Handbags

It goes with you everywhere: errands, outings, meetings, appointments. You put everything you’ve got into it. If you were to lose it you would be, well, screwed.

A gal’s relationship with her handbag is a pretty dependent one. And finding the bag that’s right for you leads to a future of well-cordinated organization, i.e., bliss. To aid in your annual accessories update, we’ve selected some of the best new purses for several personalities. Find the one below that you most identify with, then follow our suggestions to discover your handbag mate.

MARC JACOBS Gotham City saddle bag

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The Weekend Guide: January 1-3

Anomalisa by Charlie Kaufman

SEE: Anomalisa
Writer and director Charlie Kaufman’s (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Adaptation, Being John Malkovich) stop-motion movie is mundane in its magnificence. Kaufman’s story follows claymation characters as they navigate the banality of an existence like any other. But the lilt of Kaufman’s questioning is touchingly met in his manufactured puppet men and women.

COLOR: “The Radical History of 1960s Adult Coloring Books” by Laura Marsh
Writer Laura Marsh traces the not-new trend of adult coloring books to their subversive ’60s counterparts. Read her piece in the New Republic, then join the revolution with an adult coloring book of your own.

HEAR: “Shakin” by Timbaland featuring Aaliyah
Part of Timbaland’s mixtape King Stays King, “Shakin” features the honeyed vocals of the ’90s pop icon Aaliyah. The R&B chanteuse tragically died in a plane crash 14 years ago, but the world was drawn back into her soulful snare this week with the hook on this catchy track.

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A short list of the icons of fashion and style who’ve had a handbag named in their honor: Jane Birken, Brigitte Bardot, Alexa Chung, Jessica Stam, Greta Garbo, Grace Kelly, Princess Di, Lana Del Rey and …

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By the time you read this, Rebecca Minkoff will be in the Bahamas. While we’re sure you won’t begrudge the beloved designer her beach break, please know that her time off is extra well-deserved; among lots of other things, she just visited our Seattle flagship where we talked to her about Nordstrom’s brand-new rollout of her jewelry and ready-to-wear collections.

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Our Director of Creative Projects and Pop-In Shop Curator Olivia Kim offers up daily inspiration, favorite products and things she’s super in love with right now.

“I met Pinky on the street in New York. Her owner makes vegan handbags (and uses non-toxic, semi-permanent doggy dye gel for those pink ears).”

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After nailing the art of killer kicks (what city girl doesn’t drool over a pair of Loeffler Randall heels?), Loeffler Randall’s savvy creative director, Jessie Randall, branched out in 2012 with a heart-fluttering lineup of must-buy bags. Loeffler addicts everywhere suddenly had to make room in their closets (and budgets) for another fixation. Of course, no one’s been complaining—Loeffler Randall’s distinctive handbags are gob-smackingly chic, but also lie on the affordable end of the designer handbag spectrum with clutches starting at $295.

We recently asked Jessie Randall to dish a little on her brand and the Mini Rider Crossbody we’re featuring in our ‘It’ Bags for the Street Set campaign this month.

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Meet the perfect new way to show off your taste in style: the Rebecca Minkoff ‘Mini M.A.C.’, in color combos that you’ll only find at Nordstrom.

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Mix and match your accessories like a pro with our selects for maxing out the season’s most stylish trends. Whether you crave color or have a taste for texture, we’ve got you covered in our shoe and handbag trend shop.

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Don’t miss this second chance to get your hands on the coveted Rebecca Minkoff ‘Darcy’ satchel. A Nordstrom exclusive, this handbag was custom-designed using feedback collected on PurseForum by fans around the world.

Available in ‘black’ and ‘port,’ it’s a customer favorite that we just couldn’t resist bringing back for one last hurrah. Hurray!

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“I think this bag is perfect for [the Nordstrom] customer because she is savvy. She’s very fashionable. She’s extremely conscious of comfort.” —Rebecca Minkoff

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Marni + Romina Quirós

The latest brand/artist collaboration puts the spotlight on Romina Quirós, an Argentine illustrator whose elegant, minimal drawings appear on fall accessories from Marni. To celebrate the partnership, creative director Consuelo Castiglioni had panels featuring Quirós’s drawings installed in the company’s Milan showroom.

 

Quirós’s creative process is as simple as her artwork: she begins with a black blot on the page, and from there, playful characters emerge. Check out her work on this leather-trimmed iPad sleeve.

 

—Mary O’Regan

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