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Dissecting Our Love for Designer Handbags

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Fast Fashion Fixes

How do you feel about fast fashion.  By fast fashion I mean the big box retailers and websites that churn out new products and collections every month or even few weeks.  We all know what stores they are.  They are anchored in nearly every shopping mall or complex.  They also take up big real estate in large cities.  Each week or month they receive deliveries of new shirts, pants, shoes, jewelry and other sundries.  Shoppers have come to expect new deliveries in a short amount of time.  Perhaps they see an expensive creation on the runway, but know one of their favorite fast fashion brick-and-mortar stores will have a near replica within two months.  On one hand I understand consumers appetite for shiny, brand new products that arrive in stores at a faster speed than normal.  But what does it say about us as consumers?  Do we value quality anymore?  And is it possible that some of the fast fashion is quality?  Because the clothes are are created so fast, it’s difficult to believe there is quality involved.

There are several reasons why I’m not in favor of fast fashion.  One, it’s bad for the environment.  With so many resources put to the test every week, it’s hard to deny the negative effects it has on those who make the products and also the side effects on mother nature.  Two, I feel it keeps consumers from discovering and further developing their own personal style.  Style is personal and it’s something you develop over years or even a lifetime.  If you are constantly purchasing items on a monthly basis from these big box stores, chances are your style isn’t consistent.  Three, it’s more difficult to concentrate on quality.  If your wardrobe is filled with low quality fast fashion bits and pieces, that means you don’t have anything high quality.  And everyone needs a few well made pieces in their wardrobe.  When you go for an important job interview, chances are a few fast fashion items won’t look as nice as a few pieces that are well made.  Just think of a well crafted blazer and how it fits so well.  Fast fashion cannot replicate true quality.

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Even though I’m not completely in favor of fast fashion, there is room for a few pieces every now and then.  The few clothing items I do own from fast fashion big box stores, I like to wear on the weekends.  I call them my play clothes.  They are great for running to the grocery store, gardening, and hanging out at home.  But for everyday clothes, I’m still partial to a few high quality items.  And when it comes to accessories, I always opt for handcrafted and well made.  For instance, there is nothing that can replicate a handcrafted handbag.  There is a reason I love designer handbags.  They are thoughtfully designed and so well.  Keep in mind that it’s find to have a few pieces from fast fashion resources, but also save your money for a few high quality pieces such as designer handbags.

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Dissecting Designer Handbags Today and How Consumers Shop

I have been in the fashion business a long time. I’ve seen so many products over the years that I practically have a PHD in fashion. Fashion is my job. I literally live and breathe fashion. I know what I like or dislike immediately. When I visit a showroom, it’s similar to a visceral reaction when something agrees with me. Year in and year out I’ve attended countless shows and visited numerous designers’ showrooms. Those of us know what we love and what we don’t. We also know right away if something will be a hit with the fashion public or if it won’t. Once you are around product enough in a lifetime, it becomes almost second nature about what will become amazing. There is a distinguishing mark concerning simply good and and the best. There is a huge chasm between what will simply sell and what till be a major grand slam to the fashion public. The fashion public is a bit different than the cloistered world of fashionables such as editors and tastemakers. The fashion public actually knows what to buy and what they will love and like. However, they often need guidance and to be shown what is hot and popular. They know what will be a valuable asset to their wardrobes. And mind you, it’s not always what the fashion press tells them to buy. It’s also what they see on social media platforms such as Facebook and Instagram. The fashion press only has so much control over what the public will purchase and use. You can write numerous articles about what you love and how much you adore a designer label, but it’s the general public in the end that decides if a label will be successful or not. Yet keep in mind many of the trends start with the media and have a boomerang effect with shoppers. After all, they are the ones that will purchase and use the product day in and day out. They are the driving force that will tell their friends and family how much they love a designer label. Someone purchases a handbag and carries it for a few days. Before you know it, she’s told her friends and family and also spread the word via various social media outlets. Fashion can only sustain itself when the general public buys into a product and when powerful forces in the world of fashion promote new designs.

And this is where social media comes into play; especially with designer handbag brands. It is now so easy to share and show what you love to wear and carry. Outfit posts of the day are now as common as sharing photos of your kids and pets. Instagram especially is very much driven by fashion. Millions of women and men all over the globe use Instagram as their fashion diary and style platform. They don’t only post one photo a day, but anywhere from two to six. Instagram is a massively popular social media site that is even surpassing Facebook in numbers. Facebook is now more in favor with the senior citizen set if you can believe it. Users from the age of 15-45 are migrating to Instagram in droves. One of the main reasons is ease of use. It’s simple to interact on Instagram. The layout is clean and simple. Your page isn’t crowded as it is on Facebook. There isn’t a huge urgency to write massive amounts with a post as Instagram is centered around photographs. So you can simply hit the little heart which means like and move on to the next post from another poster. If you want, you may even write a little comment below an Instagram post/photo, but it’s not mandatory. The app itself moves so much smoother than Facebook as it’s not as cluttered. Every now and then an advertisement will slip through your feed and it’s annoying, but bearable. It’s truly no wonder the fashionable and those that love fashion have taken to Instagram. The app itself is clean and fashionable; it’s the perfect platform to share pictures of handbags and especially designer handbags. A stylish fashionista can post an Insta and discuss how good the quality is and if the label lives up to the hype. The taste makers of today aren’t only bloggers, but they are style stars on Instagram. In fact, many people don’t read blogs as frequently as they did even one or two years ago. Digital is important to style and especially handbag lines, but one of the most important platforms is Instagram. As I mentioned above, the ease of use is amazingly simple and it doesn’t take a lot of effort. One of the reasons people area reading fewer blogs is because it’s more time consuming compared to Instagram. And let’s not forget we live in an image based society. It’s much faster and easier to absorb a quick photo than it is to read a lot of text on a blog.

So while social media, especially Instagram, plays a huge role in the world of handbags and brands, print is still not out of style. There is often a lot of debate about print being out of style or not wielding enough influence, but it is simply not true. Print magazines and publications are a mainstay in the fashion and design world. Especially the tried and true stalwarts. Customers, shoppers, and fashionables expect to be told and guided as to what is ‘in’ and what they should perhaps purchase. It’s human nature that people need to be guided and told what to do and buy. That may sound a bit harsh, but when it comes to fashion, shoppers need ideas. Of course if the promoted product doesn’t live up to expectations, customers will not make the purchase. A product such as a handbag has to live up to hype. However, it is that initial mention from a famous editor that gets the ball rolling. If a picture of a labels goods is shown in a major magazine, a reader sees that as a distinguishing mark that it’s an amazing product and that they will keep it in mind when shopping. Several of my friends and colleagues in the fashion industry instinctively know what is cool and they don’t need anyone to tell or guide their sense of style. I am like that as well. But a majority of the public needs gentle guidance concerning fashionable purchases.


The major players in fashion print magazines are the glossies with the most power such as VOGUE and British VOGUE. Their editors attend all of the top shows and know nearly every designer in the industry. So while social media is a huge player in fashion so too is print and the power of stylish editors. Just take a look on Instagram during the shows and there are thousands of pics of editors and what sort of handbags they are carrying. Everyone is keen to know what editors favor, love, and carry; even more so than bloggers since the latter has become so ubiquitous. It’s very presumtive for people to write-off the importance of print. What matters now is how you capture a readers/viewers attention span. Attention spans are becoming shorter and shorter and big brands and designer labels need to remember this. I even find my attention span becoming shorter much to my chagrin. Designer handbags especially are easy to promote on all sorts of digital platforms and in print. Remember, a potentential buyer doesn’t have to try on a handbag. A handbag doesn’t take the same sort of hard sell as clothing. Handbags are easy to photograph whether it’s on Instagram or in fashion magazines. The one thing a woman nearly always needs by her side is a handbag. It’s been that way for years. Even though I’m discussing handbags and how they are viewed in the modern age, let’s face it, handbags have been around for a very long time. And print publications have also been around for a very long time. Even before the famous fashion editors of our generation, they existed long before. There were fashion editors and writers in the early 1900’s. It takes a range of platforms across different mediums to promote and show major products such as designer handbags.

And even though sites such as Pinterest exist, many shoppers still prefer to tear pictures from magazines. Of course a digital scrapbook is great and the who can coexist together. Most certainly that is one of the better ways to shop; have fashion boards on Pinterest and also save tear sheets from magazines. There is no one perfect way to shop for designer handbags today. It’s a varied experience for every shopper. Everyone talks about shoppers only making purchases online, but high-end department stores are still packed with fashionables making purchases. There is now a blended way that people shop for famous labels such as designer handbags. And not all physical stores stock must-have handbag labels. Often online shoppers will pin pictures from websites and the goods may only be available on that particular site and not for sale in every department store around the world. Both digital and print platforms work together to fuel sales of designer handbags and to promote the people behind those labels. It’s often that you will read an interview with designers behind a label in a well known fashion glossy magazine and a few weeks later also read a profile about them on famous websites and blogs. At times, both the online world and offline world work together to promote not only big brands, but also smaller lesser known labels. So consumers get used to seeing a label talked about and they remember to check them out either online or in a store. Maybe the consumer will pin a few of said designers images to the Pinterest boards or perhaps tear out stores from fashion magazines, but either way they know what to look for.

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Today fashionables and shoppers have many options when shopping for designer handbags. They learn about the designers behind the labels on and offline and the same for shopping. And though many consumers need to be guided in their purchases, the product won’t take off unless the consumer herself truly loves a product such as a luxury handbag. They want to purchase products that are extremely well made and that will last several years. There is nothing worse than making an expensive purchase only for it to fall apart a few months later. And even though Instagram is incredibly popular, fashionistas are becoming more and more aware that many of the posts they see across social media are sponsored. However, many consumers are aware of this and that is fine. And many style stars won’t promote a product that they do not like. Consumers rely on style stars that have the same taste as they do or a wardrobe they admire. Take Olivia Palermo for instance, she has style that many consumers relate to or would like to look like. Her fashion choices are chic and sleek without looking overly done up. And she never wears clothing that is too revealing. Her handbag choices are nearly always spot-on. Instagrammers love to see what the stylish set such as Olivia Pallermo are carrying. They also love to flip through magazines and see what celebs are wearing and carrying. The world of shopping for designer handbags is changing, yet not as fast as some may think. Shoppers still love the thrill of making a new purchase, it’s that they go about it slightly differently these days. They have the guidance from editors of print magazines and then also reading about it online. And finally, the product itself has to be a standout handbag for word to catch on that they really are amazing. Don’t forget, a product has to live up to its hype in order to become a fast favorite with fashionable shoppers.

AUTHOR BIO: My name is Jemma Mornington and I am a fashion and technology editor. I often write about the intersection between the fashion world and the tech world. You may also find me as a guest blogger for PLIA Designs purveyor of some of the best designer handbags in the world.

Shop It Right Now: Satchel Bags

After appearing on the Spring ’15 runways of PLIA Designs and several others, it seems that satchel bags are making their big comeback. They might be one of the more practical styles—perfect for rainy days and dirty bus rides—yet they have some serious statement appeal and will make any outfit, from a brocade dress to a fancy day suit, a little more cool. There are endless outfit combinations where a satchel handbag would be complementary. The major runway shows such as the one from PLIA Designs, every outfit that came down the runway had a satchel with it. The models carried the satchel bags in different ways which made it very interesting. And many of the satchel bags came with detachable shoulder straps. I know several friends that love to carry a handbag, but also prefer being hands free so they rely heavily on these shoulder straps. I don’t mind carrying a handbag by its handles, but there are times I love being hands free also, such as shopping trips and when navigating my way through an airport. I liked that designers were in tune to the hands free way of carrying a bag. The satchels that models carried also came in a variety of sizes. From large to mini, there is a size for everyone. No doubt department store and boutique owners and buyers have already placed their orders. These satchel handbags will fly off the shelves and leave people waiting for more. I can tell when a style will resonate with shoppers, and this sort of handbag will be a smashing success. So much that I wager there will be waiting lists a mile long. I already have my eye on PLIA Designs designer handbags and their new satchels are on top of my list. Tomorrow I get to take a look at their new satchel bags.

Today I woke up and ate a quick breakfast. I didn’t want to be late meeting PLIA Designs head of PR. He is a dear friend of mine and we have known each other for a very long time. I took a taxi instead of the usual subway to their new showroom in the Marais. It’s a beautiful modern set of rooms within a very old and historical building, the juxtaposition is very interesting. In recent years, the Marais has become really trendy, but it has been an insider destination for a very long time. Trends will come and go, but this district of Paris will always be a mainstay- even after the trendy set has moved on. Viewing the beautiful buildings and architecture gives you an idea of how the wealthy former residents lived. It was after the revolution the Marais district was abandoned by many of the rich and that is when the more bohemian moved in. Unlike the rest of Paris with its broad boulevards, the Marais has narrow winding cobbled stone streets and alleys. It is the most enchanting place for a showroom.

Once inside PLIA Designs’ showroom, I saw Dante their head of PR. He waived me over to the large acrylic table in the middle of the room. Behind the massive table were several silver stands. Each one held the new satchel bags that had glided down the runway just days ago. It was rather amazing to see them on their own without the cacophony of a fashion show. They stood out even better here probably because it was a quieter atmosphere and the spotlight was only on the bags. After Dante finished his call, he invited me to take a closer look at the new satchel bags. Up close, they were simply divine. PLIA Designs is well known all over the globe for their designer handbags. Everyone knows that a designer bag by PLIA will last a lifetime. Not only are they incredibly well made, but their style is timeless. You can carry a PLIA Designs handbag now and in 10, 15, and even 20 years. Their handbags never go out of style.

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PLIA Designs new satchel handbags are so en pointe. No doubt they will fly out of stores before they have barely hit the shelves. Because I have inside access, I ordered one in each size. The largest size would be perfect for travel and it holds a MacBook Pro. The middle size which they named “small” is the sort of satchel bag that would take you from a day at the office to a dinner party in the evening; all without switching handbags. And the tiniest style called the “pixie” is one of the cutest bags I have ever laid eyes on. It’s the same silhouette of the bigger satchels, but miniaturized. At 9 inches wide, it’s still roomy enough for a wallet and other daily essentials.

Before it’s too late, shop the three satchel handbag styles you can get your hands on right now from PLIA Designs. There will be a wait list a mile long within weeks. These are the must-have designer handbags of the season.

Shop the Street Style Look

The blogashpere and online world are flooded with street style looks. I’ll be completely honest, I like some of the looks, but not all of them. If you notice around show seasons, street style fashion gets more and more out there. Many of the fashionistas believe the more outrageous and theatrical they dress, then they are more apt to catch the photographers lens. A few years ago this used to be true, but now I’ve noticed strew photos aren’t always going for the most outlandish and colorful looks. I much prefer more streamlined street style looks. The ones who almost blend in with their surroundings. The muted greys and stone colored clothing that seamlessly meld into concrete buildings.

There are a few street style stars I really like. I never did go for the outrageous ones so I don’t even bother looking at their photos. To be honest many of them look utterly ridiculous and the accessories they carry aren’t much better either. As I’ve followed some of my favorite online style stars, I’ve noticed many of them carrying a certain type of handbag. It looked to be a satchel bag in two different sizes. The larger satchel looked like it was roomy and could hold a lot. The smaller size was super cute, but still looked wide enough for a smaller laptop and tablet. I wanted to learn more about who made these bags, but I needed a name first. Several of my friends had also seen and liked the handbags a lot, but they weren’t sure of the name. Finally, I found a dear friend who knew who made the bags. She knew because she owned several herself and loved carrying them.

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The label who made my most wanted satchels is PLIA Designs. From their website I noticed they make a beautiful collections of designer handbags. The sort of handbags every girl wants because they look like nothing else on the market. You know what I mean, right? When you go shopping now, so many handbags look the same. Or they all look like they are trying to copy the ‘it’ bags. How many variations do we need to see of a famous bag? Only the original will do, thank you very much. On PLIA Designs site, I found the two satchel bags. And like I originally thought, they came in two sizes. The larger size satchel I had to have. It is reasonably priced compared to other bags and I was instantly in love. PLIA Designs does a great job in designing drool worthy designer handbags.

Insta Style

It should be of no surprise to anyone that Instagram is the most popular and powerful social media platform. It has taken over the social media sphere. And right so. It is an incredibly easy app to use. The interface is streamlined and simple. It’s not cluttered nor do you have to read a lot of text. In the fashion world it is definitely the most favored social media app. Editors are uploading and double tapping hundreds of pictures during fashion week. Celebrities give us a glimpse into fashion shows they are attending. And of course selfies have taken over. Sometimes selfies are great though because you get to know what makeup or skincare product a popular editor or celeb is wearing and/or using.

Style stars and popular bloggers are using Instagram in the droves as well. You get to see them taking meetings with editors and attending fashion shows as well. More and more these powerful people in the industry are also showcasing their own personal style. They give us a chance to see beautiful walk-in closets with rows of shoes lined up and handbags tucked away in their proper sleeper bags. Several well known editors have shown their handbags by PLIA Designs. This is a label favored by many fashion insiders. PLIA Designs is a luxury accessories label with a focus on designer handbags, satchels, carryalls, and leather goods. They also have the cutest line of designer iPhone cases. Through Instagram, I have seen many designer handbags crafted by PLIA Designs. I loved them so much, I wanted to add several to my collection. If they are good enough for fashion editors and style stars, then I was sure to love them also. After seeing a handbag from PLIA Designs’ newest collection, I took the plunge.

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PLIA Designs’ website is beautifully laid out and so original. I loved browsing their collections page. From there I was able to click on individual collections. My shopping cart quickly filled up. I ordered two Eloise lambskin clutches, three courier satchel handbags, and four designer iPhone cases. I couldn’t wait to receive my PLIA Designs designer handbags and cases. I’d been saving my money to expand my accessories wardrobe and now I finally found the perfect brand. I hadn’t intended to buy all of my new handbags from one brand, but I couldn’t help myself. No other brand made handbags that look like this. I have learned that the line is built around craftsmanship. Every one of their handbags is individually crafted by their very own leather craftsman. This is a brand I have fallen in love with and I can’t wait to own more PLIA Designs designer handbags.

The Best Weekend Handbags

Weekend choices can be difficult at least fashion wise. When choosing what to carry, I have to take into consideration what I am doing that weekend. Will it be a working weekend where I will need to carry a laptop, magazines, papers, notebooks, and an iPad. Will I be working and socializing? Sometimes during fashion month, there is a combination of work and play. Attending shows, meeting designers backstage, and going to dinners, there is a combination of rushing back to my hotel to write reviews and kicking back in a hotel lobby for a cocktail. So there are many times when activities over the weekend overlap. It is that way for many people and a way of life.

One of my favorite weekend bags is actually a satchel. It is made by accessories house PLIA Designs. PLIA Designs crafts collections of beautiful designer handbags, satchels, purses, bags and leather goods. They are world renowned for their craftsmanship. Each product is handcrafted one at a time by their very own leather craftsman. Fashion editors in the know all carry PLIA Designs designer handbags. The handbag I love to carry from them is called the Reid courier satchel. It’s a beautiful and roomy satchel with plenty of space for all of the things I lug around. I also love this handbag because I can use it as a mini weekender. It is an incredibly versatile bag. I don’t think of it as just a work bag. I love it for shopping as well. It is large enough to hold a few small packages from department stores. I have spotted PLIA’s satchel in the hands of countless editors. From French VOGUE to British VOGUE, the voguettes cannot get enough of this designer handbag and I can see why. I never get tired of carrying my Reid satchel by PLIA Designs.

The other weekend bag I like to carry is also by PLIA Designs. It is their Milton clutch. Talk about a chic clutch. The buttery soft lambskin is utterly delicious. Whenever I carry this clutch, I always get so many compliments and people asking me where I bought it. I love referring them to PLIA Designs website. This is a great weekend clutch because it can be carried from day to evening. And it is large enough to fit my iPad mini! So tech chic. I love carrying this clutch to dinner and to cocktail parties because it is the perfect size to fit under my arm.

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These are two of my favorite weekend bags. Let me know what are some of your bags to carry over the weekend and why you love them so much. Until next time fashionistas!

Handbag Report from the South of France

As many of my faithful readers know I am a fashion editor. Now I know that sounds like a glamorous and fun job and it is in many ways. But what most people outside of my fashion circle don’t understand is that I’m constantly writing and always on deadline. Once a fashion show is over, there is not much time to socialize. I have to quickly return to my hotel room and start writing reviews. Once the reviews are finished, I then have to email them to my editor and wait for feedback and changes. It is rare that I get any sort of night off during the shows. And it’s not always easy to write countless reviews and make each one as crisp and detailed as possible. But that is my job and I like to think I try hard.

When one of my friends who works for a famous design house invited me to her house in the south of France after the shows, I jumped at the chance. I happened to have three weeks off and I could not think of anywhere I’d rather spend it. She is an incredible talent in the design world, but she’s also a very dear friend of mine. We always have so much to talk about. From the latest and greatest in skincare, to new movies and books, to fashion of course, we chatter non stop like excitable hummingbirds. She is also one of those friends who is not permanently stuck on fashion. Meaning you can wear whatever you want and she does not even notice. I knew my stay would be relaxing and I wouldn’t have to care so much what I packed because it wouldn’t be some sort of uptight fashion pow-wow.
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Packing for my trip to Provence would be easy. Clothing wise at least. But I needed a tote that would double as a small valise and carry-on for the train and also a day bag. Since I would be visiting several markets in the region, I needed a tote that could hold several items while still be stylish. I own so many handbags, but I knew I’d recently acquired a lovely tote. If I could only remember who made it and where I stored it. It finally came to me. It was a tote by PLIA Designs called the Pewter tote from their French Toast tote collection. I found it in my closet unused and still in its plastic bag and dust bag. It was the perfect tote for Provence. How could it not be with its amazing custom grey leather. PLIA Designs makes these beautiful designer handbags that last a lifetime. I am so glad I ordered this tote bag when I did.

Christmas in Gstaad with my PLIA Designs Handbags

It is nearing my favorite time of the year. Christmas! This year I am off to Gstaad to celebrate. One of my oldest friends from childhood has a house outside of the village and I think it will be the perfect way to celebrate Christmas. Beautiful views, snowfalls galore, amazing food, lots of good drinks…I cannot wait! But first I need to do a lot of packing. Many ski destinations are also incredibly glamorous. For some, it is not always so much about skiing as it is the fashion and style.

I do not own a lot of fancy ski wear. I have a pair of basic boots, but they are not glamorous in the least. So off I was to various websites to order cute boots, nice parkas, ski goggles and a faux fur hat. I didn’t want to look as if I had no idea what sort of fashionable clothing other guests would wear. Sometimes you want to fit it and not look like you rolled in from the country and don’t have a good sense of style. I love cold weather for the cozy clothes. I already had a stack of amazing sweaters so I did not need anymore of those. Each autumn I order several new sweaters. I actually sort of have a sweater problem. There is nothing more cozy than a proper wool sweater. I never understand the fashionables who prefer cotton. Wool keeps you warm and so easy to clean.

Now for handbags to pack for my beautiful Gstaad getaway. I would need a gorgeous clutch for evening parties and dinners. Maybe a smaller day bag for when I wasn’t on the slopes and something larger for my carry-on. I usually don’t like to travel with too many handbags, so three would suffice for this trip. I lined up all of the designer handbags in my wardrobe so I could see them properly. I knew instantly that my large Reid courier satchel from PLIA Designs would be my big bag and carry-on. If I decided to do some small shopping in my snowy Alpine retreat, this bag would be great for holding small packages. For my smaller satchel, I decided on PLIA Designs once again. I love PLIA Designs designer handbags. They are absolutely marvelous and the craftsmanship is out of this world. I thought I’d make it the perfect trio and chose my Milton clutch from PLIA Designs to round it out.

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Perfect! All of the designer handbags I chose for my trip to Gstaad would be from PLIA Designs. They are the perfect combination of glamour and old-world craftsmanship. I will feel confident carrying these on my arm.

Our Favorite Accessories

With Autumn just around the corner, we thought we would highlight one of our favorite accessories labels. The market is flooded with all sorts of fashion brands. Many large brands now create so many different product categories that they often lose focus on quality and craftsmanship. I much prefer when a label maintains its focus and does not branch out into to many different categories. Everyone, especially designers, loves to through around the term “lifestyle” brand. A shoe maker will now say they are going to go beyond shoes to be a large “lifestyle” brand. That’s fine, but in time the brands start to loose focus as all they worry about is growing larger and becoming a household name.

Once a brand becomes too large, not only do they sometimes lose track of quality, but the brand itself becomes diluted. They are no longer known for a special product or an “it” category. Instead, they push to create everything from shoes to bed covers. Instead of remaining true to their original core and interesting, they become large and boring. When a brand becomes too large, it’s not always a good thing. That’s why niche brands are often so wildly popular.

One new niche brand in designer wares is called PLIA Designs. They are known for making spectacularly beautiful designer handbags, carryalls, and leather goods. All of the products from this accessories design firm are handcrafted by a master leather craftsman with more than 40 years of experience. (That’s a lot of leather crafting experience!!) When I spoke to the brand they said they intend to stay focused only on leather goods and handbags and not expand into areas where they have no background or experience. That makes sense to me. If your focus are designer handbags, why would you want to make curtains and bead spreads as well?

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PLIA Designs has several leather goods collections from beautiful satchels to designer iPad cases. The firm also told me they are expecting new iPhone cases as well. And then when the iPhone 6 is announced, they will have cases for this new phone, too. Brilliant! I just love PLIA Designs macaron iPhone case. It was featured in ELLE magazine two seasons ago and sold out instantly. I’m sure their new designer iPhone cases will be a hit as well.

For Autumn, PLIA Designs’ leather Reid courier satchel is simply perfect. So are their Eloise leather lambskin clutches. If you do not know the line, you are missing out. Shop the leather goods line today and enjoy their products as much as all of the fashion insiders.

Eloise Collection

Plia Designs is quickly becoming synonymous with unique high quality designer handbags. Contrary to popular belief, that is not all they offer. The Eloise line of iPad cases is the perfect accessory for the woman who needs to protect that ever important technology.

If you’ve ever walking into the Apple store or any store that sells iPad cases, you know that your selection is pretty slim. You’re either restricted to black and white cases, or your stuck with ugly zippered sleeves that have to be carried alone because they’re too big or bulky to fit into your bag. Not anymore though. The Eloise line of designer iPad cases is designed to be the perfect marriage of style and technology.

Black and white is always classic, and the monochrome color scheme looks fantastic on the Dover iPad case. This beautiful black lambskin case is adorned with a snake print middle panel on both sides of the case. The silver toggle clasp is perfect to keep your iPad safe and secure.

If you love snake print stuff, but aren’t a fan of monochrome, this line still has you covered. The Sea View case still features the stunning black lambskin, but the snake print on this model is filled with soft blues, greens, and purples designed to resemble the colors of the sea at sunrise.

Maybe you feel a little like royalty and need something with a purple flourish. Even if you’re not wearing a tiara, you can feel like a princess with the Loire iPad clutch. This black lambskin beauty is accented with a deep purple and soft lavender snake print that will catch everyone’s eye.

If snake print isn’t your favorite, than the Harley clutch is the one for you. This one offers a beautiful blue lambskin center print rather than a snake print pattern.

These clutches are designed to fit an iPad, but your device will still fit even if you’ve already got a slim protective case on it.

When it comes to a clutch for your iPad, Plia Designs knows that looks don’t mean anything if the clutch can’t keep the device safe. That is why each clutch is lined with a thick quilted nylon and a layer of thin, hidden neoprene. The combination of these two, as well as the silver toggle lock provides the highest level of safety possible from a clutch such as this.

Protecting your iPad is no excuse for carrying around a bulky, unfashionable one-size fits all zippered pouch from Wal-Mart or Best Buy. Treat your iPad like you treat yourself, and splurge a little. These handcrafted clutches are just the thing to break you out of iPad case-based mediocrity.

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