Accessory Obsession: The Mini Bucket Bag

Downsized for day to night versatility, 2014’s It bag is still a strong MVP for spring.  Loeffler Randall nailed it with this calf hair version and you can’t go wrong with Elizabeth and James’ Cynnie bag, offered in a host of colors (below).  A few other faves:

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 1. Elizabeth & James Cynnie Mini Bucket Bag in Grey, $445 | 2. Alexander McQueen Studded Bucket Bag, $1985 | 3. See by Chloe Samll Bucket Bag, $395  | 4. Elizabeth and James Cynnie in Pink, $545 | 5. Alexander Wang Diego Bag, $825 | 6. Elizabeth & James Cynnie in Marina, $445 | 7. Loeffler Randall Perforated Industry Bag, $295 | 8. Halston Heritage Mini Bucket Bag, $395 | 9. Loeffler Randall Raffia Bucket Bag, $295 |  10. Alexander Wang Diego Bag, $825 | 11. 3.1 Phillip Lim Stripe Bucket Bag, $925 | 12. Saint Laurent Bucket Bag, $1990

Accessory Obsession: Koret

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I’ve fallen hard for Koret New York‘s Spring 2014 collection–the clean lines, bright color and supple leather is sophisticated and, for lack of a better word, chic.  Also loving the lack of hardware, it lends sort of a Celine quality but without the price tag…  In short, these babies have major “it” bag potential.  I’m a fan.

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Ori Tote, Embossed Croc // Ori Tote, Black // Ori Clutch, Pink // Ori Clutch, White

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 Ori Satchel, Tangerine // Ori Satchel, Multi // Ori Clutch, Latte // Ori Clutch, Yellow

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 Ori Tote, Yellow // Ori Tote, Multi // Ori Clutch, Multi // Ori Clutch, Lime

Be sure to check out Shopbop’s selection (here)–several of these lookers are on sale.  Just sayin!

*Images courtesy of Koret New York.

Accessory Obsession: Sophie Anderson

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I’m totally crushing on Sophie Anderson’s vibrant collection of crocheted clutches and totes.  Hand crafted by the Wayuu people of Columbia, each boho inspired piece is entirely unique and full of eclectic gorgeousness.  Perfect for a beach getaway!

Clockwise from top: Nataly Bucket Bag in Citron Stripe // Nataly Bucket Bag in Geo Print $254// Marilu Crocheted Cotton Clutch in Mixed Print, $235 // Marilu Crocheted Cotton Clutch in Black/Ecru, $235 // Nataly Bucket Bag in Yellow/Grey, $300 // Nataly Bucket Bag in Pink, $350

Accessory Obsession + Q&A with ROARKE New York

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ROARKE New York, EMBELLISHED SCARF NECKLACE, TULUM & GHANA

Part scarf, part necklace, these hand-beaded beauties are wardrobe game changers! Designed by half-French sisters, Laetitia Stanfield (a former buyer for Bergdorf Goodman) and Selena McPherson, ROARKE New York‘s collection of embellished silk neck pieces is like no other accessory brand in the industry.  What’s more, they also dabble in jewelry, kaftans and have even launched a bridal collection, aptly named Le Mariage.  I’m obsessing over all the glam details of these hand-crafted gems!

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From top left: Sundance Cuff (White) // Sundance Cuff (Grey) // Silk Chiffon Bib Necklace // Ikat Bib Necklace // Sundance Cuff (Neon) // Tate Bib Necklace // Aztec Cuff.

Q & A with ROARKE New York:

I recently chatted with the badass sister duo behind this gorgeousness.  Here’s what they had to say:

1.  Your designs feature everything from tribal inspired prints (Tulum) to abstract geometric designs (Tate) and have such a unique feel, where you do you draw your inspiration from? 

Our inspiration is drawn from all walks of life!  Mainly from our travels, arts and culture and most importantly from our customers.  We are always paying attention to what they are drawn to.

2.  Your focus on hand-beaded foulards and cravats is like no other brand in the industry, why scarves?

As we are half-french, we draw lots of inspiration from our French heritage… and scarves are a huge part of the Parisian wardrobe!  Our grandmother and mother taught us the power of great accessorizing from an early age.  It’s a very French trait.

3.  I love that the scarves double as necklaces (and head scarves!), can we expect to see more jewelry in the future? 

Right now we are focusing on perfecting what we know and love! We are always exploring new ideas so who knows what the future holds…

4.  As a sister duo (with an amazing aesthetic), what is it like working with family?  

There’s nothing better.  We know each other inside and out…and ultimately at the end of the day, we have each others’ best interest at heart.

5.  Who would you most like to see wearing your designs?

Jessica Alba, Michelle Obama, and Marion Cotillard.

6.  You’re half-French, what’s your number one takeaway about French style?

French women know how to keep their style super simple while also being extremely chic.  We think ROARKE New York provides an amazing accessory for women everywhere to do the same!

7.  What accessory do you rarely leave home without?

A ROARKE New York scarf necklace, of course!

8.  Who are your style icons?

Jane Birkin, Talitha Getty, and Lauren Hutton.

9.  Favorite spot in New York, whether to eat, shop or find inspiration?

The Fort Green Flea Market for scouring stalls, the Soho House for a quick meeting, the Frick for its old-school charm, and Carbone restaurant for the most delicious plate of pasta.

10.  What’s the hardest thing about starting an accessory design business?

Laetitia: I don’t even know where to begin! If you aren’t 150% invested in it…the chances are it won’t work.  I have poured the last 4 years into this business, I am constantly thinking about it and developing it in any way that we can.  It’s a lot of fun and definitely all-consuming.

11.  I’m obsessed with both the geometric and tribal inspired prints, what can we expect to see from ROARKE New York in the coming seasons?

We have been working on some folklore inspired pieces…they are out of this world, stay tuned!

Photo credit: ROARKE NY

Accessory Obsession: This Bag

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Sophie Hulme ‘Spear Tab’ Handbag

Yeah, it’s pink–really pink. So what? I’m obsessing over everything about this Sophie Hulme crossbody number.  Small in scale but roomy enough for all your daily essentials.  What’s more, its multipurpose functionality is multiplied by a removable crossbody strap for use as a clutch.  As for the bold color statement, it functions pretty much as a neutral.  You know what else this yummy arm candy is perfect for?  Valentine’s Day… just sayin’.

If pink isn’t your jam, it comes in basic black and I must say it’s quite chic.  Now it just needs to go on sale!