Latest Animal Prints: Queen of the Jungle

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Top 5 Bags to Bring to the Theater

You’re going to the theater, one of the greatest wells of artistic expression, so your bag needs to be equally expressive and dramatic. You must take into account what you need in a clutch that’ll be taken to this sort of venue, though. In this case, bigger isn’t better. You want a small bag that’ll fit comfortably in your lap. Shoving it next to you in the seat is uncomfortable, and of course, you never put your clutch on the floor. Other requirements? That it won’t make noise when you open it (in case you need to pull out a cough drop), that it isn’t one of the trendy glow-in-the-dark variety, and that it isn’t calf hair (who wants a bag that’ll feel itchy on your lap for three hours?). See….there’s a lot to consider! Here are the numbers that make the cut:

Roland Mouret Flat Classico Perforated Leather Clutch:icon Roland turns perforation into what I can only describe as hypnotizing hieroglyphs or alien language, and the origami design is brilliant as well; turns out, he knows how to design folds into a bag just as cleverly as he does onto his dresses. It unfolds like one of those paper fortunetellers tots love to make. I have to say, I like this grown-up version better! 
Sophie Hulme Leopard-Print Leather Clutch:icon Calf hair is a no-no, but this leopard print will give you the look without the accompanying maintenance or scratching. Bonus? The chain can act as both an accent or a wristlet for when you want to enjoy a drink during intermission. 
Perrin Paris Pochette Black Widow in Pelle:icon Besides being appropriately artistic, this clutch is especially handy during the month of Halloween. 
Christian Louboutin Rougissime Satin Clutch:icon Of course I need to include an option for the eternal classicist. Whether for ballet, opera, or Hedwig and the Angry Inch, satin is always a showstopper. On MATCHESFASHION.com for $905.
Givenchy Antigona Leather Envelope Clutch:icon This envelope shape is useful because the flap tucks in without hardware, allowing you to stealthily open it as needed. There’s even a cell phone pocket in the front to make checking your phone a quick, fuss-free experience (for you and your neighbors!). 

Is it possible to ever tire of a good animal print? Looking at the latest crop of wild cat and jungle creature motifs, I have to say no, it’s not possible! In the spectrum of patterns, the animal print is about as neutral and versatile as they come. Which is why a sassy metallic clutch or a spotty paneled tote should be a mainstay in every self-respecting Snob’s wardrobe.
1. Time’s Arrow Haircalf Mini Jo Tote: With detail-oriented structure and plenty of great features (the interior has multiple organizational pockets), this tote reads more luxe than the price tag suggests. 
2. Tory Burch Kira Leopard-Print Calf-Hair and Leather Shoulder Bag:icon Pick up this perfectly sized flap-front shoulder style, and I dare you to not carry it at least a couple times a week. 
3. Miu Miu Pony Animal-Print Shoulder Bag:icon I love a pop of unexpected feminine color this time of year, and this pale pink spin has me looking at leopard in a whole new way. 
4. Tamara Mellon Dazzle Animal-Print Calf-Hair Clutch:icon Tamara’s relatively new eponymous line shines, thanks to her great sense of style. And this abstracted zebra-stripe clutch, featuring unique hardware as the handle, will shine all through the night. 

5. Snob Essentials Leopard-Print Tote:icon We designed our own tote to seamlessly take you from to work to play. The smart shape reads business, while the leopard panel makes for a splash of fun. 

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Making of a Bag: Sage Femme

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An Interview with Corina Stefirta of Sage Femme

When I came across this new brand, I instantly fell in love. Sage Femme’s bags have clean lines, perfected symmetry, and classic shapes with distinctive detailing: all necessary hallmarks of Snob worthiness. Corina Stefirta founded Sage Femme after years of working at Tod’s, and her experience shows. She manufactures her own bags in her own artisan studio, which operates in the same space as her design studio. This is unheard of – unless you’re basically Hermès or something. If you’re wondering why the distinction is so important, it’s because Corina is able to collaborate with the artisan, ensuring each piece is produced in the most elegant manner possible, using techniques that allow for the highest-quality results.

When asked about what makes her process unique, Corina’s response was, “The uniqueness of my production process derives from the fact that I make my own products in my own workshop here in Italy. By designing in the workshop, I don’t have to worry about developing around volume-oriented seasonal collections. Rather, I can design and produce based on inspiration, see immediate results, and fine tune to my heart’s content.” Read on for the rest of my interview with Corina:

1) What’s your inspiration for the line?
The heart of the inspiration is expressed in our name “Sage Femme.” In French, this name has a double meaning. The words literally mean “wise woman.” It’s also the French term for “midwife,” a traditional female occupation that embodies trust, empowerment, and service to community. The concept of service is an important element of our project, which I’ll explain later.

Back to the idea of the wise woman: When I designed this line, I wanted to create models that expressed a distinctly female form of wisdom and confidence, an aura that derives from the sheer quality of materials, harmony of proportions and color, and unique practicality. To achieve this, I made a conscious effort to remove all unnecessary ornamentation and superfluous stitching. Simplicity of this sort poses a unique challenge in production. There are no distractions. It’s unforgiving of the smallest imperfection. The cut of the leather must be perfectly clean; the stitching, reinforcements, and edging, flawless. In short, it requires total, uncompromising, and even obsessive dedication to quality on our part.

I also wanted to integrate an almost imperceptible practicality. With my crossbody bag, the clean lines of the exterior hide a full five-compartment interior for organizing everything from a wallet, documents, and receipts to an iPad Mini. The end result, we believe, speaks for itself. To paraphrase Coco Chanel, if a woman carries an overly-embellished bag, you notice the bag, and if she carries a tasteful bag, you notice the woman.

The other inspiration for my line comes from the profession of my mother-in-law, a well-known midwife who practiced in the U.S. and more recently traveled the world, helping other midwives and women in need. I developed this line with the intention of sharing a significant portion of the proceeds with the foundations of the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) andMidwives Alliance of North America (MANA). Our goal is to offer our financial support on midwife-led projects in the developing world where these “wise women” can make a real difference in the future of public health globally.

2) What is the price range? Were you mindful of being in a specific price range for marketing reasons or did the manufacturing process and materials drive your decisions?
The prices for the current models are $490 for the tote and $515 for the bucket and crossbody. This structure allows us to offer uncompromising quality similar to that of high-end Italian brands (for whom we have produced in the past) at a price point that’s less than 50% of what they charge.

When we ran the numbers, we were confident, given our unique ability to produce in-house and sell directly to the end customer, that we could offer the highest-quality product, pay our employees well, pass some of the savings along to the customer, and still donate a decent portion of profit to a worthwhile cause: namely midwifery in the developing world.

3) There are so many bag lines out there; why are you different? What niche are you filling that’s not already available to us?
I believe the crowded handbag market still leaves a gaping hole. On the lower end, there are bags in the roughly $150-$400 range. The bags in this category tend to focus more on styling and branding (and are often manufactured in China by licensee or franchised brands) than on materials or craftsmanship. How often have you seen a lovely bag in this range, only to wish upon closer inspection that the leather wasn’t so cheap or the detailing less haphazard?

Those of us who want a bag in a really nice leather and with quality workmanship inevitably have had to make the leap to the major fashion brands, who admittedly create beautiful bags in nice leather, but with prices that start at close to $1,000. Hence the gap: Either affordable bags with a mass market look and feel or fine European bags beyond the means of most.

To fill this void, I chose to offer the finest bags possible in the $400-$500 price range and to focus on premium materials and craftsmanship. As for the design, I strove to create silhouettes that suited my personal taste for understated elegance and incorporated the most exacting elements of fine Italian leather crafting, such as:

1) Premium leathers from Santa Croce sull’Arno (the holy grail of leather tanning in Tuscany) firm enough to give the bags body but soft and pliable enough to be delightful to the touch
2) Perfectly smooth, burnished, and finished painted edges – the results of a six-step edging process we have mastered in our workshop
3) Precise stitch lines with exactly three stitches per centimeter in premium Gutermann German thread, hand-terminated and tightened over borders for durability and cleanliness
4) Leather-covered rivets, finished by hand
5) Linings made out of either pure calf suede or high-quality Alcantara with pure leather pockets and YKK zippers for internal pockets.
6) A purposeful absence of metal fixtures and ornamental stitches, allowing the premium leather to speak for itself

4) Why are you producing them in Italy? What advantages does that give you?
So much about Italy’s identity is related to the beauty and authenticity that comes from the specific place of origin of many of its exclusive products. Indeed, in the world of wines, they use a guarantee known as “Di Origine Controllata” (D.O.C., aka guarantee of origin), meaning the grapes must come from a very specific place to assure their quality. The same is true with fine leather goods. In Italy, and specifically in the four regions where leather goods manufacturing is clustered (Tuscany, Veneto, Marche, and Naples), you can find a distinct, integrated network of small and medium-sized workshops that offer everything you need to create high-quality product.

I have my workshop in the leather-making district of Naples, and within a one-mile radius, I can find virtually everything I need for making beautiful and exclusive handbags: Dye-makers, tanneries and leather resellers, leather machinery technicians, box-makers…the list goes on and on. There is a also vast and rich pool of artisans: Model-makers, machine stitchers, prep-workers, cutters who have worked for the most exclusive brands in the world, and those who can lend decades of experience to every element in the development and production of a new bag.

The Italian leather-making districts are unique in their focus on small-volume, high-quality production. This is the significance of “Made in Italy” for Sage Femme. When we bring our handcrafted, exclusive products to life, we are not only expressing the unique talents of our the artisans in the workshop but also the collective skills of a regional network of artisans and suppliers with decades of experience in every element of high-end handbags. It is truly an honor and a privilege to work in the midst of such a richness of talent.

The Making of a Sage Femme Crossbody
Corina also explained the steps of their entire manufacturing process (specifically that of my blue crossbody!), down to every detail:

“As an introductory note, your model was created with a construction technique known in the trade in Italy as ‘lavorazione a Costa,’ roughly meaning ‘raw edge’ or ‘painted edge’ technique. This technique, when done properly and according to exacting standards, gives a bag an orderly, geometric, linear look. All the leather edges of the bag — instead of being turned or folded — are left exposed. The bag undergoes an ornate multi-step process in which the leather patterns are perfectly paired, glued, painted, burnished, and repainted with several coats of edge lacquer. The edges take on a firm, yet smooth surface, accented by top-stitching exactly two millimeters from the border that terminates elegantly with hand-stitched reinforcements. If you look at the bag from any angle, it stands upright confidently, proudly showcasing the converging lines of the gusseted compartments.”

1. Cutting: We hand-cut the patterns of leather on a rubberized surface using thick cardboard patterns as guides.

An Interview with Corina Stefirta of Sage Femme

2/3: Patterns first stage: Once all the patterns of the bag have been cut, they are ready to go into production. We then split all the leather to a consistent thickness, reinforce the leather, and couple it with the calf suede lining.

An Interview with Corina Stefirta of Sage Femme

4: Completed Patterns: With all the leather reinforced and coupled, we cut the patterns to the final size and begin the edging process.

5/6. Detailing: With all the patterns ready, we begin to construct the bag. Each piece of the bag is precisely glued, modeled, and hammered into place on a smooth marble surface.

An Interview with Corina Stefirta of Sage Femme

7. Construction in progress: As the pieces are modeled together, the bag begins to come to life and take shape.

An Interview with Corina Stefirta of Sage Femme

8. Topstitch sewing: As the pieces are glued together, they are machine-stitched with premium Gütermann German thread. Precision is key here. We make exactly three stitches per centimeter to give a touch of cleanliness and sobriety. Note that all stitches on the bag are on the outside of the bag in plain view (instead of being stitched and turned inside out), which requires great care and attention to detail.

An Interview with Corina Stefirta of Sage Femme

9/10. Hand-stitching: All machine stitching is terminated at the end with the so-called “travetto” — a reinforcement that is looped around numerous times by hand with a curved needle to ensure that the stitching doesn’t weaken as the gussets are opened and closed over time.

An Interview with Corina Stefirta of Sage Femme

11/12. Construction, later stages: Slowly but surely the bag takes form as the patterns are fit together and modeled with a tool called the “stringi,” which helps to press the edges together.

An Interview with Corina Stefirta of Sage Femme

13/14. Hand painting/Burnishing: As the bag reaches its final stages, it undergoes a series of edging steps. First, we apply the edge painting by hand and let it dry, then burnish the edges with a special rotating brush composed of felt and leather strips, which smoothes and rounds out the edges.

An Interview with Corina Stefirta of Sage Femme

An Interview with Corina Stefirta of Sage Femme

15. Final Piece: At long last, the Five-Gusset Sage Femme Crossbody is complete, closing a multi-step process that results in a bag of deceptive simplicity.

An Interview with Corina Stefirta of Sage Femme

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THE COLORS OF THE LADY DIOR SHINY PYTHON BAGS

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A shiny shimmery treat for all of you bag lovers out there, these Colors Of The Lady Dior Shiny Python Bags are the real deal. From afar and up close, these bags look extra luxurious and extravagant. Though we are 100% sure that the price doesn’t come cheap, at least remind yourself that these are bags which are worth the splurge given the name and the craftsmanship put into creating them.

Perfect to take with you during evening galas and events, these shiny python bags from Christian Dior will give you that big and bold fashion statement. You can select from a number of colors available from their collection: one can opt to bring home the silver colored bag or the golden-toned, the pink one or the bright and lively fuchsia color.

Aside from the wide array of colors that you can choose from, we are also loving the additional trinkets of D,I,O and R. We kind of figured that these charms finish off the look of the Lady Dior Shiny Python Bags.

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The Top Bags of the Summer

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Sometimes all you need is a great bag to take your look to the next level, and the stylish bloggers here know it well. If you're label obsessed, an avid shopper, or an Instagram addict, chances are you've noticed these bags popping up everywhere. Check out the drool-worthy bags that top the list below.

1. The Chanel Boy Bag
A new spin on Chanel's iconic quilted bags, the edgy gunmetal details and sharper body make this bag suitable with jeans and a tee or a formal dress. Dress it up, dress it down — you can't go wrong.

2. 2.The Valentino Garavani Chain Shoulder Bag

With a clean and refined body, the high-shine pyramid-studded bag in almost every color imaginable is a must have on our list.

3. The Chloé Faye

An elevated and glossy update to a saddlebag, the Chloé Faye comes in the smoothest suede body with details paying homage to the Wild West. It's the perfect crossbody for all your Summer days.

4. The Céline Luggage Tote
Sturdy inside and out and big enough for all your daily needs, the Céline Luggage Tote has a simple body but a luxe visual appeal. Wear while running errands or on a date night out.

5. The YSL Monogram Bag
For the label obsessed who show their love for brands with pride, this lustrous chain bag is best as a going-out clutch or to take your casual look up a notch.

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PurseBop’s Top 10 Bags of the Year

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PurseBop has been reflecting back on 2015 and is getting a little bag nostalgia! Looking back at this year, there’s been many trend shifts and new it-bags as dictated by the greater fashion community. However, when it comes to handbag love there are no rules. PurseBop wants to celebrate all the special handbags YOU all have loved and appreciated the most this year. We’ve taken into consideration instagram posts, BopTalk posts, and blog posts, and have compiled a list of the Top 10 bags loved by our PurseBop community this year.

Explore PurseBop’s picks for the Top 10 Bags of the Year below…

Chloe

Chloe Drew Bag

Chloe really impressed us this year, as noted by the Chloe Drew Bag obsession that took hold all around. The Drew Bag is refreshingly chic, yet timeless. A+ for the Chloe Drew Bag as a PurseBop approved pick.

Read about the Up-and-Coming Favorite: The Chloe Drew Bag

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Hermes

Hermes Kelly

#PurseBopsGoneKellyCrazy enough said. This Hermes’ masterpiece holds a special spot in our hearts and our feelings for Hermes K grew even stronger this year. PurseBop has fully documented our Kelly love many times this year, so we’ll save you the praise for now.

Read 8 reasons why PurseBop’s Gone Hermes Kelly Crazy
The Big Debate: Hermes Kelly Sellier versus Retourne
Let’s Talk Hermes Travel: Is the Hermes Kelly the Ideal Travel Bag?

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Saint Laurent

Saint Laurent Sac de Jour

Some were speculative when the Sac de Jour first entered the bag scene given its many similarities to the Birkin. However, the Saint Laurent Sac De Jour has earned its own this year because it really is a unique, beautiful bag. The Sac de Jour wins over our hearts because of its chic, modernized aspects yet traditional appeal.

Read all about the Saint Laurent Sac de Jour
Celebrity Approved: Kendall Jenner Loves the Saint Laurent Sac de Jour

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Givenchy

Givenchy Antigona

Givenchy kills the game with its bold and edgy, yet classic and feminine bags. IG fashionistas, celebrities, and bloggers alike love rocking Givenchy pieces, especially the Givenchy Antigona bag. The Antigona continues to be released in new styles each season, which only re-sparks our obsession over and over again.

Catch up in our reference guide the Givenchy Game
See Celebs who deserve some major Givenchy Glam points

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Hermes

Hermes HerBag

Sometimes you just need a simple, everyday bag, and the Hermes HerBag is the perfect option. The HerBag is practical, yet still has that classic Hermes elegance. Compared to other H bags, the HerBag doesn’t give us the same sticker shock as a Kelly or Birkin, which makes it a winner in our books.

Read all about the Hermes Highlight: The Hermes HerBag 

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Goyard

Goyard St. Louis 

PurseBop undertook a new Goyard investigation in our latest reference guide. With the research, we discovered just how loved Goyard is by our PurseBop community. The St. Louis tote is Goyard’s icon and arguably a bag staple needed in every collection. The St. Louis is durable, functional, and a testament to Goyard heritage, which is why it makes our top 10 list this year.

Do your Goyard homework in the Grab & Go: The Goyard Reference Guide

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Fendi

Fendi Micro Peekaboo

The Fendi Micro Peekaboo proved to be a huge champion this year. It was even named “the it bag of 2015″ by Vogue Magazine. The Micro Peekaboo launched under the campaign slogan “Small Size, Big Difference,” and PurseBop can’t help but agree. Mini, micro, and nano bags give us new ways to express our bag love. The Fendi Micro Peekaboo is a creative statement in itself.

Read all about The Fendi Micro Peekaboo – 2015 It Bag

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Prada

Prada Inside Bag

After financial woes, Prada was a searching for a way to “wow” consumers again. The Prada Inside Bag is Prada’s hope for the next “it-bag”, and the brand launched a huge campaign to promote it. While opinions over the Inside Bag are still very split, overall, we can definitely say the Prada Inside Bag caught our eye this year.

Explore Prada’s Game Plan for the Inside Bag
Read a full review of the Prada Inside Bag
See bags from the Prada Spring/Summer 2016 Collection

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Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton Nano Collection

It’s safe to say, many of us were head over heels for the nano-sized versions of LV’s classics. While it’s true some of these nano bags can’t even comfortably hold a phone, we can still appreciate their adorable look. When LV says Go NANO, how can you resist?!

Explore the whole Louis Vuitton Nano Collection

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Chanel

Chanel Mini

Mini bags flooded the bag market this year. As far as mini bags go, Chanel just gets it. The classic flap is the perfect mini and scores on style, function, and versatility. Our PurseBop family all seems to be on the same page: We LOVE the Chanel mini.

Read PurseBop’s Guide to the Chanel Mini Family
See PurseBop’s Chanel Mini Reveal
Read 8 Reasons Why We Simply Love the Chanel Classic Flap

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Essential Travel Bags For Every Type of Trip

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Essential Travel Bags For Every Type of Trip



For every kind of trip you have planned, from a staycation to a long vacation, be ready to get away with our go-to travel bag guide. Choosing the right bag is essential to traveling comfortably, and with these superstylish options, you'll be the smartest and savviest traveler in sight.

A Toiletry Bag

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A Toiletry Bag

So those small necessities don't go flying around, keep them in place with a chic toiletry bag.


A Duffle Bag

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A Duffle Bag
Running off to a mini staycation, an overnight trip, or weekend trip? You'll need a duffle that fits your toiletries and a few outfit changes.


A Carry-On SuitcasePIN IT
A Carry-On Suitcase

A mini suitcase for a short getaway or a trip stateside.

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A Heavy-Duty Suitcase

For a long trip or international travel, you'll need a something big enough to store all your daily needs and many outfits. A sturdy deluxe suitcase will do the trick.

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