Saturday, October 31, 2009

bags are the second most popular


ach bags are the second most popular designer handbagbut it will probably come as no surprise to learn that the most popular designer handbags of all - in terms of 'handbag 'chat' on the designer handbag and purse forums and in terms of Google searches - are Louis handbags. It is also worth remembering that it is estimated that 99% of all Louis Vuitton products sold are fakes ! So if you are interested in getting a genuine LV bag oach bags are the second most popular designer handbags worlwide but it will probably come as no surprise to learn that the most popular designer handbags of all - in terms of 'handbag 'chat' on the designer handbag and purse forums and in terms of Google searches - are Louis Vuitton handbags. It is also worth remembering that it is estimated that 99% of all Louis Vuitton products sold are fakes ! So if you are interested in getting a genuine LV bag take care - and to be absolutely sure, you must visit a Louis Vuitton store or their official website eluxury.com.

bags or top handled Ferragmo

riod where I wanted people to think I was much older so I wore Chanel jackets with either Chanel bags or top handled Ferragmo bags (the Kelly looking ones with the giant buckle). I came to my senses finally when I saw a photo of myself that looked like a little kid playing dress up. I passed my Ferragamo bags on to my older aunts and never gave Ferragamo a though again. This gorgeously crafted bag, however, is making me re-think the classic brand.

The knotted details look striking in the metallic washed leather and the braiding on top flap and bottom corners further lend the bag interest. Unfortunately it's still very mature looking-- beautiful as it is, it's not hip or edgy. But then again, I am finally mature enough to wear Ferragamo which is probably why this ap

introduced you to the fabulous

e introduced you to the fabulous Stephanie bag from DVF back in January and much as I loved it I could not swing that size. Good thing I waited because now it comes in medium in a rock star worthy black metallic! You must see this in person, the woven leather is amazing and the metallic peeks through depending on the movement of the bag-- subtle yet sexy. There is also a longer shoulder strap but I like the shorter handle, it looks more sophisticated. The bracelet clutch is also tres adorable with long tassles and at a great price point! DVF bags are a superb value for its fun

saw this Burberry bag and

saw this Burberry bag and was like, "Oh good, Burberry is making cuter bags" and then I realized why I like it so much. It reminds me of the Proenza Schouler PS1. But now that I see them side by side, it is obvious who has got "it" and who doesn't. Seeing both together, I would never get the Burberry, it is so stodgy and stiff. This just proves how subtle and gray the line is between hip and dud. Koodos for Burberry for trying but it's back to the drawing board. Burberry convertible satchelicon fo

he idea of a Harley Davidso

he idea of a Harley Davidson but I'd be lying I ever said I would get on one. I would need it to be a little more comfortable, safe and posh. A pared down version, if you will. And the same holds true for motorcycle jackets. I don't want a Hell's Angel motorcycle jacket, I want like a stylized version from Balenciaga. You know what I mean. Well, this bag is like that. It has all the cool motorcycle style details but it fits right in to everyday life in the burbs. It is a boring bag without the little details, but that's all it takes to make hip and urban - a few grommets, zipper pulls and beat up chocolate le

what I'm seeing lately is

what I'm seeing lately is making me cringe! What is this thing? Suede, studs and way too many chains going on. It looks like macrame craft project gone bad.
Delivery for this bag is not until September, so perhaps there is time to salvage this. Let's start with removing the studs (and this is from a stud addict)-- it makes no sense whatsoever to have the two rows of studs there alongside all of that chain detail unless it's removable and converts to a belt in which case it makes perfect sense (not). The chains framing the studs need to go, too. That leaves the actual chain that holds up the bag and the chain down the center. Now you have a chic bag with chains. But I have no idea when suede and chains became so expensive, the bag is 2,662

expectations of Prada bags

expectations of Prada bags are so low nowadays that I'm excited just to see a boring old hobo with a zipper on it (even though it disturbs me how much it resembles Tod's hobo). This is a basic that won't let you down, even if it's raining cuz if it's one thing I trust in Prada bags are its leather and durability. The glazed calfskin (not patent) will age beautifully! I've been buying Prada bags for 20 years and not one has fallen apart on me. The easy hobo style comes back every year so it's also a good investment if you're looking for a bag under a grand. Nice flat shoulder straps with secure zipped outer pocket and it opens to a big ol' bucket of a bag. I'm leaning towards the sumptuous luggage brown but strongly suggest you use it with the backside facing out cuz that logo spelled out is almost as annoying as the triangle plate. I know, I'm hard to please. 12.5"x10" will allow you to take it out at night without looking like a real hobo -- Prada Vitello Hobo at Saks $995. Have a snob weekend

An old favorite in a new finish

An old favorite in a new finish-- kind of like seeing a friend who just had a visit to the derm/plastic surgeon. You notice she looks better but not sure if you like the change. I do find the woven leather interesting and have always had a soft spot for the baguette, the 'it' bag that started all copy cat 'it' bags on SATC. Its shape and strap makes it easy to use in the evenings, a clutch with a handle if you will. And it sits under the arm just so without fuss. I am leaning towards a Snob for this one (and it's $880,

My friend pointed out th

My friend pointed out that the words "Frugal" and "snob" are contradictory but I beg to differ! Being a snob is not about spending money, it's a person with discerning taste, even if he/she is on a budget. If you are a frugal snob looking for a bag that is well made with good quality leather-- look no further than Cole Haan's new Raleigh tote. This is not for the girl who has a closetful of trendy designer bags. It is for a sensible yet stylish girl who understands that her bag should be her accessory, and

uched hobo. It has that sloppy

uched hobo. It has that sloppy-I don't care what I look like- chic but the ruched sides give it plenty of structure as well or it'd be just a giant blob and that would not be cute at all! You won't need ripped jeand and Doc Martens with them, however, a feminine little white dress will beautifully contrast with this delightfully urban guerrilla bag. I am quite impressed with the unique design of Costume National bags-- a simple shoulder bag with folded details also caught my eye. Prices are quit

oppy but like everything Raf

loppy but like everything Raf Simons does, there is a precise method to the slouch. Unlike other ruffly bags, this is actually very functional. Its softly draped folds each have a structured zipper opening allowing one to hide different treasures accordingly. This is especially useful while traveling. I am having many senior moments and often forget what and where I hide my things when I travel because I have so many little boxes and containers! Having all the secret pockets in one single bag will help me with my forgetfulness. Once again, Jil Sander delivers on style and functionality and I've come to expect nothing less from the brand. What do you think of the multi zip tot

Could this be!?!? The Snobs

Could this be!?!? The Snobs post two glowing reviews of Gucci bags in one week!?!? Gucci has been catching our eye lately in a good way (and not the omg I'm ashamed I ever carried/wore anything with GG on it way). First the large Lucy clutch and now the Iconic bag with horsebit hardware. Very impressed with the use of the brand's iconic horsebit as the zipper pull, it makes a strong "I am Gucci" statement without compromising on design or resorting to the overkill of logos. The pleated detail softens the hobo and lends a fresh young vibe to the aging brand. I am all about the

es. Kind of cool? Kind of. If it wasn

es. Kind of cool? Kind of. If it wasn't for the Margiela name behind it, it wouldn't even be worth the mention. But there is something intriguing about such an expensive and well made bag that tries this hard just to draw a raised eyebrow and maybe a chuckle. You really have to run out of all options before you even consider a bag like this. I feel it is important to incorporate sense of humor in all aspects of your life, but it should end at thousand dollar bags. It should probably end at $20 bags, as in, a reusable grocery bag with a funny picture. I keep trying to imagine what my reaction would be if I saw one of my girlfriends with this bag. And in total honesty, albeit bitchy, I think I would lose all respect for her taste and never consider style advise from her ever again. Is that harsh? I just hope I don't run into anyone with thi

The Barbarella Bambata, from

The Barbarella Bambata, from Fa is available now. Here in silver metallic, the raw edged bambata carries on into the Spriin Red and Black Italian Leather with GM Collections button.. Check out the Bambata in the real at Mahna Mahna, if you happen to be wandering around Tokyo loking for nss Nina Hagen!! Address her as the Mother of Punk please, and do you research on her because her story is as interesting as her look and music that's been around
Never conventional, always giving for a cause, and never boring, this german songstress is yes, another that has inspired creativity for many, including the KIKIS.. Long Live Nina! She also has a new Big Band album out which is superb, so check it out!
or decades she has been the chic-est and most forward thinker/performer there is, and all our divas are influenced by her in some way.. In the late 60's, Gents were cutting her frock off for entertainment. In the 70's her caderwalling was cringed upon.. But we, the Kikis team site her as "The Muse" for today.. She was in her 60's in this picture of her in the Bahe Kikis Treasure chest has been excavated, with precious creations for the spring and summer revealed.. Hand crocheted knots of flowers and fruit.. Italian leathers and feedsack canvas, Genuine silver oversized buttons from Giuliana Michelott.
posted by hagenfragenmbata bag? Soft Italian calfskin cross body with GM Collections but

Available in Black and Ivory

Available in Black and Ivory,with matching distressed leather trim and paisley printed cotton
Tternational Performer Jean Bardot graced the Kikis Clan with a impromptu shoot while she was visiting New York this past week.. With her own fetish for vintage, we thought her perfect for the
Yes, we have to talk about bags too, that being our passion and purpose.. we happily have received so much great feedback from our current line and lookbook, that we have to share.. here are the cutest little frames with our "now signiture" GM Collections pure silver button..There's more from Grandma's attic to come!
ankyou everybody for your interest and support.. We are proud to announce that a couple of bags from the Fall 2006 collection is now available in New York City! The Barbarella Bambata and Space Granny. Originally we were only selling these precious babies in Tokyo and Italy, But a lovely store owner named Tehanny of the T&M Boutique now has them on display and for sale in the East Village.. The Address is 42 Avenue B, Btw 3rd and 4th street. She will also be carrying the Spring line when it is available.. Go see her boutique and give her a hello..
xxxoo-the kikisstehis spring Beauty will hit the stores in few weeks,..be ready!OR

nce again,the japanese boutique

nce again,the japanese boutique
has featured one of our KIKIS bag.
Here are the pics taken from the store website;
Gramma has finished knitting three new Babooshka Granny,for
Fall/Winter 08 collection.
The bags have been rushedfor the upcoming
Trade Show at the Ritz Carlton.
The Babooshka Knitted Granny is also available in
Another Fall 07/08 KIKIS BAG preview,
this time is the lovely knitted beaded red frame
with matching rosette named after Kate Bush
song "Babooshka" that in russian means "granny",..
The bag has a soft flower velvet quilted lining
and comes in red as pictured,blk,grey and caramel,
EARIS is still burning! Finally the ROBOTS are gone from
the Ville Lumiere Fall 07 Shows,
and as Miuccia started in Milano with her boiled wool collection,
it is time to bring back some blend of different cultures,more
organic materials,and a more relaxed approach to the everyday
dressing,..no more space knights please!
Check out the gorgeous collections of Balenciaga,Viktor & Rolf,
to have an idea of what we r talking about,
Here is another KIKIS BA
The softes buffalo leather,mixed with italian suede,lined in a patchworky
quilted velvet,with detachable handle.
FOLK,ETARIS is still burning!e gone from
ag in Ivory,plus details closeu

Inspired by the Fritz Lang 1927 Masterpiece;

Inspired by the Fritz Lang 1927 Masterpiece;
here it is our "Metro" metallic patchwork ,fringed,large satchel.
Here she is, the Babooshka HOBO! Snuggle your face on this wool cable knit and hand beaded hobo in the coming winter months!
mushe Metropolis satchel caravaned it's way down Gypsy Trails... or at least to Minneapolis on a recent journey to the Twin Cities..or Lake Elmo to be exact.. Many thanks to Kelly at Via's Vintage on 2408 Hennepin Ave in Uptown.. She let the Kikis collective dig through her massive stash of AMAZING victorian-esque clothes.. a dream come true to grab what we wanted for this shoot. And great prices folks! Also yet again in Fall, our favorite friend Jean Bardot WITHOUT make-up after much persuasion.. She did get to keep her eyebrows though.. And Shot by the fabulous Scott "Frenchy" Fremont.. thanks guys for the fun and relaxation!
xxoo the kikis tre is lovely singstress MYA with a Red Granny bag from Kikis 4 Kukorus Spring
Cheere is the complete Fall/Winter 07/08 Kikis 4 Kukorus collection.
It will be available in stores worldwide at the end of August.
Fore store listings or personal orders please contact us at:
kikis4kukorus@yahoo.com
In tck out MYA new single " Lock you down" and her website www

Check out Miss Vale new single an

Check out Miss Vale new single and Billboard dance chart big hit " Brand New Disease"out on October 16 worldwide.
Jessica is holding a Kikis 4 Kukorus "Nina" bag,in soft tumbled leather with matching whr friend and fan is portrayed here with a Kikis Bibi satchel.
One of the most sought after artist in of New York scene,she will show her paintings in London at Hayward Gallery in the Southbank Centre. The show called "The painting of Modern life" will explore the use of photographic imagery in contemporary paintings.
OOk guys, we're about ready to set out to Milano for the NEOZONE/CLOUDNINE Tradeshow!
Here's a sneak preview of what's to come!! Strange Fruit, the new collection from the Kikis Collective.. Also highlighting new muse and old friend, former model Michelle Eabry.. She'd been all over the pages of your favorite fashion mags and ad campaigns throughout th
Dear Kikis fans,.our Muse/Friend KIRSTEN,sent us
some lovely pictures of her and the Grey Granny Babooshka satchel,
Thanks Dear! We are very very glad you liked it!ectipstitches,available at Girlcat,T&M bonspired by the Tuscan Foliage, made in
soft distressed leather,suede and felt,
this precious item,
will soon hit our favorites stores in NYC:
Gigi Boutique,Girlcat,and T&M.
Also available in the black and grey version,
posted by utique,GiGi boutique,New Yor

cross the Atlantic the suede

cross the Atlantic the suede fringe bags from JJ Winters are all the rage - Ashley Tisdale, Paris Hilton and Vanessa Hudgens have all been spotted with it!
So where do we find this hot piece on this side of the big pond?! We've been doing a little hunting he key accessory you already want before you've seen it. Super-sized, Black Suede Clutch by JJ Winters. Comes with fold over closure and 3 interior magnetic clasps for easy use and comGrey suede across the body/ shoulder bag by JJ Winters. Purple not your thing but you'd like a grey that goes with everything? Check out this lovely grey suede fringe shoulder bag from JJ Winters! As seen on Ashley Tisdale.fort.and voil√° we found it! The cowboy fringed suede bags are here for grabs

Monday, October 26, 2009

techniques you can employ



techniques you can employ to make shopping more efficient. So many of my friends tell me they cannot be bothered to look through sale rails and I think this could be a missed opportunity. Be meticulous and follow these tips for fuss free bargain hunting...

Firstly, you don't even have to go into the store most of the time. Many bargains can be had from shopping online. Sign up to email newsletters for all your favourite stores and you will be sure to get advance notice of any upcoming reductions and offers.

Get there early. Not only will this mean the best pick of the stock, it also means the store is likely to be less busy and that the stock will be tidy on the rails. I can understand why people are put off when shops look like a jumble sale, with clothes strewn all over the floor.

kinnies may be in fashion,



kinnies may be in fashion, but so are boy jeans. If you are not dissimilar in size, you could wear your man's jeans too. Team with a little vest to show off some curves, and a few layered necklaces.

The biggest look for Summer / Autumn though, is the grandad cardigan, preferably in grey, long and with pockets. So buy your man one, and then steal it! If you don't have a man, then buy one anyway, and you won't have to share it!

Fringed Fuss



ringing and tassels are all fine and good if you are Pocahontas, but my guess is that not many people wandering round the UK are genuine native Indians. Dangling tassels are good for one thing... getting you stuck in closing lift doors, which isn't particularly helpful. I reckon we should ditch the fuss of fringing and swap for ladylike ruffles. Much more pleasing to my eye

Trend Alert:



Fringing is a big trend for autumn but go head-to-toe and you’ll end up looking like an extra from a cowboy movie.

Take a leaf out of Alexa Chung’s book and add a simple fringed accessory for a subtle boho vibe.

Well, now the trend has had


Well, now the trend has had a summer makeover and it's gone distinctly American with wild west style tassles.

Vanessa Hudgens was supporting the trend yesterday whilst out and about in Los Angeles. Her cross body bag is by JJ Winters (£260) but similar styles are now all over the High Street.

Shopper bags are a fun way to nod to the trend and they're available in a range of colours from black, to brown, to pink and purple. I love this New Look fringed shopper (£15) which would be great for a boho look. Most sty


hat do you think of this trend? Do you think this trend will take off quickly this time around? I’ve never been into fringe bags or fringes on clothes. But the Gucci bag’s pretty hot, I like the fact that the fringes are only gathered as tassels, they aren’t over-done. And of course the gorgeous deep-red py

Cute bags for work


thinking about changing my work bag. I’ve been carrying one of my canvas totes. I keep telling myself to swap bags from weekdays to weekends. But I’m just too lazy. I want a bag that’s really cute, but still professional-looking and practical for work. I’m loving these two totes. They are stylish, simple, and the outer pocket adds fashion and function.

Friday, October 23, 2009


Go for bling and work this look-at-me retro Mosu bag. The bucket shape will fit in ample goodies and this style will rev up every outfit.
his ultimate multi-agenda Mosu bag for summer and beyond will look great with neo-boho dresses or partnered with classic jeansMade from the finest textured leather, Mosu's Idaho drawstring bag will look hWith overtones of vintage-style charm, made from butter-soft lamb leather and complete with an on-trend long tassel, this Mosu bag is a traffic-stopping piece that will stand the test of time.

TAGS: mosu, animal print, gold, pink, shoulder bagst partnered with rock apparel for festival-chi and a crisp shirt.

Add a splash of colour to your wardrobe with this patent red shoulder bag by Mischa Barton. Add interest to aWe love fierce studded bags and fringed accessories - they look hot contrasted with neo-hippy prints or sleek black outfits. This Dorothy Perkins shoulder bag could easily be mistaken for a Gucci number.ny casA chain handle, ruched leather and with a bow at the front - could this shoulder bag from Orion London be anymore on-trend?! Great for carting around your everyday essentials.ual outfit by throwing this piece ohis playful leather shoulder bag from Chloé is a great piece to add a girly touch to evening looks. Wear over a LBD and towering heels for elegant party-chic.ver your should

dd a pow of colour to



dd a pow of colour to your wardrobe with Dorothy Perkins' 100% leather clutch. It'll look super stylish teamed with all black outfitsdd a pow of colour to your wardrobe with Dorothy Perkins' 100% leather clutch. It'll look super stylish teamed with all black outfits

uffle details have been


Ruffle details have been everywhere recently; work the look into your going out wardrobe with this glitzy clutch from Accessorize.
et the party started with this glitzy go-getter clutch bag from Reiss. Best teamed with all-black eWhether for day or night, an evening clutch is set to become the staple must-have accessory for winter '09, so Whether for day or night, an evening clutch is set to become the staple must-have accessory for winter '09, so invest in a show-stopper like this one from Christian Louboutin.Whether for day or night, an evening clutch is set to become the staple must-have accessory for winter '09, so invest in a show-stopper like this one from Christian Louboutin.invest in a show-stopper like this one from Christian Louboutin.nsembles to let it stand out.

Why shouldn't you


Why shouldn't your shopping tote make as much of a fashion statement as your handbag?! Invest in Miss Selfridge's sequin holdall for gym sessions or retail therapy sprees
oughen up your look with this zip detail tote by Mischa Barton. Wear with heavy duty leather and towering htructural finishes are future-proof and look hot teamed with hard tailoring. Reiss' Mapello shoulder bag istructural finishes are future-proof and look hot teamed with hard tailoring. Reiss' Mapello shoulder bag is a forever piece - invest now a forever piece - invest noweels for a fierce loo

Work the fringing trend


Work the fringing trend with this slouchy shoulder bag by Mischa Barton. Wear with a leather jacket and sturdy boots for a softer take on biker-chic.
The stud detailing of this Mischa Barton purple shoulder bag is bang on-trend. Great for carrying all the essentials at a party or festival, team with a cute summer dress and glads to perfect the lo

When it comes to bags




When it comes to bags, brown is the new black, so store your away your carbon coloured totes. Marc by Marc Jacobs' little bowling bag is cute, versatile and surprisingly roomy (think Doctor Who's Tardis made into handbag f

new wardrobe staple.



Gucci has gone for a more classic and understated look this season; this satchel is sure to be your new wardrobe staple.

Friday, October 9, 2009

e craze over the Gucci USA F




he craze over the Gucci USA Flagship opening was unprecedented. Many people wanted to see the store, but most wanted to grab one of the coveted Gucci Loves New York bags. This limited edition line of bags are completely sold out, but the excitement surrounding the store still exists. Today we wound down with a trip to Gucci, as it is about half a block away from our hotel. The store is HUGE. Floor one carried many bags, but floor two and three did not disappoint either. The thing is, lately I have not had much love for Gucci. The brand is one of the most recognized luxury houses in the world, and while their ready-to-wear has been amazing, the handbags have been lacking that special touch that I need. The Hysteria line brings a fresh touch to Gucci, giving it the extra nudge that it needed to get me back on board. The Gucci Hysteria line drops the expected Gucci GG logo and brings in the family crest. The emblem adds the perfect touch that is not expected but much appreciated. And with New York being the new US Gucci flagship, the handbag selection is to die for. I have never seen so many exotic Gucci handbags. Everywhere we turned there were ostrich bags, python jackets, and crocodile skins. My absolute favorite was the $300,000 Gucci Crocodile Trunk. The trunk is a taupe crocodile and a stunning collectors piece (not to mention it is the only one of its kind). Going along with the crocodile cra

his is one of the things




his is one of the things I’ve just added to my Xmas list! Ironically, when you purchase anything from the GUCCI WHITE TATTOO HEART COLLECTION, Gucci will donate 25% of the sale to support UNICEF programs for orphans and children affected by HIV/AIDS in Africa. Valid Nov 19, 2008 – Jan 31, 2009. Now that’s a thoughtful gift for 2 very good causes!!!

she’s just flaunting



ope -
ope - she’s just flaunting a brown bob for a photo shoot. The new ‘do is actually pretty darn cute, especially when paired with an embellished tunic and Lauren’s favorite handbag label, Chanel. I love her bag’s ribbed effect and the chunky silver chains–it’s a nice changa brown bob for a photo shoot. The new ‘do is actually pretty darn cute, especially when paired with an embellished tunic and Lauren’s favorite handbag label, Chanel. I love her bag’s ribbed effect and the chunky silver chains–it’s a nice chang

ve the fashion hou



ave the fashion house some free publicity by toting around a lovely black Chanel purse at a recent event. Her outfit is a little low-key and lackluster, but a great Chanel bag compensates for tha

ctually be stylish when done right; there’s nothing boring or fuddy-duddy about the chic, beige Napa leather. Paired with a hint of gold hardware and




ctually be stylish when done right; there’s nothing boring or fuddy-duddy about the chic, beige Napa leather. Paired with a hint of gold hardware and an unusual drawstring closure, this accordion-like purse really hits the right notes. The exaggerated pleats are different and unexpected, and the entire look is a refreshing take on the typical glamorous purse. Shipping in April, this baone right; there’s nothing boring or fuddy-duddy about the chic, beige Napa leather. Paired with a hint of gold hardware and an unusual drawstring closure, this accordion-like purse really hits the right notes. The exaggerated pleats are different and unexpected, and the entire look is a refreshing take on the typical glamorous purse. Shipping in April, this ba

be a staple of the Gucci



o be a staple of the Gucci collection. The Indy Mini Top Handle is a fun way to get in on the trend without spending a bundle, and without having a “was” bag hanging from your shoulder on a daily basis. The purse is the mini version of its big sister, and packs just as much glamour as the larger size. With tons of hardware and tassel

cCartney incorporates a



cCartney incorporates all of spring’s best trends including texture, the tiny clutch, and soft metallics. While the soft satin lining and brass clasp are all luxe, don’t be fooled into thinking you can wear the Stella McCartney Raffia Frame Purse with your very best cocktail ring. The raffia exterior is very fragile, so handle accordingly as to avoid a snagged disaster. I suggest doing a heavy necklace (state

urse collection continues



purse collection continues to grow to ridiculous proportions thanks to Marc Jacobs and his Quilted Leather Handbag. It’s bags like these that define Jacobs’ style and spirit so perfectly. It’s all here for fanatics to ogle over: the soft, gleaming leather, thick gold chain handles, a hint of quilt and a softly pleated body. It’s an instant classic that will definitely give you more bang for your buck with ea