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Givenchy Mini Bow-Cut Bag

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First, the disclaimer. This isn’t exactly a new bag, it’s actually from Givenchy’sSpring-Summer 2016 collection, and because it’s already June, it’s probably already on sale but more on that later.

Simply known as the Mini Bow-Cut, the outline of the bag’s flap does indeed look like a bow that’s just cut on one side, accompanied with a rather chunky metal hardware sling and a clasp so complicated looking that even Jason Bourne will have difficulty opening. But I jest, it’s simply a push-lock clasp that opens into a bag that measures 18 cm by 13 cm, which is not exactly big but would explain why the word ‘mini’ appears in front of the name.

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Available in quite a huge variety of colours/finishes/leathers, it is definitely an elegant bag, one that’s perfect for a night out in town or weekends spent cafe-hopping/and or shopping. Now for the sale bit. With Net-A-Porter having already kicked off both their US and APAC end-of-season sales, there is a leopard-print one on sale at 40% off, which makes it USD1260 (APAC price) after discount. Not bad at all, you just have to like the leopard prints.

For everything else, your best bet is to head to your nearest Givenchy boutiques, because given how they look to be classics-in-the-making, most might not go on sale anytime soon.

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FASHION HISTORY LESSON: THE ICONIC HERMÈS BIRKIN

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A crocodile Hermès Birkin Bag at the brand's store in New York in 2007. Photo: Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty ImagesA crocodile Hermès Birkin Bag at the brand's store in New York in 2007. 

Welcome to our new column, Fashion History Lesson, in which we dive deep into the origin and evolution of the fashion industry's most influential and omnipresent businesses, icons, products and more. 

A Birkin is not your average handbag. It is known for its superior craftsmanship and jaw-dropping price tag, with standard models starting around $12,000. Hermès refuses to release the number of Birkin bags that it manufactures each year, limiting the elusive supply to an elite group of customers. Thanks to this tight control, the brand has succeeded in maintaining the bag’s reputation as one of the world’s most desirable and unobtainable luxury items. A recent study showed Birkin bags are actually a better investment than stocks or gold, increasing in value by 14.2 percent on average each year. And in June, the item became the world’s most expensive handbag ever auctioned when an anonymous buyer in Hong Kong spent the equivalent of $300,168 on a single style. 

After all, it’s human nature for people to want what they can’t have…. even people like Samantha Jones. From horse stables to "Sex and the City," read on to find out how the world’s most coveted carryall came to be.

Jane Birkin goes out on a pedalo during the Cannes Film Festival in 1974. Photo: AFP/Getty ImagesJane Birkin goes out on a pedalo during the Cannes Film Festival in 1974. 

Long before her name became synonymous with luxury handbags, Jane Birkin was a French style icon in her own right. Originally from England, the singer, actress and humanitarian is perhaps best known for her long-term musical (and romantic) relationship with the controversial French musician Serge Gainsbourg. The release of the couple’s sexually explicit song "Je t'aime… moi non plus" in 1969 solidified Birkin's status as the British-born emblem of French chic.

According to Hermès lore, the idea for the brand's Birkin bag came from a serendipitous airplane encounter in 1981 between the stylish chanteuse andJean-Louis Dumas, the late chief executive of Hermès. The well-known story involves Ms. Birkin spilling the contents of a straw tote bag everywhere, inspiring the French label’s executive to create a bag that would be suitable for jet-setting women with too much to carry. Four years later, their airplane "collaboration" resulted in what we now know as the Birkin bag, and voila! A star was born. 

Hermès Birkin bags in a French workshop. Photo: Mehdi Fedouach//AFP/Getty ImagesHermès Birkin bags in a French workshop. 

Hermès is now best known for selling the Birkin, among other socialite-approved purses and printed scarves, but the historic house was originally recognized for its finely crafted horse harnesses and carriages. The Parisian shop first opened in 1837, but didn’t enter the world of luxury handbags until 1922. Their first celeb-endorsed bag was the "Sac à dépêches," which was later renamed the "Kelly" bag after being widely photographed on the arm of Princess Grace of Monaco. Both the Kelly and Birkin designs are supposedly based off of an Hermès bag from 1892 called the "Haut à Courroies," which was inspired by horse feed and saddle bags. [2] However, in Ms. Birkin's version of her namesake bag’s origin story, she and Dumas concocted the design and sketched it on an airplane sick-bag, which makes for a much better tale than finding inspiration in a horse stable.

Although it's difficult to imagine now, the bag was far from an overnight success. As noted in Vogue, Chanel had dominated the luxury bag market in the 1980s. [1] Although the Birkin bag was first introduced in 1984, it didn’t take off until the mid-to-late 1990s, at the dawn of the so-called "It-Bag" era.In fact, the only exposure that the bag got in Vogue until that time was in an Hermès advertisement that ran in 1989.

The iconic tote became forever known as the ultimate status symbol when it was used as a plot-point in a 2001 episode of Sex and the City. In the episode, Samantha Jones uses one of her celebrity client’s names in order to skip the "five year" waiting list for the coveted bag. After the episode aired, the Birkin's actual waiting list tripled in length, which is a true testament to the cultural impact of the show. [2] In 2005, the bag became even more widely-known when Gilmore Girls featured a storyline involving Rory Gilmore's boyfriend Logan bequeathing her with the precious handbag, only to discover that — gasp! — Rory had no idea what made the bag so special.

Model Kate Moss walks with her daughter Lola and a Birkin bag in 2003. Photo: Aura/Getty ImagesModel Kate Moss walks with her daughter Lola and a Birkin bag in 2003. Photo: Aura/Getty Images

Today, Birkin bags can be found on the perfectly toned arms of many female celebrities. It has also become increasingly popular for stylish celebs to subvert the precious bag by customizing it, like Lady Gaga did by basically turning hers into a very expensive sketchpad. More recently, Kim Kardashian made headlines when she was gifted a Birkin that had been hand-painted by her infant daughter. Other stars, including Kate Moss and Victoria Beckham, have even repurposed the luxury totes as diaper bags, proving that a Birkin is, after all, a very utilitarian accessory.

In recent years, there has been some notable tension between Ms. Birkin and Hermès over the production methods that are used to create her namesake bag. PETA revealed in July 2015 that the French label was purchasing crocodile skins from a Texas farming factory employing inhumane practices towards its animals. Ms. Birkin publicly acknowledged the report and asked that her name be disassociated from the handbag. Although Hermès agreed to conduct an investigation in order to help clear its name and make-good with Ms. Birkin, PETA took it one step further by purchasing a single share in the company in order to gain access to its shareholder meetings. A few months later, Hermès announced that everything was “all-good” with Ms. Birkin, as she had been “satisfied by the measures taken by Hermès” to ensure that all skins were obtained ethically.  

If there's just one thing to learn from Jane Birkin and her mythical carryall, it’s that you should always make friends with fellow airplane passengers. After all, you never know when one of them will name an iconic luxury item after you. 

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CELINE LARGE MULTIFUNCTION FLAP WALLETS

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If there’s one thing that Celine is known for, it would be its minimalistic approach such is apparent in this Large Multifunction Flap Wallet.

You might think that its too simple for your taste but look again. Its simple and underrated design might actually win your heart and work best for you.

Let’s go into the tiniest itsy bitsy details about this flap wallet. First things first, we couldn’t help but notice and admire the high-graded drummed calfskin used in creating this wallet. It’s everything we could ever dream of when it comes to flap wallets. It might not be that smooth to the touch but the texture is one of a fantasy.

You can easily stash your cash, credit and debit cards into this wallet as it has enough room for those. It measures 8 x 4 inches and is priced €500 euro via Celine.

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DIOR BLOSSOM BAG

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All the designer brands are working hard to match their design with the current season – the summer. So they decorate their bags with bright colors and different flowers. But unfortunately, no brand is going to shine above what Dior is about to release. Dior is going all-in on the flowers. Meet the Dior Blossom Bag.

Not much information has been released about this fresh design. But you know what they say right? A picture is worth a thousand words.

So most of these bags are going to be made in single colors. The bags are crafted with a sleek body. Oh, I love the shape – its curvy and feminine.

Perfect for the summer, the Dior Blossom Bag is made as minimalistic as possible. And we love the minimal design because it represents modern and can easily match with any outfit in your wardrobe.

Then look at the double leather handles. They are perfect for your hands and comfort for carrying.

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What’s even more intriguing is the large flower tag. The flower tag looks like handcrafted paper flower. And it’s actually made from leather.

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The interior features one large compartment to store everything you want. It has the space to fit a lot of essentials, even your iPad. There is also an extra interior pouch available. And the bag is secured with a gorgeous inside and outside lock.

More details like the prices and sizes will be shared later on. For now, if you’re interested, visit your nearest Dior boutique.

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Kate Spade’s Resort 2017 Bags are as Adorable and Retro as You’ve Come to Expect

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