Archive for the 'Handbags' Category

Very Quilted

September 8, 2010

Sometimes it’s easy to forget that bags other than Chanel come in quilted materials. But they definitely do, and one of our current faves is the updated Miu Miu Coffer bag carried by Rachel Bilson, above. The elongated diamond pattern and oversized turn lock is just unusual enough to turn heads, but the oversized silhouette and rich shade of brown make it perfect for every day use. Here are a couple of our picks for non-Chanel quilted bags, or click to shop our whole collection.

BALENCIAGA Quilted Matelasse

MARC JACOBS Blue Metallic Quilted Python Bag

The Bucket List

September 7, 2010

Here’s Halle Berry (left) and Kate Bosworth carrying bucket bags, a silhouette I think we’ll be hearing much more from in the coming season. Halle’s is a Cleobella “Kaya” bucket tote, while Kate is toting Alexander Wang‘s fabulous studded Diego in suede. This shape is particularly good for those of you who have a lot of essentials because the expandable shape allows for a lot of storage when you’re on the go.

If you like the look of the bucket bag, definitely check out our collection of Louis Vuitton NOE bags. Cinched at the top with a drawstring and available in bold colors as well as the classic monogram, it’s a classic that will fit well with the upcoming trends.

Luxe for Less?

September 2, 2010

Hot off the presses! Lanvin and H&M just announced their upcoming collaboration for fall, and I, for one, could not be more excited.

Alber Elbaz, artistic director of Lanvin, had this to say about the collaboration: “H&M approached us to collaborate, and see if we could translate the dream we created at Lanvin to a wider audience, not just a dress for less. I have said in the past that I would never do a mass-market collection, but what intrigued me was the idea of H&M going luxury rather than Lanvin going public. This has been an exceptional exercise, where two companies at opposite poles can work together because we share the same philosophy of bringing joy and beauty to men and women around the world.”

Don’t know much about Lanvin? Here’s a primer to get you acquainted:

Since joining Lanvin as artistic director in 2001, Alber Elbaz has transformed the Paris-based label, founded in 1889 by Jeanne Lanvin, into a fashion powerhouse bursting with ideas and creativity. Alber Elbaz has pioneered there some of the biggest trends of the past decade – ribbon, bows, pearls, raw edges, sumptuous color and metallic embellishment among many others. Alber Elbaz has a mastery of cut and an instinct for cloth which leaves a very personal signature on his work, ensuring that all Lanvin clothes are instantly recog nizable. Since the introduction of a new menswear line in 2006, Alber Elbaz has also transformed the male wardrobe, bringing a relaxed elegance to men’s clothing which is as special as the womenswear.

Want to own a piece of the brand now? I love this plum leather tote–it would be perfect for fall.

The New Essentials

August 25, 2010

I brought up the massive popularity of camel for fall earlier this week, and now it’s time to really take a look at some of the best bets for the season. This week’s homepage is all about “The New Essentials”–these are handbags that, while they may not be brand new, still fit in perfectly with fall’s trends. We’ve curated four sets of bags: Camel, Exotic skins, Black and Red.

Red happens to be one of fall’s strongest colors–check out a couple of pictures from Zac Posen‘s most recent runway show. What do you think about the red velvet?

Lizard Lady

August 24, 2010

Eva Longoria Parker has been seen all over Hollywood rocking her Adriana Castro “Annie” lizard clutch. I particularly like that she shows us just how versatile the bag is–it looks just as good with jeans and a t-shirt as it does with a structured dress for evening. This goes to show you that exotic skins can often act as a neutral even though they are essentially one big pattern.

Want to try the same look with a lizard clutch? Here are a few of our absolute favorites:

LAMBERTSON TRUEX Brown Lizard Minaudiere with Silver Hardware

JUDITH LEIBER Vintage Spotted Olive & Black Lizard Rock n Roll Studded Clutch Evening Bag

BOTTEGA VENETA Black Lizard & Suede Ruffle Evening Clutch Bag

First image via People.com

All About Camel

August 23, 2010

According to insiders at Bergdorf Goodman, Saks and Browns, camel is the new black–what do you think? Check out Style.com’s Fall 2010 Buyers’ Guide for some specifics and then take a look at our favorites for autumn. Are you already investing in camel or is it too neutral for you?

CHANEL Beige Caviar Quilted Classic Flap (above)

CHLOÉ Paraty Shopper Tote

JIMMY CHOO Camel Lohla-Jayne

Monogram Madness

August 12, 2010

Sometimes all you want is a classic, and that’s why we spent some time collecting Louis Vuitton monogram bags in all shapes and sizes. We amassed quite a collection, and now we’re offering them to you in today’s First Finds.

We have  your basic Speedys, Almas and Keepalls, but we also have limited edition Malletier Messengers, Papillons and Reporters.

The best part about these bags is that they’re pre-owned, so they’re already broken in. That means it’ll look like you’ve owned the bags forever. These are priced to move, so click through and get yours now!

Kanye’s Vintage Hermes

August 10, 2010

Love him or hate him, Kanye West definitely has strong opinions about style. He’s collaborated with Louis Vuitton on a shoe line, has an apartment full of modern art that has been featured in many magazines, and even loves to talk about his accessories on his Twitter account. His most recent post? The worn leather tote above, complete with a caption reading: “Vintage Hermes travel bags are tight yo!!!

While everyone might not get the appeal of a bag with obvious years under its belt, there’s something about the aged patina of good leather that feels like luxury. Kanye’s bag, while rough around the edges, is still fully functional and has a lot more character than somethings straight out of the workshop. Plus, I love the initials on the front–doesn’t it make you wonder who used to own the bag and where it’s been?

Want to check out Portero’s pre-owned Hermes? Shop here, and know that every one of these pieces are made so well that you can pass them down to the next generation!

Bowled Over

August 4, 2010

Looking for a black bag that is making the rounds on the arms of young Hollywood? The Chanel Bowler is a hot ticket these days. I think stars like Mischa Barton, Rachel Bilson and Avril Lavigne are attracted to the bag because it’s roomy enough for all of their necessities and the oversized chain detail feels a little bit rock and roll.

Right now we have the 12″ version in calfskin as well as a huge 17″ patent version with black resin hardware. Wouldn’t the jumbo be perfect as a carry-on bag for your next trip?

Trendworthy?

August 3, 2010

Style.com’s Fall Shopping Guide is out, and it is definitely packed with accessories you’ll soon be drooling over. This year’s guide was handpicked by 23 fashion insiders–from models to stylists to editors–and makes you (almost) wish for a chill in the air so you can start indulging.

Luckily, you don’t need to have this season’s full-price products to get the hottest looks. Here’s a roundup of some of my favorite forecasted trends and corresponding pieces available (for less!) on Portero.com:

Gold is the new black. Anna Dello Russo, Fashion Director at Large, Vogue Nippon (above). I couldn’t agree more. Metallics are still huge, and you can’t go wrong with a little glam in your wardrobe. Try the Michael Kors Gold Python Beverly for chic shine.

Off-white for winter. Hanelli Mustaparta, model. Forget what they used to say about white after Labor Day–the old rules are totally played out. This fabulous vintage Chanel camera medallion logo bag will work in the colder months when paired with wools or tweeds.

An oversized necklace. Natalie Massanet, founder, Net-a-Porter. Natalie likes to pair hers with a tailored white shirt, colorful shift dress or an elegant evening gown. You can’t really go wrong with a statement piece like this VRBA lapis and baroque pearl necklace.