IN DEFENSE OF STICKING WITH A SMALL BAG an essay by Alexis Cheung
Like it or not, a purse conveys your personality. An “it” bag, for instance, suggests you’re into seeing where new trends take you. A tote bag insists you’re someone who prefers practicality. While a small bag communicates that you’re not a woman who schleps for unseen scenarios, but one who’s ready for spontaneity.
We got a little nosy and took a peek inside the bags of our friends around the office—and we definitely weren’t disappointed. From Hello Kitty measuring tape to holographic Band-Aids, here’s what we found.
Getting ready to go on a getaway? The last thing you want is to feel stressed about stuff like arriving at the airport on time, who’s going to dog sit for you or maybe (definitely) what to pack. We’re always looking for new ways to make vacay planning more streamlined, so we turned to our styling expert Lisa for some tips. Her advice? Pick a color and run with it—for the whole trip.
This year we like to think we’ve really got your back—from gifts to buy, to what to wear, to how to make present wrapping not totally terrible. We’re sitting down with our team to glean a little pro advice to get you through the season with flying colors (blue being a nonnegotiable, of course). Next up is our friend Brian Kaspr. He’s an artist who has lent his talents to several of our leather goods, and if you haven’t had a chance to snag one of his monogrammed masterpieces, he’s making guest appearances during our Personalization Palooza in stores all season long (details below). Read on for his tips on how to give, arguably, the best gift ever: a one-of-a-kind monogrammed leather bag or accessory.
That French women are effortlessly stylish isn’t a new idea to anyone, but as our Paris-born model Rebecca Dayan (that’s her, above) told us, it’s not entirely true. That lived-in dishabille is no accident—it’s basically heirloom style that’s passed down from grandmothers to moms to daughters. And our latest collaboration with Sézane wouldn’t be complete without four of those timeless styles that each generation’s lived in. But how’d these pieces reach icon status? And how are we wearing them now? To learn about their origins, we stopped by the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute collection (a massive archive of clothes from throughout history) and then strolled over to our photo shoot in Central Park to find out more.
Thanks to the internet, a new book recommendation list is just a few clicks away, but what about the things that aren’t new or notable at the moment? For some less-expected suggestions, we checked back in with the creative women we’ve gotten to know over the past few years (all of whom we’ve written about on this very blog). Here, seven recommendations as unique as they are. There’s a long novel, some short stories, a few new-ish titles and some that are quite old.
A few years ago, our design team set out to create something simple: a timeless tote so free of trendy details that you could carry it for as long as the leather would allow (aka forever). The result: our Transport Tote. Since then, we’ve added some new shapes and sizes, and while they all share the same rugged yet refined style—thanks to fine leather, minimal hardware and tonal stitching—each has its own pretty unique vibe. Allow us, or, um, them, to explain.