Ever wondered what goes into making the latest It bag? I know I have, especially when confronted with price tags in the quadruple digits. Sumptuous leather and signature hardware aside, it’s the craftsmanship behind these totable works of art that commands such a devoted following (and the inevitable sticker shock). One such iconic style is the now-defunct Marc Jacobs Stam bag, and the designer is at it again with his latest release: the customizable Incognito. To mark the launch, Marc’s team transports us to its Milan studio in a mesmerizing video that showcases the making of these bags.

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Screenshot via T Magazine

The new style is constructed out of 124 pieces (yes, that many). Patterns are traced, leather is cut, and components are sewn together, all by hand, and the process is chronicled in the clip. Now, the only handiwork I can contribute is actually getting my paws on one of these in-demand satchels.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Editor

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Want to take your style game to the next level? The key is the details – rich leathers, embellishments, statement-making sunglasses. And don’t forget a perfectly coiffed hairdo.

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1. JOIE “Lexington” Leather Bootie. Pebbled leather, lace-up closure, and a peep-toe? Meet your go-to summer-to-fall booties.
2. Cynthia Steffe Embellished Dress. Intricate, vintage-inspired embellishment gives this black and white number a one-of-a-kind feel.
3. Kérastase Elixir Ultime Oil. A personal favorite for super soft locks. Try now, and thank me later.
4. Longines Sunglasses. Stand out in a crowd with these unique shades.
5. FENDI “3Jours” Tote. A structured, sumptuous leather tote is timeless – and worth the investment. No buyer’s remorse here.

By Nicole Andrew, Fashion Editor

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