The LV Monogram says it all – and with much aplomb, of course. The newest addition to the original Pallas line is bound to make waves in bag supremacy, and with good reason. This deeply hued calf leather shopper bag is teeming with luxury, with its fine detailing, tone-on-tone microfiber lining, gleaming chain-on-leather handles, bottom studs and decorative rivets which surround the iconic embossed “Louis Vuitton Paris” signature. Swoon-worthy, indeed.
Its trapeze base and sturdy structure provides a wide expanse of space for the diva who just can’t get enough. Inside, there is a central zipped compartment and two smartphone pockets, which makes it easier for you to organize all your essentials. For the techie girl who is bound to her gadgets, this bag could even accommodate tablets and other pieces of technology. How fine is that?
Measuring 15.7’ x 10.6’ x 5.9’ inches (L x H x W), get this bag for $2490 USD or $2960 AUD, available via Louis Vuitton online boutique.
A true gentlemen knows how to pick his words, it’s always ‘Ladies First’. It was inspired by the runway for the Spring Summer 2015 Collection, they were filed with handbags featuring slogan like: ‘Feministe mains feminin’ or ‘Votez Coco’. And Karl Lagerfeld was leading the feminine Riot. Every woman should own a ‘Ladies First’ Bag.
READ: Chanel Lady First Clutch Bag
This is another piece from the Spring Summer 2015 Collection, it’s called the Chanel Ladies First Shopper Tote. These words alone are worth the price.
The tote bag is also printed with the CC logo on the front and it’s designed in black and white – the iconic mix of colors of the house. Coco Chanel would love this bag.
The bag is made with a generous size, you can literally store everything you want. It can even be used as a beach bag, a picknick bag or a travel bag. The handles are long enough to sling it on your shoulder.
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On March 2014 Gucci announced the release of a brand-new handbag, the Bamboo Shopper Tote. Oh what a stunning accessory it is – made from the finest natural-grain leather, impeccable craftsmanship and painted with shiny color, the handles represent the signature of the brand, they are crafted with bamboo’s.
READ: Gucci Bamboo Medium Shopper Totes
Now half year later, Gucci re-announced the Bamboo Shopper Tote, but then in the ‘mini’ version, and we know that everything with a mini or baby in its name is worth taking a look. Here you go, the Gucci Mini Bamboo Shopper Tote.
So what’s the changed besides the size?
This mini bag is small, but its iconic bamboo handle and elegant shape make it the perfect cocktail attire accomplice. It comes with a shoulder strap for multiple ways of carrying, but you want to just stick with the handles if you love fashion. The front is embossed with Gucci trademark, refined with light fine gold hardware.
The interior is made with open pockets and the bag can be closed or opened with a top snap closure, measuring 8’ x 6.6’ x 3.5’ (W x H x D) inches, priced at $1,350 USD or 995 euro’s, via Gucci e-store.
As far as elegance goes, the Saint Laurent Cassandre shopper bag lacks nothing. There are several reasons why we handpicked this bag, first we love all things-classic. Usually timeless bags are famous not only because of their history or the brand’s fame but they also match effortless to most of your clothes in your wardrobe, just like an ice cube melting in your glass of cold water. The Cassandre shopper tote reminds me of the Chanel grand shopping tote and the Diorling tote, it’s clean, minimal and the iconic initials create a powerful statement. The major difference is that it’s not quilted like Chanel and Dior, but the leather is made from soft and smooth calfskin. Even though Hedi Slimane has decided to remove the ‘Yves’ from its iconic name, leaving only Saint Laurent, this Cassandre tote’s iconic features remains intact. YSL stands for Yves Saint Laurent and we would miss the Y if they didn’t include it.Other Brands
This a new series called ‘Bag Versus’ where we evaluate similar bags and determine what’s a better buy over another bag pitting them against each other. This series will begin by evaluating the Saint Laurent Monogramme series with the classic ‘YSL’ logo that has been created in a number of styles. Two styles that are similar but different include the latest ‘Saint Laurent Monogramme Shopper Tote‘ and the ‘Saint Laurent Monogramme Shoulder Bag’.
At a glance these two bags appear very similar. Both have the same strap, they have the same price point (about $2,550 USD) and the also have similar boxy shapes.
So if you had to choose, which one is better? Here’s a run down of pros and cons of each.
The Saint Laurent Monogramme Shopper
It features a convenient centre zippered enclosures, similar to that of the GST. However, at $2,550 USD it’s just $350 lower than the Classic Chanel GST which is priced at $2,900 USD. This Shopper Tote features a top tab closure the securely fastens closed on the front of the flap. It measures about 13.75″ across making it a good everyday city bag with an interior depth of 4.5″.
The simple certain tab doesn’t exactly ensure that items can’t fall out of your bag. Imagine tipping the bag over, most likely small items like wallets and cell-phones that are not kept securely in the center zip could fall out.
The Saint Laurent Monogramme Shoulder
The Saint Laurent Monogramme Shoulder bag features a large ‘YSL’ logo on the front, which can be a positive item. The tab could also be a negative item for those that want a more subdued and less flashy 80’s look. The bag measures at around 12.25″ which is just one inch shy of the shopper tote, which makes it a lighter bag and smaller in stature. This bag could also be transferred to a clutch since the bag has a narrow depth at only 3 inches, which makes the bag more versatile than the shopper.
The shoulder bag fastenes securely in the front, and the flap will prevent your items from falling out of it easily.
The interior of the Shoulder bag is pretty minimal. There is one large opening and a pretty narrow interior pocket. There isn’t too much in terms of interior organization, unlike the shopper tote, which has more compartments. However, the interior depth of three inches does allow you to view the contents fairly well, so there would be limited instances of rummaging the interior of your purse.
As with any purchase, it really depends on what you already have in your current arsenal. However, the Monogramme Shoulder bag is probably the best choice of the two since it can serve dual purposes, as an every day city bag and an evening bag.