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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

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?

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.

Purse First: Chinyere Ugoji Fall 2016 Handbag Collection

In honor of the epic words of Bob the Drag Queen, we’re heading into the fall season, “purse first”! What better time than National Handbag Day to celebrate the wonderful handbag collection from a friend of ours. You’re well aware we love spotlighting upcoming designers and indie brands on My Life on and off the Guest List, so it’s only natural that we introduce you to the Chinyere Ugoji Fall 2016 Handbag Collection. We first introduced you to this high-end, indie leather handbag designer back in February when she held an introductory handbag trunk show. Now all the bags we saw are available and ready to chic up your wardrobe with their elegant silhouettes.

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As we stated back in February, the Chinyere Ugoji Fall 2016 Handbag Collection is an accessible luxury brand that features a range of chic handbags focused on quality, modern design, and innovation. The handbag collection boasts minimalist designs, and classic silhouettes with an incorporated higher function. Thanks to its interior LED touch light system which is integrated into each handbag, you will no longer go blindly digging into your purses. Chinyere Ugoji wonderfully combines fashiona nd function with her luxury leather bag collection and if you think you can choose a favorite, think again. I’m currently in love with the Mackenzie Tote in Azure Blue, the Veronica Signature Laptop Bag (shown in the first photo), the Soho Satchel, and the Claudette Portfolio Clutch (pictured below).

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There are several styles from the Chinyere Ugoji Fall 2016 Handbag Collection to love. Whether you go for a travel bag, hobo, clutch, crossbody, or tote, you’re sure to find a bag to fit your needs.

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Each carefully crafted leather handbag has a built-in touch light to illuminate the contents of your bag in dark or dimly lit areas. The LED touch light is encased in a small leather pocket on the upper interior of the bag (get an upclose look in the photos below). This innovative pocket light can also be positioned to illuminate exterior objects like your front door lock, a menu or check in a dimly lit restaurant.

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The LED light is flexible to both the inside and outside of the bag and only requires a simple tap or swipe of the finger to switch it on and off. The LED light is powered by a small watch battery that is easily replacable and turns off automatically after 30 seconds to conserve power.

Whata re your thoughts on the Chinyere Ugoji Fall 2016 Handbag Collection? Do you have a favorite style?

Handbag Heaven: Melissa X CSC Satchel Collection

Hello and happy Friday fellow fashionistas. We’ve got some amazing accessory news to share in honor of London Fashion week. One of our favorite footwear brands, Brazilian plastic footwear brand, Melissa, has announced an exciting new collaboration with iconic British handbag and accessories brand, The Cambridge Satchel Company. Officially launched today, the first day of London Fashion Week, Melissa and The Cambridge Satchel Company welcome the Melissa X CSC Satchel Collection. The contemporary capsule collection of bags features Cambridge’s classic 11″ satchel, in Melissa’s signature Melflex plastic, giving CSC cutomers a vegan alternative. The Melissa X CSC Collection is the perfect blending of British heritage and Melissa’s innovative and stylish designs, giving the bags both a modern and timeless feel.

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The re-envisioned Melissa The Cambridge Satchel Company 11-inch satchels feature classic buckle closures, detailed stitching, easy-to-open pin closures, an adjustable strap, and nickel-free metal hardware with authentic “Cambridge” branding.  The bags boast a glossy finish, a delectable bubblegum scent, and is entirely waterproof, perfect for London, who averages around fifteen rainy days a month. Production for the Melissa X CSC Collection was moved to Melissa’s manufacturing facilities in Brazil specifically for the collaboration (The Cambridge Satchel Company bags are traditionally handmade in England). The stylish Melissa X CSC Collection bags are offered in three distinct colorways: Black, Red, and limited edition color, Holographic.

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The Melissa X CSC Collection satchels are available now for purchase at Galeria Melissa London and The Cambridge Satchel Company flagship for €135.00 ($155.00 USD). The Cambridge Satchel Company joins an impressive repertoire of top-caliber designers who have collaborated with Melissa, including Karl Lagerfeld, Vivienne Westwood, Jean Paul Gaultier, Zaha Hadid, and many more.

Are you loving these bags as much as we are? What are your thoughts on the Melissa X CSC Collection bags? Are you excited for this collaboration? Share your thoughts in the comments.

Martella Bags Welcomes a Distinctive New Collection

Two years ago we were introduced to a new bag line, Martella Bags, and instantly fell in love.  Two years later, we’re still getting compliments on our Martella Bags Rotondo Convertible Backpack, one of the many unique bag styles from the innovative brand. You can refresh your memory on our Handbag Heaven | The Luxurious Debut of Martella Bags post. Today we’re sharing the newest gorgeous styles from Martella’s latest collection, filled with the details we fell in love with and lots of color.

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The new Martella Bags collection offers many new and fascinating interpretations of the most basic shapes: a perfect circle, an isosceles triangle, and a sharp-edge rectangle that are transformed into stylish, high-end leather bags under the hands of designer Idan Yosefov. The idea of detaching and re-attaching elements that were so prominent in the first collection is continued in this collection, with added details such as concealed pockets, and zippers with double functionality. As with their first collection, these new Martella Bags are made from quality leathers imported from Italy and Turkey. Get ready for more cool backpacks (including the LBP – Little Backpack, the next “it” bag), bucket bags, chic totes, crossbody, frame handbag (our favorite style from this new collection is the Tres Tricolor Mint handbag).

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The collection is divided into three main groups:

  1. Classics: geometric cut calf leather bags in the timeless hues of black, and white
  2. Blues: a perfect combination of the cool-hued calf leather in standout colors of mint, gray, and blue
  3. Punk: classic black meets metallic leather skins in edgy shades of silver, and gold

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The new Martella Bags collection offers a wide range of sophisticated yet trendy, chic yet functional, and inconceivably beautiful bags that ranges in price from $255.00-$449.00. What are your thoughts on the newest bag collection from Martella Bags? Which styles are your favorites?