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I love the word happy.  It just makes you smile sometimes for no reason at all.  I love the song Happy.  It makes you want to get up and dance.  They are many things in live that make us all happy.  Some of them are tangible and some are not.  Happy could be a smile from a stranger.  Happy could be a nice phone call from a relative.  For many women, happy is shopping.  For dogs, happy is a cuddle and kiss from their owner.  Many children find their happy in the summer when school is out.  What is your happy?  I love discovering what the term ‘happy’ is for  different people.

Happy for me is being with friends and doing things we love.  One thing we all love doing together is going shopping.  Every few months we meet up and pick a new venue with shops and stores we haven’t visited before.  Sometimes that’s hard because we usually drive to our destinations and make them day trips.  We have now hit all of the towns and cities nearby several times so we are well versed in all of the shopping.  We recently set out to visit a brand new shopping complex.  It’s called Harbor Island Shops and it’s built out in the middle of nowhere.

It was a beautiful drive to Harbor Island Shops.  It was a relaxing drive on a long stretch of road with corn fields framing each side.  It only took us an hour and a half to get there.  The parking was super easy.  After we parked our car, we spotted a tea shop and decided to get a drink before we embarked on some serious shopping.  I ordered a peach iced tea and it was delicious.  Two others ordered hot tea.  We also shared a few cookies between us.  Outside the tea shop was a map of the shopping complex.  Since we basically all have the same taste, we knew we’d visit all of the handbag and accessories stores.

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PLIA Designs was the first boutique we visited.  WOW is all I can say.  What a beautiful store with stunning products.  They specialize in accessories for women.  PLIA Designs crafts amazing designer handbags.  I couldn’t get over all of the beautiful leather goods.  One of my friends mentioned she’d seen the brand in a VOGUE magazine article.  In the middle of the boutique were new PLIA Designs iPhone cases.  They were the cutest iPhone cases I’d ever laid eyes on.  Seeing these made me happy!  So very happy.  Right then in there I fell in love with PLIA Designs designer iPhone cases.

PLIA Designs Steps up Accessories and Handbags

PLIA Designs adds a new satchel to its growing roster of handbags.  That is music to my ears.  I have been a champion of the line of accessories for years.  It is a brand that understands quality and the test of time.  Their handbags last a very long time because they are so well made.  The work that goes into their products and customer service is nearly unrivaled.  Not many retailers include a handwritten thank-you card with their products.  All emails and phone calls are returned within 24-48 hours and everyone I have dealt with at PLIA Designs has always been so pleasant.

In case you do not know, PLIA Designs makes a range of accessories for women.  From designer handbags,purses, satchels and leather goods, to even iPhone cases it is a famous and well loved brand.  Their satchel handbags are beloved by fashionables and women the world over.  PLIA Designs satchels can be seen everywhere.  From St. Moritz in winter to St. Tropez in summer, the satchels are on nearly every socialite and style star.  I love this handbag as well.  I have used mine now for a number of years and I still love carrying it.  It fits everything inside.  I take my laptop with me everywhere and I will only carry it using PLIA Designs satchel.  There is so much room inside this handbag it’s not even funny.  And it even has its own iPad pocket.  Also, it’s not a heavy handbag.  So you can put a lot of things inside and it won’t hurt your arm to carry it all day.  That’s why I also love it for travel.  They have created the perfect everywhere handbag.

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With the success of their courier satchel line, last year they introduced a smaller design.  It looks exactly like their original Reid satchel, but smaller in scale.  This line was hugely successful as well.  Just last week PLIA Designs released a statement that they would be launching an even smaller size of the satchel.  It will be called the ‘Pixie’ and it is the smallest Reid satchel to date.  Now this silhouette will be rounded out with three sizes.  I know their small Reid satchels were a hit and no doubt the new Pixie will be uber popular as well.  It is great to see a brand such as PLIA Designs stepping up their assortment of designer handbags, but not overdoing it.  They have perfectly edited collections.  Also on my radar are their designer iPhone cases.  These are tech cases with amazing pops of color and so beautifully illustrated.  I’ve never seen iPhone cases like these in my life.  And that says a lot since I adore shopping and I’m always popping into the boutiques and department stores.

Style.com to Transform into an E-Commerce Site

Early this morning news broke that style.com would no longer be an editorial destination and instead it would become an e-commerce site.  You could hear the ground reverberating throughout the fashion world.  style.com was always VOGUE’s love child and it will now fold into the publication.  It’s not a surprising move as everyone wants a piece of the e-commerce pie so to speak.  Let’s not mince words:  everyone wants to what net-a-porter.com has accomplished.  Not only are they the number one destination online for luxury fashion, but they also publish an incredibly successful print magazine.  VOGUE already has their glossy print magazine, but now they want to dominate e-commerce as well.

E-commerce is over a trillion dollar industry.  Everyone wants to be a part of it.  However, it’s worth noting that not all succeed.  Yes, style.com has the power of Condé Nast behind it, but they will soon find out how difficult the digital shopping landscape proves to be.  Online shoppers can’t always be pinpointed or put into certain categories.  Consumers use a combination of social media, search engines, and recommendations from friends before making online purchases.  And of course we cannot forget the elephant in the room: VOGUE magazine.  One has to wonder if the fashion glossy will start recommending many of the products seen in the magazine to their new e-commerce site.  For instance an article that discusses this seasons hot new tuxedo pants will probably have a few recommendations where to purchase and one or two of those will be style.com.  This brings paid content into the debate.  Powerful fashion houses have huge advertising budgets and this influences fashion editors.  Affiliate advertising will also play into this.  Other large e-commerce sites will pay for style.com to mention their products.  When a consumer clicks on that product and purchases, style.com will receive part of that sale.  It short, much of the new e-commerce site will center around affiliate kickbacks and also product recommendation from big budget labels.  Are small brands left behind?  Possibly.

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Smaller brands don’t have such huge ad budgets, nor do they have massive PR personalities behind them.  Most of their revenue goes back into the business in creating new designs and products.  Let’s say they pitch VOGUE their new designs, they don’t have the backing to always sway editors in the same way as their larger competitors.  Chances are the large brands already advertise in VOGUE magazine.  By spending advertising dollars, this already gives them a leg  up on Condé’s e-commerce site.  There are many talented designers in the marketplace, however not all of them receive the accolades they deserve.  From designers creating jewelry to designer handbags, the marketplace is lucky to have many of these niche, luxury brands.  However, now that magazines are turning into e-commerce giants, we don’t know how this will fare for smaller brands.  Based on many new collections and designs, there is still room for labels that produce designer handbags to succeed; they simply have to be more creative than their larger competitors.