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The new Mulberry, that’s how I like to refer to the Mulberry we are seeing right now. With new Creative Director Johnny Coca showing his second collection yesterday at London Fashion Week, the British heritage brand is taking a new direction. An elevation from “the classic British” to “the British with a French twist”

In fact, my first bag-crush was the Mulberry Roxanne, the it-bag from 6 years ago, the bag every model carried around with her that time, a bag I couldn’t afford. My love for that bag never died, but it became quiet for me around the brand. Its classic-vibe was always a success-factor in purchasing accessory-staples such as briefcases for the corporate purposes, and cardholders to fit into my small bags, but I never found a new “Roxanne”…

Mulberry SS17 The Fashion Guitar

Until Johhny Coca joined Mulberry as their new Creative Director in July 2015. The Seville born designer who studied Art, Architecture and Design in Paris, hereafter he worked for world’s most renown fashion houses – Louise Vuitton with Marc Jacobs, and Celine with both Michael Kors and Phoebe Philo. With fresh eyes he took upon him a job that has resulted in already two incredible Mulberry collections. Two collections honoring the brand’s DNA, and reinforcing its British character with his 15 years of experience in the French houses. It has made me excited for what’s coming, especially after yesterday’s show during London Fashion Week.

But let’s go back to the fact I was – actually still am – in London, for the first time at London Fashion Week after we moved across the big pond. Excited, because at this point in time, I was finally able to see all the shows I’ve always wanted to see with my own eyes, but especially moved by the fact I was here because Mulberry invited me to be part of this new chapter in the books of the brand. The brand that caused my first bag-crush, and now makes me crush on almost every single bag they have produced since Johnny Coca came onboard. New icons, a shoe-collection I’m dying over, and a Fall/Winter collection I can’t resist – of which I was wearing my favorite look to the SS17 show. And there is so much more to come. With yesterday’s presentation of the Spring/Summer 2017 collection – where we saw oversized Bayswater’s, statement jewelry pieces, and an amazing play of fabrics and proportions – Johnny Coca made pretty clear the brand’s new direction is here to stay. And he made us all love the brand even more. One of London Fashion Week’s best shows, and definitely the highlight of mine.

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For the busy cosmopolitan woman who always has a tight-packed schedule, this Chanel Agenda is made especially for you. If you don’t have one, make sure to have this with you anywhere you go, as this beautiful Chanel organizer will definitely act as your saving grace!

An elegant organizer from Chanel that is both beautiful and practical, the Agenda is sporting a black & burgundy lambskin that is every bit of sophistication. Its thick diamond quilting is so lavish that you can run your fingers through it every time you need to check your calendar. The small CC logo on the bottom right is on the other hand the icing to this beautiful cake!

Make life easier and manage your daily affairs smoothly with this Chanel Agenda. Now for the details:

Chanel Small Classic Quilted Agenda
Style code: A40117
Size: 5.7′ x 3.7′ x 1′ inches
Price: $650 USD, €520 euro, £440 GBP, $830 SGD, $4400 HKD

Chanel Medium Classic Quilted Agenda
Style code: A40118
Size: 7.5′ x 3.9′ x 1′ inches
Price: $750 USD, €580 euro, £490 GBP, $930 SGD, $4900 HKD

Chanel Large Classic Quilted Agenda
Style code: A40119
Size: 8.9′ x 6.5′ x 1′ inches
Price: $1100 USD, €865 euro, £730 GBP, $1380 SGD, $7300 HKD



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Just landed: Bergdorf Goodman unveils limited edition designer handbags
Just landed: Bergdorf Goodman unveils limited edition designer handbags

Celebrating a renovation of its main floor, Bergdorf Goodman has collaborated with fashion’s top brands on a limited edition collection of handbags. In all, the line includes 30 labels with 87 bags. Top houses including Tom Ford, Prada, Fendi, Balenciaga, Gucci and more are part of the collaboration. From chainlink details to suede trims, these luxury designs are one-of-a-kind.

Fendi Selleria Peekaboo Medium Python Satchel Bag
Fendi Selleria Peekaboo Medium Python Satchel Bag
Chloe Lexa Striped Medium Shoulder Bag
Chloe Lexa Striped Medium Shoulder Bag
Marni Bandeleer Leather Shoulder Bag
Marni Bandeleer Leather Shoulder Bag
Gucci Dionysus GG Supreme Shoulder Bag
Gucci Dionysus GG Supreme Shoulder Bag
Prada Leather Trunk Tote Bag
Prada Leather Trunk Tote Bag
Balenciaga Bazar Small Striped Leather Shopper Tote Bag
Balenciaga Bazar Small Striped Leather Shopper Tote Bag
Tom Ford Jennifer Mini Python Shoulder Bag
Tom Ford Jennifer Mini Python Shoulder Bag

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How Hermès Beat the Recession

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Somewhere in Australia, lies a crocodile with Eileen Robert's name on it. The fate of this crocodile, a Crocodylus porosus to be specific, is linked to international financial markets, a 1970's British actress who made it big in France, a 172-year-old company that started out making horse harnesses, the tastes of the world's super rich - and if she's lucky and very patient, perhaps, too, to a New York City grandmother named Eileen Robert.

Within days this porosus's hide will be tanned and sent to an atelier (because to call it a workshop would be declasse) in the French town of Pantin. There, one of a few dozen highly skilled craftsmen will spend 48 hours over two weeks using tools specifically made for this task. He will use his own hands, two needles, a trademark stitch and a proprietary linen thread soaked in beeswax to craft one of the world's most expensive and highly sought-after luxury goods: the Hermès handbag.

This will be one of about 3,000 coveted saltwater-crocodile-skin bags made this year and will fetch somewhere in the neighborhood of $50,000. People put their names on lists and wait two to three years to own such a bag. They spend tens of thousands of dollars on scarves and jewelry and clothing just for the opportunity to spend thousands more on a crocodile-skin pocketbook. It is that obsessive demand – combined with an intentionally limited supply –  that has allowed Hermès to prosper in an economic environment that has decimated its competition.

While many of its competitors are suffering under the strain of the global recession, Hermès, an iconic brand famous for its silk scarves and handbags, had a remarkably good first quarter. As some luxury brands like Gianni Versace shutter their stores, Hermès plans to open several new shops this year.

The French-based company's sales rose 3.2 percent to $603 million over the first three months of the year. Much of that growth is attributed to sales of leather goods, which rose 21.7 percent to $287 million.

"Hermès' position is unique; it is at the very top of the pyramid in terms of luxury goods," says Francesca Di Pasquantonio, a Hermès analyst for Deutsche Bank in Milan, Italy. "The goods are very expensive. They make you pay for the quality they provide and the brand is classic, an icon. Handbags are the core of the business and a successful product. They are produced only in limited numbers, never overwhelming the market," she says.

Enter Eileen Robert. She already owns a crocodile Kelly bag, one of Hermès' two most sought-after lines and named for actress and princess Grace Kelly. As for the highly desired other line, the Birkin, she says: "I totally want a Birkin." Robert, a New York City real estate broker who gives her age as "grandmother," is a self-described "handbag lover" who insists she is "not an indulgent person" but owns at least 75 bags.

Lately, she has been buying bags from Bottega, another company, but Hermès she says, is a cut above the competition. "The appeal of an Hermès bag is its design and its usability. It is a true luxury item, but it's affordable in a way that a yacht isn't," she says. "It's really an investment. Everybody wants one, but not everyone can have one." That's for sure. Prices for a Birkin bag, the company's flagship purse, made from leather, start around $7,500. Bags from more exotic skins can sell for prices into the six figures. The bags were named for British singer and actress Jane Birkin.

"The price is above and beyond everyone else," says Michael Tonello, author of "Bringing Home the Birkin," who spent six years circumventing Hermès' years-long waiting lists to get bags to wealthy clients when they wanted them. "The people who can afford these goods are not affected by the recession," Tonello says. "Even if they lost millions of dollars in the market, they are still worth hundreds of millions of dollars. If you want something super special, if you want a handmade crocodile bag and you can afford it, Hermès is the only place you'll go. That's why," he says, "the brand is recession-proof."

The handbags, unlike some of Hermès less-expensive goods, such as perfume and watches, are sold exclusively through company-owned shops.

Sales of those goods, reliant on both middle-class customers and middleman retailers, were down in the first quarter.

The company's perfume sales fell 28.7 percent while watches fell 29.5 percent. "Fragrances and watches are dominated by the wholesale distribution channel and are suffering the trends of everyone else given the credit crunch. Many of the third-party [vendors] have cut back on orders," says Di Pasquantonio. "Handbags are produced in limited quantities. The handbags and silks are sold through company owned retails stores, which means they are not being hurt by middlemen. They have a direct relationship with the customer," she says.

Those cheaper goods, Tonello calls "aspirational merchandise for the middle class. These are goods for people whose spending is actually affected by the recession," he says.

The importance of handbags to the company – particularly expensive exotic leathers like crocodile –  has led Hermès to farm its own animals in Australia. Leather goods make up 40 percent of the company's profits.

"It can take three to four crocodiles to make one of our bags so we are now breeding our own crocodiles on our own farms, mainly in Australia," Patrick Thomas told Reuters at its Global Luxury Summit in Paris. The company is also looking to train new craftsmen to add to the 1,400 currently employed by the company. "We cannot face demand. We have massive over-demand. We are limited by our ability to train new craftsmen," Thomas says.

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