27Jul

Top 5 Summer Totes

These totes aren’t made out of straw, so they’re easy to clean and pack in your suitcase. My favorite is the Marc by Marc Jacobs Packable Shopper, $58 at ShopBop.com or Bloomingdale’s. It’s thin and flexible, so you can fold it and put it on your suitcase easily. Plus it comes in stripes – navy and white (my favorite), yellow and white – and lots of fun prints, too.

Marc by Marc Jacobs Packable Shopper is a great beach tote.

Marc by Marc Jacobs Packable Shopper

The Trina Turk Towel Tote, $145 at Bloomingdale’s, is another great option. I love the print and the size. You can really fit a lot in there! It comes in white and clear and hot pink and clear.

This Trina Turk Towel Tote is perfect for the beach.

Trina Turk Towel Tote

The Kate Spade Daycation Tote is cute and versatile. You could easily use this for work or as a weekend bag.

The Kate Spade Daycation Tote is perfect for the beach.

Kate Spade Daycation Tote

This Lauren by Ralph Lauren Harbor Island Beach Bag is preppy and adorable, available in navy and red. It will look great with a pair of torn denim shorts and a bikini top! You can find it at Lord & Taylor for $98.

Lauren by Ralph Lauren Harbor Island Beach Bag

Lauren by Ralph Lauren Harbor Island Beach Bag

The See by Chloe Tote comes in a fun animal print in beige and black and fuchsia and black. Because of the colors, it’s not seasonal, so you can use it throughout the year. It’s $105 at Bloomingdale’s.

This See by Chloe Tote is the perfect tote for beach or work.

See by Chloe Tote

29Apr

Chic Luggage

A basic black Swiss Army suitcase will do… but why? This chic luggage will make your travel experience more fashionable.

The Tumi Vapor is a great carry-on suitcase.

Tumi Vapor

Let’s start with Tumi – well made, not too expensive (as far as well-made luggage is concerned), and has stylish pieces for men and women.

The Tumi Vapor is my trendy pick. It features a hard shell, made of a lightweight, 3 layer alloy of ABS and polycarbonate. I love the colors this suitcase comes in – gold, gray, black, floral print, blue, and khaki.

The Tumi Vapor is a great carry-on suitcase.

Tumi Alpha Bravo

For a more utilitarian look, I like the Tumi Alpha Bravo McConnell International Carry-On. It’s made of soft and durable ballistic nylon and has wheels, top and side handles. It comes in black and khaki.

The Hideo Wakamatsu Tarapulin carry on is flexible, water resistant, and adjustable.

Hideo Wakamatsu Tarapulin Carry On

 

Hideo Wakamatsu makes fun carry-ons in bright colors. Half the collection features a hard shell, and the rest are made out of Tarapulin, a flexible, water and shred resistant material.

What I like about this piece is the adjustable straps that allow you to expand the deepness of the bag (great for people like me who have to stuff all their shoes into one carry-on). There are no heavy metal frames, which means it’s super lightweight.

J Crew collaborated with British luggage company, Globe-Trotters, to create this sunny yellow suitcase.

JCrew Globetrotters Yellow Suitcase

The collaborative collection from J.Crew and Globe-Trotter caught my eye. Specifically, the bright yellow trunk-style suitcase. Each of these bags are handcrafted in England by Globe-Trotter and are made of Vulcan Fibre, which they claim can withstand the weight of a 1 ton elephant! I probably won’t get to test that theory, but it sounds like it should travel just fine. This heirloom quality suitcase features leather trim and straps, wheels, and cotton lining.

The Louis Vuitton Pegase 65 is a classic piece of luggage.

Louis Vuitton Pegase 65

And last but not least, the classic, Louis Vuitton. The Pegase 65 is a great carry-on and will last for years. It’s made of the durable Damier canvas and includes several zipper pockets, a removable pouch, and garment bag. You can even monogram it!

4May

World’s Most Valuable Luxury Brands

Millward Brown Optimor just released their annual list of the World’s Most Powerful Luxury Brands. They’ve noted that the luxury category overall is down 3%, and brands that focused on heritage rather than high fashion fared better.

1. Louis Vuitton: up 2% to $19.78 Billion
- Focused on their primary consumer, the Jetsetter.

Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2010 Ad Campaign

Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2010 Ad Campaign

2. Hermes: up 8% to $8.46 Billion
- Charge much more for their bags than their competitors, tight control over selected retailers.

Hermes 2010 Campaign

Hermes 2010 Campaign

3. Gucci: up 2% to $7.59 Billion
- Developed a partnership with Christie’s to appraise vintage Gucci luggage and handbags.

Gucci Summer 2010 Ad Campaign with Natasha Poly

Gucci Summer 2010 Ad Campaign with Natasha Poly

4. Chanel: down 11% to $5.55 Billion
- The decrease in sales is a sign of the times. Their classic quilted bag was still a good seller, as well as fragrances and cosmetics, but people were not willing to spend the extra money on ready-to-wear.

Chanel Spring 2010 Ad Campaign with Claudia Schiffer

Chanel Spring 2010 Ad Campaign with Claudia Schiffer

5. Hennessy: down 1% to $5.37 Billion
- This LVMH brand is super popular in China.

Hennessy

Hennessy

6. Rolex: down 14% to $4.74 Billion
- Suffered due to the recession, just like Cartier

Rolex 2010 Fall/Winter Ad Campaign

Rolex 2010 Fall/Winter Ad Campaign

7. Moet & Chandon: down 12% to $4.82 Billion
- Still the #1 champagne brand despite the decline.

Moet & Chandon Campaign 2010 with Scarlett Johansson

Moet & Chandon Campaign 2010 with Scarlett Johansson

8. Cartier: down 19% to $3.96 Billion
- Severe decline in sales to 3rd party retailers.

Cartier Summer 2010 Campaign

Cartier Summer 2010 Campaign

9. Fendi: down 8% to $3.2 Billion
- Known for “it” bags in the US, super popular in Asia; ready-to-wear designed by Karl Lagerfeld as an answer to Gucci’s ready-to-wear.

Fendi Spring/Summer 2010 Ad Campaign

Fendi Spring/Summer 2010 Ad Campaign

10. Tiffany & Co.: up 6% to $2.38 Billion
- Did not place last year; brand refused to discount in 2009, plans to expand to Asia and Western Europe.

Tiffany & Co.

Tiffany & Co.