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The public is so accustomed to treating news of celebrity breakdowns as juicy entertainment that the seriousness of these legitimate medical conditions is overlooked.
While most of us are still rugging up against the cold, the fashion world is already looking towards spring. As the weather warms, those with their fingers on the pulse have begun to predict which handbags will make us hot under the collar.
Spring fashions this year will reflect more than the ...
Candy Wrapper Bag
This bag was made from candy wrappers that would have ended up in the landfill, which makes it not only super cute, but eco-friendly as well. It reminds us of the Capri Sun bag, but in a cute, pocket-sized coin purse version. It looks like there are many kinds of candy wrappers to satisfy everyone's preferences, and there are fun colors to boot!
This may possibly be the only saddle bag any woman wants. It's great for showing off a western flair and the perfect bag for true cowgirls. It also looks durable, which is definitely a plus. We just want to know how much it stores and how you carry it. Maybe you can just hold it by the horn. And don't we all wish it came with a free pony attached?
Rubik's Cube Handbag
The popularity of the Rubik's Cube has endured for decades. Many variations and sizes of the puzzle have been produced over the years and now you can show your love for the boxy classic with this purse. The colors are young and fun if you're looking for something spunky to spice up a simple outfit or to make a statement with accessories.
Rubber bat wings have never been as functional or attractive as they are when crafted into a purse. Especially with the super hero fever that has hit our culture recently, this accessory would be a great addition to any fan's collection. Classic black will allow wear for many occasions and it's also perfect for Halloween, to conceal all those candies with.
The $52k Bag
This Louis Vuitton Tribute bag is made in France and is a patchwork mess of 14 Louis Vuitton bags. Louis Vuitton has definitely made a mark on the fashion industry, and many LV bags remain classics to this day. Somehow I don't imagine it to be ...
Some people rinse and recycle plastic bottles, but an Austrian Industrial Design had another idea. Miulein cut the bottoms off of two bottles, connected them with a zipper and made this sweet little green change purse. It's cute and you do your part to save the planet! When I think of this purse though, I remember of how easily plastic two liters are crushed.
Cops and Donuts
This purse appears to be a part of a costume or gag (we hope). The handcuffs may not have been the best choice of handle for comfort, but cops and donuts definitely go together like pigs and mud. This bag illustrates that wonderfully by attaching a pair of handcuffs to a yummy looking strawberry glazed donut. And not to mention, the sprinkle beads are a lovely touch. No, really, who doesn't love sprinkles?
To me, there's just something special about a high quality leather purse or bag. They are traditional, durable and never go out of style. However, not everyone is satisfied with commonplace purses and some like to carry standout handbags that are far from ordinary. Here's a look at 50 bags that stray from the beaten path. Love them or hate them, there is no denying that they are unique. Each is made with rather unusual materials, or fashioned to look like something it is not. As you'll see, this type of creativity in design produces purse styles ranging from cute to tragic.
Farm Animal in Chaps
This lovely purse was spotted at TJ Maxx. No idea what look designer Diane Gail was going for, but there's no doubt that she nailed "Farm Animal Wearing Chaps" with this one. Not sure if the pattern of the animal hide was lined up this way on purpose, but it reminds me of that one bad night I had at a Biker Bar with a cow.
Lipstick? ... Check. Cell phone? ... Check. Chihuahua? ... ummm Check!
Did you ever think that one day we would be considering our pets a fashion accessory? Turns out that it has become normal in some circles to take your dog for a walk and the animal does no walking at all.
You don't have to be strolling the red carpet to purse your miniature K-9 anymore. Apparently it's now socially acceptable to walk just about anywhere and have glazed eyes, a long tounge and a fur covered head bobbing out of your handbag.
It may seem silly, but you are clearly making a statement when something that you are wearing happens to be a living breathing animal.
But what exactly is that statement? A bit of history can clue us in...
An Historic Pastime!
Oddly enough the practice of carrying your dog in a handbag goes back to Ancient Rome. Elite women would put their tiny Maltese's in a sleeve when walking throughout the streets. Another name for the Maltese dog in Rome was 'the Roman Ladies' Dog' and the breed became a physical symbol of loyalty.
Today the Maltese (that's the small white fluffy one pictured right for those less aquainted with dog breeds) is still a popular 'carry dog' with women. Now you can see a Maltese hung round a hot girl's waist while she goes for a power walk on the beach.
Another early 'carry-dog' was the Pekingese lapdog, bred in ancient China to fit inside the sleeves of a man's robe. So it hasn't always just been women that have an obsession with carrying around small dogs.
Through recent centuries a wider variety of 'lap dogs' became popular among royalty and the rich. Nowadays there is a diverse range of small pooches that have become fashionable 'handbag dogs'.
Today a dog in a bag still screams out loud that you have a financial status that compares to few. Who else could afford to risk destroying their handbag and all it's contents with Poodle piddle, not to mentions the high costs to buy and maintain these animals?
Who would have thought that millions of years of evolution would see certain breeds of dogs in some weird symbiotic class-status relationship with humans. The fad of carrying a bow-wow under your arm has been here for centuries and isn't going anywhere soon!
But is lugging a turd producing mutt around town really worth it? Let's weigh up the options...
Your Wallet: You carry it everywhere, whip it out in front of complete strangers and keep highly senstive personal credit cards inside it. Your wallet can say more about you than you realize.
Now I just wonder what these wallets say about the people who own them?
1. All Silver ACM Wallet
Just as cheap as traditional wallets, this ACM Wallet has a certain touch of industrial design but at a price that you can afford in these turbulent economic times. It's got a silky smooth surface, is scratch resistant, and is the next generation of personal finance organisation.
2. Dr. Who and The Daleks Sci-Fi Credit Card Wallet
If you don want something that looks like it has come straight out of a sci-fi film and want a solid credit card holder that can take everyday day wear and tear, this virtually indestructible Darlek inspired case is perfect. One thing is for sure: this is a wallet that will spice up the life of your otherwise staid 0% credit card that has had no action since you filled it up with all the debt accrued from your last shopping spree!
Handbags meets Digital Media. Showing the bad ethics, hypocrisy and stupidity of the companies behind our TV Shows, our documentaries, our movies, and our music.
In day to day life it is hard to sometimes appreciate the restrictions put on us because they become camouflaged into our every day life and are just accepted as the norm. The media industry is trying to camouflage a lot of unethical restrictions to become the norm of how we consume video and music. This will result in us paying more money while slowing down the human race by reducing the flow of information and entertainment.
Applying the logic of the digital media industry to the handbag industry may seem like an unorthodox topic for BagBunch.com, but it sure does point out the hypocrisies and bad ethics of certain media companies and organisations. This is an area that is relatively well-known among tech geeks, but is often not recognized among a lot of the population - this article aims to bring to light some of those issues in the media industry.
What the media industry tries to do can get a bit confusing being a fracas of technical and legal jargon. So comparing how one complex industry works, with a more understandable and tangible industry like handbags helps to put things in perspective.
Some of the analogies below are not intended to be a 100% accurate contrast, but an informal and tongue-in-cheek way to point out the hypocrisy, stupidity and bad ethics of certain elements of the media industry.
Welcome the HIAA
The media industry sees the likes of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) serving the interests of big music and video companies to ultimately make them more money, putting ethics (and often law) aside.
The handbag industry could benefit from a similar organization, The Handbag Industry Association of America (HIAA).
Grandad might have preferred the classic black leather wallet for carrying his cash and cards, but why have bland in your hand when you can funk it up?
Credit card holders, wallets and cases are an everyday item you might find yourself stuck with for years (until that stressful day when you finally lose it). If it's with you day in and day out you may as well get a wallet that is a little bit different and somewhat stylish. Pulling these wallets out at the bar is a sure conversation starter.
1. Vendula Hearts All Around Card Case
This quirky accessories company was founded in 2003, and prides itself on its passion for fashion. Set up to plug the gap in the market for interesting and accessible accessories, Vendula firmly believes looking stylish doesn't mean you need to break the bank, meaning its entire range is original and affordable. The Hearts All Around card case is hand-sewn to look like a notebook - complete with a spiral spine and matching clasp - and is available in grey, black, bronze or nude. It measures 10cm by 7.5cm, and is a perfect snip for daughters and young girls at just £7.
[Available at Amazon.co.uk]
As the weather turns colder we're all thinking about two things: warming ourselves and heating up our wardrobes! The easiest way to do that is to accessorize. The right handbag can update any outfit, transforming it into a statement for the season.
So what characterizes a winter handbag? With so many shapes, styles, and shades ...
These stories represent some of the most crazed bitch-
fighting women, bag crime and violent handbag horror.
Bag Snatch Victim Fights Back
This bag snatcher got more than he bargained for when he took on one tough purse lover. When he grabs her handbag, she grabs it right back and won't let go. Not content with rescuing her prized possession, this tough cookie executes some killer moves and flips the thug on his head! I’ll bet she's cured him of those sticky fingers!
Sienna Miller Attacks Paparazzi with Purse
We all know Sienna Miller as a style guru who loves to tote beautiful bags by Balenciaga, Prada, and Yves Saint Laurent, but it seems she doesn't wear them just to look good. Handbags are her weapon of choice when it comes to fighting off the paparazzi and make bruise-worthy blunt weapons of destruction.
Hollywood stars would like you to believe they're not as superficial as the glamorous lifestyles they lead. Sure they might make millions, but they love to use that cash to feed starving children and help the homeless.
But you can't change the world if you don't look good first, right? So while the starlets might pledge thousands to their favorite charities, they're spending just as much on the latest designer handbags. Drab outfits might have been OK for Mother Theresa, but today's celebrity saints have a reputation to uphold.
It makes you wonder whether the stars believe in the causes they support, or whether it's all just a cheap grab for publicity. Are they celebrity charlatans using poverty to gloss their image, give them publicity, which subsequently generates them more fame and money to feed a designer shopping addiction?
How can these socially aware stars spend thousands on some arm candy while people in third-world countries are still dying of hunger? Some of these bags are so expensive, they'd easily feed an entire African village.
If you've pledged to help fight poverty how can you justify spending thousands on a designer handbag when that that money could make a huge impact on poverty to hundreds (if not thousands) of people.
Maybe I'm being too harsh on these famous celebrities but when you look at how much they've spent and how that money could have been used to fight poverty it makes you question their motives. Just take a look at these examples of "poverty fighting" celebs and their excessive handbag spending:
Angelina Jolie and Zahara Show Off Matching Valentino Purses
Image source: The Purse Blog
Angelina Jolie is the poster child for celebrity do-gooders. She's a United Nations ambassador, and her Jolie-Pitt Foundation helps humanitarian causes all around the world. She also likes to adopt orphans from poverty-stricken nations, like adorable Zahara.
Guys: Have you ever wondered why girls have such big handbags that always appear to be packed with junk?
Your gut reaction might be that she's packed it with toiletries, a wide selection of makeup and a variety of other 'essential' items - but have you ever actually checked?
After reading these stories you might be convinced to never, ever, question what's inside those pretty purses - you might not like what you find, unless of course your girlfriend is Japanese and is carrying a vibrator - then you might be intruiged. But then again she might just be carrying metal pliers which will just leave you confused.
So here are the strange and intruiging finds from the insides of women's purses (and before you ask - no I didn't go rummaging and I definately didn't get arrested).
Cat Urine, Not Meth
Florida police did not believe a woman when she told them a vial in her purse contained dried cat urine, not methamphetamine. It's not surprising really, who carries dried cat urine in their handbag?
But they should have trusted her. She sat in jail for two months until tests proved she was telling the truth. In any case, I think the lesson to learn here is not to carry cat urine around with you, no matter how much you think it might come in useful.GMA News
Dead Dog in Duffel Bag
The loss of a pet can be devastating, but most of us deal with it a little better than Wendy Louise Washum. The employees of a Wendy's restaurant in Colorado found the grieving woman carrying her decaying dead dog in a duffle bag.
But it gets weirder. Wendy told police she thought the dog would come back to life after 13 days. Right.
And if you are going to carry a dead dog around with you, then you should at least want to do it in style with a Louis Vuitton dog carrier, not in a duffle bag! The Denver Channel
What do crocodiles, breast milk, pickles, a skeleton, and a camel costume have in common?
Believe it or not, they were all found by amazed airport security in the bags of some unforgettable travelers. Read on to learn the bizarre stories surrounding these astounding airport incidents and many more.
A Skeleton in the Luggage
An elderly woman was stopped at Munich airport, after the staff found something seemingly sinister in her bag: a skeleton in a sealed plastic bag.
No, this old duck wasn't the killer. She just wanted to fulfill the dying wish of her brother who passed away 11 years ago. Grandma was simply taking him to his homeland of Italy for a proper burial.
Better late than never I suppose! As the woman was not violating any laws she was allowed to continue her journey, skeleton and all.
Camel Costume Causes Airport Chaos
What would compel a traveler to pack their camel costume on vacation? Or to even have one in the first place? We might never know, but this weird piece of luggage caused chaos at Sydney Airport.
A baggage handler was so taken by the disguise he stole it from a suitcase and donned it on the tarmac! The incident may have gone undetected had the traveler not spotted his costume when he boarded his plane! Yes it was a security breach, but it's hilarious nonetheless.
You've seen them on the arms of the world's hottest celebrities, but there's no way most of us could ever afford those luxurious Hermes, Louis Vuitton, Chanel or other designer label bags! Of course, that doesn't stop your heart pulsing with pure purse envy when you see the rich & famous wearing that authentic designer bag that you desperately want to add to your collection!
But you don't have to have Beyonce's budget or Paris Hilton's rich daddy to accessorize like an A-list celebrity. Here we've listed some of the world's most expensive authentic designer label handbags along with their inspired cheaper cousins. It feels like a mega sale with 99.45% off the designer label price. These money gushing celebs could have saved themselves a total of $372,924!
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