Month: October 2005

Seabags

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Now here idea that intrigues me. Maybe I have just had sailing on the brain since I am planning a New Year’s Eve in Newport, RI or because I have spend the past months listening to my mom’s many sailing stories. Or maybe it is because I visited Maine a few weekends ago. Or maybe it is because it is great to see something original and interesting out in the world of bags, and something that is also very New England-y.

Via the lovely Purseuing, I spotted a link to Seabags a company that creates tote bags out of used sails. The Web site doesn’t have to much info but luckily, Purseuing has got all the info in her post.

The bags look beautiful, the store is located in the Old Port and I plan to pay a visit with my camera and wallet the next time I am in Maine.

Cheryl Shops

I added a new link to the links pages today with Cheryl Shops, a great site I discovered while googling “designer denim”. This is a fantastic, not to mention amazingly comprehensive site all about shopping in NYC. I don’t know who Cheryl is, or what she does…but boy does she know her stuff!

Some highlights:

Guest Bag Blogger: Pamela Pekerman of www.BagTrends.com

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Investment is a funny word. Most people think about real estate or paintings. I think about bags. Yup, a bag is a personal investment – you’re saying, “I care about how I look and I want you to see me as a Balenciaga girl or a Botkier girl.” Each handbag carries a different message and perception.

When I was in college and didn’t have a lot of bags (a sad time, truly) I still wanted one great bag. One great bag means a classic design, a universal shape, a resilient fabric, an unmistakable winner! My choice was the Louis Vuitton Speed 30, and for my 19th birthday, that is what I got. At around $500 it wasn’t the logical bag for a college sophomore to carry, but I new it was worth it. The slouchy doctor’s bag is ideal for school, now work, and for weekend adventures. I literally put my entire life in it – makeup bag, card case, a book, a magazine, some files, my wallet, my cell, my i-pod, and still have room for my lunch. This bag has been caught in a torrential rain storm in Vegas, a blizzard in New York, the smoldering sun in Los Angeles, and used as carry-on luggage when I travel. Despite the oxidation and heavy wearing that has altered the light tan handles and piping into a burnt-orange shade, the bag is a good as new.

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Really, the speedy has become a loyal friend. I trust it. When I can’t decide what bag to take, Louis is always there. The monogram brown on tan pattern matches every clothing combination and color– skirts, jeans, black pants, white pants. It has truly lived up to the “investment” I always
knew it would become.

Moral of the story? Having lots of bags is great. In fact, I recommend it! But, having one great bag is a necessity for any woman. Make your pick from newbies like Bulga and Ted Rossi or go with old-faithfuls like Louis Vuitton and Prada. Because, as I always say, a great bag is the only item that can take an outfit from special to spectacular.

Pamela Pekerman is a bagaholic who turned her passion into a business. Using the skills she learned as a journalism student at NYU and her internship experience at InStyle, Cosmopolitan, YM and the Today Show, she created www.BagTrends.com, an online magazine devoted exclusively to bags.

Globe article about Bag, Borrow or Steal

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The Boston Globe had an article today about purse rental companies like Bag Borrow and Steal, and there were a number of things about the article that really bothered me.

First off, who is doing the PR for BB&S? They are good! I have seen a number of articles about this company in some major publications recently. I guess the Globe article was supposed to be focusing on the “phenomena” of renting high end designer bags but it really came off as a two page add for this company.

Second, as TBB readers know there are few things I love more in the world then bags and talking about bags but way is this a topic that really need to be on the front page of New England’s largest newspaper? I think the Living/Arts section would have been more appropriate.

Another annoying thing is the picture that accompanied the online version of the article. One of the things that bothers me about a bag rental company is that I know I would be constantly worried about anything bad happening to the bag. YET in the picture Maura McGreevy is wearing hers out in the rain! Now I know it has been raining almost non stop here in Boston for the past couple of weeks and the Globe photographer might not have had a choice of where to take the pic. But it was just another reminder as to why I’m not comfortable with this kind of service. It may be perfect for some people, but not me.

Plus, this line is kind of weird: “She said the company introduced her to new designers such as Tano and Baby Phat, which she said she probably wouldn’t have discovered on her own.” Now Tano I can see, since it is a cool line but not one you see on the street very often. You may remember my brush with Tano this spring. But Baby Phat??? If you want to be introduced to the Baby Phat line of bags then just check out your local Marshall’s bargain bin, which I am frequently found rooting through. It is a line that is easy to find at my local stores, you really don’t seen to sign up for a designer service to see it.

If you like to join in the discussion: What do you look for in a handbag?

Seen around the web this week

(I’m going to try to make “Seen around the web” a weekly thing. We’ll see how that goes.)

Party Bag

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I had a rare occasions this weekend to get dressed up all fancy, check out a new restaurant and celebrate my sister’s birthday. My outfit consisted of my fancy gold t-strap heels that I never wear, my beloved seven jeans, green blazer from the gap, red pashmina, and a funky black top and earings from Urban Outfitters.

As luck would have it the green from my blazer matched perfectly with the green in the paisley velvet from a bag I bought recently from Macy’s. The bag was from Nine West and the closest I can find online are these bags which are the same shape and design but in faux suede instead of velvet. I bought the bag on a whim and a week later I planner to return it to Macy’s because I didn’t like how deep the bag is and that lack of inside pockets. But I forgot to return it and then it was too late, and then the bag started growing on me again.

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I tried to use it one day as an everyday bag and it didn’t work out. Its a weird shape and as expected everything fell to the bottom.

But I discovered last night it was perfect as a party bag. I was able to hold all my regular stuff, plus a pair of flat shoes in case the heels became to painful and I could stash my pashmina in there when we were at the bar. It took a little bit of fumbling to get my camera out, but no more then any similar bag. And the dark velvet was perfect for all the dark, jewel tone colors we are seeing everywhere this season. The best part is the cool braided handle, very similar to this one

Once again, it was worth it to give a bag a second look.