ALEXANDER WANG ATTICA CHAIN BAG

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Meet the Alexander Wang Attica Chain Bag, we know what you’re thinking (The Kelly), but at the same time be open minded. You see, inspiration can come from anywhere and melting two ideas together can be innovation as well.

But the Alexander Wang Attica Chain Bag does really look like the Kelly Bag, especially the shape and the front strap. The location where the Kelly Lock should be is replaced with a belted front closure.

Besides the strap, the bag opens with magnetic flap closure as well; it features a top handle and an adjustable shoulder strap that can be removed. The shoulder strap is crafted with the signature bike chain detailing.

Open the bag to dive into the interior, you will one divider with two main compartments, standard zip pocket with Alexander Wang logo and signature in black and white.

Well, those that adore the Hermes Kelly Bag, but cannot afford one, might want to try out the Attica Chain Bag. It’s less expensive and it’s a designer brand.

Alexander Wang Mini Attica Chain Bag
Size: 8.5′ x 6′ x 3.5′ (L x H x W) inches
Price: $650 USD, €735 euro, £530 GBP, $910 AUD, $5900 HKD

Alexander Wang Attica Chain Bag
Size: 12′ x 7.75′ x 4′ (L x W x H) inches
Price: $850 USD, €960 euro, £695 GBP, $1190 AUD, $7700 HKD

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New Designer Handbags Added to My Wish List

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I love making handbag wish lists mostly because it gives me another reason to look at pictures of pretty bags. Also I find it very interesting to look at my old wish lists and see which bags I continue to like and which bags I no longer crave for. You can see my prior handbag wish list here. Out of that list, the bags that remain on my wish list include the Celine Box, YSL Sac de Jour and Lady Dior. Handbags on that list that I no longer want include Chloe Drew (chain too long), LV Alma (no longer love the shape), YSL envelope clutch (hardware too yellow) and Mansur Gavriel (for now).

Here are 11 new handbags that I am adding to my wish list!

1. Bulgari Serpenti Forever Shoulder Bag
The Bulgari Serpenti Forever Shoulder Bag is a top contender for my handbag purchase next year. The design on this bag is stunningly beautiful from the Bulgari’s signature snakehead closure with black and white enamels and malachite eyes to the snake-like shoulder straps to the geometric lines on the bag. This bag comes in a variety of colors and finishes but my favorite is this emerald green calfskin version – it is stunningly beautiful. There are two reasons holding me back from purchasing this handbag. One, I have too many small shoulder bags. Two, the leather on this calfskin version is very delicate and easily stretchable. This is the main hold back. I generally prefer more durable leather and carefree handbags and am hesitant about getting a handbag that I need to baby. Overall, the top two contenders for next year are Bulgari Serpenti Forever bag and Celine Box.1-bulgari-serpenti-forever-shoulder-bag

2. LV Capucines
I love the Capucines collection from LV. Compared to the familiar LV monogram handbags, I think the Capucines is much more beautiful, elegant and feminine. I especially love the versions with leather body and python handle. I think the Capucines has a similar look to the Hermes Kelly but is more feminine due to the softer edges and the LV logo in the middle. There are two sizes for the LV Capucines BB and MM; for my height the BB size is the better option. There are also two reasons holding me back from purchasing this bag. One, this bag is extremely pricey. It took me five years to take the plunge on a Chanel classic flap and I won’t be surprised if it takes me around five years to eventually get the Capucines. When handbags are this pricey, I want to make sure I really want the bag and it isn’t merely a short-term yearning. Two, I don’t think the Capucines will be the most practical bag with the large flap and the middle handle. 2-lv-capucines

3. Fendi Peekaboo (With Leather Weaves)
I have always liked the Fendi Peekaboo and consider it to be one of the classic bags. However, the Peekaboo was never added to my wish list because of the price and I just feel like something was missing from the Peekaboo. Well, that all changed when I saw this Indigo Peekaboo with leather weaves along the edges. Before this bag came out, I liked the Peekaboos with contrasting interior colors or monster eyes. However, this specific Peekaboo with the vibrant purple color and the weaves is the one. I believe this specific bag is from the Spring / Summer 2017 collection so if and when I am ready to purchase my next bag and I am still able to find this exact Peekaboo (in the regular size) then I think this bag might just be the winner. Compared to the Capucines I think the Peekaboo will be more functional.3-fendi-peekaboo

4. Chanel Boy (Large Chevron Pattern)
The Chanel Boy was never on my wish list because I prefer the look of the classic flap. I do like the Boy but I never loved it. Then Chanel came out with the Boy in the large chevron pattern and I had to fight hard to hold on to my money! To me the large chevron print feels much more chic than the classic quilting or even the smaller chevron print. Maybe it’s because the larger chevron print looks simpler and therefore is more aesthetically pleasing to me. There are three reasons holding me back from purchasing this bag even though I know Chanel might stop producing the Boy with the large chevron. One, it is very pricey. Two, for the price, the bag should be full leather. The old medium Boy is comparable to the M/L classic flap and at $200 price difference the Boy should not have fabric lining. Three, I have only seen these bags in lambskin and even though I’ve heard the lambskin on the Boy wears better than lambskin on the classic flap, I don’t know if I am ready for another lambskin bag that I need to baby.4-chanel-boy-chevron

5. Diorama
The Diorama is beautiful. I love the simple geometric lines on the bag. Simple yet stunning. The Diorama and the Chanel Boy are very similar in style and even though they are both on my wish list, I would only get one. If Chanel never came out with the large chevron Boy then I would hands down pick the Diorama. The bag offers better value in terms of price and the bag is made of full leather. I also think in general the Diorama looks better than the Chanel Boy (with the exception of the large chevron print). I have heard a few arguments on forums that Diorama copies the Chanel Boy therefore you should go for the original (Chanel). I agree with the first part of the argument, yes the shape and the chain of the Diorama are very similar to the Boy. However, I don’t agree just because of that you should go with the Chanel Boy. To me the bags are still different due to the different quilting and hardware.5-diorama

6. Celine Luggage Micro
I was very late to the Celine Luggage game, but seriously better late than never! I have the luggage in the nano size and finally understood why people went crazy / are still craving for these monkeys! To me the luggage is an extremely practical bag with a unique design and it is very well made – the leather from Celine is just addicting! Although the nano is great for weekends when I don’t need to carry around a lot, I still want a micro for work, travel and just for days when I do need to carry a little more. The luggage micro will definitely be a future purchase although I am going to wait until I go to Europe to take advantage of the lower prices there (~$1K cheaper) or I see it on sale. I saw a deep orange and a black micro luggage with the drummed leather TJMaxx for $1,999. I didn’t like either colors but am keeping an eye out to see if any other colors pop up! I inspected the handbags and nothing seems to be wrong with them, some bags do have crooked zippers or slight indents so make sure you check thoroughly! Check out TJMaxx Runway for more designer handbags on sale!

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7. Givenchy Pandora Box
I have been eyeing the Givenchy Pandora Box, especially when I find them on sale! Givenchy’s Pandora comes in a box (structured) version and a messenger (unstructured) version. Although the unstructured version is the original, I prefer the structured version because the box shape is so unique. True to Givenchy’s style, the box is very simple and can make any outfit look smart and chic. There is something about this bag, the more I look at it the more I like it. My only concern is whether getting in and out of the bag will be difficult given the small, rigid opening.7-givenchy-pandora-box

8. Tory Burch Perry Tote
I have been in the market for a new tote bag and my top choice is the Tory Burch Perry tote. The perry tote is an all-leather tote that is very simple. The only problem is I need to wait until a color I like goes on sale. 8-tory-burch-perry-tote

9. LV Twist Bag
My favorite part of this bag is the ingenious LV twist closure. I thought the twist lock was new but apparently it is one of LV’s signature turn-lock styles. Besides the lock, I also like the wave base – again a very unique feature that sets it apart from other bags on the market. The twist bag comes two sizes and numerous colors but my favorite is the denim epi leather. This bag is pretty but pricey so I am adding it to my wish list for now and will see how I feel about it in a year or two.9-lv-twist-bag

10. Gucci Soho Disco
Gucci has really been stepping up its bag game recently after Alessandro Michele took over as the brand’s creative director in Jan 2015. I have never been attracted to Gucci bags until recently. Even then the only bag from Gucci that I have been really wanting is the Gucci Soho Disco bag. I almost purchased the hot pink disco when it was 50% off on Gucci’s website earlier this year. Unfortunately in the hour that I took to decide, the hot pink disco was sold out. I love the boxy shape of the Gucci disco and of course the tassel! The bag looks very utilitarian and will probably be one of my favorite weekend bags. Need to keep an eye out for the next Gucci sale!10-gucci-soho-disco

11. Hermes Kelly (Sellier)
I am adding the Hermes Kelly bag to my wish list and I expect this bag to be on the wish list for a while because it is so pricey and impossible to get. For a while I liked the Birkin more but slowly and surely I was converted over to the Kelly mainly due to the shoulder strap and I think the Kelly has a younger look than the Birkin. For the Kelly you can get either it the Retourne or the Sellier. The Retourne has the leathers folded and the stitching inside giving it a more relaxed look while the Sellier has the stitching on the outside giving it a more structured look. I personally like the Sellier version. 10-hermes-kelly-sellier

I hope you enjoyed reading through the new additions to my wish list. As always thank you for reading!

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CHANEL OVERSIZED QUILTED BACKPACK

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After long hours of research, you finally completed your wish list. Then another unknown bag comes along and confuse your initial plan. Meet the new Chanel XL Quilted Bag.

Not featured on Chanel’s official website, but the Chanel XL Quilted Bag should be considered in your plan-of-purchase or your-next-shopping-spree plan. Now here’s what we know:

It’s a new backpack from Chanel. The design is brand-new, so nothing similar has ever been done in the past – with large and thick quilting, it feels like Prada’s Bomber Bags. The front flap is made with the signature CC logo and the top is adorned with leather-woven-chain-strap.

The material feels very strong, so it’s a nice backpack when you are on a city trip or climbing the Mountain Everest (obviously, you will need more than that).

As in all backpacks, the interior is large enough to fit all your essentials. So what do you think?

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Celine Trapeze Review

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The Trapeze was my first love out of all Celine handbags. That is impressive because I literally like every single handbag from Celine: luggage, box, trio, belt, knot, and the list goes on and go. Yet, without a doubt, the Trapeze was on the top of my list. I lovelove the clean lines, the classic “briefcase” shape, the distinctive wings from Celine, the sleek silhouette, the simple lock and the large curvature of the top handle.

I’ve had the Trapeze for over a year now and would like to share my thoughts! As much as I love the Trapeze, there are some flaws and points to consider before you make your purchase.

The Trapeze I purchased is in the small size with drummed leather and gold hardware. The color is called indigo which is a bright blue in the sunlight but a darker blue indoors.1a. Celine Trapeze_Front1b. Celine Trapeze_Back1d. Celine Trapeze_Clasp1c. Celine Trapeze_Bottom

Sizes – Mini, Small and Medium
From my knowledge, the Trapeze comes in 3 sizes: mini, small and medium (there might have been a large size at one point). Honestly I think the small is the best size unless you are tall and the medium won’t look overwhelming or you carry around a lot of stuff. The small Trapeze measures 10.5” x 8” x 6”, these are the measurements excluding the wings. At its widest wingspan, the small Trapeze measures 17 inches. Out of all my bags, I bump into people and things the most with the Trapeze due to these wings.

The mini is really cute but I haven’t seen them in Celine boutiques recently. If you are looking for a mini bag, I think the nano luggage beats the mini Trapeze hands down (although the nano luggage costs significantly more). I actually think the medium size looks better proportionally; however, I purchased the small in the end due to my height, the minimal amount of stuff I carry and I think the small has the best chance of preserving its beautiful shape the longest.2a. Celine Trapeze_Sizes

Tri-Color vs. Solid Color Trapeze
Celine is known for its beautiful tricolor combinations. Although I have to say for the past few seasons, none of the tricolor combinations have been that great. Tricolor is very “Celine” but it’s not very “me” and I wanted to stay true to what I like and what I will use so I went with a solid color Trapeze.

I do like some color combinations but it’s very rare and even rarer for me to find the specific tricolors at the boutiques. Either case, you can’t go wrong with a tricolor or a solid color. The pro of a tricolor is you can pair it with any outfit that has a single matching color or similar color. The tricolors makes the bag much more edgy and fun. However, I think in the long term solid colors will last longer on the “fashion timeline” and on my personal timeline. I don’t know if tricolors will be “in” in 10 years but I know for certain I would prefer a solid color bag 5, 10, 20, and 30 years from now.

For the solid colors, black, dune, indigo, and vermillion are all in Celine’s permanent collections. I love the black but the indigo was just more special and I think the color is very versatile for all seasons.2b. Celine Trapeze_Diff Combos

Leather: Smooth vs. Drummed
In all other Celine bags I like the look of the smooth leather but because the design of the Trapeze is so simple, I think the textured drummed leather makes the bag more interesting, especially if you are getting a solid color Trapeze. The smooth calfskin leather is beautiful but prone to scratches. In general, I don’t mind scratches but I think they will be more pronounced on the Trapeze, again because the bag is so simple.

The interior and the wings can be leather or suede. Personally, I wanted an all leather bag because suede is harder to clean. However, solid color trapezes only come with suede wings, which I actually learned to appreciate later. Even though the leather and the suede of my Trapeze are both indigo color, they are actually different tones of blue. The suede is a slightly darker and richer blue than the leather so in some ways I got a two-toned Trapeze. Overall it was the indigo color that took my breath away in the stores, so I signed onto the suede wings.

Other alternatives include pony hair, croc stamped leather, saffiano leather, full suede, nubuck calfskin, canvas, felt, and exotics. Overall, I highly recommend the leather; smooth or drummed, Celine’s leather is heavenly!

Practicality – Lock / Opening & Closing
The biggest drawback to the Trapeze is it’s difficult to get in and out of the bag. First, you have to open the square clasp, then you have to turn the lock horizontally, then open the flap, then unzip to get your content.

  • You can try to cut down a step and keep the bag unzipped; however, if your bag is stuffed, the second you open the flap, your contents are very likely to fall out
  • If you want to cut down a step and just have the lock on horizontally, the clasp won’t close properly and an SA told me it will damage the hardware overtime

So there are no real shortcuts. To access goodies from the bag, I have to either use both hands or do a one-leg stand, have the bag sit on my leg then take out the content. As a result, I only open the bag to grab larger items. For my wallet, I would leave one of the wings unbutton so I can simply slip my hands through. The exterior zipped pocket is also extremely useful, you can slip your most used card or phone in the outside compartment.

Is it a pain? Yes.
Do I wish it was easier? Definitely.
Does it prevent me from using the bag? Maybe 10% of the time.
Do I regret buying the bag? Not at all.

If anything, the “bulkiness” of the bag and the wings prevent me from reaching for this bag more than the opening / closing. By bulkiness I mean the amount of space this bag takes up due to the large base and the wings. The base will make the bag stick out more and you are bound to bump into something with the wings. If I am heading somewhere with a crowd or I want to be more “agile” then I would not reach for this bag.3a. Celine Trapeze_Clasp


Hardware, Compartments, Handle and Shoulder Strap
The Trapeze like all other Celine handbags have minimal hardware. The whole bag, excluding some hardware around the straps, only has the square lock. Celine hardware also has an aged finish. I like the aged / vintage look and think with the Trapeze it helps with the casual vibe. The inside of the Trapeze is just one large open compartment. There are 2 pockets on one side of the bag which I never use.

I do think it’s pretty cool that these 2 pockets are on the same leather flap as the exterior pocket. The fact that 3 pieces of leather can be sewn together and still be so thin and sturdy is pretty amazing.

Unfortunately, I have to say this bag doesn’t hold very much relative to its mass. The reason is due to the trapezoidal shape. Although the base is large, the bag becomes narrow on the top so overall the volume of the bag is half of what it would be if it had a rectangle shape. For me, the room is more than sufficient, I usually only carry around phone, wallet, keys, sunglasses and a scarf in the winter. Also you won’t want to overstuff this bag anyways to prevent the shape from sagging. Overall, this bag carries enough for a daily basis but I don’t think it would be the best travel or work bag (note: this is for the small size).

Lastly, I wished this bag came with feet, either leather or metal, to protect the base of the bag.3b. Celine Trapeze_Middle Compartment3c. Celine Trapeze_Middle Compartment

Versatility
Versatility is a very attractive characteristic of a bag because chances are you only have a limited number of bags and if you can stretch each bag to have multiple looks, uses, or functionalities then you have more options than the mere number of bags. When it comes to the Trapeze, I think this bag wins the multiple-look category. Of course the standard is having the wings out, but you can also tuck it in and voila, it changes the look completely! I love wearing the wings tucked-in because it reminds me of the Celine Box, another bag I love.

I have to mention that if you do wear the wing tucked-in then the bag really doesn’t hold much. Also when the wings are tucked-in, the zipper becomes harder to zip and unzip because everything is more crammed together. Generally I don’t carry a lot of stuff, so I like wearing the wings tucked-in, it makes the bag look very simple, classic, sleek and I am much less prone to bumping into things.

The Trapeze comes with one large handle that you can carry in your hands or on the crock of your arm. The large arc of the handle makes it super easy to carry. Then the bag also comes with a shoulder strap. The length of the strap is perfect for over the shoulder; it is seriously the ideal length for my 5’2” height. The downside is the length is too short for cross body. The shoulder strap has a rectangular padding which makes the strap very comfortable on the shoulder; however, this padding can shift around slightly so at the end of the day you might have to adjust it back to the middle.

Although you can get multiple looks out of the Trapeze, the one thing you can’t do is make it a formal / night bag. To me the Trapeze is classic yet modern, casual yet pulled together, simple yet sophisticated. It’s just beautiful!4a. Celine Trapeze_Ways to Wear4b. Celine Trapeze_Ways to Wear

Celine Trapeze Losing Its Shape
One of the biggest concerns I had was whether the Trapeze will start to sag and lose its shape after a while. If you google “out of shape Celine Trapeze” you will find many pictures of Trapezes with both ends sticking up, the flap concaved in and the poor square lock working very hard to hold the bag together. In my opinion, the small Trapeze has a better chance of preserving its shape than the medium Trapeze. However, I would have to say how much you stuff your Trapeze will impact how long it can maintain its shape much more than the size. In another words, don’t carry everything with you in the Trapeze if you want to preserve the shape as long as possible!

From the PurseForum, it seems Celine has updated the structure of the Trapeze post 2011 to make it more structured and less prone to sagging. Personally, I still think the shape will eventually give out, how long just depends on the size of the bag and how much you put into your bag.

Price and Where to Buy
The price of the Trapeze depends on the size, leather type, leather combo and color combo. The solid color in drummed leather is retailing for $2,550 currently in the U.S.

Of course you can purchase the bag directly from a boutique. Please just note, Celine has a no refund, exchanges within 14 days policy. I have also seen certain colors of the Trapeze go on sale for ~$2,300 on flash sale sights such as Ruelala and Gilt. You can also get it on consignment websites such as Yoogi’s Closet and Fashionphile. I actually think you can get a great value buying the Trapeze used because for some reason the Trapeze has a lower resale value compared to the luggage. I have not purchased any bags from the flash sale sites or consignment websites so I cannot comment on the quality, authenticity or customer experience.

Also if you are able to travel to Europe then you can save substantially on Celine handbags! The prices are already lower to begin with plus the ~15% VAT return plus the favorite exchange rates can save you ~30%! If you have family or friends traveling to Europe, consider asking them to do you a huge favor and help you bring one back! Just remember to be flexible with what you are looking for, especially if you are looking for a tri-color, it might not be available at the specific boutique.

Lastly, MimiLovesToShop talks about personal shoppers from Harrods and Selfridges in her YouTube videos (see here and here). You can purchase Celine bags through personal shoppers from these two European retailers. You do have to pay shipping fee and a 2% commission but you will still save money with the lower prices in Europe and VAT returns.

What Specifically to Look For in a Trapeze Bag
I purchased my bag from the Celine boutique in Saks Fifth Avenue in Boston. The bag came with a dust bag, tags and a care booklet. My bag did not come in a box but please make sure you ask for one, Celine boxes are really nice!

I had to exchange my Trapeze twice because both times there was something wrong with the bags. I got really dishearten at the quality and I couldn’t return the bag due to the exchange only policy. It took two tries but eventually I did find the perfect Trapeze.

The first Trapeze I bought, I looked over stitching, glue, hardware, anything “off”. I anything so paid and went home with the bag. Once I got home, I realized there were these air bubbles inside the flaps. I rushed back to the store and after examining a few Trapezes, I found the flap actually consists of two pieces of leather sewn together on the edges only so there is supposed to be “air” in between the leathers to allow the flap to fold over properly. However, the Trapeze in the right picture below (my 1st bag) had noticeable pockets where as the Trapeze in the left picture, the leather was much smoother. So make sure to specifically look underneath the flaps for the Trapeze!5a. Celine Trapeze_Flap Bubble(Note: This picture demonstrates what I was talking about earlier, the color Indigo is electric blue in the sunlight but dark blue indoors.)

I was able to exchange the Trapeze with the air bubble for another one. Yet after a few days I realized on the second bag, where the shoulder strap meets the actual hardware, the leather was actually glued onto the hardware so you couldn’t move the leather around! The glue was likely from the black piping used around the edges of the bags. I had to go back and exchange the bag again. Please see the circle below for the area I am referencing, unfortunately I did not take a picture of the glued-on straps.
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Wear & Tear
So far this bag is still in great shape after a year. The bag has maintained its shape but I do notice the leather softening a bit and the sides starting to sag. I don’t see any scratches on the exterior drummed leather but I do see scuffs in the interior smooth leather.

Also the buttons of the wings, I am starting to see the leather wearing out. Mine is not bad at all but I have seen some Trapezes with the half of the leather on the buttons gone. I don’t snap open and close the buttons often so I don’t anticipate this to be a problem.6a. Celine Trapeze_Wear and Tear

Maintenance
Besides the usual maintenance, i.e., not letting it get rained on, stuffing it when you’re not using it for a while, storing it in the dust bag, not over stuffing the bag, etc. The SA told me to use moisturizers on the drummed leather once every three months. She recommended first cleaning the bag with a damp clothe then using the Coach moisturizer to make circular motions to apply the moisturizer. (This Coach moisturizer must be new packaging because the prior version was in a white bottle.) Then for the suede part, I was told to get a soft bristle toothbrush and brush the suede leather gently in one direction.

To be honest, I haven’t moisturized or brushed my Trapeze just because I don’t think it’s necessary yet. In fact, I don’t think it’s necessary unless you use the bag everyday; once every 3 months seems excessive. Plus I am concern if I put moisturizer on the leather often, the leather will soften faster and lose its shape faster. Maybe in a few months I will purchase the Coach lotion and do a “maintenance” moisturizing on it.

Summary Pros

  • Beautiful and classic bag with clean lines
  • The leather is out of this world
  • The top handle and shoulder strap are very comfortable and the perfect lengths!
  • Versatile bag that can be carried in multiple ways

Summary Cons

  • It’s a little troublesome to get in and out of the bag
  • For the size of the bag, it does not fit that much
  • Leather will invariably soften over time and the bag might slowly lose its shape
  • No feet to protect the leather
  • Resale value heavily depends on the condition and the shape (in general the Trapeze has a lower resell value than the luggage)

Overall, I personally love the Trapeze. It is not the most functional bag in terms of ease-of-use but I love the look so much that I can and am willing to take the extra effort to use the bag.

If you have made it this far, thank you so much for reading my whole post!!! You must be a handbag lover as well =P I hope you found this post helpful. I think most of the time we search for reviews to help us answer basic questions, but the real answer of whether we should get a particular bag lies within our hearts. The heart wants what it wants

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