One Year Anniversary and My New Bag Obsession

I know you have been wondering where I’ve gone, but I warned you that I wouldn’t be blogging much this year.  Since this is my one year anniversary of starting my blog, I decided it was time for a new post.  I started this blog showing one of the bags from my collection and I celebrate my anniversary with a new bag that I recently purchased.

I don’t purchase many purses now that I’m surrounded by them on a daily basis.  I also almost never pay full retail price for anything.  So when I do buy a bag at full retail price, you know it is something special.  I purchased this bag last week when I was in Las Vegas for some trade shows.  Walking into Barneys is always dangerous for me, but this time I found love.

Golden Lane is a brand from Britain.  They have created quality leather goods for sometime, but only recently entered the world of women’s handbags.  And they hit it out of the ballpark with their first design.  The Duo Satchel is unique in that the bag is separated into two compartments that has its own zippered opening.  This creates a bag that organizes well and allows the user to find items easily.  The satchel has a top handle as well as a longer adjustable shoulder strap that can be used cross body as well.  This style is offered in leather, suede, patent leather, and leather with metal corners.  It also is available in two sizes.

Golden Lane Duo

I purchased the smaller sized satchel in nude gray nubuck suede.  I loved the two toned composition of the bag in neutral colors.  I also like how the black leather adds punch to the soft suede.

Small Duo

Gray side

Side view

Zipper Detail

What drew me instantly to this bag was the versatile shape and construction.  A satchel that converts to a crossbody happens to be my favorite kind of bag since I can use it as a handheld or hands free.  I was also impressed with the quality details like the zipper pulls that lay flush against the zipper when closed and then creates a loop when the zipper is open.

Right now you can only get these bags through Shopbop or Barneys, but I loved these bags so much that Purse Dreams will soon be carrying Golden Lane.  I know that when you see how well thought out these bags are, you will love them too.  Happy shopping!

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Fall 2012 Trends – Scarlet Fever

I know you are saying, “didn’t you just post about oxblood?” And you are right, but red is not the same as the deep wine tones of oxblood and deserves its own post. I own a dozen or so items in red. Most of it have been accumulated during the last 10 years I’ve lived in Salt Lake City. For those of you who have no interest in collegiate sports, The University of Utah Utes wear crimson. I married into Utes nation and now I am a proud owner of many red items to show my Utah pride.

Red on the lips is my favorite way to wear this trend. My Asian eyelids are drooping and this makes eye make-up a joke. I use bright lips to counter the bare eyes. But I know not everyone can pull off a bright red lip, so here are some more user friendly ways to incorperate this trend into your fall. I think that the black and red combination is a classic. This dress from Thakoon shows how red layered underneath the black really makes the dress pop. The simple sillouette makes this dress a classic even in such a bold design.

Another designer to show this trend is Victoria Beckham, who designed this dress with the simple black accents to bring attention to the chest and waist. Posh Spice is known for her body hugging designs, but I think that this dress would only flatter the super tall and skinny.I think that the most amazing use of these two colors comes from Equipment, who makes amazing silk blouses, but here they used a strong python print in red and black for this beautiful dress. I’ve ordered this print in a blue shirt, but now I am eyeing this dress to wear with black tall boots and a black cardi or blazer.

Are these dresses too much red for you? Then the next best thing is to punch up a basic black outfit with some bright accessories. Oh, how I love accessories! I would wear this necklace from Marni with a black turtle neck, yes I like turtlenecks, and jeans. A statement necklace is sometimes all you need to make the outfit.

I have been on the hunt for red pumps and I found the perfect pair at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale last week. These shoes by Sam Edelman are a classic in red suede with a pointy toe, which by the way is coming back this fall. Get it now through Nordstrom at a great price of $79.90.

Bags are another great way to wear this trend. I love how this Olivia Harris Bowler Satchel uses red and black in a classic shape. This sophisticated bag would look great with work clothes and as well with jeans. You can find this bag at Purse Dreams on sale for $364.

Have a great weekend and happy shopping!

Selling and Buying Pre-Loved Bags

One of the common questions I get asked is how someone could sell their pre-loved bags.  Many of us bag lovers find that our fickle taste leaves us with bags that we use a few times and then sits in our closet.  Now if the bag isn’t valuable, most of use will donate or give them away, but what to do if the bag cost us a pretty penny?  Here are a few options.

Consignment stores are an easy way to sell your pre-loved bags and other clothing items.  Most consignment stores will take a 50% cut from the sale of the item for doing most of the work to sell your items.  This isn’t always the best method if you have a specific price in mind that you want for your bag.  Say you have a high-end bag that you bought for $1500 and you have barely used this bag, so you want to sell it.  You think that you would like to get $800 for the bag, but if you take it to a consignment store, they would have to sell the bag for $1600 for you to get the $800.  Not really a great deal.  So what are your other options?

eBay has been a popular site for selling and buying pre-loved bags.  But over the past few years, I have heard too many horror stories about sales gone wrong.  There are also so many fakes on eBay being sold as real, and this has really hurt those selling authentic designer bags.  I have used eBay in the past with no problems and I probably still would if I didn’t know about the new options available.  Always check the seller’s or buyer’s reviews before you complete a transaction with them.  This isn’t a foolproof way of making sure you won’t get ripped off, but at least you have a good idea if they have a good reputation.  If the bag is worth over $100, I always recommend insurance and tracking of the package.  Also, always use PayPal because payment through them will  give you some recourse if something does go wrong.  Not always to your favor, but at least it’s something.

Bonanza is a newer site that allows the seller to set a price or accept a best offer.  This site has become a favorite of bag sellers since it is easy to use, the fees are better for the seller, you can have multiple items listed with no expiration dates, and you can transfer items and reviews from eBay.  Fakes are also a plenty on Bonanza, so use caution.  Always check reviews and use PayPal.

Copious is also a new site set up to sell pre-loved items.  This site seems to be popular with fashion bloggers and you can even follow them and see what they are selling from their own collections.  You can also follow friends from Facebook to see what they might be getting rid of from their closets.  This site is a happy blend of handmade items and nice used items.

Threadflip is another site that just launched a month ago and this site seems to be another favorite of fashion bloggers looking to clean out their closets.  I have found that this site has higher end clothing and bags.  They also offer a White Glove Service for those of you wanting to send your items to them to photograph and list for you.  Nice!

There are so many options out there on how you want to sell or buy a pre-loved bag, but you still have to watch out for fakes.  These days the fakes are good, really good.  My sister works for a major designer in New York City and she tells me how the fakes are so good now, even the boutiques have a hard time telling the difference.  So how do you know if you are buying an authentic Gucci?  My favorite resource for you purse fanatics is The Purse Forum.  This is a forum that you will have to register to post and ask questions, but it is a wealth of information.  TPF is well-known with purse collectors and there are individual forum threads for all the major high-end as well as contemporary designers.  Within each of the brand forums, there are “Authenticate This” threads where people looking to buy a purse on eBay or one of these other sites can post the questioned item they are interested in and these amazing women help tell you if they think it is authentic or a fake.  Now, these women on the forum don’t work for these brands and are in no way experts, but they are knowledgable collectors and are usually right on the money.  Warning!  Do not try to sell your bags on TPF or promote your sale on any of the threads.  This will get you banned from TPF and they are serious about this rule.

I hope that this has been helpful for those of you looking to clean out your closet, or add to your collection.  Please let me know if you have any other questions about these options.  I have obsessed about bags for years, so at least through my store and this blog, I can be a resource for you ladies.  Have a great week!