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

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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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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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What Makes Leather Handbags So Special?

A leather handbag is the ideal type of handbag for the woman on the go who does not like to change handbags often. Leather is a very strong and durable material able to withstand regular wear and tear and still look good. What makes leather handbags so popular though is their unique natural beauty. With genuine leather animal hides, you can create some very unusual and stylish handbags.

Handbags made with leather each have their own individual characteristics, as no two pieces of leather are alike. There are many different kinds of leather purses as well. Some designers prefer to use lambskin leather for its very soft and supple feel and excellent look, whereas others may choose to work with cowhide or pigskin leather, which possess tougher, properties that are more durable. As awful as pigskin may sound, it actually makes for very soft and nice looking leather.

When shopping for a leather bag you do not necessarily think about what kind of leather it is, just as long as it is leather. Whatever types of leather the handbag is made with, you know you are getting quality material. For this very reason, leather purses usually cost more than any other material, but just remember that it’s also going to last longer than any other handbag.

Leather purses can range in price from very reasonable to very expensive. It all depends on the handbag designer and the quality of the leather. Remember though, that when you purchase a leather bag it is going to last you a long time. So the extra expense is well worth it!

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Is Your Designer Handbag Authentic?

You pay a pretty penny for a Gucci bag or any other designer handbag be it Fendi, Prada, Chanel or Dior. Your friends are drooling over that gorgeous Gucci Turquoise Leather Handbag you just bought. Wait until they hear what a great deal you got!

But is it authentic or is it a fake? Determining authenticity can be a bit tricky because some fakes are done very well. However if you know what to watch for you can spot a fake in a minute!

The first thing you need to do is look at the bag itself. Do the materials look to be of the highest quality? How about the stitching? There should be no loose or uneven threads and the thread should match the bag exactly. If the bag is leather the logo will be engraved into the leather.

Next have a look at the hardware. The hardware should all be quality weight pieces with no scratches or color variations. Most of the designers actually have a plastic face that goes over the hardware to protect if from damage until the bag is purchased. The brand name will be engraved not embossed on the hardware. You should also be able to find the name engraved on the hardware for the strap.

Have a really close look at the liner and any accents. Check for quality. The liner should be silk and you should see the designers name or logo on the liner. Designers don’t use cheap plastic accents. Even their fancy handles that are fun and funky. If you look closely you will see leather underneath the top finish.

Many authentic handbag comes with a card of authenticity which has the manufacturers logo embossed on it, as well as information about the bag.

You need to check for a serial number. Not all designers put a serial number on their bags but many do. So have a look and see if you can find it.

Now here is the easiest clue to remember. If the deal sounds too good to be true it is. Lets face it folks how do you think that somebody on ebay has the ability to buy designer bags for less than the boutiques that sell quantities of them all year long for the designer. Do you actually think the designer is going to give these people such great deals so they can pass them on to you. Not!

You might try to convince yourself that it’s okay or that this person just stumbled across a good buy. Perhaps but highly unlikely. So if you truly want to own a designer bag then you must be careful who you give your money to.

If you don’t care and an unlicensed knock off is okay. Then fine by me. But do remember that these knock offs are illegal and no matter how bad you want a designer handbag do you really want to own one that’s not real and not legal.

If you are in the market for a designer hand bag then be sure you aren’t throwing away your money and buy it from a reputable licensed retailer. You want your bag to last you a very long time!

Sher from Estate Jewelry International have been serving customers for over 20 years, providing affordable estate jewelry, and a wealth of information on jewelry, fashion, designers, and beauty with on staff industry professionals. Please visit us at Estate Jewelry International.

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Coach Handbags

A Coach handbag or two is exactly what you need to accessorize the classy attire in your wardrobe with a touch of flare. These Coach designer handbags have a way of finishing your look with just the right amount of style and beauty. Not too little and not too much! Coach handbags are an absolute must have for any woman.

It was over 40 years ago that the fashion world was blessed with the introduction of Coach’s classic line of simple yet eloquent handbag designs. Since then, Coach has developed many new shapes, styles, colors, and materials for designing their handbags. Coach developed a smart combination of pockets, straps, sizes, and shapes which were carefully planned to provide you with some of the most efficient, convenient, and comfortable handbags on the market today. If you are a woman who likes her storage wrapped up in elegance, then the Coach designer handbag is definitely for you!

If quality is important to you, then you will be happy to know that with a handbag made by Coach the seams are double-stitched where they get the most wear. Only premium leathers are chosen by Coach for making each handbag, and with a slow curing method the natural markings on the leather bags are enhanced making each handbag original and unique. Coach understands that it’s always nice knowing that you have a one-of-a-kind handbag, after all, you yourself are one-of-a-kind too!

Coach Traditions

The Style

Coach is one of the few brands that truly live up to its image. When a woman shops for a handbag, she knows to expect quality from the Coach selection. Their design consistency has created a distinctive look, much like a signature perfume. The Coach handbag says a woman is classy, elegant, a lady.

The Quality

This consistency is important to the Coach Company. The leather, texture, color, and stitching is uniform in design and superiority, both inside and out. This stability helps the buyer quickly spot a fake after a simple inspection. When holding a Coach handbag, you can easily identify the stability in quality throughout every piece and stitch of the bag.

The Leather

The Coach designers hand pick their leathers from only the top 10% produced for manufacturing. They tan the leather in large drums with natural treatments to enhance each product, constructing a truly unique grain pattern with each individual bag produced. Once purchased, the bag continued to be molded through the individual who owns it. As the leather transforms with each touch, the finished Coach handbag truly becomes an original.

Types of Coach Handbags

The Coach handbags assortment has grown along with the company. They now offer a wide variety of collections, both classic and high fashion. In addition to their popular trends, they still offer a small selection of classic favorites. If you have ever owned, or still own, a classic Coach handbag, check to see if it is still available online at their website www.coach.com. Stroll down memory lane and visit those turn clasps, clip straps and historic semi-circle handles.

In their more recent collections, you can find them sorted into three types:

In Hand

A timeless look of the smaller clutch purse style that is convenient to grab and go, is found in the smaller handled handbag. The following are some selected examples of their vast selection.

  • Basic Look – The Coach Hampton’s Leather Signature Pouch: Available in three colors, black, mahogany and Bordeaux, this classic bag is great for travel as it is small and soft.
  • Flashier Style – Mia Satchel: Decked out in rivets, buckles and stabilizing boot feet, this bag is a quick fashion grab bag – available in chestnut and indigo colors.

On Shoulder

Typically a larger bag to grab and swing, the on-the-shoulder bag is one of the most popular. As their largest category, we have highlighted two different examples.

  • Basic Look – Chelsea Leather Hobo: A true carry it all purse with lots of extra room, it is versatile and simple in design. Available in black or mahogany pebbled leather.
  • Fancier Style – Coach Soho Laced Leather Hobo: A fresh look with all the new fall fashion trimmings, including studding and lacing. Displayed in an oversized crescent moon shaped bag, the only color available is a silver metallic.

Across Body

Typically a comfortable style purse, most of the Coach versions have adjustable straps to enable them to also be used only on the shoulder. With a smaller amount available in this type, we choose two examples.

  • Basic Look – New Coach Hampton’s Leather Signature Taffy: This is a delicately soft and tailored bag that could easily transition from day to night. With an extra long strap that can also be knotted at the shoulder, this bag is available in black, Bordeaux or tobacco.
  • Fancier Style – Chelsea Optic Signature Swing Pack: A small bag with a big statement, it is fashionably designed with jacquard fabric and leather trim. An organizer style bag with many pockets for cell phone, I-pod, keys and more, it is available in three color combinations: silver/white, silver/black, and silver/khaki.

External Link

Visit the Coach website for updated fashion and purchasing information:

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Timeless Elegance Of The Coach Handbag

There are many types of handbags that a lady can carry, but the classic elegance and timeless style of the classic coach handbag is simply impossible to beat. Coach has long been recognized as the premier leather maker in the world, and the classic lines of purses, handbags, clutches, wallets and other accessories have made them a leader in the industry.

In addition to the coach handbag, the coach company also makes a number of excellent leather accessories including many fine belts and wallets. Pairing a classic handbag or purse from coach with a number of other great coach accessories is a great way to show off your personal taste and style and make a true fashion statement.

When considering a high priced purchase like a classic coach handbag it is of course important to shop carefully. True genuine coach handbags generally cost many hundreds of dollars, and while there are some sales and some deals to be had, chances are good that a genuine coach bag will cost a great deal of money. Even though these coach handbags can cost more than others it is important to remember that their high quality makes them more than worth the price.

While there are of course cheaper handbags on the market, none of these purses will be made to the exacting standards of the coach company. Buying a cheaper handbag may save you a little bit of money up front, but in the long run a classic and stylish handbag from the coach company will be the superior value in the long run. A beautiful purse or handbag from coach can last for many years, and represent a great overall value.

Of course the overwhelming popularity of the coach handbag, along with the reputation for quality that coach has built, has led to a number of cheap imitations and knockoffs. The looks of these cheap knockoffs can vary quite a bit, from obvious fakes that can be spotted a mile away, to fake products that can fool all but the most careful handbag shopper.

No matter what the appearance of the fake, however, it is important to remember that the quality of these fake coach handbags will not be up to the high quality standards of the coach company, and even if the handbags look good, they will not hold up to years of use like a genuine coach purse or handbag. It is important to look at the fine details of the coach purse, and not just the name on the outside. The genuine coach products will have fine quality stitching, and the interior of the purse will be just as attractive and well made as the exterior. Looking at the little details is one of the best ways to make sure you are getting the fine coach product you are paying so handsomely for.

There are coach stores in a large number of shopping malls located throughout the country, so finding a great selection of coach purses, handbags, wallets and accessories should not be difficult. Sorting through these great bags is a great way to determine which models best suit your needs. After all, coach makes a wide variety of different items, and it is important to shop around carefully.

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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How to Care For Your Designer Handbag

Whether your designer handbag is a Louis Vuitton, a Gucci, or any other designer, it is important to take proper care of it. Proper care will give you many years of beauty and use in return.

Most leather designer bags are not treated. This allows the bags to age gracefully and with the character expected from a designer bag, making them distinct and unique. Keep your bag away from makeup, food, or any other oil-based product, which can stain. When you are not using your bag, store it in a protective cloth container.

The very first thing you should do is treat your handbag with a leather protector to prevent stains from setting in. No matter how careful you are, at some point your likely to leave a mark on it and the leather protection will not allow it to soak in so you’ll be able to more easily remove it.

What to do if you get a stain. Here’s some helpful tips worth trying.

Cleaning leather can be a bit difficult. Leather is rugged and lasts a long time but it does stain quite easily. Depending on the type of leather and the finish, will depend on the cleaning method used.

If a handbag is tanned, and pigmented you can try to wipe the stain with a soft damp clothe. If this doesn’t work, try a leather cleaner specifically made for the type of leather you have. Follow the directions carefully. Once the spot has been removed it is a good idea to re-condition the leather to restore the natural luster. Always test a leather product in inconspicuous spot before applying to your entire handbag.

If the leather has become discolored there are leather products on the market that can help restore color. Try to match the product as close as possible to the natural color of your handbag.

If your not sure, we would recommend you take it to a professional leather cleaner who will have the expertise to remove the stain.
Sher Matsen

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Beauty Of Brighton Handbags

While there are many brands of purses on the market, at a variety of different prices, there is something about Brighton handbags that make them a great choice for many women. Choosing the right handbag or purse is always an important choice, since a purse can be much more than a merely utilitarian item. Indeed, a purse can be a true fashion statement, and it is important to choose a style that is a true reflection of your own unique personal taste and style.

The people who make Brighton handbags understand how important a woman’s purse can be, and they make a wide variety of different styles designed for a variety of different tastes. From casual handbags to contemporary handbags, there are certainly plenty of styles to choose from.

These great handbags also feature a number of great materials including leather, canvas and other types of fabrics, as well as a number of different colors and patterns, including a number of great floral prints and striped patterns.

Brighton handbags also come in a number of different sizes, from large hobo bags and shoulder bags designed to carry virtually everything any woman could need, to the smallest and most stylish of clutch style bags that would be perfect for a night on the town.

When shopping for a luxury item like a Brighton handbag, it is important to shop around for the best price. These luxury items are sold at a variety of different stores, from midrange and high end department stores to specialty stores. In addition, these fine products are sold at a number of internet retailers as well, and the prices these internet retailers have to offer can be a excellent as well.

While the prices on these high quality designer handbags and purses can vary quite a bit, the retail price of most Brighton handbags is several hundred dollars, with some models costing a little more and some a little less. No matter what the retail price, however, it is important to remember that these fine handbags are designed and made to last for many years, and unlike cheaper purses they will be around long after the cheaper purses have hit the trash bin.

These practical considerations are vital, but they can often be overlooked during the search for the best handbag at the best price. No matter what your price range, however, it is important to remember that the handbag you choose should be made of the highest quality materials, and it should be able to stand up to repeated usage as well. In addition, it is important to choose a handbag or purse with plenty of room inside, and plenty of handy and secure pockets for carrying around those expensive technological gadgets like cell phones, pagers and MP3 players. Having a number of secure pockets is essential, and it is important to look for these details, as well as for a chic and stylish handbag.

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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