Every once in a while it’s nice to leave the Céline luggage tote at home and try something more experimental. With an artichoke-looking bag aptly named the Artechoke and a silver spiked one that reminds you of a medieval flail (but is cutely called the Cactus!), Finnish designer Jaana Parkkila’s origami-style ball bags are just what you need. While handmaking leather bags in Italy may not be a revolutionary concept, when they look like avant-garde pieces of art, it most certainly is! Her geometric designs take arts and crafts to a new level. Since they’re all gathered with string, you’d have to tie the bags at the tops to completely close them. Let’s be real, though – you’re probably not going to be able to fit anything in these anyway! Function has no place in art. They’re like hanging lanterns, so why not just hang one from a larger bag? E-mail Jaana Parkkila for more information or shop her other designs on Farfetch.
To prepare you for this weekend’s Memorial Day celebrations, Shopbop has discounted hundreds of new items up to 40% off. From small pouches like 3.1 Phillip Lim’s snakeskin 31 Second ($280) to Botkier’s full-size satchel ($276.50), there’s a summer bag for every occasion. Shop the sale here!
Cate Blanchett: from Belstaff to Tod’s, the elegant actress is always a trendsetter and never a follower. Now the porcelain-skin star has done it again. As she exited the Hotel Armani in Milan on May 21st, she kept her look classic and androgynous, allowing her bag to (deservedly) do the talking. This isn’t just another top-handle bag; it’s the sought-after Bombette from Viktor & Rolf, my very favorite Dutch duo. (Indeed, Charlize Theron, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, and Miranda Kerr have all been spotted with it dangling from their arms, but Cate wears it best.)
Cate understands sometimes a sacrifice is worth it when it comes to high style. The Bombette, out of the house’s Fall/Winter 2013 collection, doesn’t boast the most practical of handles, but luckily those sculptural handles fold over and then you can enlist the help of the functional crossbody straps. This isn’t your average daytime carryall. This is the day bag, elevated. With a heavy influence of conceptual architecture and high art, it’s worthy of a woman who knows how to turn things up a notch or two.
Rachel Bilson was spotted boppin’ around town in around town on Sunday in Cannes, France wearing an Isabel Marant skirt with a sweater and a cute Chloé Mini Elsie Bag at her side. This sweet little grained leather bag is just the right size for a vacation to the South of France, don’t you think? ID, check, credit cards, check check, lip gloss, sunscreen and you’re on your way. This bag is good for any season and goes great dressed up for work or dressed down for errands like Rachel demonstrates. Pick up the chic little crossbody at Barney’s for $1095.
Look who got Coveteur’d (again)! Tina was photographed at home in Dallas by the amazing Coveteur team who got into her enviable bag closet and drool worthy Hermes collection.
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