Sorry if this is a double post!!
I was REALLY excited!!
That's very cool!!! Thanks for sharing..
Wow how neat !!!
where did you find it? What's that story about? It won't enlarge for me
Here's the Link from online:
Huge handbags are hot: South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Huge handbags are hot
Huge handbags are hot, with equally huge price tags.
By Sandra Jones
Posted October 2 2006
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[FONT=Verdana,Arial, Helvetica]Handbags are big this fall. Really big.
The cult of the handbag has reached new heights, literally. The hottest handbags are close to 2 feet tall and wider than a doorway -- power bags large enough to hold a small bureau and topple a passerby with one swing of the shoulder. And the price tags are just as hefty at $1,500 and up.
Chalk it up to the celebrity culture, women's rising economic clout and one undeniable, intoxicating fact: You don't have to be model thin to wear one.
Observers of fashion and culture say It Bags are to women what sports cars are to men, a competitive status symbol that knows no rational limits.
In a day when jeans and T-shirts are common and upper echelon executive women dress down to preserve authority, an outrageously expensive must-have It Bag, especially one so big it's hard to miss, announces its owner has arrived.
"It's like a Hummer -- built to do the kind of things no driver would ever do," said Robert Thompson, professor of popular culture at Syracuse University. "It's excessively overbuilt for what you need it for. The really giant purse has got that same sense. It says, `I can afford this excess even though all I've got in this is a wallet and an LG Chocolate cell phone.'"
In the past two years, sales of handbags soared at a pace of nearly 6 percent a year to an estimated $6 billion in 2006, according to a report from market research firm Mintel International Group. While the pace of growth is expected to slow slightly, to more than 5 percent a year through 2010, luxury analysts and culture experts predict the handbag hoopla will continue.
Celebrity and fashion magazines devote pages to stars and their handbags. Online chat forums and blogs, including Purseblog.com and Handbag.com, have sprung up for fans to swap tales about their favorite purses and the famous people who lug them.
Kate Moss strolling down the street with her Mulberry Bayswater. Victoria Beckham hopping out of a car with her supersized quilted Prada shopper. Lindsay Lohan swinging her curvy Fendi B. Heidi Klum voguing with her oversized YSL white ostrich Muse.
And, of course, the famous Hermes Birkin that Martha Stewart toted to her trial. Stewart revealed in a Barbara Walters interview, before heading off to prison, that she bought the bag to reward herself after she became successful.
The Birkin is the holy grail of handbags. It takes years just to get on the wait-list. The price can range from $10,000 to $50,000. And carrying one sends a signal of privilege that is difficult to match.
Stewart isn't the only woman to splurge on a handbag after reaching a certain echelon. It's a common practice, say several executive women.
"It shows you mean business," said Melissa Giovagnoli, president of Chicago-based Networlding.com, who totes a $1,500 Prada. "It doesn't matter if I'm using a Bic pen, as long as I have my Prada bag."
Women have always been attached to their handbags. They carry them close to their sides. It holds all their personal belongings. It's almost an "intimate extension of the body," writes Anna Johnson in her book Handbags: The Power of the Purse.
Research shows women buy on average three bags a year, up from one every two years in 2000, according to NPD Group.
Anne MacDonald, chief marketing officer of Federated Department Stores Inc., changes her bag daily. She has a closet full of Lambertson Truex handbags all neatly stacked on shelves, stuffed with tissue paper to keep their shape.
"I'm like Imelda Marcos with shoes," MacDonald laughs, showing off the luxurious inside lining of a Lambertson satchel she bought 11 years ago.
Grace Tsao-Wu, owner of Tabula Tua, has set up a small table by her door to hold her handbags for the week, right next to her cell phone charger and Blackberry.
"Lately, I switch bags often," said Tsao-Wu. "I easily carry two or three bags a week. I didn't used to do that. There's some addictive quality about it. A handbag has a major presence on the body. They take up a lot of space, especially these days."
The Mintel report noted women from all demographics are susceptible to buying a purse on impulse on any given day. It is no wonder, then, that many department stores have moved their handbag departments to prominent spaces near the stores' entrance.
Neiman Marcus in Chicago counts its handbag business, which takes up a good chunk of the first floor, as "one of the best businesses in the store," said Wendy Krimins, vice president and general manager. Some bags, like Chanel's shiny black Coco Cabas for $1,995, are so popular they are snapped up by wait-listed customers before the bags make it to the display shelf.
"There's no price resistance," said Krimins. "No one flinches. The business just keeps getting better and better. It doesn't matter if you've gained a pound or lost a pound, you can carry an It Bag."
The Chicago Tribune is a Tribune Co. newspaper.
This is in my paper at home!!!! Thanks for posting!!!!!
It is the same article from the Chicago Tribune... but letting the people of SoFlo know too is awesome!!
that is amazing. megs and vlad.. honeslty you guys should really feel proud of yoursleves.
this community is amazing..
*raises a glass to you*
Looks like the Sentinel picked up the Chicago Tribune article!
Chicago Tribune OWNS the SUN-SENTINEL!!!!! WOOOHOOO!!!
Very cool-congrats Vlad and Megs and everybody! Woohoo-we are famous
WOW That's great!!!
Yes, congrats Vlad and Megs and all of us!!