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Bag Heaven: Welcome the NEW Hex Kindred Bag Collection

Every season we find ourselves on the hunt for something special; whether it be shoes, clothes, or bags. We love seasonal launches because, like the changing of the season, these launches promise new possibilities. As we say hello to the Spring 2019 season, we welcome the NEW Hex Kindred Bag Collection. The award-winning fashion accessory brand just announced the release of the collection which features sneaker and gym duffels, backpacks, slings, and waist packs.

The Hex Kindred Bag collection features a subtle tonal-patterned neoprene that offers a sophisticated and distinctive look. The outer shell is constructed of water-resistant, coated canvas, assuring your bag and its contents are safe from inclement weather. The new look bags are available in eight of the best-selling HEX designs, including the Kindred Sneaker Duffel ($159.95), Kindred Medium Gym Duffel ($149.95), Kindred Sneaker Backpack ($149.95), Kindred Drifter Duffel ($99.95), Kindred Signal Backpack ($89.95), Kindred Sneaker Sling ($59.95), Kindred Waist Pack ($34.95), and Kindred Dopp Kit ($29.95).

We are completely enamored with the oversized tote bag. We can also think of over a dozen times and situations where the sneaker sling would come in handy. Several styles from the Hex Kindred Bag Collection boasts removable straps, fleece-lined and padded interiors, and pockets.

“The dark tones of our global stripe pattern are inspired by kindred tribes of the world,” says Trent Valladares, Co-Founder. “It says I’m a part of the global village, plus of course the subtle monochrome tones can complement any look.”

The Hex Kindred Bag collection is available now at www.hexbrand.com, HEX’s Los Angeles retail store, and premium retail partners around the world.

Kent Stetson Handbags: The Artistic Side of Fashion

While attending an event during the winter season, we spied one of the event’s attendees with a clutch so fabulous, we had to stop her and inquire.  We found out that fabulous holiday designed clutch (it was accented with working small c7 Christmas lights) is from Kent Stetson Handbags. Although it took some time, we’re happy to bring you more of the stunning collection from the fun, whimsical, and extraordinary handbag label.

It will come as no surprise that Kent Stetson’s background is in art. His signature asymmetrical and non-asymmetrical clutches (they all come with a handy crossbody strap), and larger day bags are fun conversation pieces. As we previously stated, the clutch we saw was so eye-catching, we were compelled to find out more about it.

The Kent Stenton Handbags has a wonderful variety of design options made from luxury-quality coated canvas, and we wish we could highlight them all but this would end up being extremely long. We are, however, sharing our favorites with you today.  The shoe addict and those who love adult beverages will love the following clutches, the Heels Clutch ($208.00), Cosmopolitan Clutch ($205.00), Rosé Clutch ($205.00), and the White Wine Clutch ($205.00).

For you metal heads, and by that, we mean metallic fashion; you’ll love the following rich metallic and textured styles: the Disco Ball Clutch ($298.00), Ivory & Gold Paillette ($198.00), Gold Paillette Clutch ($198.00), and the Silver Paillette Clutch ($198.00).

For those looking for bold and memorable color and prints, you’ll love the Peacock Clutch ($198.00), Cherry Blossom Clutch ($212.00), Celestial Clutch ($208.00) –  complete with battery powered lights, and the Dripping in Gold Clutch ($198.00).

Last but certainly not least, for those of who loves the natural beauty of geodes, the Kent Stetson clutches featured above are perfect for you, most of which are accented in crystals and agate. Going clockwise, we have the Black Geode Clutch ($230.00), Aqua Geode Clutch ($230.00), Topaz Geode Clutch ($230.00), and the Tropical Geode Clutch ($230.00).

All Kent Stetson handbags come with a removable cross-body chain, logo dust bag, clear vinyl inner pocket, and are individually signed by the designer artist himself. So there you have it, your new bag obsession. To get to know more about Kent Stetson and their amazing collection of bags, visit www.kentstetson.com.

 

PHOTOS BY KENT STETSON

California Dreaming: Nautica Women’s Spring 2018 Collection

On the East Coast, we’re all dreaming of the upcoming warm, sunshine filled days we’ve been praying to experience. The West Coast is enjoying double our temperatures and we want to be in a warm weather state of mind. For their Spring 2018 womenswear collection, Nautica channels some of that West Coast magic.  The Nautica Women’s Spring 2018 collection is California dreaming! The modern American classic lifestyle brand explores the scenic coastlines of California for their Nautica Women’s Spring 2018 collection.

From the rugged coastline and mountain views that is Big Sur, (the longest and most scenic stretch of untouched coastline), to the sandy beaches and vast mountains of Santa Cruz, all to the tranquil desert oasis of Palm Springs, Nautica highlights its heritage in a mix of performance-wear, classic prep and traditional nautical style that will get you ready for the warmer months ahead.

Whether you are cruising down the coast for an adventurous expedition, or just enjoying the beautiful scenery, Nautica Women’s Spring 2018 collection has you covered with its heritage-inspired sportswear. The collection features the classic and beloved Nautica silhouettes, and a color palette filled with primary colors, bold patterns, and stripes. Some of our favorite pieces included all the striped chambray pieces, mini anchor embroidered jeans, the green sailboat-inspired printed shorts and coordinating blouse, and an eye-catching vintage-inspired floral print dress.

Get ready for effortless and smart casual dressing that will seamlessly take you from spring to summer, not just from the fashion collection, but with accessories as well. The bold floral print, knotted rope design, and Nautica’s colorful, signature stripes are just a few of the prints and patterns you can expect this spring.

The East coast boating season begins next month, whether you sail or not, Nautica has just the women’s fashion you need to enjoy the best the California coastline has to offer.

Ladies, what are your thoughts on the Nautica Women’s Spring 2018 Collection? Any favorite pieces?

It’s In the Bag: Christopher Belt and Harrian Launch New Handbag Line

Multiple Independent Designer Awards winner, Christopher Belt has teamed up with Seoul, Korea Handbag brand Harrian to launch a new affordable luxury handbag collection and we had the pleasure of attending the launch event. The Christopher Belt and Harrian New York handbag line features a collection of mid-tier to high-end handbags created with inspiration from the world of architecture, furniture, and fashion. Handbag designer Christopher Belt is a fan of angular lines and details that are prevalent throughout the collection.

What started out as a small Manhattan boutique in 2014 is primed to become one of the most sought-after ranges of handbags. Each item in the Christopher Belt and Harrian New York handbag line is carefully created to reflect wit, elegance, and style while maintaining a “go anywhere” functionality. Chic and street-sensible, the Christopher Belt and Harrian New York handbag collection features something that will appeal to virtually every woman.

Every handbag from the Christopher Belt and Harrian New York handbag collection is beautiful but we do have our ultimate favorite styles. Top design choice for us is the hexagon shaped Galeforce Tote (the first handbag pictured). The minimal style handbag features short handles and a long shoulder strap in a two-way style that screams luxury. The circular Ticktock Crossbody (featured below in red) is inspired by the concept of time. The bag features Hermes embossed leather in a trendy circular shape with a triangular bar decoration to represent the hand of the clock, a short handle, and a removable long shoulder strap. The chic Cherry Bomb Retro Mini Cross Back boasts imported Italian leather, is decorated with gold cherries all over the front, and features an adjustable shoulder strap.

For those who love classic and minimal styles handbags and purses, styles like the rectangular shaped Empire, the rounded bottom Velocity, and trapezoid-shaped Scamper bags are perfect fits for your sophisticated and timeless tastes. We love these stunning bags and look forward to seeing more from Christopher Belt and Harrian New York.

What are your thoughts on this new handbag line? Which styles are your favorites?

Melissa Pochete: This Season’s Must-Have Accessory

You may have noticed that fanny packs have been enjoying a major resurgence this year. No longer is it the dreadful accessory of unstylish tourists or uncool dads. And while we’re seen a few that have caught our eye, the one fanny pack that we’re totally in love with is the Melissa Pochete (also known as the Melissa Bum Bag). The returning trendy bag makes its debut this season in the Melissa Shoes Fall/Winter 2017 collection, the Flygirl Collection. The Fall/Winter 2017 from Melissa Shoes looks to inspire girls and women – of all genders – to fly with freedom. Women and girls that celebrate their uniqueness, and are more self-confident and self-affirming……a message we wholeheartedly agree with.

The Melissa Pochete is Melissa Shoes’ version of the fanny pack, but in a cool, modern shape and availability in bold, and interesting colors, such as black, neon green, neon pink, antique gold, and silver with glitter. The Melissa Pochette joins the growing list of the brand’s must-have bags, including the Melissa Sac Bag, Melissa Satchel + the Cambridge Satchel Co (which we’ve highlighted on this blog), and the Pupila + Vitorino Campos Bag. We love our Melissa Pochette. We fell in love with the silver with glitter and receive compliments whenever we rock it.  The best part, the Pochete coordinates wonderfully with several styles of Melissa shoes, including boots, sandals, and heels.

Our silver with glitter Pochete pairs perfectly with the Melissa Flox Unisex Sandals, the Melissa Stellar Boots, the Melissa Aranha Quadrada, the Melissa Grunge + Vitorino Campos Shoes, all of which are from the Fall/Winter 2017 Flygirl Collection. As with all their products, the Pochete is made from Melissa’s signature Melflex plastic, you a cool a vegan alternative to leather fanny packs.

Are you a fan of the returning fanny pack trend? Will you be rocking the Melissa Pochete bag? Which color would you go for?

Fall 2017 Accessory Preview: Knomo London Smart Bags and Tech Accessories

There are many cool, innovative, and fashionable cases for your smartphones but when it comes to your bags and cases for your laptops, the selection isn’t as impressive. Knomo London is changing that with their very stylish offering of smart bags and tech accessories. We had the opportunity to check out the British accessory brand’s Fall 2017 collection of stylish, high-quality bags and accessories; a collection which brings classic elegance together with bold new colors and designs, offering maximum utility and digital convenience features.

Personally, we’re bored of the basic black nylon laptop bags and welcome some fun with our function, in the form of bold colors and prints such as hot reds and formal grays, and of course, luxury materials. The Knomo London Fall 2017 Collection has design options for both men and women, with styles that challenge traditional gender roles with a slightly androgynous look.

Geared towards the traveling “Digital Knomad,” each Knomo London bag from Fall 2017 collection offers modern style, simplicity, and utility. Style-conscious users, sophisticated city dwellers, and globetrotting backpackers will have everything they need to stay organized and prepared. Thanks to the addition of more organizational compartments and pockets, you’ll be able to keep all your mobile devices secure, charged and organized.

The specially designed pockets on the Knomo London bags not only organizes your belongings, it protects your tech devices thanks to its RFID blocking feature to safeguard your digital information, the uniquely valuable Knomo ID, so you can register your bag and if it’s lost, the founder, Howard Harrison, can return it to you through Knomo’s portal.

We’re really excited about Knomo London’s collaboration with the world-renowned Victoria & Albert Museum in London. The graphic collection uses an original 1920’s print from the Museum’ s archives. The unique 5-piece collection of accessories comprises 3 bag styles: a Totepack, a Backpack, and a Briefcase, along with a Carry-all Pouch, and a Foldable Shopper. Each design is available in two colors, Night Forest, which boast tones of blue and green described by some as an “abstract camo” print, and Monochrome, shades of white, gray and black.

Inside each of the Knomo London x Victoria & Albert Museum collection bags, there are a number of organizational pockets and compartments, ready to hold all travel essentials such as your passport, Knomo portable battery, and Knomo travel adaptor, your laptop or tablet, and other belongings.

Both the regular and Knomo London x Victoria & Albert Museum collections are available in the UK, Europe and USA stores in August 2017.

Solo Bags: The Perfect Bags for the Woman-on-the-Go

We’re all about cool bags over here, so of course, we’re always on the lookout for great new brands. We didn’t have to go too far for our next bag discovery. If you haven’t heard of the NYC-based Solo Bags, we’re more than excited to introduce them to you. Solo Bags is one of the largest, and fastest-growing lifestyle and fashion accessories brands. They make trendy bags, purses, urban totes, backpacks, briefcases, laptop, and tablet cases for men and women. What we’re really excited about are their options for the larger laptops. We own a 17″ HP Laptop and finding fashionable laptop bags has been quite difficult, hell, finding any bag that fits our laptop has difficult. Thankfully Solo Bags has several stylish options for those who are looking for anything over 15 inches.

The above bags are the effortlessly stylish, Bridgehampton Backpack, from Solo’s new Hamptons Collection. A collection that highlights a fresh take on heritage tailoring, rich textures, and thoughtful details; and the Frequency Briefcase, from the Gravity Collection, a futuristic collection that fuses aerodynamic design with space tech-inspired mesh-foam for a fearless style. We love the classic look of a briefcase, and messenger styled bag for our laptop, and immediately fell for the Solo Chrysler Briefcase, Empire Briefcase, Elite Slim Brief, and Active 17.3″ Messenger. All four laptop bags boasts a fully padded 17.3″ laptop compartment, with each featuring their own special details and essential compartments.

We love the Chrysler Briefcase for its full-sized front zip-down organizer section with key clip, divided file compartment, removable/adjustable shoulder strap, and the back strap slides for easy placement over luggage handles. The Empire Briefcase also features a Clamshell CheckFast™ design that allows you to pass through airport security faster, a quick access pocket, a full-length front zippered pocket, a full-size front zip-down organizer section, file compartment, padded carry handles, an adjustable shoulder strap, and the back strap slides for your luggage. The Elite Slim Brief features a scratch resistant liner, full-length front zippered pocket, zippered side entry, and a fold-flat carry handle. The Active 17.3″ Messenger, the sportier style out of these four, features a full-size interior organizer section, a padded carry handle, removable/adjustable shoulder strap, speed buckle closure, back pocket slides for your luggage handle, and a rear pocket.

Another great option is the Impulse Duffel from Solo Bags’ Urban Code Collection. Like the other mentioned above, it also features a fully padded 17.3″ laptop compartment, back strap slides over luggage handle, large capacity main compartment, removable/adjustable shoulder strap, as well as an internal iPad/tablet pocket, and the Solo Bags logo written in Morse code as a tribute to digital pioneers, all in cool shades of gray color palette.

Whether you’re looking for a backpack, briefcase, messenger, tote, or sleeve for your laptop, with a Solo Bag, you’ll do so stylishly. Could your laptop or tablet use a ne stylish home? What are your thoughts on the bag options from Solo Bags?

SHOPPING NYC: The LeSportsac Sample Sale

They say seven is a lucky number, well that seems about right this week. After a long seven-year absence from sample sale season, LeSportsac is finally answering prayers by having the first LeSportsac Sample Sale in over 7 years just in time for holiday gifting. The back by popular demand LeSportsac sample sale is sure to be one of the best sales of this year. Budgets be praised! The LeSportsac Sample Sale promises everything from wallets to totes, backpacks to weekend bags in solid hues and their amazing prints, at prices up to 70 percent off. Continue reading to get all the pertinent details on this amazing sale.

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Starting tomorrow, Tuesday, December 13th and running until Thursday, December 15th, you can take advantage of the wonderful deals on LeSportsac bags that you won’t get or see anywhere else. Get holiday gifts for everyone on your shopping list and a few LeSportsac bags for yourself. Mark your calendars for December 13th, from 4pm to 8pm, December 14th, from 8am to 7pm, and December 15th, from 8am to 5pm, and make some time to head over to the 5th floor of The Metropolitan Pavilion at 123 West 18th street, between 6th and 7th avenues.

There’s no need to make sure you have cash on hand, this sample sale accepts credit cards only. Please note that all sales at this sale are final and there are no exchanges or refunds so shop wisely (of course we think anything you pick up at these prices would be a great deal). All bags, coats, and cell phones must be checked into the onsite coat check and only wallets (no handbags) are allowed into the sale. Lastly, please be aware that neither children nor strollers will be allowed in the sale, so leave the kids at home. Plan on attending the sale? We’d love to see what great deals you walk away with.