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Handbag gift ideas holidays 2016


From top left: Chloe Drew (hot IT bag) / black mini bag / metallic camera style bag / Pierce Bag (current IT bag) / black tote (under $50!!) / blue tote bag (hot designer under $200!!) / black and gold studded tote / drawstring bucket bag (classic IT bag)

Christmas shopping is here! In order to ease the pain of holiday shopping, and in order to avoid the crazy crowds at the stores, I have assembled the perfect handbag gift ideas for the handbag fan on your Christmas shopping list. Welcome to my handbag gift guide 2016!

Handbags make great holiday gifts. Who wouldn’t love a purse for Christmas, Hanukkah, or any holiday this season? I know I would love to see a handbag under the Christmas tree this year!! (if my hubby is reading this-anything Gucci will do-especially this one) ūüėČ

When gifting a handbag this holiday season, you don’t want to buy something which is too avant-garde or “out there.” It is best to err on the conservative side when giving the gift of a handbag. I would recommend picking something which is classic, and easy to wear on a daily basis.

I scoured the web for the perfect classic, and wearable handbags, which are not only on trend, they will make perfect gifts! Love it!

My absolute favorite handbag gift ideas are featured above in the shoppable picture. If you like something, feel free to click on it and you will be taken to a shop where you can buy it! Or, if nothing tickles your fancy above, I have curated plenty of fabulous handbags for the gift giving season into the shopping widget below. I hope you love them! The handbag fan you are shopping for sure will!

Happy shopping, and have a great holiday season!

Ten best IT bags to buy and wear now

mansur gavriel handbag styled with culottes

Every year the crop of IT bags changes. Over the past few years we have seen the Chanel Boy Bag, Celine Trapeze, Louis Vuitton Petite Malle, Chloe Drew, Saint Laurent Sac du Jour, Balenciaga City Tote, Givenchy Antigona, Mansur Gavriel Bucket Bag, Mansur Gavriel Lady Bag, Chloe Marcie, and more enjoy their moment in the spotlight. While these bags still maintain a cult following, as well as IT status, they have moved into a more classic category on the handbag hierarchy. Enter the IT bags of right now, and early 2017.

At New York Fashion Week last month, and at subsequent fashion weeks in London, Paris, and Milan, there was a flurry of fabulous designer handbags on the arms of the well-heeled attending the shows. While I could only judge what was worn through photographs in London, Milan, and Paris, I did see first hand what was being carried in New York; and the bags were fabulous.

There were ten distinct handbags which kept appearing on the arms, shoulders, and clutched in the hands of those fashionable fashion industry insiders at the recent spring 2017 shows. These are the handbags which are hot right now, and will remain hot as we move into early 2017. Get your wallet ready, if you don’t already own at least one of these current IT bags, and you enjoy owning an IT bag du jour, it is time to start shopping!

My favorites from the current crop of IT bags:

The number one most spotted handbag on the streets of New York Fashion Week was the Louis Vuitton Petite Malle. This tiny little trunk has been proving to have IT status for the past few seasons, but it was quietly the stand-out at fashion week last month. I tried to count the times I spotted this bag, but sadly, I lost count. It was everywhere. If you like tiny, structured, trendy bags, this is the IT bag for you.

The next most popular bag on the streets of New York Fashion Week was the beautiful Pierce bag by J.W. Anderson. I might be biased, as the proud owner of this bag, but it was really pretty. If you are looking for an edgy meets classic shoulder/saddle bag for right now, this is the bag to get! The black and white version was the most popular, followed by black, then brown. I chose to purchase the Tangerine hue, I guess I was in a rebellious mood?

jw anderson pierce bag

Here are the other six IT bags that were everywhere during fashion week, and which stood out from the crowd. The Mansur Gavriel Bucket Bag is still hotter than hot, as is the Lady Bag by Mansur Gavriel. The Circle Tote by Mansur Gavriel was also spotted frequently at shows. These were three bags spotted at almost every show I attended. In addition to Mansur Gavriel, the Chanel Boy Bag was everywhere, as were the Proenza Schouler Hava satchel in black (I thought I was unique, apparently not!), the small version of Loewe’s Puzzle bag, the Gucci Marmont, and the up-and-coming Gucci Dionysus shoulder bag. 

new york fashion week street style handbags

So to sum up the best street style handbags from New York Fashion Week, which happen to be the current IT bags du jour, we have the Mansur Gavriel Bucket Bag, Mansur Gavriel Circle Tote, Mansur Gavriel Lady Bag, Gucci Marmont, Gucci Dionysus, Chanel Boy Bag, Louis Vuitton Petite Malle, J.W. Anderson Pierce bag, Loewe Puzzle Tote, and the Proenza Schouler Hava satchel.

I wish I had taken photos of people and their handbags when I was at fashion week. Lesson learned. I will do this in February 2017 so that I can give you a visual of the current IT bags! In the meantime, you can see them in all their marketing glory around the web. Below I have divided up the top ten IT bags of the moment so you can check out the ones you like! Which IT bag will be your bag du jour?

Gucci Dionysus

Gucci Marmont

Mansur Gavriel Bucket Bag, Lady Bag, and Circle Tote

Proenza Schouler Hava satchel

Chanel Boy Bag (pre-loved)

Louis Vuitton Petite Malle (pre-loved)

J.W. Anderson Pierce Bag

Loewe Puzzle Tote

mansur gavriel in stock summer 2016

JW Anderson Pierce bag review

jw anderson pierce bag it bag 2017

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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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