Fashion Trends 2007
Coach and Sam Bags Accessories
Spring Summer 2007
By Pauline Weston Thomas for Fashion-Era.com
Fashion Accessories for Spring and Summer 2007
Coach Bags and Sam Bags - Accessories Trends 2007
A handbag accessories update is about creating a look more than anything else. On this page I want to
comment on a few popular bag suppliers. For other aspects of bag trends, you can read my companion web pages, Fashion handbags and
Regardless of dieting, and whether a female is up or down 20
lbs, or not, today her handbag is only one in her small
collection of bags. However, with fashion racing ahead so fast, what many women want is a bag they think is a quality handbag, is
tuned to current fashion trends, and is one they consider affordable. Many customers will not pay more than £300 ($600) for a fashion handbag. Some can afford a luxury handbag and
consequently, will be willing to pay much more. Those who like to stay within their
budget may have a mental limit of £350 ($650), but hope to get the
perfect accessory for much less than that.
If affordable, but stylish, is your handbag choice then you
will find bags by Coach one of the most accessible trendy bags
Coach is the stand-out, easily obtainable, luxury handbag in
Coach is using their new Legacy Boutiques to woo a more
sophisticated consume with their Coach Legacy lines. Coach believes that consumers, who
stretch themselves to buy a higher priced coach bag, get an emotional thrill from the experience of buying a limited edition product. Coach offers a bag range starting at under £100
($200) and progressively rising to the £300 ($600) mark. See the picture on the right as an example of the new
line from the Coach legacy handbag range.
Yet Coach do make some
limited edition bags such as alligator
bags at around £5,000 ($10,000). Coach currently has an aggressive
plan to open more stores across North America, and thus bring its
stores up to 400. During the next decade, they also have ambitious plans to open stores overseas, Coach hope that China will be a lucrative market.
Bromley also have a popular range of covetable bags where prices
start at about £120 ($200) and rise to around £400 ($800) with lots of choice
in between. I have noticed that £200 ($400) is often the price point of many handbags
that appeal at both Coach and Russell and Bromley outlets.
The quality of the hardware used in Russell and Bromley bags
is high, and more
expensive bag styles are usually Stuart Weismann marked designs.
The gold and silver tone chains stay looking good for years,
and the designs are often ahead of other high street bags. This
bag on the right is taken from their new 2007 spring summer range.
Designers like Stella McCartney are stretching the concepts that a bag need not be leather. She knows what a woman wants inside her handbag.
She designs bags with phone, key and make up compartments.
As these bags are not made from animal hides, they are veggie friendly handbags, and are well liked by younger
people with eco concerns!
The whole Marc Jacobs range is available at the new Marc
Jacobs store in Mount Street Mayfair which opened in London this
spring. The store also carries children's
wear and displays Marc Jacobs designed china and crystal items
for the home.
Marc Jacobs bags are especially popular in the UK,
and the designer goods can also be bought at Browns of South
Molton Street and at Harvey Nichols. Marc Jacobs goods
frequently use British materials with fabrics sourced from
Scottish and English mills.
Meanwhile over in Japan, the
rising star of the Japanese handbag world is the Samantha Thavasa bag.
The accessories design house Samantha Thavasa was created by
Kazumasa Terada. This 'Sam Bag' line has put Japan on the 'it' bag
label list. American and European celebrities have helped the brand sales
of Samantha Thavasa purses, they also have a sister label for jewellery called
Beyonce Knowles, Victoria Beckham, Paris Hilton,
Penelope Cruz and Maria Sharapova all own a Sam bag. The customer base is one of young women who love the trademark zingy colours, diamante decoration and wood handles. Every bag is
produced in Japan utilising Japanese craft skills.
The concept behind this brand is that no one bag is an 'it' bag, this is
because their customer has a wardrobe of bags to change to suit
their mood every day. To ensure bag lovers are not lost for new
choices, Samantha Thavasa has a range of 200+ new bag designs
Samantha Thavasa Japan Ltd., opened the first boutique in
Tokyo's Shibuya district in 1994. Bag prices are £100 to £300.
The woman of today owns far more bags than the two or three
go-everywhere and suit-most-outfits handbag, of 20 years ago.
Today the shopper has much more choice and can select from
Totes, satchels, clutches, underarm bags, shoulder bags, doctor's Gladstones,
frame bags, hobos, saddle bags, and across body bags.
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