This is the Handbag That’s Taken Over So Many Style Stars’ Instagram Feeds

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IT’S AN ODD LITTLE THING, BUT YOU’RE GOING TO WANT TO REMEMBER THE NAME CULT GAIA

There’s only one reason anything ever gets popular on Instagram: it looks good in photos. The popular photo-sharing network has an odd purity of purpose in that way. Even if something is popular in culture at large, if it’s not aesthetically pleasing, you’re not going to find much trace of its influence in Insta. If something is attractive in sunny still photography, though, and it makes it into the hands of the right people, it just might explode.

That’s true even if the brand doesn’t have the well-known luxury caché of larger fashion companies, which is, in its own way, a democratizing force on the style world. Instagram popularity can give an enormous boost to upstarts with good, unique designs that make Insta-popular style stars feel the thrill of discovery. The best example of this phenomenon so far is Mansur Gavriel, and now another indie bag brand has emerged with its own clear, narrow aesthetic and a bag Instagrammers just can’t get enough of. Enter, Cult Gaia.

Cult Gaia was founded in 2012 by Jasmin Larian, a California-based scion of the family who owns MGA Entertainment, the company that invented Bratz dolls, among many other popular toys. Cult Gaia’s look reflects the exact kind of aspirational, luxury-boho look you’d expect from the founder’s background, which is an aesthetic that reigns supreme at the moment in the contemporary fashion market. A wide swathe of young consumers, especially young women fluent in Instagram, want to dress like someone who was going to Coachella before everyone was going to Coachella. Cult Gaia achieves exactly that.

The brand has recently expanded to a small assortment of products beyond its Insta hit, which is called the Cult Gaia Ark Bag, but those clutches are still the star of the show. The original came in bamboo, but for spring and summer, new versions are making their debut in colorful acrylics, and the bag now comes in two sizes.

The Ark isn’t terribly functional; its woven-looking finish hides precious little from prying eyes, and there are no straps of any kind–you either have to carry its little handle by hand, or wedge it under your arm. That’s the thing with Instagram trends, though: they tend to privilege form over function, because their primary purpose is to get a good shot. The Ark Bag starts at $128 and tops out at $298, though, so for most luxury shoppers, it falls well within the acceptable range for a fun little summer clutch.

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2016 HANDBAG RESOLUTIONS FOR MYSELF

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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.

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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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This Tote is Louis Vuitton’s Most Expensive Leather Handbag Ever

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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.

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Everything about Coach Kristin Replica Handbag

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Balenciaga Classic City Orange Yellow Replica Handbag Review

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Replica Handbag Review: Louis Vuitton Artsy MM

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The Louis Vuitton Artsy MM is a beautiful and very practical bag designed for assertive women. It has enough inside space that all your daily belongings can fit perfectly. It is spacious, sophisticated and chic so it is appropriate to any occasion and it can fit almost any outfit.

This bag has the same brown color monogram pattern and floral motifs on both sides. Exactly like all other LV models the monograms are very subtle, they have even spaces between them and they are placed in the exact same position. The leather this Louis Vuitton Artsy MM is made of is a very light and firm type with flat finish. It has a rigid texture but it feels smooth and delicate. This bag can stand by its own even if it is empty. Also we can talk about a particular shine of this leather that is only visible when there is a very bright light falling over it.

For the stitches of this Louis Vuitton Artsy MM there was used a much darker color especially for the threads to stand out. The handle is connected to the body of the bag with two gold rings that are embedded onto the leather and they are engraved with the LV sign; “VUITTON” on top, while “LOUIS” on the lower part of the ring. You can notice that the rings go through the flower monograms in both corners. To do this the monograms have to have the same position on all the sides of the bag. You need to pay a lot of attention of these kinds of details when you purchase a replica bag, especially a Louis Vuitton Artsy MM replica.

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The upper part of the body makes a natural fold that gives the bag a very nice and practical appearance. This bag only has one handle that is made from very sturdy leather that allows it to stay curved without having to adjust it in any way. This is its natural position. The shape it has is of a natural and ample arch. Attached on one of the rings of the handle there is a thin string that has the same color as the handle. Attached to this leather string there is a key chain charm that has a golden ring with “LOUIS VUITTON” stamped all over it and a golden hook that has the same stampings.

The bottom of the bag is very interesting, it has four gold buttons that are evenly spaced and connected between them with some dark stitching. This gives us the impression of a very large “X”. Of course this “X” is not created at random. It is feet to cut off the same corner of the same flower. The top studs come through the top corner of the flower, the bottom studs come through the lower corner of the flower and the “X” is intersecting in the center of the flower. You can also notice on the bottom of this bag that the monogram is not continuous; this is not an inaccuracy in the design of this replica bag. This also happens for the genuine Louis Vuitton Artsy MM.

The lining of this bag is made from smooth light brown suede that is also very delicate. At the interior of this bag we can find a zipper pocket and two open pockets. On the zipper pull is engraved with “Louis Vuitton” on both sides in an imaginary circle. The side of this Louis Vuitton Artsy MM has two tags. One of them is the main brown leather tag. It is embossed with circled “R”, then is the “LOUIS VUITTON” written on the first row and on the second one is the “PARIS” word. The stitching on the leather patch has a light beige color. You can notice the good quality of this replica bag because of the correct and clear stamping too. There are no bolded letters embossed on the tags. The second tag is not made of leather as we are used to, but from a textile fabric that says “LV” all around it in a circle. It also has two rows, one with “made in U.S.A” and another one with “of imported materials”. This second tag has a light brown color no visible stitches.

This Louis Vuitton Artsy MM is a nonconformist fashion accessory with a terrific design. I have to admit that this is one of the bags I will always recommend and if you are thinking of buying one for yourself there is nothing else I can say but congratulate you.

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