A few weeks ago. when these comments abounded with recommendations on bag designers, I thought, “Hmm, great ideas deserve a post of their own.” When, a few days later, Refinery29 featured beautiful,
reasonable less-stratospherically-priced bags from a new online store called Roztayger, I realized we had a thing going on. A real, economic, strategic, trend.
To say nothing of a few new retail resources.
See, my theory is that when brands like Prada, Louis Vuitton, Givenchy et. alia spend huge sums on branding luxury, they raise the price ceiling and allow good designers to make a reasonable margin on less-branded luxury goods. Or what we at least might call Luxurious Goods. So as long as we, the consumers, spread the word and keep marketing costs low, better-than-good design and high-quality materials can survive.
And how about the brands you guys recommended? Some far lower price points. Look at these! Using a bit of my very limited exclamation point budget here. The Oryany Sydney on sale at Neiman Marcus.
Apparently Libaire is local to me. I love the focus on classic shapes and excellent materials. Thanks, GS.
And don’t forget global artisans, via sites like 10,000 Villages.
There are more. Below is the list of some other makers you suggested, either fairly new to me…
- Aunts & Uncles via Sharan
- Carshoe via Crissa
- Louenhide (leather alternatives, via Patsy)
- Bosom Buddy Bags (great preppy bags, clutches, baskets, etc. via *Pigtown Design)
- Laura Merkin via Mary Anne
- Claire Vivier via Kris and Judy
- Ally Capellino in the UK via Wendy
- Il Bisonte via Kathy W.
- Kendall Conrad via Kathy
- M0851 from Materfamilias
- Foley + Corinna Mid-City Tote via Amanda
- …or brands I had heard of, but aren’t carried by the big department stores in Northern California. The shared parameter here, minimal logos, premium workmanship: the Mulberry Dorset via Hostess, Loro Piano Globe, via Mardel, and, from a line I had thought of as luggage only, Tumi via Laura H.
One final point, fueled by my amateur economic theories. I noticed that in the big stores, the tier just under traditional intensively branded and marketed luxury goods is filled by intensively branded and marketed not-so-luxurious goods. Hmm. I’m referring specifically to the lines of Tory Burch, Kate Spade, and Michael Kors.
Don’t get me wrong. I believe Kate and Tory have real design chops. So does Mr. Kors, particularly in his pre-Project Runway mode of minimalist luxe. But I think their business offices may have decided to sell bags via what we might call logo-loading, and to pocket/invest the resultant profits. Granted, marketers are artists of sorts, but I like the idea of throwing my economic heft to hands-on designers and crafters as well.
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