LUX Style Spring 2012 Handbags: Cases

Satchels, totes and crossbody messengers are easy, go-to handbag staples that we all reach for in our daily routine, but what about something with a little more character? Something more outside-the-box? Or maybe the box itself? Lady LUX spotted vintage cases on the Spring runways, as mentioned in Handbag Runway Trends, and loved them as a more unique and stylish option to liven up your ensemble. The boxy cases were inspired by old-world structured briefcases and camera bags and were made of leather or exotic materials. While you may not be carrying around a vintage film camera, it doesn’t mean your iPhone and credit cards don’t deserve a cute case of their own.

3.1 Phillip Lim’s Lark zip clutch is almost like a lunch box, but for fashionistas of course. The pebbled leather bag features a zip pocket at the front and has a fun handle as well as an adjustable shoulder strap to be hands-free. With its understated styling and ample space, this boxy clutch could easily be your new every day bag that pairs with the simplest outfits or the edgiest ones.


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Alexander Wang offers a modern case with his Rafael style. The small case offers two compartments and is available in black perforated leather, spotted haircalf and a punchy red patent. In any material, the case is best when hand-carried and can be worn day or night.

Like a mini briefcase with bold front pockets, Marc by Marc Jacobs’ clutch is perfect for bringing a pop of color into your ensemble. The two-tone clutch features magnetic flap pockets, a top handle and shiny polished leather for a playful Spring vibe. Style this bag with a neon dress to keep the energy going.

Luxe in navy eel skin, Theyskens’ Theory’s box frame crossbody is trimmed with silver hardware for contrast. The structured bag resembles a small camera bag and boasts two compartments and zipped interior pocket. It’s small size makes for a handy, running-around-the-city bag. Pair with stylish flat oxfords, if that’s the case.

In black or orangish-red, this 3.1 Phillip Lim bag is thinking of the box. This cubed case is complete with a handle and shoulder strap option, but if you’re carrying a cube, you might as well go with the handle. Incorporate this lively bag into your outfits to for an eye-catching effect.

Just the right size for your shades or the bare daily essentials, Marc by Marc Jacobs’ frame crossbody is really a cool sunglass case. The bag features snakeskin embossed trim at the sunglasses detail and a detachable gold chain strap. This quirky case definitely has its own personality; let it do the talking.

Madewell’s briefcase embodies the old-world with its tan “English saddle” color and push-lock front flap. This case has a cool “professor” vibe that would contrast well with a ladylike full-pleated floral print skirt or an unexpected black and white striped coat.

Good things come in small packages and Alexander Wang’s Marion bag embodies exactly that. The little crossbody is complete with structured metal corners and a slide button closure at the front flap. The squarish bag may be small but it still has an edginess that could be amplified with sporty two-tone leggings or a leather dress.

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