Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Pamela Pekerman's Bag-a-licious Day in The City: BAGTRENDS

Dear Bagistas,

There’s so much going on. Let me just tell you for now about the insane, but super fun, day I had yesterday. It started on 57th and 5th Ave at the Mary Norton showroom to preview the fall/winter 2008 collection - which I actually saw back in February at the WSA Show in Vegas. I just came by to see Mary. I think she's so divine and a really elegant lady - and I rarely use the word "lady", but that's just the best way to describe this A-list person who's so charming and, of course, a fabulous designer of evening bags. I also wanted to chat with Mary's PR to get some last minute thoughts on a VH1 segment I'm working on - I know!! I'm excited too!

Anyway, after seeing the collection (some images are above) and Mary, I headed to 44th and 5th to see the fall 2008 Kaia Peterka handbag line. I've not written about this brand (which launched in 2006) so I really wanted to take the time to review it and what struck me more than the bags was the way the designer was describing them. Kaia was so engaging and when she finished I understood her vision and I bought into the product - which PS is very well constructed and for fall has a medieval inspiration that plays out nicely in the color palette and minimal gold-tone hardware. Below are some bags from the current season. As for fall, I really like the Victory tote - a new shape - in Ember which to me looks like a really deep orange ($550) and the Disco clutch which has a fabulous hexagon opening frame and comes with a detachable shoulder strap ($295). Prior to leaving the preview, which was held at the super swanky Royalton Hotel, I was gifted a black suede with crème leather trim clutch!

Then, it was off to 38th and 9th for a PR meeting. (I’m shopping around for a firm). No details to share just yet.

Then, I walked to 36th and 6th to view Kage bags and finally!! meet the designer. We bonded right away. I've been "monitoring” the bags if you will, from afar, but now I'm going to add it to my Designers To Watch in 2008 list. The signature horseshoe detail is a great idea because so many brands are coming out that you really need to differentiate. Of course, she's also using really great leathers in fun colors. For fall, I'm totally in love with the Hailey clutch in Electric goat skin - it's like a bright magenta (which PS is going to be a major color for fall 2008). And, doll that she is, the designer - whose name is Kristin - gifted me the Hailey in black lamb. I'm loving it already and will wear it out on Friday!

After wards, I made a quick stop at Andrea Brueckner’s showroom to pick up a bag for the shop that we ran out of and we needed ASAP . As for her fall line, the Aspen Lock Day Bag is SO SO me - one structured top handle with a structured body made of glazed goatskin and foldover flap that closed has a bronze hardware lock. A little key dangles from the site. Think, Kelly bag aura mixed with modern-day edge. This bag is heaven in Magenta or Winter White, but will also come in black, cobalt, chartreuse and dark taupe.

Finally, (by 1:30PM) I was off to lunch at the Ritz Carlton located by Central Park - very Sex and The City of me! And actually, there were 4 of us - me and the 3 divine pr divas from Paul Wilmot that work on L.A.M.B bags, Nancy Gonzalez bags, Jill Stuart bags, and Harajuku Lovers. Lunch was to die for; the company was amazing; the ambiance -hello the Ritz! I couldn't ask for a better way to cap off the afternoon before heading back to the office to get back to the writing, the reviewing and the mayhem that is my bag-a-licious life.

Have a bag-a-licious day!
Pamela Pekerman
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Anonymous said...

Do you have any pics of any of the new Harajuku Lovers bags.

Pamela Pekerman said...

Hi Bagista,
Sure. What season are you interested in seeing spring/summer08 or a bit of fall/winter 08/09?

I'll also be posting some fun news about Harajuku later on today!

Have a bag-a-licious day!
Pamela Pekerman