In a way that mimics J.Crew’s steady ascension from middle-of-the-road mall store to luxury brand, Club Monaco has slowly distanced itself from its other mid-level, trendy-but-accessible peers (think BCBG) with increasingly sophisticated designs and a handful of smart collaborations. To wit: Its collab with Canadian brand ela, which finally, finally brings the laidback-luxe handbags to Philly.
The new handbag that’s quickly climbed to the top of our winter wish list? The mini purse. No, we don’t mean a clutch or a slim cross-body (though some do have cross-body straps), but honest-to-God, teeny-tiny purses (seriously, most top out at six inches tall) that are scaled-down versions of larger bags. The smaller-is-better trend is catching: Diane von Furstenberg, Tory Burch, and Rebecca Minkoff have added tabs in their drop-down menus to include minis. The consensus: miniature perfection with none of the much-loved hardware from their larger counterparts spared. Itt might be just the incentive we need to finally clean out our purses. (Maybe.)
Now that the holidays are officially upon us, we here at Shoppist are in full gifting mode. Each day this month, we’ll unveil our 25 top gifts to buy in Philly this season. (Trust us: We’ve shopped everywhere to bring you the best of the best.)
Holographic accessories are trending right now … which means they’ll most likely be on their way out soon. What we’ll never tire of, though, is Hammitt’s gorgeous bag, which reminds us of the most posh oil slick ever. And it’s practical, too: There’s a pocket to stash your cell phone on the exterior back of the bag. No more rooting through cavernous carryalls to find your phone! Now that’s a true gift.
The Details: Hammitt metallic bag, $195 at Joan Shepp, Center City.
Give To: Your best friend.
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Day 1: A weekender for him.
Day 2: A geometric ring for her.
Day 3: A posh nail polish set for your teenager.
Day 4: A tabletop speaker for dad.
Day 5: A made-in-Philly skateboard for your little brother.
Day 6: A set of Narberth-made essential oils for mom.
Day 7: A bag of made-in-Philly gifts for out-of-town pals.
Day 8: A cool pair of diamond studs for your girlfriend.