The Best Mini Bags from the Fall / Winter 2014 Collections

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Introducing the Best Mini Bags for the Fall/Winter 2014 seasons.  The season’s It bag selections include new styles such as the Louis Vuitton Petite-Malle and the Fendi Mini Trois-Jours Bag.  The review of the upcoming bags for Fall 2014 includes bags from designers such as Balenciaga, Louis Vuitton, Fendi and Chanel.

Balenciaga

Balenciaga Mini Bags
Balenciaga’s mini bags features the small versions of their iconic handbags. This includes the City, Papier A4 Zip Around and Padlock All Afternoon Bag. The most famous mini bag is the Mini City, which also comes in Metallic Edge, Giant 12 Gold and Giant 12 Silver.

Style

Price

Size

Balenciaga Classic Metallic Edge Mini City Bag $1,545.00 (USD) 9.0” W x 6.2” H x 3.5” D
Balenciaga Mini Papier A4 Bag $1,245.00 (USD) 8.6” W x 6.6” H x 3.9” D
Balenciaga Classic Mini City Bag $1,325.00 (USD) 9.0” W x 6.2” H x 3.5” D
Balenciaga Mini Papier A4 Zip Around Bag $1,395.00 (USD) 8.6” W x 6.6” H x 3.9” D
Balenciaga Padlock Nude Mini All Afternoon Bag $1,465.00 (USD) 8.0” W x 10.1” H x 4.1” D

Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton Mini Bags
The Petite Malle Bag from Louis Vuitton is the much awaited bag this season. The bag first appeared in the Fall/Winter 2014 Runway and available in Monogram Canvas, Damier Ebene and Epi Leather. Also new this season, is the newest addition to the Epi Collection, the Epi Marly bag, a handbag with smooth leather handles.

Style

Price

Size

Louis Vuitton W BB Bag $3,950.00 (USD) 11.0” W x 7.5” H x 3.9” D
Louis Vuitton Pallas BB Bag $2,260.00 (USD) 10.6” W x 7.1” H x 7.5” D
Louis Vuitton Monogram Empreinte Montaigne BB Bag $2,880.00 (USD) 11.4” W x 7.9” H x 5.1” D
Louis Vuitton Epi Marly BB Bag $2,350.00 (USD) 13.4” W x 10.6” H x 5.1” D
Louis Vuitton Petite Malle Bag $4,400.00 (USD) 7.2” W x 4.6” H x 1.8” D
Louis Vuitton Monogram Empreinte Marais BB Bag $2,580.00 (USD) 11.4” W x 7.1” H x 6.7” D

Fendi

Fendi Mini Bags
Fendi’s Fall/Winter 2014 Collection includes mini Peekaboo bags in exotic materials like Crocodile and Gazelle Fur. Fendi has also introduced the mini version of the 3Jours Tote, it comes in leather and mink handles.

Style

Price

Size

Fendi Gazelle Fur Peekaboo Mini Bag $3,900.00 (USD) 9” W x 7” H x 4 ½” D
Fendi Mini Be Baguette Bag $1,350.00 (USD) 7.3” W x 4.3” H x 2” D
Fendi Selleria Mini Adele Bag $2,550.00 (USD) 8.5” W x 7.0” H x 4.5” D
Fendi Croc Effect Petite 2Jours Bag $2,450.00 (USD) 10 ¼” W x 8 ¼ “ H x 5” D
Fendi Mink Handle Mini 3Jours Bag $2,800.00 (USD) 8 ½” W x 12” H x 4 ¾” D
Fendi Crocodile Peekaboo Mini Bag $19,500.00 (USD) 9” W x 7” H x 4 ½” D

Chanel

Chanel Mini Bags
Chanel’s mini bags for Fall/Winter 2014 Act 1 includes their iconic Boy Bags in Python and Calfskin with metal adornments. The brand’s Classic Flap Bags were embellished with studs and pearls. New styles are also featured in the collection, including a Jersey Flap bag and Lambskin Messenger Bag.

Style

Price

Size

Chanel Natural Python and Patent Leather Mini Boy Bag $6,700.00 (USD) 4.7” H x 7.9” W x 2.8” D
Chanel Mini Boy Bag with Metal Adornments $4,700.00 (USD) 4.7” H x 7.9” W x 2.8” D
Chanel Studded Mini Flap Bag $2,750.00 (USD) 3.5” H x 6.3” W x 1.4” D
Chanel Jersey Flap Mini Bag $3,300.00 (USD) 4.3” H x 7.5” W x 2.2” D
Chanel Shearling Flap Mini Bag with Pearls $4,900.00 (USD) 6.7” H x 9.8” W x 3.9” D
Chanel Messenger Mini Bag $2,500.00 (USD) 6.7” H x 7.5” W x 2.8” D

Source: Balenciaga, Louis Vuitton, Fendi, Chanel

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Modeled the Givenchy Antigona Small Bag Versus Antigona Mini Bag

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It’s been a while since the Givenchy Mini Antigona bag was first released earlier this year. There were some errors when it came to the sizing differences when the bag was first reported in a previous post, which has since been updated.  As a result, here’s a better analysis of the differences between the Givenchy Mini Antigona bag and theGivenchy Small Antigona bag.  Pictured is a side by side comparison of the small and mini when carried to get an idea of the differences in size.    Givenchy Antigona Bag Versus

The most noticeable difference is the length of strap, the mini can be worn cross-body at 37″ in length while the small is similar to the classic Medium size where the strap is only shoulder length at 22″.  The option of carrying the bag cross-body is only available in the mini size.  In additon, there is about a 2.5″ difference in height and width that make the mini substantially smaller than the next largest size. The size measurements in inches show that the Givenchy Antigona Mini is also much closer to aCeline Nano bag (ie. 8″ x 8″).

In terms of features, both do not differ very much other than the variation in the strap as the Mini has an adjustable buckle.  The hardware decoration and interior styling remain relatively the same.

This pink version of the Antigona bag is currently available at Lane Crawford for a limited time. Note that the small size is already sold out in the pink.  Also, the prices listed vary as the listed prices from Lane Crawford include all import duties and taxes to the United States as the store is located in Hong Kong.

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‘Miss Dior’ Promenade Pouch Bag Versus the Dior ‘New Lock’ Pouch Bag

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Here’s another edition of “Bag Versus” featuring the Christian Dior promenade pouches, the Miss Dior Pouch and the New Lock Pouch.

The pouch bags appears almost the same as they both have similar features. The Miss Dior Pouch and New Lock Pouch have removable chain straps. The interior is also the same with one large compartment, one flat pocket and six card slots.  Both can be carried by hand, on the shoulder or across the body. Chain length is both at 120 cm / 47″ . The bags also has the signature Dior Cannage pattern.  The differences are summarized individually below.

Miss Dior Pouch

Miss Dior Pouch

A mini version of the iconic Miss Dior bag, the Miss Dior Promenade Pouch bag includes small DIOR charms on the chain handles. The bag’s interior also has a contrasting lining. The attachment for the chain is discreet, as it is kept on the outer edge on the interior of the bag. The Cannage pattern is featured all over the bag including the sides.  The frame is more rounded at the base compard to the new lock pouch. It is available in Patent, Aged Calfskin and Lambskin.

The Miss Dior Pouch measures 21 cm x 13 cm and retails for $1,600.00 (USD)/€1,100.00.

 

New Lock Pouch

New Lock Pouch

The Dior New Lock Pouch was named after “New Look” which was coined by Christian Dior himself back in 1947, and features the original clasp. The Cannage pattern is featured only in front and back, and it does not have a contrasting interior.  The attachment for the chain is on the sides of the bag making it more noticeable when the chain is kept in the interior.  It is mostly available in patent, so it is easier to maintain.

The New Lock Pouch measures 21.5 cm x 10 cm and is similarly priced at $1,600.00 (USD)/€1,100.00.

Conclusion

As these pouch bags have the same price, it seems that the better option is the Miss DiorPromenade Pouch. You get value for your money given that the Cannage pattern is featured throughout the whole bag including the sides. The classic Dior styling is almost more updated with contrasting interior and the bonus DIOR charms.  However, everyone’s style is different so which would you choose?

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Saint Laurent Monogramme Shopper Versus the Shoulder Bag

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This a new series called ‘Bag Versus’ where we evaluate similar bags and determine what’s a better buy over another bag pitting them against each other.  This series will begin by evaluating the Saint Laurent Monogramme series with the classic ‘YSL’ logo that has been created in a number of styles.  Two styles that are similar but different include the latest ‘Saint Laurent Monogramme Shopper Tote‘ and the ‘Saint Laurent Monogramme Shoulder Bag’.

At a glance these two bags appear very similar. Both have the same strap, they have the same price point (about $2,550 USD) and the also have similar boxy shapes.

So if you had to choose, which one is better? Here’s a run down of pros and cons of each.

The Saint Laurent Monogramme Shopper

Saint Laurent Blue Classic Monogramme Saint Laurent Shopping Bag - Spring 2014

Pros

It features a convenient centre zippered enclosures, similar to that of the GST. However, at $2,550 USD it’s just $350 lower than the Classic Chanel GST which is priced at $2,900 USD.  This Shopper Tote features a top tab closure the securely fastens closed on the front of the flap. It measures about 13.75″ across making it a good everyday city bag with an interior depth of 4.5″.

Cons

The simple certain tab doesn’t exactly ensure that items can’t fall out of your bag. Imagine tipping the bag over, most likely small items like wallets and cell-phones that are not kept securely in the center zip could fall out.

The Saint Laurent Monogramme Shoulder 

Saint Laurent Blue Classic Monogramme Saint Laurent Large Satchel Bag - Spring 2014

Pros

The Saint Laurent Monogramme Shoulder bag features a large ‘YSL’ logo on the front, which can be a positive item. The tab could also be a negative item for those that want a more subdued and less flashy 80’s look.  The bag measures at around 12.25″ which is just one inch shy of the shopper tote, which makes it a lighter bag and smaller in stature.  This bag could also be transferred to a clutch since the bag has a narrow depth at only 3 inches, which makes the bag more versatile than the shopper.

The shoulder bag fastenes securely in the front, and the flap will prevent your items from falling out of it easily.

Cons

The interior of the Shoulder bag is pretty minimal. There is one large opening and a pretty narrow interior pocket. There isn’t too much in terms of interior organization, unlike the shopper tote, which has more compartments. However, the interior depth of three inches does allow you to view the contents fairly well, so there would be limited instances of rummaging the interior of your purse.

Conclusion

As with any purchase, it really depends on what you already have in your current arsenal. However, the Monogramme Shoulder bag is probably the best choice of the two since it can serve dual purposes, as an every day city bag and an evening bag.

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Bottega Veneta Monogram Feature Online Allows for All Product View

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If you haven’t tried the Bottega Veneta initials widget on their online shop, it’s definitely a must-see!

Here’s the outcome of using the personalization function on the Bottega Veneta online store. It allows a customer to select the option of viewing Initials on All Items, which results in your personalized monogram being superimposed on all the available offerings online. From bags, belts, luggage to small accessories, this feature makes its easier to visualize how each piece will look together, whether its a white wallet with a brown tote, or black wallet with red tote.

Prices are as follows inclusive of monogramming:

  • Luggage from $2,640 – $4,960 USD
  • Totes from $1,890 to $2,240 USD
  • Wallets from $360 to $800 USD

The online monogramming allows for up to three initials in eight different shades and three different sizes.  You may choose alternate color contrasts for each letter. Try it out today at Bottega Veneta directly!

 

Bottega Veneta Red Nappa Interciatto Accessories InitialsBottega Veneta Nappa Tote with Initials

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The Best Top Handle bags from the Fall / Winter 2014 collections

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It seams that all the big name designers have created new styles in 2014, some from the spring and a more complete selection available for the upcoming Fall season.  Almost by coincidence each designer created a variation of the top handle bag as their IT style for the season.  Here’s a rundown of the top five top handle bags from the upcoming collections. Each designer does their own spin on this very classic style.

If the top handle style isn’t your favorite, check-out the guide to the best mini bags for the Fall 2014 season.

Jump to: FendiCeline Louis Vuitton Marc Jacobs

Be Dior Flap Bag

Be Dior Flap Bag
The Be Dior Flap Bag is part of Dior’s Fall/Winter 2014 Collection. It is a single handle tote bag that features a flap front. It includes the DIOR charms and a removable/adjustable shoulder strap. It is available in Calfskin, Crocodile and Python.  The interior features a double flap for additional storage.

More information on the bag style be found here.

Style

Price

Be Dior Flap Mini Bag $3,700.00 (USD)
Be Dior Flap Small Bag $4,400.00 (USD)
Be Dior Tri-Color Flap Small Bag $5,400.00 (USD)
Be Dior Flap Medium Bag $4,900.00 (USD)

Fendi Trois Jours Bag

Fendi 3Jours Tote Bag
The Trois Jours or 3Jours Tote Bag first came out in the Spring/Summer 2014 runway Show and is an updated version of the 2Jours Tote. It is a top handle bag with wide gussets and metal trims on top. For Fall 2014, Fendi has introduced new colors and new mini size for this bag which has a more compact frame.

More information on the two bag styles are linked below.

Style

Price

Fendi 3Jours Tote Bag $2,550.00 (USD)
Fendi 3Jours Mini Bag $2,550.00 (USD)
Fendi 3Jours with Mink Handles Mini Bag $2,800.00 (USD)

Louis Vuitton Soft Lockit Tote Bag

Louis Vuitton Soft Lockit Tote Bag
Made of Veau Cachemire leather, the Louis Vuitton Soft Lockit Tote Bag was first released for the Spring/Summer 2014 collection. It includes a removable and an adjustable shoulder strap. The Soft Lockit Bag has a Veau Velour interior.

There are new colors for Fall / Winter 2014, these includes Red, Orange, Black with Python Handles, Red with Python Handles and Blue with Python Handles.

More information on the bag is available here. 

Style

Price

Louis Vuitton Soft Lockit Bag $4,250.00 (USD)

Celine Belt Tote Bag

Celine Belt Tote Bag
The Celine Belt Tote Bag was first introduced in the Pre-Fall 2014 Collection. The bag features a front flap tucked behind a belt with knots. Available in Calfskin, Python and Crocodile. Colors for Fall 2014 includes Camel, Indigo and Yellow.

More information on the bag is available here. 

Style

Price

Celine Belt Calfskin Tote Bag $2,600.00 (USD)
Celine Belt Python Tote Bag $5,400.00 (USD)

Marc Jacobs Incognito Bag

Marc Jacobs Incognito Bag
The Incognito Bag from Marc Jacobs is also part of the brand’s Fall/Winter 2014 Runway show. This bag is made by hand and comes in Alligator, Textured Leather and Smooth Leather. It is a double handle bag with a zip closure. Available in three sizes, Small, Medium and Large.

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