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The It Bags of Spring 2023, From Prada to Gucci and More

From Saint Laurent to Celine, Cartier to Bottega Veneta, the new wave of key designer bags for spring 2023 is, in fact, full of styles that could last a lifetime and feel suitable for everyday wear. There is an ease that brands are aware they need to weave into the very DNA of these designs, and the bags are meant to work hard for the money. You should be able to use them without complication, with multiple outfits and for varying occasions. Most of all, these bags need to fit into your existing looks rather than compete against them. “Luxury consumers are increasingly opting to search for items that work with what they already own over buying something new or on-trend,” explains Erica Wright, founder and CEO at Sourcewhere, the fashion-sourcing app used by countless industry people and A-listers.

Following a deep dive into the handbags that our audience has engaged most with across the luxury space, there are some clear themes at play. First, neutral hues are king, which perhaps comes as no surprise when we know that tan, black, brown and grey styles provide plenty of flexibility for combining with different looks. “Our customers have also been gravitating towards a more muted colour palette than in recent seasons favouring suede materials and soft, earthy tones such as browns, beiges and touches of khaki—a shift which was prevalent in A/W 23 pre-collections too,” confirms Romilly Proctor, senior buyer at MATCHESFASHION.

Second, the chosen styles for readers to invest in are often anti-trend and made up of bona fide classics, like smart shoulder bags, simple leather totes or easy crossbody bags you can throw on every day—all are easy to carry in multiple ways with different-length straps and are roomy enough to fit in the essentials. Logos,

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Inside Rihanna’s vast collection of vintage handbags

It’s no secret that Rihanna is a vintage obsessive, whether it’s a rare ’80s Jean Paul Gaultier piece or a ’90s Chanel coat in bubblegum pink (which she wore to announce her first pregnancy). That’s certainly clear when it comes to her vast handbag collection, too, which is packed full of rare gems that only the keenest of eyes will have picked up on. 

Tom Ford-era Gucci is a particular favourite. The star owns a python-print bag from spring/summer 1996, sourced from archivist Lab2022, while a ’90s velvet monogrammed bag from the designer is a wardrobe staple. More recently, Riri was spotted with a red beaded monogrammed clutch bag by the designer, which matched perfectly with her red Magda Butrym dress. 

Rihanna with a Tom Ford-era-Gucci bag slung over her shoulder in August 2022.

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Rihanna also has several of Dior’s iconic saddle bags in her collection, including one in camo print that she sported with a maternity crop top last year, as well as a Noughties tie-dye version. Rather than just sticking to classic styles in easy-to-match neutrals, the singer gravitates towards rare collectors’ items, such as the brand’s bowling bag, again in a camo print, dating back to the early 2000s.

The same can be said for Rihanna’s growing assortment of vintage Fendi bags, too. Last year, the beauty mogul added the brand’s rare Squirrel Spy bag in velvet to her collection, which also includes the iconic Croissant shape, sourced from Vintage By Misty. She’s also been spotted with a number of limited-edition Louis Vuitton bags, such as the LV X Stephen Sprouse Pochette bag, as well as the brand’s 1998 soccer ball-shaped purse created to commemorate the World Cup.

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Rihanna: A closer look at her vast collection of vintage handbags

It’s no secret that Rihanna is a vintage obsessive, whether it’s a rare ’80s Jean Paul Gaultier piece or a ’90s Chanel coat in bubblegum pink (which she wore to announce her first pregnancy). That’s certainly clear when it comes to her vast handbag collection, too, which is packed full of rare gems that only the keenest of eyes will have picked up on. 

Tom Ford-era Gucci is a particular favorite. The star owns a python-print bag from Spring-Summer 1996, sourced from archivist Lab2022, while a ’90s velvet monogrammed bag from the designer is a wardrobe staple. More recently, Riri was spotted with a red beaded monogrammed clutch bag by the designer, which matched perfectly with her red Magda Butrym dress. 

Rihanna with a Tom Ford-era Gucci bag slung over her shoulder in August 2022.

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Rihanna also has several of Dior’s iconic saddle bags in her collection, including one in camo print that she sported with a maternity crop top last year, as well as a Noughties tie-dye version. Rather than just sticking to classic styles in easy-to-match neutrals, the singer gravitates towards rare collectors’ items, such as the brand’s bowling bag, again in a camo print, dating back to the early 2000s.

The same can be said for Rihanna’s growing assortment of vintage Fendi bags, too. Last year, the beauty mogul added the brand’s rare Squirrel Spy bag in velvet to her collection, which also includes the iconic Croissant shape, sourced from Vintage By Misty. She’s also been spotted with a number of limited-edition Louis Vuitton bags, such as the LV X Stephen Sprouse Pochette bag, as well as the brand’s 1998 soccer ball-shaped purse created to commemorate the World Cup.

Rihanna’s collection of vintage bags continues to grow

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Is Your Old Purse Worth $2,600? New Report Says You Should Check Your Closet

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When it comes to luxury accessories, beauty is in the eye of the beholder — and the bag holder. Lately, many consumers are luxury handbags;elm:context_link;itc:0″ class=”link rapid-noclick-resp”seeing the beauty in used luxury handbags that are getting a little worn around the edges.

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A new Luxury Consignment Report from online marketplace The RealReal found that demand for “well-loved” handbags — those in fair condition, which, if this coveted Chanel bag is any indicator, could still fetch $2,600 — has nearly doubled since January 2022. More than half of shoppers (58%) buying bags in fair condition are new to the TRR platform.

Meanwhile, consumers overall are trading down from ultra-luxe bags to trendier styles, according to the report. Prices for high-end brands such as Hermès, Chanel, Gucci and Louis Vuitton have stabilized over the past year and had actually declined by 5% by the end of 2022. This has opened up higher sales of brands like Prada, Miu Miu and Dior.

Sales of vintage archival pieces are up more than 50% since January 2022, while demand for Y2K pieces continues to push higher.

The move toward more affordable bags has been driven on a number of fronts, according to TheRealReal President and CEO Rati Sahi Levesque.

“A potential recession, the climate crisis, and global unrest are all reasons that, going into 2023, consumers are making shopping decisions based on value – with 66% saying they shop resale primarily to get a good deal – as well as personal values,” Levesque said in a press release. “We’re seeing our members do this in many different ways,

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get the luxury look for less

Unlike jumpers, tops or sometimes even shoes, we rarely buy bags – they are an accessory that can last a lifetime, after all. But using the same one day in, day out (even if it is designer) can end up feeling incredibly dull. And, although it may make for a quick exit out the door each morning, it may actually be dampening down your outfit – does that XXL black leather tote truly work with that pastel pink dress? Most likely not.

While some of us may dream of fashion’s most famous finds: the Chanel boy bag, a Gucci Marmont or Bottega Veneta cassette to name but a few, blowing thousands on one piece just isn’t possible for many of us, no matter how beautiful the bag. 

So we’ve turned to the good ol’ high street stalwarts to find 11 bags that look much more expensive than they really are. From LA-based brand JW Pei’s fashion-forward vegan leather options to Monki’s faux fur find, there’s no short supply to choose from, and the lower price point certainly doesn’t mean damping down the design.

The key to copping a luxury-looking bag at a lower cost is to avoid obvious designer dupes. Anyone can spot a real Chanel from a faux find a mile away, and flimsy fabric, heaps of scratched hardware and overdone designs aren’t going to work in your favour. Instead, look for simple, clean shapes that have been created incredibly well – like our Cambridge Satchel Co find – or standout designs not done before, like the Staud style below.

Convinced? Just take a look below at our favourite finds, and you may be surprised to see the price.

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CC 172: The RN Whose Bags Signify Her Hard Work

In today’s installment of Closet Confessionals, we meet a Registered Nurse from Texas who has been collecting bags since her late twenties. While she started off dipping her toe in the handbag pond with a Louis Vuitton Monogram bag, eventually, she expanded into Hermès. CC 172 began her Hermès journey as a walk-in client with the purchase of a Garden Party, and from there, she began exploring the world of Birkins and Kellys too!

During the pandemic, after many hours of overtime, CC 172 was able to buy a lot of the Hermès bags she currently owns, and while she doesn’t dream of having a massive collection of bags, this collector does admit that the ones she lusts after are quite pricey. Over the years, CC 172 has been able to narrow down her favorite kind of bags and has realized that crossbody bags are quite important to her. Additionally, this handbag lover sold a Kelly bag in sellier leather after realizing this type of leather didn’t work for her and would like to purchase a retourne Kelly 25 next.

Read the full CC below, and don’t forget to submit your own.


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The Basics

Age: 38
Gender Identity: Female
Location: Texas
Occupation: Registered Nurse
Industry: Healthcare
Salary: $130,000
Household Income: $130,000

The Bags

Are you a PurseForum member? No

How many bags do you own? 8

What bags are in your collection?

How much is your collection worth? $47,000 not including SLGs

What is your most expensive bag? Hermès Birkin 30. I never anticipated spending that much on a bag at the time.

What are the most important brands or pieces in your collection? I never realized I would be using my Hermès Garden Party 36 so much. It is so understated that I

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Ming Xi buys Chanel, Dior and Louis Vuitton mini-bags worth $19k for 1-year-old daughter, Entertainment News

These tiny bags can barely hold a smartphone, let alone all the essentials you would find in a woman’s handbag.

But in a six-minute video uploaded to Xiaohongshu last month that recently caught attention, Chinese model Ming Xi said she decided to buy a few for her one-year-old daughter Romee so the girl can use them in the future.

According to HK01, the five bags costing around HK$110,000 (S$19,300) are a Louis Vuitton Nano Speedy (HK$14,100), a Chanel handle bag with chain (HK$18,000), a Chanel bucket bag with chain (HK$31,800), a Dior Micro Lady bag (HK$29,000) and a Dior Micro Saddle bag (HK$21,600).

Pulling out the miniature Louis Vuitton bag, the 33-year-old said: “It’s a really, really small bag and is super cute! I feel my daughter can use it in the future.

“It’s very trendy to go retro nowadays, so I can buy a bigger Louis Vuitton Speedy and carry it together with her — I think that would be so cute!”

Ming Xi is married to 27-year-old Mario Ho, who is the son of the late Macau casino tycoon Stanley Ho.

They announced the birth of Romee on Nov 3 last year via Weibo, where the elated father wrote: “Our precious beloved daughter, the world welcomes you!”

Back in 2019, Ming Xi was reportedly gifted a $89 million mansion by her mother-in-law Angela Leong as a “reward” for giving birth to the couple’s son Ronaldo, now two.

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While Ming Xi was celebrating her haul, some netizens were instead irritated and envious of her blatant show of wealth.

“Some people are just born winners in life,” one netizen said.

Another complained: “Why should a mother’s happiness be based on the pain of her child? Those chains are so heavy, children should feel comfortable … I’m

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TBT: An Ode to Chanel’s Graffiti Backpack

When you think Chanel, what’s the first thing that pops into your head? Is it the brand’s ubiquitous CC logo or Classic Flap Bag? What about its ability to put on a themed runway show like no other? Maybe you think of the brand’s myriad of novelty bags like the Chanel Cassette Tape Bag or the Chanel Doll Clutch. Or, if you’re anything like me, you think of the brand’s many seasonal runway bags that reached icon status over the years.

For me, one of those icons is the divisive Chanel Grafitti Backpack from the brand’s Spring/Summer 2014 collection. Debuted on the runway during Paris Fashion Week in September of 2013, it’s hard to believe it has been nine years since this cult favorite first graced us with its presence.

*Wipes tears, knowing full well I’ll never own it*

A Favorite of the Stars

When the bag was released, it started a frenzy of sorts. While some people absolutely hated it, others were obsessed, clamoring to get their hands on one (I was definitely part of the latter, I guess I’ve got a thing for bags that most people despise). The Chanel Grafitti Backpack would go on to become an early 2010s icon, with one celeb after the next sporting it on the streets (Khloe Kardashian, Bella Thorne, Chloe Grace Moretz and Lily Allen among others). The bag garnered a lot of attention thanks to its $3,400+ price tag for a canvas backpack (keep in mind a small Boy Bag made of leather cost $3,700 at the time).

Art Inspired

Designed by the late Karl Lagerfeld, The entire collection that season was inspired by the arts, which was culturally relevant during its creation. There was a lot of volatility happening within the art world, and Lagerfeld didn’t miss a

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