Even though you no longer head back to school, fall is still a time of new beginnings, especially when it comes to your wardrobe. Brands launch new lines and the trends change along with the weather. Of course, no look is complete without the perfect purse.
In our September issue, you met Carol O’Connell and Tom Glazer, who helped their father get a leather goods business started out of his Floral Park home 40 years ago and in 2009 founded sister company GiGi New York specializing in handbags. The simple and classic styles appeal to Hollywood stars like Jessica Alba and Jennifer Garner to women of all ages owning it every day at the office and on day trips with friends. This fall, GiGi New York has released new styles and colors made for everything a new season throws your way. I turned to Public Relations Manager Rebecca Chin for an inside look at some of GiGi New York’s hottest new purses and tips on when to tote them.
A smaller, compact take on GiGi’s popular tote, the Mini Taylor allows you to stash your book club read, tablet and essentials without feeling like you’re constantly digging for what you’re looking for. “What I love most about this bag is that it’s not too deep so you can easily reach for whatever you are looking for,” Chin said. A large interior zipped pocket and two interior slip pockets will help Type A chicks relax as they go about their days in an organized fashion. Chin loves the Mini Taylor for a busy weekday that will take you from work to happy hour or–groan–the grocery store for the third time in three days. “Not only is it roomy enough to fit all of your essentials for work but it’s still small enough to use as an everyday bag whether you’re running errands or going out to dinner with friends,” Chin said. The wine-colored one is perfect for fall.
The structured silhouette on the Gates satchel is the epitome of classic, and the python details on the front makes it anything but boring. “They give it style and edge,” Chin said of the added texture on the Gates Satchel. The slate color is a welcome change of pace from basic black but still goes with nearly everything. Chin recommended the Gates Satchel for a job interview, when you have so much to tote around and size really matters. “It can fit your resume and portfolio so you can impress your future boss and then it’s perfect for everyday use once you win the job,” she said.
Carly Convertible Clutch
The Carly Convertible Clutch got a little brighter this fall with a poppy version of the versatile clutch. The style is slim but spacious enough for a wallet, phone and lip gloss, but the best part is that it’s totally versatile, just like you. “You can actually wear this bag in three ways, as a clutch, a crossbody or a shoulder bag,” Chin said. Chin said this makes it a great option for any type of date night, from bowling (think crossbody or shoulder bag) to clutch (fancy dinner). The poppy color will keep your date’s eyes on you.
Jenn Bucket Bag
The Jenn Bucket Bag, designed in conjunction with Haute off the Rack blogger Jennifer Palpallatoc, is a streamlined and simple take on the super-popular bucket bag. The tassels are completely of-the-moment, too. “It’s the perfect bag for a shopping spree because of its hands-free nature,” Chin said. “You can wear it by the shoulder strap or use the cross body option, which will give you the ultimate ease to shop.” Try it in bone, an option for fall and a refreshing change from the dark hues we gravitate towards this time of year. Grab your best friends and head out for some retail therapy.
A brand-new style for fall, the Casey saddlebag manages to be classic, functional and trendy all at once.”The saddle silhouette is on trend and it’s compact enough that you can still fit all of the necessities without the bag becoming too heavy or bulky,” Chin said. Plan to take it to a concert, when the last thing you need is to be carrying your entire life in your hands but you need to be able to stash away your massive iPhone 6 Plus and your wallet. The 23-inch adjustable crossbody strap will allow you to stay hands-free so you can sing and dance all night with your friends.