Friday, November 15, 2013

Luxury Handbags- Holiday Gifts + Spring 2014 Selections


High-end handbags of quality leathers and hardwear-made beautifully-and just a bit different from the designer flogged initialed haulers- are the ideal gift for the hard to please woman-especially if that woman is yourself ha.

A visit to LA/NYC based Caro Marketing yielded up several fab labels-one we knew- Lancaster Paris, a rather esteemed name from France- re-visiting these shores---and new to us Katherine Kwei, Hare + Hart, and Me Char.

The diverse group shared similarities-feminine modern handbags and carry-alls-of semi structured or structured shapes that bear the thoughtful details of a woman's touch in the design process. Meaning room for the stuff every gal hauls around-even the clutch size purses…and shapes that ranged from boxy smooth leather-to soft plush bags that are big enough to stash workout clothes in.

Caviar Grain Leather-comes with detachable shoulder strap-$395, three color options

Marina-Full Grain and Salfano leather $305

Lancaster Paris is one of those well regarded French brands -known for its classic, lady like purses when we lived there many years ago.

Well say bonjour to these spot on, 21st century-newer styles-that feature bolder solid tones, terrific color block handbags and zipped totes with a nautical vibe, very cool spring shades for city friendly leather backpacks, and new fun python leathers in saturated-and  unexpected tones that would appeal to a younger market of bag enthusiasts.
Full Grain leather $265 from Scarlett collection

 Also-embossed leather accessories for all modern electronic gadgets...

Soft Vintage leather

Exotic Croco-embossed leather-up top $385


Leather shredded-or more likely, laser cut-we have never seen anything like the purses by NYC based Katherine Kwei who began her collection S/S 2007 line after stints working at Louis Vuitton, Zac Posen and acquiring an MA degree from the prestigious London College of Fashion.
Donna Lamb clutch comes in several colors available early winter...

Plexi Box Clutch $505

Box Evening Clutch-snakeskin + lambskin $670
An homage to the designer's Chinese heritage and the Chinese Eternity knot inspired weave-the results are truly chic-and very eye-catching. No wonder celebs' and the stylists who dress them- are drawn to the small, medium and large size purses…that also includes hobo and satchel shapes, practical and modern.

Lulu-snakeskin lambskin multi-hued satchel-

Backpacks and Bucket bags---$595-$715

With time spent in Argentina-the two designers behind label Hare + Hart fully embrace the tail to toe philosophy-crafting distinctly modern leather bags and "zero waste" jewelry from bones and leather skins. Functional zippers and subtle, just enough hardware embellishments -enhance the very clean, modern feel of these structured and semi-structured geometric shapes-including hand clutches, convertible shoulder bags, multi-tasking zippered pouches, and roomy bucket bags, -all made in Argentina using Argentinian leathers-from local tanneries.
Stunning-Satchel $895
Bonus points: the shout-out (in jest, we assume)-to former Veep Al Gore for inventing the internet-on the About Us section.

bangles$46- $59, dangle quill earrings $125-$149

iPad holders-or whatever-2 sizes $175-$210


in front-Jones Clutch $185-$265, 
Immediately we were bowled over by the imported from Italy, leather quality-and the so practical shapes of the Me Char Collection. Designed by talented Parsons grad Chamaine Ho--the East meets West/masculine/feminine harmoniously comes wonderfully together in a savvy collection of handbags, small leather goods and mixed textured clutches.
Holly Tote-$645-here in mirrored gold-also in solid leather-in a cool shaded nude or black- $440

Large Brigid Satchel $450-Bubble lambskin leather-other colors-black, and eye catching jade with gun metal hardwear
Highlights of some Spring 2014 bags-the rose gold zippers-bold and functional of the Brigid Satchel. We love the interior layout too- featuring zipped compartments and a roomy main compartment for stuff.  Women on the go carrying the necessities  for a  day-to night out, work-to fun life will appreciate the design-while their fashionista side will love how feminine and modern the bags are.

fuschia- a signature color looks edgy, not girly with python details. This clutch is roomy enough to carry as a day purse-but sophisticated enough for glam evenings. Available now in black this special EDITH CLUTCH is a great gift. $285..