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JW Anderson Pierce bag review

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Pictured: JW Anderson Pierce bag in Tangerine

Every year a new IT bag emerges from the runways. For 2016, the ultimate IT bag has emerged from the fall 2016 runways in London by Irish designer J.W. Anderson. When JW Anderson sent the Pierce bag down his London catwalk, handbag lovers everywhere were left breathless. This was it, the new IT bag.

For the past several seasons, Chloe has enjoyed IT bag status with the Drew, followed by the Faye, and then the Hudson. While fashionable heads still love all the handbags from the iconic Parisian design house, heads have turned towards the cool leanings of Northern Ireland. The J.W. Anderson Pierce bag is the handbag to own right now, and well into 2017. Love it!

Jonathon Anderson’s Pierce bag embodies everything women look for in an IT bag. It has high quality craftsmanship, it has an unique design, it offers an easy access flap closure which makes the bag practical for everyday wear, and it has a design element which is familiar, yet new and exciting; this is the most difficult element on a handbag.

This element happens to be the “Pierce” which looks like a typical piercing ring found on bellybuttons everywhere, yet it is large and bracelet-like, which is what makes this saddle bag unique, exciting, elegantly edgy, and just different enough to make everyone covet it.

I knew the J.W. Anderson Pierce bag was the new up-and-coming IT bag, but until I was in New York for fashion week, I had not witnessed this handbag in action. It draped beautifully on the arms of those lucky enough to carry one to fashion week. It glittered, glowed, and called my name. The Pierce bag added elegance and edge at the same time to anyone’s outfit who carried one. It looked like ultimate perfection wrapped into one beautiful handbag. I had to have one.

The Pierce bag by JW Anderson comes in a variety of colors for the fall 216 season. There is a beautiful cobalt blue, green, navy, burgundy, red, medium brown, classic black, chic grey, and the Tangerine hue I ultimately chose. The most popular color I noticed on the streets of New York Fashion Week was the black and white, color blocked version of the J.W. Anderson Pierce bag. It seemed to be everyone’s favorite.

Out of all the classic colors, I decided to go with a color I don’t normally wear; the Tangerine. I’m not really sure what drew me to this color. Perhaps it was the uniqueness of an orange which I find palatable. Or maybe I felt like it was the edgiest color of the lot, and the piercing detail got me in a rebellious mood. Whatever drew me to Tangerine, was fabulous! I have fallen in love with this color. While I don’t often wear shades of orange, it has become a fun compliment color to my fall wardrobe. I am looking forward to wearing it all the time this season!

Now onto the review!

The Pierce bag comes in three sizes; small, medium, and large. I chose the medium size because it seemed to have nice dimensions for everyday life. The interior of the Pierce bag is open and roomy. There is one large, interior slip pocket which is great for holding lipstick, keys and my phone. The main compartment of the bag fits my other purse essentials nicely. Love it!

The strap has three notches and can easily be adjusted if you would like to shorten, or lengthen, the length of the shoulder strap. I have mine set in the middle, which is how it arrived from the store. I like where the length is set, so I have kept it there without adjusting it.

Craftsmanship is a huge factor for me when purchasing a designer handbag. When you spend four figures on a bag, you want it to be well made; and investment worthy. The JW Anderson Pierce bag is extremely sturdy, and well made. The stitching is precise, all of the edges are even, and the hardware is placed perfectly, and secured.

The interior of the Pierce bag is a soft suede, and the exterior of my Pierce bag is a soft, pebbled leather which is scratch resistant, and durable enough for everyday use. This is a workhouse shoulder bag. I love it!

J.W. Anderson’s Pierce bag is chic enough to be worn with dressy attire, yet edgy enough to wear with jeans, and casual ensembles. The small version is great to use an evening bag for any type of outfit except gala or formal. This is a versatile bag you will find pairs well with almost any outfit, for almost any occasion. This is a key factor for an investment bag; can we say, lower cost per use? Yes please!

Since I have been so happy with my medium J.W. Anderson Pierce bag in Tangerine, I am starting to think I need to add the small version to my handbag wardrobe. I am eyeing the cobalt blue bag, which is to-die-for! I am also eyeing this version in white.

You can find J.W. Anderson’s Pierce bag online here, here, and here. More versions of the Pierce bag by JW Anderson below in the shopping widget. I hope you love the J.W. Anderson Pierce bag as much as I do!

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Chloe Kurtis shoulder bag review

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Pictured: Chloe Kurtis in Dark Purple / lipstick / ring

The Chloe Kurtis is a casual new handbag from iconic, Parisian design house Chloe. I noticed this beautiful, casual handbag on Chloe’s runway for fall 2016. I instantly fell in love with it! The Chloe Kurtis has it all; casual styling, a boho vibe, and roomy compartments. Love!

Chloe is showing the Kurtis in two sizes for the fall season; small and medium. I chose the medium size because I like to have a little extra room for incidentals; I never know what my kids will ask me to hold! The two main compartments are the same size, although the way you enter them is very different.

The outside compartment is secured under a magnetic lock closure flap. This gives the bag a saddle bag look and feel. The compartment on the opposite side, is secured by a zipper, and is a little tighter to put things into than the saddle bag flap closure. Despite the tighter zipper opening, the interior space is the same size as the flap closure compartment, so the same objects can be placed, and fit into, either compartment.

The Chloe Kurtis has a casual look to it. There are several brass circles lining the underneath of the bag which act as protective feet when placing the bag down on a counter. Since the leather on the Kurtis is extremely soft and slouchy, it does slouch down when placed on a counter, negating the brass circles which seem to be there more for looks rather than function.

I love wearing my Chloe Kurtis with printed pants, jeans, and casual maxi dresses. It is easy to use, and the strap is long enough to be worn cross body. Love that!

My Chloe Kurtis is definitely my go-to casual bag of the season. I cannot wait to wear it all the time now that we are heading into the autumn season. This color is “fall” and perfect to wear with this season’s berry hues. I also love how this color looks with navy, caramel, and golden metallic hues.

The saddle bag styling of the Chloe Kurtis shoulder bag also evokes a 1970s vibe, making the bag perfect for wearing with all of this season’s vintage inspired styles. Love that!

You can find the Chloe Kurtis online here, and here.

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Proenza Schouler Hava satchel review

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Pictured: Proenza Schouler Hava satchel, medium size, black leather /  lipstick / book (so good!!) / similar wallet / sunglasses

Proenza Schouler’s new Hava satchel immediately caught my eye for the fall season. I love the structured, yet relaxed vibe of the handbag. The Hava  satchel offers a lady bag, single top handle silhouette, with edgy hardware, and contrasting stitching; making it easy to wear with with jeans, or structured office attire. Love that!

The Proenza Schouler Hava satchel comes in two sizes thus far; small and medium. For the fall 2016 season, Proenza Schouler is offering the Hava satchel in smooth, soft leather, suede, and snakeskin. The handbag has been designed in neutral, classic hues, making it an instantly classic handbag to wear now, and in the future.

I chose the Proenza Schouler Hava satchel in medium. I had a hard time deciding between sharp white, or classic black. I decided to get black since I felt like I would get the most wear out of the hue.

The medium Hava is a great size! I can fit a novel, wallet, sunglasses case, keys, lipstick, small notebook, and a pen inside with plenty of wiggle room for additional items. If I remove the book, I can fit my DSLR camera inside the bag. It is more roomy than it looks!

Normally I shy away from satchela which are split in half inside. I prefer wide, open interiors because I can fit more things inside. The split in the Hava satchel is ideal because it leaves one large interior space, with a roomy pocket section which helps me separate small items from my larger items. Having an off-center split also allows me to fit my DSLR camera inside the bag, which as a blogger and Mother, is an essential feature I must have in my handbags!

The interior of the Proenza Schouler Hava satchel also offers a slit pocket which is great for receipts or keys. There is also a slim zipper compartment on the exterior of the handbag, on the backside. This is handy for large papers, tickets, or anything you want quick, yet secure access to.

Since this is a top handle satchel, it can be hard to secure the flap closure over the bag. Proenza Schouler has solved this common problem by including a hidden, interior chain which hooks on the front of the bag, making it really easy to secure the twist lock closure on the front of the handbag. Easy access, in and out of a handbag is also a key, essential feature. Thankfully the Proenza Schouler Hava satchel has that due to the smart little chain inside! Love it!

I am looking forward to wearing my Proenza Schouler Hava satchel in medium quite often. You can find the Hava satchel online in the small size here. The medium can be found online here.

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