Introducing Moreau Handbags

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If Hermes’ continually increasing profitability and Louis Vuitton’s recent shift toward capitalizing on its history with more high-end, all-leather products is any indication, the ultra-high-end leather goods market seems to have a nearly infinite hunger for heritage goods, and French heritage in particular. To help meet that voracious need for fancy purses, 19th century French leather brand Moreau has relaunched and its bags are exclusive to Barneys in the US.

French design and craftsmanship have always been markers of quality and status in fashion, and that’s why those brands are having such a moment right now. Not only are high-end western costumers constantly looking for something more special, limited and expensive than those behind them who are looking to keep up with the Joneses, but consumers in the burgeoning Asian markets seek out heritage goods as de facto indicators of their newly high social status. Because those Asian markets have become sophisticated more quickly than most, a flashy logo bag won’t do the trick; consumers are increasingly looking for pieces that are exclusive, handmade and include a sense of history on their price tags.

That’s where Moreau comes in. Originally founded in the mid-1800s in France, the brand has been revived, at least in part, to capitalize on its origin story. (There is, after all, only so much heritage to go around. It’s a non-renewable resource.) The brand’s limited, rather simple collection of bags will all be made in France, by hand, in Moreau’s saddlery. The look, as you might expect, recalls some of Hermes’ basics, but in a good way – classic, functional styles that whisper about their pedigree instead of shouting. If you’re the kind of woman whose friends’ closet are already full of Hermes and you want to pick up something new that they’ll actually ask about with curiosity, perhaps one of these Moreau bags is for you.

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Florence Welch Totes Dolce & Gabbana in NYC

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Florence Welch (of Florence + the Machine fame) was recently spotted rushing to catch a taxi in NYC with her snakeskin Dolce & Gabbana Miss Sicily Bag. As you can see, Florence has a pretty eclectic, vintage-infused personal style – the Miss Sicily isn’t really a bag I would expect to see her with, but I suppose the lure of the exotic python was just too great. You can get a more everyday Miss Sicily in black textured leather for $1,995 at Net-a-Porter.

Florence tends to favor slinky, yet textural gowns from Italian designers like Miu Miu, Givenchy, and Valentino for her red carpet looks, while Erdem, Anna Sui and Kenzo are top picks for slightly more casual events. Basically, the girl loves bold, outrageous prints – the more outrageous the better. And what’s more outrageous than python?

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The Chloe Baylee Bag Has Arrived

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Beginning in the days of the famous Paddington and Silverado bags, Chloe has carved itself out an interesting little niche in the handbag business. In that time, three different creative heads, all female, have been at the reins of the brand, and they’ve all overseen the creation of bag after bag that fits perfectly into the ideas that so many women have about what they want to carry on a casual day. None of the bags have made quite the splash that the Paddington did (Phoebe Philo is an impossible standard to which to hold others), but the Paraty, for example, has been around since I graduated from college and still sells incredibly well. By the looks of it, the Chloe Baylee Bag will be the next heir to that lineage.

The Baylee debuted in several sizes and colors on Chloe’s Fall 2013 runway and immediately generated a lot of interest. The bag is simple and casual in the way that Chloe’s most successful bags tend to be, but the details are rendered in interesting, modern ways that make it feel fresh. In this case, the hardware is the real show, and the contrasting between the bag’s body and its navy shoulder strap and handles calls a lot of attention to where the two meet. At those points, you’ll find bales and hinges that create the illusion of detached or floating handles and straps, which is, to be blunt, pretty damn cool.

The look is one of minimalism through concealment – the normal attachment rings are hidden behind the attachment points of the handles, and when you carry the bag by its strap, the extra length at the ends should more or less obscure the attachment from one side. That same strap is adjustable in length through exposed hardware, but the only externally exposed part is a long, sleek gold bar – all the rest of the work goes on underneath the surface. Aside from the hardware choices, the back of the bag is rendered in the same navy leather as the handles, which will be a relief to anyone who’s ever color-transferred indigo dye from their jeans to the back of a light leather bag. If nothing else, it’s hard not to appreciate all the careful consideration that obviously went into this bag’s details.

Chloe’s got another handbag hit on its hands, if sales are any indication – the first delivery of this bag sold out in about a day at Net-a-Porter. When it comes back in stock, it’ll be $2,250 via Net-a-Porter.

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Bethenny Frankel Totes a Toddler and a Celine Bag

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Here’s former Real Housewife Bethenny Frankel traipsing around NYC, juggling her pink-loving three-year-old daughter Bryn, a pink teddy, a doggy bag and a bright, bubblegum pink Celine Luggage Tote. You can shop quite a selection of pre-owned Celine bags at Portero. If you’re in the mood to check out the rest of Bethenny’s Birkin-tastic bag stash, feel free to peruse through “The Many Bags of Bethenny Frankel”

Bethenny seems to have recently traded in her crazy stash of Hermes Birkins for a new collection of Celine Luggage Totes. (And when I say “traded in”, I mean pushed to the back of her closet.) She owns at least two of these – we’ve also seen her carrying a bright orange Celine Luggage Tote. Avid Bethenny fans will definitely notice when the Celine stockpiling begins, if it hasn’t already.

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Amanda Seyfried Takes a Bottega Veneta Bag to London

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Amanda Seyfried is dressing (and/or being styled) impeccably these days. Here she is exiting the Radio 1 studios in London after making an appearance to promote her new movie, Lovelace. Signing on as the new celeb face of Givenchy has certainly given her wardrobe a boost. We’ve seen her in a ton of Givenchy lately – she’s wearing a stunning pair of Givenchy heels here, but she’s opted to switch things up a bit, bag-wise, with a Bottega Veneta Intrecciato Nappa Bag. You can get Amanda’s bag in brown for $3,550 at Net-a-Porter.

Between Lovelace and Les Mis, Amanda Seyfried’s career has really taken off at full speed this year. She already has a whopping six film projects lined up for 2014 and 2015. Would you have ever expected all this from the ditzy blonde in Mean Girls who thought her boobs could predict the weather? I did, because she was hilarious. That movie is almost 10 years old, by the way. Let us all take a moment to lament the swift passage of time.

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Introducing KARA Handbags

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We’ve long lamented the dearth of reasonably priced handbag lines with a modern look, and lately, our prayers have begun to find answers. First Mansur Gavriel came along, with its elegant, understated line of functional handbags and totes, and now we’ve found KARA Handbags, a young line that just got picked up by. If you lust after Celine, Alexander Wang and 3.1 Phillip Lim but want to splurge on something under $500, meet your new favorite brand.

The New York-brand, which was named after karaoke, was founded by Parson’s grad Sarah Law in 2012. Fall 2013 is the brand’s second full collection, and it covers urban-trendy ground from mini crossbodies to minimalist backpacks in leather and shearling, rendered in a limited palette of black, burgundy, tan and lavender. The implementation of shearling, which is generally a material with which accessories designers have some trouble, is particularly well done. Resort 2014, which can be seen on the brand’s website, promises of-the-moment delights like marbled calf hair that can generally only be found on handbags much, much more expensive. Not only are the bags generally much more expensive-looking and well-designed than anything else in the price range right now, but all your friends will want to know where you found such a cute bag. Get in on the action while KARA is still under the radar by checking out our picks below or shopping Shop’s fall selection.

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