Bergdorf Goodman Vintage Envelope

We here at the Bagatelle museum feel there's a cold place in Hell for whoever decided to do away with this adorable design. In fact, we're thinking of starting a campaign to bring it back--who's with us? 


We don't know about you, but we thought this bag was rawther wonderful! If you haven't been to the Plaza Hotel lately there's a pretty amazing boutique dedicated to New York's most famous six year old, not to mention rooms for tea parties, ballet lessons and even cooking classes for Lord's sake! Just tell them to charge it, please!

Jeff Koons for H & M

Anyone who's ever seen Jeff Koons' work in person knows he does things in a big, big way. Like the time he wrapped the H & M flagship store in pictures of his balloon dog sculpture. Not only did the image make it on to a handbag, but on the store's shopping bag as well, making it an amazing piece of portable art work. 

On a totally different note, if you ever need someone to make balloon animals for a party, this guy is amazing. 

Patricia Field

Talk about the end of an era. This spring, Emmy award-winning costume designer Patricia Field will close the doors of her iconic east side store, leaving holes in the hearts of the New Yorkers who've shopped there for the last 50 years. Everyone from Bergdorf Blondes to drag queens to safety-pinned punks came here for one-of-a-kind items like halter tops made of Beanie Babies or metal bunny ears. See it now, because once this store goes dark, so, too, does the existence of a certain time. Here's to you, Patricia!

Victoria and Albert Museum

We here at the Bagatelle Museum love the city of London more than be expressed and the first place we hit every time is the Victoria and Albert Museum. Dedicated to design, this museum is a must for anyone obsessed with textiles, graphic arts, fashion and the like. Not only do we love the museum but we get a kick out of the name--can you imagine a "Bill and Hilary Museum" or, heaven forbid, a "George and Laura Museum"?

By the way, the "V&A" as it's more commonly known has a really cool interactive feature on its website right now that lets you design your own 18th-century wig. Here's the one we designed! 

de Gournay

We can't look at this bag and not think of the "There's so much beauty in the world" scene from "American Beauty."  Creator of some of the most beautiful wallpapers in the world, de Gournay is experiencing a resurgence of sorts and we couldn't be happier about it. We here at the museum don't even want to think about what we would do for just a little sliver of one of their breathtaking hand-painted murals. 

We thought posting this bag would get 2016 off to a beautiful start! 

Neiman Marcus British Fortnight

In 1957 Neiman Marcus started a tradition called "Fortnight" in which they celebrated the wares, traditions, and people of other countries, even flying in luminaries like Princess Grace from those countries to glam up the event. Lasting two weeks, the event was meant to get a little shopping excitement going between the delivery of fall merchandise and the Christmas rush. It must have worked because it ran until 1986 (the very last fortnight was for Australia). 

Starting in about 1963 a theatrical costume designer named Alvin Colt designed the graphics and would continue to do so until the final fortnight. Since we spent New Years weekend binging on Downton Abbey and we're in an English kind of mood, we thought we'd pay tribute to Alvin and his work. 

On a side, note, this is one of the funniest "fortnight" themed cartoons we've ever seen. 

Christian Louboutin - 20th Anniversary - London, 2012

Now we know how the curators at the Louvre felt when they heard they would be the custodians of the Mona Lisa. Developed to commemorate the 20th anniversary of M. Louboutin's foray into shoe design, this assemblage-themed bag is about as extraordinary as it gets and easily makes our list of the Top 10 Shopping Bags of All Time (a list we haven't actually made yet, but when we do, this will be on it).

If you're a fan of the man who brought us the red sole, you probably know that this bag was inspired by Louboutin's workspace, beautifully re-created in the extraordinary exhibition, "Christian Louboutin: 20 Years" which premiered at the Design Museum in London a few years ago. What its title lacked in imagination, the show more than made up for in content, and we HIGHLY recommend you catch it if and when it comes to your part of the world (it was touring the globe for a while there). Like the bag, the show captured all the messy, explosive, cheeky brilliance of its subject and is one we wish were on permanent display.

Incidentally, although Louboutin has been quoted as saying that the red sole came to be after he was so dissatisfied with a pair of shoes he'd designed that he grabbed a red nail polish and painted the soles, the exhibition attributed the signature look to a sign Louboutin saw as a child in his native Paris warning women wearing heels not to try to navigate a certain street. Should you choose to believe the latter version and feel you need to own the sign yourself, you can pick one up here on your next trip to Paris.

Oh,'re welcome. ;)

Katsuya - Los Angeles, 2011

Hugely popular, the Katsuya restaurant in L.A. was designed by Philippe Starck, designer of everything from lamps for Target to high-speed trains (Interestingly, he started his career designing inflatable furniture.) We absolutely love this simple but elegant design. 

Country Club Fashions Bag - Los Angeles, 1960s

There's so much to love about this bag it's hard to start. The bold graphics, the wheat, the grapes, and the dramatic face. Kind of reminds us of this dramatic face.