A New Day and a New Handbag

We have all been there.  You need a new handbag, but you don’t exactly know what to buy.  In my case, I need a new handbag for work and travel.  I prefer it to be the same bag and use them interchangeably.  But if you have been shopping and browsing the stores lately, you know how dull many of the large work bags are.  They look like something an insurance man would carry to a conference in Ohio.  They are bulky, not fashionable and often constructed of boring black nylon.  Not something I exactly want to carry when working in the fashion world.  When you work in an industry like mine, everything you wear and carry is judged.  I hate to say it and I know it sounds bad, but we live in a world where you are now your own brand and you have to present yourself in the best way possible at all times.  Not that fashion has made me self-centered, but I work around stylists and editors all day which means I like to be on my A game.  Over the years I’ve developed my own style which I’m proud of.  I prefer an elegant, but understated look.  Charcoal cashmere and relaxed pants?  Basically my look all of the time except in summer.  I need the perfect work handbag that matches my relaxed but polished look.

Last night I sat down with a stack of new fashion magazines and of course a glass of wine.  Flipping through each one, I marked each page that contained a large handbag that I liked.  There were several large handbags that looked amazing.  Clicking from website to website I bookmarked a few that were remarkable.  I printed these out as I good look at them throughout the days and they also contained measurements.  What is important to me is that a work bag is large enough for my Macbook with enough room left over to also hold magazines, papers, two smartphones.  You get the idea; I carry a lot of essentials on a daily basis.  When I travel, all of it goes with me.  A great carry-on bag needs the same amount of room as I use for work, but also a bit more so I can easily transport skincare and makeup products.  Today after much research I hit ‘buy’ and purchased a large satchel from a line called PLIA Designs.

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As many of you are aware, PLIA Designs creates a range of handbags that fit effortlessly into the modern fashionable’s wardrobe.  The bag I ordered is their new satchel and I absolutely love the design and silhouette.  It has top handles, but it also contains a detachable shoulder strap.  Rushing through airports, I know from experience, I often need a hands free bag.  I’m super excited for my new handbag to arrive.  I own and carry several designer handbags from PLIA Designs’ and I couldn’t be happier with them.  They fit seamlessly into my life and I’m sure my new work bag will as well.

My Love for Beautiful Designer Handbags

In my last memoir I made no secret how much I love clothing and fashion in general.  Fashion has played a huge part in my life over the years.  Both of my parents are fashion designers and as an actor, I’m surrounded by clothing all of the time.  And I’m not going to lie, I’m friends with many famous designers and stylists who are constantly gifting me free clothing.  Over the past year I built a massive walk-in closet.  I have the sort of wardrobe that is envied by many.  I’m not bragging, but simply stating a fact.  I love fashion and I think it should be celebrated.  Fashion is a huge business and a big chunk of the world’s economy.  Many people think it’s silly to be interested in fashion and to me that mentality is crazy.  Fashion is big business and people should take an interest in it.  I see how how hard my parents work and at times it pays off and sometimes it doesn’t.  Sometimes they create amazing clothes and accessories that do not receive any sort of praise from the fashion press.  The fashion world is very competitive.  Designers are all vying for only a few spots in monthly fashion glossies.

Along with fashion, I’m also very partial to designer handbags.  When I’m on location shooting a film, I always make sure to figure out the local shopping.  I love nothing more than visiting local boutiques and even shopping malls.  I’ve found many fashion gems in far flung locales while shooting.  Shopping in a local area also gives you a different perspective.  You get more of an idea about local taste and what people like.  Sometimes a certain style will be popular in one city, but in another city something completely different is trending.  I’ve recently discovered that Salzburg has some amazing shops.  In between shooting, I’ve been stopping into quant little boutiques and discovering some major fashion talent.  I have a soft spot for European designers as do many.  They express their views on style and even the world through their designs and it’s so refreshing to see.  European designers also have an amazing flare with accessories.  Some of their understated sensibilities translate well into handbags and leather goods.  Do you frequent any European cities where you absolutely love to shop?  I’d like to know which ones provide amazing fashion that is different from the rest of the world.

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I have one smallish walk-in closet that is just dedicated to all of my designer handbags.  Many of these beautiful bags were purchased in different cities all over the globe.  Some of my favorites are custom made exclusively for me.  It’s easy to fall in love with handbags.  They are fun to carry and usually pair well with many different outfits.  Next week my handbag closet will be photographed for VOGUE.  I look forward to presenting a few of my favorite luxurious designer handbags to photographers.  I don’t think my love for beautiful handbags will ever wane.  They are truly gems!

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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.

My New Love: The Perfect Handbag

Sometimes I’m wishy washy and that’s probably not a surprise to friends and family reading this.  I have anxiety choosing which coffee to order in the morning.  On that rare occasion I grocery shop, my buggy is overflowing with too many foods and snacks I will never eat.  However, in other parts of my life, I’m able to concentrate to a T.  At work I complete all tasks with such presicion, I never need to bring anything extra home to complete in the evenings.  So there is that yin and yang aspect to my life and decision making.  Take my word, you don’t want to go eat dinner out with me as I take forever to decide what to order.

When it comes to shopping I would say I have a hard time making up my mind.  I don’t always have the same style and it’s hard for me to commit to only one look.  Even though I’m all over the place with my style, I actually do not own a massive amount of clothing, shoes, and accessories.  So while I love different fashions and styles, my closet and beaurous are not overflowing with the latest and greatest.  I wear all of my clothes and carry the several handbags I own until they are nearly thread bare. Many of my friends in the fashion industry have cavernous walk-in closets that are the envy of everyone who sees them, myself included. There is nothing I love more than a beautiful, large closet; one where you step back and take everything in as if you are in a department store.  And in the middle of many of these stunning wardrobes are islands which contain jewelry, sunglasses, and under garments.  Many fashionables would literally never leave their home if they had such luxuriously stunning closets.  That being said, I’m fine with my small wardrobe.  I like the feeling of wearing something many times and getting my money’s worth from each item.  However, I recently came to the conclusion that I need a new handbag.


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After a summer of travel which included visits to Italy and Nantucket, it was time to add a larger handbag to my life.  I was in desperate need of one that would hold my laptop, papers, magazines and look equally as chic for work and for travel.  I basically needed a new handbag that would do nearly anything I wanted while still looking beautiful and fashionable.  I didn’t want an overly frilly handbag either.  I much prefer my accessories to have clean, simple lines and unfettered design.  In the end, it didn’t take long at all to find my new dream bag.  It’s one of those designer handbags that will wear well and last for a lifetime.  In short: it’s the perfect handbag and I cannot wait to have it by my side during the many adventures of the summer.  With so many handbags flooding the market, I never dreamt it would be this fast to find the one of my dreams.  If you need to add one item to your summer wardrobe, I highly recommend it be one of the latest luxurious designer handbags.

Celebs and Their Favorite Handbags

You have probably noticed that celebrities absolutely love handbags.  Open any tabloid or fashion glossy and famous people are pictured carrying their bags everywhere.  From airports to the streets of NYC, famous and well known faces are never without their handbags.  What is it about bags that makes people love them so much?  Celebs especially can have any handbag they desire.  Designers and big labels are constantly showing celebrities their newest designs and often sending them several styles free of charge.  If a celebrity is pictured carrying a certain handbag then it often sells out in a matter of hours.

Celebrities though are not all created the same.  There is a definite ranking and pecking status when it comes to their order of importance.  Someone such as a member of the Royal family has higher status with consumers and fans than a mild celeb from a reality TV show.  Many designers don’t want lower ranked celebrities carrying their handbags as it muddies the labels image.  Image is very important to big brands.  They cannot have everyone carrying their bags or it will appear as if they are not a luxury brand.  Luxury brands have their own image to maintain.  Many high end brands higher super star celebs for ad campaigns.  Monthly fashion magazines have pages flooded with luxury ad campaigns featuring top movie stars and influencers.  These campaigns display the newest and most luxurious designer handbags.  Consumers often tear out these campaigns not only because they are so beautiful, but also to keep for future shopping trips.  Money spent showing a celebrity and a brand’s new handbag usually results in a good return on investment.  Return on investment is important to these luxury houses and a good part of their yearly sales is because of handbags and leather goods.

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Celebrities themselves often favorite larger handbags.  Larger handbags obviously carry more essentials so it’s easy to see why they favor them.  When a famous movie star is pictured gliding through an airport she is usually pictured carrying a larger satchel bag or perhaps a luxurious tote slung over her shoulder.  Tote bags are wonderful as you can be nearly hands free when you put it over your shoulders and many celebs love this style; especially if they have small children.  During awards season, movie stars present themselves on the red carpet with smaller clutch handbags.  Many of these tiny bags sparkle and shine and are like little pieces of jewelry.  Designer handbags are an important element to celebrities and the way they dress.  From dressing down and going to the gym to attending an awards show, these famous faces are always carrying a handbag.

Do you have a favorite movie star or celebrity?  If so, what are your favorite designer handbags that they carry?  Let us know also if you have purchased a bag simply because you saw your favorite style star carrying one.  Many of our readers are swayed into purchasing a bag because someone famous carries it.  Celebrities definitely love handbags and we can see why.

PLIA Designs Major New Designer Handbags

I receive literally hundreds of email pitches a day.  When I scan the email headlines in my in-box, I’m always intrigued by new product launches.  The good PR’s know to make a headline crisp, but informative.  99% of the time I will open an email about new launches and new products.  After all, it’s product that makes the fashion world go around.  I don’t care about press releases.  Press releases can be so boring.  Save those for the auto industry.  What I want to know is what the new products are, how much do they cost, where can we buy them and most of all, pictures.  Pictures attached to new product launch emails are essential.  If I need high res, then I will ask for them.  But crisp product on a white background that easily load in the email are essential.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve deleted emails that were took so long to download because of heavy attachments.  Those aren’t necessary at all.  And I also don’t like too wordy of emails.  Just get to the facts in a fast way and cover all of your ground without writing too much.

One Friday before leaving work, I opened an email about a new product launch from PLIA Designs.  Some of the chicest women I know carry PLIA Designs designer handbags.  The brand is known for crafting some of the most exquisite handbags and leather goods in the world.  When you carry something from PLIA Designs, it’s beyond luxury.  Their quality and craftsmanship is on a completely higher level than any other brand out there.  The designers behind the line don’t churn out many collections a year.  Instead, they choose to focus on quality and what the market place actually needs.  I’ve personally always favored fashion brands that don’t feel the need to make so many collections a year that no one can keep up with what they actually stand for.  Over the years I have come to rely on PLIA Designs for a few very solid collections of leather goods that are incredibly versatile and that I know will be used in heavy rotation in my wardrobe.  You have to respect a line that thinks of quality and usability of their products over profit.  When a brand really resonates with me, I remember them and I’m more apt to read an email from one of their PR.

The email contained a brief description of their newest collection.  It’s called the Pixie mini-Reid collection.  And just as I loved, there were crisp photos of their new bags at the end of the email.  It also loaded incredibly easily.  I loved all four of their new Pixie mini satchel bags and so I emailed the PR back requesting all of them for a magazine story.  PLIA Designs’ original Reid satchel bags are iconic designer handbags and really made a hit in the fashion world.  Not only were they groundbreaking when originally introduced, but they hold so much.  I use my PLIA Designs satchel on a near daily basis.  I love how it perfectly holds my MacBook Pro.  So I knew right away that their newest launch would be a hit and I had to be one of the first to write about it.  Mini handbags are all of the craze lately and I see them being around for a while.  The Pixie isn’t super small, it measures a bit more than nine inches wide, so it can fit many of your daily essentials such as iPhone 6 plus, a mini iPad, a wallet, and a small makeup bag.  It even fits a water bottle inside.  Within a few minutes I received a reply that the new little handbags would be delivered Monday morning.

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Normally I love my weekends to decompress and make recipes I’ve found on Pinterest, but that weekend I was completely ready for Monday to arrive.  And it did faster that I thought.  Monday morning at exactly 10 AM, FedEx delivered several packages to my office.  I made sure to find PLIA Designs boxes first.  There were two and I ripped into them like a little kid on Christmas morning.  The Pixie handbags were major.  I lined all four of them up on my desk and snapped a shot to share on Instagram.  Right away there was over 1.5 thousand likes.  I knew my readers would love to know more about these cute mini handbags.  Even though this is just a short post, I wanted to share with you what I am going to write about PLIA Designs new designer handbags.  The colors of their new bags are so versatile.  No doubt they will sell out like all of their handbags.  Once my article is published, I’ll let you all know here.  Watch out for this space concerning PLIA Designs major new handbag launch.

My Perfect New Handbags

Several weeks ago I was lamenting to my bestie how hard it is to find the perfect handbag.  I love a untilitarian look, but also something that fringes on feminine.  Nothing over the top and nothing underwhelming.  It doesn’t matter to me if a celeb carries a certain handbag.  That does not sway my buying decision at all.  But what I want is to fall in love at first sight.  I want to be blown away when I buy a new handbag or even several handbags at one time.  Overall look and silhouette matters a lot to me.  Craftsmanship is also high on my list when choosing the perfect handbag.  What good is a two thousand dollar handbag if it falls apart within six months?  I love a bag that lasts a long time.  One made of beautiful leather where the patina changes over time.

As we talked, she wanted me to tell her about my favorite handbags and if I’d bought anything new to carry recently.  I told her just the other day I ordered two new designer handbags.  I needed them for an upcoming trip, for work, and for daily life such as parties I would be attending.  The bags I ordered are from PLIA Designs.  She wanted to know even more, so we logged onto their website with her iPad.  We marveled at the collections.  All of the beautiful designer handbags from PLIA Designs were aplenty.  Each collection contained a specific design with beautiful leathers and fabrics.  Some of the fabrics have amazingly creative prints.  We arrived to the Eloise clutch bags and I pointed out what one I’d ordered.  The lambskin looked so lovely and buttery soft.  Next we moved on to the French Toast collection.  These totes are chic, but large.  Large enough to hold all of the things I tote around each day.  You know how it is.  Laptop, magazines, notebooks, iPad, phones, etc.  Literally, I carry everything but the kitchen sink.

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The last collection I showed her were PLIA Designs satchel bags.  I was looking forward to this new designer bag so much it hurt.  I couldn’t wait for UPS to knock on my door.  I’d ordered Queen Street in the gorgeous navy leather.  The black leather trim and flap were equally as beautiful.  The interior is crafted of custom quilted fabric.  I knew this would be the perfect handbag for my upcoming trip.  PLIA Designs makes the most beautiful designer handbags and they are defintely my new favorite handbags.

What is In Style Now

It’s that time of year to weigh in on what is in style at the moment. In my line of work, I get to know what all of the fashion insiders are swooning over. Fashion insiders are those who stay up-to-the-minute with new collections, the latest trends, special events and exclusive content. They know exactly what is going on in the world of fashion and they are never skip a beat when it comes to dissevering new designers and brands. After all, many of the worlds most famous editors are true fashion insiders. That’s what separates normal editors from the ultra fabulous editors. Ultra fabulous editors love the art of discovery within the fashion world.

I recently met a dear friend for dinner. She happens to be one of the top fashion editors and I love hearing her opinions on fashion and what is in style. Not only is her editing great, but she has amazing personal taste and style as well. She dresses so well and I know many try to copy her clothing and looks. Good taste is not always easy to come by, but she makes it look so effortless. We met at Fat Radish. I know it’s uber trendy, but I actually love the food at this restaurant. The ingredients are so fresh and colorful. The cocktails are perfectly mixed and I love the wine list. Any chance I get, I try to eat here. The fashion crowd likes it as well, so I knew my editor friend would not be disappointed. After we were seated and cocktails ordered, we launched right into what was hot at the moment. She knows how much I love leather goods and accessories so I told her to spill the beans about that topic first.

 

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She was happy to tell me about a new handbag label she’d discovered. Just last week she’d flown to Paris to meet the designers behind the line and to visit their design studio and showroom. At the showroom, she interviewed the duo behind PLIA Designs. As she kept talking she told me PLIA Designs makes some of the most beautiful designer handbags she’d every laid eyes on. I knew it must be a special brand for her to gush like this. She isn’t one to talk on and on as she’s seen nearly everything pertaining to fashion. She said they were the most sought after handbags in the world and that after her article came out, they would be completely sold out. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on one of PLIA Designs’ designer bags.

The Ultimate Designer Handbags at Fashion Week

Every season there is always a lot of buzz around fashion week. There are fashion week survival kits, fashion week tips and tricks in the beauty department, and even fashion week vitamins to take for stamina. Honestly, it’s all a bit much. I miss the days where not everyone had the same amount of access to the shows. Now any blogger can request a ticket and attend numerous designers shows. There used to be a mystique surrounding fashion week and not to sound snobby, but I miss that. They mayhem and almost circus-like atmosphere has watered down the fashion experience. Not to mention everyone wants to be photographed either at the shows or coming and going from the shows.

One thing I do enjoy about fashion week are all of the beautiful designer handbags. I absolutely adore the fashionistas who take risks. They get that fashion is about exploration and discovery. These are the bold faced names who don’t wear the same designer as everyone else. In fact they would rather wear a potato sack than be caught in a label the masses are wearing. They prefer to keep cool new designers between themselves as a sort of fashion secret. The more a designer is on the down low, the better for them. Nor would they carry the same handbag hanging from the arm of every blogger and street style star. These girls know that accessories are important and play a major impact on your whole look and overall style. They also shun logos. Outside a few shows I noticed a beautiful clutch tucked under the arms of three of my favorite fashion editors. They work at major fashion glossies and are surrounded by the best designers and labels in the world. I look to these fashion editors for inspiration. I’ve been known to copy some of their outfits; including handbags. But this clutch was different than any I had seen before. It was large and square without being too big and clumsy. The leather was a beautifully patterned snake skin. To tie it all together was a black leather flap with the chicest silver clasp.

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For days I wondered about these clutch handbags and who made them. Then on Friday towards the end of fashion week I overhead two ladies in the tent. They were talking about the bags as well and I learned they come from the fashion house PLIA Designs. I also learned they are behind the chic satchel bags other fashionistas had been carrying all week. Finally I had a name. The search online was easy and I quickly bookmarked their website. Without a double, PLIA Designs were the best designer handbags at fashion week.

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Handbags have been around for centuries. In the past, men were even known to carry handbags. Today if a man carries a satchel for work or travel, we call it a man purse or even a ‘murse.’ Little girls often carry a purse to imitate their mothers. I know several friends who carried small handbags when they were just two or three. Most of the time the handbags were empty or maybe a crayon was inside, but for the most part they wanted to be just like the grown up ladies they saw around them. Imitation is the highest form of flattery they say.

From a very young age, girls are tuned into what others are wearing and carrying. Carrying a handbag for many women is the same as putting on shoes in the morning. They won’t leave the house without one. This is why luxury labels have such an effect on consumers. At such a small age, children are exposed to designer labels and logos. Even if their parents don’t wear the labels, children recognize the brand and their branding efforts from magazines and advertisements. Brand recognition begins early for many humans. A person may dislike shopping, but even those types of consumers still know and understand a label and have the ability to acknowledge and distinguish between luxury brands.

There is a luxury brand on my radar that many other fashion insiders also adore. They specialize in women’s accessories. The brand is PLIA Designs and they craft the most delicious designer handbags, purses, satchels, and leather goods. What I love about PLIA Designs is it is not logo based. Their handbags are not splashed with gaudy logos and they are incredibly serious about craftsmanship. This is a luxury brand for the discerning customer. If you must show the world your status by displaying a gaudy logo, then this is not the brand for you. Logo lovers are better off shopping at TJ Maxx as much of their merchandise in the handbags and accessories area is smothered with logos. You can’t pick up a bag without it having at least 2 logos imprinted on the fabric or leather.

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But there are also many people like me who prefer a quiet and low key luxury experience. We don’t need to brag and let everyone know the cost of what we are wearing or carrying. PLIA Designs is the perfect luxury handbag label because it is so discreet.