Introducing the Louis Vuitton Capucines Bag

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Louis Vuitton Capucines Bag Red

With Louis Vuitton’s renewed interest in high-dollar, logo-wary customers has come a bevy of new products that are set to take the brand in a new, more sophisticated direction for Fall 2013. First came the wide-gusseted W Bag, which had commenter reactions seemingly split right down the middle, and now we have the Louis Vuitton Capucines Bag, which borrows the name and a detail or two from a classic Vuitton bag but expands on them to form something ladylike and luxurious.

We first spotted this bag on the arm of Angelina Jolie a couple of weeks ago, and it’s a perfect pick for her style – neutral, elegant, understated. The bag is an important addition to Vuitton’s lineup, because not only is it all leather (which appeals to Vuitton’s desired clientele and allows the brand to price it prohibitively for aspirational customers), but its minimally branded. The LV that you see above is totally optional, and if the wearer prefers, it can be covered by a flap that’s tucked inside in promotional photos. Instead of the well-known letters, it bears a more subtle star motif that plays a secondary role in the iconic Vuitton monogram print. It’s still LV, but it’s not a literal LV, which is an important distinction for many of the most high-end customers.

The bag comes in two sizes, MM and GM, with a 1.5 inch difference in width between them (14.2 for the MM, 15.7 for the GM) and a price difference of $450 ($5,150 vs. $5,600). That kind of pricing puts the brand firmly in Hermes territory, a comparison that Vuitton is likely hoping to draw with its new leather offerings and their attendant prices. Currently, the GM only comes in two colors (black and red), while the MM comes in a range of six shades, including one that’s strikingly similar to Hermes’ signature orange. The bags’ hardware varies between silver and gold, depending on the leather color. Check out some of our favorite versions below or get more information about both the MM and GM versions via Louis Vuitton.

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Suddenly, Drawstring Bags are Everywhere

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Marc by Marc Jacobs Too Hot To Handle Drawstring Crossbody

When I first sat down to write this post, I figured I’d find five or six good examples of drawstring bags to include in it, under the assumption that the trend was rising but had yet to crest. Well, I was wrong – within five minutes or so, I had dozens of browser windows open, all with worthy candidates for inclusion at price points from a few hundred to several thousand dollars. Drawstring bags, in all their versions, are a bona fide, capital-T Thing. All of a sudden!

I first got to thinking about this subject yesterday when I noticed that the Mansur Gavriel drawstring bag we featured in a post had already sold out on Net-a-Porter. After Instagramming a picture of that same bag, which the brand had sent to me and which I received yesterday morning, people started asking me where it could be found – they were in search of that particular design, the collection’s clear favorite. The simple shape and minimal finishing has clearly struck a chord with consumers, and I must admit, there’s something satisfying about gathering up the top of the bag and tying the leather cord in a slick bow.

Drawstring bucket bags first gained popularity with the iconic Louis Vuitton Noe Bag and then again had a moment several years ago, which spawned perennial favorites like the Alexander Wang Diego Bucket Bag, back in as many versions as ever for fall. As best as I can tell, the shape came around again with The Row’s highly influential (and highly expensive) backpack, and now it’s everywhere, with relatively little fanfare. Below, check out some of the trend’s best representations across the board, including a refreshed version of the original Vuitton.

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Kate Bosworth’s Post-Wedding Bag? The Chloe Baylee Satchel

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Kate Bosworth carries a Chloe Baylee Bag at LAX (5)

Here’s newlywed Kate Bosworth with her fresh new hubs, movie director Michael Polish, returning to Los Angeles from their Montana wedding over the weekend. (Kate’s outfit totally says “Montanta chic”…if there is such a thing. Montanans? Fill us in.) Kate’s carrying a Chloe Baylee Bag, the latest design from Chloe to catch the attention of a myriad of celebrities. You can pick up a Baylee in black and blue for $205 at Nordstrom.

The Baylee is a great design – Amanda recently penned this post about the Chloe Baylee, detailing why it’s so unique. Kate opted to carry it without the shoulder strap here, which is, IMHO, a mistake. Mrs. Bosworth is a hardcore brand loyalist – she already has a few Chloe bags in her collection, but she’s absolutely devoted to designers like Proenza Schouler, Mulberry, and Alexander Wang in particular. For a complete education on Kate’s designer bag collection, check out “The Many Bags of Kate Bosworth”.

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Would You Pay $197 for a Tory Burch Bag?

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Tory Burch Attersee Chevron Satchel

It’s hard for contemporary designers to step outside of a contemporary price point without arousing ire from its customers. It stands to reason that a huge portion of the fans of a brand like Tory Burch appreciate the designer’s work because they feel like it provides a good value for their dollar or inhabits a price range with which they’re reasonably comfortable. When those brands attempt to push upward, not only do those fans sometimes not follow, but they often become vocally angry – how dare a brand get too big for its price-britches!

As you might have guessed from the title of this post, the Tory Burch Attersee Chevron Satchel, above, costs $995. The bag is rendered in suede and wool, replete with numerous tiny beads and a few larger stones to cap off the bag’s closure. It’s detailed, lush and on trend in a lot of ways for fall. It’s jewelry, a sweater and a handbag all rolled into one, and considered all the disparate elements, it pulls off the look fairly well. (I’m not so sure about the stones at the top, but other than that, it’s a beautifully intricate bag.) Fine materials don’t necessarily impress fans of contemporary brands, though, if the price is similarly fine. That’s not what they signed up for, after all, and snakeskin and fur ventures by brands like Coach prove that pretty well, at least in consumer reaction. One needs only peek inside our PurseForum to pick up on that vibe.

Despite the fact that I know this bag isn’t any more overpriced for what it is than any other bag on the market from a similar brand, I still couldn’t put my money down for it, even if I loved it. In my head, the perceived value of a Tory Burch bag tops out at about $197, and it would probably take a slow, steady climb for the brand to exceed that figure for me. What about you? Can you envision a Tory Burch bag that would make you part with a grand? Is this one it?

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The Many Bags of Olivia Munn

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The Many Bags of Olivia Munn

You may know Olivia Munn from her role as a journalist on The Newsroom or her stint as a correspondent on The Daily Show, but I’ll always remember her for something very specific. Olivia sat front row at a Michael Kors show that I attended a couple of seasons ago, and when I saw her in person, I was struck by how absolutely gorgeous she was. Living in New York, you encounter celebrities fairly often relative to the rest of the world (I once saw Cindy Crawford eating breakfast in a totally nondescript diner a block from my apartment), and most of them pass pretty easily for regular people. Olivia, on the other hand, was prettier in person than she is in pictures.

That doesn’t have much to do with her handbag collection, of course, but it does mean that we probably aren’t even close to reaching the end of this relatively new star’s rise. With that will come even more handbags, but because The Newsroom just got renewed for a third season, we thought it appropriate to take a look at what Ms. Munn’s amassed so far, handbag-wise.

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Latest Obsession: The Prada Camo-Print Soft Saffiano Tote

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Prada Camouflage Soft Saffiano Tote

Don’t ask me how all this started.

I’m a longtime camo-hater and have admitted as much when writing about the enormous fall trend for the print a couple of times in the recent past. A talented designer interpreting even something I hate is enough to make me take a second look, though, and for fall, tons of talented designers took on camo. My opinion softened under the weight of all those camouflage options, and then when I spotted the Prada Camo-Print Soft Saffiano Tote, it caved entirely. I’m in love.

I included this tote in my camo round-up in July, and ever since then, I’ve made a weekly visit to its product page at Neiman Marcus. Every time, I imagine all the different things I could pair it with, and by “different things,” I mean all the black stuff in my closet that is basically the same but that I pretend is a diverse wardrobe. It is objectively not, but all of it would look splendid with this bag, and that’s really all I care about at present.

With that in mind, I can’t imagine myself being quite so smitten if this bag were a traditional brown-tan-olive camouflage. It would still be a well-done play on a camo bag, but it wouldn’t be something I’m desperately trying to budget into my fall lifestyle. (By “fall lifestyle,” I mean leggings-clad jaunts to the grocery store and the same drunk brunches I have year-round. This bag would be PERFECT FOR THAT STUFF.) As it is, I have mentally paired this greyscale version with everyone I own, and I have deemed all the possible combinations absolutely perfect. The only un-perfect part is this bag’s absence from my closet. Holler if you hear me.

If you’re so inclined, pick up this bag from Neiman Marcus for $235. Just don’t buy them all up – leave one for me!

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