Chanel To Launch New Bag: The Drawstring

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This just in. After Chanel’s Boy and Girl bags comes a 3rd new bag for the French luxury house, and one that, in my opinion, will have no problem becoming a permanent offering because it will probably do as well as the Boy.

Yes, boys and girls, meet the Drawstring, which is exactly as the name suggests: a drawstring bucket. Slated to be launched worldwide in June 2016 (end-May 2016 if we’re lucky), I’m loving how unisex it looks, with the robust shoulder strap and of course, that gorgeous chain detailing from which dangles Chanel’s CC logo.

There’s something else too. Look closely at the leather and you’ll realise how beautifully pristine it is. Touted as being ‘ultra-soft’, Chanel cuts leather from the most precious part of the skin to make these bags. And to let the leather truly shine, very little has been done to it, something which over time will allow the bags to develop the most natural of patinas.

Available in either calfskin or suede (shown above, in Khaki on the left and Brown on the right), no word yet on their sizes (I’m assuming there are two at least) or their prices, both of which will be mentioned in my upcoming post closer to the launch date.

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Besides Khaki and Brown, there will be a third colour (and the most classic of them all), this one in Black, which is frankly stunning. Casual, relaxed and in a leather that will also age beautifully over time. Is this the bag we all have been waiting patiently for?

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A Comparative Guide to the Designer Shoe Market’s Current Classics

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PurseBlog Asks: What Bag or Trend Would You Like to See Make a Comeback?

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The Alpiner 4 AL-760 chronograph adds a sporty splash of black to the Flyback Manufacture Chronograph

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The family-owned Swiss-based watchmaking house, Alpina, has been inspiring designs and time-telling since 1883. The harbingers of Swiss sports watches have steadily impressed upon us the fine art of watchmaking and how it can create a fresh experience for those who don it, with each ticking second. Even to this day, Alpina watches are regarded as end-to-end pieces of art as the company develops, produces and puts together the movements themselves. This is testimony to the holistic attention paid to the mechanics and design of each chronograph that emerges from the house of Alpina.

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The Alpiner 4 Black Flyback Manufacture Chronograph AL-760 is yet another marvel to behold. The original version arrived at Baselworld 2015, celebrating 132 years of the Geneva-based company. What really stood out among the accolades of this unique chronograph is it being Alpina’s first in-house Manufacture Flyback Chronograph, bearing the patented ‘Direct Flyback Technology’. This sees a completely different and rather simplified return-to-zero mechanism. The flyback function is native to Alpina’s line of pilot watches with split second functions. Devised way back in the 1930s, the mechanism greatly aids pilots with greater visibility of time and precision. The Full-Black, sportier rendition added zest and vigor to the Flyback Manufacture Chronograph, which set many eyes on it at this year’s Baselworld.
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So what really sets this year’s version apart? The apparent absence of brushed and polished steel is plainly visible on the timepiece. It comes with a PVD coating that creates a fine highlight for the beige highlights. The black dial is immersive and the luminous beige hands adorn its face with consistency. This, with the Alpina 4 attributes of being water-resistant, antimagnetic, anti-shock and remaining stainless, make the chronograph a rather desirable wear. Being a true companion to the sporting kind, the watch can withstand water pressure even at depths of 100 meters. The sapphire crystal is no less tough, bringing with it the assurance of scratch resistance. An elegant black leather strap with beige stitching adorns the wrist of the active wearer, bringing its own charm to the ensemble.
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Coming to the mechanics of the watch: the modular caliber is easy to service, thanks to theintegrated chronograph build that has fewer components, fulfilling the ‘simplicity’ aspect that Alpina insists upon. The screw down winding and the setting crown are consistent with former watches from the company. The in-house-made movement comprises of 32 jewels and a 38-hour power reserve. The push-piece at 4 o’clock and the associate mechanism that accompanies it performs three tasks sequentially. First, the clutch gets disengaged, second, a single-piece hammer ensures that the hands position themselves vertically, thus setting the chronograph to zero and finally, the clutch engages once more when the push-piece is released. All of this happens sequentially, with precision and with the single press of the push-piece. The date hand can be found at 6 o’clock and is truly legible, without the unsightly well that is found in most conventional builds.
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The original version of the Alpiner 4 Flyback Manufacture Chronograph was around $4,750. We expect this year’s full black rendition to be priced around the same range, though prices have not been announced as yet.
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LOUIS VUITTON GEARS UP TO LAUNCH NANO BAG COLLECTION NEXT MONTH

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Louis Vuitton’s Nano collection may be teeny tiny, but you can be sure that it’s going to make a gigantic impact. Part of the brand’s Fall/Winter 2015 Collection, the range will feature the Speedy, Alma, Lockit, Noé, Pallas, Turenne and W Bags in a pint sized avatar.


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The collection is Nicolas Ghesquière’s tribute to Louis Vuitton’s rich history of luggage and handbagdesign. In this collection you’ll find adorable mini monograms, stark red leather and pale pink leather too.
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Prices will range from around $810 for the Speedy and Noe, $1,060 for the Turenne to $1,110 for the Pallas and Epi Alma. Slated to launch in July, the collection will surely be a hit with collectors and we’re sure that it will sell out before you know it so be prepared!
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LOUIS VUITTON ADDS CONTRAST TRIMS TO THEIR BELOVED CAPUCINES BAGS

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Louis Vuitton Capucines BBOne of the reasons why LV’s Capucines bags are so popular is their sheer simplicity and timelessness. The bag’s subtle, soft colors and minimaliststyle have attracted legions of fans. Once again showing their adeptness at maintaining the freshness of a classic, Louis Vuitton has taken the design up a notch by adding contrasting trims to some of the bags.

The bag gets a subtle makeover through the additions of vibrant, color contrast piping, edge painting, and interior, making it more covetable than ever. The black and taupe bags get bright pink trims making them youthful and smart picks. But our favorite is the powder blue bag whose vivid orange trims add a sweet sense of whimsy to the otherwise prim bag.
As usual Capucines MM bags are priced at $5,600 while the smaller BB bags are priced at $4,400. 

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