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.
Sadly, Sans Souci, the sweet little doggie on the Taschen bag, passed away last year. We always thought she was such a fabulous mascot. Hopefully her image will still stay on the bag as a tribute.
If you've never been the to a Taschen store, run, don't walk. The books are amazing. Personally, we're pining over the new tome about Queen Elizabeth.
If you've never seen the British reality series Mary, Queen of Shops, it's a real blast. She's essentially the Tabitha of stores instead of hair salons and she's a terrific character. This year she opened a boutique in the House of Fraser department store chain and it really is how amazingly wearable all her choices were. Great, great place to go if you're looking for really, really practical but stylish clothing.
One of the women we most admire here at Bagatelle is Gloria Vanderbilt. In spite of her wealth, she never, ever stops creating. From collages to fashion to linens, she's done it all. Life magazine once called her
These bags are from Chase Manhattan Bank if you can believe that (what we want to know is why a bank would even need shopping bags, let alone ones these big--does anyone take that much money out of the bank?), and they really reflect Gloria's aesthetic.
By the way, if you're up for a really interesting read, this is fascinating.
What a shame Lady Gaga was born too late to see the legendary Fiorucci's--it would have been the perfect place for her to hang out in the window and get tattooed. If you weren't there to see it either, it was to the late 70s and early 80s what...well, what...well, just watch this and you'll get the idea. Of course, now that the age of disco, punk, new wave, and even grunge are well behind us, the shenanigans at Fiorucci's seem charmingly tame, but it certainly makes us nostalgic for the time and place.
By the way, if you look really closely just around the 2:56 point, you can see a customer quickly hold up the large version of this bag.
Also, take note of the older woman who says she's not shocked by anything in New York. How stylish is she?!?
Just when you thought Stella McCartney couldn't get any more fabulous, she comes up with this. A fabulous, underwater-themed bag with little neon goldfish. Although what this little purple guy is, I'm not sure. Kinda reminds us of this purple guy.
The oldest piece in my collection, this was actually what they used to wrap gloves in at Macy's. This was a gift from my parents that they gave me the year I worked there. I love the message above the logo: "Customers will please report at once any incivility or Inattention on the part of any employee of the house." All I can say is that if the bags had said this when I worked there, the store would have had to shut down as our uncivil days far outnumbered our civil ones. Bloodshed would not have surprised me. (Note that the glove maker notes that the gloves will not "catch on lace". Thank goodness--I hate so it when my gloves catch on my lace. Sort of like when my bitters spill on my petticoat.)
Judging by the address of the store, I'm guessing this would have been used sometime in the mid- to late-1800s.
So here it is--the most incredible shopping bag of all time. I got this during what I call my Acquisition Summer when I made it my business to scour the stores of Paris with the idea of amassing the world's best collection of shopping bags and business cards. This was a bag that I had seen all the chic young women of Paris carrying and the one I knew I couldn't leave town without. When I walked into the Jean-Paul Gaultier boutique to ask for it, I felt as nervous as I would have if I'd gone in there to steal something. Luckily, the teenager behind the counter sensed my desperation and gave me one in spite of the fact that I hadn't bought anything.
As you can see, it's a replica of a Parisian advertising kiosk and looks more like a piece of art than a shopping bag. I'm about 5'3" ish and it comes up to my hips. I've given up hope of ever finding a better one.