Wednesday, May 21, 2014


I have been looking for a new handbag but wanted something that wasn't going to break the bank, even though the hubs was paying for it (as my birthday present, which was this past March).  I am fortunate to own a few luxury designer handbags that I will cherish for many years to come.  I was looking for a camel or beige colored handbag and knew when I found the right one it would be mine.

One blogger and interior designer I follow, Erin Gates of Elements of Style, posted a bag on Instagram and I loved it.  It was a preview to her design collaboration with GiGi New York, called the Gates Satchel.  The bag was beautifully designed.  Just take a look at Erin modeling the Gates Satchel!

Erin and her Gates Sachtel . . . two beauties.

While I love the bag, I was looking for something with a strap as well.  I decided to browse the website to check out their other handbags.  The one I kept going back to was the Hayden Satchel.  One of the great things about their website, is the different viewing options; they use a silhouette model to give you an idea of the size of the bag.  Great for me, since I'm a visual person.  And, since their flagship store is in Southhampton, New York, I knew traveling out there wasn't an option.  Yet, I was hesitant about buying it online, without trying it out and seeing it in person.  I also wanted to feel the quality. 

A few weeks ago, GiGi was selling a selection of their handbags at Henri Bendel's.  I work within a short distance to Bendel's and decided to take a walk to check out their line.  While they didn't have the Gates handbag (too new, as it was literally launched the day of), they did have the Hayden Satchel in the Sand color that I was eyeing.  I fell in love with the details and the option of the strap to carry over your shoulder, as a cross body bag, under your wrist or to carry in your hand.  The embossed python design and gold hardware are beautifully done.  After looking at a few other ones, I went back to the Hayden.  And, I was able to get $75.00 off for shopping at Bendel's that day (a store event they were having).  Score!

Check out my new handbag! 

This bag has many compartments for all your accessories.  What I also love about this handbag is that it's not heavy!  I have back problems, so starting off with a heavy bag is not good for me.

Want to see more from GiGi New York, check out their website here.  These are some of my favorites:

Black Gates Satchel

Iris Leather Clutch/Embossed Python.  They have other fun colors to choose from

Sand Cross-Body Bag/Embossed Python

Tangerine Elle Cross-body/Pebble Grain.  Kinda reminds me of the Hermes bag
Nina Griscom line:  Lily Tote British Tan/Calfskin Leather.  Little more pricey but a lovely design