8 Iconic Men’s Brands to Build Your Wardrobe With

Classic. Edgy. Off-the-charts luxe. These eight go-to men’s brands each have a distinct identity, but their common trait? They’re icons – and they all belong in your closet. Here’s why.

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February 21, 2014

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

Think Outside the Bag: It’s the Color That Counts

Forget about size, silhouette, or season – it’s what dresses the outside of your bag that matters most. As long as it fits into one of these three categories, that is.

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Prints & Patterns
Allover-flower patterns and abstract looks not right for you? Not to worry. Add drama to your handbag routine (without overdoing it) by going with a subtle check.

Bold Colors
No fall wardrobe is complete without some vibrant harvest hues. Opt for a bright orange or energetic red to bring life to the sea of black winter coats.

Black
Always classic, it’s crucial to keep an LBB (little black bag) in your arsenal at all times. A staple black bag also elevates cozy knits, dark-wash jeans, and cashmere alike.

Our Parisian Love Affair: Hermès, Chanel, & Louis Vuitton Boutique opens Friday, November 8, at 11AM ET.

By Abigail Kuzia, Editor

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November 8, 2013

The Secrets of Hermès: 3 Need-to-Know Facts for the Fanatic

The Kelly. The Birkin. Those coveted silk scarves. They can only mean one thing: Hermès. Read up for three need-to-know facts on the French label’s iconic pieces.

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Our From the Reserve: Accessories by Hermès Boutique opens Saturday, October 26, at 11AM ET.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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October 26, 2013

Icon Status: Breaking Down What Makes the Birkin So Beloved

The Birkin's Icon Status

What is it that makes the Birkin so lusted-after? Well, part of it certainly has to do with its careful craftsmanship. But there’s more to it, too.

It’s Hollywood’s fashion darling.
The celeb world has taken a serious shine to the Birkin. It’s said that Victoria Beckham (a.k.a. Posh Spice) has a collection that’s worth over 1.5 million pounds – that’s over 2 million U.S. dollars. Though not all collections are that extensive, the bag is certainly not a stranger to paparazzi sightings.

It’s a pop-culture phenomenon.
The bag is frequently referred to in movies and on TV. And did I mention there’s a whole book about what it takes to snag a Birkin? It’s safe to say that the bag has solidified its place in pop-culture lore.

It’s proof that good things come to those who wait.
Getting your hands on a Birkin takes a special kind of devotion. The (now defunct) waiting list was known to be as long as five years, meaning if you wanted a bag you’d have to really want it. And as they say, you always want what you can’t have.

By Anna Kuchinsky, Staff Writer

Last call! Enter our Bag a Birkin Giveaway by tomorrow, March 30, 2013, at 11AM for the chance to win your dream bag.

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March 29, 2013

Anatomy of an It Bag: What Makes a Birkin a Birkin

The bag’s iconic status is undebatable. But what makes a Birkin a Birkin? Here, the parts that set this lusted-after carryall apart from all others.

Birkin Anatomy

By Anna Kuchinsky, Staff Writer

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March 23, 2013

4 Ways to Tie Your Hermès Scarf

Ahh – the Hermès scarf. Hand-printed using multiple silk screens (up to 30, one for each color) and boasting a list of devoted followers, from Audrey Hepburn to Jackie Kennedy, it’s the ultimate in luxurious accessories. The best part? From a head wrap to a little bag-handle candy, the ways to wear it are limitless. Here, directions for four of our favorites – just click, print, and tie.

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Our From the Reserve: Hermès Boutique opens Wednesday, March 20, at 11AM ET.

By Keriann Coffey, Associate Blog Editor

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March 20, 2013

Highlights from Our Chat with Author and Birkin Guru, Michael Tonello

Bag a Birkin

We all know the power of a Birkin, but no one knows it better than Michael Tonello, author of Bringing Home the BirkinHe’s beloved in the luxuries market – particularly for his work with the iconic Hermès bag. Here, some highlights from our chat with him. Read the full interview here.

What’s the craziest thing you had to do in order to deliver a Birkin to a client?
I once sold a Birkin to a client, but the sale was predicated upon me being able to “deliver it by tomorrow at 11AM” in Nice, France. She was about to board a private yacht for a three-week cruise. I was in Barcelona at the time, so I rented a nice car and drove like the wind.

Say you’ve found a pre-loved Hermès bag. What are three tricks to determine it’s real?
The single most important factor is the stitching. The bag should be saddle stitch with linen thread that has been coated with beeswax. Fakes are typically made with polyester thread and entirely machine stitched. The Hermès logo and font are also tough to replicate exactly. Finally, the interior stitching and craftsmanship of the bag should be as nice and clean as the exterior.

By Anna Kuchinsky, Staff Writer

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March 16, 2013

Bring Home the It Bag: Our Bag a Birkin Giveaway

Because when Hermès calls, you answer

Bag a Birkin

The Birkin. It’s the object of endless fashion fantasies. And now? We’re making dreams of toting that perfectly luxe structured Hermès beauty a reality. Here’s how:

Starting today through March 30, 2013, we’re giving away a pre-loved Birkin every week. Simply invite five friends to enter the giveaway with you, and that’s it – you (and those very lucky friends) are in the running. Consider your Friend of the Year award in the bag – pun intended.

It’s seriously that easy. So what are you waiting for? It’s time to send some invites.

Enter our Bag a Birkin Giveaway March 9 – 30, 2013, for the chance to win your dream bag.

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March 9, 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