New Bag on the Block

Let’s be honest. The handbag section is the abandoned lovechild of your local department store. If you’ve got a stylish bone in your body, you do all you can to avoid it.

But new brand, olivia + joy (why does it scream alice + olivia?!), is hoping to change the game with its collection, which debuts exclusively at Macy’s this week.

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Love It or Leave It :: Personalized Louis Vuitton Handbags

I’ve seen the lengths people go to just to become the proud and accomplished owners of Louis Vuitton handbags. Stories of a month-long granola bar diet, or taking public transportation instead of spending on fuel, come to mind.

But I’m wondering how the die-hard Louis V fans will feel about “Mon Monogram.” It’s a new personalization service from the bag and luggage makers, who say they can customize your selected purchase within six to eight weeks.

I tried it and was able to add my own variation of stripes and initials. Maybe it was my choice of colors, or placement of my initials but for some reason, I didn’t like the outcome very much (see below).

The verdict? I’ll leave the personalization to people who already own a closet full of Louis Vuitton and stick with the plain old classic pieces.  Because at nearly $1,000 a pop, I can’t see how it’s worth the risk.

Try the personalization tool for yourself.


Macy’s Ropes in Madonna, Daughter for Fashion Collection

Did Macy’s get cooler all of a sudden? Maybe they did.

Wednesday’s announcement that they’ve formed a partnership with Madonna for a new collection, although unexpected, seems pretty cool.

Do I care that the new “Material Girl” collection is for juniors only? No. The fact is, it’s Madonna.

In stores from August 2010, it’s being labeled a “fast-fashion junior collection” with some pretty realistic price points, I should add.

To be specific, that’s$12 to $40 for a collection designed by Madonna and her daughter Lourdes.

“Material Girl” includes footwear, handbags and jewelry at the moment but will also touch the lifestyle and beauty sectors, including fragrance, beginning in 2011.

Win Big with Diane von Furstenberg

Have you seen the DVF Fall 2009 Nomad collection?

Either way, I’m sure you wouldn’t mind having a chance to win an entire DVF ensemble.

And it’s pretty easy.

Simply sign up to be a Facebook fan and choose the looks you love the most from the DVF Fall 2009 Nomad collection.

The winning fan gets to choose one item from a combination of the following categories.

  • Dresses
  • Pants
  • Coats
  • Handbags
  • Shoes
  • Accessories

This sweepstakes is open to people at least 18 years old and ends August 15, 2009 at 09:00 am (PDT).

Click to enter.