Review: Salvatore Ferragamo Miss Vara Bow Clip Crossbody Bag

For those looking for something designer and dainty, but slightly larger than wallets on chains, the Miss Vara Bow Crossbody Bag ($750) from Salvatore Ferragamo is a fine choice. It is a low-key bag that doesn’t have many bells and whistles, with SF’s signature grosgrain bow with logo hardware as its only trimming. At about 10 ounces empty and measuring…

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Review: Givenchy Antigona Leather Satchel

The Givenchy Antigona is perhaps the French fashion brand’s most popular bag despite being a relatively new addition (circa 2010) to the line. A “sensible” bag, the Antigona was part of the same wave that catapulted the Prada Saffiano Tote to ubiquity. These bags were a product of their time—an economy in recovery—when trend-weary shoppers sought out simple, low-key bags.…

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Review: Madewell Transport Weekender

My favorite kind of trips is the kind that requires very little planning and forethought, preferably involving last-minute packing of essentials, all stuffed into an unassuming bag (I swear I don’t romanticize the fugitive lifestyle). It should come as no surprise, then, that I love weekenders and duffel bags; for they are unstructured and will, in a pinch, fit in…

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Review: Prada Saffiano Medium Double Zip Top-Handle Bag ( BN2274)

The allure of Prada totes has dampened in recent years, as the original flooded the luxury market (where scarcity fuels demand) and similar styles at lower price points captured the rest of the segment. It’s unsurprising that Prada’s 2014 profits suffered a 28% drop from the previous year and sales of leather goods stagnated. I bought my first Prada Saffiano…

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Review: Tory Burch York Saffiano Leather Buckle Tote

This is an overdue review; I have had this bag since late summer and I admit to having some regrets because this bag was, in many regards, too similar to what I already have an excess of in my closet. There are perhaps only six aspects open to manipulation when it comes to totes: size, color, material, number of compartments,…

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