Plaid Handbag Trend for Fall! Favorites from Kate Spade & Tory Burch.

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Last week, my husband met me for lunch and as we sat down, we realized we were surrounded by high school students. It was the first week of school, so I guess they all felt they needed to leave campus for lunch. You know, because it’s cool. Oddly enough, my husband asked me about their clothing. He noticed that almost all of them had plaid flannel shirts, despite the fact that it was 90 degrees outside!

Just when you thought it was gone for good, the plaid clothing trend is back. Remember those plaid flannel shirts of the 1990s? But this time around, the look isn’t what I would call “grudge.” Thank goodness for that! This whole plaid clothing trend did get me thinking though. What can we expect for the upcoming Autumn season and will clothing be the only area of fashion on board with this trend? Jennifer recently wrote about the Herschel Supply Co Plaid Settlement Daypack Backpack, so my guess is no. I think handbags are being sucked into this trend as well. Take a look!

Kate Spade Cameron Street Plaid Maisie Satchel Bag 
Kate Spade Cameron Street Plaid Maisie Satchel.
Kate Spade is not known for plaid prints, but the black and cream checkers look pretty good on this satchel.

Tory Burch Kira Tweed Crossbody Purse 
Tory Burch Kira Tweed Crossbody Bag.
Plaid and tweed just seem to go hand-in-hand on this little crossbody bag. This piece is definitely ready for fall!

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Tory Burch Kerrington Square Diamond Tote

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Tory Burch Kerrington Diamond Tote

I’m anticipating the warmer weather ahead; along with spring wear, sandals, and decorative prints of all kind. Who else is ready to exchange their dark hued bags for the cheerful and vibrant? I’ve been eyeing the Kerrington Collection by Tory Burch since it made its debut.

The collection consists of a range of your most traditional accessories such as open totes, wallet and wristlets, with not so traditional decor. We’ve seen graphic prints consisting of hearts, botanical patterns, floral, and bohemian prints. The latest vibrant print to hit the collection is the multicolored diamond. Linear earthy hues come together and create a mesmerizing artistic geometric pattern.

I like how the color choices are lively but modest enough to pair off with dress-casual looks. The Kerrington Square Tote bag consists of your standard tote bag, a favorite amongst many bagista’s. The extra roomy structure of this tote consists of grainy vinyl and is hoisted up by thin double shoulder straps. The open top compartment allows for quick access to your goods and is accommodating enough to suit large essentials, such as a laptop, school or work supplies. Tory Burch bonds her infamous T medallion discretely up front, which gladly doesn’t make or break this tote.

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Let’s Check in with Our Favorite Real Housewives and Their Handbags

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Real-Housewives-Handbag-Picks

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Tory Burch Goes for a Heritage Look

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Tory Burch Saddalrina Large Saddle Bag

I doubt Tory Burch would be irritated to hear me say that hers is not a “heritage” brand by any stretch of the imagination. It hasn’t outfitted anyone for wars or saddled up any horses in its time, and that’s fine; not even billionaire Burch can go back in time and move back the birth of her brand by 100 years. Heritage is big business, though – high-end customers place tons of value on a brand’s history, and that’s probably why the brand new Tory Burch Saddalrina Large Saddle looks like it could be based on an archival bag from the brand’s imagined past.

Or, perhaps, from a brand like Coach’s actual past. The shape and finish of the leather remind me a lot of both the Coach bags my mom carried when I was a kid and the highly-prized classic Coach finds you can occasionally uncover in a vintage store. The long shoulder strap, the medium-tone gold hardware, the glossy-but-not-shiny finish of the leather – it’s all exactly right. Tory even did herself a favor and omitted her signature logo hardware, opting instead for a block T built into the bag’s turnlock closure. (Turnlock! Another classic Coach-esque thing.)

Coach doesn’t capitalize on interest in vintage-looking bags like this quite as ardently as it could, so, to be perfectly frank, I’m glad someone is. At Burch’s price point, this is what heritage looks like, and this bag does a great job pretending that it has a carefully cataloged predecessor from decades past sitting in an archive somewhere.

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Would You Pay $197 for a Tory Burch Bag?

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Tory Burch Attersee Chevron Satchel

It’s hard for contemporary designers to step outside of a contemporary price point without arousing ire from its customers. It stands to reason that a huge portion of the fans of a brand like Tory Burch appreciate the designer’s work because they feel like it provides a good value for their dollar or inhabits a price range with which they’re reasonably comfortable. When those brands attempt to push upward, not only do those fans sometimes not follow, but they often become vocally angry – how dare a brand get too big for its price-britches!

As you might have guessed from the title of this post, the Tory Burch Attersee Chevron Satchel, above, costs $995. The bag is rendered in suede and wool, replete with numerous tiny beads and a few larger stones to cap off the bag’s closure. It’s detailed, lush and on trend in a lot of ways for fall. It’s jewelry, a sweater and a handbag all rolled into one, and considered all the disparate elements, it pulls off the look fairly well. (I’m not so sure about the stones at the top, but other than that, it’s a beautifully intricate bag.) Fine materials don’t necessarily impress fans of contemporary brands, though, if the price is similarly fine. That’s not what they signed up for, after all, and snakeskin and fur ventures by brands like Coach prove that pretty well, at least in consumer reaction. One needs only peek inside our PurseForum to pick up on that vibe.

Despite the fact that I know this bag isn’t any more overpriced for what it is than any other bag on the market from a similar brand, I still couldn’t put my money down for it, even if I loved it. In my head, the perceived value of a Tory Burch bag tops out at about $197, and it would probably take a slow, steady climb for the brand to exceed that figure for me. What about you? Can you envision a Tory Burch bag that would make you part with a grand? Is this one it?

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Tory Burch’s Spring 2014 Bags Take Us Back to the Garden Party

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Tory Burch Spring 2014 Handbags (13)

We’re already visited one elaborate, fashionable, ladylike garden party this New York Fashion Week, and that was between Kate Spade’s expertly trimmed hedges. Today, we’re off to see what’s going on in Tory Burch’s backyard, and it’s pretty gorgeous. Withe Tory Burch Spring 2014, the designer has found her stride, or at least a stride; the collection is neatly clustered around a clear theme, and the variations that it takes as the collection progresses are nothing short of lovely.

It’s with not-so-mild surprise that I admit that Burch managed to take something that can be accurately described as a “floral fanny pack” and make it something that a woman might actually want to wear, but she did just that. Vogue‘s Hamish Bowles described the collection as “tightly controlled,” and that’s probably the best phrase to use when talking about how Burch approached her use of florals and garden motifs. Where Kate Spade went quirky, Burch elegant. Both approaches are interesting in their own ways, but the clothes and bags in this collection look a lot more expensive than they likely will be, which is always a nice thing for consumers.Although maybe the prices are just going up.

Shop Tory Burch’s current collection via Bloomingdale’s or check out the images of her newest line below.

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