Up-and-Coming Favorite: The Chloé Drew Bag

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Every fashionista has a vision of herself prancing around the streets, all done up, in an amazing outfit, and carrying an adorably classic bag slung over her shoulder. Designers every season work determinedly to create the perfect bag that can satisfy this fantasy. In recent months, we’ve seen classic shapes revitalized to appeal to the modern woman looking for something nostalgically classic, but smart and chic. Mansur Gavriel created a fashion frenzy with the minimalist bucket bag. Louis Vuitton took a twist on the retro tote with the Dora tote.

Now Chloé, the French fashion house, is making waves with its modernized saddlebag – The Drew Bag.

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Chloé’s most iconic bags include the Paddington satchel and the Marcie crossbody saddlebag. The Drew Bag was first released in the Fall/Winter 2014 collection, and brought a much-needed element of freshness to the Chloé line. Unlike these two older Chloé favorites, the Drew Bag embraces sharpness. As far as overall design, the Drew bag has very clean cut, angular lines that emphasize its saddle structure. The gold hardware is the standout, defining feature of this bag. It’s chain and lock closure are bold and almost jewelry-like. However even with luxurious looking hardware, the bag is not overly fussy or ornate. The hardware, along with the shape, make the Drew bag versatile for casual or formal dress.

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The Drew bag, although simple, is just a beautiful bag to admire. If you’re looking for a new piece or style to experiment with in your Fall wardrobe, the Chloe Drew bag is a great option! It is currently available in 4 different sizes nano, mini (as we’ve come to love in the ultimate mini guide), small, and medium. The medium size comes with a leather over the shoulder strap. The Drew is available in a variety of color and material combos ranging from calfskin leather, lambskin, suede,  python and animal hair. In basic materials, the Drew bags range from $1,650 to $2,050 at Barneys. See price chart below for more specifics.

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Chloé Drew Bag Prices

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Chloe Drew Bag - Nano $1,190
Chloe Drew Bag - Mini $1,650
Chloe Drew Bag - Small $1,850
Chloe Drew Bag - Medium $2,050</p>

Explore how the Drew bag is styled below for inspiration. The Drew bag is becoming quite the sensation with celebrities and really popping on our radars too!

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After all the eye candy, could you see the Chloé Drew Bag in your fall collection?!

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Queen Of Unsurpassed Luxury Names, Are You Her?

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Do your friends come to you for luxury fashion advice? Are you on their speed dial when they are at the luxury boutiques and unsure of which styles are in trend? If you need an added stamp of approval, ace the following luxury quiz and be well on your way to becoming the Queen of Luxury Names!

Which of the following is a myth of Bottega Veneta brand?
1- Bottega
– The name Bottega Veneta means “Venetian shop” and the company was begun to produce artisanal leather goods. The company’s artisans developed a leather-weaving technique, called “intrecciato”, that remains a signature of the brand.
– Bottega Veneta’s products have a label or a visible logo on the exterior, in addition to the intrecciato patterns.
– Bottega Veneta advertises with the slogan ‘When Your Own Initials Are Enough’.

2- Bottega

You can chalk one up for yourself if you guessed (2) the “logo”. The brand, known for its leather-weaving technique, has no visible logos on the brand’s products. This highlights the signature intrecciato weave, as well as the focus on artisanal production. In fact, when Bottega Veneta was in the early phase of manufacturing, the sewing machines in the workshops were designed to work with cloth not leather. The artisans then had to use super-fine leather to get under the needle. The leather was then woven into the intrecciato pattern to make the material stronger and more durable for accessories.

Read more about Bottega here.

Which of the following is a myth of Prada brand?
4-Prada
– Prada doesn’t use very flashy logos on its merchandise; Prada’s understated type of luxury is meant to be recognized only by luxury insiders and the most you will see as far as designer labeling goes is the famous upside down triangle logo.
– ‘Prada’ is engraved on bag tags and belt buckle closures only.
– Prada is famously known for its Saffiano leather. In a series of cross-hatch designs the leather is rendered very resistant to stains and scratches. This makes it easy to maintain and clean too.

5- Prada

You must be amongst the ranks of the fashion elite if you guessed (2): Engraved hardware. All of Prada’s hardware is engraved with ‘Prada’–from the belt buckle closures and magnets to the hooks and even the snap hook on the adjustable tags! The brand’s saffiano leather fame and understated “inward luxury” includes both the hardware and logo. Spot the right leg of the letter “R” of the Prada logo the next time you come close to one. The understated luxury is much coveted! Well, even the devil wears Prada…

Read more about Prada here.

Which of the following is a myth of Chloé brand?
7- Chloe
– Chloé’s leather products have natural spotting/pebbling patterns in the way an animal in nature would display this.
– The iconic Chloé Paddington have gold-colored metal accents to complement the tanned leather.
– The handles of Chloé bags come with an extra piece of leather fastened to the handles. The direction of the stitch should point outwards.

8- Chloe

If you gussed the (2) accents, you’re one rank closer to be named the Chloé ambassador. The French brand has grown to be synonymous with weekend luxe and the real Chloé Paddington has matte brass accents instead of shiny gold accents. Look out for the tell-tale stitch lines too.

Read more about Chloé here.

Which of the following is a myth of Chanel brand?
10-Chanel
– The original Chanel Flap bag designed by Coco has a rectangular turn lock and bijoux chain handle. This bag was discontinued decades ago and reissued by Karl Lagerfeld in 2005 for the 50th anniversary. The “Reissue” features CC hardware and a chain handle interwoven with leather.
– The hologram sticker inside the Chanel bag reveals the coordinates of Chanel headquarters in Paris.
– The iconic Chanel Classic Flap’s quilting is seamless; The exterior, pocket on the back and the flap should match up perfectly when the bag is closed.

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Do you name Karl Lagerfeld as one of your fashion inspirations? If you named (2) Hologram Sticker as the myth of Chanel, you’re definitely in on the latest Chanel news. The hologram sticker on the inside of the Chanel bag is covered by a plastic foil and contains a serial number of seven to eight digits, which determines when the bag was produced. This is highly useful for authentication purposes.

Read more about Chanel here.

Which of the following is a myth of Hermès brand?
13-Hermes
– The Birkin palladium hardware is unique and specific to many aspects of the bag, which includes the belt straps, the spindle and the interior zipper. Most Birkins have 4 studs at the bottom, though the larger, travel sizes usually have a middle row of studs as well.
– Hermès’ Birkin handbags feature a signature stamp: a heat stamp with the Hermès name.
– Hermès’ leather and exotic skins are top quality, sourced from all over the world. From the luxurious Togo and soft Clemence leather to the durable and rigid Epsom leather, there’s definitely a Hermès for any lifestyle.

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Well done, if you chose (2): stamps. In addition to the heat stamp, there’s also the blind stamp, which indicates the year the Birkin was made and the craftsman who created it. If repairs ever need to be done, you’ll be able to return to the same Hermès artisan. Talk about personalized service!

Read more about Hermès here.

Which of the following is a myth of Christian Dior brand?
16-Dior
– Besides Christian Dior himself, other famous designers Yves Saint Laurent and John Galliano have headed the label.
– Dior is made in France.
– Dior is practically royalty. Donned by Princess Grace of Monaco, Princess Alexandria of Yugoslavia and Lady Pamela Hicks at the royal wedding of Prince Charles and Princess Diana, the label is all luxury, class and desire.

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Christian Dior’s products are never (2): Made in France. Though the label on all Dior products say: Christian Dior Paris, the products are actually made in Italy! That’s something neat you can share at your next luncheon!

Read more about Dior here.

Did you affirm your title as a Queen of Luxury names? Share this and leave a comment on luxury brands you’d like to see a trivia on next.

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A CLOSER LOOK: THE DIORAMA BAGS

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The Diorama Bags are in season, hun! And in different colors and sizes to choose from, too! Looking at these babies, you’d think that Dior is cooking-up lots of designs – think of it as a large buffet, serving lots of goodies for everyone! If you could just see the smile on our faces…ah, heaven!

Still, there are signature touches that can be seen from these babies – look at the graphic Cannage print on some of these bags, and the Dior keychain and metal work placed strategically in front. You know, there are lots of things to be excited about when it comes to this family of Diorama bags – the variety of styles to choose from is enough reason to get pumped. From bags adorned with the cutest badges, to metallic showstoppers, you’ll never run out of go-to pieces!

Get your very own Diorama bag now!

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Top 5 Pieces for the Blushing Bride: The Honeymoon Stage

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Top 5 Pieces for the Blushing Bride

We are kicking off wedding season with must-haves for the blushing bride. Whether you’re packing for your honeymoon or just want to soften up your summer wardrobe, blush is the color to enhance your natural beauty. So flattering on all, I can’t get enough of the soft neutral shade.

1. Gucci Turnaround Large Reversible Bonded-Leather Tote: Start off with a double-faced tote that’s ready to travel. One side showcases Gucci’s trademark GG print; the other is pure blush leather. Here’s to this bag being the only thing that’s two-timing! 

2. Monica Vinader Diva Lotus Rose Gold-Plated, Quartz, and Diamond Earrings: A pair of pretty drop earrings will frame your visage nicely, while keeping your look subtly monochrome. 

3. Chloé Ruffled Cotton-Gauze Dress: I love a modern take on girlish ruffles, and Chloé has nailed breezy femininity with this effortless multi-tiered dress. On NET-A-PORTER for $3,295.

4. Charlotte Tilbury Cheek to Chic Swish & Pop Blusher in Love Glow: You’re probably already glowing, so use Charlotte’s blush to merely highlight your radiance in a snap. 

5. Dolce & Gabbana Lace & Suede Open-Toe Bootiesicon: A little bit of lace goes a long way, and these delicate booties inject the mood with a healthy dose of romance. 

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Find the Crown Jewel of Your Collection with a Rare Bag from Portero

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Everyday bags are, by definition, great. They’re the workhorses of not just our accessories collections, but our entire wardrobes; without them, every part of our daily routines would be different. Good day bags aren’t hard to find, though, and once you’ve got yours in order, the real fun can start. When it’s time for something special, Portero is here to help.

People like to joke about not knowing what to get the girl who has everything, but the way we see it, the answer is simple: a rare, special, conversation piece of a handbag. That can be anything from a classic Birkin with a hint of unexpectedly bright trim to a Chanel runway piece previously available only to important clients. There are as many ways for a bag to be extraordinary as there are for a woman to be. Not only does Portero have a wonderful selection of rare bags, but the company wants a chance to treat PurseBlog readers like the VIPs you are.

Join the Portero list to get three months of complimentary VIP membership, which includes a $50 credit off a $500 purchase, three months of free domestic ground shipping and white-glove concierge service. Not only do VIPs have access to all the rare bags below and more, but concierges can work with you to find the particular piece you’re looking for to complete your collection from Portero’s network of sources. It’s the ultimate way to expand your wardrobe into serious collector territory.

Below, check out some of the rarest bags Portero currently has available, or peruse the site’s full selection via Portero.

HERMÈS BIRKIN IN BLACK NILOTICUS CROCODILE WITH PALLADIUM HARDWARE, 25CM

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HERMÈS BIRKIN IN SANGUINE SHINY NILO CROCODILE

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CHANEL NO. 5 PLEXIGLASS MINAUDIERE CLUTCH

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HERMÈS CROCODILE ROULIS BAG WITH LEATHER TRIM

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CHANEL LIMITED EDITION BLACK COMPACT POWDER MINAUDIERE

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HERMÈS LISSE LYNDIE TWO-WAY CROCODILE SHOULDER BAG

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DELVAUX BRILLIANT SELLIER BAG MM

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HERMÈS SPECIAL ORDER HORSESHOE-STAMPED BIRKIN IN SAPPHIRE AND ROSE TYRIEN LEATHER, 35CM

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A CLOSER LOOK: ALEXANDER MCQUEEN ROSE KNUCKLE BOX CLUTCH BAG

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Alexander McQueen is the ‘queen’ of outrageous – there’s never a dull moment with this brand! And with the Rose Knuckle Box Clutch Bag, you’re sure to stand out with its gothic-romantic appeal. Oversized flowers, knuckledusters, a hard case…well, that’s quite difficult to beat, don’t you think? Expect a fashion revolution with this one!

Some weeks ago, we were able to feature this piece. You can click on the link below for more details about this one-of-a-kind baby.

READ: Alexander McQueen Rose Knuckle Box Clutch

If you’d ask our opinion, this baby is really just a femme-fatale starter item on its own – bold and beautiful, the clutch captures two ironies and merges them effortlessly. Carry this to your next evening event, and we guarantee that it will make heads turn. Just be ready for your close-up.

Get your very own Alexander McQueen Rose Knuckle Box Clutch Bag now!

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