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081: Lemaire at SSENSE, Westwood on Etsy, and Martiniano from MNZ
A '00s Bottega hobo bag sets today's mood.
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An item to set today’s mood: 2000s Bottega Veneta Intrecciato hobo bag.
I bid on this late 2000s-early 2010s Thomas Maier-era Bottega bag before Black Friday, did a bunch of shopping on other things, then won it at an annoying good but still substantial price. The current going rate hovers between $1,000 and $2,000, but this black version and this “magma” one are a bit under. Since landing in my life, it’s been affixed to my shoulder and is more capacious than you’d think; today it held my laptop, charger, extra pair of shoes, bulky glasses case, two tubes of tretinoin, keys, phone, wallet, AirPods, loose receipts, this hat when I got over it, etc. It’s more like a liquid in its ability to adapt to the shape of whatever you stick inside, yet a magnet for eyeballs and approving comments. Just for fun, here’s Cam Diaz and Miley wearing theirs in the aughts.
These By Malene Birger boots with a huggy shaft and cushioned flatform for around $300; Homme Plisse cargo (!) pleated (!) pants (!) on sale for around the same—how did I miss these?; a Jil Sander layering piece I keep adding and removing from my cart because it’s a little pricier than I’d hope but dropping steadily in the sale; a piece of Vaquera history for a steal—anyone have a birthday coming up?; and this Lemaire bag that has commandeered the Croissant-shaped hole in my heart, but be cautioned: There are only three remaining.
Vivian’s passing set my vintage queries on fire for archival pieces to complement my cherished corset, and the piece that really sent my gut flipping is this FW91 velvet pirate-cuffed jacket with etched orb buttons (Etsy); a Loewe fleece-lined leather scarf from back when the brand was still produced in Madrid and in touch with its Spanish heritage (Vestiaire); it’s exorbitantly expensive, but the look-making collared shirt from this viral Margiela-for-Hermes runway moment is for sale, as good a time as any to double down on the search for a worthy dupe (eBay); this slouchy, suede Khaite handbag looks to be in pristine condition at a startling $240 (Vestiaire); and after popping in to Duo in the East Village this weekend, my lust for a cashmere coat like this one from Savile Row tailors French & Stanbury of London for Barney’s is reinvigorated—only it’s $250, a fraction of what you’d find it for in-store (Etsy).
and everywhere else.
I may have found the most complete check overcoat in this unimprovable Nili Lotan number, which looks just like a Macintosh and is on sale right now; for jeans-and-t-shirts types craving something with a bit of seasoning, this Karmuel Young ever-so-delicately-seamed “basic” is highly effective in its simplicity; a pair of silver Martiniano glove pumps would assuage my habit of collecting white or metallic shoes (I hold that they make me look taller), but would delight even those who don’t share my neurosis; these collapsible-heel AldanondoYFDEZ loafers are hand-made to order in Barcelona—a makers collectors’ dream; and this funny little cashmere shoulder shrug by Uncle Studios fits like a hug :)
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