SS13 TREND ALERT: Dr. Bag

Today we are talking about an accessory that has never and will never go of style: THE BAG.

At its origin, a bag was invented to carry necessities: keys, money, breath mints. But today a bag is so much more than a pouch that holds our most highly valued possessions. For women, a bag is the quint essential accessory that stores our growing number of top secret necessities and perfectly ties together every outfit every time. Ooops, she did it again!

Over the years, bags have taken many shapes and forms, including…

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But today we are focusing on the future rather than the past with one of our favourite bags of the SS13 season, a classic model that is suited for any occasion, the DOCTOR BAG.

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When we say Doctor Bag, the Speedy model from Louis Vuitton may well spring to mind.  The Speedy was first designed in the 20’s but it wasn’t until the 1930’s that it was actually launched. Ever since then it has been a best seller and one of the most desired handbags.

And this SS13 is no different. Louis Vuitton made us fall in love all over again with the new Speedy.

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If you’re a loyal LV fan then you will instantly fall in love with the spring time touch added to the Speedy models.

These dream bags are not exclusive to Louis Vuitton however, Dior, Marc Jacobs, Prada and Miu Miu were inclined to play with the Dr Bag in their SS13 collections. These are just a few of the models to choose from to complement your spring time look.

Dior jumped on the trend wagon with LADY DIOR.

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You can see why we love Lady Dior and why it’s such a success with its amazing crocodile leather and gorgeous pastel palette.

Marc Jacobs adds a shoulder strap to his youthful and colorful selection…

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Prada and Miu Miu added a version of the DOCTOR BAG in their collections while remaining totally faithful to their lines in sophistication and elegance.

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What’s holding your top secret necessities?

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Isalda

Posted by: Verónica Maya

It was instant love when we laid our eyes on these gorgeous bags and cuffs designed by Isabel Lanza. Newest member to Agorique, we caught up with Isabel, owner and designer of Isalda.

A: What inspired you to create Isalda?

I: After pursuing a degree in Audiovisual Communication and managing a number of children’s brands, I decided to go back to school to get my master’s degree in fashion design. The idea of creating my own label started when I was in college, which is where I started signing my work with my nickname: a fusion between my first name “Isa” and the first letters of where I’m from “Saldana” et voila, Isalda was born.

A: Tell us about your relationship with Vinyl Acetate? Will you incorporate other materials into your collections?

I: My relationship is what you might call “love at first sight”. While it’s a relatively common material it has fantastic qualities, notably its eco-friendly nature. It’s also very easy to work with, which is great because it allows me to have direct contact during the development phase of each prototype.

As for other materials, I am working on developing several leather pieces for the Claire Naa shop in Paris. And in my new collection KUBISMO I’ll be mixing vinyl with faux leather.

In the future there will definitely be more variety, absolutely.

A: We love your collections! Can you give us a little insider info behind your inspirations?

I: The first collection AVANT GARDE is inspired by the avant-garde of the early twentieth century, where in its most abstract form, color and shape are the protagonists.

The second collection FLUORITY mimics the minimalist inkling but pursues the fluorescent trend with touches of gold trimmings and leather finishes. It’s my homage to the women who inspire me including Coco Chanel and Marilyn Monroe.

My third and latest collection is KUBISMO, inspired by the Cubism avant-garde movement. You will continue to see the Isalda signature characterized by the high intensity of color, but this time on the inside. The exterior of each bag will be coated in leather with invisible snaps and gold studs.

A: Where can our readers find your collections?

I: You can find the collections in retail stores in Madrid (Malmo, Les Jardins, Julieta Aytas, Coccole and Co, See U Soon), Nice (Freedom of Taste) and Paris (Claire Naa) and via two online stores (Buylevard & Myveroom) and soon I’ll be launching my own online store (isalda.es).

A: Other than spending time designing your stunning collection, what else do you enjoy doing?

I: I love art so whenever I can visit an exhibit I’m there. Also I love everything vintage, so I never miss an opportunity to go to a market or shop to find clothes and accessories, furniture, frames, vinyls, boxes, basically anything with character and history.

I also love walking through the old part of this amazing city (Madrid)!

A: What has been your greatest challenge in getting where you are today?

I: My biggest challenge has been to continue despite the difficulties, working hard and believing in what I do.

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A: What is your motto?

I: When I started working with vinyl (over a year ago) the first prototype I developed was the DADA bracelet and interestingly enough I discovered the English slogan “I am wearing my heart on my sleeve”.

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Ever since, this has been the motto of my creations. It reminds me of my first piece and helps me continue with passion.

Thank you Isabel!