2015 was a bit of a whirlwind for me and to be honest I don't even know how it came and went so quickly. I was reviewing my 2015 handbag resolutions and can say I did stick to majority of my five resolutions. I had the hardest time changing my bag out, I just get so used to carrying a specific bag and if I don't change as much as I should.
I've done a much better job carrying my nice bags, like my Birkins, without babying the bag too much. And one aspect that I really did a better job with this year was cleaning out the contents of my bag. I ended up buying some pouches to put items in and then I can just throw them in the next bag and get moving.
The biggest thing I can share with you about my handbag collection last year is that I didn't buy a new bag. I know, let that sink in for a second. I did not go out and buy a new bag for my collection. There were plenty of bags I wanted but I never pulled the trigger and all of a sudden the year passed and I didn't get a new bag. I was sent gifts by a couple brands, so I didn't end up completely without a new bag, but overall it was a zero bag purchase year for me.
It's funny to even say that out loud and know that I founded a site all about handbags. But over the years I've become very particular about my bag purchases and I end up thinking and rethinking what I want and if I really need it. That means my bag resolutions this year are a bit different, with my ever evolving love of bags and change in wants, it's important to keep that in mind when making handbag resolutions. Share your 2016 handbag resolutions with me below!
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During my most recent perusal of Louis Vuitton’s new arrivals on the brand’s website, I came across something that shocked even me: a crocodile version of the beautiful new Louis Vuitton City Steamer Bag, retailing for a mind-boggling $55,500. I have a couple questions, including, why couldn’t they leave off the $500 and make it a nice, round number?
My other major question was whether or not this is Louis Vuitton’s most expensive handbag of all time, and according to my research, it’s not. The Richest counts two special edition Louis Vuitton minaudieres at more than $100,000 apiece, but neither was made out of traditional handbag materials, so that seems like cheating. When you narrow the list down to regular handbags, the most expensive representative of which I can find record is the Dora PM in crocodile, which is close (but no cigar) at $50,000 currently; the most expensive previous version of the bag was $54,500. This bag, in my humble opinion, is leaps and bounds more beautiful than that one.
With that in mind, I’m comfortable declaring this bag the brand’s most expensive leather offering of all time, and for the most powerful luxury brand in the world, that’s worth noting. Louis Vuitton has been ramping up its leather and exotic offerings for years in an effort to charm the world’s wealthiest shoppers, and it seems clear this model is meant to compete head-on with the ultra-rare, ultra-expensive exotic versions of the Hermès Birkin. Someone had to take on that iconic bag eventually, and there’s perhaps no one more qualified than Nicolas Ghesquiere at Louis Vuitton.
Check out the bag for yourself at Louis Vuitton; to purchase, you’ll have to have your people call their people.Other Brands
Coach is one of the most loved and well-known brands in the world. Everybody like their bags, men and women, we are all crazy about them. We all recognize their logo and there are millions of people that continue to support them season after season, year after year. Coach was at first, in 1941 a family run workshop established in New York, Manhattan, bun in a very short period of time it became renowned for its style and for the quality of the products. The Company was expanding every year and this is the reason for which we are expecting new beautiful lines every season.
The Coach Kristin line is special for not having the Coach Signature logo. It is a clean line, it has a lot of the Coach qualities but it doesn’t have the Signature. For this line they used soft and elegant colors like: shades of coral, pink, ivory, and burnished amber. These bags seem simple, effortless, but they are not, there is actually a lot of work involved in creating these beautiful bags. There is not just simple leather; these bags have different finishes for each dimension and shape, they have fresh color blocking, embossed exotics, and rich glazed leather.
Besides the beautiful colors, the Coach Kristin replica bags is truly unique due to the very interesting and unique fashionable chain link straps. Some of the chains are an alternative between pewter and gold and others have a tortoiseshell-like finish. All the bags in this collection have a sleek turnlock closure that amplifies its beautiful aspect. This is the line that shows there is a lot more to say when it comes to the Coach collections.
I cannot tell you how much I love the Kristin Embossed Zip Top Tote. The embossed camel leather, the wonderful colors and the shape of this bag really took my soul and my mind. It is an all-purpose bag; you can wear it to the office, to the market, when you have a girl’s night out, or when you just want to get a cup of coffee with your best friend to chat about what happened last evening. The double top handles are accompanied by a chain-link strap and front pouch. If you think about getting one you should know that the price starts from $698 for the green zip top tote model and it gets to $1000 for the embossed version.
What I really like about this Coach Kristin replica bag collection is the way they combined the differing embossed leather details with a subtle palette of colors. They are soft, nicely shaped and just perfect to complete your daily outfit.Other Brands
My friend Kate received for her birthday from her work colleagues this Replica Balenciaga bag. I cannot say it is a perfect replica, it looks good overall but if you take a closer look you can be a little disappointed. I know she wanted a yellow bag and this is why they bought her this one but it not a true yellow, it is more like an orange yellow.
The hardware of this Balenciaga Classic City Orange Yellow replica handbag is very dark bronze, darker than the original bag, the studs have a matt finish but the buckles try to shine a little bit. The zipper on the front of the bag is shorter than it should be and it doesn’t zip all the way. There is a space of about half of a centimeter from the place it stops till the one it should. I know this is quite common among replica bags but I have seen a lot of cloned bags that did not have this issue, on the contrary, they looked as they had the genuine zipper attached. But as you can only notice this if you take a close look at the zipper I don’t think this should bother her too much. The stitching is good, I compared it to my authentic Balenciaga and there doesn’t seem to be any difference.
The quality of the leather is very good on this Balenciaga Classic City Orange yellow replica bag, it looks and feels like the original. It is thick and it smells like new leather. This is a very good thing because there are a lot of bad replicas out there that smell horrible, you cannot keep them in the house. There is the same kind of leather used for the overlay of the buckle decorations. I saw a lot of replicas that don’t use the same leather; they use poor quality leather in the spaces that are not very visible. I am glad this is not the case with this bag. There is a mirror attached to the Replica Balenciaga bag that looks like the original one. It has the same size and the same shape. The handles of the bag are very well cloned both on the front and on the back.
The zipper from the underside is really bad. The stitching is awful, very sloppy, I am glad that it is underneath and it is not visible. The fabric used for the interior is black, the original bag has the same color inside, but it doesn’t feel the same, it is a different texture, but the quality is decent. There is a metal name plate stitched inside the bag. The engravings are correct; it looks clean and correctly attached. On the back side of the bag there is a serial number embossed, it is the same number that we can find on the metal name plate, which is good but there is also embossed “made in Italy” that is not correct, there should have been capital letters: “MADE IN ITALY”.
The main issue of this Balenciaga Classic City Orange yellow replica bag is the stitching. It is not very good and there are some places where it is visible, but overall it is a good looking bag. I am sure Kate will enjoy wearing it and her colleagues will be very pleased to see how happy they made her.Louis Vuitton Hermes
When you say Hermes, you say luxury, opulence, good fashion sense. Every person that can afford to pay $9000 for a Hermes Steve Besace is a very powerful man, a man for whom this amount of money represents an insignificant sum. You can only imagine these magnificent men dressed in their amazing suits and wearing the most expensive shoes, having the best jobs or owning the most profitable businesses. Only these kinds of men can afford and are “designed” to wear the Hermes Steve Besace purses. This bag is especially created for powerful men, for men that know what luxury means, for men that can understand fashion.
Today I am going to present main characteristics of this amazing bag, the Hermes Steve. It is a very beautiful and stylish purse that is designed to be worn on the shoulder as it is a messenger bag. This bag is made out of bull calfskin leather and the silver hardware completes perfectly the superb design of this bag. The strap of the purse is adjustable and it can fit every man that wishes to wear one and offers him comfort and versatility. To complete the look and to make this model very practical the creator of this bag used numerous pockets on the inside and outside of the purse.
Hermes decided that it is not enough to adjust the strap of the bag so it can fit the owner, so he actually created the Hermes Steve Besace in three sizes, 25, 35 and 38 centimeters. The smallest one, the 25 centimeters one is a also called the Steve “Caporal”. The medium one is most common model and also it is the most replicated one. The large one was created to fit very tall men. The a Hermes Steve Besace replica I am going to review today is a medium size and it measures 35 centimeters, exactly like the genuine one.
The replica manufacturer used for this Steve Besace replica the same kind of tough leather like the original bag has, it is indeed sturdy and firm. But in the same time is feels very soft and smooth when you touch it. On the inside this bag looks very similar to the original bag, the color and the lining of the leather are the same, the only thing that is different is the texture of the material. It is plane and it has some lines that are hardly noticeable. Unfortunately the color shades are not the same, it is a different brown from the original bag and this is pretty annoying. But what can I say, I can live with that.
As for all the bags I bought from this Company I can say the craftsmanship is absolutely impeccable. The white stitches are even, there are no spaces between them. There are no stains or any smudges or discolorations on the leather. All the cuts and finishing are perfect and there no imperfections at all. It is really flawless.
Created to adapt to a busy man needs during a hard day, this Steve Besace replica, exactly like the original version has three compartments and a zipper pocket inside it.
Another difference between my replica Steve Besace and the original bag is the “HERMES PARIS MADE IN FRANCE” logo. You can find this authenticity marking under the flap cover of the purse. On the original bag this is written in gold but on my replica the logo is silver. But it is unnoticeable because it is under the flap.
For the hardware of this Steve Besace replica the manufacturer used stainless steel, and I allow myself to say that it is not the best choice as it is not at all as shiny and beautiful as the silver and platinum used for the original bag. It really doesn’t look as good as I expected it to. But it is a replica and it doesn’t cost a fortune at all.
Overall if you are wearing this bag you will not be able to pass without being noticed. It is a really good replica with a wonderful craftsmanship and very good leather quality. The lines of this bag are the perfect combination of luxurious and casual.