from Shopbop


Gucci Velvet Marmont

I love this bag, I know it’s very loud, and not at all even close to neutral, but what a truly fun piece, the deep fuchsia color, the lush velvet texture, the gorgeous chevron pattern, the antique-y gold hardware, its just beautiful.

I must say though all this velvet business is really very untimely, its coming into Summer here and between Gucci + Aquazzura all I can think about is getting my paws on some velvety goodness!!

GG Marmont Small Velvet Shoulder Bag approx $1900 


Saint Laurent Fringed Suede

I’m going to come right out and say it on this one, I really like this, but I wouldn’t buy it. I think it is such a beautiful piece but I also feel like the shape of this bag is like an evening bag but the aesthetic and color is for casual day wear, I don’t know what it is, I love the fringe, I love the tan suede I love the snake detail on the logo, but something says to me.. Don’t do it. It may possibly be the simple fact that I have a small tan woven leather Prada Madras bag that would fill the same wardrobe hole as this and therefore I actually just don’t need it, but it is very boho luxe.

Saint Laurent Medium Suede Fringe Bag $3255 from Neiman Marcus


Valentino Lock Bag

I just think this is a beautiful bag. It is a really simple and classic shape, but the contrast of the studs on the soft pinky nude leather add a great edgy twist. I would love to have one of these in my collection, but I keep finding other pieces that I need in my life before this so it just keeps getting left on the shelf which sort of makes me think if I had it, I might just keep reaching for others instead?

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Valentino Medium Lock Bag $2960 from Net-A-Porter


Detailed White Leather Bags

I actually think a beautiful white bag is a very important piece to have in your wardrobe, and I am currently loving these two Fendi options. The woven detail is clever as it keeps the bag relatively free from hardware (meaning they can be worn with silver or gold) while still giving it a lot of interest.

This Peek-a-boo is heaven!! I actually tried to find it on a recent shopping trip but it has sold out everywhere.

Fendi Dotcom Medium White $4119 from Neiman Marcus 


My Holy Grail Bag

A Judith Leiber

Obviously we all saw the Cupcake bag in the Sex And The City movie. But it wasn’t really until later that I stumbled across Judith Leiber on a solo trip to the States mid 2010, I was taking in all that is Rodeo Drive when I came across the Judith Leiber window. I remember going in and just staring in amazement at the artworks that are her bags. There was the most stunning Tiger stretched out and glittering on the right hand side of the shop, further in on a centre podium was a totally beautiful and whimsical Birdcage and then toward the back was the most incredible Camel you ever did see, honestly, now, whenever I think of a Camel I can’t help but remember that very moment seeing that Camel.

Ever since that moment I have sworn to myself that one day I must have just one of her beautiful works of art. Even though I don’t think any of those three bags I initially fell in love with are available anymore, every year she brings out new heart-stoppingly stunning designs that I would cry and gasp and jump about and mostly probably not be able to comprehend life for a while if I were to have the moment where I might actually get to own one. They are the definition of wearable art. It would be worn and then displayed as art in our home, or at least in my dressing room.

Judith Leiber Miniaudieres approx $7000 – $9000 from Saks Fifth Avenue


I would love to hear what your Holy Grail bag is? Or is there one that got away, or that you’re saving really hard for?

xxK

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