BELT BAGS ARE A MUST THIS SEASON

Friday 03.09.18

One hand holding a plate of hors d'oeuvres while the other pops them into your mouth?  Cocktails in both hands?  Dancing the night away and you don't want your bag getting in the way?  If you're anything like us then you too want to join the hands-free movement!  And we're so thanking the '80s gods for finally bringing back this fave trend.  We're totally loving it and you will too (with both hands raised in agreement)!

And if you really don't want to wear it as a belt bag, (surprise!) this bag can also be worn crossbody.  Talk about versatility and still be hands-free! Like oh my god, totally.

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3 INGREDIENTS FOR A PERFECT DAY

Monday 10.03.16

Craft coffee, chic sunglasses, and our new fall Foldover Tote: three ingredients for a perfect day! Fashion blogger Shall We Sasa recently snapped this pic of our new Foldover Tote and captured the essence of its day-to-evening versatility. Whether worn as a foldover clutch, ring handle tote bag or crossbody bag, this statement piece elevates any outfit. We love this new handbag and hope you do too!

Lauren

INTRODUCING THE HERITAGE COLLECTION

Saturday 07.16.16

Whiting & Davis is the oldest handbag company in the U.S., and 2016 marks 140 years in business! To celebrate, we have designed a very special Heritage Collection of limited edition handbags for Fall 2016 that we are very excited to share with you. Based on some of our favorite vintage and antique Whiting & Davis designs from decades past, the Heritage Collection is comprised of five elegant yet contemporary new styles: the new VICTORIAN STRIPE Crossbody BagCHANDELIER Crossbody BagDECO CRYSTAL POINT Evening Bag, SKYLINE Crossbody Bag, and my personal favorite, the POIRET POUCH.

To celebrate our 140th Anniversary and the launch of this exciting new limited edition collection, we recently hosted a retrospective exhibit at Lady Mendl's Tea Salon in NYC, where editors, bloggers and friends gathered to admire dozens of our most iconic antique and vintage designs alongside the new Heritage Collection handbags they inspired. It was a thrill to host such a fun, fashionable event, and to demonstrate the ways we have evolved these classic styles for today's contemporary taste and lifestyle (for starters, they all fit the iPhone 6 Plus!). We're so excited to celebrate this huge milestone and hope you enjoy the new collection. Cheers!

Lauren

SPRING SUMMER STYLE

Tuesday 04.12.16

At long last, spring is here and so is our Spring Summer 2016 Collection! One of my favorite new bags from the collection is our Mini Saddle Bag, an on-trend style made with bubble mesh in a variety of chic day-to-evening colors. Summer will be here before we know it (hooray!) and this one's going to be my go-to bag for everything from festivals to First Fridays (amazing local art scene in Oakland). Speaking of festivals, I'm heading to Coachella later this week with our Mini Saddle Bag along with a few other metal mesh favorites - so excited! Follow us on Instagram for festival looks from the desert.

Lauren

DAY TO EVENING STYLE

Tuesday 01.19.16

This mid-morning cappuccino and our Dimple Slip On Clutch - two things I am majorly feeling right now. In fact, this crossbody clutch is so chic and on-trend that it just might be my current favorite of the whole collection. I love how extremely wearable it is in black and pewter, though I also adore it in black and gold for a dressier look that feels so high end. Love it.

Lauren

KESHA CARRIES WHITING & DAVIS

Monday 11.09.15

Another week, another celebrity spotted with one of our bags! We were so thrilled to see Kesha, queen of all things gold and glittering, carrying our gold Whiting & Davis Charity Heart Minaudiere last Tuesday night on the red carpet of the Rhonda's Kiss benefit in LA, where she also performed. We are especially glad that she picked a bag that gives back - we donate 25% of our proceeds from every Charity Heart Minaudiere we sell, with each of the six colors benefiting a different nonprofit. Click here to learn about the different nonprofits!

Lauren

COFFEE BREAK

Friday 07.17.15

Who doesn't love a good cappuccino? Especially when you can enjoy one from a sidewalk cafe table, watching the people go by. This is one of my favorite aspects of the classic Parisian experience, and one that I try to find the time to replicate back home in the Bay Area. People watching has always entertained me. The unspoken messages given by the clicking heels of businesswomen and the hooded sweatshirts of techies. When I carry a Whiting & Davis bag, the eye-catching metal mesh is always a conversation starter. Both men and women want to know what it's made of and where I got it. Handbag enthusiasts will excitedly ask if it's by Whiting & Davis. This midnight metallic bucket bag is my current favorite - a great day to evening bag that is versatile yet statement making, a combination that can be hard to come by. To me, this bag gives off the vibes of a long history - a little bit flapper, a little bit Bianca Jagger circa Studio 54 - in a contemporary, on-trend crossbody bucket bag shape. It lends a little luxury to casual jeans and a tee, perhaps like a pair of heels would. And when the bag catches the eyes of those on the sidewalk, I feel good.

Lauren

VINTAGE INSPIRED

Tuesday 06.16.15

In the long history of Whiting & Davis, there have been many types of metal mesh. Among others in our archives, you'll find ring mesh bags from the 1890s, super fine Dresden mesh handbags from the 1920s, alumesh purses in the 1940s, and, one of my personal favorites, large 8mm tile mesh styles from the 1960s. Our design team has reintroduced this large tile mesh in a few new designs including our Brandy Crossbody Bag (pictured) and Brandy Convertible Bag, as well as our two new Mega Mesh styles (featured in my last blog post). I absolutely love the stripe of raw brass 8mm tile mesh down the center of this edgy pyramid mesh bag. To me, that subtle hint of inspiration evokes all the right vibes of vintage style and rock n roll. Pair it with a leather moto jacket and sunglasses. Would also be amazing with a vintage concert tee and ripped jeans or cut offs (hello festival style). I can imagine all kinds of rocker chic looks for this bag, and will hopefully wear them all. It even makes a stylish clutch for something more upscale. LOVE.

Lauren

MALIBU BEACH BAG

Tuesday 04.14.15

I just returned from the most beautiful weekend in Malibu. Perfect beach weather! Fortunately my friends and I came prepared with great sunnies, surfboards, beach towels, sunscreen and, last but not least, my new Whiting & Davis Spring Summer 2015 Mega Mesh Convertible Crossbody Bag! I love this bag. Not only does it come in colors that announce "SPRING SUMMER" (shout out to the turquoise and yellow), it's just the most effortlessly chic, versatile bag. I like it as a crossbody bag, but those who favor shoulder bags can simply double the chain and voila. From starting the day with green juice and acai bowls (gotta love breakfast in LA) to craft cocktails at the Ace Hotel, to dancing the night away in Hollywood, this bag does just the trick. Not to mention the vintage-inspired oversized metal mesh in enamel finish... swoon.

Lauren

CAFFEINE & OUR CALF HAIR CROSSBODY BAG

Monday 01.26.15

Coffee break. Two words that can give a boost to an otherwise sluggish Monday. My favorite pick-me-up is a lowfat cappuccino - two shots, plenty of foam, never decaf. To give a boost to your Monday outfit, our new Calf Hair Crossbody Bag comes in three bold prints and doubles as a stylish clutch. Pair the clutch with a cappucino and you can conquer the world. Or at least your Monday.

Lauren

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