Spring 2007: The Must-Have Luxury Leather Handbags

Although a luxury leather handbag is one of the most classic fashion accessories that one can buy, styles and trends change with the season. If you are in the market for a new bag, you will be pleased to discover the array of options available this season. Spring 2007 is all about choices in personal style. Here is your guide to the latest styles and colors in a variety of luxury leather handbags.

Originally slouchy, comfortable, and decidedly bohemian, the “hobo bag” has gone through a style metamorphosis. While retaining their offbeat styling, this year’s hobos are now more structured, offering a “frame” to hold the leather in place. From funky faux-reptilian straps to shiny metal grommets, trim is in so shop around for the style that best represents you.

A structured middle ground between a hobo and a totebags, the “satchel” is possibly the most functional choice of all luxury leather handbagsbags. Functional definitely does not mean frumpy though, as the satchel has emerged as possibly the hottest bag of the season. The satchel offers a dizzying array of styling choices from shiny patent leather to rings and grommets that are reminiscent of the old punk chic.

Large bags are in this year and the larger the better. Totebags were originally designed as specialty bags for carrying books and other large items. Recently however, they have morphed into the bags of choice for many Hollywood stars. With a bag this large it is easy to lose keys and other necessities in the bottom so this year’s hot styles feature zipper compartments to keep essentials separated.

While large bags are the style of choice for everyday use, transform your look at night with the polar opposite: a tiny handbag complete with intricate detailing. Teeny zippers, delicate chains and soft trim are all just a few of the choices in this year’s smallest bags.

Cell phone cases, wallets, and key chains are all available in an endless array of styles and colors. The significantly lower price of these small accessories makes it easier to embrace possibly short-lived trends so live it up with these more affordable options.

Colors are also very important. Without a doubt bright and shiny red is the number one color of the moment. From patent leather to suede, from totebags to clutches, red bags are the hottest of the season. If fire engine red is not quite your style, other colors within the red family are widely available as well from pink to burgundy and everything in between.

Royal purple, regal green, lapis blue: if it can be found in gemstones it is hot this season. These colors work especially well on clutch purses, adding a shock of color to your little black dress.

Brown and beige are especially hot this year, particularly in the larger bags, making it easy to coordinate your bag with many different outfits. White is also in and of course, basic black never goes out of style.

This year’s styles are all about personal choice. The wide array of colors, styles and especially trim ensures that no matter what your individual preference there is sure to be a luxury leather handbag that is perfect for you.

Gale Boone is the founder of eLuxe Bags. For more information about luxury leather handbags, visit http://www.eluxebags.com

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Current Style in Handbags

Bags are a very important accessory of a woman’s attire in any season. Handbag designs keep getting better and more innovative every season. Interesting trends emerge and this year is no different.

BAG IT: Bags this current season are expected to have a lot of stitch details. Huge and oversized handbags are the hottest item this season. But remember to keep it small for the evening. The trend this season will veer towards accessories on the handbag, like plaited handles, plaited areas etc.

It may include that extra strap which buckles down or even the edges of the handbag having leather thongs wrapped around them. Some other trends may include tassels and studs and even possibly padlocks and frills on the bag.

Interesting accessories are expected in the handbag this season. These may include key rings and metal buckles. Pockets in the bag, leather appliqués and charms that dangle are likely to be part of the current handbag style scene.

Crystal beads, gold tone studs and even leather bows may add that extra special. It is likely that decorative trimmings on the bags will be extremely popular. Another trend may be to have headscarves threaded through the eyelets of the bag. Even a gold chain may be slotted to create a special look. The trend in handles may include chains in the leather or they may be made exclusively of chain.

STYLES GALORE: Printed bags are very much in vogue and so is the new deeper taller bag shape and deep tote styles. The material of the bag may be leather or suede, which may appear as washed out and faded. It may be tie-dyed or frilled or even tool impressed.

The handbag with a slouch is also set to make an impact this season. Hardware on bags is very much “in”, as is ironmongery. It is the large, oversized slouch bag, which will round off the fashion look whispering.

WATCH THE HARDWARE: Hardware on bags is a definite attraction this season. Bags are likely to have a row of studs or they may have extra leather, trimmed with metal over the bag’s body. Chain handles on bags are likely to be very popular. White bags are set to make a strong impression.

Another likely trend is the bag with the metallic finish that has metallic tones making it shimmer and glisten.

THINK SLIM: The trend is towards the shape of bags growing taller, sleeker, and cleaner. There is no lumpy untidiness of excessive bulky outside pockets on every available surface, although the size maybe big.

Here are some unique designs in purse and handbags, which can be, expected this year and which are sure to catch on.

USE THE CLOTH: Cloth purses are very casual fashion items but they are very popular. The strongest trend this year is likely to be colourful fabrics and unique patterns. Bold colors and striking contrast are likely to be “in”. Also very fashionable is the practical reversible cloth purse. The purse can be literally turned inside out to reveal the alternative fabric pattern. This allows you to have two purses for the price of one.

PUT A NAME TO IT: Monogrammed handbags never go out of style. The present styles are likely to be monogrammed handbags in a wide range of colors, shapes, sizes and styles.

An expected upcoming trend is leather sling hipster handbags with elegantly embossed initials or a name. The preferred material for such handbags is soft leather, because it is durable and very stylish. Apart from that, sling handbags are very comfortable to carry. They form the perfect accessory whether the outing is a casual one or a business one.

Monogrammed tote bags are also very much in fashion. They are the most perfect, casual fashion accessories. Monogrammed tote bags serve a variety of purposes, whether at the beach, or at a picnic, even at school. The best material for tote bags is soft cotton canvas and this is likely to be the trend this year too.

DOGGIE BAG: Dog purses are gaining popularity. With almost everyone loving dogs the fashion is veering towards handbags, tote bags and purses decorated with a full panel photo of a gorgeous pouch. Dog purses and handbags are also a great gift idea for anyone who loves their beloved hound. Custom-made dog purses are also becoming more and more popular. You can have your own photograph of your dog printed onto a handbag.

If you don’t like dogs, you can have your own photo, or the photo of that someone special in your life, printed onto your purse or handbag, Photo purses or handbags are ultra-cool and make a special fashion statement.

CLUTCH THAT BAG: Clutch purses and handbags have an elegant, streamlined look, but they’re the perfect size to carry all those little necessities. The trend for clutch purses and clutch handbags is likely to be all glamour. Shiny metallic gold, silver, bronze and platinum shades will be the strong colors of the season, in soft suede leather.

If you follow the above trends you can be sure that you will be never out of sync with your handbag this season. You will be very much a part of the “in” crowd.

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Handbags: Beauty is Mesh Deep

A lot of people who when the first time the lay their eyes on the price, they immediately think too themselves “this is too good to be true.” Though logically that’s what they think, their emotions get the best of them and they rationalize the purchase anyway thinking “I have to get it quickly or it won’t be available at this price later on”.

So the person gets the bag for the low price and walks home thinking they got a steal especially since the product comes from a very reputable and well-known retailer and also is of authentic material.

Unfortunately, like when dealing with a man who is too good to be true, you start noticing flaws and things that you’ve overlooked in the past. For instance you may find the bag too small for your liking, as in it won’t be able to hold things like your wallet, digital camera, cell phone, keys, chap stick, and a whole bunch of other things.

You may find the handbag to be too short in some departments to prevent you from comfortably being able to tuck comfortably under your arm. In the end after several trials with the bag, you find that it just doesn’t do it for you the way you hoped. Activities such as dancing and simply doing some window shopping becomes a drag after a while with this handbag.

Sure the bag is cute, but perhaps it’s best advised that you look around a bit more next time to see what you are getting yourself into without rationalizing the situation away.

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Handbag Q & A

Q. What can I do to keep my handbag organized?

–Losing It

A. It all begins with selecting the right handbag for your lifestyle. Inner and outer pockets and zippered sections help sort and separate the contents. Limit the contents to those basics you really need each day: cash, credit cards, keys, lipstick, and planner. Your chiropractor will thank you. If you need additional beauty products consider a small makeup case that will prevent spills. If you find yourself lugging around an umbrella, paperback, file folders, baby formula, toys, camera, snacks and more, either consider a larger tote-style bag that can accommodate all your needs. Or consider keeping a separate bag with these items in your car or office. Another option that works for some women is carrying a small clutch purse (that’s quick to grab and go) in a larger tote-type briefcase. Whichever option you choose, remember to regularly purge the store receipts, old tissues, lint-covered candies, and business cards that can load you down and steal precious space.

Q. How can I stash everything I need for my busy work life without resorting to wheeled luggage?

–Desperate

A. Look for one of today’s totally hot briefcases. Opt for one with both long and short padded straps and lots of interior pockets. Consider using a laptop case or postman style bag. Either will accommodate file folders, brochures, and other office paraphernalia and you’ll look great too.

Q. I hate the “new” handbags with all the straps, tassels, buckles, rivets and more. I refuse to buy one because I consider myself too old for all that stuff. But…I don’t want to look like my grandma either. Help me.

–Too young to look old

A. As in all things fashion, it’s best to be aware of the trends but ultimately to do only what’s right for you. You don’t want to be a fashion lemming following the masses off the cliff of good taste just to fit in. You may choose to opt for a simpler, cleaner style (with less ‘stuff’ happening) in one of the season’s newest colors—but only if it’s a color you love and will use long term, not because someone else deemed it a “must have.”

Q. How do I choose the right handbag for my size and body type?

—Want to Get it Right

A. You need to think proportion. If you’re a tall, large-framed woman yoo can pull off anything but a teeny-tiny bag. If you’re petit, many large bags will simply overpower you and be all wrong proportion-wise. Ensure you check out the look in a full-length mirror or if ordering online, compare the product dimensions with those bags you already own that are perfect sized for you.

Q. Sometimes I feel like the fashion industry is holding me hostage. “Experts” proclaim the season’s “it” bag, anoint the greatest designer ever, decide what you must have to be anyone. I’m sick of it. What do you suggest?

–I’m mad as hell and not taking it anymore

A. I don’t blame you, Mad as Hell. Every woman is capable of making the right choice for herself, based on lifestyle, budget, and needs. It doesn’t matter who made it, but rather who chose it. Widen your options by buying an eclectic mix of both inexpensive (but well-made) and couture bags. Visit vintage stores or granny’s attic looking for quality, well-made, beautiful, one-of-a-kind old bags to augment your wardrobe. You’re not in high school anymore, carve out your own path, make your own choices, express your own creativity and panache.

Hazel Anaka is hooked on handbags and leather purses as evidenced by her online business http://www.powerofpurses.com. Her weekly column “From Where I Sit” appears online at http://www.voicemagazine.org and in print. Using 16 years of retail experience she’s just opened Heart Works Studio Gallery & Gift Shop near Andrew, AB Canada. Featuring her original art and eclectic gift ware, Heart Works also offers workshops in art, writing and personal development

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Handbags: Putting It All Together

A lot of handbags look really cute and you will have the natural inclination to take them everywhere you go, especially to all the hot spots around town. You may also bring a small handbag when you go dancing or go out to have some social drinks.

However there may be times when you will find that the handbag falls apart at the seams. Well not quite so morbid, but perhaps bits and pieces such as the connecting tab for your handbag may fall off after a few uses. The first time this kind of thing happens you make the best of it only to have it fall apart yet again next time.

In general this happens a lot because the materials which the handbags made are not meant for maximum durability. Whether this was the intention of the manufacturer in the first place is open for discussion. But the bottom line is that not all pretty or cute bags will last too long.

In fact some of them may have shorter shelf lives than others. After they serve their purpose it’s time to up and at it and buy a new design, which probably will not be a disappointing thing in the end for many women.

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Handbags: Forever 21 At Heart

If you are a new mom or are no longer part of the “MTV” generation. Then perhaps you have a different idea of what fashions are more suitable for you than others. Of course age by itself has nothing to do with what fashions you can adopt at any given time, but let’s say you are a mother or student, or someone who works in a conservative environment.

In those cases you might want to pass on the ultra trendy handbags such as the hobo varieties, but there are plenty of other fashionable handbags you can take a look at that are designer yet authentic and affordable at the same time.

Some popular handbags include those that are small in appearance yet can carry lots of daily items that a woman needs at a moments notice such as a small mirror, wallet, pen, lip gloss, lotion, cell phone, and other feminine hygienic products. Some even contain a nice hidden inner pocket to help you carry loose change or other small things.

Also a good quality to have for handbags in general for those on the go is the ability to clean them easily. This holds true especially if you have children. These make a great gift for yourself or for friends and family and are generally appreciated by fashionable people everywhere.

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A Photo Handbag Rocks!

First things first, a photo handbag is a bag that has your favorite picture on it. Currently, there are a lot of companies which offer photo handbags and which you get to ultimately design your very own picture perfect photo.

One such provider of cool photo handbags is Gina Alexander. She has outlined three easy steps to be able to order and have your own photo handbag. The first ever step in order to order your very own designer photo handbag at Gina Alexander is the selection of your favorite photo.

So far, this has been considered by some as the process that is quite difficult. It all depends on the shape of your photo handbag. The picture you have chosen will eventually be pasted and featured on each side of your photo handbag as well as the lid top.

However, if you still cannot choose between two photos of your liking, you could actually choose both with one photo on one side and the second photo on the other side of the photo handbag! An additional fifty dollars is all it takes for the second picture to be placed on your very own customized photo handbag.

The next step is in the selection of the shape of the bag. Whatever shape you get to choose, it is always an amazing way to turn your photos to a sentimental expression as well as your own cool and unique fashion statement.

The final step is in placing your order. Believe it or not, you could actually place your photo handbag order through the internet with your chosen photo scanned or sent in digital form. You could also snail mail your picture and send it to the customer service department of the Gina Alexander collection.

Why photo handbags?

Believe it or not, this is a very uncommon and therefore extremely original gift that couples in their wedding anniversaries would go for. A photo handbag is also a great gift idea for those new mothers who have their babies. Imagine giving them a bag that has the picture of their beautiful baby’s faces on it. It simply melts the heart.

A photo handbag is also a convenient way to make your gift truly special. Giving a photo handbag signifies your thoughtfulness and sensitivity to actually making your gift special instead of simply buying something off the shelf.

Photo handbags are something that most people value and appreciate for a long time. It is a reminder of the moments and faces of people that are deemed special.

A photo handbag is something that a woman – most especially – will get to use most of the time each day. It is also a subtle statement – both fashion-wise and relationship-wise – which allows her to flaunt either her relationship with a significant other (that is if the photo handbag is of her and her beloved partner) or a picture of her child.

Single people would also enjoy a photo handbag. They could have a picture of their dog, friends or themselves on it.

All in all, the possibilities are limitless. A photo handbag could be enjoyed by children and adults alike, particularly women and children. Your own imagination is the only limit you could put upon yourself as a hindrance to truly enjoying your very own photo handbag.

Mario Churchill is part of SnapTotes Picture Perfect photo handbag, photo purse and picture purses. SnapTotes allows you to customize and design your own bag! For more information, visit http://www.snaptotes.com

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Decked Out in a New Designer Purse for the Holidays: New Designer Handbag is Good for Your Health

Want to make a difference in this year’s gift-giving? Make a smart investment. Use the information in this article to begin Google research for all your 2006 discount designer handbags and purses gift-giving needs. The search terms found in “ITALICS” will locate the perfect resources to fulfill all your shopping requirements without leaving the comfort of home. Copy and past the italicized search terms into the Google search box and voila! Let your fingers do the shopping to save wear and tear on your feet!

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Nowadays, we pay a few hundred dollars for a new pair of designer jeans, and our designer jacket or designer cashmere sweater costs a bit more. Our Manolo stilettos top the charts at several hundred dollars. Then we explode with a fabulous designer purse or handbag with a much higher price tag. Why? Why not!

If it feels good, do it. Carry a designer handbag to make the designer outfit you painstakingly put together look great! And, pick a classic. Select a designer purse you’ll want to keep around for awhile. Don’t be boring. Pick your new purse with style, pizazz, texture, pattern, embossed leather and color. This season’s designer purses are adorned with logos, chains, charms, colorful trims and bold large sizes.

The list of hot designers seems endless. To name a few, some of the top handbag designers include: Juicy Couture, Marc Jacobs, Fendi, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Gucci, Burberry and Coach. Don’t be surprised when you go handbag shopping. The prices range from hundreds of dollars to several thousand each.

Remember George Karlin’s stand-up routine about “stuff?” Well, now we have surrendered our stuff to be contained in fabulously designed expensive purses and handbags! Plus, remember the famous Loreal` cosmetics TV commercial proclaiming “I’m worth it.” Owning a new expensive designer bag is now part of the psychology of fashion. We are worth it. We work hard for our look, and it feels great to carry a famous designer bag! Our stuff is carried in style because we are worth it.

When you find yourself people watching at the airport or shopping mall, focus on the purses women (and men) are carrying these days. The designer handbag craze is not isolated to one sex. There are almost as many fancy manbags for the guys as there are fabulous styles for the women. So, if you are thinking about upgrading your man’s appearance, pick a standard basic to begin his new adventure. A suggestion is a LATICO designer handbags black leather messenger bag. It’s a standard, basic, clean style for any man on your list.

Famous designer labels are the standard — the norm today vs. days gone by. For the most part, you’ll see Gucci designer handbags recognizable by their traditional stripe or horsebit motif in leather, GG monogram canvas and/or mixed with leather and canvas designs. Gucci designer purses are for all age groups. Personally, I’d save the Gucci gifts for Mom, Auntie and the more mature women on your holiday shopping list.

Juicy Couture offers metallic leathers and adorns the bags with pom-poms, chains, charms and the signature “J” logo on zipper pulls and hang-tags. Juicy leather bags are made of soft and supple Italian napa. The bags are comfortable to carry and cater to all age groups. A Juicy Couture designer purse is the perfect gift for any female aged 13 or older. Most of the purses are lined in a signature Juicy Couture lining. If you want to see the teen on your holiday shopping list grin ear-to-ear hand her a Juicy Couture designer handbag. Any size, shape, style or color will do the trick!

Marc Jacobs designer handbag styles are timeless and seasonless. They can be carried all year long and never go out of style. The signature push locks and pockets decorate Marc Jacobs purses. They use durable, scratch resistant leather in smooth, pebble grain or quilted styles. Engraved hardware on zipper pulls is standard. The bags are usually quite roomy and come in a variety of colors. Marc Jacobs is a little pricier than the Juicy bags and will make her not only smile, but probably give you a big smooch! If you are looking for stocking stuffers fill ‘em to the brim with MARC JACOBS designer accessories monogram animal shape pencil sharpeners. Anything with the MJ monogram will bring a smile to the face of your young fashionista’s face!

Coach designer purses are an all-time favorite. Every closet should have at least a few to pull out when all else fails. Coach accessories are great for everyday use and available in a variety of styles, colors, sizes and designs. Coach makes a signature CC logo pattern in monogram canvas. There’s also smooth and pebble grain Italian leather styles. Colors range from patchwork to solid basics. You can’t go wrong with a Coach purchase for the holidays. One of our favorites is the COACH designer handbag 3574 signature duffle monogram shoulder bag. Coach also has small leather goods in wristlet styles, wallets, key cases and picture keepsakes. Small evening bag styles are also available for the person who does not like carrying a large bag. The COACH designer purses white canvas bronze leather is ideal for gift-giving.

Louis Vuitton designer purses are seen everywhere. The LV monogram canvas when purchased brand new is very expensive. Yet, often found at resale shops when a woman wants to upgrade to a new bag. Resellers like LuxuryVintage.com offer a deep discount on pre-owned Louis Vuitton designer handbags. Be careful when shopping online for Louis Vuitton. There are tons of knockoffs being sold as authentic items. When making an online purchase, it’s always smart to confirm the authenticity with the site owner prior to submitting an order.

Prada is easy to spot. The Prada triangle logo is an icon in the fashion industry. Prada designer handbags are made of leather or durable vela nylon trimmed in leather. With the release of this year’s box-office hit “The Devil Wears Prada” sales have increased for this famous designer label. Please remember, angels wear prada too – especially your little angel! There are several styles to choose with large embossed leather PRADA logos and embroidered PRADA enscribed on the font of many 2006 designs. One of our favorites is the PRADA designer purses BR3464.

Fendi designer purses are adorned with the famous FF logo pattern. The F’s are available in a large FF pattern or a smaller ff motif. Both jacquard prints are fashion icons and available in a variety of colors with matching small accessories available, too. A classic Fendi is always a good choice for a gift, especially for someone special. The classic FENDI designer handbag baguette designer purse – 8BR000 is at our top of the shopping list for all ages. Yet, if you are looking for a monogram key case under $100, select a FENDI accessories 8AP002.

The Burberry Check pattern is very easy to recognize when you find yourself spotting designer handbags. The traditional tan is also available in a lighter color called Nova Check. Most are constructed of a vinyl treated canvas with leather trim. The moderately priced BURBERRY handbag sling pochette or the BURBERRY nova check flower pot shopper are favorite Burberry check picks.

Chanel is famous for its quitled lamb leather and chain straps. The CC logo is what women go for the most. The CC logo is found on Chanel designer handbags, Chanel designer jewelry and Chanel designer sunglasses. If you want to make a hit with a lady, give a Chanel gift. It’s a classic item and literally never goes out of style. A favorite in line with the holidays is the CHANEL designer purse shades of red leather monogram hobo bag. You may even find it at more than 20% off retail online!

Hermes probably tops the charts for prices, and there aren’t enough words to express the respect for Hermes designer handbags. The Hermes leather items are hand made and each are given its own serial number to identify the artisan’s hand work. Hermes shops are only found in major cities. But, now with Internet Shopping available, a few reputable sites offer Hermes. Again, be careful not to make a purchase for a fake Hermes. They are horrible imitations and an insult to the House of Hermes. Select a reputable online store and don’t be sorry later. Auction sites are a risk for making a Hermes purchase. So, unless you know the seller, you may want to stay away from auction sites like eBay for Hermes. Hermes.com offers small accessories, but their shipping and tax is outrageous. Bluefly also sells Hermes but again, the discount is not that great. There’s also BrandBoutique.com for new deeply discounted Hermes, and if you don’t mind pre-owned, LuxuryVintage offers even deeper discounts plus shipping discounts and not sales tax. Whenever there’s a question, send an email to the site and don’t purchase until you get all your questions answered.

Designer purses top the charts ranging from the mid-hundreds to thousands of dollars each. Most women plan to purchase several each year. I truly believe the designer handbag has become as popular to the fashion addict as buying a new pair of shoes. Don’t let the high cost scare you off. These bags last a long time when cared for properly. Store them in a sleeper bag neatly in your closet. Take your favorite leather goods to a good shoe cobbler for cleaning and repairs. An expensive designer handbag will last a long time, even longer than your favorite pair of boots or stilettos when cared for properly.

With the onset of the holidays, thoughts of giving and receiving can pose a dilemna. Skip the chocolates and flowers this year. Give something that lasts forever! There are certain folks (ourselves included) who are very difficult to buy for. So, what do we do? We ponder and wait until the last minute to make our selection. Think twice about this year’s purchases. Almost all women carry a purse. So, it’s a no-brainer any woman would love a new designer handbag. Most men use a wallet, some use manbags, and many use a briefcase or messenger style laptop bag. Make your shopping easy, memorable and practical. Invest your gift-giving dollars in an item the receiver will love and adore.

Here’s a tip to the wise, and why you should own vs. rent a designer handbag. The following excerpt from an article was found posted on Snopes.com titled Bag-Teria. In summary the article states, “Bacteria on Purses. A study was performed on women’s purses. A health team went to a local mall and took samples from the bottom of 50 women’s purses. The purses were swabbed with cotton swabs along the entire bottom of the purses and placed into special containers. The swabs were then processed at a local laboratory. The Health Report also showed where women place their purses: public rest-rooms (on the floor beside the toilet), kitchen counters & kitchen tables, on tables & chairs in restaurants, etc. The results of the laboratory tests contained the following most serious result: 1 out of 4 purses — E COLI. Other extremely serious bacteria also were listed, including Hepatitis.”

Just the thought of using a purse previously borrowed by a stranger is revolting. Many women carry their puppy in their tote. Should you risk using that same handbag for the market? Not a good idea – even if it gives you a sense of status. You certainly don’t want to spread an unwanted illness from a rented purse!

All decked out in a new designer purse for the holidays and beyond is the goal. The investment made for a new leather or monogram tote bag must become a lasting treasure. So, do your homework, and shop online for discount designer handbags and purses at a reputable ecommerce fashion site. And, whenever in doubt, send an email to the website’s owner for help, guidance and assistance. Many websites offer personal shopping tips to put a smile on both the gift-giver and receiver for high-end designer purchases.

Anna Miller is the President of i-GlobalMall.com, Inc. (IGM) and has been selling authentic designer fashion online for over ten years. IGM’s main website is http://www.eFashionHouse.com EFashionHouse.com was named BEST OF THE WEB by People Magazine Fall 2006 StyleWatch for discount designer handbags and accessories. Questions can be sent to Anna at eFashionHouse dot com.

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Replica Handbag Grading System – “AAAA” or Mirror Handbags?

So what about the woman who doesn’t want to spend a fortune, or who can’t afford to spend a fortune for a designer purse or handbag?

Well, one thing she can do is buy fake or replica designer handbags. There are very well made replica handbags on the market today that will fool EVERYONE.

There is a grading system that will help you make sure that you’re getting a well made imposter bag. The grading system uses “A”‘s. Some handbags now claim they are 7 “A” handbags.

Instead of focusing an an “A” grade perhaps you should look for what are called mirror bags. These mirror handbags are 99% replicas which can fool even those that consider themselves experts.

Grading using “A”, “AA”, “AAA”, “AAAA”, etc. can be confusing.

I saw a fake designer Chanel handbag advertised as “AAAAA”. However, when I clicked as if to purchase the bag it was described as an “AAA” quality. The “AAA” quality replica handbag sold for $269. A lesser quality of the same handbag, what they called a “B” quality sold for $119.

I have even noticed someone calling their replica handbags “authentic grade”.

The majority of replica handbags on the market are 3A or “AAA” or 4A “AAAA”. There will be some subtle differences between these bags, namely quality of materials used. The hardware or zippers may not be the same as used in the original bag and leather quality not as high as the 5A bag (if you can find it).

The bags go down in quality with grade 1A being considered cheap imitation or designer inspired, having some of the characteristics of the original designer bag.

Whatever bag you buy make sure you have a complete MONEY BACK GUARANTEE from the seller – no questions asked.

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Handbags and Women Go Hand in Hand – But Why?

As a man struggling to float in a sea of adept swimming females, I’ve been on the verge of sinking, especially in coming to grips with why women always carry around handbags. I have not once met a woman out and about without a handbag, ever. And there has to be some reason behind this, one would assume, right?

So, I inquired to myself what it is exactly that allures ladies to these bags they commonly tote around.

There are obvious differences between men and women, clearly. As men, we pocket a wallet, and on occasion will carry a shoulder bag, depending on our destination. Yet, women will always carry around a hand bag or purse, no matter where they’re off to.

But, why the difference? What factor separates us as men and women in our carrying needs?

It’s A Matter of Bagology…erm, I mean, Biology:

Through some research, I discovered that women are instinctively driven to be carriers and providers. Females actually need to carry something to hold possessions as it was and still is a fundamental need rooted in biological and physiological makeup.

By nature, women are caregivers. And in a familial environment, women’s roles have naturally evolved toward ensuring everyone with whatever they need. Throughout history women were responsible for raising children, which required readily available items for their children usually held within some sort of ‘bag.’ Consequently, the need to carry handbags full of items she or her loved ones might require has been instituted a long time ago and is currently the norm.

Hey, What Do You Have In That Bag?:

Women, a side from being nurturing and accommodating to loved ones, are quite mysterious in their ways, as are the contents of their handbags. To possess a hand bag is to be hush-hush, but it’s also a bit enticing. The fact that items in a handbag are concealed is captivating to men and other onlookers. As silly as this may seem, it’s all too true; men are often intrigued by what is in a woman’s handbag.

And it can be safe to assume that based on the contents of a woman’s handbag, one can get an idea of a woman’s personality, no matter how bizarre or random her belongings are. A handbag is the key to a woman’s real self.

Fashionably and Socially Yours:

Mysterious or not, women and handbags go hand in hand. The most discernible reason women are ‘bag-ladies’ is due to an appreciation of fashion. Let’s face it, women are fashionable and they enjoy looking snazzy. As women are well aware, to tote around a handbag is to accent an outfit. And women love to accessorize their wardrobes, especially with just that right purse or handbag.

But, even beyond just fashion and sporting a cute purse, handbags have become a way to socially rank your self as a woman. The quality, worth and style of a woman’s handbag is directly related to their status in society in terms of their income.

Sink to Swim:

I’ve come to understand why women are attracted to handbags. Women are naturally inclined to be nurturers, carriers and providers. Hence, they’ve become accustomed to using and carrying handbags. Whether or not they’re mystifying men and other onlookers blatantly or inadvertently with what they’re toting, women are unquestionably prepared.

Ready for anything through the mere contents of their handbags, two things are clear: women have certainly become excellent at confusing their opposite sex and to understand women’s handbagging ways as men, you’ve got to first sink to swim.

If you’re looking to upgrade or optimize to a new over the shoulder bag look no further. For a nice hand bag upgrade consider checking out buxton bag products.

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Bulga Handbags: An Original Class

Natalia Konovalova was born and raised in the Soviet Union. This didn’t stop the your Natalia to notice things about women. That a woman’s clothing can dictate her feelings and emotions. Women love clothing and Natalia has shown a keen interest in women and their clothing since she was a young child. Natalia was uncommonly beautiful. Her stunning looks and personality won her many awards throughout the Soviet Union as a model. When she was just 20 years old, she won a contest that got her sent to the United States. Soon, Bulga handbags were born.

Natalia courageously enrolled at New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology. Natalia was seeing her dream become a reality. This monstrous appetite for the fashion world led her to take a long hard look at the fashion world. She saw a market that desperately needed a fashionable handbag with high quality and an affordable price range. She first designed under the name Kono Valova, but she desired something that better expressed her growing company. One day, she was inspired by a serendipitous event. After looking at a map of her home country she stopped at a town called Bulga. She was literally dumbstruck and couldn’t help but laugh. Bulga translated to English means leather bag. This is how Bulga handbags was born.

Bulga today produced all leather handbags that are beautiful, classy, and affordable. These wondrous handbags with such a history are created from only the best leather and parts to create a stunning handbag appropriate for woman in every walk of life. Most of these handbags have large oversized rings that attached the strap-handle to the rest of the handbag. Usually, the handbags are available in a brown, black, reddish-brown, and on occasion those novelty colors aqua and amore. On occasion, Bulga handbags offer flowing, country styles handbags with tassels enough to please anyone. One thing all of these handbags have in common is that Natalia insures the quality of each of her handbags.

Of course, Bulga handbags are not cheap. They are about $500 USD a piece. This may seems high to some people, but these handbags fill a very important niche in the handbag industry: high quality and a less expensive price tag for the average woman. This is not easily accomplished by the handbag industry. However, Bulga handbags have filled a special niche and the company is proud to be the glue.

These beautiful handbags are available at only some of the better, more expensive department stores such as Neiman Marcus. However, there are a few select shops on the Internet that offer these original handbags for a relatively low cost. If you are paying too little for your Bulga handbag, you should consider the authenticity of that handbag. These beautiful handbags were designed and fabricated to stand the test of time.

Bulga has a slogan, “It’s all about the woman.” The marvelous thing about Bulga is that the company truly believes this slogan and offers the woman simply the best product for the least expensive profit. With Bulga, it isn’t about the money, its about the pride.

Angle has been in the fashion industry for more than 15 years and most recently taken up interest in freelance writing in online fashion websites. For a free newsletter with the latest and hottest fashion trends in the handbag industry, please visit http://www.goldenbellbag.com for designer inspired handbags.

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Purses, Bags & Totes

Every woman has known the challenge of buying just the right purse. It can’t be too big and heavy or the chiropractor is upset. It can’t be too small or it becomes useless. Just like Baby Bears’ chair, bed and porridge it has to be just right.

I am the self-confessed mother of a daughter with a purse fetish. Hilary’s purse collection is the subject of a strange mixture of awe, disbelief and envy. She advises the purse-challenged. She gives purses as gifts. She is a connoisseur who also loves a bargain.

Through a lifetime of using purses I’ve had all kinds. Big ones and little ones, clutches and shoulder bags, expensive ones and cheap ones. I used to be a bit of a snob. If it wasn’t leather I didn’t want it. That’s plain crazy. Who would want to rule out micro-fibres, straw, faux leather, fabric? Or the latest fashion colors and finishes?

Purses and totes are utilitarian, fashion statements that most women can’t do without. The ones with multiple pockets and sections help me organize my life, planner, receipts, ID, keys, business cards, coupons and lipstick. It becomes a portable, mini command centre. In it is a little notebook with the titles of books I have. This keeps me from buying duplicates. Paint and fabric swatches and key measurements of furniture or rooms help keep renovation projects on track. Maintaining a list of replacement ink/roller cartridge numbers for the fax and printer saves time and buying mistakes.
In purses with just one cavernous space everything ends up at the bottom. It ain’t pretty finding anything in one of those. And if you do, it’s probably damaged.

In an effort to lighten the hold on my shoulder, I’ve moved to smaller purses. Because I still need all my stuff I also carry a tote bag. It may never get out of my vehicle but it’s got reading material, cell phone, shoes, makeup bag and any other specifics I may need that particular day. I’ve also got totes dedicated to particular projects– work , art card portfolio, painting portfolio, university course work, day trip to the city.

If I can buy a bag I love on sale, yeehaw. If I can buy a bag while on holiday, great memento. If I can buy used tote bags at a garage sale or second-hand store to transport paintings I feel righteous.
Perhaps the only person who rivals me in my love (and use) of bags and totes is an instructor I had many moons ago at Lakeland College’s summer program in Vermilion. Betty was a calligraphy master and a very generous teacher. She carried a huge selection of paper, quote books, paint and calligraphy supplies in a variety of bags, totes, wheeled cases. The vanity license plate on her van was “Bag Lady.”

The next time you find a purse or tote calling your name, answer the call by buying a new one for your collection. You’ll be glad you did.

Hazel Anaka is hooked on handbags and leather purses as evidenced by her online business http://www.powerofpurses.com. Her weekly column “From Where I Sit” appears online at http://www.voicemagazine.org and in print. Using 16 years of retail experience she’s just opened Heart Works Studio Gallery & Gift Shop near Andrew, AB Canada. Featuring her original art and eclectic giftware, Heart Works also offers workshops in art, writing and personal development.

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