Travel Book Clutches

If you are not into real books and were not impressed by yesterday’s reading list, I have another book you might enjoy from my holidays, the Maldives embroidered appliquéd canvas clutch.

Handcrafted in an intricate process that can take up to 300 hours, Olympia Le-Tan‘s signature book-shaped clutches are a must-have among fashionistas. This one inspired by the Maldives is patterned with lush palm trees, turquoise waters and floating beach huts that dot the island coastline. It’s structured with a sturdy gold-tone frame and unlocks to reveal Liberty florals. Gift it to a loved one to commemorate a honeymoon or special birthday trip. It could also be the perfect packaging to surprise someone with a travel experience. Needless to say there are many destinations featured as a book clutch.

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LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht and © Olympia Le-Tan
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Louis Vuitton – 2022 Artycapucines Collection

The Artycapucines Collection sees six leading contemporary artists bring their unique visions to Louis Vuitton’s timeless and feminine classic: the Capucines bag.

This fourth chapter of the collection is further proof of how the iconic bag can inspire unbridled creativity. Six international artists – Amélie Bertrand, Daniel Buren, Peter Marino, Park Seo-Bo, Ugo Rondinone, and Kennedy Yanko – have transformed the blank canvas of the bag named after Rue Neuve-des-Capucines, the Parisian street on which Louis Vuitton opened his first store in 1854.

Each bag in the 2022 Artycapucines Collection will be released in a limited edition of 200 and available in Louis Vuitton stores worldwide.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Louis Vuitton
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Judith Leiber x Katy Perry

Global luxury handbag brand Judith Leiber Couture, known for her whimsical crystal minaudières, collaborated with musical superstar Katy Perry on an evening bag to celebrate the official icon of her latest concert tour «Play». This charming oversized mushroom handbag dazzles in red and champagne handset crystal and features bold pearlized stones for extra drama.

The mushroom crystal-embellished clutch is available at MATCHESFASHION for a much better price than on the Judith Leiber website, just click here to be transferred directly.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Judith Leiber
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Gucci Valigeria

Origins, travel, experience. And the certainty that a suitcase is not just a container. From the culture of travel that forms the history of the brand comes the new Gucci Valigeria campaign, featuring actor, screenwriter, director, and musician Ryan Gosling.

Creative Director Alessandro Michele, through the lens of photographer Glen Luchford, upends a typical sense of narrative and sets the campaign in a dreamlike dimension that goes beyond the boundaries that separate it from reality to recount a present built on the possibilities of the imagination and of an encounter.

The Gucci Savoy collection is the narrative result of a story that takes flight from the typical splendors of travel to confer the value of memory to the origins of a brand that was created from an intuition and from the observation of potentialities, precisely thanks to travel, developing discoveries of worlds and of diverse cultural manners.

«Travel for Gucci was never purely physical. Gucci is the brand that accompanied the artists, writers, actors, and directors of Hollywood on their journeys… This is why I wanted the advertising campaign to recount a situationist dimension where the protagonist traverses a “non-place” that is first and foremost a mental place, the same as those who, in the past and present, choose Gucci because they grasp the significance of creativity used to build imaginary places. And it is for this reason that a Gucci suitcase appears as a magical suitcase,» says Creative Director Alessandro Michele.

It is precisely in travel that the heritage of Gucci finds its origins. Founded in Florence in 1921 by Guccio Gucci, who more than twenty years prior when he was just 17, emigrates to Paris and then to London. The young Florentine works first as a porter at The Savoy in London, the go-to destination for international travelers. The very young Guccio Gucci comes into contact with the magic of travel that, at the time, was synonymous with discovery, discussion, study, and a bridge between diverse cultures. It was a time in which traveling signified experience, displacing the certainties of one’s social environment, a pursuit of the unexpected, of a will to encounter and to know. The return to Florence can’t but remember that observed and studied reality, assimilated and ready to be transferred into the practice of work. Guccio Gucci will do it with his first suitcases, trunks, bags, hat boxes. All the containers required to bring with oneself, on a journey, those necessities to represent oneself and one’s culture in an unknown and often foreign place.

In a narrative inversion that fills a stretch of space-time, the same containers appear as protagonists in the campaign, which presents the Gucci Savoy collection
including trolleys, hard and soft suitcases, duffle bags, trunks, hat boxes, and beauty cases. Objects that encapsulate experiences and desires that, in the images and video of the campaign, fill the bed of a polished pick-up truck in which the new collection lives side by side with historical pieces and that, in this plausible story of possibilities, are also repositories of dreams.

And it is this reality-adjacent dream that Ryan Gosling is living. At the end of a journey studded with arrivals and departures, he is introduced to surprising places through a trunk that becomes a gateway to fantastical worlds, which will turn out to be more real than any imagination could conceive. Because it leads to that reality of discovery that has always had the ability to build unexpected worlds.

The Gucci Savoy collection, which is part of the House’s wider Gucci Valigeria travel selection, is distinguished by a combination of heritage-infused design elements including the GG monogram and/or the Web stripe, offered in both soft and hard-sided iterations. The collection comprises items for every travel need, designed to be used now and for many years to come as classic and contemporary elements come together within a timeless aesthetic.

I will be going to Florence with Gucci in the beginning of October and cannot wait to explore everything where it all had started…

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Gucci #GucciValigeria
Creative Director: Alessandro Michele – Art Director: Christopher Simmonds – Photographer & Director: Glen Luchford – Make up: Thomas De Kluyver – Hair: Paul Hanlon / DISCLOSURE: We may earn commission from links on this page, but I only recommend products I love. Promise.

Louis Vuitton – Twist x Eve Jobs

Louis Vuitton reveals the latest Twist bags in a photo series with Eve Jobs. A recent friend of the House and an equestrienne par excellence, she showcases these new animations with strength and grace.

Since making its debut during the 2015 Cruise runway show, the Twist has been embraced as an iconic Louis Vuitton bag. A modern, sophisticated design defined by a signature transforming LV lock and graphic shape in Epi leather, it stands out as an emblematic creation that perfectly articulates the Maison’s savoir-faire.

For F/W 2022, Louis Vuitton puts a fresh spin on the Twist with several new animations. The original LV Twist lock, a jewel-like feature that enhances the bag’s classic design, is reinterpreted in a new «Gourmette» lock in four variations: colourful strass, enamel, an engraved Monogram, and engraved metal that echoes the signature Epi leather.

The subtle radiance of the Gourmette lock highlights the innovation of the iconic clasp that pivots from an LV to a V, reaffirming the heritage of the Maison with contemporary flair. Pink strass and black enamel accent the chic black design; silver strass and pale blue enamel add a sleek fashion-forward touch to the Twist in pale quartz; and blue strass with white enamel emphazise the freshness of the blue toledo bag. A faceted gold or silver chain has been added as a refined accent to these styles.

Compact yet spacious, the Twist retains its day-to-night versatility across small and medium sizes. An adjustable and removable leather smart strap provides multiple carry options. The iconic Twist also features in its signature camel, black and white versions.

Dressed in looks from the F/W 2022 ready-to-wear womenswear collection that reflect countryside and urban sensibilities, Eve Jobs gives off a natural allure that extends to the Twist bags she carries. I like a lot and you?

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Louis Vuitton
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Louis Vuitton x FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™

Louis Vuitton unveils an exclusive capsule collection designed specially for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ that captures the excitement of football in sophisticated shapes, sporty treatments, and discreetly elegant details.

Since 2010, Louis Vuitton has provided the travel trunk for one of the world’s most sought-after, legendary trophies: the FIFA World Cup Trophy. In the years following, Louis Vuitton’s relationship with the FIFA World Cup™ grew, unveiling a new leather goods collection launched for the 2018 edition of the globally anticipated sporting tournament.

On the occasion of this twenty-second edition, five collectible pieces in black Taurillon leather channel the game’s energy by revisiting one of Maison’s most emblematic signatures, the Damier motif, embossed to recall the movement of the net as a goal is scored.

Timeless icons like the Keepall 50 and City Keepall bags, as well as the Discovery backpack, return as ideal travel companions, offering ample central compartments, practical inner pockets that keep essentials to hand, and adjustable straps accented with black metallic hardware (on Keepall styles, shoulder straps also are removable). Finishing touches include a leather tag shaped like a soccer league badge, with «Louis Vuitton» stamped in white and a tone-on-tone LV signature set amid the mesh. The generous Keepall 50 also features five protective bottom studs shaped like football cleats.

Small leather goods include a dopp kit with contrasting piping and an adjustable leather handle, alongside a handy pocket organiser with five inner pockets, an outer pocket, and contrasting edges and LV logo.

The Louis Vuitton FIFA World Cup 2022™ Official Licensed Product Collection will be available in selected Louis Vuitton stores and on louisvuitton.com from October 6, 2022.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Louis Vuitton
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PRADA Supernova

Debuted at the PRADA F/W 2022 womenswear show by Miuccia Prada and Raf Simons, the Prada Supernova handbag reflects the heritage of the brand, historical and contemporaneous.

Executed in luxurious, highly-polished Spazzolato leather, the Supernova bag expresses the artisanal expertise in leather craft that has been the hallmark of Prada since its founding in 1913. The trapezoid shape and sensuous curved top handle recalls a timeless lineage of classic accessories – a history of women reflected through fashion – and also Prada’s own archive of innovative modern handbag design spanning almost five decades.

Proposed in a trio of proportions, dexterously moving between different moods, between shifting purposes and attitudes, the Supernova is ever-transforming – angular yet curvilinear, strong and feminine. Its construction emphasises freedom: the external zipper detail falls free, defined with enamelled Prada triangle emblems at each side.

The Spazzolato leather, a signature of Prada, is here approach anew: hand-sprayed with pigment along the perimeter in contrasting colors, like a shadow of itself, it emphasizes line and shape, silhouette and form. Pure Prada.

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LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Prada
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Fendi Continental Wallet on Chain

This is probably one of the most practical mini bags on the market: The FENDI Continental wallet on chain. For maximum functionality, it comes with a detachable, thin chain shoulder strap. Its interior is laid out like a wallet with two gusseted compartments, a zip pocket, two flat pockets and several card slots.

Available in many different colors and materials, it can also hold a lipstick or keys. It is the perfect companion for a night out in a club or when you just want to keep your must valuable belongings close to you in full comfort.

LoL, Sandra

FF Vertigo Continental leather chain wallet

Continental leather wallet on chain with artwork by fashion illustrator Antonio Lopez

Baguette leather wallet on chain in soft pink

Multicolored Baguette Continental leather wallet on chain

Continental with chain yellow leather wallet

Continental with chain Fendace wallet in multicolour fabric


Logo printed Continental with chain
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Baguette Continental leather wallet on chain in black

Photos: Courtesy of the Brands, @mykonos_alexandr / © Sandra Bauknecht
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The Most Important F/W 2022 Bag Trends

Grab hold. These are the handbags to get excited about. The F/W 2022 trends have spoken, and there will be a lot of practical types of handbags for the season. My favorite is the return of the hobo bag!

LoL, Sandra

00’s nostalgia has brought the hobo bag back, and designers add some great details to modernize it.

This S/S 2022 trend is here to stay, only in a more delicate way. Tender, heart-shaped bags appeared at Chanel, Simone Rocha, and Jil Sander, on time for Valentine’s Day 2023.

Oversized cozy fluffy bags are all the rage. It is your choice if you go real or fake fur.

When one purse is not enough, Bottega Veneta’s Intrecciato rope bag or Proenza Schouler’s layered double bags are called for.

Studs and beads were scattered across clutches, slouchy shoulder bags and pouches.

Those slim bags feel so modern. They’re ideal for storing small items—for those who prefer to leave their whole kit and kaboodle at home.

With geometric designs and all-over prints, these bags crave to see and be seen.

Those classic bags have their momentum again. Store your personals in boxy style this season.

Photos: Courtesy of the Brands

Heimat Atlantica

If you spent any time scrolling through Instagram this summer, chances are you probably felt compelled to buy a basket bag. HEIMAT ATLANTICA offers among other accessories a collection of basket bags that stand out among the rest.

Launched by designer Montserrat Alvarez in 2016, accessories label Heimat Atlantica is a study in the preservation of traditional craftsmanship. Each style is inspired by the colours and culture of northern Spain and Portugal, and is then hand-woven on looms by artisans from the regions under the supervision of a master craftswoman. The craft was originally utilized for making reed baskets that helped local fishermen and farmers transport their goods.

Driven by passion, Montserrat Álvarez wanted to create a 100% made in Europe brand which works to preserve and transform specific know-hows of craft women living in the Atlantic coast of north Spain and Portugal.

HEIMAT ATLANTICA x Comme des Garçons

From the rainbow-like colourways to the luxury leather and delicate ceramic charms, the label’s elegant bags – including basket styles and pouches – have an inherently exotic flair. Heimat Atlantica has gained international presence with well known stockists and launched an exclusive bag in collaboration with the Japanese label Comme des Garçons.

Heimat Atlantica, from Galician artisanal brand to luxury object of desire worldwide.

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LoL, Sandra

Photos: ©  Heimat Atlantica
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