Spring/Summer ’14 Picks for Men

The Spring/Summer 2014 assortment for men is focused on bringing new life to classic men’s accessories. Whether it’s in the form of a surprising color combination, a well-placed stripe, or a fresh juxtaposition of materials, our new pieces offer versatility for every occasion without sacrificing heritage. See below for some top highlights from roztayger men’s lines, new for the warmer weather.

1) Bonastre: For men, I love the new F21 Messenger Bag in terra. I wish I could get my husband to carry a nice bag like this! We shot it for the Roztayger Spring/Summer 2014 lookbook at Grand Central Station, so I’m excited to share these photos. This bag can also easily go from jeans to suit. And I love the F5 Large Portfolio in terra/grey—a lovely color combo.

F5 Large Portfolio by Bonastre

F5 Large Portfolio by Bonastre

2) Travelteq: I’m so excited to have this Amsterdam-based line in. It’s such a cool offering of stylish, travel/work related pieces of amazing quality. I love the Classic Trash Messenger for men in the Navy or the Blue. Also, The Royal Navy Trash Brief is great for a slightly more formal, buttoned up look.

3) Kika NY: It’s hard to pick a favorite here, but Kika Ny’s 24 Hours Bag is one which I have used personally for day use, yet it is meant for either gender. A man would use it for the gym or a weekend, perhaps. It’s very elegant and you cannot beat the leather quality or the handmade story behind it. I’m anxious to get their new Postal #3 Backpack in in May.

24 Hours Bag by Kika NY

24 Hours Bag by Kika NY

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24 Hours Bag by Kika NY

4) J.Panther Luggage Co.: I love the new Canvas Courier Ruc Case in olive/black, featured in the Lookbook as well. A million ways to carry it and many great compartments inside make it a great investment piece. It’s urban and stylish, but not fussy in any way.

Canvas Courier Ruc Case by J.Panther Luggage Co.

Canvas Courier Ruc Case by J.Panther Luggage Co.

5) Ally Capellino: The Homerton Mitchell Rucksack is another great investment piece for the guys. Last season, I sold this bag out first and it’s already had a good response. It’s that ”forever” men’s bag that looks better over time. The navy is deep and rich (almost black) and the brown accents are a great foil.

Homerton Mitchell Rucksack by Ally Capellino

Homerton Mitchell Rucksack by Ally Capellino

6) Porter: I love the new 3 Way Lift Brief in navy…there’s something about the deep navy and the material, which make it very seductive in its feel and look.

3 Way Lift Brief by Porter

3 Way Lift Brief by Porter

3 Way Lift Brief by Porter

3 Way Lift Brief by Porter

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Founded by fashion industry veteran Elizabeth Jeffer-Anerousis, roztayger offers a timeless and versatile selection of men’s and women’s handbags, totes, wallets, briefcases, travel bags, electronic cases, and small goods made of quality materials.

Clutching Color

Like every New Yorker, I gravitate towards black…A LOT. It’s chic, easy and always a sure way to add some adult-factor to my petite frame. But, let’s be honest, relying on black to bring out my best is kind of boring and, quite frankly, just doesn’t cut it among the fashion-forward set. So, the solution is simple: I look to colorful accents to elevate my all-black looks.

My flamingo Meli Melo wallet and polka dot wristbag by Laael are the perfect color pop pieces, and I’ve gotten into the habit of carrying them together for added effect. Who says you should limit yourself to only one playful accessory? I certainly don’t. With a simple all-black ensemble, I feel totally empowered to go crazy with my clutches. And what could be more fun than holding lime green and black hair-calf dots?

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Clutching Color

Designer Dialogue: Elja Lintsen of LAAEL

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Elja Lintsen of LAAEL

This spring, we’re thrilled to introduce LAAEL, a colorful minimalist line based in Amsterdam. Dutch founder and designer Elja Lintsen honed her design skills while working at influential brands such as Marc Jacobs, Martine Sitbon, and Club Monaco. Elja’s eye for smart design, combined with her passion for experimenting with colors and structures, make LAAEL bags both playful and practical. LAAEL accessories vary from contemporary classics to charismatic eye-catchers, always combining a cool modern sensibility with a distinct edge. A US exclusive for Roztager, LAAEL’s Spring/Summer 2014 collection was inspired by an androgynous 1940s aesthetic. Below, we become better acquainted with Elja about her approach to color, design background, and what’s in her bag.

Your background is in design, but you choose to focus on bags. Why are you drawn to this accessory in particular?
Actually, I finished two studies. First I studied at the Design Academy in Eindhoven and after that I studied Fashion Design at Artez in Arnhem. Only three and a half years ago did I start designing bags because of a freelance project I had been working on. I really love the focus of designing a bag, how you can completely refine the design as you work on it again a next season. Also, just a combination of colors and materials can change the look of a bag completely! And I love researching for materials and the accessories for a bag.

LAAEL 07 Wristbag

LAAEL 07 Wristbag

How did you name LAAEL? What does it mean?
It is actually derived from my name, Elja. Talking to a friend, he said, “Why don’t you do Laelja, kind of as in French, la Elja?” I found that kind of nice, but a bit too sweet. After some more thinking and playing around, I decided on LAAEL as I found it stronger and the name looks and feels more like what I do.

Laael 06 Large Tote and 07 Wristbag

Laael 06 Large Tote and 07 Wristbag

Color and texture play is a huge theme for LAAEL. What are some for favorite colors and materials, and why?
Every season I have a new favorite color combination. I love working with colors and experimenting with how to put them together. I am always a big fan of trying to find a combination that you might not expect, to explore boundaries. I do love colors that have kind of a greyness in them—“dirty” colors I call them—and to combine these with a bright green, for example. But I love all colors. It is really about how I combine them and what material, structure, and or intensity they have.

What are the essentials you carry in your bag?
Of course a LAAEL 011 Wallet. And I always carry calendula ointment and my lipstick or eyeliner.

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Inside Elja’s LAAEL 05 Cross Body Bag

LAAEL is based in Amsterdam. What do you love and find most inspiring about your city?
Amsterdam is quite a small city. It’s really nice to cycle past all the canals; I always find it quite calming and relaxed. It is really nice that you can do everything on your bike! If I have any time at all, I just love to go into the city in the morning and go to my favorite bookstores and stroll around.

If you weren’t an accessories designer, what career path would you pursue?
I wouldn’t want to do anything else! As I am a fashion designer, it would be even better if I could do both, clothing and accessories.

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LAAEL 04 Boxy Handbag

What playlist are you currently listening to in the design studio?
My moods can be quite different. I listen to all kinds of music it depends on the day. At the moment, I am playing Lana Del Rey, but it can also be dubstep, the Irrepresibles or Anna Calvi. I do love melancholy and on the other side of quiet, loud music. I am a huge fan of Mike Patton!

Which LAAEL spring bags at roztayger are your favorites and why?
As there are quite different styles, there is not really one favorite, but the small #05 Cross Body Bag is the one I am using at the moment. It fits all the essentials, so I always carry everything I need. And I like how it really adds something special to your outfit as it is quite an eye catcher in the different leathers, colors, and prints. Whenever I have to take more I always take a #06 Large Tote that will hold almost everything. It is practical but also really chic and cool.

LAAEL 06 Large Tote

LAAEL 06 Large Tote

Shop the LAAEL collection at roztayger.

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Founded by fashion industry veteran Elizabeth Jeffer-Anerousis, roztayger offers a timeless and versatile selection of men’s and women’s handbags, totes, wallets, briefcases, travel bags, electronic cases, and small goods made of quality materials.

Spring/Summer ’14 Picks for Women

A loyal client recently asked me about my favorite accessories for spring and I was hard pressed to answer. There are so many wonderful new products in this season that I had to pause and think that one through. To be honest, I am passionate about every designer I bring in, otherwise they would not be featured. Given that I cannot buy their entire collections, I have to whittle down to pieces I feel are the most relatable, usable, and good investments for my clients. (I fully admit that some products are not inexpensive, but then again, you do get what you pay for in most cases. I believe in buying less but buying better quality if you are able!)

I brought many new European collections to roztayger this season. Two more are yet to go up: Laael out of Amsterdam and Tstatsas out of Germany…stay tuned! If pressed so far, my favorites this season are:

1) Bonastre: Their first women’s collection has landed, and although I expect three more styles in, my current favorite is the Beetle Bag. It’s structured and elegant, unusual but not so out there. It’s a style that I cannot say I’ve seen before in the market. I have a weak spot for crisp white bags, and the use of grey makes it more usable. We shot this at Grand Central Station for the lookbook.

Bonastre Beetle Bag

Bonastre Beetle Bag

2) PB0110: A new gorgeous line out of Germany with an architectural feel and attention to detail that make your head spin. It’s hard to pick a favorite, but the CA 5 Travel Bag is amazing in terms of its cool style factor and the AB2 or AB3 in navy are two of my favorites for daily use.

PB0110 CA5 Travel Bag

PB0110 CA5 Travel Bag

3) Atelier Marchal: I am obsessed with the Large Marlon Bag that you can fold and tuck under you arm. I would carry the white one with jeans and a white tee, or out at night in the spring and summer. It even works as a winter white.

Atelier Marchal Marlon Bag

Atelier Marchal Marlon Bag

4) Meli Melo: I’m very into the bright travel Color Pop Wallets in the blue, flamingo, and taupe. I’m always looking for new ways to stay organized in my purse and a bright wallet that doubles as a clutch is very useful!

Meli Melo Color Pop Wallets

Meli Melo Color Pop Wallets

5) Lost Property of London: I’m a big fan of the black sailcloth Mini Miles Bag because of the sustainability factor, plus the wrinkles are a cool twist on a classic duffle. The material makes it appropriate for year-round use and great for an overnight trip or a day when you just have a lot to carry. Great for either gender.

Lost Property of London Mini Miles Bag

Lost Property of London Mini Miles Bag

6) Samuji: The new black Crossbody Bag is an ideal size for travel. I normally don’t carry a small purse, but realize that having one handy is a relief when you just don’t want that heavy load. It’s hands-free, elegant, and in the most buttery leather. Minimal, classic, and modern.

Samujji Crossbody Bag

Samuji Crossbody Bag

7) Ally Capellino: I must say I love the navy blue Ellin Bag for its feel (so very soft and light) and for the same reasons as above. It’s another perfect option for hands-free pared down carry.

Ally Capellino Ellin Bag

Ally Capellino Ellin Bag

8) Clare Vivier: My two favorites this season are the black spots Flat Clutch (Sandrine to come soon) and the lavender navy stripe suede Simple Tote. There’s something about the whimsical color and pattern combination these two offer. Feminine, yet still classy and not too over-the-top girly.

Clare Vivier Flat Clutch

Clare Vivier Flat Clutch

Clare Vivier Simple Tote

Clare Vivier Simple Tote

9) Avril Gau: I’m really excited to bring this line in out of Paris. It’s a proper ladies’ bag line with structure and minimal hardware, but well done, as I usually I prefer little or none. My all-time favorite is the grey Groupie Bag. It’s a structured Baguette style, so sharp with a great edge to it due to its larger scale. If you carry this bag, you’re bound to feel more powerful!

Avril Gau Groupie Bag

Avril Gau Groupie Bag

10) Antonello: My favorite Antonello bag is probably the Large tote, which comes in three fantastic colors. I stumbled onto this booth in Paris and was so entranced. These are beautifully hand-loomed bags in exquisite painterly color combinations with that ethnic feel. The bags are so refined that they work even in the city with a buttoned up outfit, like the Medium Lined Hobo. The larger totes can go on vacations and the smaller ones even work in an urban setting in the warmer months. These are special summer/spring pieces!

Antonello bags

Antonello bags

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Founded by fashion industry veteran Elizabeth Jeffer-Anerousis, roztayger offers a timeless and versatile selection of men’s and women’s handbags, totes, wallets, briefcases, travel bags, electronic cases, and small goods made of quality materials.

Designer Dialogue: Katy Bell of Lost Property of London

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Katy Bell of Lost Property of London

With a desire to extend the life expectancy of everyday materials, Katy Bell is celebrated for her fashion-forward yet practical accessories brand, Lost Property of London. The collection, handcrafted in London, consists of a range of iconic and surprising pieces that look and feel wholly unique. We most admire Bell’s commitment to upcycling sustainable materials without sacrificing fashion or function. With her signature “rough luxe” aesthetic and breakout success with the brand’s recognizable silhouette the Elwin, Bell takes some time away from her design desk for our Designer Dialogue interview.

How did your childhood and textile design training at Central Saint Martins prepare you to be an accessories designer?
I’ve always been inspired by architecture and industrial structures, and l naturally photographed these when I was younger (I still do). I didn’t know it at the time but having a keen eye for structure and form would later inspire my collections. Studying at Central Saint Martins gave me the chance to explore other aspects of design. Some of our project briefs were so diverse it allowed space and time for experimentation, which meant I could add different dimensions to my ideas. I studied print design, but my work often focused on industrial patterns and form. However it was only once I had my first design job after college, that I was able to see how the industry worked and how my interests and skills could develop.

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Lost Property of London Leather Elwin and Insert

Lost Property of London is unique because of how it up-cycles sustainable materials. Why are you drawn to these and how do you source them?
I am naturally inspired by materials with provenance and a story. Working with old, found or salvaged materials gives a product depth. On a more practical level, making the most of the material I find around me is a challenge that I have always set myself. It’s quite addictive actually and it spurs me on to meet that challenge every time. Of course, up-cycling is kinder to the environment and on our resources, so this a nice by-product of my design ethos – proof that you can achieve design quality whilst being sustainably responsible.

Which materials stand out to you?
I have worked with Hessian coffee sacks that featured original hand-painted motifs and typography. I have also worked with salvaged sail cloth that came to me looking all weather beaten—it had this beautiful, crinkled paper quality to it.

But it’s often the materials that don’t look obviously upcycled that excite me just as much. Leather is a wonderful material to work with. The majority of the leather I use is vegetable tanned, which has a natural look that looks even better with age. And where I can I use off-cuts and odds and ends to create new products, which is a great way of keeping things fresh and unpredictable.

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Lost Property of London Arlington Bag

How did you come up with your brand name? Is it a reference to your eco-sustainability?
‘Lost Property of London’ was inspired by fabrics that had been abandoned, and that were right here on my doorstep (my doorstep being London). So yes, it helps to tell of our reuse philosophy and clearly identifies us a London-based brand with London-made bags.

What bag are you currently carrying right now and what’s inside it?
Our Aubergine Croc embossed Mini Elwin. Inside I have a Wilson purse, Coco Chanel perfume, a YSL pink lipstick, my phone, my keys, a pen and my Oystercard. I also use a Penrose Rucksack for my laptop and work things.

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Inside Katy Bell’s Mini Elwin

If you weren’t designing, what field would your career be in?
If I wasn’t a bag designer, I’d probably be a photographer.

What’s your favorite new style from the spring collection?
Aubergine Croc Mini Elwin!

What’s your go-to playlist right now?
London Grammar – If You Wait

Shop the Lost Property of London collection at roztayger.

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Founded by fashion industry veteran Elizabeth Jeffer-Anerousis, roztayger offers a timeless and versatile selection of men’s and women’s handbags, totes, wallets, briefcases, travel bags, electronic cases, and small goods made of quality materials.

Designer Dialogue: Melissa Del Bono of meli melo

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Melissa Del Bono, founder of meli melo

A new Designer Dialogue has us checking in across the pond with Melissa Del Bono, the founder of beloved British accessories brand meli melo. From the brand’s inception in 2005, Del Bono has created distinctly structured and sleek handbags with a nostalgic nod to her past in the Aeolian Islands. With a broad color spectrum ranging from classic taupe to newfangled flamingo and the beloved staple silhouette of the Thela bag, meli melo’s growth has catapulted into international recognition and acclaim. meli melo’s chic yet practical bags have been spotted on the arms of starlets like Sienna Miller, Kate Moss, and Nicole Richie to everyday working women (like roztayger customers!). Read on to learn more about the equal parts smart and stylish woman behind the successful brand, along with the scoop on what to expect for spring and summer.

How did your life prepare you to create meli melo? How did you name the brand?

I come from a very entrepreneurial family so it has always been in my blood to want to create something special of my own. Growing up in the beautiful Aeolian Islands, I was inspired to create handbags after watching the women in the villages carry large wicker baskets. The trademark inverted handles on the Thela bag are influenced by these baskets and the way women carry their bags. There is definitely a strong heritage behind meli melo. The name comes from the nickname I was given by friends and family from a young age. I feel it adds a personal touch the brand as well as giving character to the bags.

How does the city of London influence your designs?
Living in London is so enriching and freeing in a design sense. There are no boundaries in London style, the more unique the better. London girls here have a really cool, effortless sense of dressing and I like to portray this in my designs. My home is just off the Portobello so you can imagine the array of old mixed with new, beautiful antiques alongside a mass of vintage fur coats and evening gowns. It’s totally inspiring. What I love most is that it’s real; the energy around the area is wonderful, there are so many likeminded creatives.

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meli melo Thela Bag and Clutch in taupe

The Thela bag is your most beloved. Aside from fresh colors for spring/summer, are you able to share any new bags you’re currently designing? 
The Thela was named after my husband’s grandmother, so the heritage is present every time I hear the name! It feels very special that our bestselling bag is named after her. I can’t give too much away, but of course there will be something extremely exciting happening with the Thela Bag! We have been experimenting with size. I think next season the Thela will be in demand even more than ever…we are welcoming The Thela Mini to the Thela family, which is even more fashion forward and utterly wearable. The meli melo Splatter print will be back. The colours are stunning and the print for next season is so strong, I can’t wait to uncover the new collection. This season saw the Thela become a Back Bag which has had amazing response from press and customer alike so we are focusing on this shape again for next season with the addition of some amazing print!

Who is the ideal meli melo woman? Who is your muse?
The meli melo girl is ever discerning, plugged in and on-the-go with an eye for style and unique pieces. I imagine a girl of discovery, scouting out new hot spots and visiting chic boutiques, often finding that star piece that everyone else lusts after. The meli melo girl is inspired by the world; she likes to visit new and exciting destinations whilst always looking effortlessly stylish. And she enjoys life!

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meli melo Color Pop Travel Wallets in electric blue, flamingo, and mocha

If you weren’t an accessories designer, what career path would you pursue? 
Having worked in PR, I am tempted to say that maybe I would have built my career in that area of the industry. Truly I can’t see myself doing anything other than this—I just had to wait until I felt I had enough courage to trust myself and gain enough belief in myself to succeed as a designer. I have always been creative but it’s such a personal thing sharing your creations with the world! Now I totally trust my designs and instinct. I make bags that I love. Having the support of Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Olivia Palermo and knowing that they enjoy the bags themselves is so flattering.

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A peek inside Melissa Del Bono’s meli melo bag

What’s currently on your playlist?
I’m loving the new Arctic Monkeys album as well as Erykah Badu, Sam Smith and Laura Mvula for the ultimate chill-out music. It depends what mood I’m in and what I’m designing, but I also enjoy some old school David Bowie and 60′s classics.

Any exciting plans for 2014 in the works that you can share with us?
There’s always exciting stuff going on at meli melo! Of course, unveiling the new AW14 collection is utterly exciting. Lots of stunning new leathers that have not been seen before as well as some fabulous new styles that I cannot wait to get designing. We have just opened our first stand-alone store in London so hopefully more of them are to come!

Shop the meli melo collection at roztayger.

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Founded by fashion industry veteran Elizabeth Jeffer-Anerousis, roztayger offers a timeless and versatile selection of men’s and women’s handbags, totes, wallets, briefcases, travel bags, electronic cases, and small goods made of quality materials.

Designer Dialogue: Johnny Diamandis of J. Panther Luggage Co.

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Johnny Diamandis, founder of J. Panther Luggage Co.

In the first Designer Dialogue of 2014, we check in with Johnny Diamandis, the visionary designer behind J. Panther Luggage Co.  Founded in 2010, J.P.L.C. builds bags and accessories that are engineered to stay with you for life, many of which have quickly become everyday staples for menswear enthusiasts (and women too!). Drawing from the exacting standards of pre-60s, pre-mass production in US manufacturing, Diamandis strives for a level of craftsmanship and quality that is largely unmatched in the American accessories industry. Below, we connect with Diamandis on the inspiration behind his company, travel as a brand pillar, and his intensive design process.

How did you come up with your brand’s name? What does the panther symbolize to you?
Before starting the brand I knew I wanted an animal as my symbol. The wild cat/panther  has elegance, grace, cunning, sex appeal and beautiful movement and lines: all things I wanted to associate with our brand.

Travel is a pillar of your brand. What destinations are you most drawn to and why?
I’ve recently been spending a lot of time in Latin America. I enjoy cultures where the people are warm and welcoming, where pride in local food and cuisine is prevalent and where there is a strong musical culture and heritage.

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J. Panther Luggage Co. Ruc Tote

You’re celebrated for best-in-class materials. How do you source them?
I spend a lot of time researching, meeting the fabric weavers and testing. My history and career as  menswear designer has helped immensely in finding the appropriate materials. I frequently visit our tannery (Horween of Chicago) to discuss in detail our leather and its ingredients, oil levels, finish, etc.

Can you walk us through your design process?
Well, I start by thinking it all out and having an idea that really gets me excited. I do not follow other brands; in fact I purposely try to avoid looking at my favorite brands as I don’t want them to influence me too much. Original work is at the center of what we’re trying to do. Next step is to sketch it out quickly: I’m not a “drawing” type of designer, I want something 3D to work with ASAP. I’d rather draw pockets and details directly on that sewn rough prototype. I make my first prototype and then test, make changes, test, make changes, remake the prototype and so on. I do run it by a few people also to get another set of eyes. Usually after three prototypes and one or two more in the actual materials I feel ready to launch.

What bag are you currently carrying?
I have been using both the Ruc Tote and The Courier Ruc Case; I just went swimming as I use the RT as like a sport gym bag too.

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Interior of the black Courier Ruc Case

What bag do you think most exemplifies J.P.L.C.? Well, they all do really. The Courier Ruc Case has become really popular within its field while the Ruc Tote is very photogenic and popular with women as well as guys. The Courier Ruc has really beautiful internals; I really believe its internal hold is a cut above the competition.

Can you share more with us about what’s new in your lineup? What will 2014 bring? 
This season we will add a slightly more sporty item, the Roll Tote, and then a new companion piece to the Courier Ruc: a kind of folio case which also pays subtle homage to old WW2 leather map cases.

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Ruc Tote

Browse the J. Panther Luggage Co. collection at roztayger.

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Founded by fashion industry veteran Elizabeth Jeffer-Anerousis, roztayger offers a timeless and versatile selection of men’s and women’s handbags, totes, wallets, briefcases, travel bags, electronic cases, and small goods made of quality materials.

Bag Resolutions For 2014 – guest post by Jenn

Last year, I asked some of my most avid roztayger customers to share stories about their love affair with handbags. Jenn Strauss of PA shared hers, resolving to think more thoughtfully about which bags she would purchase. Below, we check in with Jenn a year later to see how her goal went, as well as what bags she’ll be carrying for 2014! Tell us in the comments: do you have a bag resolution?!

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With the beginning of 2014, I continue my quest to devise ‘real’ resolutions or goals for this year. In reflecting upon my post last year and judging ‘how I did’ with meeting my goals. I have to say I did a good job…not a great job, but a good one (I am a firm believer in practice makes perfect). Did I purchase handbags throughout the year? Of course I did!  Was I focused on issues of quality over quantity? Definitely yes! Did I fall ‘off the wagon’ in purchasing bags? You betcha! Probably many people would evaluate my 2013 handbag shopping behaviors as a fail! I could agree with that, but it is a new year and I want to maintain a positive perspective! So, I will stick with what I have learned in 2013 and what I will be working on for this year.

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frrry Capital A bag

I try not to have ‘love at first sight’ for a bag…noticed I said TRY. I now give a lot of thought on the practicality of the bag and how often I will really use it, even though I am in love with it. How well the bag is made in regards to its price also is a conscious thought, instead of…its only two hundred bucks and on sale. The Rivet Capital A bag by frrry was a love at first sight! I loved the shape and simplicity and size (I am a big bag gal). I ordered it right away and still love it. I kinda felt bad in purchasing it so quickly, but as soon as I got it, I did not feel bad any longer!

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Samuji Tori bag

I continue to work on what my style is, and how the bag is a reflection of that, rather than an accessory that is ‘neat or different’ though not really me. I find that bags I purchased with my style in mind are used more and I enjoy them more, instead of ones I rarely use and eventually give away or sell on eBay. My style tends to be, as of now, in the range of the Tori Bag by Samuji. I love this bag. I plan on purchasing another in 2014. The quality is superb and the leather is beautiful, without being heavy (I have a similar men’s Coach bag that is just too heavy to use). I use Tori at least once a week, if not for an entire week at a time. I am one of those gals that changes handbag everyday…that is also part of my style. The bag is classic, functional and a great accessory. I have dolled it up with scarfs tied to the handles and a beaded leather piece made by my six year old.

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frrry Collapse 3 bag

If I spend a few weeks ‘stalking’ a handbag I find online, I do not feel guilty if I order the bag to admire it and decide if I want to purchase it. I am not afraid of returning a bag. I have returned several bags this year that were purchased out of love only to find that when I actually received them, that love was gone. The Collapse 3 bag by frrry was such a bag. I loved the design and leather, but just was not sure. I ordered the bag with full intention of returning it if I did not like it and, OF COURSE, ended up loving it. I use it has a handbag and I get positive and unique comments on it as it is so strikingly unique many people do not know what to say (including my husband).

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Lost Property of London Elwin bag

Buying bags on sale is a good thing, but it comes with consequences. I have waited for bags I really want to go on sale (or used it as a bargaining tool that if I complete this project, then I can buy that bag), only to find the bag sells out or the color I want is out of stock. Disappointed yes, but purchasing a bag for quality, shape and purpose allowed me to see that color importance weighs lower on the list. This happened with the Lost Property of London Elwin bag: I waited to purchase the green, it sold, I frantically purchased the brown and love it! Liz offered me the green when another came in, but I already had a relationship with the brown…not giving her up!

So, I am not perfect, or ever will be. I am okay with that. I will continue practicing quality and style, over instant beauty and sale price, though I know I will have my weak moments. I have decided that these moments will be learning experiences and opportunities to keep the US Postal Service working with my returns. I am looking forward to LOOKING AT many great handbags this year with PURCHASING fewer than I did in 2013 though enjoying every single one of them to their fullest!

 

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Happy New Year, My Fashion Femmes!

Since we’re smack in the middle of January, aka the most depressing month of the year, I decided to fight the feeling of doom with a sartorial shout-out to the perkiest person I know: Barbie. Although, for better or worse, I’m anything but Made by Mattel, I knew it wouldn’t be too hard to scrounge up a few unapologetically girly pieces. (You see, I used to be OBSESSED with pink, so every now and then a bright berry hue manages to make its way into my closet.)

To start, I uncovered the perfect splash of sequins in my wardrobe — a knee-length vest made specifically for the London runways (found consignment shopping, of course). From there, I knew I had no choice but to throw my widely weather-inappropriate Sophia Webster pumps into the mix. (Let’s be honest, what’s a better pick-me-up than neon polka dots?) But the crowning glory of my girly getup was my gorgeous new Rivet Me bag by Frrry. I mean, look at it! It’s delicious. Not to mention the perfect trailblazer for spring. Did I mention that pinks are going to be huge this season?

xE, Elle’sEmpireState

Cozy Outfit Ideas For Cold Weather

Baby, it’s cold outside! Temperatures have been so low this year, they’ve been setting new historical records. From a white Christmas to the surprising Polar Vortex of 2014, lately there has been no shortage of freezing weather and reasons to pile on the layers. It’s hard to focus on dressing the part when all you want to do is bundle up, enjoy a hot toddy, and lounge inside by a crackling fire, however we at roztayger believe that there’s always an excuse to stay stylish. To inspire you to kickstart a fashionable 2014, below we’ve curated cozy yet on point outfit mixes for women and men that will serve you well in braving the elements.

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Cold Weather Women’s Picks

1   Hope Judge Cardigan, La Garconne
2   Frame Denim Le Garcon Mid-Rise Slim Boyfriend Jeans, NET-A-PORTER
3   J.Crew Perfect-Fit Tee
4   Tracy Watts, Into-The-Woods Bear Ears Headwrap
5   Botto Giuseppe Cashmere Scarf, roztayger
6   Atelier Marchal F2 Bag, roztayger
7   Hansel From Basel Ladies Crew Socks, roztayger
8   Satomi Kawakita Open Circle Studs, roztayger
9   Le Yucca’s Karena Shoe, roztayger

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Cold Weather Men’s Picks

1   Sunspel Loop-back Cotton Sweatshirt, Mr. Porter
2   J Brand Kane Regular-Fit Denim Jeans, Mr. Porter
3   Kika NY Postal Backpack, roztayger
4   Kika NY Loop Keychain, roztayger
5   Botto Giuseppe Cashmere Scarf, roztayger
6   Il Bussetto Small Wallet, roztayger
7   Etiquette Clothiers Men’s Socks, roztayger

Best,
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Founded by fashion industry veteran Elizabeth Jeffer-Anerousis, roztayger offers a timeless and versatile selection of men’s and women’s handbags, totes, wallets, briefcases, travel bags, electronic cases, and small goods made of quality materials.