Tina Craig Designs Snob Essentials Handbags

snob essentials handbagsFashion blogger Tina Craig, who has reviewed thousands of handbags, has launched her own handbag line called Snob Essentials. She has tried to create handbags that address features that she believes are lacking in other handbags. Craig’s handbags are designed to be fashionable, functional, high quality, and a good value. She designed them to appeal to consumers who are smart, have discerning taste, and know what they want.

Craig has been reviewing handbags for almost a decade. In that time, she has gained a wealth of knowledge about handbag design and function. Craig said that after reviewing thousands of handbags, she identified important features that she felt were missing and included them in her original designs. She said a new handbag can update a fall wardrobe without the need to buy many new clothes.

The bags are designed to be multifunctional. The larger bags have external pouches to carry essentials, such as money and keys, to avoid having to carry a large tote bag. The backpack can hold all of the necessities and can be worn on the arm to provide easy access to items.

Her fall collection was inspired by old world European luxury. The collection includes rich jewel-toned colors for fall and French sequined tweed. All of the hardware is plated and weighed, and all of the zippers and feet are functional. The bags are crafted with luxurious detailing that includes features such as custom hardware, hand-painted details, and double-bond biased stitching that are uncommon for bags in that price range.

LVMH and Hermes Reach Settlement

Hermes handbagLVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton and Hermes surprised the luxury goods industry when they reached an unexpected settlement in a long-running battle on September 3. The two companies had been locked in a four-year legal “handbag war.”

LVMH, the world’s leading luxury group, agreed to relinquish most of its 23.2 percent stake in Hermes and not to acquire any shares in the company for the next five years.

LVMH began acquiring shares in Hermes in 2007 through a series of equity derivatives, which it did not have to declare. LVMH revealed in 2010 that it had accumulated a 17-percent stake in Hermes.

LVMH had sought to acquire Hermes because the company’s handbags are considered good investments, it is more resistant to downturns than other luxury brands, and its products do well in the second-hand market. Hermes’ annual income has consistently grown by more than 10 percent per year, even as other luxury goods makers have experienced declines in sales.

In 2011, most of the key members of the Hermes family, which is the fourth-wealthiest in France, decided to join a holding that controlled Hermes and bound them for 20 years, making a takeover nearly impossible.

Under the terms of the deal, LVMH agreed to redistribute its shares in Hermes to its shareholders. They will receive one Hermes share for every 21 LVMH shares. The distribution must be completed by December 20.

The possibility of LVMH taking over Hermes had boosted Hermes’ stock. Its stock had been trading at a price-to-earnings ratio of about 30 times in recent years, which was a 70-percent premium to the industry average.

Shares in Hermes fell 3.5 percent by the close of business on the day of the announcement. LVMH’s shares rose about 3 percent after the announcement. LVMH will make about 3 billion euros from the deal. Group Arnault, LVMH’s holding company, will own 8.5 percent of Hermes after the shares are distributed.

France’s stock market regulator fined LVMH in 2013 for not properly disclosing its stake in Hermes. Hermes took legal action for alleged insider trading and stock price manipulation. LVMH accused Hermes of libel. The agreement ended all legal action between the companies.

LVMH has underperformed compared to other luxury goods companies in the past year because of declining cognac sales in China and slower growth in sales at Louis Vuitton, which generate its greatest profits. LVMH has acquired over 60 brands in the past 20 years. This is the first time the company has abandoned its goal of acquiring a brand.

Pink Tulips Gives Celebrities Handbags at Emmys Event

Pink TulipsRepresentatives of handbag maker Pink Tulips attended a special celebrity gifting event hosted by the Borgnine Group to celebrate the 2014 Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles.

Pink Tulips was hand-picked to participate in the celebrity event, which included the stars of hit shows including True Blood, The Middle, Mad Men, Breaking Bad, Raising Hope, and others. Stars who attended the event were sent home with bags provided courtesy of Pink Tulips.

Pink Tulips recently released a new limited edition Wildflower Collection. The collection is a limited edition line of handbags made in Connecticut. The six bags come in a variety of prints, fabrics, and sizes.

The collection of handbags, clutches, totes, and other accessories includes pieces that are both contemporary and timeless. The bags are designed with both classic silhouettes and chic color combinations to compliment virtually any wardrobe. The handbags have unique stories to help customers visualize themselves carrying them as they go about their day-to-day activities. The totes, clutches, and satchels are inspired by and named after flowers.

The bags were popular among stars who attended the gifting event. The Scrabble Tote bag was the first one to go. The collection includes a Tapestry Word Game tote with words hidden in groups of letters.

Some of the bags incorporate animal themes, such as the Woof Fabric and Cock-a-Doodle-Do totes. They also designed a navy leather cross-body purse with a brass elephant embellishment for a woman on the go.

Pink Tulips was founded by Annette Cook in 2010. Its line of luxury handbags are designed to offer excellent quality, style, and craftsmanship. The business began a partnership with Urban Outfitters in 2012.

Which Handbag Style Is Right for You?

clutch handbagThe right handbag can be the perfect compliment to any fashion. Here are some tips to help you choose the right one to match your style.

A patent handbag is perfect for daily use. Whether you need a bag for work or a casual get-together, a patent handbag is the ideal choice.

Oversized handbags are always in style. If you like to carry a lot of items around so you are prepared for anything, go with an oversized tote bag.

If you carry a lot of small items and don’t want to have to dig around searching for them in a large handbag, a pocket bag is the right choice for you. Choose a bag with enough pockets to hold all the items you use on a regular basis.

A convertible handbag can hang across your body or be carried in your hand. Make the strap longer for times when you are on the go and make it shorter for a chic look.

If you are overwhelmed by a large bag, go for a mini handbag. Pick a bag that is just large enough for the basics.

The clutch is the hottest handbag this year. This type of bag offers a vintage style for someone who is constantly on the go. Choose a clutch that is just the right size to hold the essentials.

Metallic handbags are becoming a hot trend. Choose a fashionable color that will accent other items in your wardrobe.

While the colors that are in style may change, white is a classic color that is always trendy.

Choose a handbag that compliments your body type. Try on several and see which one looks the best and feels the most comfortable. Consider your personal style and how it will accentuate other items in your closet when making your choice.

How to Choose a Handbag That Will Stand the Test of Time

handbagHandbags can be pricey, so you want to choose one that will be a wise investment. When selecting a handbag, you want to pick one that will stand the test of time in terms of both style and quality. Here are some tips to help you choose the right handbag.

Select a high-quality handbag. You want a piece that will withstand wear and last for many years. Opt for the highest quality product you can afford so that you will be able to enjoy your bag both day to day and at special events for years to come.

Leather is the best choice of material for an investment handbag. Leather is durable and looks even better with age.

Choose a handbag in a neutral color that can compliment many wardrobes. A handbag in a neutral color can be paired with both casual and formal attire.

A structured handbag is the best choice for a long-term investment. You want to choose a handbag that will maintain its shape and be able to resist daily wear and tear.

When choosing a handbag, keep in mind that trends and fashionable designers can change over time. Avoid selecting a bag with a large logo that might not be as popular in the future. You should choose a handbag from a reputable label, but pick one with a more subtle logo.

Avoid choosing a handbag with a lot of hardware. Pieces of hardware can fall off or become damaged with time. Opt for a more simple look.

If you choose to invest in a handbag, be sure to take proper care of it. Keep it clean, store it in a dust bag, and do not put it on the floor.

When choosing a handbag, select one that is high quality and will still be fashionable years from now. Keep these factors in mind when choosing the perfect bag for your collection.

Coach Makes Changes to Boost Sales

Coach handbagCoach announced recently that its profits exceeded estimates. It was a welcome piece of good news for the brand that has been struggling to maintain its position in the handbag industry.

According to Bloomberg, Coach has been experiencing a decline in sales for the past four quarters. Its shares have fallen 39 percent since the beginning of the year.

Analysts believe Coach has been struggling recently because it has opened a series of outlet stores throughout the United States. The outlet stores carry less expensive handbags, which have attracted less wealthy customers but reduced the brand’s exclusive nature and pricing power. With Coach handbags more readily accessible to lower-income consumers, wealthier customers have become less interested in the label’s more expensive products. Instead, those consumers are purchasing handbags from more expensive luxury brands, such as Tory Burch and Michael Kors. Those brands have experienced double-digit growth in sales recently.

Despite its declining sales, Coach still retains 23 percent of the $12 billion handbag market in the United States. The company hopes to maintain its position and draw back wealthier customers by repositioning itself as a “modern luxury” company, rather than an “accessible luxury” brand.

Coach is undergoing a dramatic transformation to achieve this goal. The company recently hired a new creative director, Stuart Vevers, who previously worked for Mulberry and Loewe. Coach has also hired a new CEO, Victor Luis. The company is cutting 150 jobs, offering fewer discounts, and closing 70 stores, which represent 20 percent of its stores in North America. Coach is opening or remodeling stores in the 12 largest markets and selling pricier handbags.

Coach is trying to transition to a position as a lifestyle brand by offering shoes and outerwear in addition to handbags. The company has also updated its packaging, store appearance, and logo, which now reads “Coach New York,” rather than “Coach 1941.”

Handbag Designers Use Fur in Fall Collections

fur handbagHandbag designers are competing with each other to capture the attention of wealthy customers. The hottest trend in luxury handbags this fall is fur.

Popular designers, including J. Mendel, Brunello Cuccinelli, Valentino, Burberry, Fendi, Marchesa, Donna Karan, Marni, and Derek Lam have introduced fall collections featuring fur-lined handbags.

Fashion designers are trying to appeal to wealthy consumers who believe the financial crisis is behind them. The industry is creating more high-end products and remaking their brands to appeal to wealthier customers. They are often finding that their most expensive products are the first ones to sell out.

The new designs incorporate fur and other rare materials, including crocodile, handmade lace, and animal pelts. Some of the fashion designers are also using fur in their dresses and coats.

Many designers have become interested in fur at the same time because they all monitor cultural trends and consumer patterns when creating their collections. They were also inspired by the particularly cold winter when they were designing their Fall 2014 collections.

The handbag designers are trying to compete with each other and stand out, so many pursue unconventional ideas. Even some designers who are anti-fur, such as Stella McCartney, use faux fur in their handbags.

Some retailers refuse to sell fur handbags in their stores due to negative attitudes toward its use in fashion. Designers will therefore have to market their handbags directly to consumers, which most of them do already. Some of the handbags are produced only for special order, not to be sold in stores. Even if fur handbags are not widely available in stores this fall, they are still expected to become a popular trend.

Kate Spade Introduces Fall Handbag Collection

kate spade fanKate Spade’s fall 2014 collection was previewed in a fashion show at the Raffles Hotel on July 14. The collection includes handbags, clutches, dresses, and shoes with designs and patterns inspired by elements of Asian culture. Pret-a-Portea, Raffles Makati’s collaboration with Kate Spade, was also launched at the event.

The Transcontinental Express collection includes pieces that draw their inspiration from Old World Travel, such as a clutch that resembles the steam engine on a train from the Shanghai Express. The Shanghai collection’s showpiece is a bag decorated with a golden birdcage and embroidered birds. Another handbag is crafted with black or gold lasercut leather shaped like a traditional Asian fan and decorated with matching tassels and zippers.

The classic handbags are available in a variety of colors in both large and small styles. The clutches are designed with black or shiny patent leather and golden accessories. The collection includes handbags and clutches adorned with fake and real fur, as well as mini messenger bags that can also function as shoulder bags or clutches. The satchels can be worn as shoulder or cross-body bags.

The fall collection will make its debut in stores in August. The Shanghai collection will be introduced in September. The collection will be replaced every month.

Kate Spade was co-founded in 1993 by Kate Spade, who had previously worked as senior fashion editor and head of accessories at Mademoiselle magazine. Kate Spade was acquired in 2007 by Liz Claiborne, Inc., which was acquired by JC Penney Co. in 2011. After Liz Claiborne was renamed Fifth & Pacific, Inc. and sold off other brands, Kate Spade New York became its sole brand. It was renamed Kate Spade & Company this year.

Ela Handbags Offer Simple Elegance

ela handbagSwedish designers Ela and Martin Aldorrson have created a line of trendy ela handbags that are now being sold at Saks Fifth Avenues around the country.

The handbags are known for their simple elegance. The Aldorssons select a theme every season that serves as the basis for the handbags’ designs and colors. Ela Aldorsson often skips the sketching process, instead making a paper mock-up to figure out the bag’s scale, function, and design to speed up the process of bringing the handbags to life. The handbags are then tested for a few weeks to see how they function and if any changes need to be made. The final samples are then shown to buyers.

The first handbag the pair designed was the MILCK clutch, which was created to hold the essentials: money, ID, lipstick, cell phone, and keys. It was designed to have a unique asymmetrical shape that would be instantly recognizable, even without a logo. The rest of the handbags in the collection followed from that first design.

The Aldorssons are influenced by the style of many A-list celebrities, including Gwyneth Paltrow, Miranda Kerr, and Emmanuelle Alt and their everyday styles. They also draw inspiration from styles they see on the streets of Europe and New York and in magazines and department stores.

The ela fall 2014 collection is about romance and striking a balance between feminine and masculine details. The new handbags in the collection will include stamped and digitally printed marbled leather that appears to be chiseled from stone, muted camouflage that combines all of the colors of the collection, and pearls. The designers are currently collaborating with Club Monaco and are designing exclusive silhouettes for Saks Fifth Avenue and Holt Renfrew, a Canadian department store.

New Max Mara Ads Feature Amy Adams

Amy AdamsItalian fashion group Max Mara has teamed up with Academy Award nominee Amy Adams to promote its accessories for its new 2014 ad campaign.

Last year’s successful campaign featured Jennifer Garner. The brand wanted to follow it up with ads featuring another A-list celebrity. Adams earned a Golden Globe this year for her performance in “American Hustle” and will appear in “Big Eyes” by Tim Burton later this year.

Photographer Mario Sorrenti took the photos for the advertisements. The ad campaign includes five photos: three for fall and two for spring. Adams poses in one photo with the Signature Bag, which features “puntino” saddle stitching, and in another with the Margaux bag, which has asymmetrical handles and can be completely zipped up or partially closed with a flap. The stitching is concealed, and the handbag has a long inner shoulder strap. Adams also modeled sunglasses for the ads. Sorrenti created a short film about the advertising project.

The images were unveiled at the Max Mara boutique in New York City this week. The company also planned a dinner for about 80 people to celebrate the kick-off of the new ad campaign. The photos will be featured in about 50 Max Mara boutiques around the world beginning in late August. The ads will be shown in new places where a celebrity face is more important, such as Dubai, Russia, China, and Portugal. The ads will be featured in magazines and online starting with the bags in August and following with the sunglasses in October. Billboards will also be displayed in countries around the world.

Max Mara has been producing handbags and other accessories at its leather goods manufacturers in Tuscany and the Veneto region. Its sales have grown 33 percent over the past four seasons.

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