Details, Details: The Features That Set Designer Bags Apart

The Louis Vuitton Speedy. The Chanel 2.55. And, of course, the Birkin. Certain handbags are simply timeless – but what gives them their staying power? To truly understand the beauty of an iconic piece of arm candy, take a closer look at the details.

Features of Designer Bags

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February 18, 2014

A Look Back: Dooney & Bourke from 1975 to Today

Dooney & Bourke. The name is an American classic, but I’m willing to bet there’s a lot you don’t know about how these duck-branded handbags and accessories got to be so popular (besides their good looks, that is). Here’s the breakdown.

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1975: Peter Dooney and Frederic Bourke launch their namesake leather goods line in South Norwalk, CT. Preppy striped surcingle belts and oh-so-dapper suspenders form the foundation of the business.

1981: Dooney & Bourke branches out into the handbag biz with the release of their Tack Case and Equestrian Bag, both made from bridle leather.

1983: The brand releases its first All-Weather Leather (AWL) handbag collection. Moisture slides off the 100% waterproof leather like water off a duck’s back, hence the line’s distinctive oval leather duck logo.

1997: Dooney.com launches, introducing lots and lots of American-made handbags and accessories to the interwebs.

2006 – 2008: Young celebs Emma Roberts and Hayden Panettiere collaborate with Dooney & Bourke to create namesake styles – a.k.a. the “Emma” and the “Hayden” – that add versatility to the brand’s offerings.

July 24, 2013: This now-iconic leather goods brand makes its Rue La La debut. Oh, happy day.

Our Dooney & Bourke Boutique opens Wednesday, July 24, at 11AM ET.

By Chrissy Makkas, Staff Writer

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July 23, 2013

What’s in Your Louis? 5 Pieces of Arm Candy That Hold it All

Handbag soulmates do exist

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We drool over them. We dream about them. Leather and coated canvas Louis Vuitton accessories are at the top of every fashion-loving woman’s bucket list (guilty). But how do we pick from the bounty of enviable styles? Break it down to the essentials that will fit inside:

The Messenger: With crossbody style and dapper double-strap closure, this bag has room for everything from laptops and folders to tablets and any other gadget you need to get your work done. Man or woman, this is the bag for the coffee-shop warrior.

The Neverfull: True to its name, there is room for almost anything you need to take you from the office to happy hour without missing a beat. That extra pair of heels is no contest for its wide-set interior. This is the bag for the on-the-go socialite.

The Keepall: Boasting plenty of space for a long-weekend wardrobe that includes two boot options (a girl needs variety), consider overpacking – at least the obvious kind – a thing of the past. This is the bag for the no-shoe-left-behind advocate.

The Speedy: There’s something about a bag that can fit your sunglasses (without crushing them) and a copy of your favorite novel without losing its shape that makes a girl weak in the knees. This is the bag for the die-hard romantic.

The Pochette: Small enough to fit daintily under your arm but big enough to safeguard the must-haves (red lipstick. Never. Leave. Without it.), ladylike elegance is this number’s forte. And in trending emerald green? This is the bag for the informed fashionista.

Our Handbags by Louis Vuitton: Picks by Bella Bag Boutique opens Saturday, February 2, at 11AM ET.

By Abigail Kuzia, Editor

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February 2, 2013

The Fab Four: Roberto Szerer of LUXEDH Talks Designer Handbags

Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Balenciaga, Hermès – consider these names the fab four of handbag designers. From their sought-after silhouettes to the have-to-have-them labels, Roberto Szerer of LUXEDH talks details. Having trouble seeing your life without one? Snap them up in our From the Reserve: Handbags by Louis Vuitton & More Boutique.

Rue La La: You’ve seen your fair share of designer handbags. How can you tell the real from the knockoffs?
Roberto: Over the years, our authenticators have acquired these skills by looking at thousands and thousands of what is real and what is a knockoff. The authenticity of a handbag is determined by many factors, among them certain aspects of bags like serial numbers, date codes, materials, hardware, and other criteria like patterns of leather, etc. Continue reading “The Fab Four: Roberto Szerer of LUXEDH Talks Designer Handbags” »


October 28, 2012