8 September, 2011

Dooney and Bourke F/W ’11

8 September, 2011

All right ladies, let’s talk bags. I am sure you have your go-to clutches for evening and your high-end bag for the office, but what about that “go-anywhere goes-with-everything stuff-it-to-the-max” everyday bag? No? Well, not to worry.  I have a few here that just may pique your interest!!

Introducing the Dooney and Bourke Autumn/Winter 2011 collection!  Founded in Connecticut by Peter Dooney and Frederic Bourke, this American company has been going strong since 1975.  Thirty-six years later they are still turning out beautiful on-trend bags. This collection features durable Italian leather, supple lambskin, patent leather, and a festive red tartan!

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My first pick of the collection is the small brown leather satchel (it also comes in black and an olive/brown combo). This gives the Mulberry Alexa a run for its money as the hipster chic bag of choice. The long cross body strap makes this bag a winner for weekend trips to cities that require a lot of walking (i.e. Tokyo, Seoul, New York). You can fit a small DSLR in it, along with any maps, and zip it up tight knowing all is safely stored. With multiple inside pockets for stashing phone, lip-gloss, and all your other essentials, everything is kept perfectly organized! The aroma of the leather is intoxicating and looks even better with a bit of wear, so don’t be afraid to really use this bag.

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My next top choice is the drawstring bucket bag. It is a throwback to the 70’s and, with all things vintage making a showing this season, this bag is on point! Pair with a flowy floral dress and a denim jacket or olive anorak for an easy summer-to-fall transition. I’ve chosen a Barbour jacket – also a true classic!

Let’s close our eyes and harken back to another era…. The 90’s! A time when crossbodies and backpacks ruled! The D&B mini flap croco crossbody will take you back in style and comes in gorgeous tones like bordeaux, burnt orange, and olive (featured above).  A simple piece that goes great with jeans and a button down, it leaves you hands-free for running errands. My other 90’s fave is the backpack. These are done in a hearty, durable leather and have an adorable toggle closure. There is also a tartan backpack! I can almost hear the Clueless theme song now.  Wasn’t Cher a vision in plaid?

Other notable picks include the croco luggage, which makes any journey a little more luxurious, and the extra large black Juliette bag. I just wish I had a convertible to throw this bag into the back of and head out into the sunset for a weekend adventure! Any takers? The two-tone lambskin shopper is great for an afternoon away or for hitting the outlets of Ap Lei Chau.

So there you have it. You now have a vast variety of everyday grab-and-go bags to complete every closet creation you can dream of. I think these are worthy of a special trip to Macau! There you can end your night with a little Macanese food and a round at the roulette tables. Who knows?  You may just be a big winner!! Whatever the wheel says, carrying one of these beauties will make you feel like you have already won big!

Dooney and Bourke, The Grande Canal Shoppes at the Venetian Macau, Unit 2616, Level 3, Cotai Strip, Macau +853-2882-8058

photos by www.sabrinasikoraphotography.com

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