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Growing market for pre-loved bags (pre-loved men? not yet)

Evangelista in
LOOK magazine’s
mini book for
bagaholics (see
inset) which is out
in magazine
stands next week.

Once, in a bag store where I happened to be in my element, studying and fondling the latest bags on display, a guy friend, who was patiently watching me go about my serious business, asked, “Why do women buy bags? I mean, really, the function?”

Posted: October 26th, 2014 in Columns,Featured Columns,Headlines,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

Isaac Mizrahi, Badgley Mischka at SM

BLUE and white Isaac Mizrahi tote; at right, glittered heels from Badgley Mischka

To update one’s look, here are eight fashion must-haves from SM Store’s shoes and bags department.

Posted: August 8th, 2014 in Fashion and Beauty,Headlines | Read More »

MaARTe 2014 showcases bags from Visayas weaving villages ravaged by ‘Yolanda’

Dannie Alvarez, Mel Francisco, Maritess Pineda, Cedie Vargas, Suzie Quiros and Mita Rufino

When super typhoon “Yolanda” (international name: Haiyan) tore through Leyte and Samar last year, displacing tens of thousands of people, three high-school friends decided to establish Abre Linea Inc., a social enterprise that aims to create a sustainable livelihood for the region’s weaving communities affected by the disaster.

Posted: August 4th, 2014 in Arts and Books,Headlines | Read More »

Signature Amina Aranaz-Alunan: Rustic market bags made chic

BAG designer Amina Aranaz- Alunan, with several featured pieces in her La Boqueria collection, is going global.

Drawing inspiration from market scenes in Africa, Mexico, Spain and the Philippines, bag designer Amina Aranaz-Alunan recently launched her latest collection of totes, clutches and evening bags.

Posted: July 18th, 2014 in Fashion and Beauty,Headlines | Read More »

US travel brand’s new line inspired by Korean fashion

SAMSONITE Red celebrity endorsers Angelababy and Kim Soo Hyun COURTESY OF SAMSONITE

Don’t be deceived by the pretty pastels and voguish designs. The latest collection from Samsonite Red, the younger, trendier product line of the American heritage travel brand, consists not just of eye candy but also versatile and very functional bags.

Posted: June 27th, 2014 in Fashion and Beauty,Headlines | Read More »