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Designer Bags @ Saks Fifth Avenue
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Designer Handbag Report

Designer bags are popular with fashionistas and working women who have invested interests in both quality and style.  Those who follow trends are often prone to chasing the latest "hot" name designer, while other women are interested in the fine craftsmanship and durability that comes with upscale designers.

Because for most these are investment pieces, classic statements are among the most popular, but subtle incorporation of trends in colors, patterns, materials, and hardware are also part of what make a high end designer bag worth it's cost.

Larger tote bags are often big enough to carry items as large as a tablet or notebook computer which is ideal for those with busy urban lifestyles that require being out for most of the day and evening without returning home.  Smaller bags are appealing to those who need to regularly carry nothing more than keys, cell phones, and credit cards.

Neutral colors are favored by women who own only a bag or two that needs to coordinate with most of their wardrobe.  These can include bags with metallic and pearl finishes, in addition to classics such as black, brown, white and navy blue.  Bags in the red color family are also considered a classic pop of color that adds interest to most outfits. Animal prints and textures add a touch of personality while remaining in the classic style category.

More diverse colors and patterns are appealing to trend setters who take great care in coordinating the overall impact of their looks.  Shoes and bags are no longer expected to match, both affording an opportunity to add interest and style to an outfit.  In fact, many plus size women find accessories to be their main source for personalizing their style, especially those who appreciate higher end fashion which is still limited in availability in larger sizes.  For example, simple black in the best fabrics and tailoring can make a stunning foil for designer bags that bring more color, pattern, or pop to an ensemble that is a unique expression of the personality of the wearer.

Shopping Resources for Designer Handbags

Imitations, knock-offs, and fakes are rampant in this fashion category, so being assured of an authentic designer bag is important to many.  Consequently, some of the best resources remain the upscale department stores that stand one hundred percent behind their goods as the genuine articles.

Bergdorf Goodman, Bloomingdale's,  Neiman Marcus, and Saks Fifth Avenue have the toniest, most expensive designer brands that incorporate some of the rarest and most exotic materials.  These can easily cost thousands of dollars apiece and are some of the most influential status symbols for those "in the know".  Another fantastic resource is licensed on-line global runway dealer Luisa Via Roma, which is the only place full designer lines become available immediately after show, often for pre-orders.

Nordstrom and Lord & Taylor both offer premium designer bags at that level, and slightly less expensive options that cost hundred, not thousands to purchase.   Quality and workmanship is superb at this level, in addition to styling details that are missing from less pricy lines.

A similar mix of mid tier designers and high end designer bags is available from fashion shopping hot spot, Shop Bop which has an especially deep inventory of genuine designer bags. 

Dillard's and Macy's are great shopping destinations for designer diffusion handbag lines such as MICHAEL Michael Kors and Calvin Klein, and contemporary designers such as Jessica Simpson and Vince Camuto.  Classics such as Coach, Brahmin, and Dooney & Bourke are very popular designer bags here and retail in the lower hundreds. 

Style destination QVC also carry celebrity and stylist designer lines such as Fiore by Isabella Fiore and Isaac Mizrahi Live!  The Vera Bradley selection  is especially good, with extended payment installment plans often available for pricier bags.

Well known shoe super store, Zappos, also carries a stellar collection of handbags.  Designer labels here run the gamut from a hundred to thousands of dollars with popular designers including Rebecca Minkoff, Furla, Alexander McQueen, and Mara Hoffman.

Amazon is a surprise resource, but well worth the stop.  The growing fashion collections and lines here are proving to be extremely popular with shoppers drawing more and more big designer brands in as this shopping space continues to skyrocket.

 

Bargain Designer Handbag Shopping

Genuine designer handbags at discount prices can most reliably be found in places such as Saks Off Fifth which is owned by Saks Fifth Avenue, and Last Call which is owned by Neiman Marcus.

 

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