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June 21, 2013 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen have introduced their first  Elizabeth and James handbags for fall 2013, and styles are available online for pre-sale now. The bags, $395 to $625, have a clean, streamlined aesthetic and relaxed silhouettes that reflect the minimalist design sensibility of the Olsens, who won the Womenswear Designer of the Year Award from the Council of Fashion Designers of America in 2012 for their higher-end line the Row...
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February 3, 2014 | By Susan Denley
Luxury handbag designer Nancy Gonzalez and Neiman Marcus have teamed up for a limited time customization program. Through Feb. 20, shoppers can choose one of three Nancy Gonzalez bag silhouettes and have it made in  shiny or satin crocodile in one of 12 colors. The bags are the Plisse tote ($3,800), the Wallis tote ($3,150) and the Back Pocket clutch ($1,500).   The bags can be ordered on Neiman Marcus' website . Delivery time is about 10 weeks. ALSO: Napoleon Perdis to teach beauty trends Johnny Depp to receive award from makeup artists, hairstylists Amy Adams shows influence of "American Hustle" on red carpets
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April 21, 2013 | Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
The everyday handbags of choice for Hollywood this spring, as seen on the arms of Sarah Jessica Parker, Naomi Watts, Emma Roberts and Kate Bosworth, aren't by Louis Vuitton, Hermes or Dior. They're by Paris-based Jerome Dreyfuss, who shares his laid-back, bohemian design sensibility and his home with another hot-in-Hollywood designer, Isabel Marant. Parker has been photographed running errands with Richard, a colorful, perforated patchwork leather bag, Roberts has fallen for the black leather drawstring Alain, and Watts has been spotted out and about with Igor, a black python cross-body style.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 27, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Kim Kardashian's fiance, Kanye West, just synthesized high fashion with fine art, giving his girl a hand-painted Birkin handbag for Christmas.  Well, what else do you get the girl who appears to have everything and then some?  But the lofty Hermes satchel itself isn't the only rarity, the "Yeezus" rapper commissioned artist George Condo to paint the one-of-a-kind handbag with a surrealist portrait of nude subjects -- at least four of them -- depicted with his signature monstrous faces.  PHOTOS: Our favorite celebrity couples of 2013 Art is fashion and fashion is art after all. The "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" starlet, 33,  shared a photo of the decadent bag on Instagram on Thursday, captioning it with information-laden hashtags: "#HandPaintedGeorgeCondo #HermesBirkin #OneofOne #ChristmasPresentFromYeezy" West, 36, has collaborated with the American contemporary artist in the past, commissioning him to paint five different album covers for West's 2010 album, "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.
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November 16, 2012 | By Janet Kinosian
As the daughter of one of the five Fendi sisters of the famed Italian brand, Ilaria Venturini Fendi found herself designing in the family firm but not feeling fulfilled. After leaving haute fashion for a life on an organic, sustainable farm near Rome, she felt the pull back to fashion design after a couple of years - but with an unconventional twist. She still has the farm, and in fashion she now specializes in upcycling - the repurposing of old or discarded objects into new, higher-valued items.
BUSINESS
April 19, 2009 | Times Staff Reports
Dozens of vinyl and faux leather women's products from major retailers were found to contain high levels of lead, according to the Center for Environmental Health. Testing by the group found lead in handbags, purses and wallets from Bay Area outlets of chains including Target, Macy's, Wal-Mart, Kohl's, Sears, JCPenney and Ross. Brands with lead traces included Nine West, Xhilaration and Rosetti. Some items had lead levels up to 90 times higher than the federal limit, the group said.
TRAVEL
May 25, 2013
Our favorite gift shop is in the heart of Tremezzo, Italy, on Lake Como. Items include custom jewelry made by the owner and handbags by her mother. There's also a selection of Murano glass. Nice selection and moderate prices. Fleur de Lis, 4a Via Portici Sampietro,Tremezzo; 011-39-0344-41212. Jade Kemble Rancho Bernardo
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March 6, 2013 | By Cindy Chang, Los Angeles Times
Federal authorities have seized 1,500 counterfeit Hermes handbags from China at the Port of Los Angeles, U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced Tuesday. Genuine Hermes leather bags retail for thousands of dollars apiece. The two shipments, discovered Feb. 12 and Feb. 26, would be worth as much as $14 million if sold at full price, the customs agency said. Importing counterfeit purses and wallets has been on the rise, with a 142% increase in the value of goods seized in 2012 compared with the previous year, the agency said in a statement.
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November 11, 2012 | By Janet Kinosian, Special to the Los Angeles Times
If you think of shibori as 1960s' tie-dye for adults, you'd be partly right. Many of the chaotic-looking, one-of-a-kind patterns splashed over fashion fabrics today are made by an ancient Japanese "shape resist" dying technique called shibori , which is basically a more sophisticated form of tie-dye as we know it from its hippie heyday in the 1960s and early '70s. More elaborate kinds of shibori are distinguished by complex techniques -- such as with stitching, gathering, binding, clamping, folding, plaiting, knotting, pinching and twisting -- to create a unique pattern.
BUSINESS
December 1, 2013 | By Stuart Pfeifer
A good pair of jeans lasts a long time - sometimes longer than the companies that make them. That's what makes the longevity of Guess Inc. a bit of an anomaly. Founded in 1981, the Los Angeles fashion company is in its fourth decade, largely because it moved beyond the jeans that were fashionable in the 1980s and 1990s. The company sells skirts, dresses, shorts, shirts, jackets, knitwear and intimate apparel. It also licenses eyewear, watches, handbags, footwear, jewelry and other fashion accessories.
BUSINESS
December 1, 2013 | By Stuart Pfeifer
A good pair of jeans lasts a long time - sometimes longer than the companies that make them. That's what makes the longevity of Guess Inc. a bit of an anomaly. Founded in 1981, the Los Angeles fashion company is in its fourth decade, largely because it moved beyond the jeans that were fashionable in the 1980s and 1990s. The company sells skirts, dresses, shorts, shirts, jackets, knitwear and intimate apparel. It also licenses eyewear, watches, handbags, footwear, jewelry and other fashion accessories.
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September 8, 2013 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
It was retail theater of the highest order. With acrobats descending the building's Rodeo Drive facade and trumpets blaring, Hermès reopened its Beverly Hills store Tuesday night after an 18-month renovation. For an after-party, the French fashion house took over a soundstage in Culver City for a Hollywood-level production, complete with a water ballet performance, an opportunity for guests to star in their own short films, and lots of archival celebrity-owned Hermès pieces to ogle, including Alfred Hitchcock's anchor-print bathing trunks, Lauren Bacall's leather flask and Humphrey Bogart's "Haut a Courroies" traveling bag, which was the precursor to the Birkin.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 10, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Nobody tells Oprah she can't afford a handbag. Oprah Winfrey is one of the richest entertainers in the world, thanks to her willdly successful 25-season run on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" and her latest media foray with the newly revitalized Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN). The entertainer earned an estimated $77 million from June 2012 to June 2013 alone, according to Forbes, but she says she still experiences racism because she is African American. Take this latest incident in Switzerland, where "The Butler" star went to attend the nuptials of good friend and singer Tina Turner last month.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 5, 2013 | By Leah Ollman
Reaction to Andrea Hasler's show at Gusford is inescapably reflexive at first--and not just one reflex is triggered, but two, the polar opposites of attraction and repulsion. The Swiss-born, London-based artist plays the extremes to creepy, compelling effect. Her show, "Burdens of Excess," leaves a multitude of searing impressions. Hasler re-fashions high-end designer accessories (mostly handbags and shoes) into grotesque specimens, bulging globs of pink wax studded with brand-name zipper pulls, insignias, straps and handles.
NEWS
June 21, 2013 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen have introduced their first  Elizabeth and James handbags for fall 2013, and styles are available online for pre-sale now. The bags, $395 to $625, have a clean, streamlined aesthetic and relaxed silhouettes that reflect the minimalist design sensibility of the Olsens, who won the Womenswear Designer of the Year Award from the Council of Fashion Designers of America in 2012 for their higher-end line the Row...
SPORTS
June 13, 2013 | By Sam Farmer
In the name of improved stadium security and speed of entry, the NFL is limiting the size and type of bags fans bring in to venues, beginning with exhibition games this summer. Only clear plastic, vinyl or thick plastic handbags no larger than 12-inches by 6-inches by 12-inches will be allowed, with the exception of necessary medical items. One-gallon clear plastic freezer bags will be allowed, as will small clutch bags approximately the size of a hand. Prohibited items include purses larger than a clutch bag, coolers, briefcases, backpacks, fanny packs, cinch bags, luggage of any kind, seat cushions, computer bags and camera bags or any bag larger than the permissible size.
TRAVEL
March 29, 1987 | JENNIFER MERIN, Merin is a New York City free-lance writer.
Prestige leather goods are frequently among the priority items on the shopping lists of travelers who are going overseas. Top quality luggage, handbags, attache cases and briefcases, and smaller personal accessories by Louis Vuitton, Hermes, Gucci and other famous manufacturers are usually less costly in European cities, or airport duty-free shops, than they are in the United States. They are easily attainable trophies of the traveling shopper.
MAGAZINE
April 30, 1995
Designers want to make one thing perfectly clear this spring, and it's accessories. As wardrobes move toward a lighter, sparer aesthetic, the best finishing touches are made of see-through plastic, vinyl or Lucite: almost-invisible shoes, handbags with nothing to hide and jewelry that could pass for chunks of ice. The concept is hot. The look is cool. * Produced and styled by Michael Eisenhower and Bob Sparkman
TRAVEL
May 25, 2013
Our favorite gift shop is in the heart of Tremezzo, Italy, on Lake Como. Items include custom jewelry made by the owner and handbags by her mother. There's also a selection of Murano glass. Nice selection and moderate prices. Fleur de Lis, 4a Via Portici Sampietro,Tremezzo; 011-39-0344-41212. Jade Kemble Rancho Bernardo
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April 21, 2013 | Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
The everyday handbags of choice for Hollywood this spring, as seen on the arms of Sarah Jessica Parker, Naomi Watts, Emma Roberts and Kate Bosworth, aren't by Louis Vuitton, Hermes or Dior. They're by Paris-based Jerome Dreyfuss, who shares his laid-back, bohemian design sensibility and his home with another hot-in-Hollywood designer, Isabel Marant. Parker has been photographed running errands with Richard, a colorful, perforated patchwork leather bag, Roberts has fallen for the black leather drawstring Alain, and Watts has been spotted out and about with Igor, a black python cross-body style.
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