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Longchamp Le Pliage Cuir Backpack XS

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Open your bag wardrobe and you’d most probably find one (or two) that comes from Longchamp’s diverse Le Pliage line. Search Le Pliage on Longchamp’s site and you’ll find 4 distinct categories – there’s the ever popular Le Pliage Nylon, the canvas-based Le Pliage Néo, the limited editions (remember the collaborations with Jeremy Scott and Mary Katrantzou?) and of course, the Le Pliage Cuir line.

An all-leather series that stays true to the origami-inspired Le Pliage line, Le Pliage Cuir bags are light and foldable, yet retaining a soft-to-the-touch appeal that makes it a standout from its nylon siblings. Crafted out of Metis leather, which is a hybrid of goatskin and lambskin, the Le Pliage Cuir range has 3 bags under its line-up, the top-handle totes that come in many sizes, the smaller crossbody sling and the all-new Backpack XS, which is also the subject of today’s post.

Measuring 22 cm wide and 25 cm high, this backpack is the answer for the lady who’s looking for an all-leather variant of the zippered nylon backpack we’re used to seeing from the Le Pliage Nylon range. With the Backpack XS, the zipper is replaced with a drawstring closure beneath the buttoned front flap, which makes it easier to reach into. Finished with a top handle and adjustable straps, the backpack is every bit as functional as it is stylish, with seven (yes seven!) different hues for you to choose from.

Aside from Natural, Pilot Blue and Pink you see sketched out above, the Backpack XS (SGD710) also comes in 4 other colours like Black, Cherry, Navy, and Pebble. From safe neutrals to the bright and snazzy, there’s got to be one colour that’s suited for you. Been on a search for an all-leather casual weekend backpack that’s affordably priced? You’re looking at it.

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An iconic bag always starts with the name. The name needs to be as good as the look. Have you heard about the C’est Dior Bag yet? It’s a new handbag introduced for the Fall Winter 2017 Collection. C’est Dior means It’s Dior in French, literally! What a beautiful name, don’t you think?

The C’est Dior Bag is made in minimal design and we might understand why. Dior will be lifting this bag to become the house’s next classic, so be prepared.

The design

The front looks like an envelope, featuring a triangle-shaped front flap. The bag is made calfskin, which is a luxurious leather but also durable. It can handle some abuse, but it’s best to treat it like a baby to keep it in new condition.

But what should get your excited is the brand-new clasp. It’s Dior’s next signature clasp, made with a 3D ‘D’ design for Dior. If you look at the bag’s front, you will notice the C for C’est Dior. But if you change the angle and look at the side, you will see the bottom part of the clasp, which is a ‘D’ logo and it stands for Dior. The design is clever, functional and classy. We will be hearing a lot about this bag in the upcoming months.

This bag comes with the latest DIOR chain, which can be detached, meaning it can be transformed in an evening clutch. The chain is gorgeous as well, if you zoom-in, you will see that the house’s name is engraved on each link.

The interior

The interior is as spacious as a mini bag. It’s made with one large compartment and a zip pocket to store your important essentials. The overall appearance looks very classic and chic. It matches well with a lot of your outfit due to its minimal style. However, when you carry it, the bag will shine and certainly attract attention because of the gorgeous leather, but also due to the new signature clasp and the shiny chains.

The calfskin leather is measured 17 x 12 x 4.5 cm, priced at €2200 euro, £1950 GBP, ₩3,400,000 WON via Dior boutiques.

The leopard print pony-effect calfskin is priced at €2400 euro, £2150 GBP, ₩3,700,000 WON.






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Just recently, Dior held an I Feel Blue exhibition in Shanghai and naturally it was all about the blue color. However, the event was also an opportunity for Maria Grazia Chiuri to showcase their ready-to-wear Fall Winter 2017 Collection. During the event, she was also introducing three new embroidered Lady Dior Bags. These bags are all developed with the same themes and techniques like those in the fashion show.

The three different embroideries are called I feel blue, The moon in my eyes and Astrology. The names fit perfectly to the figurative motifs on these bags. The I feel blue Lady Dior Bag is designed with gold but notable blue threads. It’s also crafted with the new modern DIOR charm and vintage golden hardware.

The other Lady Dior Bags are all boasted with golden motifs in black color. This work of art is also extended on the large shoulder straps. And now check out these new bags here:






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Just when you thought you’ve had enough wallets to own for this season, suddenly Dior releases an elegant wallet that could be mistaken to have come straight from a fairytale book. As if a fairy godmother must have heard your heart’s desires, here comes the French DiorAddict Wallet in all its flawless beauty.

Channeling the elegance of Bohemian Paris, these DiorAddict Wallets are made extra chic with the addition of the word “French” in its name. Made from lambskin in top fashion ‘Cannage’ topstitching, this wallet looks like a big competition among other luxurious wallets out there since the Cannage stitching lends it a more feminine polished look.

The DiorAddict also features a flap with the DIOR logo, a signature clasp and jewelry in aged gold-tone metal to complete its enchanting fairytale look. At first glance, the wallet looks too small and might not prove practical but give it a chance and you’ll be surprised to find out what it offers inside. In fact, the wallet is a wonder of many as it has compartments for your convenience. It features 8 card slots, 1 flap pocket, 1 flat pocket, and 2 banknote compartments.

Measuring 11.5 x 10 cm, priced at €650 euro, £580 GBP via Dior boutiques.





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Céline, Hear Us Out: Bring Back the All Soft Bag

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Rarely do I think handbags are discontinued too quickly. For most brands, debuting a consumer-friendly bag is a process that doesn’t pay off immediately, but instead, over the course of season as interest picks up among people who may not pay close attention to seasonal launches or who need some time for a bag to grow on them. Turning over a line for the Next Best Thing too quickly is risky for continuity in the minds of shoppers, and it can also cut off a design before it reaches its full potential, so brands are usually pretty conservative about putting bags on the proverbial chopping block, and by the time they get there, I usually agree it’s time for them to go. In recent years, there’s been one big exception: the Céline All Soft Bag.

The Céline All Soft made its debut in Resort 2013, long before the current trends for hobos, big bags and minimalism that it so perfectly embodies. It disappeared from store shelves a few years later, and although I was sad to hear of its demise at the time, I eventually forgot all about it—after all, there are bags coming at me left and right literally every day. I was reminded of my love for the All Soft, though, at a Kentucky Derby party a few weeks back. A well-dressed woman walked past me carrying one, and in the moment before my brain was able to make the connection to what it was, my only thought was, “Wow, that’s a really perfect bag.” It was when it debuted, and it still is now.

Very few brands are truly forward-thinking enough to risk being ahead of their time, but Céline is one of them, and the All Soft was ahead of its time by several years. In retrospect, the design is so finely tuned to everything that’s going on in accessories right now, and it’s functional on top of it: easily shoulder-carried, roomy, colorblocked into logical panels to give the exceedingly simple shape a note of modernity. There’s no hardware or gimmicks, just a really solid, chic design. The All Soft never quite took off in 2013, but in 2017, I can imagine seeing it constantly, if only there were still new ones to be had. So, Céline, if you’re reading this: consider a revival. We think it’d be worth your while.

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