The New Tech Accessory

I’m an accessory addict.  From shoes and jewelry, to designer handbags, I have collections of all of them.  My accessories collections are so vast that I have to rent extra storage space.  Luckily the storage space is near my home so I can stop in and take items when I need them.  I own several handbags made of exotic skins and those are stored in temperature controlled cabinets.  My love affair with accessories began early.  I grew up in a home where fashion was revered.  My great grandfather was one of the top designers in Paris during his day.  The fashion house he founded is now one of the most famous brands in the world.  Open any glossy fashion magazine and you will see slick advertisements for his brand.  Our family still owns a percentage of the brand.  When generations of your family are entrenched in the fashion business, it makes sense that I would be a part of that world as well.  When my mother was little, the seamstresses that worked for my grandfather, made her beautiful one of a kind dresses.  In turn, I wore many of those well preserved frocks when I was little.

From a young age I learned and absorbed what hard work really goes into fashion.  Most people see fashion from a different perspective.  The average consumer thinks fashion entails shopping and picking new outfits and accessories.  What most don’t understand is all of the hard work behind the products you purchase.  With couture, all of the dresses and new designs are handsewn.  If a certain ball gown has a lot of accoutrements such as beading, the product can take weeks to make.  Sewing is a skill that takes time to master.  Not everyone has the patience to learn to become a good seamstress.  Couture will last a lifetime, actually, many lifetimes.  I’m astounded at some of my great-grandfathers couture pieces.  They are as relevant today as they were all of those decades ago.  The brand’s archives also house many accessories.  I love going through the archives for accessory inspiration.

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This summer I’m working in the brand’s accessories department.  I’m a freelance accessories designer and I love working with the label my great-grandfather founded.  Because it’s so large, it’s more than a family business, but that doesn’t stop me from going through the archives any chance I have.  It’s important to understand any labels history of design before moving forward in this modern world.  At the moment I’m creating an edited line of tech cases for them.  We are all glued to our iPhones and it makes perfect sense to create a few beautiful designer iPhone cases.  I’m collaborating with a famous artist who will create illustrations for the backside of the iPhone cases.  I’ve already heard from several fashion editors that they can’t wait to get their hands on my new iPhone cases.  Truthfully, I can’t either.  We live in a modern world and we need up-to-date accessories for the time in which we are living.  Designer iPhone cases are the newest in luxury accessories.

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.

Pop-Up Popularity

If you are interested in retail, shopping, and the economy then you have recently read about many large stores closing down several of their outlets.  Target opened 19 stores last year, but in 2105 it plans to close 19 stores.  Sears/Kmart corporation plan to close many of their stores as well.  From the sounds of it one would think brick-and-mortar retail is dead.  Indeed, many of these stores are dormant and even a bit dead to consumers.  The teenager Abercombie once appealed to has grown up and moved on.  That consumer now has more sophisticated taste and doesn’t want to shop in a dark store with too loud of music pumping throughout.  Nor do they need to be walking billboards advertising the stores brand name on their sweatshirt or t-shirts.  One of the hardest aspects of retail is maintaining a relationship with the consumer over a span of years and life changes.  It’s not easy to be a brand that clothes a person as a teenager and also when they are in their 20’s and 30’s.  Some stores like J.Crew are adept at this, but it’s rare to find many that take a consumer beyond only a few years.  Many retailers have not kept up with the times.  Not only have they not kept up, they have not learned to adapt to their customers’ needs.  It’s important in retail to have a sense of what your customer wants before they even know.  That’s why Instagram is so popular and important.  Buyers and designers for these large department stores need to keep their finger on the pulse of what is important.  Consumers are glued to their phones and they love the most popular apps.  Instagram is nearly more popular now than Facebook.  Fashionistas are liking and saving products they see on Instagram.  Take designer handbags for instance, if a consumer sees several Instagrammers with many followers showing off the same handbag, they want that handbag, too.  Department stores and larger brands could take a cue from lesser known brands that are utilizing social media to leverage their products.  These stores could open smaller in-shop areas to showcase up and coming designers and get more shoppers into their doors.  These new eyeballs would result in more sales.

With many of these store closings one would think that storefronts will be empty, but in larger cities, that is further from the truth.  Surprisingly, e-commerce is incredibly bullish with offline retail.  E-companies that were once only available online have taken up brick-and-mortar spaces in the past few years.  Rent the Runway and Warby Parker are a few of the e-commerce companies that have jumped offline to better serve their customers.  Birchbox is establishing their own flagship.  Bauble Bar has even debuted a new television commercial.  It’s nearly a trend now for e-commerce companies to take advantage of vacant storefronts.  One term we hear a lot is ‘pop-up shop.’  The term pop-up shop means a small brick-and-mortar temporary physical presence.  We will discuss that more in depth in a bit.  What is important to note is how internet born brands are also eager to hop off line.  They recognize their shopper purchases both on and off the Internet.  Many venture capitalists are going so far as to say that all shopping will only take place online in the near future.  That’s a huge assumption to make.  Look at any grocery store on a weekend or near the holidays; they are packed with shoppers.  I will be as bold to say that there will never be a time when shoppers purchase everything online.  It’s much easier to drive to the store for coffee than to wait for it to be delivered.  There is a convenience with brick and mortar stores that online retailers still cannot match.  In fact, there does not need to be such a competition between online and offline shopping.  It’s ridiculous in a sense that the two need to be pitted against each other.  Instead, there will be a way in the not too distance future where online and offline retail work in tandem with each other.  In fact, they must reinvent a way to work together.  If e-tailers need a physical offline presence, then stores also need an online presence as well.  It won’t necessarily be a war between offline and online.  That wouldn’t make sense at all.  There is no dramatic death of traditional retail.  However, traditional retail must evolve to the needs of consumers today.  CEO’s of traditional retail stores will quickly realize they must make changes and evolve to continue a momentum of shoppers throughout their stores.  These stores will develop a way to appeal to both offline and online shoppers.  We will take a look now concerning online stores and how they are utilization vacant space in the physical world.

Pop-Up Shops

Pop-up shops or pop-up retail have been on the shopping scene for many years.  The term started becoming popular and heard more and more in about 1998-2000.  In short, pop-up shops are opening short-term sales spaces in vacant shops or buildings.  Usually the leases and rents with pop-up shops are for a shorter time period compared to traditional stores that signed longer leases.  In the early days, pop-up shops were seen as sharp, guerilla marketing.  In short, they would occupy space or spaces for a short time and/or until product sells out and then close shop or move on to new part-time storefronts.  Customers loved the idea of a short sell time in a store that would not be occupying its space for a long amount of time.  It was a sudden rush of “I must have this product” and many shoppers felt the need to buy the products at these pop-up shops.  Within a short amount of time pop-up retailing caught on across American and the UK.  Over the past few years it seems those not familiar learned more about pop-up shops, but in reality, they have been around for a while; more than a decade.  For smaller brands and businesses, pop-up shops let them test a market before signing expensive leases.  Some pop-up leases can last just one day.

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Many landlords are taking advantage of the pop-up popularity.  Instead of signing long-term expensive leases, they are fine renting out their space or spaces for a short amount of time to small and large brands.  Often landlords will let brands do whatever they want to the space as long as they turn it back to its original look.  Pop-ups are not only popular with startup brands, even large corporations like Target are taking advantage of short term retail.  To them it looks hip and cool.  On the radar super-trendy shopping districts are most favored for pop-up shops.  It has a cool element that traditional stores do not have.  Many tourists to New York city for instance will research where the pop-up shops are located and put them on a list of shops to visit.  Log on to Instagram and search the term #popup and you will find many temporary stores and shops across the globe.  It truly is an international shopping experience.  With so many consumers glued to their smartphones, pop-up shops are a way for brands to find their customers.  For instance if a music festival like Coachella is happening, startups and larger retailers may offer their goods in a temporary space.  This lets attendees see a brands products in person that they would normally only view on their website.  Online brands especially love to follow their consumer wherever they may be, even if it’s at a concert.

It used to be that established brands could only occupy physical retail space.  And then after they had many stores spread throughout the country, they would establish an online presence.  Now it’s the opposite.  The business model has change so that online only brands are able to secure fast space in the offline world.  You will find brands like Warby Parker taking advantage of temporary spaces to offer goods to their customers in a more touchy feely way.  Customers can try on their frames in person instead of order them and waiting for delivery.  If you live in NYC, it’s a perfect way to experience Warby Parker in person.  Customer aquistion online is actually more expensive than most realize.  Unless someone knows to go directly to your website, how will they find your online brand?  That’s why many of these online only brands hire expensive PR on a monthly retainer.  PR gets the online brand out there in magazines and on some of the most important blogs.  SEO is competitive and its very hard to find trustworthy people to help get your rankings higher on search engines.  Even though retainer fees with good PR companies are expensive, there is often better ROI than worrying about finding customers through search engine optimization.  Pop-up shops help relieve some of the worry of brand exposure and finding new customers.  Think of all of the shoppers who will find your temporary brick-and-mortar digs in NYC, Chicago, and San Francisco.

Fast food trucks also lead the way for this second generation of pop-up shops.  In 2009, the food truck phenom took over the nation.  From New York to New Mexico food trucks were popping up in numbers.  Each day they would move their truck to different parts of a city notifying would be customers via social media.  On sites like Twitter and Facebook the trucks would let fans and followers know where they would be parked and what was on the menu.  Taco trucks especially caught on like wild fire.  Online only brands took notice of the food truck popularity.  They wanted to be in front of a physical audience in a similar way.  We call this era of pop-ups second generation because it’s actually a continued evolution of what became popular nearly 16 years ago.  Although the concept has actually been around for centuries.  Trade and commerce are not new.

On the opposite end of the spectrum larger retail giants such as Target want to be a part of the pop-up action.  They see it as a buzz word if you will and don’t want to miss out.  They foresee that the pop-up craze isn’t fading in the near future.  Large retailers like Target have budgets to go into massive spaces such as vacant warehouses and completely transform them for an experience in shopping.  Before the holidays for instance they may completely renovate the looks of an old sewing factory to lure in shoppers that may not necessarily shop at their main big box store.  Pop-ups also allow more established stores to re-tell their story in a modern way.  Remember, we now live in an area of 140 characters and our attention is held by fast snaps on Instagram without a lot of verbiage.  Attention span is shorter than ever these days and retail is aware that they only have a small space to attract not only customers, but customers who will open their wallets.

In order to have a successful pop-up in this fickle time of retail, you need to clearly state your brand’s story in a short amount of time and make sure the brand mirrors the pop-up space.  For instance if you are selling sparkly hats and headbands, don’t lease temporary space in a dark and dreary vacant store.  And if you do, make sure to hire good renovators to make the space appeal to your buyers.  Make the sure the location is easy for your customers to find.  Don’t lease space in the part of a city people rarely visit.  Also keep your end goals in mind.  Make sure you keep an eye on ROI.  Pop-up stores will remain popular with brands both big and small.

BIO:  My name is Sophia Bennington and I write about the changing landscape in retail and e-tail.  You can find my work published across several different platforms.  I’m also a fashion blogger and you can see several of the posts I’ve written about PLIA Designs and their range of luxury designer handbags.

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.

Lovely Designer Handbags

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.

Designer Handbags

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.